|Iowa is all about corn. It's everywhere. Bumper crop, so to speak.|
Colorado or Bust, days 65 through 69:
Among the last trails that I'll hike in Iowa are the Raccoon River Valley Trail, about a dozen miles worth, and three miles of Riverside Trail and Whiterock Conservancy trail in Coon Rapids The rest of this report is about what I saw along the roads between and beyond.
Here's the Raccoon River itself, as seen from said trail:
The Riverside Trail actually follows said river much more closely:
But otherwise I was on my own, entertaining myself with paint cracks and puff balls, country churches, rutted 'class B' (limited maintenance) roads, and just plain old litter:
Sometimes Iowa vistas can be boring. But not always. Grass can be fascinating, as can corn (as shown up top), and soybeans and sunflowers:
Beyond Coon Rapids I've chosen to diverge from the American Discovery Trail and the Great American Rail Trail, both of which make a big sweeping, arc SW to Omaha and Lincoln and then back north. I'm choosing the more direct route. I'm not much of a fan of cities.
Here are the GPS Tracks for the five days covered in this report: