Ride To Scripture Hill

On the side of a hill in Arkansas City, KS is what may be the world’s largest bible scripture written in stones. From Arkansas City’s webpage…

Begun in 1897, the text took seven months to build and whitewash so as to be seen from the railroad tracks. It was rebuilt three times over a 30 year period to get it the size and shape it is. Fred Horton was a young dispatcher who came here with his bride when the Santa Fe line into Oklahoma was nine years old. In 1889, he came to be the assistant to the chief dispatcher of the Oklahoma Division.

Each letter is 18 feet high, 12 feet wide, and three feet deep. It is about 475 feet long, and is built of stone from the hillside in which it stands.

I trucked my bike to the city and then rode to check it out. Even if you can’t ride all the way to your destination, a bicycle can be great for exploring it once you’re there.

Ride And Abandoned Building

A ride to visit my parents today. I also stopped to check out an abandoned building. This building was originally part of a grain elevator operation. Both my Father and his Father had worked there for a time.
Side note: I rode the 2.5 miles to my parents house entirely no handed.

The cement slab was the scale for the grain trucks. The main railroad still in use is to the right out of frame. Between it and the scale would have been the side tracks.

The Fairbanks – Morris “springless”. “Printomatic Weigher” scale.

Rideside Attraction – Muffler Man

Riding to visit the iconic “Muffler Man” in Wichita, Kansas with stops for shopping and food along the way. Maybe even a snack after. Learn all about Muffler Men here.
Another “Rideside Attraction“.

From what little I know about them, he appears to be the typical Muffler Man with what looks like one modification of lights installed in his eyes. I don’t believe they currently light up.

Rideside Attraction – Golden Gate Bridge

An area man’s replica of the Golden Gate bridge. Another “Rideside Attraction“.

You can read about the bridge and it’s builder here and here.

Also of interest on this road and just a few yards from the bridge is this WPA (Works Progress Administration) marker. It commemorates the reworking of the creek (which the bridge spans) to help prevent flooding.

Typical Day Riding And Exploring

Ride, explore, drink beer, eat snacks, chill.

Checking out a few things I missed on my previous visit to the abandoned amusement park.

2016 In Review

Contributing to the bike community…

No Midwest Bicycle Fest in 2016. After 11 years of putting on the event I called it quits. We did put on Cranksgiving for the 2nd year along with a couple of group rides and several Pub Pedal theme nights. I’m still serving on my city’s bike and pedestrian board.

Social media…

I began posting more regularly on Instagram (@locojoe). All bike related but I try to keep it a little different than what I post here and our Facebook page.

Out breaking in my #NewShoes #schwinn #everydaycycling #springstep

A video posted by LocoJoe (@locojoe) on

New bikes…

3 new bikes this year if I recall correctly. The klunkerish bikes I built up for Nova and myself and the tall bike. I think I got rid of an equal amount.

Some of our 2016 highlights…

Explored a few abandoned places by bike.

We attended 2 Pedaler’s Jamborees this year in Missouri and Iowa. Our Nephew joined us in Missouri. Photos and info here.

Grandkids Summer visit. We of course rode bikes, just not nearly as much as I wish we’d have.

Our fall vacation took us to Mississippi, Virginia and Tennessee for rides. Check out our rides here.

Also..

Drew a few cheezy cartoons.
Started doing the Coffee Outside thing.
Many more Geocouch scores.
Attended Bikes At The Ballfield, Buddy’s Pedal Fest in Missouri, our local swap meet and our friend’s annual Bicycle Bar Tour and Cajun Food Fest which is always a blast.
In June my daily ride streak ended at 524 days. I started another streak a week later but it only lasted 118 days.

Missing this year were rides with my parents. Various reasons made it difficult for us to ride together. Dad did ride with us when the Grandkids were here and Mom did get in a little riding on her own.

No definite plans for 2017 but I imagine it will be a lot like 2016 with our vacation at a different location.

New Years Day Potluck Dinner And Ride

Our bike club’s annual New Year’s day get-together. We met at our host’s house where we ate and socialized before going on a short ride. Lots of great food. I made butternut squash soup.
Happy New Year!

Not our host’s house but a near-by university building.