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BACooN RIDE 5 will be a Hot One!

It could be hot this weekend. They are talking about highs of 96 degrees and heat index above 100. It is important to keep yourself in safe condition while riding. Please plan for a safe and enjoyable bike ride.


There is water available along the trail in most communities. But, you do have to find it. Many communities have trailhead depots or park shelters that have water. Businesses have water available for purchase and some for free.  Many of the scouts along the trail have water and gatorade for sale.

NOTE: Herndon does not have water. Fill up when you leave Jamaica.


We do have a 15 passenger SAG available. It CANNOT pickup on the trail. You need to bike to the towns and locate the SAG at the PASSPORK Stop. When the SAG is full, they will return to Waukee.  SAG may run late if they are busy.

Minburn Depot Noon
Perry Hotel Pattee 1 PM
Jamaica PassPork Stop 2:30 PM
Panora PJ’s 4 PM
Linden Iowa Beer Bus 5 PM
Redfield Downtown 6 PM
Adel Brickyard 6 PM

There is a number printed on your PassPORK for our mini-SAG shuttle. There is no need to call the number for the main SAG stop if you arrive ahead of the service time. Call the number if you have an issue along trail and you need shuttled to the next town for SAG or repair. (You still need to make it to the next accessible intersection). Our mini-SAG shuttle will not return you to Waukee, only to the next SAG stop.

We have scouts at 53 intersections, so they can help you figure out where you are. If you have a medial emergency call 911.


The Bacoon Ride is all about having fun.  Take your time, drink plenty of fluids, and enjoy the ride. If you are not in a condition to continue the ride, then don’t.  Most of all, have fun.


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Boys Scouts Troop 182 will Patrol BACooN Crossings

Thanks again to Boy Scouts Troop 182 from Ankeny that will be stationed at all 46 crossings of roadways during the BACooN RIDE in their bright orange BACooN PATROL shirts!  Their role is to alert you that their is an intersection/crossing and to warn if there is an oncoming vehicle or other potential hazards.  They will not inform you that the intersection is CLEAR as that is to be determined by the rider.

The boys will be selling water $1 and Gatorade $2 at their crossings throughout the day as fundraisers for them to go to Summer Camp or High Adventure Camp.

Thanks again to Troop 182!

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BACooN Spotlight: Perry

The historic Hotel Pattee in Perry is proud to participate in the annual BACooN Ride on June 16th.  Please make this one of your key stops during the ride.  We will have entertainment, beer, Bloody Marys, and BACON.  We will also be offering for sale Bacon Cheeseburgers and Brats AND our famous Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Tents will be set up for your convenience and comfort and give you a bit of shade to enjoy your drinks and food.  We look forward to seeing and serving you!

Your PassPORK item is BACON Samples from Berkwood Farms in Perry!


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BACooN RIDE 5 Packet Pick-Up

This year packet pick-up has been extended again to include a downtown Des Moines packet pick-up on Wednesday and Thursday in addition to the regular packet pick-up at the event site in Waukee.

You will need to bring your printed receipted or be prepared to show receipt on your mobile device.

Wednesday, June 13 & Thursday, June 14, 2018
12 noon – 6pm
Downtown – Des Moines Register lobby
Capital Square Atrium (400 Locust)

Friday, June 15, 2018
5pm – 8pm
Centennial Park (in the beverage garden)

Saturday, June 16, 2018
6am – 9am
Centennial Park (at the ride start)

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BACooN Spotlight: Adel

The Brickyard Burgers & Brews will be the last stop on the loop town of Adel before returning to Waukee on BACooN RIDE 5. Your PassPORK will get you a pulled pork sandwich from Kue’d BBQ and Smokehouse.

In addition:

  • Adel Fire Department will set up a booth selling t-shirts  for $25.00.  This will help raise money for UTV, they will be used for emergencies that happen along the bike path.
  • Brick Imerman will be playing from 12pm-3pm
  • Ghost Riders will be playing from 4pm-8pm
  • Hal Wilson with tropical snow will be serving from 2:30pm- TBD
  • John from Swell Vodka will be doing taste samples

There will also be more food will be served at Brickyard for the event!

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BACooN Spotlight: Linden

Linden is going to turn up the heat, and the cool for BACooN 18!

The Iowa Beer Bus will be parked in Linden and pouring some tasty drinks!  Sally Anne’s homemade ice cream returns with all their creamy goodness.  Berkwood Farms cheddar brats, snack sticks and jerky samples will be on hand too. The incomparable James Biehn will once again delight you with some of the best singing and guitar picking in Iowa. Red Bull specials will fuel your final legs of the ride, along with your favorite beers, including Barntown and Grain Belt Blu, Mules on tap, vodka lemonades and a cocktail bar.

It’s gonna be hot you say? The Linden Fire Department will be offering cool downs from a fire truck!  The Panora Boy Scouts will be there again for all your water, gatorade and snack needs.

Note: The location has moved to the SE side of the shelter house.

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BACooN Spotlight: Redfield

Harvey’s Diner & Pub welcomes the BACooN RIDE 5 to Redfield!  Your second to last stop will feature four types of generously donated Hormel Black Label Bacon:  Black pepper and brown sugar, Cajun, sesame, honey soy and regular house smoked bacon.

Relax in our grapevine covered beer garden.  Enjoy ice cold tall boys, house made whiskey peach tea, Harvey’s signature blueberry Moscow Mules, and seasonal local draft brews.  There will be live music, games and fun friendly crew!

Don’t forget to stop at the Redfield Development booth, where you can enjoy some family PB & J’s.  This is not your typical PB& J…. It’s a Jalapeno pepper stuffed with Peanut Butter, and has a thick piece of bacon wrapped around it!  It is cooked to perfection, and the perfect mix of ingredients, that will make you want to come back for more!

Walking around that day will be Redfield’s Bacon Queen.  Don’t forget to get your pictures taken with her!  She loves it.

Welcome to Redfield!

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BACooN Spotlight: Dallas Center Twisted Corn Tavern

The Twisted Corn Tavern in Dallas Center will be the first stop on the BACooN RIDE 5!

The PassPORK will land you a delicious  from Hy Vee.

There will be live music from Fahrenheit from 7:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M.

The Tall Corn will also be serving these for purchase:
$4 Food Options: Taquitos with Bacon Queso and Bacon Breakfast Pizza with gravy
$4 Booze Options: Assortment of tall boys, Bloody Marys, Mimosas

You don’t want to miss out on all the BACON that would be coming your way!

Your PassPORK will get you…. BACON Taco! BACON Donut! BACON Samples! BACON Corn Dog! BACON Nachos! Pulled PORK Slider! Caramel BACON Rice Krispy Bars! More BACON Samples!

Registration goes up $10 June 13th

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BACooN RIDE 5 Registration Fees Go Up June 1st!

You don’t want to miss out on all the BACON that would be coming your way!

Your PassPORK will get you…. BACON Taco! BACON Donut! BACON Samples! BACON Corn Dog! BACON Nachos! Pulled PORK Slider! Caramel BACON Rice Krispy Bars! More BACON Samples!

Registration goes up $10 June 1st  

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BACooN Spotlight: Waukee Post Party at Mickeys Irish Pub

Mickey’s Irish Pub in Waukee is the official Finish Line Post Party for Bacoon 5!

Your last bacon stop on your Passpork, will be featuring Amy’s Double Layer Caramel BACON Rice Krispie Bars!  We will be serving up Tacos, Nachos and BACON Queso Burgers on our food Stand.

We will be serving up Cold Beer Tallboys and Smirnoff Vodka Cocktails and Bacon Cherry soaked Fireball Shots!!!! Bags and games will be around for fun. We are featuring two live bands: 3-7pm John Adams Experience (Outside Stage) and 7-11pm Bad Friends (Inside Stage)!

We have plenty of parking and Mickey’s is within walking or biking distance to Centennial Park in Waukee. On the day of the event we will be opening at 7am for Bacon Bloody Mary’s to get your day started off on the right!


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