Mike, I thought of doing another blog entry on Iowa biking, but it would be unseemly to brag about all this fun twice within a week, so I’ll just tell you about my ride this morning. This was a forty – five mile loop from Birdland Marina to Big Creek; I like to call it the “Big Bird” Loop. The ride begins in Des Moines in the marina across the street from the park with the old fashioned merry-go-round and that huge metal slide you would never see in a modern playground. As you head north, look for the prominent driftwood in the middle of the river – there will often be a Great Blue Heron nearby.
When you get near Saylorville Lake the path will have a number of ascents, but most are quick and fun on the downside. One hill will turn your legs to jelly. You’ll pass by the lake and through campgrounds on the way to your destination near the public beach where there’s a little dock. Roll your bike down the dock, take off your helmet, and eat your energy bar for the trip back.
The wildlife menu will include deer, of course, but maybe turkey as well. This morning I saw a family of turkeys near the lake and then a flock of maybe fifteen back in Des Moines. Why don’t squirrels take the shortest route off the trail?
Anyway, do this trip before the fall leaves cover the path. Enjoy!