|Skunk River Greenbelt Trail|
The one thing we found out quite soon is that the path was still on the too muddy side. While it added a lot of experiences to our trip, I do agree with the sign about not biking along the trail in muddy conditions. The mud clogged up our bikes pretty badly in the first part. Front wheel blockage of my daughter's bicycle caused her to fall. After that we had to push (and drag a little) our bikes through the rest of the muddy parts. Unfortunately my hands were full so I didn't get much chance to capture that with the camera.
Later on the path got more solid and the riding got better. Although my daughter isn't a fan of single track riding, especially because of the hills. Maybe with more and better experience she's getting a bit more excited to do so. Keeping in mind it's her first time.
The gravel road was also a welcome change as there wasn't much traffic, no washboard, and all together easy to ride. A few highlights of the trip were the suspension bridge hidden in the forest, a tree trunk crossing that was home to a toad, and the river crossing.
I'm looking forward to another ride on the trail when it's not as muddy and hopefully still without mosquitoes.
PDF map of the Skunk River Greenbelt Trail: https://www.storycountyiowa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2418
|Muddy forest path|
|This is Iowa, too|
|Riding into the meadow|
|Are we lost yet|
|No time to pose for a photo|
|Mud taking its toll on us and the bikes|
|One of a few logs across the path|
|Daughter and dad|
|4th Try Bridge, what a weird name for a bridge|
|Nice non-muddy path|
|Zooming on the gravel road|
|Rare photo of the boy|
|Found a hidden suspension bridge|
|and had to enjoy it a bit|
|Riding along Skunk River|
|Play time - river crossing break|
|Path north of McFarland Park along the interstate|