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What is there to see in Des Moines?

I have a friend out in Des Moines.
She invited me out. It's 1200 miles from me (Connecticut). I figure I'll rest halfway (Fredericksburg, Ohio) at about 600 miles.

This is going to be a week long trip. I figure two days there, two days back, hang out for 4 or 5 days in Des Moines.
I don't know when. I don't know where, specifically. But I have 4 other riders interested in joining me just for the seat time.
Knowing me, it'll be all slab. High speed, low drag.

But once I get there, what's to see, to do?
Would anyone want to say "hi" as we travel through the area?

I don't have specific dates and times yet. I'm just getting a feel for what is out there. It will be during 2017 though.

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Wheat fields? While it is not that far from me, I have never been to Des Moines IA. Compared to you anyway. I live in St. Louis, so I am guessing maybe 350-400 mi.

What route are you taking? 80 up north?
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At an initial glance it looks like a lot of 80.

84 West through CT, through NY, pick up 81 in Scranton, PA. 81 to 80. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and get puked out in Iowa.
I'd like to swing the bottom of Lake Michigan or follow the coast of Lake Erie (90) on the return.
A few I asked told me I should go take the Arch tour in St. Louis.

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I have a friend out in Des Moines.
She invited me out. It's 1200 miles from me (Connecticut). I figure I'll rest halfway (Fredericksburg, Ohio) at about 600 miles.

This is going to be a week long trip. I figure two days there, two days back, hang out for 4 or 5 days in Des Moines.
I don't know when. I don't know where, specifically. But I have 4 other riders interested in joining me just for the seat time.
Knowing me, it'll be all slab. High speed, low drag.

But once I get there, what's to see, to do?
Would anyone want to say "hi" as we travel through the area?

I don't have specific dates and times yet. I'm just getting a feel for what is out there. It will be during 2017 though.


Nothing, find some cool local festivals and dig the iowa farm towns, which are really cool places to be on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. Have a beer in a place with tractors parked in fromt, ride some dirt roads, go to a pork festival.


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At an initial glance it looks like a lot of 80.

84 West through CT, through NY, pick up 81 in Scranton, PA. 81 to 80. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and get puked out in Iowa.
I'd like to swing the bottom of Lake Michigan or follow the coast of Lake Erie (90) on the return.
A few I asked told me I should go take the Arch tour in St. Louis.
Not sure when they are going to reopen, but the arch is at the present time shut down, unless they re-opened and I didn't see it. The whole downtown arch area has been completely redone the last couple of years, I haven't even been in to see it. St. Louis I hate to say is not a particularly safe place. A lot of bands won't even play downtown due to many bands vans and equipment being stolen. We unfortunately have about 2 murders a day downtown. If you are going to come down to STL and see the ARCH come during the day and then get out.
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The Arch is ok. For Des Moines, there are some nice golf courses but clubs will add to the drag on your bike. Some good food can be found. You can catch a race in Newton (about 30 miles away) if you go on the right weekend. Sounds to me like you would leave on a Friday or Saturday. Arrive on Monday/Tuesday and spend weekdays in Des Moines. Then, return home the following weekend. I don't think you will find a lot of entertaining options for weekdays. Festivals are on weekends.


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LOTS to do here, tons of local breweries and restaurants, Iowa is the home of back road adventures and uniquely Midwest scenery. Lots of old covered bridges especially in Madison County. But I guess it comes down to what you enjoy doing.

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who's watching the dog or is he going along?

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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As an update, just saw on the news that they will open the trams (elevators) on the Arch around the end of April. HTH
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who's watching the dog or is he going along?
Now that is funny right there. I can relate

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