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US-160 across southern KS in May?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Boondox, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    The second week of May Glenlivet and I will be spending a few days in NW Arkansas before crossing KS heading for southern Utah. I want to avoid the Interstate while still making decent time. My previous transits of middle America have all been further north and I enjoy the hospitality of small towns. Is 160 a decent choice?

    Pete and Glenlivet

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  2. dave0

    dave0 Been here awhile

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    Drove it west to east a decade or so ago. Would do it again on a bike. One of the things I noticed about the route is it seemed all of the towns had a park/rest area on the east side limits. It's also a good route to displace the notion that Kansas is flat.
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  3. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    Great route,, did it myself going to Utah a few years ago. I actually went back to ride SE Kansas.
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  4. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Great road. Perfect way to cross southern Kansas.

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    Going east last June.

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    Look around Medicine Lodge if you get a chance. Neat history there.
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  5. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    160 is a nice route.

    Another little used motorcycle option is to follow the US Bicycle Route 76 across the State Of Kansas. The route was put together in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial of the US and was the first such in the country. Download the file called "BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION MAP": http://www.ksdot.org/bureaus/burRail/bike/ksbicyclemap.asp
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  6. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    In Moline KS-----watch for the sign to the states oldest swinging bridge.
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    In Elk Falls KS---watch for the sign to the old bridge and waterfall.
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    About 1 mile East of Independence, KS------keep looking North off the highway for this old bridge-----never saw anything like it. I've been over it on my bike and about 2 months ago drove my motorhome over it. It's one lane wide.
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    Sharon, KS-----------hometown of Marteena BcBride------but nothing to see there really-------unless she's there-------------then there definitely is :lol3

    A bit North of 160 on route 400 in Mullinville-------is the neatest display of yard art I've ever seen--------beyond ordinary------you can't miss it.

    In Greensburg KS just East of Mullinville on rt. 400 is the worlds largest hand dug well---------really worth the visit-------you can hike to the bottom of it.

    Just a few miles North of 160 near Sherwin, KS on 70th street is BigBrutus--------you can go in it if you like.
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    I wish I could remember where this was----got to be on the top 10 list of the damndest things I ever saw.
    Edit----Carthage, Missouri on Kellogg Lake on route 96,
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    Manure spreader with wings.
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  8. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Crazy indeed Mark. You have to stop and get a pic right??

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    Well I'll be-----------I like your pic better than mine.
    Never know what you'll find on that road less traveled will you Mark.
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  10. yosso

    yosso We gotta go now. Supporter

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    Lowell Davis created the crapduster. He also has a open air museum just north of the convenience store. Red Oak II.

    There are multiple sculptures throughout the county created by Lowell.
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    I travelled that route from Springfield, MO, to CO in spring 2014. It was a most pleasant ride except for the late-season heavy snow just as I got to CO. I would do it again. Enjoy the trip and as many of the suggested sights along the way as you can fit in.
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  12. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Thank you! That is a fantastic resource for picking lightly traveled roads!

    Pete
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