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08/30   Hot Hills
08/31   Maquoketa Caves State Park
09/01   Sutliff Bridge
09/02   Flags
09/03   Maasdam's Wheel Art
09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
09/07   Clark Tower
09/08   The Terraced Hills
09/09   Tower of the Four Winds
09/10   Just gravel roads
09/11   Grand Island
09/12   Boot Hill
09/13   Highway 34 to McCook
09/15   Tinker Tom's
09/16   The Big Easel
09/17   Mount Sunflower
09/18   Long Dry Day
09/19   Colorado Springs
09/20   Camping High
09/21   Wolves and Fossils
09/22   Cottonwood Pass
09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
09/24   Kebler Pass
09/25   Grand Junction
09/26   Colorado National Monument
09/27   Entrada Bluffs
09/28   Arches National Park
09/29   Hole N''The Rock
09/30   Newspaper Rock
10/01   Comb Wash up
10/02   Natural Bridges National Monument
10/03   The Burr Trail
10/04   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
10/05   Escalante
10/06   Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon
10/07   Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
10/08   Dinosaur Tracks
10/09   Snow Canyon State Park
10/11   Cathedral Gorge State Park
10/12   Sunnyside
10/18   A Week in Sunnyside
10/19   Mule Deer Hunting
10/21   Leaving Las Vegas
10/22   Death Valley National Park
10/23   Uphill Against the Wind
10/24   Ridgecrest
10/26   Red Rock Canyon State Park
10/27   Lancaster
10/28   LAX
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Sutliff Bridge


tl;dr: The highlight of my day of bicycling along Iowa gravel roads was crossing the Sutliff Bridge. And later almost getting trampled.

Phil (from England) said he would be an early riser, but he joined everybody else in sleeping in as I packed up my tent and left the campground. I wish I could have slammed some car doors on the way out. Maybe shine my flashlight into a tent or two.

After leaving the park I immediately made a wrong turn and went miles out of my way.

I hoped to charge up my phone in Baldwin, but their park didn't have power turned on. So I took the highway to Wyoming which only had a Casey's open. So I biked to Olin, where I spent an hour at their library charging my phone and updating my blog.

I keep getting asked where I started. "Wisconsin!" Face drop. "Oh." I can't wait until I get farther west so it seems like I've accomplished something.

I picked up a surprisingly cheap dinner at the Sam's Main Street Market in Solon. I headed out of town and found a place to camp. After scaring away a big buck and setting up my tent in case mosquitoes appeared (inexplicably, they did not) I set about devouring cold breakfast pizza, barbecue potato chips, chocolate and cold chicken tenders.

Just as it was getting dark, and I was reading, suddenly CRASH CRASH CRASH a deer came barreling out of the corn and ran right into my tent almost knocking it over.

Good morning Emeline School what closed in 1966.

just south of Olin

I spent most of the day on roads like this. Again.

Dust storm incoming. This guy never slowed down.

hog barns in the middle of nowhere


These two massive windmills were all by themselves.

The Sutliff Bridge crossing the Cedar River. No vehicles.

I get my foot stuck on a peddle and almost fell over, which would have interupted this fallen soilder ceremony just as they were folding the flag.

good enough place to camp

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