Part 3: Road Update Thread (Daily Updates)

Updated: Jul 9


June 26, 2021: Notes on Iowa headed from McKnights Point Area into Kossuth County and the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, Iowa, before crossing into Palo Alto County (Iowa) and ending at Robert Mulroney Recreation Wildlife Area.

The total mileage for the 2021 walk across Iowa crossed the 300 mile mark on the journey to follow the 1835 Iowa Dragoons Expedition.

Part 3 kicked off with a rain soaked 17 miles, largely on gravel following the Des Moines River. McKnight’s Point served as an 1850s trading location between settlers and the Dakota. The Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption provided a major highlight of the day (the included photo dates to earlier in June when scouting the route, thus the blue sky).

June 27, 2021: Notes on Iowa headed from Robert Mulroney Recreation Wildlife Area, up through Emmetsburg, Iowa and on to Osgood, Iowa.

The total mileage for the 2021 walk across Iowa topped the 330 mile mark on the journey to follow the 1835 Iowa Dragoons Expedition.

A relatively mild and dry 18 miles, largely on gravel following the Des Moines River and Highway 4, passed through a variety of properties managed by Palo Alto County Conservation Board / Lost Island Nature Center including Kearny Park (site of DAR a Dragoon Trail Marker).

June 28, 2021: Notes on Iowa headed from Osgood, Iowa, up through Graettinger, Iowa, and on to Fort Defiance State Park near Estherville, Iowa.

The total mileage for the 2021 walk across Iowa topped the 350 mile mark on the journey to follow the 1835 Iowa Dragoons Expedition.

20 miles in favorable weather started with the final crossing on the Des Moines River for the trip.

Followed the west side of the river on gravel before catching Highway 4 in Graettinger for awhile.

Eventually left the river and headed west toward parts unknown, later arriving at a state park named for a Northern Iowa Border Brigade fort.

Tomorrow the route heads north and west to ultimately end at Mini Wakan State Park on Big Spirit Lake in the Lake Okoboji - Iowa Great Lakes area after a brief crossing into Minnesota.

June 29, 2021: Notes on Iowa completed the trek across the state moving from Estherville, Iowa to the Lake Okoboji - Iowa Great Lakes area at Mini-Wakan State Park.

The total mileage for the 2021 walk across Iowa finished with 271 miles on the journey to follow the 1835 Iowa Dragoons Expedition.

19 miles in favorable weather crossed a lot of gravel near the Iowa/Minnesota state-line.

Videos and articles for each day of Part 2 and Part 3 will start releasing on Monday, July 12.


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