Iowa to Missouri

I was decidedly rained out of Sugar Bottom (the Iowa City area trail system that I wanted to try). So we puttered around town a little, visiting the University of Iowa campus just to say I’d been to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and because campuses are often so sweet.

Then I walked around town a little bit, making a point to visit Prairie Lights (sorry, no pictures), another fine bookstore – I restocked on cards and postcards, so holler if you’ve been left out of correspondence so far! And I couldn’t resist the Jamaican food truck on the way: jerk chicken is my go-to, but I’m always most excited about the plantains.

All of this walking (with Hops on campus, alone to the bookstore) was in the rain, of course. It rained for some 20 hours everywhere I went. Boy was I excited when the rain stopped.

We crossed another state line –

and I had a plan to camp for the night, but the Mississippi River got to it first.

my campsite was to be at the end of that road.

(Did I mention it has been raining?)

All ends well, though.

Minnesota to Iowa

Well, it’s been a treat to see my old friend again. But the camping was expensive! and there’s always something else down the road that beckons. I had a final sweet day riding Lebanon Hills, with CT this time.

after four laps in these woods I finally spotted this guy

And Hops and I had another hike in the Nerstrand Big Woods on our final morning.

I do not know what this is

And then it was time for my twentieth state:

I headed for a trail system near Iowa City that comes recommended. But the trails are wet and not drying quickly, so I suppose we’ll spend a day in the city instead, and see what they have to offer.

we did see a baby bunny at least

I’m nearing a much-anticipated stop to see a dear friend and attend Hamilton in the next week! Stay tuned…