If you live in or around Des Moines, or if it’s more convenient to hook up with us there, here’s some detail on this shuttle. This year, with the cycling route in the far north part of the state, the bus rides are longer.
On Saturday, July 21, we will send a bike truck and two motorcoaches to the AmericInn parking lot near the Des Moines airport in the morning (probably around 8:00 with departure at 9:00, schedule TBA). We’ll take about an hour to load bikes, then head west and north to Onawa, getting you to our campsite by late morning. You’ll have plenty of time to check-in at our Front Desk and enjoy the huge Bike Expo and Start-Town Festivities.
Here are the features of our Des Moines/Onawa shuttle on Saturday, 7/21, prior to RAGBRAI:
Here are the features of our Davenport/Des Moines special shuttle on 7/28:
We have blocks of rooms reserved before and after RAGBRAI at the Des Moines AmericInn Hotel, just off of Fleur Drive. To take advantage of our $97 rate, call (515) 285-5180 and mention Pork Belly Ventures for a reservation. For those who drive, the hotel may offer you Park and Fly for $15, allowing you to leave a vehicle in their lot for the week (subject to availability). We have just begun working with AmericInn in Des Moines, and they are perhaps the most hospitable hotel we've ever worked with! And that's saying something.
We also have rooms at this hotel on Tuesday night, 7/24, for those who are leaving the ride early using our Half Hog Exit Shuttle from Ames to Des Moines AmericInn Hotel.