Half Hog Options with Departure Times
Some folks can't go Whole Hog this year, and here are your options of going Half Hog, riding the first half or last half of RAGBRAI, with Pork Belly Ventures.
One Half Hog Shuttle offers an exit on Tuesday evening from our Ames campsite to the AmericInn hotel at the Des Moines airport. The other shuttle offers a way to enter RAGBRAI on Tuesday by catching our late afternoon shuttle from the AmericInn hotel at the Des Moines airport to our Ames campsite.
On Tuesday evening, 7/24, Pork Belly Ventures has a block of rooms reserved 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.
Option 1: First-Half-Hog Package (for those riding Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
You may choose among our shuttles to the start town, but if you're parking a car, you should park in Des Moines at our designated airport hotel and use our shuttle to the start ($124). Our prorated weeklong support is $65 per day, and three days is $195. To depart from our Tuesday overnight town of Ames on 7/24, you may take our midweek exit shuttle at about 5:00 p.m., arriving at our designated Des Moines airport hotel at about 6:00 p.m. The exit shuttle is $42.
Hotel and long-term parking info above.
Option 2: Last-Half-Hog Package (for those riding Wednesday through Saturday)
To enter RAGBRAI on Tuesday afternoon, 7/24, you can take our shuttle from our designated Des Moines airport hotel to the overnight town of Ames, departing the hotel parking lot at about 3:30 p.m. and arriving at about 4:30 p.m. This Half Hog shuttle is $41. Our prorated weeklong support is $65 per day, and four days is $260. You may choose among our shuttles at week’s end, but if you parked a vehicle in Des Moines, you would use our shuttle from Davenport to the AmericInn Hotel at the Des Moines airport ($126).
On Tuesday, July 24, in the early to mid afternoon, our coach will be available to board in the parking lot of our designated Des Moines airport hotel. From there, we will depart for our Tuesday night campsite in Ames, where Half-Hoggers will check in right away at our front desk (or set off to find your charter). You may spend four days with us, pedaling into Davenport on Saturday, the 28th. From here, you can use our Davenport/Des Moines Shuttle to return you to the Des Moines airport hotel by early evening. (In fact, you can use any of our post-RAGBRAI shuttles.)
How To Reserve Half Hog Options
On your PBV online application, you can select the First-Half Hog (exit shuttle) or Last-Half Hog (enter shuttle) to or from Ames. You can also select partial-week support and choose the days you will spend with PBV. Unfortunately, the tent service can't be prorated; however, some half-week riders have gone ahead and taken a tent for the full week. Let us know, please, if you have questions about anything.
Des Moines Hotel and Parking for Half Hoggers
On Tuesday, July 24, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Des Moines airport 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 on Tuesday night, July 24. It may be possible to use an inexpensive parking option at the hotel, depending on availability. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the Des Moines airport.
BELOW: Here's Mick, Pete, Rob, and Lori in front of the Guess-the-Route Contest, holding up their party-souvenir beer glasses.