(Jan) We and local friends Ron and Edna, decided to take a bicycling break for a couple of days this week so we moved our rigs up to Swan Lake State Park near Carroll, Iowa. The Sauk Rail Trail which follows an abandoned railroad line, runs from Swan Lake, southeast of Carroll through the towns of Maple River, Breda, Carnavon and on to Black Hawk Lake at Lake View. It’s entire 33 mile length is asphalt or cement surfaced. Monday’s ride took us from Carroll to 1.5 miles NW of Maple River and then back. It’s a picturesque ride through rolling farm ground, much of it along the Middle Raccoon River. Tuesday’s ride started in Breda and headed south through the Hazelbrush Wildlife area. When we got to Monday’s stopping point we headed back north. The wind was particularly strong on Tuesday so we headed into the wind going south and enjoyed a nice tail wind heading north. Wednesday our ride found us at the Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids on the Garst Farm Trail. The ‘soft trails’ which means packed gravel, was very hilly on the southern section but also very beautiful as it wounds through woodlands and ponds. The northern section started along the Middle Racoon River and wound through the town of Coon Rapids and south to our starting point at the Visitor’s Center. Each was a morning ride as wind and temps rose each afternoon. Tuesday’s high reached 100 degrees.
Edna hosted a birthday party for our friend Betty on Monday evening at Swan Lake. Along with several other friends, six of us started getting together back in 1974. Eighteen children and 37 grandchildren (and counting) later, we’re still enjoying getting together! Pictured at left are Karen, Betty and Edna in front; Jan, Becki and Nancy in back.
We thoroughly enjoyed the biking and visiting with friends here in the campgrounds and several others who stopped by to see us. Edna & I enjoyed lunch at A&W Wednesday with friends Nancy & Karen one day plus I got to visit my mom in Carroll several times. Even though the weather turned out very hot, it’s been a nice break for us.