📷: ben drickey

Soak up the journey – and the destination – by giving the wildly-popular Taco Ride a spin! It’s the world’s longest-running and largest weekly bike ride, a cherished Thursday night tradition that combines cycling, socializing and some great local scenery.

The route – 10-miles one way – takes cyclists along the scenic Wabash Trace Nature Trail from Council Bluffs, through the Loess Hills, to Minneola, IA. The pack rolls to a stop at Tobey Jack’s Mineola Steak House where taco and beer specials await. After dinner, it’s your call – either bike back, or rack your ride and carpool with friends.

📷: kent sievers

According to the folks at bikeiowa.com, the first two miles are relatively flat, followed by a gradual four-mile climb to the ghost town of Dumfries. Well on your way, you’ll soon come to a picnic/rest area affectionately nicknamed “Margaritaville.” From there, it’s a slight downhill ride into Mineola. (Coasting, in this case, is allowed.)

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The weekly treks, which begin in the spring, are held Thursday evenings through the end of October (weather permitting). Check the Taco Ride Facebook page for updates. Those in the know say most riders start at Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park, just south of Lewis Central Schools, where parking is available. Saddle up – and enjoy the ride!

Please note (from bikeiowa.com): If you plan to ride at night in either Iowa or Nebraska, you are required by law to have lights on your bike for safety purposes. This law applies if you are riding the Wabash Trace and the Taco Ride.

This place is yours to discover, a region that excels at exceeding expectations.

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