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RAGBRAI is right around the corner…

The 36th RAGBRAI will run through Missouri Valley, Harlan, Jefferson, Ames, Tama-Toledo, North Liberty, Tipton and Le Clare.  Lance Armstrong will be here for the 3rd time.

RAGBRAI – Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.

It’s a household word in Iowa, one synomous with the last full week in July. 

This will be my tenth year on RAGBRAI and even though I’m not able to do the entire week every year, I wouldn’t miss riding a couple days each year.

I started riding RAGBRAI in 1999 and hadn’t really ridden a bike much since I was a kid. The first year I went, I rode only two days, but a very hot and hilly two days.  The heat index the first day was at least 110 the first day and 115 the second day I rode. The first day was from Waverly to Decorah, the second day from Decorah to Manchester. If anyone has driven in northeast Iowa, it’s even hillier when you’re on a bike! 

However, after that year with a sore butt and being hot and tired, I fell in love with it.

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View masterful gardens, get gardening tips from experts

In 2007, 71 percent of all U.S. households or an estimated 82 million households participated in one or more types of lawn and garden activities.

These numbers make gardening the fourth most popular hobby and leisure activity, tied with fishing. According to Harris Interactive, the most popular activities is reading followed by watching TV.

Corridorians can view some of the regions’ best gardens to get creative ideas for landscaping, ponds and flower beds on Saturday, June 14, from The first Master Gardener’s Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The walk, presented by Iowa State University Extension Linn County Master Gardeners, features five diverse gardens with beds highlighting creative landscaping, ornamental grasses, conifers, vegetables, perennials, containers, and ponds.

Master Gardeners will be available at all sites to answer questions and offer advice.

The cost is $5 for adults or $10 for families. Maps and information is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/linn click on Garden Walk, or call 319.447.0647.

posted by: lschreiber

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Trail Blazing

Spring and warm weather is finally upon us! This is a great chance to get outside to take advantage of the fabulous trails in the corridor. 

In a short 15 minutes, I can drive from my house and get my feet, bike, or blades on the Cedar River Trail.  The trail is well maintained, well marked, and very accessible from a number of locations in Cedar Rapids.  It makes for the perfect weekend adventure with my family and has a number of locations were we could stop off and have a picnic if we so choose.

If you have not considered walking, biking or blading on the trail, I would highly recommend it.  The trail is free to use and the time spent with friends or family is priceless.   The trails are for all ages.  On last night’s ride we passed a new rider who still had his training wheels on and a whole family of 8 walking together.  I can’t think of a better way see and experience the beautiful place we live in .

The link below contains maps and more information about the many trails in the area.


Blaze a trail this year and experience the Eastern Iowa Corridor!

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