Pork Belly Update #16---Your June Letter (in July)

July 5, 2021
 
Dear RAGBRAI-Anticipating
Friends,
 
Well, it's July, and we finally have your June Letter! Glad we made it possible to book massage appointments and select departure preferences last month, friends, and thanks for your patience as we've gathered the most accurate info we can for the letter below. We have done our best to condense the letter and reduce it to bullet points when possible. We hope we've made it more user-friendly and useful for you.
 
By clicking the document link below, you will download a pdf document. Please give a moment's thought to where you will save this letter, so that you can use it as we intend, as a reference document.
 
It's long, and no one needs to read all of it, as you can see from this Table of Contents. These are the big sections of the letter:
 
  1. Top Priorities Right Now
  2. East/West Shuttle, Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24
  3. Finding Us in LeMars, July 24
  4. Omaha to LeMars, July 24
  5. Des Moines to LeMars, July 24
  6. The Week with PBV
  7. Our Half Hog Shuttles, July 27
  8. The Last Day of RAGBRAI, July 31
  9. Shipping Bikes to/from RAGBRAI
  10. Between Now and RAGBRAI
  11. Protecting Your Bike for Truck Transport
 
If you're not on the Des Moines shuttle, for instance, skip that section altogether. If you're wondering about Omaha hotels, you want the fourth section. If you wonder whether you'll need to lock your bike during the week, check out the part called "The Week with PBV." The letter is mainly chronological, except for late sections.
 
Download your letter. Print today. And then read your sections. Maybe do some highlighting. Re-read as needed.  Here is the link to your June Letter in pdf format:  
 
 
Your June Form: Finding It and Completing It
You'll find instructions AT THE TOP OF THE JUNE LETTER for finding and completing the June Form.
 
In a word, Login.
 
Congratulations to 85% of our riders who have completed it and given us their departure preferences, their RAGBRAI wristband numbers, and the other information we need before RAGBRAI.
 
The Pork Belly App:
Don't Ride Without It!
The Pork Belly App, used by over 6000 people during RAGBRAI, is a probably the best way to stay abreast of Pork News and Pork Happenings, as well as RAGBRAI news and host-town happenings. Katy Fletcher of Doxieworks, created this video all about all the features of our app:
 
 
 
 
Important/Urgent Topics:
The following topics are in the June Letter; however, we think we need to draw attention to them here, too, so that you'll read them sooner rather than later.
 
Last Call Before We Go to Work
on the Rental Tent Grid:
On July 6th at 5:00 p.m., we will print our tent report, sorted by group name, and begin making the tent grid. If members of a group do not have their group names (identical to their friends' group names) on their applications by that time, we are not responsible for those members of the group being placed near their friends in Tent City. 
 
If you need to check or change group names tomorrow, please login and take care of this--we'll be tied up all day.
 
Packing Your Bike for Airline Travel
On the Last Day of RAGBRAI
Anyone who needs assistance and must package his/her bike on the last day of RAGBRAI in Clinton for airline travel from Omaha, Des Moines, or Quad Cities airports, please write to pete@pkbelly.com now and order this service. We need to know about it right away. The price is $65.
 
Remember to avail yourself of this service well before 2:00 p.m.
 
While We Have You...
Payment Is Due Now.
Please settle all balances by credit card. It's too late to mail a check. Thank you.
 
Availability of Services
Our shuttles are available, friends. Sign up for them right away!
 
We're sorry that our support and even partial-week support are full, as is our rental tent service. If you're not with us this year, we wish you a wonderful RAGBRAI. Check with us much earlier next year!
 
The Right-Sized Locks
for the Charging Trailers
Notice the photo of one phone charging trailer below, provided so that you'll know what kind of padlock to bring to lock a charging compartment. Huge padlocks won't go through the hole, so make it small or medium-sized padlock. More about our charging trailers in the June Letter.
 
Our Directional Signs
The last couple times, we added a checkerboard border to our directional signs to make them more visible to you. More about these signs, and about finding us in general, in June Letter. In each overnight town, this is the sign to watch for as you depart from the main rider route to find Pork Camp.
 
Go back to the top of this update now, folks, and click on the link to your June Letter, which answers 97% of all questions about traveling with Pork Belly Ventures during RAGBRAI!
 
More to come, Friends, and importantly, more FUN to come! Watch for Our Week in the Corn with heaps of good news, and other updates, coming at you in quicker succession now. Thanks for reading your June Letter (in July) and completing your June Form. We'll be back on your screens again soon. Until then, we remain,
 
Your friends,
Tammy and Pete