PBV Update #1-Peace, Love, Fresh Start

 
January 1, 2021
Dear Porkers,
 
We look back with tremendous gratitude for your support and kindness throughout last year. After much reimagining, we are looking forward to new fresh-air adventures by bicycle, to the welcoming partnership of small towns, to water towers and church steeples, to blooms and birdsong on beautiful rail-trails, to the sun going down over corn and bean fields, to campfires and marshmallows, to old friends finding each other again, and a whole crop of new friends too.
 
We cordially invite you shine up your bike, air up your tires, and to join us for one or more of our NEW PBV Main Events, and/or for RAGBRAI, and/or for any of the Midwestern rides on our calendar. Let's spend part of our Happy New Year together, shall we?
 
Our PBV Main Events!
 
For many years, Pork Belly Ventures has served lots of Midwestern bike rides from May to October, and you'll find our full calendar of events toward the end of this update. Each of these rides has its own history and local flavor. At the tour directors' invitation, PBV offers a different set of amenities on each of those rides--please scroll for our full calendar.
 
But HERE, we share our PBV-sponsored events, plus a description of the many amenities we offer on RAGBRAI!
Birds & Bees Bike Ride
Our new spring ride (May 21-24) follows the beautiful Wabash Trace south from Council Bluffs to these overnight towns:
 
  • Friday, 5/21, pass through Mineola and Silver City on your way to our campsite at Malvern's Boehner Pond.
  • Saturday, 5/22, pass through the charming tiny town of Imogene on your way to Sportsman's Park in Shenandoah.
  • Sunday, 5/23, return to Malvern's Boehner Pond, and explore more of this arty little town, with galleries, pocket parks, public art installations and murals, bars and restaurants, including the more-than-tasty Classic Cafe!
  • Monday, 5/24, ride the last leg north from Malvern, through Silver City and Mineola, and saying farewell in Council Bluffs.
 
Our campsites are conveniently located adjacent to the Trace. We have visited Malvern and Shenandoah, talking with city officials, old friends, restaurant owners, and food vendors. Back in the '80s and'90s, we worked with some of these friends to establish and develop the Wabash as a rail-trail. We're excited to be working together again on Birds & Bees.
Mileage: 22 miles daily, with options to ride more miles. On Saturday, for instance, you can choose to keep going on the Trace, south from Shen to the Missouri State Line! Expect gentle inclines and declines. It's an easy ride. There will be no detours; this beautiful trail is in good shape.
 
Inclusions: All trail user fees, camping fees in our reserved campsites, baggage transport daily, morning coffee, daily refreshment stop on the trail, charging station for phones and devices (e-bikes welcome, charging available), daily hot private shower and towel, cold beverages in camp (some free, some $1), live music on the Pork Stage in camp, daily town maps, and a souvenir Birds & Bees t-shirt.
 
Entry fee: $199 for riders, $189 for non-riders.
 
Options:
  • Bring your own tent and pay only the entry fee.
  • Add-on...Bring your RV for $40 (no hook-ups in Shen).
  • Add-on...Rental Tent for $165.
  • Add-on...Our mobile hotel trailers with rooms on board, aka "PHAT Rooms." Choose either two queen bunks or three twin bunks plus sofa, for $595 per room. Up to five occupants can use a room, but we suggest the optimum number of three occupants for max enjoyment of your room.
  • Shuttle from the Omaha International Airport to Council Bluffs trailhead for $30. Return shuttle, same price.
 
Add Thursday, May 20! Thursday night is the famous Taco Ride on the Wabash Trace, starting at the Council Bluffs trailhead and pedaling the first 9 miles of the trail past "Margaritaville" to Mineola, specifically to Tobey Jack's in the middle of town, for food, drink, and music. Bring your headlight! Pedal 9 miles back to Council Bluffs after dinner. For Thursday in your rental tent in Council Bluffs, the cost is $50. For Thursday in your PHAT room in Council Bluffs, the cost is $190. Then start Birds & Bees on Friday, anytime.
A Note on PHAT Rooms: PHAT riders unpack one time and enjoy their mattresses, linens, pillows, switched lighting at the head of each bed, fans, electrical outlets, convenient storage, knotty pine interiors with laminate flooring, and a little deck and couple of chairs for sitting out in the evening! These rooms are a real game-changer on any ride. We think 2 or 3 occupants is the optimum number, but as many as 5 may share a room and split the cost.
 
 
Micro-Ride on the Mickelson Trail
We're still working to develop this custom ride for riders who requested it, and we'll be limited to about sixty riders total. We're considering a late June/early July window for this adventure, where from your saddle, you can see the Crazy Horse Monument in progress and continuous breathtaking views of the Black Hills. We're on the phone with overnight towns and the state park folks, and we're still looking for a few days on the calendar for a scouting trip to South Dakota. Then we'll create the webpage with entry fee, inclusions, amenities, etc. The rental tent service and PHAT rooms will be available on this one. (Interest in this ride is growing, so let us know if you'd like to be on the list!) We'll keep you posted on the Mickelson Trail Ride.
Pork Belly Ventures on RAGBRAI
 
July 25-31, 2021
 
For almost 30 years, Pork Belly has devoted much of each summer to planning, strategizing, and coordinating our ever-better services for the benefit of our riders. Our hardy Porkers come from all walks of life: cardiologists and teachers, stockbrokers and firemen, grandparents and gen-Xers. They come from all over the country and the world. Whether you’re a RAGBRAI veteran or a newbie, if you regularly exercise your sense of humor, you’ll be right at home with Pork Belly Ventures.
 
Here is a partial list of amenities:
 
 
  • Well-appointed campsites and daily transport of baggage
  • Your daily shower on air-conditioned trailers, towel included, right in camp (more than 60 stalls), endless hot water, private dressing areas, liquid soap dispensers.
  • Our large, friendly crew at the Front Desk and throughout camp.
  • Optional tent rental service with set-up, take-down, and baggage moving all week
  • Contracted porta-toilets and our Restroom Trailer with flushing fixtures, lighting, and ventilation
  • Inexpensive SAG on a luxury motorcoach
  • Hand-Washing and -Sanitizing Stations.
  • Phone-Charging Trailers—you can charge securely in locking compartments
  • Shade Canopies with misting fans and chairs, often flanked around our stage
  • Fresh-brewed morning coffee
  • Inexpensive ice-cold beverages
  • Bike Mechanics to assist afternoons/evenings
  • Massage Therapy in camp, plus Daily Yoga
  • Dinners from local Iowa caterers, 3 included, 3 optional
  • Live Music on Stage, early evening
  • Food Trucks and/or other local vendors for lunch and breakfast
  • Optional midweek laundry service
  • PBV Host-Town Maps for each day of the week
  • Souvenir PBV t-shirt
  • More at pkbelly.com!
 
You must be a registered RAGBRAI rider to join us. Our Weeklong Support is $435 per person, and the optional rental tent service is $495 per tent.
 
Pease check pkbelly.com for more info and details. You can sign up for our RAGBRAI support services, shuttles, and amenities now. But watch your mailbox, please, for an updated RAGBRAI invitation letter early this month!
The Missouri Double Cross
A partnership production of Pork Belly Ventures and Big BAM!
 
We're reprising the MO-Dub (August 29-September 8) on the beautiful Katy Trail a little later in the cycling season this time. We anticipate cooler temps in September, but on the Katy, you ride mostly in the shade anyhow! You can ride across Missouri west to east, east to west, or both ways!
 
Inclusions: All trail user fees, camping fees in lovely reserved campsites, baggage transport daily, morning coffee, refreshment stop on the trail, charging station for phones and devices (e-bikes welcome, charging available), daily hot private shower and towel, cold beverages in camp (some free, some $1), daily town maps, and a souvenir Missouri Double Cross t-shirt. We will work closely with the overnight towns to provide you with shuttles to restaurants, food vendors in camp, and convenient breakfasts in camp, either by pre-order or food truck! These are lovely and welcoming towns--write to us and we'll gladly forward descriptions!
Options, Schedule, and Pricing:
 
Gathering Day is Saturday, August 28, in Clinton, Missouri.
 
THE WHOLE DOUBLE CROSS OPTION!
RIDE 11 DAYS, BOTH WAYS!
$540 per person entry fee
Park in Clinton and pedal to Defiance and back again.
Sunday, August 29, to Wednesday, September 8,
with a rest day in Defiance on Friday, September 3.
 
First Crossing Only--$295 per person entry fee
Sunday, August 29, to Thursday, September 2, Ride West-to-East, Clinton to Defiance
 
Return Shuttle for First Crossers,
Defiance to Clinton parking lot on Thursday: $139 pp
 
Rest Day for Double Crossers!
On Friday, September 3, if you want bragging rights for having ridden the entire Katy Trail, today you can shuttle out to Machens or St. George and pedal back to Defiance. OR take it easy and visit the wineries in the Defiance area!
 
Enter-Shuttle for Second Crossers
On Friday, September 3, shuttle from Clinton long-term parking to Defiance: $139 pp
 
Second Crossing Only--$295 per person entry fee
Saturday, September 4, to Wednesday, September 8,
Ride East to West, Defiance to Clinton
Add-On Amenities:
 
One-Way Rental Tent with air-mattress, $250
Two-Way Rental Tent with air-mattress, $450
Our rental tent service includes the use of our 63-square-foot tent, roomy for one, cozy for two, with set-up, take-down, and all moving of bags to and from your tent throughout the tour.
 
One-Way PHAT Room$1500
Two-Way PHAT Room, $2500
Our PHAT Rooms give you a private, air-conditioned haven and a good night's sleep throughout your tour. PHAT riders unpack one time and enjoy their mattresses, linens, pillows, switched lighting at the head of each bed, fans, electrical outlets, convenient storage, knotty pine interiors with laminate flooring, and a little deck and couple of chairs for sitting out in the evening! These rooms are a real game-changer on any ride. We think 2 or 3 occupants is the optimum number, but as many as 5 may share a room and split the cost.
 
Tire Swing
At the historic Carsten Farms, high on a hilltop in Southwest Iowa, we're planning a 3-day party with bikes. This clover-leaf ride on your choice of gravel or paved roads (September 17-19) will be all-inclusive: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus beverages!
 
Inclusions: Reserved group campsite at Carsten's Farm, morning coffee, refreshment stop each day on the ride, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included, charging station for phones and devices (e-bikes welcome, charging available), daily hot private shower and towel, cold beverages in camp (some free, some $1), live music on the Pork Stage in camp, daily town/route maps, and a souvenir Tire Swing t-shirt.
 
 
Mileage: Each day, you can choose the gravel or the paved route, all under 40 miles. The energetic rider can ride the paved route in the morning and the gravel route after lunch!
 
Options, Schedule, and Pricing:
 
Gathering Day is Thursday, September 16th, at Carsten Farms, only 2 miles off interstate 80 at the Shelby exit (30 minutes from the Omaha airport).
 
Ride Dates are Friday, September 17, to Sunday, September 19.
 
Ride Entry Fee for Rider or Non-Rider: $325 per person
 
Options:
  • Bring your own tent and pay only the entry fee.
  • Add-on...Bring your RV for $135 (limited hook-ups.
  • Add-on...Rental Tent for $125.
  • Add-on...Our mobile hotel trailers with rooms on board, aka "PHAT Rooms." Choose either two queen bunks or three twin bunks plus sofa, for $595 per room. Up to five occupants can use a room, but we suggest the optimum number of three occupants for max enjoyment of your room.
  • Shuttle from the Omaha International Airport to Carsten Farms trailhead for $35. Return shuttle, same price.
 
More About Amenities:
 
Rental Tent with air-mattress, $125
Our rental tent service includes the use of our 63-square-foot tent, roomy for one, cozy for two, all set up and waiting for you at Carsten Farms.
 
PHAT Room, Twin Style$595
PHAT Room, Queen Style, $595
Our PHAT Rooms give you a private, air-conditioned haven and a good night's sleep throughout your tour. PHAT riders enjoy their mattresses, linens, pillows, switched lighting at the head of each bed, fans, electrical outlets, convenient storage, knotty pine interiors with laminate flooring, and a little deck and couple of chairs for sitting out in the evening! We think 2 or 3 occupants is the optimum number, but as many as 5 may share a room and split the cost.
 
 
2021 Full Calendar of Events
of Pork Belly Ventures
 
We published this calendar last month, and we are still in discussion with one or two tour directors about their dates and plans for 2021. Below, you'll find many of our favorite and your favorite rides in the Midwest.
 
--*PBV Showers-only rides marked with the asterisk.
--On our own rides, of course, all of our services
and amenities will be available.
--On RAGBRAI, all of our services and amenities
will be available.
--On other Midwestern Rides, please
visit each event page at pkbelly.com
and click "Info" to learn what PBV services and amenities we offer.
 
May 15th, *Lazy Horse Gravel Grind
Ohiowa, Nebraska
 
May 21-24
Birds & Bees Bike Ride on the Wabash Trace
Council Bluffs, Malvern, and Shenandoah, Iowa
Presented by Pork Belly Ventures
 
May 28-29,*Pedalers Jamboree (PedJam)
Jefferson City, Missouri
 
May 29-June 5, Oklahoma Freewheel
Vernon, Texas, to Arkansas City, Kansas
(PHAT Rooms only on this event.)
 
June 3-6, Garmin Unbound (formerly DK)
Emporia, Kansas
 
June 6-12, BRAN, Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska
Hemmingford to Wahoo, Nebraska
 
June 13-18, Big BAM
Poplar Bluff to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
 
July 5-13,
Micro-Ride on the Mickelson Trail,
western South Dakota
Still in Planning Stages, Presented by Pork Belly Ventures
(Limit of about 60 riders)
 
July 25-31
The 48th Annual RAGBRAI
The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa,
starting in LeMars and finishing in Clinton.
 
August 29 – September 8
The Missouri Double Cross on the Katy Trail
Clinton to Defiance, Missouri, and back again
Presented by Pork Belly Ventures and Big BAM
 
September 17-19
Tire Swing
Clover-leaf tour based at Carsten Farms in rural Shelby, Iowa
Gravel and Paved Routes Daily!
Presented by Pork Belly Ventures
 
October 18-22
Big BAM on the Katy, Defiance to Clinton, Missouri
 
Our Reorganized PBV Website:
 
Please click on the image above to check out our brand new site at pkbelly.com.
 
Twenty-eight years ago, we started out on RAGBRAI, and for many years our site was centered on that huge event and the many shuttles, services, and amenities we offered during the last week of July. We haven't lost any of the RAGBRAI information: just click on the orange column for all of our RAGBRAI tabs, including a convenient new "Services and Prices" tab.
 
If you're interested in more information on Birds & Bees or any of our PBV-sponsored rides, click on the left column called "Our Rides." If you're interested in Lazy Horse, Big BAM, PedJam, or any other rides in the Midwest, click on the center tab, "Other Rides."
 
When To Sign Up
Whenever you're ready, friends, you can sign up for our Birds & Bees, our RAGBRAI charter services, the Missouri Double Cross, and Tire Swing! We'll be in touch with you as we have more info on the Mickelson Trail Ride.
 
Remember, please, that on other Midwestern rides, you must visit the ride website and pay your ride entry fee in addition to signing up for any amenities if PBV at pkbelly.com.
 
Thank you for your interest, and we're here to answer any questions you may have.
 
We're wishing you a healthy and a happy 2021, with peace, love, and a fresh start of your own. Until next time, we remain,
 
Your friends,
 
Tammy and Pete
 
 
P.S.
 
Where-You-Wore-It Wednesday
Is
January 6th!
 
Over the years, Where-You-Wore-It has turned into a game we play. During these cold winter months, share a photo, won't you? We want to see you in your Pork Shirt or Pork Jersey. Whether you wore it in your neighborhood, on your local trail, or around the world, show us right here:
 
 
Pork Belly Ventures LLC 
Tammy: 712.328.0161 h, 808-375-8921 c, tammypav@cox.net
Pete: 402-681-2613 c, petephillips@cox.net|
 www.pkbelly.com