August 22, 2013
I think the original review pretty much says everything that needs to be said, but I would like to add a few things.
The trail runs from Ankeny to Woodward, with Sheldahl, Slater, and Madrid serving as waypoints. Its paved the entire distance with concrete, and you can connect with the Heart Of Iowa Nature Trail (HOINT) in Slater which goes all the way into Melbourne (some road riding required). Keep in mind though the HOINT trail is NOT paved but crushed limestone. Skinny tires beware.
While seeing the high trestle at night is well worth the trip, use caution. The trail is full of kids, dogs, baby strollers, walkers, and inexperienced cyclists on warm summer evenings, so be alert and make sure you have a light. The trail between Slater and Madrid is much less traveled than the stretch between Madrid and Woodward.