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Old 07-27-17, 03:47 PM   #26
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BTW 700x35 should be good for almost all of the gravel you'll encounter, but maybe drop your PSI by 10 or so.
Believe it or not, I found a "free" air hose today, at a Casey's, which is like a 7-Eleven out here. I needed a little in the back, so topped off both. It'd be a darn shame to lose any free air. 🤔
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Define "best". When ever I ride in the mid-west in summer I'm buffeted by howling winds. I hate that, but perhaps you like it?
One technique I used on the Great Plains in eastern CO and western KS was to keep my options open. Below was my approximate intended route on one trip, headed the other direction between Fort Collins, CO and Wichita, KS. However, there are several E/W US highways such as US-36, US-24, US-40, KS-4, KS-96. I knew eventually I was going to end up further south but on the days when the wind was blowing strongly from the south, I would continue east instead. On the days the wind came from the east, I would try going south.

The OP had issue with US-50 (and not my favorite highway with rumble strips in other places) and in the big cities, I'll check strava heat maps. However, once one gets to more sparely populated and less tree areas, wind becomes a bigger issue than traffic.



As a whole, it worked reasonably well on my trip. Biggest issue I had was I had two different paper maps description for "old US-40". One said "paved" and the other said "unpaved". I incorrectly assumed that roads went from being unpaved to being paved - when in fact it was the other way around. Two counties ripped up the asphalt in favor of gravel as being lower maintenance costs.
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Believe it or not, I found a "free" air hose today, at a Casey's, which is like a 7-Eleven out here. I needed a little in the back, so topped off both. It'd be a darn shame to lose any free air. 🤔
Casey's pizza is a national treasure.

Um, are you touring without a mini pump? That's... an interesting choice.
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Casey's pizza is a national treasure.

Um, are you touring without a mini pump? That's... an interesting choice.
Heck no, I always have a pump, patches, and a couple spare inner tubes. It's just so much easier, at a gas station, to get higher pressure, without working so hard. 😉 I slept at Forest Park, and shopped at Dollar General, so just now getting going again today. Sometimes slowing down is a good thing. 😎
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Well, there was a Buzzard's Pizza on the map of Pomona, but all I saw like that was another Casey's. I'm kinda spoiled for pizza, so gas station pizza just won't work. 😉
But I did find Leroy's BBQ, and the pork sandwich & fries were excellent. 😋 He gave me a business card, & asked me to "like" them on a certain social site. I told him I don't use that stuff, but I'd give him a plug here. 😎
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......Leroy's BBQ, ....... ��
Buffett on Sunday. Pretty good for where it's at....

Good swimming by the dam but you have to ride a few miles. Probably not super high temp right now.

Think about turning north or south along the Flint Hlls for a couple days when you run into them. Nice scenery but maybe not your cup of tea.
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I found Pomona State Park yesterday, and had my own private beach for awhile. 😎 Eventually had several folks, mostly kids, show up.
I got to Osage City last night, now in Allen, about halfway to Council Grove. I would've done a lot better, but the Flint Hills Trail is closed in several places, as someone mentioned. Darn detours. ☹😉
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Just follow the yellow brick road.
follow the yellow brick road.
follow,follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road.

if you have no idea what I'm on about, call your grandma.
I found the Tin Man this morning, back in Council Grove. 😁
I got my first flat today, since leaving Warren, Ohio, riding at the Council Grove city lake. It's actually a few miles out of town, with all gravel roads. I sliced a tire & tube on a sharp rock, I think, cause I never saw any foreign debris.
Much later that same day, I'm at the Herington Reservoir, about 25 miles wester. Slow going around here, and still lots of cows. 😉
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For anyone interested, I'm in Pratt, Kansas now, and have been for about 2 days now. That means just 75 more miles to Dodge City, and things look relatively easy now, to the Colorado state line. 😎
I got a couple good doses of Kansas weather recently, not quite tornadoes, but plenty of wind, rain, thunder & lightning. 😮😁 Lots of trees & branches down, as well as minor (?) flooding.
But I'm fine, just resting a bit here in Pratt, and making a few adjustments to the bike. My seat pouch/tool bag is slowly dying, so I invested in a genuine Huffy handlebar bag, to redistribute the weight. But it's actually pretty well made, it looks like, and might outlive me. 😁
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For anyone interested, I'm in Pratt, Kansas now, and have been for about 2 days now. That means just 75 more miles to Dodge City, and things look relatively easy now, to the Colorado state line. 😎
I got a couple good doses of Kansas weather recently, not quite tornadoes, but plenty of wind, rain, thunder & lightning. 😮😁 Lots of trees & branches down, as well as minor (?) flooding.
But I'm fine, just resting a bit here in Pratt, and making a few adjustments to the bike. My seat pouch/tool bag is slowly dying, so I invested in a genuine Huffy handlebar bag, to redistribute the weight. But it's actually pretty well made, it looks like, and might outlive me. 😁
Haven't been following along, so apologies if this has been answered. Are you heading east or west? If east, it would be a shame not to ride through the Flint Hills. Very generally, east of Eureka, north of Independence. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_Hills
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The nice thing about joining the Trans-Am route is almost every town along the way will have some kind of arrangement for cyclists to stay (sleep in church, camp in city park), and you can easily get the info by word-of-mouth.
True, but I also found that in Kansas those free places to stay tended to be easy to find whether on the AC route or not. The first time I rode across KS as part of the TA the listing of places to stay was a great comfort, but later when I rode across KS again not on an AC route I was pleased to find that it was still easy to find nice free places to camp in the same sorts of places as I did when on the TA.
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Haven't been following along, so apologies if this has been answered. Are you heading east or west? If east, it would be a shame not to ride through the Flint Hills. Very generally, east of Eureka, north of Independence. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flint_Hills
If you go back one post, to my last post, it clearly says that I'm heading towards Colorado. 😛😁 Please don't get offended, just goofing. 🙂
I just pulled into Greensburg, the city that was wiped out by a tornado, back in 2007. Apparently, my subconscious self wanted to pay my respects, on their 10th year afterwards. 🤔 The cool part is, the whole town is "green", including having several of those big wind turbines, for electricity. 😎 I'm not actually in "town" yet, but inside the city limits, at a rest stop. There are several bees pestering me, hopefully I don't get stung. 😨
EDIT: Ha, talk about good timing. Right after I posted here, it started raining pretty good. I guess I got here right on time. 😁

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Remember, to get to Dodge City, you have to go through Fort Dodge. Unless you go another way. 😁 At Fort Dodge, the "fort" was actually a supply depot, now just known as Sutler's Store. But there are several old buildings around it, including a really old hospital, that looks kinda like a fort. The museum curator lady told me the hospital's been shut down for years, due to asbestos. I told her when I went past it, I got a weird feeling, and she said it's "allegedly" haunted. 😮 I had just one pic of it, that didn't come out right, like too bright to see.
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Seems the curator lady got a little confused yesterday, lol. According to the printed handouts, the old fort is what's now the Soldiers' Home, which is occupied by former military members. Which makes a lot more sense, some of those buildings were brick and/or adobe, while Sutler's Store is made of wood. 😉
I found Boot Hill today, among other things, and realized I was only a couple blocks from it yesterday. And only a couple blocks from there, is Gunsmoke Street. Watching Gunsmoke was almost mandatory, when I was a kid. 😎
EDIT: Forgot to say, I got soaked good twice, after saying I had good timing. 😒😁
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And only a couple blocks from there, is Gunsmoke Street. Watching Gunsmoke was almost mandatory, when I was a kid. 😎
EDIT: Forgot to say, I got soaked good twice, after saying I had good timing. 😒😁
Gunsmoke was a classic show, I wonder if anyone's tallied how many times Marshall Dillon got shot in the shoulder? Heh, according to Hollywood the shoulder is an anatomical pin-cushion virtually immune to bullet damage--wear an arm sling for a week & then you're good to go!
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