Kansas Gravel North of Lawrence

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by jgrooms, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

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    Kansas gets a bum rap sometimes for being flat. Well it really isn't flat. NE Ks in particular. There's some great riding, not the typical section road type, north of Lawrence in the Kaw watershed. Here's a little experiment with my new Go Pro camera exploring roads with names like Buck Creek and Wildhorse. Buck Creek was main road back in Civil War days from Oskalossa to Lawrence.

    I'm on a mostly stock 89 NX with Bridgestone dual sport tires. I'm thinking about some mods and turning this bike into a mount specific for gravel.

    On to the camera. These things are amazing. I'm shooting at the lowest resolution and 60fps. Check out the dog shots I slowed down. Next experiment is shooting at 120fps.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8FV-U7vJlc
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  2. TheAdmiral

    TheAdmiral Long timer

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    Love the slow-mo puppy shots. Yes, I wonder how the first one begets 3 legs? Hummm!
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  3. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

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    That pooch is a notorious chaser. I never recall going by without seeing three leg in the road.I just always assumed he lost one of his chases. :-(
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  4. Trl Rdr

    Trl Rdr Big Red Bird

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    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y8FV-U7vJlc?rel=0" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe>

    This will make it easier to view!
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  5. lytle1gw

    lytle1gw oldguy

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    They actually have 35 mph speed limit signs on a gravel road?
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  6. whitebreadadv

    whitebreadadv Been here awhile

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    Having lived in NE Kansas, I'll agree it's not flat - compared to the rest of Kansas:D

    Nice video. Gotta pick up a Go-Pro one of these days.
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  7. Murf2

    Murf2 Been here awhile

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    Not flat!, As compared to eastern Colorado. :D

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  8. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

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    The state law is 55 mph unless posted otherwise. Where there are clusters of housing, you'll often see the 35mph. An exception is Johnson County, which comprises large suburb to KC, 35 is limit and posted.

    78,000 miles, 56% of the roads, in KS are gravel.
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  9. Toolpen

    Toolpen Been here awhile

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    I've always heard and considered that Kansas was a flat place to ride so it's nice to see the video and read the other comments. When I ride through there next year I'll have to check it out. I did laugh at the clips of the dogs and thought back that it had been some time since I had had a dog chase me while riding. Of course, on my next ride I had three dogs run out beside me on a road I ride pretty regularly... and where I have never seen a dog. Go figure. :lol3
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  10. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    Krazy beat, man! :clap

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  11. Toolpen

    Toolpen Been here awhile

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    Just curious, but was wondering what the camping would be like in the areas shown and in similar KS areas? Seems like most of it is private land.
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  12. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    You can find camping all over the state anywhere from Corp of Engineer Lake to county fishing lakes to city parks.
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  13. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

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    Probably should have put this in the regional area? Mods?

    Yes on the above, and the Corp of Engineer are usually on the same lakes where there is a state park.
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