From the prairies of Kansas, a little history...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Sod Buster, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. Sod Buster

    Sod Buster prairie rider

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  2. Vinnie the Snake

    Vinnie the Snake Long timer

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    Please keep the info coming, I know there are many great unseen places all over the prairie, I never take the same road twice and always find something that I am glad I got to see. :ear :ear :ear
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  3. gagnaou

    gagnaou Long timer

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    Amazing pictures!!!

    Around Kanopolis is a nice part of the state.

    Luc
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  4. Doc Watson

    Doc Watson Adventurer

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    My wife n I are heading out to Westcliffe Co. in a couple days. Thinkin' bout droppin down to Rt.96 in Kansas somewhere.Is that pretty scenic and do the speeds drop significantly?[EXELLENT PICS] by the way! Luv learning about the old wagon trails and the railroads,thanks
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  5. macwild

    macwild Women? Where!?!

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    We currently live in New Mexico but my wife and I grew up in Kansas. I'm from around KCK and my wife from Iola. I always tell people how beautiful Kansas is but no one believes it until they see it.

    When ever we go back we always take the smaller highways and avoid I-70.

    Thanks for the pics, I'll pass them around.
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  6. pitbull

    pitbull Long timer

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    Always love me some Sod Buster history lessons......... keep it comin'
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  7. KLRlynuts

    KLRlynuts Adventurer

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    Just last week, I was doing the Santa Fe Trail thing:

    Ridin' the "Ruts" at Lost Springs, KS

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    38d 33.876' N, 097d 00.699' W

    Then, on to Old Fort Larned
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    38d11.053' N, 099d18.160' W

    I side tracked off the Trail cuz I wanted to see the Castle Rocks & Monument Rock. Thunderstorms the previous night left the road quite deceptive: dry sand covering silting mud. I managed to tour a little of the Smokey Hills River area:
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    38d49.0116 N', 100d01.338'W

    I continued west and found the "ruins" of the only Pueblo in Kansas. Occupied shortly after the Spanish incursion into the New Mexican region, a group of Pueblo Natives sought refuge on the Plains around 1600.
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    38d40.618' N, 100d55.019' W

    The highlight of my trip occurred at sunset that day, riding into the fading sunset, I passed the sign marking the road to the Sand Creek Massacre site. I turn onto the road with the sun a few degrees below the horizon. The color of the clear sky a thick purple, the road bronze & gold in my headlight. A very hypnotic moment. As I rode along, the sand deepened & I questioned my judgement of riding such a road at this time of day. I reversed course & sacked out in Eads, CO. The next day, I spent some time at Bent's Old Fort.
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    37d27.243' N, 104d12.591' W

    But, this is Colorado, outside the jurisdiction of this thread. Kansas, the whole Great Plains, are interesting and diverse.
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  8. Powershouse

    Powershouse Flower Sniffer

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    Keep it coming!

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  9. Mr.Moose

    Mr.Moose Living the Adventure

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    very interesting stuff:lurk :lurk keep it coming.
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  10. iyeager

    iyeager I lost my avatar...

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    Don't keep it coming, we'll be flooded with jerks hogging up our empty gravel roads. :lol3

    Nah, I kid, I kid. I love backwater Kansas, I always have. I think MO and KS have to be the most underrated states in the nation.

    Great pictures. Looks like a fun ride.

    Ian
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  11. All4Fun

    All4Fun Let the good times roll!

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    And I always thought Kansas was flat! Thanks for the fine pics and the history lessons. MOST interesting, give us more please...:clap :clap :clap
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  12. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    You can usually maintain a pretty good clip on the rural 2-lanes. Don't know 96, but alot of them are 65 mph with little or moderate traffic.

    Nice report, Sod.
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  13. Motor31

    Motor31 Long timer

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    Wow thanks for the pics! We just got to Wichita KS for 2 weeks for a rally and had no idea there was anything like that here. Those look like some neat ideas for trips. Please post more and where to find these things. I love visiting old historic sites.
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  14. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Just love these kind of reports to put in my memos on places to visit next time I'm in the area roaming about. I've done lots of western Kansas but not too much eastern or central. Keep on feeding us info on a great state with a great history.
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  15. Angel-V

    Angel-V Pisahuevos

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    This kind of threads is amazing for me, because show an part of EEUU that normally not know far of your country.

    I hope for more:clap :clap
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  16. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD///

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    Great thread- I love these historic threads, and the wide open plains- Get away from the main highways and the plains are as beautiful and interesting as anywhere in the world. I just rode across Kansas twice in the last week- unfortunately I had to just make time and couldn't explore. Between this thread and Bake's thread, I'm thinking I'm going to have to make time for a big plains adventure ride someday. Thanks, and keep it coming! :thumb
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  17. Renegade6

    Renegade6 Been here awhile

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    Great thread, didn't realize that there was this much to see in Kansas when I lived there.
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  18. Bimble

    Bimble In giro in moto

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    Fascinating as always Sod.

    :thumb
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  19. no

    no kidding

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    :lurk This is great!
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  20. Scottysix9

    Scottysix9 Shhh...

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    Well done.
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