As you may recall from yesterday, the first part of my tourism brochure concentrated on the amenities Iowa has to offer to the jet-set crowd: The fine dining, the night life, the luxury accommodations, the world-class shopping, etc.
Today I’ll be presenting Part Two of the brochure. As promised, it will be geared toward those of us who prefer to get off the beaten path and into the great outdoors. I will be showcasing Northeast Iowa’s natural beauty and you will discover, via my bicycle ride, that this state is so much more than just a vast cornfield. That’s right, this Mid-western state is an amazing wonderland of remote backroads, amazing landscapes, and beautiful sunsets. In addition, Iowa is the proud home to several national parks. Not many people know that.
Let’s begin our tour.
I don’t have to tell anybody here that the very best way to enjoy all that nature has to offer is to sleep in the great outdoors. Let me tell you, there is a multitude of lovely campgrounds in Northeast Iowa where you can pitch your huge house-on-wheels at a campsite near a bunch of other huge houses-on-wheels. You can sit inside and watch TV all day and all night. You can “rough it” on your couch and sleep on a comfy bed. You can do your cooking in there too. In fact, there is no reason you’d have to go out in that damn Iowan heat and humidity at all.
Of course, if you roll into such a place on your bike with only a tent and sleeping bag, things will be much less luxurious. (If the campground hosts will even allow tent camping.) Assuming they DO let you in, you could always sit at your picnic table, looking very hungry and sweaty with a very sad look on your face, and there is a chance that an owner of a huge RV might take pity on you and invite you inside to watch Cable TV and partake in a meal of Creamettes brand pasta with Ragu spaghetti sauce.
I’ll see you tomorrow with Part Three of the Northeast Iowa Tourism Brochure for Cyclists. Get ready for some incredible wildlife footage.