It was interesting reading that Backbone was Iowa's first State Park dedicated in 1920, and the influence of the CCC program building some dams and such. I'm guessing it's a pretty good riding area as it's sort of close to the Mississippi River. Is there good Mississippi River bluff country riding available? My folks live in Wabasha (think Grumpy Old Men" movies), and it's nice riding in bluff country as is across the river in Wisconsin.
Thanks for sharing.
Yeah, Backbone is kind of an oasis of trees and hills in an otherwise pretty flat state. As you get more east near the river Its gets pretty hilly. I would like to camp at a few other spots in NE Iowa next year. Starting to get chilly here already. Being a State Park not much for off road stuff but there are some pretty fun twisties that me and the son enjoyed riding after we dumped the camping stuff at the campground.
Some of the things I decided I need after I got done with ride:
1. a coleman seatcover
2. A 12 Volt Plug to charge my cell phone and run a tire pump. I got tired of charging the phone in the bathroom at the campground. (anyone know if there is a hot wire around the Speedo that you dont have to splice into, or are most just running a fresh wire unter the tank and direct to the battery with a fuse?) I already got a 2 dollar 12 volt plug at the junk yard out of a caravan. Hoping to make a mount next to the indicator lights on the dash.
3. Maybe a tool Tube or two.
It is fun to get the comments about how cool of set-up the TW is from the people at the campground.