This is my first ride report, and my TWs first trip out of Nebraska. Just an afternoon of dirt riding, but I hope you enjoy it! Ive been wanting to ride my TW on something besides the straight gravel roads around here, so I talked Mason into taking me to the Loess Hills in Iowa. The Loess Hills are beautiful, rolling hills in western Iowa near the Missouri River. They are a unique formation caused by glaciers (wikipedia has a great page on it, if youre interested in the details). Mostly what they are to me is a place with a few hills and curves in the roads, something thats in short supply in our neck of the plains. So, we loaded up the TW200 and Masons KTM 525EXC and headed out. Pisgah, Iowa, in the middle of the Loess Hills area north of Missouri Valley, seemed like a good place to start from. We unloaded the bikes in the City Park and headed to the diner for a quick lunch. Obligatory food photo: tuna and noodles - it was their special, which to us meant "quick" so we could get to riding. Stopped at the Loess Hills Visitor Center for some maps and then headed north out of Pisgah. Didnt really have a plan for the ride, just trying to find something interesting to ride. What we found first was a scenic overlook at Preparation Canyon State Park. So far, wed been mostly riding on some gravel roads, big gnarly gravel that wasnt much fun to ride. We live on a road like that, so didnt need to drive 100 miles to do that. But when we saw the "Minimum Maintenance Road" sign, it was a no-brainer to turn there (should have taken a picture of the sign - Ill get it next time). This is Olive Ave looking back after wed ridden down it. I tried to stop at the top and take a picture, but the TW wasnt willing to wait for me to do that. These minimum maintenance roads are dirt, or more like dust or silt. It can be kind of deep and loose in places. It was dry this day, luckily. Another shot from down in the bottom of one of the roads (cant remember which one this was). How these trees hold on in this stuff is amazing to me. We stopped often for water breaks because it was hot and windy. These were taken on the western edge of the hills, looking towards the Missouri River and Nebraska. Little Sioux Scout Ranch where there was a devastating tornado in 2008 that killed four scouts. Looks like lots of rebuilding has been done, and just recently re-opened from what the locals told us. Just some trees. Another tree clinging to the side of these dusty, silty hills. There is almost no substance to the dirt here. Me and my TW. I love this bike. I had an 87 many years ago, sold it and then missed it, so bought this one a few years ago. It will go through anything and makes me look like I know what Im doing! This is Kelsey Ave. It goes down just as steep on the other side. And then up again. And then back down again. And, then - well, you get the idea. This is Mason taking the TW up first, just to make sure it would make it up the hill. No Problem! He brought it back down and I rode it up and over. This road had a lot of what I referred to as "floofy" dirt, but the TW just rode right through it! Another picture from somewhere inside Kelsey Ave. This is Hillside Ave - picture doesnt do it justice. This road was pretty rough, but the TW just plugged along totally unfazed by ruts, limbs, deep floofy dirt, whatever. I love this bike (did I say that already?). There was a big, rutted downhill at the end of what you can see in this picture. I had a great time, and the TW made it so easy for me to take on everything we came across. Mason was a good sport, because me and my TW are not real fast. He did say (about his KTM) "This bike isnt made for this kind of riding." Me: "whats it made for?" Him: "going fast" There are tons more roads that we didnt get to, so well be going back. Lots of steep hills, some curves, and great views. And the funny thing is we didnt see another dirt bike all day, which surprised us because its so much more fun than the flat, straight gravel roads of most of the surrounding countryside. So if youre ever in western Iowa ... umm, wait a minute ... maybe we should keep this little secret to ourselves ... Never mind, it was a terrible place to ride, you dont want to go there.