Villisca, IA: Montgomery County (Our 39th County!) A couple months ago, I signed on to be a speaker at Iowa History Day in a little SW-Iowa town organized by The Forgotten Iowa Historical Society. When I heard which town the conference would be in, I knew I had to go. There’s many reasons to make a trip… Continue reading Forgotten Iowa Meets the Ax
Beaconsfield, IA: Ringgold County (Our 37th County!) I remember countless Sundays with my Mom at the North Dodge Hy-Vee in Iowa City. I ordered the same thing every time from the “Deli”. Half order of biscuits and gravy, two sausage patties, and two eggs scrambled. Since then I have evolved my order but not by much.… Continue reading Iowa’s First Aisle with a Helpful Smile
Corning, IA: Adams County The birthplace of Johnny Carson is becoming a complete summer destination more and more every year. The ample amount of camping options, fishing opportunities, and scenic Iowa landscapes, and an incredible Main Street District. Why am I not talking about the BBQ yet? Let’s eat! I had the opportunity to be a… Continue reading Johnny Carson & the BBQ Battle
Lake of Three Fires State Park-Bedford, IA: Taylor County (Our 33rd County!) You’ve see those brown signs on the side of the road as you’re road tripping through Iowa, pointing to public areas. How many times have you passed them and wondered what was just a few miles down the road. “Maybe some other time” you… Continue reading Iowa State Parks-A Quick Dip at Lake of Three Fires
Shenandoah, IA: Page County (Our 30th County!) Another longtime friend of RAGBRAI is gearing up for another round of riders rolling through in July. Summer is a great time to visit Page County, and the annual two-wheeled invasion of Iowa has made the area even more busy. Overnight #2 is loaded with history and ready to make more… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI 2016-Shenandoah in Full Bloom
Glenwood, IA: Mills County (Our 29th County!) I always ask people to tell someone who’s been on RAGBRAI that Iowa is a flat state. You’ll get many degrees of responses immediately. And you’ll more than likely never say that again. One of the most hilly areas of Iowa is the staging point for this year’s greatest annual bike… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI 2016-From Lewis & Clark to the Bike Brigades: Discovering Glenwood
Adams County and Cass County (Our 1st and 2nd counties!) It was time to get back to Adams County, IA and show the wife and kids where the Goodvin family started its empire. Like always, we started our trek from our home in Iowa City and took our time on the 3 hour ride to Lake Icaria where… Continue reading I had no idea a coal miners reunion was on my bucket list. Check that one off!