Bike the Byway Coming to SE Iowa

Written by Theresa Rose on May 12, 2015

The second annual Bike the Byway will be held on Saturday, June 20th here in southeast Iowa. The ride will begin in Bloomfield and take cyclist through Drakesville, Unionville, Blakesburg and finally Ottumwa. Information can be found on the Bike the Byway website at This looks to be a leisurely and fun day for all!
The ride was developed to feature communities along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway. Bloomfield is working hard to make a fun and festive early morning send off for cyclists, including a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Bloomfield Rotary Club, served from 6:30 to 8:30 am. Starting at the Davis County Courthouse, in Bloomfield, riders can check in between 7 and 9 a.m. and get rolling down the route! From Bloomfield, the route will take riders west, then north, into Drakesville. In Drakesville, you can have a made to order breakfast, or just a light snack, as you relax in the park. The route goes further west into Unionville, where there will be an opportunity for another break and treats. The Unionville stop allows for relaxation prior to the hills you will encounter on T61! Tired and hungry you will arrive in Blakesburg, where sandwiches and beverages will be available, so you can relax and refuel before the final leg of the route into Ottumwa. The route will end at the Ottumwa Market on Main where riders will be welcomed by the community and the local businesses. You will find food, entertainment and camaraderie at this final stop. If a return ride to Bloomfield is required, your transportation will await you here.
This event started as the small vision of the Byway volunteers and has blossomed into a multi community collaborative effort. Many partners are working together to make this event a success. Riders are encouraged to register prior to June 1. With each registration, participants will receive special offers and gifts from our sponsors. Proceeds from this event will benefit the local efforts of Historic Hills Scenic Byway and support future rides.
Pathfinders is a nonprofit organization that assists local communities with initiatives related to economic development, natural resource conservation and recreation. Pathfinders has been serving Jefferson, Van Buren, Mahaska, Keokuk, Davis and Wapello counties since 1978. To learn more, contact Pathfinders by calling 641-472-6177 or visit