With a few extra hours in my day and weather uncharacteristic to February, I packed the handlebar bag and set out for Minburn. It's one of the sleepier towns along the Raccoon River Valley trail with a handful of houses, a grain elevator (of course) and a tiny "downtown". A bit of planning is required if choosing Minburn as a stopping point as trail amenities are scarce.
The ride was as lovely as the weather. Spring technically isn't here yet but hearing a Meadow Lark sing and seeing a turtle sunning itself in the warm sunshine indicated otherwise.
The Iron Giant cruised along nicely. I have been very happy with the change of handlebars I made late last year. Recently I removed the pedal cages and so far have been pleased with that decision as well. I suspect the next downsizing will involve the bike computer. I find it unnecessary to be constantly reminded of my slow speeds. The only useful information it does relay is how many miles until break time. In this instance, it was twelve 'til tea.
Yorkshire tea and Voortman Almond Krunch cookies were enjoyed at the Minburn town square. The trail mix ended up making the return trip home.