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Pedaling up an appetite

Pedaling up an appetite

Iowa has more than 2,000 miles of bicycle trails — trails that range from flat to hilly, hard surface to rustic, trails that take the casual and dedicated cyclist through the Iowa countryside’s hills and valleys, cities, small towns and open country.

Nearly everywhere in the state you can grab a bike and a helmet and hit the road for a glorious day in the fresh, open air.

But, wait. There’s more. Just when thirst and hunger take over and you think you can’t force the pedals to turn another round, relief is in site.

Iowa’s bike trails offer more than exercise and scenery. They’re load­­ed with local establishments ready for your ample imbibing (responsibly, of course).

It’s all part of biking Iowa, the latest pastime to capture the imagination of natives and tourists alike.

If it’s Tuesday, there must be tacos: Taco Tuesday at the Cumming Tap in Central Iowa is one of the top attractions on Iowa’s biking circuit. Located along the 16.5-mile Great Western Trail that runs from Des Moines to Martensdale, the Cumming Tap is a popular stop any day of the week, but on Tuesdays the neighborhood bar becomes the place for pedalers.

That’s when Tacopocalypse breaks out its brand of the culinary delight. Flavors like braised pork, Korean chicken, bacon or vegan chorizo blend with $2.50 drafts of Fat Tire beer for a mid-week treat. Who could pass up cumin-rubbed beef cheek slow cooked in Agave...




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