Tag Archive: Kansas

1984 Bike Tour: Day 35 – Go West, young men!

TRIBUNE, KAN. – We're walking back from dinner at the Cactus Patch restaurant, and realize we're riding through history. We're in the town of Tribune in the county of Greeley. The next town down the road tomorrow will be Horace. Follow the bouncing ball. What did Horace Greeley write in the New York Tribune? “Go west young man!”

We started heading West early in the morning after a torrential downpour struck at 4:30. We ate and washed up at the church (still open, as promised) and hit the road at 6:45. After a few miles the terrain opened up more than before, if that's possible. …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 34 – Eating across Kansas

UTICA, KAN. – How many times have I heard people complain about driving across Kansas because it's soooooo boring?

Chalk up another reason why bicycle touring is the best way to see the country. Kansas, by bike, is anything but boring. For one thing, you get to stop at all the small-town cafes.

I have a notion that many of these towns where we've stopped lately — Bison, McCracken, Ransom, Utica — are all frontier towns. …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 33 – Don’t fence us in; we’re rolling

LA CROSSE, KAN. — We're sitting here writing at our journals at a picnic table that's about 30 miles south of the geographical center of the US.

We clicked off a lot of miles today, and I am tired and a little sore, but I feel like I could charge across more than 100 miles of Great Plains tomorrow morning. …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 32 – Limping across Kansas

We stopped at a cafe this morning for a long breakfast and fiddled around so we got a late start. Bruce later admitted he just didn't want to get going, given the accident yesterday on the busy highway.

We strapped his bent wheel rim to his panniers and left, finally reaching County Road 88 and the TransAmerica Route. …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 31 – Shortcut proves hazardous

Vintage postcard of Main Street, El Dorado

Tuesday, June 12, 1984 Chanute to El Dorado, Kan. 99 miles Locater map

I’m reprinting the day-to-day journal entries of a cross-country bike tour my friend and I took in 1984.  More about the TransAmerica Tour 1984

Gene’s Journal

We’re staying at a motel across the tracks in a town with the unlikely name of El Dorado …

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1984 Bike Tour: Day 30 – Kansas is big state to lose partner in

Tonight finds us at Bryan and Janette's apartment in Chanute. They're a wonderful couple that Bruce met at a restaurant in town where he was eating. Bryan found me a few hours later as I was riding into town.

That's because Bruce and I got separated today.

We cycled the 35 miles from Golden City to Pittsburg in about 3 hours. Riding our first flat roads in four weeks meant  we had a lot of power to cover lots of ground — fast…

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Biking Across Kansas celebrates 40th anniversary ride bike tour

Roadside jam session on Biking Across Kansas

In the summer of 1975, Gerald Ford had been living in the White House for about a year, The Captain and Tennille topped the charts with “Love Will Keep Us Together,” and a 10-speed steel bicycle was pretty much the cutting edge of two-wheeled technology.

Also that summer, a group of fewer than 100 cyclists joined Larry and Norma …

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Biking Across Kansas 2014 — the long way

Route for 2014 Biking Across Kansas

Organizers announced the route for 2014 Biking Across Kansas on Wednesday, and it looks like they’ve squeezed every mile possible into the west-to-east across-state bike ride that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The bike tour rolls out from Elkhart in southwestern Kansas on June 7 and heads in a northeast direction to a finish in White …

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Week-long bike tour routes announced in Iowa, Kansas; end of the road for Tour de Kota

Biking Across Kansas 2013

Just as two week-long mass bicycle tours — RAGBRAI and B.A.K. — announced their host cities for 2013, a third is calling it quits and partnering with a two-day bicycle festival. Ride the Rockies makes its announcement on Saturday.

After eight years, the Argus Leader Tour de Kota in South Dakota is pulling the plug …

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Bicycle camping guide for Kansas

Welcome to Kansas

KansasCyclist blogger Randy Rasa has created a helpful online guide if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Kansas, on a bicycle, and in need of a place to pitch your tent.

Kansas Bicycle Camping is a directory of more than 200 locations in the Sunflower State where bicycle travelers are welcome to camp out.

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