Sunday, August 24, 2008
Iowa Real Estate
After logging about 400 miles on my bike I feel I am finally beginning to get the hang of it. I no longer feel the pain of my tiny seat or fear coming to a stop and forgetting to clip out of my pedals. I have survived a near miss car/bike love tap and road ragers and 10 miles seems like nothing.
Iowa is a great place for bikers. It must be because they seem to be everywhere. We went on a nice Saturday morning ride last week with the Sheffields and a friend. I love that just a few minutes from our house we can be on beautiful country roads flanked by cornfields, quaint white farm houses, and pretty red barns. And, I am learning to appreciate Iowa's rolling hills. Contrary to popular belief, Iowa (at least Eastern Iowa) is not flat. It is a series of continuous rolling hills. That makes any ride anywhere from occasionally tiring to extremely exhausting. It makes for good exercise and high speed downhills.
Iowa should also probably be known for its great housing market. Abe and I made a real find, it's probably right up our alley with what we can afford with what we currently have to our name (about -$200K). This "fixer-upper" even comes with its own bus! and is only a short commute to the University of Iowa, nearby shopping, and beautiful parks.
Iowa may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of travel, but the heartland of America is something everyone should experience. Luckily, this summer has had amazing weather in the 70-80's without the humidity. Feel free to drop by any time!