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Old 03-14-2012, 09:40 AM   #8551
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I probably should have given everyone a little more notice, but tonight is the first of our weekly Lawrence Motorcycle Meetups for 2012. We'll be at South Park on Mass. Street at 6, so if you're feeling like a ride, you've got a destination!
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:23 PM   #8552
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For anyone interested, I am selling my 1200GS.
Look here in Flea Market: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=775852

A really good bike.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:31 PM   #8553
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Riding to Blue Mound next weekend and need some help with the route

I'm headed to Blue Mound next weekend on the invitation of inmate ajayhawkfan. I wonder if I can get some input from you Kansas guys as to whether the route I've laid out is dirt or not on the Kansas side of the border? Thanks for any help you might be able to provide. The route can be found HERE. This is a .gpx file and is stored in the Google Documents cloud.

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:45 AM   #8554
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Hi all. I'm new to ADV riding and looking for people in the Wichita area to connect with. I don't see many dual sports on the roads around here. Maybe because they are all off the beaten path? Hopefully that's the case! I'm looking for some advice from those with more experience than I in getting my first bike setup. Looking to get a BMW 650 as my first ride. If you are in Wichita, please let me know. Would love to chat with someone who knows what they are doing :) I always like to go into a new adventure as informed as possible.

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Old 03-26-2012, 10:25 AM   #8555
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I'm headed to Blue Mound next weekend on the invitation of inmate ajayhawkfan. I wonder if I can get some input from you Kansas guys as to whether the route I've laid out is dirt or not on the Kansas side of the border? Thanks for any help you might be able to provide. The route can be found HERE. This is a .gpx file and is stored in the Google Documents cloud.
Charlie, I have some waypoints I'll get to you. Some you can hit coming and some going.

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Old 03-26-2012, 10:39 AM   #8556
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Hi all. I'm new to ADV riding and looking for people in the Wichita area to connect with. I don't see many dual sports on the roads around here. Maybe because they are all off the beaten path? Hopefully that's the case! I'm looking for some advice from those with more experience than I in getting my first bike setup. Looking to get a BMW 650 as my first ride. If you are in Wichita, please let me know. Would love to chat with someone who knows what they are doing :) I always like to go into a new adventure as informed as possible.

Thanks!
Hi! I'm from Wichita, but live in Kansas City now. You want to connect with the Backroads Touring riders. A lot of these guys are from the greater Wichita area, and they lead some nice dualsport rides. They also put on a popular "Flinthills Stampede" event each year. Check it out!
http://www.backroadstouring.org/kansas/
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:43 AM   #8557
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Hi all. I'm new to ADV riding and looking for people in the Wichita area to connect with. I don't see many dual sports on the roads around here. Maybe because they are all off the beaten path? Hopefully that's the case! I'm looking for some advice from those with more experience than I in getting my first bike setup. Looking to get a BMW 650 as my first ride. If you are in Wichita, please let me know. Would love to chat with someone who knows what they are doing :) I always like to go into a new adventure as informed as possible.

Thanks!
You might get hold of Mike at Engles BMW in KCMO about a used 650GS. I know they got one in on trade.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:43 PM   #8558
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You guys are missing a good time at Eddies place! The waterfall is running at bourbon lake too!





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Old 03-31-2012, 05:45 AM   #8559
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Woke up to turkeys gobbling in the woods and Coyotes in the distance, deer in the meadow behind my tent. What an amazing place to have a cabin. Five ponds stocked full of fish, a running creek behind the cabin,








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Old 03-31-2012, 07:07 AM   #8560
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Awesome Charlie. I'm hungry already and just got up. Wish I could have gone with ya.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #8561
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Great people, good food, great riding and a conflagration! Does it get any better

As some of you know I was invited to Eddies (ADV - ajayhawkfan) place outside of Blue Mound, Kansas for an ADV Soiree' and ride this weekend. I laid out a route for his cabin and left early on Friday morning about 6:30 ish



My route took me across Butler Hollow road and up Radium Springs road and into Missouri's Mark Twain State Forest

Heading to Butler Hollow



Waiting on my turn to cross the Golden Gate Bridge in Beaver, Ar.



Radium Springs (Mark Twain State Forest, Missouri)



Climbing out of Roaring River State Park, Missouri on 112 Spur



Riding through Missouri above Cassville is boring as hell. Mostly paved and straight. You ride a section make a turn and ride another section of land, blech.

Once I got to Kansas it turned to gravel instantaneously. Still riding section to section but with superhighway dirt roads. I rarely rode under 60 mph on these roads unless they narrowed and that meant they were going to be twisty or un-maintained.



I also had many un-maintained roads in my route. These buggers are tricky because you often transition to them without any signage or warning. Also tricky because of deep ruts holding water and of course mud. They are sort of surprising when you're running 60 and then pop over a small hill and you have one of these staring at ya.





As I got further toward Eddies I entered Bourbon County. The terrain changed a lot here.









Once in Kansas I saw a total of two cars all the way to Eddies Cabin (with the exception of altering course for gas in Uniontown, KS
I caught a glimpse of a lake off to the west and decided it was time for a break and went to hunt for it. The lake was the Bourbon State Fishing Lake. On the way in I saw this waterfall. I didn't hike in any further than this but I suspect this is the lakes spillway discharge.



Here I stopped and got the JetBoil out and made some Ramen and just soaked up the sound of the waterfall.

I got to Eddies around 2:10 pm and because I was kinda zipping along I missed the entrance to his place. I was shutting down and getting ready to turn back and met a pickup truck. It was Eddie. He flagged me down and we headed to his place.

Wow, what a place. Five stocked ponds, a year around flowing creek through the property. More wild turkey than I have ever seen anywhere, coyotes, deer and I even spotted some river otters sliding down the bank into the creek. My camera was not with me so I missed out on getting pictures of the otters.

Eddie has a really nice cabin overlooking the creek



And of course he has an equipment shed set up for hunting and of course his bike.





Some of you may know Katnbeanz friend Marty (left) and Mike (DirtFarmer) on the right



Some of the hardware



Eddie puts on quite a party. He has a good friend that is a Chef in a casino. She put together a Mexican dinner for us that was outstanding.



Some random shots of dinner at Eddies. I'm sorry I don't remember the names but there were about 18 of us there.





Dean (ADV nick - Katnbeanz)



Eddie has been cleaning up his land and is in the process of making it as good of habitat as he can for wild critters. In the process he has been making brush piles for burning. So, he announced that he was going to make a campfire! That was a gross understatement. This was a a mega fire (truth is he must of been an arsonist in a former life).





For perspective these guys were at least a hundred yards from the fire.





When the fire was at it's peak it caught the trees on the other side of the ravine on fire.





Getting up early, riding all day, a great dinner, some libations followed by a and a warm fire and I was ready for bed. About 4:30 am the wild turkeys woke me gobbling in the field behind my tent. That was followed by a pack of coyotes letting us know they were there. I had to put in earplugs to sleep after that.

The next morning DirtFarmer made us breakfast. What a breakfast it was. Hash Browns mixed with Pheasant Eggs. Delicious isn't descriptive enough.



My breakfast table view



I mentioned above that the trees next to the brush pile had caught fire. This one was hollow inside. The entire interior of the tree was burning. This hole near the bottom was sucking air like a jet engine. There were three or four knot holes above high on the tree where the fire was exiting. Really something to see.



Hard to see in this picture but this first broken branch on the left had a white and blue flame coming out of it. It was just roaring.



More hardware







We even had a guy on a Tiger show up



Getting ready to roll on Saturday morning



As I was coming home I stopped again on Spur 112 entering Mark Twain Forest and Roaring River. What a beautiful morning and place to be.



Butler Hollow four miles from home



It was a great time. Eddie is a wonderful host and a great guy. I really appreciated the invitation and loved his place. Just beautiful!

Thanks Eddie!

626 miles in the saddle and on the pegs. What a great weekend.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:44 PM   #8562
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Nice pics! Looks like you guys had a nice time
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:54 PM   #8563
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Eddie's place and Farmer's grub. Doesn't get much better.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:03 PM   #8564
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Sounds like a great trip much thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:02 PM   #8565
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