(Boone, IA) -- Iowans can now ride a railbike at the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. For $40, people can strap into a 1,000 pound steel-on-steel bike and take a 12.5 mile trip on the rails, that lasts about two hours.
Rail Explorers CEO Mary Joy Lu says the railbikes have four steel wheels, hydraulic disk brakes, and an electric motor, (for going up hill on the return trip). She says guests of all ages and ability can enjoy the experience. Peddling is required, but there is no need to steer, and riding is hands free - making it easy to take photographs and video. Rail Explorers offers a Quad railbike, for up to 4 riders and a Tandem, for 2 riders.
Lu says the two hour trip includes a trip over the Bass Point Creek High Trestle, a 156' high, 750' long trestle with panoramic views of the Des Moines River Valley.
She says for those who do not wish to venture over the bridge, there's an exit point along the route before heading further.
Lu says there's been a lot of early interest in the railbikes, and the next few Saturdays are booked.