|The beach is iced out! At least there are no trucks stuck out there.|
Busy day yesterday was. I had one opportunity to get out for a quick ride. For whatever reason I had the desire to take the Verenti out to the off road trails on the north bank of the Des Moines River. Been there at least once and that was on a fatbike. This time a disc braked roadie with a set of 38s. The terrain is flat and the trails were created by decades of motorcycles and 4WD trucks. Original 2014 Ride
|The place I rode is the triangle wooded area to left of the pond and the highway 69 (SE 14th). The strip of land in the middle of the pond holds a rail bridge.|
I don't think they were fishing today. There was the proverbial "van down by the river" parked there and two other trucks. I was greeted by two barking dogs that charged me but their owner told them to stop barking and they did. No chase was offered.
The ground was a bit muddy. I thought it would be hard because it was a cold morning and not above freezing yet. Must have been the sun warming up the high river bank. One bad move and into the river I would have gone. Into the trees and away from the bank the trail was dry. A bit sandy in places from the summer's flooding and covered with leaves. The track was wide from truck use.. Nothing technical, just watch out for logs and large sticks and logs and sandy dips.
|Abandoned tent. I wish I would have photographed the metal shelters but there were people around them.|
|The shell of a Mustang. All combustible material burned. Lots of tire tracks in this area.|
|Motor is there for the taking. If this was an extremely rare car and someone had a lot of stupid money I suppose it could be restored like an airplane recovered 70 years after a crash.|
|The Blazer or Jimmy. Last time there were children's toys in back of it. I did not look today.|
|The view of the eagles nest and Blazer from the Des Moines River Trail.|
|Eagle in flight. This is a great trail to see eagles. The colder it is the more eagles there are. A juvenile was in this area as well.|
|Sitting above the Des Moines River Trail. I need a real camera.|
|I bet it taste like Budweiser.|