Before the thread swirled into a digital black hole, Journeyman asked me to detail my loop through the city last Wednesday when the weather was so mild. It was more of a square, beginning at KCK, then east to the Bikestop at Sterling and I70 in Independence, down the Blue Ridge Cutoff to Bannister, west to Metcalf in Overland Park, then up Lamar to Argentine, to KS Ave, and through the bottoms.
KCK to Independence was my modification of the route I found at:
East from downtown KCMO on 9th to Ewing, south to 12th, then east again to the T at 435, south to Truman, east on Truman's paved shoulder to Blue Ridge Blvd, then south/sw to Sterling. The Hugh map takes you down Stark off Truman. Stark is a series of roller coaster hills which I wanted to avoid on the new single-speed bike I was riding, at least until I have a feel for my stamina on it.
I'd never ridden this southwest corner of the city from Independence down through Raytown, so I took the direct route down Blue Ridge Cutoff. Here and on Bannister I was lucky to encounter light early afternoon traffic. The Redline bike's nearly-straight fork made it quick, and it's steel frame made it predictable. And there were no multiple gears to shift so riding it was pretty straightforward in traffic. I had no trouble with the cars around me. Still, Bannister wasn't the route I had intended to take. I was aiming for 87th which was closed. Next time I'll try 71st/Gregory.
Going north on Lamar was easy. At Merriam Dr. I jogged to catch 26th, then followed various streets north with my map to catch the Goddard viaduct to 26th again through the junkyards to KS Ave. It was a good ride, maybe 50-60 miles with the doubling back I did.