Not quite RAGBRAI, but . . .

Billed as the “ultimate summer sendoff bicycle party,” more than 500 bicyclists from Iowa and surrounding states converged on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail last weekend for two days of cycling and music.

The second annual “Pedaler’s Jamboree Iowa” began Saturday morning for a two-day round-trip journey between Mineola and Shenandoah. The event included an overnight stay in Shenandoah along with live music and refreshments at communities along the trail.

Bicyclists from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and South Dakota were known to have taken part in the ride.

In Silver City, some riders took a break to get hydrated or check out the offerings at the Silver Creek Farmers’ Market. In Malvern, the bicyclists were greeted by the music of Blackbird Revue and a wide selection of craft beers in Boehner Park.

The ride passed through Imogene before the overnight stop in Shenandoah. Many of bicyclists camped Saturday night at Sportsman’s Park in Shenandoah, where they were entertained by the music of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Kris Lager Band.

Jamboree riders made their way back up the trail to Mineola on Sunday.

“Pedaler’s Jamboree Iowa” is patterned off a similar event on the KATY Trail in north central Missouri. Last year’s inaugural ride in Iowa took place on the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

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