Entries Tagged as Kansas

First Attempt: Clinton State Park or Bust!

"What was I thinking? I must be insane! Why did I think I could do this? You don't do these kind of things! Other people do this, you freaking idiot!" These were just a few of the choice thoughts running through my head on June 29, 2013, as I left familiar cycling territory while embarking on my first attempted overnight bike trip. The plan was to ride from my home in Overland Park, Kansas, to Clinton State Park, which is just west of Lawrence, Kansas. I had estimated that the trip, which would take me through the communities of DeSoto and Eudora, would require approximately 50 miles, each way, of output from my untried (over this distance, anyway) human power plant. How, at the age of 46, had I arrived at this point in my life?

A Backpacker Discovers Bike Overnights

I’m kind of new to the loaded bike touring thing. On October 21-22, 2011, I did a solo overnight in the Flint Hills, an east central section of Kansas that has largely escaped the plow and is tallgrass prairie land with few roads. Big and open. Cattle country. Living in eastern Kansas, I always felt adventure should be here. Loaded touring is a nice way to get it.

Kansas City S240

Our destination, the historic town of Leavenworth Kansas. Myself and Randy Rasa, of the Kansas Cyclist, were the sojourners. We both rode from our homes to Desoto, Kansas to start our 24 hour adventure together.