Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Overland Park, KS and Denver, CO
Bikes: 2008 Felt F5 w/ SRAM Force, 2002 Giant OCR2, Specialized Stumpjumper M2 Comp
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Not sure how far south of KC you're looking to go but I do quite a bit of riding south of town. Once you do get south a bit, you end up in some very nice rolling country hills with light traffic and generally decent roads. It's pretty popular to head down through Spring Hill to the Hillsdale Lake area via Old Kansas City Rd. From there I'm sure you can keep going south but your problem becomes figuring out which roads are paved and which suddenly turn to gravel. Anyway, on the KS side, once you get south of 159th street, traffic and people really start to thin out so it's easy to put on some uninterrupted miles. There aren't shoulders on most of those roads but that's never bothered me with the light traffic.
On the MO side, I haven't done as much riding. I did do a ride to Pleasant Hill a long time ago but can't remember how we got there. I'm sure I can look it up on my Garmin if you're really curious. If you don't want to go that far south of KC, there's not as much unpopulated riding to do. Also, up north near the river is more hilly than farther south. Just something to keep in mind depending on what riding you want to do.