July 7th: Balltown Dreams (IA) and Vanocker Canyon (SD) Loops
This week we want to highlight one of our original Driftless Routes and one of our new routes in the Black Hills:
The Balltown Dreams Route is named for a couple of its prominent features; the Field of Dreams movie site near Dyersville, Iowa, and Balltown, Iowa, which is a popular motorcycle destination.
Like the two part name, this route has two distinct sections. One section explores the Mississippi bluffs northwest of Dubuque. The roads in this area include tight turns and big elevation changes. The Balltown Overlook is worth stopping for…the views are tremendous.
The other section of this route is situated on the rolling farmland west of Dubuque. Outside of Dyersville, stop and have a catch at the Field of Dreams movie site. Stretch your legs and take a lap around the bases.
In addition to the overlook and the ball field, there are many more things to see and do. In Dubuque, there are both city attractions like museums and monuments, and natural attractions such as parks and recreation areas. While you are in Dubuque be sure to take a ride on the Fenelon Place Elevator.
Click Here for more information about the Balltown Dreams Route.
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The Vanocker Canyon Loop is a fun ride that starts in Sturgis and includes visits to Rapids City, Silver City, and Deadwood before returning to the starting point in Sturgis.
Leaving Sturgis, this route follows Vanocker Canyon past Nemo and into Rapids City and a ride on Skyline Drive past Dinosaur Park.
After Dinosaur Park, decend and head back Northwest with a twisty side trip to Silver City. Leaving Silver City, this route continues North to Deadwood for a stop at Mount Moriah Cemetery, the final resting place of many historic frontier figures.
The final leg of this route is a short but fun ride from Deadwood to Sturgis.
Click Here for more information about the Vanocker Canyon Loop.
Click Here for more information about Black Hills (Sturgis) Rides.
In case you missed it last week, our June Driftless Challenge winner was Robin H.! Congratulations Robin.
The July Challenge is now open so be sure to send us your pictures of the Driftless Challenge Sites to be included in the drawing.
Remember, the Grand Prize winner will be drawn from among the monthly winners, so get your entries in early and often!!
We hope your summer is going great!
Renee and Dale