Here's what to know about the newly announced route of RAGBRAI XLIX: the towns, the mileage and the highlights.
Sunday, July 24: Sergeant Bluff to Ida Grove
Day 1 will startand end in the same towns as the first day of RAGBRAIin 2006.
Located off Interstate 29, Sergeant Bluff, population 5,015,is an industrial area of northwest Iowajust down the road from Sioux City's east side — though residents adamantly insist they're not a suburb of their larger neighbor. Over the last 10 years the town's population has grown by about 800, according to the 2020 U.S. Census.
Nestled in the Loess Hills, the city takes its name from Sgt. Charles Floyd, a Kentucky native who was the only member of Lewis and Clark's 1804 expedition to dieenroute, succumbing to appendicitis on a nearby bluff over the Missouri River.The Iowa Air National Guard 185th Refueling Wing operates out of Sioux Gateway Airport,just west of the town.