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Tom Kepler Bicycling · 10M ago

From Waterloo to Coralville, Iowa

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail runs from Evansdale (a suburb or Waterloo) to Hiawatha (a suburb or Cedar Rapids) in Iowa. I rode this trail, and further south through Cedar Rapids and Ely, do...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 11M ago

Local Tour: Oakland Mills, Farmington, Bentonsport

89 miles over 4 days from June 28, 2016 to July 1, 2016  Day 1:Ten miles of today's ride was the familiar Glasgow Road, "Gateway to Adventure," because the road leads to so many campgroun...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 1Y ago

Amtrak with a Bike Again

I had planned a three-day bike trip in southeast Iowa, and then my brother asked me to come out to California to visit--now. Mom needed some company, a change. That was on a Tuesday when I h...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 1Y ago

Glasgow Road: the Gateway South

Riding out of Fairfield, Glasgow Road slants off Burlington Avenue at the Little League baseball fields. Extending thirteen miles south and east, this country road is one of the bicycling ga...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 1Y ago

Bicycling Week in Traverse City, Michigan

My wife and I decided it was time to get away for a week this May, and we decided that the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan was our destination, based on articles we'd read in a couple of Adve...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 1Y ago

Overnighter to Round Prairie Park

A pleasant evening at Round Prairie ParkA twenty-five percent chance of .015 inches of rain in a thunderstorm seemed like pretty good odds of having a pleasant overnight bike experience in M...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 1Y ago

Overnighter to Lake Darling

I wake up in my tent at Lake Darling, Iowa. It’s a dark night in early March, and I wonder what time is it, and what’s the temperature.Somehow, knowing the time when I wake up always makes i...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 1Y ago

Emberlit Titanium Wood-burning Camp Stove Review

Folded Stove + Dryer Fluff & Fire Starter I bought the Emberlit camp stove after reading a bicycle touring journal of a guy who used a similar stove while riding across Siberia. I was inspir...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 1Y ago

20-Mile Day Ride to Turkey Run

I'm riding down a gravel road that is even smoother than asphalt--gravel and good ol' Iowa mud packed to a porcelain-like riding surface. The day is near 60 degrees, little to no wind, and I...
Tom Kepler Bicycling · 1Y ago

A Grocery Run with the Burley Travoy

It's December, 46 degrees, and blue sky--time to take the Burley Travoy out to get some groceries.This is my second post on a Travoy grocery run, the last about three years ago with a Januar...