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Old 09-28-2013, 06:33 AM   #1
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South Central Kansas

I've got a couple of days off next week and was wondering if anyone could recommend a back road historical route through south central Kansas.

I was planning to use my time off and make a run over to Arkansas and do the 23 south, 21/7 north ride. Last week a co-worker and I had to make a service call to a customer up in Hutchinson, Ks. My co-worker programed the GPS in the company truck to avoid hi-ways and we wound up driving through some very pleasant countryside with lots of history that I was only vaguely aware of and it hit me that it would be fun spend a couple of days exploring the area.

I'm located in northeast Oklahoma and would be looking for a loop that would be 350 to 400 miles out, spend the night, and 350 to 400 miles back. I'd like to visit the some of the forts and towns that were built during the westward expansion.

I'll be one-up on an '08 Buell XB12-XT so pavement and hard packed gravel are my options. I'm self contained, so camping is on the table, but a small local hotel or B & B would be okay too.

Anyone have routes, ideas, or suggestions?

Thanks.



I live in northeast Oklahoma
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:49 PM   #2
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Did you make that ride?

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Old 03-09-2014, 05:48 AM   #3
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Hello,

Never got any feedback on any routes through Kansas, so I did the Arkansas ride.

Still open for a Kansas run if anyone has any suggestions.

Tim
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:33 AM   #4
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I really enjoyed Fort Larned and it's in your range. http://www.nps.gov/fols/index.htm
You may find inspiration here: http://www.santafetrailresearch.com/
Or maybe head up to Coffeyville and then west.
I want to check out the Gypsum Hills someday. http://www.naturalkansas.org/gypsum.htm
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:05 AM   #5
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Thanks for the information. I think I can put together a nice route with this.

Now all I need to do is get some time off of work.

Tim
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:24 PM   #6
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You are welcome. I didn't visit the Santa Fe Trail museum near Fort Larned, but it is an excuse to go back.

It's a ways further but if you like old forts if you get close to La Junta, CO check out Old Fort Bent: http://www.nps.gov/beol/index.htm

Good luck getting some time off and taking the trip.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:17 AM   #7
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Did you ever make up a route? I will be moving to CO in the fall and would love to do a ride through some historic areas in KS.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:53 AM   #8
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Well, sort of....

The plan was to take 4 or 5 days and tie together several of the scenic byways of central Kansas, but the weather and a bad attitude cut the ride short.

I had planned to ride up from Oklahoma on the two lanes and check out the Flint Hills, then over to the Prairie Trail and up to Post Rock, down to the Wetlands and back home through the Gypsum Hills, checking out as many historic forts and other points of interest that I could find.

The weather had turned crappy the day before I was going to leave (early May) and it was raining when I left. The weather cleared but it never got above 60 degrees and my attitude dropped below that.

I made the run up to Council Grove at the top of the Flint Hills, spent the night and beat feet back home the next day.

There is much to see in Kansas and I plan on attempting the ride again. This probably isn't much help in planning a ride through Kansas, but if you have the time and stay off the interstates you won't be disappointed.

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