We got up Sunday morning and decided to go for a drive instead of riding in this miserable heat. A few blocks from home we turned the truck around, went back home, threw the bikes in and took off again. Couldn’t stand the thought of not having our bikes with us. You just never know. Found ourselves a couple hours away in Bartlesville, OK. Don’t think we’d ever been there. Unloaded the bikes and went riding around exploring downtown. Stopped for a beverage at a nice little bar. Bartender told us about the Pathfinder Parkway along the river just a couple blocks away. Turned out to be a really nice path about 7 miles in length and mostly in the shade. Lots of ups, downs, twists and turns. Great day.
I believe the Phillips 66 petroleum company was founded in Bartlesville and at one time was home to the corporate headquarters.
Last Thursday was Freaks And Rats Night at our weekly pub pedal. My idea for this theme night was to get participants to ride freaky or ratty bikes. That of course leaves a lot up to interpretation. I rode the tall bike.
Thursday I attended our annual 20 Inch Night at the pub pedal. This was an unscheduled rain date as we had severe weather on the original date. Still a pretty good turn-out. I rode the 20 inch wheeled fatbike that I recently modified.
The bar owner at our usual meet-up spot led us on a ride through the bar on our little bikes.
Memorial weekend we attended our 5th Pedaler’s Jamboree in Missouri. The Pedaler’s Jamboree is a 2 day ride on the KATY trail with music, food and beer stops along the way. As always we had a great time. It was nice seeing old friends and making new. We really appreciate the people that watch our videos and approach us on the ride.
I’ll let the video and photos tell the rest of the story.
Yesterday we celebrated the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy’s Opening Day Of Trails with a ride on the near-by Prairie Sunset trail. We began in Wichita and rode 13 miles to the trails current end in the town of Garden Plain. The trail runs east and west and with the trees, bushes and sections where it’s dug in to the hillside, we were slightly protected from the 25 mph south wind. While in Garden Plain we stopped at the two bar & grills for lunch and beverages. At the second stop we really enjoyed our conversation with the owner which ranged from cars (while watching the Mecum auto auction on tv) to MAD magazine which we found out is still being printed. He even gave us hats. On the return ride we crossed paths with a friend who was also enjoying a ride on the trail.
Yesterday we held our 2nd annual Cranksgiving ride and food drive. Small turn-out but we got a fair amount of food to donate and I believe all who participated had fun. We gave out a prize for the first to return with food from all the stops. Also held random drawings for prizes. Our threesome only made 4 of the 5 stops before running out of time. Hmmm I wonder why? lol
Today I rode to the store and converted a monetary donation in to food.
Yesterday we attended the Bicycles At The Ballfield show and swap in the near-by town of Augusta, KS. I believe this was the 3rd year for the event but our first time attending. We didn’t have anything to show or swap so we just checked out all the cool bikes, bought a painting and chatted with friends. Later in the day while riding in the big city we bumped in to some bike riding friends and had beverages at a couple of the city’s newest breweries.
The final stop on our Fall trip was in Nashville where we rode the Cumberland River Greenway and around town. Once at music row we parked the bikes and spent the afternoon and evening walking around checking out the live music.