Here are some of the 3,000-plus bicyclists on the third annual “BACooN RIDE” last Saturday, June 18, on the Raccoon River Valley Trail. This group is shown climbing toward the town of Jamaica, where more bacon-featured treats awaited them.

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TRAIL STATUS ALERT

Seven miles of the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Greene County will be closed all day Tuesday, June 28, for treatment of the trail's asphalt surface. The stretch of trail to be closed is from Winkleman Switch on the north to the Greene-Guthrie County line on the south.  Crews from Denco Highway Construction, of Mingo IA, will be applying "Paverex Rejuvenator," which penetrates the asphalt surface and "gives it some flexibility so it is less likely to crack," said Dan Towers, Greene County Conservation director and trail manager. "It's a way to extend the life of the trail surface." If you have questions, call Towers at (515) 386-5674.

INFORMATION ALERT

On evenings and weekends in late June and early July, people using the Raccoon River Valley Trail may be asked by students from Iowa State University to answer a few questions in a economic impact survey they are doing in collaboration with the Dallas County Conservation Board. The brief in-person interviews will generally be conducted at trailheads. The ISU students are participating in a "CyBIZ Lab" course. "Please help us with our survey efforts by participating with the student team on this project," said Mike Wallace, the Dallas County Conservation director. "Results from this trail study will help us enhance the quality, economic value, and tourism opportunities of the RRVT and its associated communities."

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"Save the Trails Ride" is July 17 from Waukee
Waukee, Iowa, 27 June, 2016

Andy & Amy Walsh, great supporters of the Raccoon River Valley Trail at Mickey's Irish Pub in Waukee, are hosting a fun Sunday ride that will help raise money for repair and expansion of the RRVT. They did that three years ago, and produced enough revenue to pave two of the trail's crossings of gravel roads. So come on out for bicycling fun, food, live music and an opportunity to help improve our trail. ...


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