Fall’s beauty on a bike

RHODES – It’s that time of the year to soak in the fall colors and one group decided the closer to nature the better.

A small group area residents took part in a fall foliage bike ride organized by the Marshall County Conservation Board Thursday on the Heart of Iowa trail, starting at Rhodes.

“Riding bikes help you get up close to nature and enjoy it,” said Diane Hall, naturalist with the MCCB. “It’s a good way to get exercise and get people into the natural world. It’s a picturesque ride.”

A trailhead of the Heart of Iowa stretch is located at Rhodes and is 1.7 miles to another beauty – the Hoy Bridge. The group planned to stop there and take in the concrete structure.

“It’s an historical railroad bridge,” Hall said.

Dena Graff, of Marshalltown, has taken part in fall bike rides before and jumped at the chance Thursday.

“I just like being outdoors and seeing the beautiful fall leaves,” Graff said.

The event was part of the Brown Bag Bunch group of the MCCB, which is open to the public. Participants eat a sack lunch and then take in nature as part of the program.

“We try to incorporate a wide range of activities,” Hall said.

For more information on future events call the MCCB at 641-752-5490.