Derek Mauser and the other members of the Mitchell County Mountain Goats bicycle club had selfish reasons for wanting to complete two new single track off-road bike trails in the county.
"We simply just love to ride the trails," said Mauser, as he and a few members prepared to mount up and ride the 2-mile Junkyard Goat trail near the entrance of the Mitchell County Conservation Board on Thursday.
But all agreed that there was even a bigger reason for building the trails than a passion for riding fat tire and mountain bikes on bumpy, uneven wooded terrain.
"We're trying to get people here to North Iowa," Mauser said. "We want to promote tourism and things to do in Mitchell County and this is a fun and exciting way to do that. It's a positive thing all around."