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Keosauqua Ride

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Come join Bike Burlington for their annual RAGBRAI training ride tradition started by founding member Leroy Bickel. Enjoy a scenic 55-mile bike ride from Burlington, IA to Lacey Keosauqua State Park. The route consistents of flat Iowa countryside, rolling hills, and a few steep climbs to get those legs into shape! Riders will be invited to camp in the park that evening and enjoy a cookout (&/or meal in town at the First Street Grille). Breakfast will be provided by Bickel's on Sunday morning. The Lacey Keosauqua State Park has great showers and a nice lake for swimming. Bickel's will provide a van to haul gear and coolers.

When: Saturday, June 29 - Sunday, June 30, 2024

Time: 8a.m. Saturday from Bickel's / 8a.m. Sunday from Lacey Keosauqua State Park

Route: 

  • Saturday - Ride to West Point, take J40 across HWY 218 to Bonaparte (Sinclair station for rest, refuel) to Bentonsport (across old wooden bridge to Vernon), Route 1 (turn right, head west) to Lacey State Park. 
  • Sunday - Ride north out of Lacey State Park, HWY 16 east to Hillsboro, Salem Rd into Salem (Sinclair station has good ice cream!), east over HWY 218 to Pickle Church, down to Lowell, climb through Lake Geode State Park, right onto HWY 79, Middletown (Casey's for rest, refuel), back to Bickel's.

Overnight Accommodations:

  • Trailer sites available for reservation (minimum of 2 days). One tent allowed at this site, too. Cost is $18 per site
  • Several tent camping sites available (up to 6 people per site with a maximum of 2 tents & 2 vehicles). No advanced reservations; first come, first serve. Cost is $15 per site