Pork Belly Update-June Letter

July 5, 2024

Dear Friends,


Next year, we'll call it the July Letter, but it's finally here! We have tried to gather the most accurate info available. This letter (in PDF format) is intended to answer the lion's share of questions about shuttling with us, about spending the week with us, about the last day of RAGBRAI, and more.


Still, we ask you to be faithful about watching our updates over the next few weeks.


We have done our best to condense the letter and reduce it to bullet points when possible. We hope we've made it pretty user-friendly and useful for you.


Please give a moment's thought to where you will save this document, 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 19 and 20
  3. Finding Us in Glenwood, July 20
  4. Omaha to Glenwood, July 20
  5. Des Moines to Glenwood, July 20
  6. The Week with PBV
  7. Our “Early-Finish" Shuttles on July 23, 24, and 26
  8. Our Exit and Enter Shuttles, July 23 and July 24
  9. The Last Day of RAGBRAI, July 27
  10. Shipping Bikes to/from RAGBRAI
  11. Between Now and RAGBRAI
  12. The Pork Belly Mobile App--Don't Ride Without It
  13. Protecting Your Bike for Truck Transport



If you're not on the Omaha/Glenwood Shuttle, for instance, skip that section altogether. If you're wondering about our Des Moines airport hotel, you want the fifth 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 the sections that are relevant to your RAGBRAI. Maybe do some highlighting. Re-read as needed.  Here is the link to your June Letter in pdf format:  


The 2024 June Letter of PBV




The Pork Belly

Mobile App:

Don't Ride Without It!


The Pork Belly Mobile App is your best way to stay abreast of Pork News and Pork Happenings, as well as RAGBRAI news and host-town happenings.



Katy is constantly creating

new features.


After RAGBRAI, we'll ask you for some feedback about your experience via the Pork Belly Mobile App!

Important 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.

Optional PBV Suppers

on Tuesday, Wednesday,

and Thursday

Soon, we will give our dinner numbers to our local caterers in each town. We do not expect them to prepare for many more than have been pre-ordered. If you want these dinners, please login, click EDIT, and select them right away.


You can find the menus here:


Optional Supper Menus Here


To make this as simple as possible, write to becca@pkbelly.com. She can add your dinners and send you a link to make payment!


If you don't order a dinner in advance, please don't expect our caterers to have extras on the day. You'll need to find your supper elsewhere in town.

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 Burlington, for airline travel to Omaha, Des Moines, or Quad Cities airports, please write to Kay@pkbelly.com now and order this service. We need to know about it right away. The price is $100.


On the 27th, remember to avail yourself of this service before 2:00 p.m.

Payment Is Due Now.
Please settle all balances by credit card. It's too late to mail a check. Thank you.

Look for These Topics (and many more) in Our June Letter

We're getting many emails and phone calls on these topics, which you'll find in the letter:

  • instructions for those who want to refrigerate medication during the week
  • instructions for those bringing a CPAP machine
  • instructions for those charging e-bike batteries
  • when our maps in PDF format will be available
  • and only those who are registered for the support of PBV will be welcome hang out in camp and consume limited resources. We want to deliver for those who have paid for our services. Sorry, had to say it.

Our Days

We'll get slower and slower on email because we have long to-do lists. We probably will not answer emails that are answered by the June Letter. Unless we happen to have a moment to spare, we will expect you to use this document as a reference for the vast majority of questions. And thank you, friends, for doing that.

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. Please read more about our charging trailers and charging compartments in the June Letter.
And if you have a LOT of devices to charge, please don't plan on using multiple charging compartments at once. Consider bringing a charging block or battery, and then charging some of your devices in your tent at night.

Our Directional Signs

We do not post signs at the edge of an overnight town. In fact, the towns have complained that the place is littered with signage after RAGBRAI moves through, and charters are the main culprits.


Pork Belly Ventures begins posting signs where the route to our camp diverges from the route to the main campground.


In each overnight town, this is the sign to watch for as you depart from the main rider route to find Pork Camp. For the last few RAGBRAIs, we have 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 your June Letter, we suggest that you use many means of finding us: the maps we will publish soon, screenshots of those maps on your phone, your Locations Card provided to you at check-in, and the signs we post on each day.

Scroll UP now, folks, and click on the link to your June Letter, which answers 97.8% of all questions about traveling with Pork Belly Ventures during RAGBRAI!

Next, we will publish a series of updates with shuttle rosters for all of our PRE-RAGBRAI Shuttles.


The FUN stuff is coming! Watch for Our Week in the Corn with heaps of good news! Thanks for reading your June Letter. We'll be back on your screens again soon. Until then, we remain,


Your friends,

Tammy and Pete  

Pork Belly Ventures LLC 

Tammy: 808-375-8921 c, tammy@pkbelly.com

Pete: 402-681-2613 c, pete@pkbelly.com


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