Ride with us in Iowa!
We are headed to Iowa! We had a chance to explore a bit of the state last year and are coming back to find some of Iowa’s most interesting riding experiences. If you’d like to join us for a ride or make suggestions about what to check out in the following areas, send us a message! Here are our riding dates:
Taco Ride (5/28) and the Wabash Trace (5/29-5-30)
The taco ride out of Council Bluffs, Iowa is so popular it was turned into a commercial for Jennie-O. We want to check it out first hand. We are also planning to ride the rest of the Wabash Trace to explore some of the cool small towns along the way. Last year we were super impressed by the tiny community of Imogene that turned a quonset hut into a makeshift bicycle hub!
Gravel Grinnell (6/1 – 6/2)
The quaint college town of Grinnell has played host to one of Iowa’s most legendary races, Trans-Iowa. This year was particularly epic, with peanut butter-like conditions that decimated the field. We’re planning to sample some of these gravel roads and find some interesting things to do along the way.
Decorah (6/4 – 6/5)
Iowa has the reputation of being flat as a pancake. Local riders in Decorah beg to differ. We are headed to this charming small town to find some of the hilliest (you heard us right!) in Iowa. After punishing the legs for a bit, we’re going to check out the very tantalizingly named Trout Run Trail (hello, #bikefishing!).
If you’d like to meet up with us and ride along, send us an email!
Rebecca Castle May 28, 2015 at 10:59 am
Great suggestion on the Art Church, Julie! They will actually get to stay in the renovated basement of the Church! The Classic Café is a must while there also!
Dan May 22, 2015 at 9:54 am
You’d be remiss to not take a ride across the High Trestle Trail high bridge if you have not already done so.
Andrew May 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm
Probably not in the area you’re planning on visiting, but in central west IA, the town of Lake View (Sac county) has some great trails. They were one of the overnight stops for RAGBRAI a couple of years ago and defintiely live up to being a friendly small IA Town.
Spent many summers there as my grandparents lived just off of the lake. Owned a bait shop right by the stone pier. Few places hold my memory and imagination like Lake View.
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Also on the Wabash Trace is Malvern where the Project Art Church is located.
If you stop in Des Moines check out Tacopocalypse for some excellent eats.
Iowa is a great place to ride with a growing trail system – which I hope will eventually spread to SE IA where I am.
Enjoy your trip!