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post #1 of 18 Old 04-27-2010, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Headed to Iowa with Dual Sports

My truck is parked on the street with trailer attached, the XR and GS safely secured inside. Motorcycle gear and toolbox neatly stowed, 20ga, 9mm and .380 tucked away along with fishing rods and tackle box. Headed out early in the morning for my brother's hunting lodge in Iowa, it's morel mushroom season baby!

My family gathers every year in Iowa for morel season, this is the first time we've taken the dual sports out there. My brother owns our family farm where we grew up along with several other farms. We've got 2 lakes and 8 ponds to fish in, four wheelers and tractors to play with, gravel and dirt roads to ride on as well as miles and miles of fields and trails.

Can't wait, will be back home next Tuesday, pics to follow!

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-27-2010, 07:52 PM
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enjoy the vacation, eat a mushroom for me.

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Have a safe trip and enjoy the time off with family and bikes. Sounds like a great time.

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Not sure where in Iowa but if you are anywhere near Davenport lemme know, I usually ride up along the Mississippi .....best roads around

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Not sure where in Iowa but if you are anywhere near Davenport lemme know, I usually ride up along the Mississippi .....best roads around
We'll be down around Fairfield in the SE corner, about 75 miles from Davenport.

Crisp sunny morning, ready to hit the road shortly!

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Not sure where in Iowa but if you are anywhere near Davenport lemme know, I usually ride up along the Mississippi .....best roads around
I didn't know the Quad Cities had any good roads.

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North of here on Highway 52. Just North of Clinton Iowa, nice scenery, smooth two lanes for about 40 miles then cross river to Galena illinois and back down the Illinois side for about another 30 miles of nice riding. The only "twisties" are located around the Chesnut Mountain ski resort area. They are good for around here. Like anywhere else you gotta know where to look.

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Just stay outta the middle of the state. Roads suck here.

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North of here on Highway 52. Just North of Clinton Iowa, nice scenery, smooth two lanes for about 40 miles then cross river to Galena illinois and back down the Illinois side for about another 30 miles of nice riding. The only "twisties" are located around the Chesnut Mountain ski resort area. They are good for around here. Like anywhere else you gotta know where to look.
Awesome area!!!!

I've rode that many times on a bicycle (TOMRV).

I think it would be more fun on a motorcycle.

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Paulibiker, I'll be doing TOMRV this year (7th time) are you riding it?

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Paulibiker, I'll be doing TOMRV this year (7th time) are you riding it?
Not this year. I would go every year, but it takes my buddies about 3 or 4 years to forget how tough it is.

I love TOMRV! It is the perfect amount of days, miles, and hills.

Maybe I need to find new riding friends!

Let me know if I could "tag" along some year.

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have safe trip, and enjoy your vacation. can't wait to see the "RR" and pictures.:001_smile:

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Took awhile, but here are some pics from our Iowa trip.

Weather was tough this year, really windy the whole trip and several rainy days. Still had a great time, rode a few times, found enough morels to stuff ourselves and got in some fishing.

I went riding the first afternoon while Gin went mushroom hunting, enjoyed a slow ride through the grassy fields.





My favorite dirt road, was dry that first day but then it rained for a couple of days straight and turned into slimy mud.



Not real impressive, I didn't bury it up to the engine in a stream as promised.



Neighbor's longhorns.



Gin went out with me on Saturday, stopped by the old country church where my parents rest and paid our respects, it's the most serene place I know.



The log cabin in the background is the birthplace of a distant ancestor, Colonel William Coop, the first settler born in Jefferson County, Iowa.



Went shooting on Sunday afternoon, blasted up a bunch of clay pigeons and targets.



Fishing was tough with 30-40mph winds, but caught a bunch anyway.



Riding around with my brother surveying his properties.



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That looks like beautiful country to explore, Scott.
Thanks for the pictures.
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That looks like beautiful country to explore, Scott.
Thanks for the pictures.
YW Kristen, looking forward to our return trip out in a couple of weeks!

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Well we're headed back out to Iowa tomorrow morning, have a friend's wedding to attend and looking forward to some more riding and fishing. We left our dual sports out there earlier this month along with my trailer, have to say I've missed the XR these last few weeks!

Perfect weekend forecast, mid 80's and sunshine, no rain in sight. I'm a bit bummed that we're missing all the race festivities this year but there's always next year. Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and I'll post up some more pics from the heartland when we get home next week.

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Just got back tonight from Iowa, here are a few pics...

View from my brother's hunting lodge



Road closed due to bridge out, HA!



Smiling Gin, just rode through grass and weeds taller than her head



Took a ride down towards Missouri, found this local watering hole on the border



Ran across the Mountain Man Rendevous not far down the road, met a bunch of interesting folk there





Destination achieved!



We headed home through the historic Iowa towns on the Des Moines River, Farmington, Bonaparte and Bentonsport. Hadn't been to that part of the state since I was a kid, really enjoyed sharing it with Ginger.

My high school friend Tom was back from New Jersey, had a chance to take him fishing for the first time in 30 years





The bass started hitting surface lures towards dusk, no better fishing if you ask me!



Perfect end to a fantastic day...


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