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  • Wed April 09 2008
  • Posted Apr 9, 2008
By Lynn Zerschling Journal staff writer SIOUX CITY -- Bicycle enthusiasts from throughout the four-state region are expected to put on their helmets and pedal their way around 57 miles of trails in Siouxland on the Tri-State Trails Tour V on May 17. "They can do 57 miles or do one mile if they wish," Bob DeSmidt, the foundation president, said today. "We will offer five different routes they can take." Those are: South Route to Crystal Cove and back, North Route to Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve and back, Perry Creek Trail and back, optional loops off of these routes or any combination of those routes. "The purpose is to introduce people to our local trail system," DeSmidt said. "We have something unique here. They have the opportunity to ride in thee states in one day." In prior years, he said bicyclists from Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa have participated. Ride registration will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Marina Center in South Sioux City. Registration forms also are available at area bicycle shops, the Sergeant Floyd Welcome Center, the parks and recreation department office in the Long Lines Family Rec Center and other locations. Pre-registration is encouraged and is required to guarantee a T-shirt. The cost is $8 through April and then $10. A family rate will be offered for $20. Riders may buy T-shirts and meal options. In additional, DeSmidt announced the trails foundation has just published a new map of area trails. A total of 5,000 maps were printed thanks to a grant from Missouri River Historical Development, Inc. The maps are available at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, the Sergeant Floyd Welcome Center, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, local parks and recreation offices and bicycle shops. To request a copy by mail, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Siouxland Trails Foundation, PO Box 752, Sioux City, IA 51102. Electronic versions will be available soon.

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