Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SW Iowa
Bikes: Waterford 1200, Raleigh Record converted to a single speed.
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Hiway 92 has a bridge out west of Treynor. Skip that part. That and hiway 6 are both very busy and 6 is narrow most of the way. There is a county road out of Underwood (G30) that's pretty and fairly low traffic. Got to the Iowa DOT web site and download the Iowa bicycle map. It's color coded for traffic count. After you get east of Harlan, hiway 44 isn't bad all the way to Des Moines. There's also the Racoon River Trail from Panora that connects with some trails in Des Moines that will take all the way downtown or up to Saylorville Lake.
I'm not as familiar with eastern Iowa. So someone else with have to chime in on that. Maybe go to the regional forum.
For stealth camping, choose the smaller towns rather than larger. Even small towns usu. have a city park and have no ordinances about camping. Always a good idea to ask the locals first though so no one freaks out, including the local LEO's.