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On Saturday, seminarian John Paul Hartnedy (Diocese of Little Rock) and I headed out on a little biking pilgrimage. Our plan was to ride the Wabash Trace Nature trail from Blanchard, Iowa to Imogene, Iowa and visit St. Patrick’s Church in Imogene. The monks have been reading the history of the Diocese of Des Moines in the monastery refectory and we heard about the beauty of the church in Imogene and a bit of its history. Since I knew that Imogene was on the trail, I was just waiting for a nice Saturday to get out for a few hours.

Packed and ready to go in Blanchard at 9:15 AM.

We arrive at St. Patrick’s in Imogene just before noon (about 30 miles into the ride).

See below– the historic church (in a town with a population of 67 people) is absolutely stunning!
Above: Side altar dedicated to St. Joseph.

After taking time to pray at St. Patrick’s church, we headed south back to Shenandoah to find lunch. We were hungry and our legs were tired, which made this pizza the best I’ve tasted in years!

Below: John Paul enjoys his slice of pizza pie.

Below: Just one of the many nice bridges along the way.

We returned to Blanchard around 4:00 in the afternoon after biking 62 miles. It was a good trail ride to open the year.

Blanchard, Iowa is right on the Missouri-Iowa state-line, so we had to make sure we made it a two-state biking trip.