The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 22, 2014

Bike the Byway coming to southeast Iowa

OTTUMWA — The first Bike the Byway ride will feature communities along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway and make for a fun day of bike riding.

Scheduled for June 21, the ride will begin in Ottumwa and take cyclists through Blakesburg, Unionville, Drakesville and Bloomfield.

The ride was developed to feature communities along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway. Ottumwa is working hard to make a fun and festive early morning send-off for cyclists. Starting at Market on Main in Ottumwa, riders can check in from 7-9 a.m. and get rolling down the route. From Market on Main, the route will take riders on the Ottumwa Trails to Mary Street, where the route takes a turn west toward Blakesburg. In Blakesburg, sweet treats will await riders at the park where the route will head south down scenic T61.

Cyclists will surely need a break when they arrive in Unionville after the hills of T61, and rest assured the Unionville Methodist Church will refuel the riders before they head east toward Drakesville. If the 47-mile ride isn’t quite enough, cyclists can add an optional loop through Lake Wapello State Park before they head into Drakesville. The park promises scenic views, a few hills and maybe even a dip in the lake. In Drakesville, more sweets and beverages will keep the riders fueled before the final leg of the route into Bloomfield. The route will end at the Bloomfield Courthouse lawn, where riders will be welcomed by the community and the Bloomfield Main Street. Food and entertainment as well as transportation will await in Bloomfield.

Riders are encouraged to register prior to May 1 for the early-bird discount. After May 1, the registration fee will go from $20 to $25. Proceeds from this event will benefit the local efforts of Historic Hills Scenic Byway and hopefully support future rides. Information can be found on the Bike the Byway website at www.bikethebyway.com.

With each registration, participants will receive a bag full of goodies from participating communities. This event started as the small vision of the Byway volunteers and has blossomed into a multi-community collaborative effort. Many partners are working together to make this event a success.

 

1
Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • County attorney requests an assistant Monday morning the Appanoose County Board of Supervisors in the Courthouse boardroom moved to table a request from Appanoose County Attorney Susan C. Daniels to hire an assistant county attorney and amend her budget by $38,833.60 to cover the cost. T

    July 28, 2014

  • CATS-DOGS281.jpg Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.-and all over the world

    We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Auditor: state budgeting better, relies on surplus DES MOINES (AP) — The state auditor in her annual review of the state budget says Iowa's political leaders have improved spending practices but Iowa still spends more than it takes in and covers the difference by dipping into a budget surplus. Audito

    July 28, 2014

  • Navy and Gold Gala photo Navy & Gold Gala proceeds support transportation needs

    The third annual Navy & Gold Gala had a wild west theme this year, part of an effort to keep things fresh and attract new people

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seusical 261.JPG Summer Fun for Families: Seussical the Musical

    Need a Dr. Seuss fix? Or just to get out of the house with a younger child for a few hours? Pella will be staging "Seussical the Musical."

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

    On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65.

    July 25, 2014

  • Taking a look at Iowa's rural bridges and roads

    OSKALOOSA — National statistics indicate that Iowa roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair.According to the Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland report, 22 percent of Iowa’s rural bridges are deficient.Maha

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726 OTT cedar creek Gone in a flash

    BLOOMFIELD — Bob Parker got about as close to lightning as you can Friday morning, and came out of it without injury. A line of thunderstorms started moving through southeast Iowa in the early morning hours. Parker was heading to work at about 7 a.m.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Southeast Iowa's Lake Darling State Park reopens BRIGHTON, Iowa (AP) — Lake Darling State Park has reopened after around six years of restoration work in southeast Iowa's Washington County. The $16 million project began in 2008 and included draining the 300-acre lake and replacing a dam. The park n

    July 25, 2014

  • Honey Creek Resort recognized for recycling MORAVIA — Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake has been selected as having the best government recycling program by the Iowa Recycling Association.“Iowa’s Greenest Resort” received the award July 17 during the Iowa Recycling Association annu

    July 24, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National