Adventure Bike (rail trail, gravel) 2:15:00  23.0 mi (10.2 mph)
Easy ride on the rail trail (Wabash Trace) from Shenandoah IA to Melvern IA. With some slow exploring of Imogene, about 1/3 of the way along the route. Very rural.....lotsa corn and beans. Paul wasn't feeling it, so was moving pretty slowly.
Adventure Bike warm up/down (Rail trail/gravel/dirt) 2:15:00  23.7 mi (10.5 mph)
After lunch in Melvern, and a restocking with Gatorade, we cruised back south. Took a couple short detours on adjoining gravel roads and a sweet Minimum Maintenance Road......sweet cuz' it was dry! It would be a bike-carrying fest if it was wet. Still super hot (above 90 F) but it was much cooler in the shade of the trail. Stopped for a beverage in Imogene at the bar (the town consisted of a large Catholic church, a grain elevator and a bar.....and a dozen houses). Of course I started a conversation with the 2 older fellows (wearing seed corn caps) at the bar about the corn crop. And with the young bartender about RAGBRAI (which came through there a couple years ago).
RAGBRAI is a weeklong bike ride across Iowa each summer, with hundreds of riders stopping at small towns for lunch/supper/camping/breakfast. Local service groups sell food and drinks along the way. To tiny towns like Imogene, I suspect RAGBRAI would provide a huge influx of cash to their service groups (church, 4-H, minor baseball teams......) and private citizens who embrace the wall of hungry/thirsty riders that come through their town. Of course, you would have hundreds of bike riders in your town for a couple hours (if for lunch) or overnight, but I suspect the consensus is that it is worth it.