Tucked between two Urbandale neighborhoods, is the Bob Layton Trail. It's "tiny but mighty" and a good place to find hidden prairie while winding along Walnut Creek. The trail is dedicated to a former Urbandale city manager and travels 2 miles north from where it meets the Raccoon River Valley Trail just south of Douglas.
On a recent ride on the Clive Greenbelt I decided to jump ship and check out the trails north of Hickman.
I quickly was reminded it's not yet spring when finding portions of the Raccoon River Valley Trail not only under mud, snow and ice, but closed. Taking a detour through residential streets I met back up with the trail where it was closed from the north.
Walnut Creek had escaped its banks just enough to create a treacherous mess. I know this only because I always take a drone with me on bike rides and used it to determine the cause of the closure and take a picture rather than (carefully...quietly..quickly) riding past the gates on my bike in stealth mode.
After finding the Raccoon not quite open for business I wondered "What about Bob?". That trail also closely winds along the creek bank. Would it be in a similar state?
Thankfully the remaining portion of the ride was dry. There were a couple of spots that called for an easier gear. I got the heart rate up and maybe even burned off an extra calorie.
A new "fitness area" had been installed along the trail since my last ride through. I stopped to only take a picture because getting in a few quick sets or reps will never....ever... be a reason for me to hit the breaks.