RAGBRAI 2019      

Pork Belly Update #9---Your JUNE LETTER

June 26, 2018

Dear Porkers,


Thanks for your patience as we've gathered the most accurate info we can from Davenport, Onawa, and other places! We may not have every detail here, but it should suffice.


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 20 and 21

3.    Finding Us in Onawa, July 20 and 21

4.    Omaha to Onawa, July 21 [NEW Info on Omaha Parking and Airport Shuttle]

5.    Des Moines to Onawa, July 21

6.    The Week with PBV

7.    Our Half Hog Shuttles, July 24

8.    The Last Day of RAGBRAI, July 28

9.    Shipping Bikes to/from RAGBRAI

10. Between Now and RAGBRAI

11. Preparing Your Bike for Truck Transport

12. The PBV Smartphone App--you need this!

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.  

The Pork Belly App

There's a section about our Smartphone App at the end. If you're a savvy phone person, the App, now used by 6200 people, is a probably the best way to stay abreast of Pork News and Pork Happenings, as well as RAGBRAI news and host-town happenings. You'll have an archive of all 2018 updates at your fingertips. In the final section of the June Letter, you'll read more from our wonderful app developer, Katy Fletcher of Doxieworks, about all the features of our app. 

Download your letter. Print today. Tomorrow, pick up a highlighter and read a couple sections. Keep scanning for what you need. Re-read as needed.  Here is the link to your June Letter in pdf format:  


The June Letter of PBV

Your June Form: Finding It and Completing It

Please don’t look for a tab at the website saying “June Form.” 


Everyone needs to login to his/her application to complete the June Form using the login tab in the upper right corner of the home page at pkbelly.com.  You'll see "June Form" in green across from the name of each person on the application.

While We Have You... Payment Is Due Now

When you login in to complete your June Form, please look at your PBV payment history to see if there's a balance due. If so, please send payment right away. Our mailing address is PBV LLC, 412 Forest Glen Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503. 


If you are reading this update after July 7, do not mail a check at that point. You will have to pay by credit card on or after July 7. Thank you. 


Availability of Services

We have satisfied everyone on our Tent Waiting List, and tents are available again, at least for now. In fact, we have space on all services and shuttles.


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. 


Our Directional Signs

Usually we post an image of our directional signs, which will guide you to our campsites in each overnight town. We're working on our sign, and we'll publish it a couple times before RAGBRAI. But not here.


More to come, Porkers. Watch for Our Week in the Corn, Indoor Sleeping Opportunities, and more reasons to sing Hallelujah. Thanks for reading your June Letter and completing your June Form. We'll be back on your screens again soon. Real soon. Until then, we remain, 


Your friends,  

Tammy and Pete  


ABOVE: We hope this pic gives you an idea of the size your padlock should be. Huge ones for self-storage units won't work. Something smaller.

ABOVE and RIGHT: Here is one of many examples of pig-art out at the barn. Our favorite, Link, who is made of chain and scrap metal, presides over our preparation for your arrival in Iowa. He was created by Benny Britton of Zearing, Iowa. His wife Carolyn is the artist who creates our souvenir posters every year, and you'll get yours at the end of your Week in the Corn. At right, an old pic of Bob, Dave, and Pete, with Link overseeing their hard work.


BELOW: Benny with an art piece he made for Charles City, Iowa from metal wrenches, horseshoes, and other stuff.