David Johnson's Travel Blog
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Biking About 2016
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

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge


tl;dr: I visited the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge before my bike broke and I ended up stuck in Des Moines for the weekend.

I took my time leaving the hotel. I am still sore. I was planning on following a highway for a bit, but traffic was annoying, so I turned off onto the gravel roads again. There are not fewer hills here.

I rode through the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Based on pictures there maybe should be some buffalo here, but I didn't see them. It was still kind of neat.

A few miles east of Des Moines my bike frame cracked. Gah. In the end it was my own fault for not buying a proper seatpost for this bike. Anyway, I could still peddle standing up, so I made my way into town to the only bike shop that was still open. The owner tried to be helpful, but he kept making fun of my bike. I voiced a thought about returning home for my Trek 520 (an actual touring bike) and he scoffed at that as well. He may just have been annoyed that I arrived just as he was closing.

Because tomorrow is Labor Day I will need to wait until Tuesday to find out if I have other options to fix this bicycle. Oh well. It is supposed to be crazy hot tomorrow, anyway. I found a cheap room in a Motel 6. Guess I will get more rest.

corn tree

entering Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

inside the visitor center

wild flowers

My bicycle has a break.

This is my lame attempt to fix the break. It didn't work.

some park of overly large stuff

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