Good weather, good fun, great destinations. That alone would make for a successful weekend, but when you share it with great friends, it makes it even better.
For awhile now we have been wanting to take a trip to Boone, Iowa to ride the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Dinner Train. It finally worked out that several of us could go, so reservations were made and a weekend was planned. You can read about our dinner train adventures on my other blog, here A Ride On The Dinner Train.
We were a bit nervous in the days leading up to the weekend-the weather was not supposed to cooperate at all. Rain/storms were predicted. As luck would have it, the weather turned out fine. The ride down was a cloudy and even a bit chilly, but we had no rain and it was even enjoyable!
By the time we rode the train, the skies had turned blue and the rest of the weekend was gorgeous!
In the same area as the train, is a place called Ledges State Park. After a night at a hotel and breakfast, we packed our stuff in the bikes and headed to the park. I am always thrilled when we visit any state park, as they always have so much green, and such beautiful scenery. Ledges State Park was the same!
There were several spots where the water runs over the road. It reminded of a park in the town I grew up in where it did the same. In a car, you always went fast to make a splash-on a motorcycle, you don’t. At least we didn’t. I am happy to say, I stayed dry!
After our visit to the park,
and a quick side trip to see the High Trestle Trail Bridge, which this time, was only from afar,
it was back for dinner at one of our favorite places in Ames, Iowa, Hickory Park Restaurant. Trust me, if you are ever in the area, this is a must stop place to eat. It is always busy but they seat unusually fast. Even if you have to wait a bit, it is worth it.
After dinner, it was time to go home. This point we divided in half, since we were going different directions. We went up a peaceful two lane highway that leads home. The was little traffic and it was an unusually quiet, beautiful ride home.
You can never ever go wrong when you spend the weekend on the bike, going to wonderful fun destinations and doing it all with great friends!
I can’t wait for the next adventure.