Day 1 (Thursday, September 27)
The ride will begin at Stone State Park on the northern edge of Sioux City in Woodbury County. Stone State Park became a state park in 1935 and offers multi-use trails, camping, and other activities. The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center (managed by Woodbury County Conservation Board) on the southern end of the park offers environmental education. Mt. Talbot State Preserve also borders Stone State Park.
The first day will begin with a challenging hill in the park, but then it's (almost) all downhill from there. The route will go through downtown Sioux City using a combination of paved streets and trails. Past downtown, you'll pass through the Morningside neighborhood and onto Sergeant Bluff. After several miles of urban and suburban travel, you'll soon be in rural Iowa on County Road D25 (Old Highway 141) at the base of the Loess Hills "Front Range" bluffs overlooking the Missouri River Valley. This route is relatively flat for a while until you turn eastward towards Smithland. From Smithland, you'll follow the scenic Little Sioux River valley southwestward into Monona County. After crossing the Little Sioux River near the old village of Kennebec, you will take Larpenteur Road a few more miles along the base of the bluffs to Reese Homestead, where you can set up camp!
See the map below for the main (paved) route or click here to open in a new window.
View the gravel and dirt route here.