August 2023 Trails Talk


Left: Dan, Dave and Donnie Tryon from Sportsman’s Pub present DCTB representatives Erin Reed and Yvonne Taylor with a check from the 2023 Tiki Ride.

The Tiki Ride keeps growing and the 9th annual ride proved that as the most successful yet. The event, held on August 5, brought in over seven hundred riders and with matching grant funds the proceeds will garner over $35,000 for Dickinson County Trails.  Next year’s ride on August 3 will be the 10th anniversary and the Sportsman’s crew is already working hard to make it the biggest and best event to date. The DCTB thanks Sportsman’s, their staff and the many volunteers that work so hard to make this fun event happen.


The DCTB’s collaboration with Hope Rolls was another big success raising $4,000 in funds for trail development and providing recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Hope Rolls was founded in 2019 to provide adaptive tricycles to children who are unable to ride traditional bikes.

Maria Mellmann with Hope Rolls shares how they got rolling, “We started in May 2019 and were able to raise over $3,000 in 4 days to gift two adaptive tricycles prior to the school year ending. We have had tremendous community support since the day we decided to go. We work with the nominee’s special education teacher, therapists and close friends to make sure that when we gift it, it is both a surprise to the child as well as their immediate family. We are a certified 501(c)3 organization and we want to ensure that every child, of every ability in Dickinson County, has the means to participate in riding ‘bikes’ with their family and friends!”  Please visit Hope Rolls’ Facebook page to find more information on this wonderful organization.

Thank you to Bikes, Boards & Shades and The Okoboji Cyclist for donating the grand prize e-bikes as well as Boj◦e-bikes for providing additional great prizes for the raffle. Congratulations to the winners of the e-bikes, David Christ and Dale Mellman, we hope you and your families enjoy many rides out on the beautiful trails with your new bikes.


32nd ANNUAL U OF O OKTOBERFEST BIKE RIDE: Saturday, September 30 – Registration is open for this fun 18-mile bike ride along the scenic trails and lakeside roads of the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Proceeds from the ride benefit Dickinson County Trails and registration includes food and drink deals throughout the area, drink tickets and a t-shirt.  There are optional pit stops along the route and then return to the Arnolds Park greenspace for additional games, activities, live entertainment, food and beer.  For registration and event information visit


MUSEUM ALLIANCE TRAIL RIDE: Ongoing through September 4 – Lakes Area museums are kicking off their new alliance with a museum ride along the trails. All thirteen Dickinson County museums are participating for people to walk, bike or drive to visit. Informational brochures with a trail map are available at each museum and the Iowa Rock ’n Roll Music Association.

As always, Happy Trails to You and Yours.
Erin Reed, DCTB Executive Director