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Old 06-02-07, 10:34 AM
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My favorite 4x4 trail... on bike (pics)

I decided to ride to a local off-roading spot and have some two wheeled fun. I rained a little yesterday, so I was expecting mud.

Entrance to the trail:


My bike definitely doesn't have the brake/fork clearance for really serious mud, I locked up the front wheel a few times:


I decided to ride in the grass and stay out of the muddy ruts, which worked a lot better.



Then I ran into some nice rocky stuff which was quite a bit of fun to ride on. It looked like it went down to a clearing, possibly an old rock quarry. I kept riding.



w00t! Caves! I'm not exactly sure what's inside them. There were three cave openings but two of them were fenced off. The one on the far right had lots of mud further back, and a flourescent light on way back in the distance. It's probably used for climate controlled storage. Although there were no signs indicating that I should not proceed, I didn't enter. I had no flashlight or headlight on my bike, nor did I know how slimy the mud was or if my bike could trudge through it.







I took a shortcut to get back out of the area and back onto the road, and put about 5 miles on the MUP to shake some of the crap off of my bike.

I'm going to have to come out here again when it's not so moist.
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Old 06-02-07, 02:06 PM
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I think that's a greenleaf (?) kickstand and a bell handlebar bag. And I never once claimed I was afraid of getting dirty -- I rather like it. But I still feel old

It's okay though, because I'm having fun and needed a break from the road bike.
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Old 06-02-07, 02:09 PM
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You should get some lights and ride down that scarry tunnel!
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Old 06-02-07, 02:12 PM
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when it dries out, I might. I have several lights, but I don't make a habit of putting lights on my MTB for a daytime ride
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Could those be old mine shafts? Are there mineral deposits in Kansas? Though I am a big fan of spelunking, I'd check with other locals to see if it's safe before entering. Or you could bring a canary in a birdcage...
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Stay out of those "caves", they are blocked off for a reason. They are not "caves" or tunnels they are drift mouths to underground mines or quarries. All it takes is a little firedamp, for one kettle bottom to fail, or one horseback to slip and you are trapped or worse. I've seen it too many times around here.
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The reason I think it's storage is because not too far away, next to the road there's a sign saying "Sub-surface space for rent".

There are tons of tunnels and caves around KC, but as you can tell from the supports boltes through the ceiling, these are man-made. Old rock quarries are a dime a dozen out here, but I'm not sure what these shafts go to or what would have been mined out here. That said, I'm pretty sure no one would blow holes in the ground like these just for fun. It'll be interesting to see what's back there.
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Originally Posted by wvxc
Stay out of those "caves", they are blocked off for a reason. They are not "caves" or tunnels they are drift mouths to underground mines or quarries. All it takes is a little firedamp, for one kettle bottom to fail, or one horseback to slip and you are trapped or worse. I've seen it too many times around here.
Well two are blocked off. One as you can see is not, and it has tire ruts. I found an empty pack of cigarettes outside the entrance that would be sun-faded if it was more than a few weeks old, and there's electrical lighting back in the tunnel that's open. I'd feel pretty safe going into that entrance.
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Old 06-02-07, 08:17 PM
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This is all I could gather about the caves. I guess it was a mine at one time. It's been decontaminated, but that's all I can find on it.

http://kensas.kdhe.state.ks.us/pls/c...?id=C404670967

Anyhow, I'll likely be out there again once things dry out. No telling what I'll find.
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The light on in the distance interests me... definatly check it out and take pics of what you find. Just be careful.
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Some nice pics, there! Did that diamondback beat you up on the rock paths?
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No, 40 PSI in the tires and my clyde butt has plenty of padding

It was easier riding on the rocks than it was navigating some of the ice boulders this winter. I know it's a beater, but it's a reliable beater.
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