It’s a cold, snowy first weekend of March, as shown in this photo in Cooper, and everywhere else on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Daytime highs Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2, were predicted to be single digits above zero, with nighttime lows down to 18 below zero. With brisk winds, that means obscene windchill factors. There were five or six inches of snow by Sunday morning, and there are major drifts coming and going. It’s a little hard to believe that spring will soon be upon us and the RRVT will again be busy with bicycle riders and other trail users.
The Raccoon River Valley Trail is a “magical experience,” all right! Its supporters have now stepped up again, with the annual banquet of the RRVT Association netting more than $15,000. It was a great time, too, with magician & comedian Ben Ulin keeping the crowd spellbound for an hour. We share the fun here with a brief story and 28 colorful photos.
Innovative new Raccoon River Valley Trail promotional video gets a major boost with a $3,000-plus Iowa Tourism grant from the state’s Economic Development Authority. Other fundraising is being completed, so get ready for shooting this spring — including from “from radio-controlled helicopters”! Video subcommittee chairperson Kevin Wilbeck fills us in on the details here.
Despite new snow in the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 1, hundreds of cyclists made the 10 a.m. mass start of the 37th annual “BRR” from Perry. The temperature was mild, there was almost no wind and the snow was beautiful, making for “one of the prettiest BRR ride starts.” By the time most of the cyclists were riding back from Rippey, they even had a tailwind.
At the Iowa Bike Expo & RAGBRAI launch party in Des Moines, there were some surprises about the RAGBRAI host towns. But the biggest surprise of the day was the announcement that a new “BACooN RIDE,” sponsored by RAGBRAI, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, is set June 28 on our Raccoon River Valley Trail!
We now launch “Friends of the Raccoon River Valley Trail.” It’s our new donor support program, which will help us meet the rising expectations people now have for the RRVT, as one of America’s best recreational trails. We’re no longer going to pester you about becoming a “member.” Now we want you to be a “Friend,” and we’re giving you new opportunities in that.
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