Day 2 (Friday, September 28)
Beginning the Reese Homestead near Turin, you'll once again follow the base of the Loess Hills south into Turin. Turin is known for an archaeological site where 6,000-year-old human remains were discovered in the 1950's. From Turin, you’ll continue south on towards county road E54. This county highway passes the historic Ingemann Church and Cemetery on the way into Moorhead. From Moorhead, the route turns southwest along the Soldier River Valley. This will include a stop at Preparation Canyon State Park, just to the west of Highway 183. A few miles past Preparation Canyon you'll enter Harrison County, and soon the town of Pisgah. Pisgah is home to the Loess Hills State Forest Headquarters and Visitor Center. The Old Home Fill'r up and Keep on Truckin' Cafe is a great lunch stop, featured in a song and TV commercial from the 70's.
After Pisgah, riders will head west on another blacktop road to Murray Hill, home to one of the most scenic overlooks in the Loess Hills. From here, you’ll visit the towns of Little Sioux and River Sioux, then follow the Missouri River Valley into Mondamin. A few miles past Mondamin is Small’s Fruit Farm, a great place to stop and enjoy some fruit and juice! Next, you’ll head south again following Loess Hills Trail, hugging the base of the bluffs into the town of Missouri Valley, where the Boyer Valley meets the Mighty Mo.
Continuing southward out of Missouri Valley, riders will pass through the unincorporated communities of Loveland and Honey Creek. After one final hill, the day will end at the beautiful Hitchcock Nature Center, managed by Pottawattamie County Conservation Board.
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.