33rd & Fillmore


A favorite bike trail crossing of mine on the Great Western Trail is just a few yards off of this gravel road intersection. It’s a good stopping point to tip back our water bottles, compare notes on the ride and turn back to the trailhead where our vehicle awaits us.

Central Iowa gravel roads are a twisting, turning maze of this way and that. I’m never quite sure where the highway is to take me home again but that’s part of the adventure when I’m on a photo expedition. Finding this particular intersection – 33rd Avenue and Fillmore – has eluded me for weeks.

Until now.

I was delighted a few nights ago to stumble onto a not-yet-travelled strip of gravel with gorgeous old barns, windmills and fields of cattle. While I had yet to find anything that caught my photographic eye that evening, I did make a happy discovery: the 33rd Avenue road sign. Could this be it? I drove along for a mile or two and there it was. I’d found it.

I was further thrilled another quarter mile or so to come across an old single-lane bridge. The road was lined by swamp and deep woods on either side. When I exited my car to snap a few photos, I had to make it quick as the mosquitoes – late in the evening as it was – were literally out for blood, aghast (or perhaps thrilled?) at my intrusion.

It was a successful outing. I’d found a bridge to photograph and more importantly, my elusive intersection was elusive no more.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #33


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  1. Julie. Found your blog today and had lots of fun looking at your photos!. I enjoyed your Sidewalk Nomad collection. I’ve found some crazy stuff out on my bike rides and have gallery of sorts myself at iowabikerides.com. My pic’s aren’t of the quality of yours though. Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks, Melanie. Wow. I put together Sidewalk Nomad months ago as part of a blogging assignment and haven’t done much with it since. I’ll have to get back to it sometime. I ride the trails with my camera around my neck – you never know what you’re going to see out there! Love our central Iowa trails. Wish I’d started riding sooner. Exercise that’s actually fun!!

      Thanks again for stopping by. Greatly appreciated. šŸ™‚

      Oh! And I’ll stop by and out your gallery as well.

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