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Calhoun County, Iowa

If people ask you why you ride a motorcycle, there’s a good chance they’ll never really understand. You ride because it’s who you are. Your motorcycle isn’t just a vehicle; it’s an experience every time you ride it. 

Each twist of the wrist releases adrenaline. All your senses are heightened. Exhilaration and relaxation synchronize with the freedom of the open road. 

Set your sights further down the road by cruising Calhoun County. If you’re a novice rider, you’ll appreciate roads that are fairly flat, straight and relatively smooth. Even if you’re no beginner, Calhoun County offers plenty to see and do. 

Cruise the paved road around Twin Lakes and experience the natural beauty of these two glacial lakes in the heart of the county. If you’re a golfer, make plans to stop back and play a few rounds at the Twin Lakes Golf Club with your friends. 

As you cruise the back roads and small towns around the county, don’t miss the Freedom Rock in Rockwell City, located on the northwest corner of the Calhoun County Courthouse grounds. This stunning, painted rock, featuring a design created by famed Iowa artist Bubba Sorensen, is showcased in the Veterans’ Memorial Park, which honors veterans of Calhoun County and Iowa. While you’re in Rockwell City, stop by Bike Night on Tuesday evenings at Lynch’s Mainstreet Bar & Grill, located just northeast of the courthouse square. 

Be sure to head to Lake City, as well, to see the painted boulder that honors veterans. You’ll find it along Highway 175 between the Lake City Food Center and Sparky’s convenience store, just down the road from the Wagon Wheel restaurant and Lake City Drive In. 

Come back to Calhoun County in June for the Hometown Heroes Memorial Ride. For more than six years, motorcyclists have rolled across northwestern Iowa to honor fallen police officers Jamie Buenting and Justin Martin, and volunteer firefighter Nick Hildreth, all of Rockwell City. 

Also, don’t miss the various car/bike shows that are held around the county throughout the summer. If you’re on Highway 20 heading to or from Sturgis in August, take a break in Calhoun County. You’re right in our neighborhood. 

written by Darcy Maulsby
published Tuesday, March 16, 2021

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