Trail: Raccoon River Valley - Minburn to Dawson
Weather: 70 degrees, Sun, Slight Breeze
This is a great concrete trail. It's smooth with very slight grades, cement gravel road crossings and nicely groomed trail shoulders.
I couldn't miss the beautiful scenes of Iowa farmland between Minburn and Perry. It was an ocean of green.
Perry and Dawson have clean and comfortable pit stop facilities .
Minburn lacks nice trail head facilities, but in a pinch you could the public library might be available.
Use caution when crossing 4 lanes of busy highway when reaching Perry.
Keep an eye open for green painted trail arrows on sidewalks downtown Perry.
Be prepared for the smell behind the Tyson plant in Perry. It's pretty gross. I tried holding my breath for as long as possible. It didn't help.
The inside the restored train station in Dawson has some historical displays to check out.
I "check out" the public library in Perry at the corner of Willis and 1st Avenue. I'm a sucker for a nice library.
The Racoon river bridge west of Perry was a fun stop for taking a few pictures.
I took a break at the Dawson trail station. It was very quiet in town that day. I felt like I was the only person around.
Lots of Iowa’s wildflowers were in bloom along the trail between Minburn and Perry.
I was so lucky to hear the call of a Bobwhite Quail East of Perry. This is why I don't use ear buds or head phones while riding. Nature provides the best playlist.
I spotted a cute fisherman statue outside of Minburn. in the dusty lot of the local ag co-op.
- During my break in Dawson I snacked on some sweet and chewy homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They hit the spot and were a nice treat after a solid 13 miles of pedaling.