When I look at the Google map for Lansing IA, it looks like there is one 2 lane bridge. Sounds like getting out of town might be a problem. Anyone have info?

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genefruit, January 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm

LawnchairMan – this gets you to 44.9 –


LawnchairMan, January 30, 2017 at 11:57 am


Your suggested route from Waukon to Lansing is interesting. I thought you nailed it until I noticed that X26 is a dirt road. I originally thought that A52 was too, so I ruled that out from the start. Now, thanks to you, I will explore routes that way. I wonder if the start point is from the middle of town or at the main camp ground. I assume the end point is the dip site. I’d love to hear more of your suggestions!


jwsknk, January 30, 2017 at 12:07 pm

The start point is either the main campground or the register Hotel. Whichever will be different by the time you finish your days ride :-)


genefruit, January 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm


Good catch and I’ve revised accordingly. I’m running into the same issue, as I can get the distance but not the climb. We’ll know in a couple of months. Regardless, I expect there will be many taking the A52 to X52 shortcut that day.


Groeny82, January 30, 2017 at 12:29 pm

This got me exactly 44.8 going from the center of Waukon to the marina in Lansing.


genefruit, January 30, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Goreny82, you’re likely correct but the climb is certainly less than what has been announced.


jpclark7, January 30, 2017 at 1:44 pm



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Groeny82, January 30, 2017 at 2:32 pm

I noticed that too genefruit. I’ll play around with the route after work and see if I can get more climb and still stay within ÷/- a few miles of the announced mileage.


Groeny82, February 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm

I’ve tried a bunch of different routes and the closest I can get to what they have announced of 44.8 miles and 3,200 ft of climb is a climb of 2,416 ft in 50.2 miles. This is that route. The next closest I got to the climb was 2,354 ft in 45.6 miles. This is that route. Maybe BB or someone else familiar with the area knows of any other route that would get us the mileage and that much climb. I don’t know the area and was just using satellite images to try to find paved roads, so I might have missed something. I figured the riders would be getting into Lansing from the south, the vehicles would go in from Highway 9, and the exit would be to the north so it’s easy to get to the interstate so I only focused on a southern route out of Waukon. I can get up to 2,800+ feet of climb but then I’m at over 55 miles. Either the Register knows of a secret route, or I did something wrong, or their numbers are very flexible. Any other ideas anyone?


Groeny82, February 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

The one thing I don’t like about the 50.2 mile route is that it won’t be going through a town for 30 miles. Makes me think the 45 mile route is more plausible.


jwsknk, February 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

What happens if you take 76 from Waukon to the Effigy Mounds Visitors center (They say 17 miles). Double back a little to right on Smokey Hollow Rd. Right on Luster heights RD to X52. Right to Harpers Ferry. Left on Lansing Harpers Rd. X42 into Lansing. The dip sit at marina just before it joins up with X52?


Groeny82, February 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Smokey Hollow and Luster Heights are both gravel roads.


Groeny82, February 2, 2017 at 5:25 pm

This is a longer route than people will probably want on the last day, but it’s one I could get behind. It goes past the Effigy Mounds Center, rides along the river quite a ways, through the Yellow River State Forest, through Marquette and Harper’s Ferry. Effigy Mounds would be a cool place to go past, I think a lot of people would enjoy it, myself included.


jake d, February 2, 2017 at 6:15 pm

If anyone is feeling cheated on elevation gain the last day you can always ride up to the overlook at Mount Hosmer Park in Lasing. It’s one of the prettiest views in NE Iowa, and it’s only a few blocks away.


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