A rented Surley Pugsley courtesy of As A Dad LLC was starting to feel like part of the family. The only thing missing was my handlebar bag. I've gotten hooked on that piece of gear and when it's not in use it just doesn't feel right. I filled the void by using a fanny pack....yes you read that right. Full Doris, pedaling with pride!
A showcase for conservation work in central Iowa, the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt was born in 1960 when damaged land along the Skunk River was purchased by Polk County. It's network of grass trails are great places for hiking, snow shoeing and cross country skiing...and fat biking!
A wildlife viewing area is located northeast of Bondurant at mile marker 93 on US Highway 65. There is paved parking, restrooms and a bird watching platform designed in the shape of a raptor. Decking boards are in the form of primary feathers. The viewing area has binocular stations for those who left their field glasses at home.
The greenbelt was all mine this sunny afternoon. The trails were in good shape and a perfect match for the fat bikes wide tires. I took my time pedaling north to the ponds. The water was quiet with only a Blue Heron using the pond.
Riding through sections of tall prairie grass I thought of Laura Ingalls and other pioneer families who traveled through similar landscapes. Imagine what she would have thought having seen someone ride past the covered wagon on a fat bike!