COUNCIL BLUFFS — For the ninth year in a row, RAGBRAI enthusiasts can Learn about the Land during the 2013 Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa July 21 to 27.
This joint project between the DNR, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Iowa Limestone Producers Association highlights the land, history, parks and other natural wonders that cyclists encounter on their late July quest across the state. This year’s route crosses several of Iowa’s major landform regions. The bulk of the ride is over the rolling hills of the Southern Iowa Drift Plain, so riders should be prepared for some serious climbing in and out of valleys.
Maps and cross sections are designed to help participants locate nearby parks, cities and landmarks each day of the ride. Look for Springbrook State Park on Day 2, Historic Valley Junction on Day 3, Red Rock Reservoir on Days 4 and 5, and Lacey-Keosauqua State Park on Day 7.
The seven-day set of RAGBRAI brochures produced by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is available online at www.igsb.uiowa.edu
Or, find the brochures July 21 at the Human and Natural History Partners booth at Expo in Council Bluffs where staff from the Office of the State Archaeologist, U.S. Geological Survey and the DNR will be available to answer questions. These specialists are uniquely equipped to help riders find the subtle beauty of the Iowa landscape.
The brochure can be found each day along the route at the Iowa Conservation Team’s booths. The Iowa Conservation Team is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship - Division of Soil Conservation, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Look for USGS volunteers, too, as they distribute the brochures in the RAGBRAI campgrounds.