This year our hero, ahem....plans a bike trip into the wilds of Kansas and Missouri?????
After a marathon drive we head out for the first day of riding out of Ottawa, Kansas on The Flint Hills Rail-trail. It rained and thundered loud enough to wake me in the middle of the night and the morning still found a light rain coming down.
Start of the trail.....With the overcast and rain, I feel like I am plunging into Mirkwood forest.
The ride today was a twenty mile run on the trail that emptied out in the town of Ossawatomie, and then 9 miles north on roads to Paola for a lunch meet-up. Then a return on the same route back.
Tree tunnels were great because it kept the rain off me. Plus so cool to ride through!! Miles spent rolling along under the canopy.
|Often when I popped out of the canopy I would have a nice view of the surrounding farm land.|
A great old RR bridge. I know Ogre runs a bit heavy but I am pretty sure the bridge can handle it!!
The rain quit and the sun came out for the return trip.
Same Bridge but looking impressive in the afternoon sun.
Turtle and snake sightings
Pretty good first day, 58 miles, my first chance to ride rails to trails, great lunch, and cold beers after. I won't post the next days because I will leave my laptop in my truck since we are supposed to get some rain and I just don't want to work that hard keeping it all dry. I'll be back with the rest of the trip and some random thoughts and observations!
Everybody have a good week!!