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We're always saying that on our Raccoon River Valley Trail, city people have an opportunity to experience agriculture. Infrequently, they get a little more of an experience than they really wanted, but heck, there is real value in having good stories to t


REDFIELD, Iowa, June 13, 2013 -- Those of us who are promoters of the Raccoon River Valley Trail here in west central Iowa have always said that one of the best things about our 89-mile recreation trail is how it comes right out of Des Moines, the largest city in Iowa, and then meanders through one of the richest agricultural regions…

About 90 bicyclists took part the weekend of June 8-9 in the Des Moines Cycle Club-sponsored "Tour the Raccoon." The group was the first large-group tour to use the full length of the recently-completed Raccoon River Valley Trail. Everybody seemed to ha

WAUKEE, Iowa, June 11, 2013 --  About 90 bicyclists joined the fifth annual "Tour the Raccoon" on the weekend of June 8-9.   The ride, organized for the public by the Des Moines Cycle Club, covered 60 miles from Waukee to Jefferson on Saturday using the new north loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail, and then a 60-mile return trip on Sunday using the south loop of the RRVT.  …

Riding down the Raccoon River Valley Trail, and suddenly you have tornadoes behind you, or maybe over you and so you dive for the ditch! Eldon and Brigid Rocca, of Des Moines, went through just that frightening scenario on Sunday evening, May 19, and the


DALLAS CENTER, Iowa, June 6, 2013 - Eldon and Brigid Rocca, of Des Moines, are no rookies at bicycling.  They've ridden for more than 20 years of their adulthood.  They've experienced every kind of weather.  They thought they had a good understanding of just how quickly storms can move.

But both say they are still shocked…

Raccoon River Valley Trail's grand opening of 33-mile addition has now created a new goal and challenge for bicyclists in Iowa, says Kevin Cooney: "Doin' the loop!" As many as 1,000 people attended the June 1 celebration in Perry of the now-completed 89-

PERRY, Iowa, June 4, 2013 - Kevin Cooney, the KCCI-TV news anchor who is also an avid bicyclist and trail user, said here Saturday that "there's now a new goal - a new challenge - for all bicyclists in Iowa: 'Doin' the loop!' "

He was the guest speaker as a crowd estmated from 750 to 1,000 came and went in Perry for the grand opening celebration of the new 33-mile north loop…