1. Aey dubya

    Aey dubya Thumper Humper

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    OK i know iowa does'nt have a lot of cool stuff to ride. And it's winter now, but I'm beggining to wonder if I'm the only iowan on the site. We do have some ohv parks and trails so lets get a collective knowledge between

    us . . .

    :freaky . . . if there is an us. . . . .
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  2. rharms

    rharms n00b

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    There's a few I've seen over the last few months of watching the site, including myself. Picked up a Ulysses this fall, and I've been keeping an eye out for ideas for next year.
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  3. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Lots of Iowegians on the Thumper Talk central region forum.

    I'm in Nebraska but I ride Iowa a lot. What part of the state are you in?
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  4. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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  5. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Hi Dean! I guess Terry had fun with jgas and devro on the Thanksgiving ride.

    I wish I could convince my wife we need to move to Arkansas:cry :D
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  6. jsrider

    jsrider Long timer

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  7. craig6785

    craig6785 Been here awhile

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    There are several Iowa based riders here and there is good riding in the state you just have to know where to look. I put together a ride last fall we covered about 200 miles of gravel in Jackson county. What part of Iowa are from?
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  8. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Get a dirt bike. I'm mean a real dirt bike. You can ride those all winter long on the ice and snow, if it's less than a foot of snow.
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  9. Stranded in Iowa

    Stranded in Iowa couch adv`r

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    I know that there is 3.5 of us inmates in Des Moines. In this area we have the "Alternate" Dragoon Trail (100 mile gravel road) that goes from Des Moines to Fort Dodge. Lake Red Rock to Des Moines section isn`t worthy but that`s another 100 miles. Neil Smith Prarie Conservation area auto tour route (gravel) thru buffalo herds and we also have the bridges of Madison County!
    I know, not very exciting but better than nothing.
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  10. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Unless there has been a lot of paving going in IA lately, there are a lot of good gravel roads. SE, NE have a lot of interesting options to investigate! I'm sure the rest has as much to see and ride. Just ride Township and County roads!
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  11. PlugUgly

    PlugUgly The Littlest Giant

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    I'm in Iowa, but brand new here, and don't own a Dualsport. Yet.

    But I'm here.
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  12. Aey dubya

    Aey dubya Thumper Humper

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    WOW !

    Really glad to see all of you . I my self am a river rat, grew up and live in the DesMoines river valley near Boone 50 min NW of DesMoines. I do plenty of gravel travel and if I get new tires soon plan on some winter riding. Does any one know if were dual registered DNR and DMV if we can hit the medians like the snowmobilers?

    :johntm
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  13. Aey dubya

    Aey dubya Thumper Humper

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    The Bandit Adventurer
    3.5 of us inmates in Des Moines. In this area we have the "Alternate" Dragoon Trail (100 mile gravel road) that goes from Des Moines to Fort Dodge.

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    Did'nt know that me and my 1.5 budies with dual sports will have to check that out and end up in the ohv park in dodge. Maybe will see you guys there or at trophies for a dual sport, enduro, and motard show out at bike night.

    :ricky
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  14. Stranded in Iowa

    Stranded in Iowa couch adv`r

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    The best part of the "Alternate" Dragoon Trail goes under the Kate Shelley Bridge (worlds longest tallest RR bridge or something like that?) and across the Wagon Wheel Bridge near Boone. Very scenic. But temporary closed for some kind of Bridge construction. I worked on some detours for the detours and I keep getting lost:D . The Alternate (gravel) trail doesn`t start untill you get up to Boone. I`m just by my lonesome out exploring. No buddies with dual-sports. I`ve been busy mapping out the exact route (or more scenic) with my 20 year old GPS and a map. I also take a different way back to Des Moines that really takes you out in the middle of nowhere. In no hurry but round trip took me six hours. It`s fun.

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  15. Stranded in Iowa

    Stranded in Iowa couch adv`r

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  16. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Done quite a bit of riding over there. In the spring I hope to put a long dual sport/gravel route together.
    Found a good IA DOT map site
    http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/pdfview/counties.html
    These show the "Level B" ("earth") roads. Loess Hills are in Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills, and Fremont counties.
    If you don't know the area, you can just travel along the western edge of the hills and turn east any time you see a gravel/dirt road.
    NOTE: the "loess" soil is pretty much unrideable if it's very wet. Any of the "Level B" dirt roads will be a mess in the rain. The stuff is like talcum powder when dry too:D

    This site has some good stuff including the Loess Hills Scenic Byway
    http://iowahighways.home.mchsi.com/highways/scenicrt.html

    Be sure to check out rokklym's Gravel Ride too
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=290874
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  17. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    I've been using those same IADOT maps and they've come in quite handy.

    Holler when you get to the Loess Hills area; I'm sure a few of us east NE folks could meet up.
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  18. Aey dubya

    Aey dubya Thumper Humper

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    When I was in high school I used to watch train's engins go under the humpback bridge (Boone/East side of the valley) then haul balls thru the curves over the wagonwheel bridge up the opposite side of the vally and to the camel back bridge (Ogden/West side) to wave to the engineer a second time as he went under, and watch the whole train. Or verse vica.
    tons of fun

    :smile6
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  19. Aey dubya

    Aey dubya Thumper Humper

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    I know that whole area vary well, and while the U P is building the new bridge along side the old one the only way to get over the river near there is old hwy 30 (Lincolin HWY just N of hwy 30) or E26 but old 30 is the shortest.

    :johntm
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  20. Aey dubya

    Aey dubya Thumper Humper

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    that ride looks pretty cool will try to follow the info
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