What’s in the
box bag? An unboxing video.
Miscellaneous unrelated bicycle related photos.
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.
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.
An area man’s replica of the Golden Gate bridge. Another “Rideside Attraction“.
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.
A ride for Singapore noodles.
Rural ride and leftover home-made pizza. Love having the backroads all to myself.
Ride, explore, drink beer, eat snacks, chill.
Checking out a few things I missed on my previous visit to the abandoned amusement park.
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.
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.
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.