Pork Belly Update #13---Your Chance at Indoor Sleeping

June 18, 2021
Dear Friends,
Sleeping inside for a good cause is a long tradition with Pork Belly Ventures. Thanks to many wonderful hosts, we have been arranging very quiet slumber parties for decades. Many of us can remember 2011 and 2012, truly hot RAGBRAIs. It’s already warm this June. We cross our fingers, of course, and oh how many times we’ve gotten lucky with the weather! But here’s a way to hedge against heat and overnight thunderstorms, by reserving shelter and air-conditioning in advance. 
We define indoor sleeping as rolling out your bedroll in an air-conditioned space with restroom facilities. This year, we have arranged indoor sleeping on two nights. 
Indoor sleeping involves a $15 donation to the school or organization hosting our riders. Pork Belly Ventures collects the donation from each indoor sleeper. We keep none of it. One hundred percent goes to the organization hosting us on a given day.
RIGHT: Last time, the Indianola YMCA was a great
on-site indoor sleeping venue in Pork Camp!
What about Baggage?
These venues are either at the center of our campsites or a short distance from our sites. About your baggage:
Please notice that on Tuesday night, we will offer help to our indoor sleepers with moving baggage to and from the facility, which is three blocks away. We’ll publish the hours during which we can help with bags—we’ll probably make a certain number of trips during a four-hour window in the afternoon. We are happy to help, but please note that there are limits to this courtesy service. In the morning, we will collect your bags as you exit the building.
On Thursday night, the indoor sleeping facility is right on site, and you can move your bags into the building in the afternoon and out of the building to our baggage trailer, or back to your rental tent, in the morning.
How to Reserve
Below, you’ll find a brief description of what is available each day. Please read it all before you write to Kay to request sleeping space. You can reserve space for a friend, but you must talk with him/her first.  Only after you have read this information thoroughly and spoken with any friends, you can write to Kay (address below) with the nights you request and your name, plus the name of a friend if you’re sure of his or her plans. 
Remember, please, that Kay has other responsibilities and will reply to you as soon as she can. So much going on this time of year! Thanks for making sure of your friend's plans before you write to Kay with your full name (and perhaps your friend's full name).
Most of this is common sense, friends, but we have to say it.
You Must Be With PBV.
We can only offer these opportunities to people who are using Pork Belly Ventures Weeklong Support or Partial-Week Support.
Be Sure of Your Commitment 
Please read this description in full. By responding, you are committing to paying for these affordable opportunities. 
We will put these charges on your PBV applications. Our cancellation policy applies. You will need to settle your balance before you come to Iowa. Do keep your word to us and to our hosts. At this point in our season, we do not have time for changes and switcheroos. 
BELOW: The photo below and the others throughout this update were taken in similar venues--college facilities, schools, YMCAs, and even a trampoline facility! All air-conditioned with restrooms nearby.
Say Thanks, Of Course
We hope that all indoor sleepers will take any opportunity to thank our hosts—the Ellsworth College staff and the Anamosa Middle School volunteers, or whoever you meet in these nice buildings—for the privilege of sleeping inside.
Game-Day Decisions
Some people look at these opportunities as a kind of insurance. If it's nice outside, they'd rather camp. But in case of extreme heat or overnight thunderstorms, they have reserved an indoor spot. They figure it's a small donation to a good cause, whether or not they end up using it.
NO Late-Nighters!
IF YOU WANT TO GO TO STREET DANCES IN THESE OVERNIGHT TOWNS, PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP FOR INDOOR SLEEPING. You would wake your fellows when you come in late. These offers are for folks who hit the hay early, can be quiet, and who clean up after themselves.
Bear in mind the importance of courtesy to our hosts and to your fellow Porkers who will be sleeping indoors. 
  • The only beverage that is appropriate in your sleeping room is a bottle of water with a lid. 
  • Bikes stay outside, locked in camp or near the venue.
  • Dispose of any trash--don't leave it where you slept.
  • It's usually lights-out by 10:00, and if you get up in the night, make an effort to be quiet and not disturb others. 
  • Say thanks to our hosts. 
  • Don’t leave any mess in the restrooms—tidy up and use the trash barrels. 
  • If you're okay with that, we welcome you to write for a reservation.  
See our offerings below, friends. For you folks on our E/W Shuttle, please remember that we will be offering you indoor sleeping separately for Friday night, July 23rd, in Clinton.
All our best,
Tammy and Pete
Our Indoor Sleeping Opportunities,
$15 donation per person per night
Tuesday, 7/27, Iowa Falls, Ellsworth College, the Dale Howard Family Building
  • $15 per person
  • Located three blocks from camp
  • Beautiful athletic and student-services building
  • Accessible on arrival in camp
  • PBV will move bags to the entrance (limited hours)
  • PBV will load bags in front of the entrance on Wednesday morning
  • Several areas for indoor sleeping
  • Donations benefit the athletic programs of Ellsworth College
Thursday, 7/29, Anamosa, Middle School 
  • $15 per person
  • the Middle School, in our campsite
  • Accessible on arrival in camp
  • Riders move their own bags in and out
  • Bags must be either in rental tents or on our baggage trailer by 7:00 a.m.
  • Many areas available for indoor sleeping
  • Donations benefit the Anamosa Middle School Boosters
Having read this info and agreed to the terms, please feel free to write to Kay with the names of those for whom you would like to reserve space, and the night/s you want. kay@pkbelly.com