Pedaler’s Jamboree 2017

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.

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Opening Day For Trails

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.

Photo credit Nova.

Covered bridge on the trail.

The Stern Bar & Grill.

Lunch at The Stern.

Reading MAD magazine at The Other Place.

Free hats!

Words to live by.

“Bike on wood” photo for Bicycle Ride & Seek.

Cranksgiving

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

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Today I rode to the store and converted a monetary donation in to food.
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Bicycles At The Ballfield And Craft Beer

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.

Hallowheelie 2016

Last night was our 10th annual Halloween pub pedal known as Hallowheelie. Such a fun and creative bunch.

Our friend Dan as the Phantom of the Opera with the pipe organ mounted on his bike.

Poster I put together for the event.
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Nashville And The Cumberland River Greenway

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.

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New River Trail – Virginia – Day 2

Day 2 on the New River Trail State Park in Virginia was from Foster Falls to Galax and back for a total of 59 miles.

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New River Trail – Virginia – Day 1

Our 3rd trail on our Fall trip was the New River Trail State Park in Virginia. Day 1 we rode from Foster Falls to Pulaski and back for a total of 51 miles. The town of Pulaski can be accessed from the New River Trail via the Dora trail. Another nice trail with beautiful scenery.

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Virginia Creeper – Day 2

Day 2 on the Virginia Creeper. We rode from Abingdon to Damascus and back for a total of 31 miles. After the beautiful scenery of the first day on the trail up to Whitetop, we thought this half of the trail wouldn’t compare but we weren’t disappointed.
At Damascus our turn around point, we ate really good veggie burritos at Hey Joe’s and then went back to the Damascus Old Mill for a local beer before turning back to Abingdon.

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Virginia Creeper – Day 1

The 2nd trail of our Fall trip was on the Virginia Creeper a Rails To Trails Conservancy hall-of-fame rail-to-trail. We drove from Abingdon where we were staying to Damascus which is about midpoint on the trail. From Damascus we rode up to Whitetop and on to the North Carolina border and then back to Damascus for a total of 38 miles.
Bike rental companies that shuttle people and bikes from Damascus to Whitetop where riders can coast nearly the entire way back to Damascus is big business here. This half of the trail was really busy on a weekday. I can’t imagine riding it on a weekend. Going up you have to really watch for the groups of people coasting down and taking up the entire trail. Once we reached Whitetop we were tempted to see if a shuttle would take us down so we wouldn’t have to ride in all the chaos but it turned out not to be as bad as we anticipated. I recommend riding up if you’re able. The slower pace let’s you take in more of the great scenery.

On the night of our arrival in Abingdon we ate at 128 Pecan. After day 1 of riding back in Abingdon we had a beer at The Tavern (established 1779) and then dinner at the Peppermill. All good places.

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