Starting out in the morning the gravel was still frozen, but the ravages of the recent wet weather was plain to see. In some spots, the black earth underneath was leaching up through the gravel!
Later on in the morning this was all "peanut butter" consistency.
This is why I do the recon. This road was shown on two recent maps I have as going through. Obviously, this road has been terminated at this point for some years.
No worries though. I managed to find an even more evil route around this point!
They don't make 'em like this anymore! Iowa used to be dotted with these steel and iron bridges back when I was young. They slowly have been replaced by the cold, faceless concrete bridges over time. Very few of these relics remain. Lucky for you, (if you are in Trans Iowa) 'cause you'll get to cross this one!
A view from the road. Long horn cattle at their leisure. If you look closely to the left of the photo, you can se a rooster patolling the pasture.
Unlike Dirty Kanza, you won't have to deal with these beasts on the road, (hopefully!). However; the deer and other varmints roaming the Iowa countryside sometimes do get up on the roads.
More Recon to come! Stay tuned. This course is turning out better than I had imagined and should be a really tough, scenic, fun route.