The Taco Ride is an Omaha/Council Bluffs tradition, with hundreds if not thousands of riders taking part every Thursday night from early spring until late fall.
This friendly group bicycle ride is an out-and-back loop through the Loess Hills of Western Iowa. Beginning in Council Bluffs, the ride finishes at either the Mineola Steakhouse or farther on at the Silver Creek Saloon, with a mid-ride stop at Margaritaville. Bike shop Greenstreet Cycles hosts a longer version of the ride they’ve dubbed the Taco Ride XL.
The ride is approximately 10 miles of hard packed trail in each direction, with the shortest version being a 20 mile round trip. The ride typically takes between 30 minutes and an hour, depending upon riding speed and breaks, with the return trip featuring a slight downhill slope.
The Mineola Steak House features $1 taco specials on Thursdays, with $5 pitchers of beer and $6 margarita pitchers. This relaxed ride is a family friendly social event, but many do find themselves enjoying a few drinks at the steak house, leading to a convivial atmosphere on the ride back.
Helmets and headlights are strongly recommended.