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Old 06-25-12, 08:19 PM   #1
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Well, not the High Trestle Trail, but..

A pretty good ride none the less.
This afternoon, I had some time to kill in Des Moines, so I thought I'd check out the High Trestle trail. Well, the distance from the truck stop where I'm parked to the trail would have been more distance than I was looking to ride, never mind getting on the trail, so I looked for other options.
I looked up a trail map, and was surprised and pleased to see that a trail passed right by the lot I'm parked in. I drove right over it when I turned in the driveway and thought it was just an extra wide sidewalk.
Here's a pdf of the trail map. I'm parked on Douglas Ave at I 80/35.
http://www.seedesmoines.com/uploads/...moines_web.pdf
So, I got on the trail, first heading east, and followed a bunch of those red squiggly lines. Nice paved pathway through mostly wooded area made for a very pleasant ride.
I stopped to sit for a while with these folks, but I may as well have been talking to a couple of bronze statues.



A look at part of the trail'



When I got back to the truck stop, I still had gas in the tank, so I followed the trail the other way for a stretch. I came on this pair of deer. They didn't seem too concerned about my approach.



Wish I could find more of these jewels in my travels.
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Nice surprise. Thanks for sharing and great pics.
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Nice surprise. Thanks for sharing and great pics.
+1. Looks like a beautiful ride.
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Nice ride, Dan. Great looking trail.
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Try the Wabash in Council Bluffs sometime. Nice report.
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Try the Wabash in Council Bluffs sometime. Nice report.
Thanks. I'll look that one up and file it.
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That would define the word "serendipity".
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Your friends on the bench do seem a bit stiff... Well shaded trails are the best!
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Two of my kids live in Des Moines. The whole metro area has a wonderful trail system. You can from downtown all the way to the north of end of Saylorville lake too. Following the trails you were on you can eventually get on the Raccoon River Trail and that one goes for 60+ miles and is connected to others. There's a reason Iowa is called the Trails Capitol of the World.
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Two of my kids live in Des Moines. The whole metro area has a wonderful trail system. You can from downtown all the way to the north of end of Saylorville lake too. Following the trails you were on you can eventually get on the Raccoon River Trail and that one goes for 60+ miles and is connected to others. There's a reason Iowa is called the Trails Capitol of the World.
I actually followed the Raccoon River Trail for a ways. I'd love to spend a few days there some time.
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