Waxing Gibbous Moon
I respect the good folks who put together the American Discovery Trail route in Iowa, but the notion of hiking North and South to get to Des Moines from West Branch makes no sense to me. It is twice as long as hiking West and if my initial experience on the Hoover Nature Trail is any indicator, it’s gotta be pretty dull.
That’s why this morning I walked West on back roads and bike paths through Iowa City and the University of Iowa to Coralville. I’m really glad I did. The sky was full of big gray clouds, but it never rained. I got to see lots of beautiful farmland and some cool old crumbling barns.
The outskirts of Iowa City are transitioning from farms to suburbs with wide bike paths and sidewalks lining the streets. Closing in on the University, you see older student housing and all the non-franchise eateries and hangouts typical of college towns. I liked the Bluebird Diner 🙂
The U. of Iowa is very impressive. Not as sprawling or overcrowded or aging as some, instead very neat and well-groomed and modern.
The Iowa River flows through the campus. Bike paths and pedestrian bridges provide easy access for transcontinental touring strollerists.
There are many pieces of public art tucked away here and there. None of it really grabbed my soul, but hey, I couldn’t make anything half as good so I won’t be critical.
I really liked the back porch of the Art Building. I could hang there for hours.
I also walked right by the basketball arena before leaving campus on Coralville’s Lower Finkbine Trail along US Hwy 6.
Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I’m flying blind now. But I like it!
Peace, Love, and Westbound,