Fathers Day

Fathers Day morning the family was over for breakfast. My Dad, Daughter, Grand-kids and I went for a ride. After that the eldest Grand-son, Nova and I clowned around on the tall bike. In the afternoon Nova and I rode to the casino where she bought me a Summer Shandy and gave me some gambling money for Fathers Day.

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Riding With The Grand-kids Today

The Grand-kids were over today and we colored eggs and had an egg hunt. Once the eggs were all painted, hidden and found, we rode to lunch and the park.

Lunch Ride With Blake

Grand-son Blake had spent the night with us and today we rode up the river in to downtown to eat lunch at his choice of Subway. About 14 miles total and we seemed to be fighting the 15-20mph wind both directions. His first time riding the Trek which I had gotten at a thrift store a year ago. He did really well.

Prior to our ride, Blake showed us how his juggling skills have improved.

El Dorado With The Grand-Kids

Yesterday we took the Grand-kids to the near-by town of El Dorado to ride a path there which runs from the city out to the lake. Once at the lake the boys and I raced up the dike/dam. Ethan won and is the only one of us to make it to the top continuously running. Once at the top, against Nova’s better judgement I let the kids go down to the lakes edge. Ally slipped and a leg went in to the freezing water. We replaced her wet sock with a Chex Mix bag so her foot wouldn’t be wet. On the ride back another poor judgement call I made was to take a single track trail which appeared to be dry but the further we got the wetter it was. Wheels, fenders and brakes clogged with mud to the point the bikes wouldn’t even roll. We spent a good bit of time scraping and poking the mud off our bikes with sticks to get them rolling again. Once back in town we stopped for lunch. The kids seemed to have a good time and enjoy the ride.

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Celebrating Opening Day For Trails

Today was Opening Day For Trails as proclaimed by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.

We celebrated with a couple of rides. First was a group ride I put together on our local rail-to-trail the Prairie Sunset. 13 of us showed up and rode 18 miles with a few stops and surprises along the way.

The group on the trail.

Group Geocouching! How cool is that?! Read the story behind it here.

Nova being a bad influence on the children.

Lunch at the Frosty Treat in Garden Plain, KS. It was here that one of the group realized that another in the group had been their teacher in high-school nearly 30 years ago. Another “how cool is that?!”

After our group ride we picked up our Grand-daughter and took her riding along the Arkansas River path in the big city.

Grand-daughter, Grandma and Papa under a train bridge.

Ally climbing up the river bank.

Birthday Bike And Ride

For our Grand-son Blake’s birthday we got him a Mongoose Massif 20″ fat-bike. He and his siblings came over today and we gave him his bike and we all went for a ride.

Above Blake on his new bike. Below his elder brother on my Mongoose Beast fat-bike. Both boys found out how easy it is riding with no hands on the fat-tired bikes.


Grandma and Grand-daughter trying the fat-bikes.


On our ride we stopped by Great-Grandma and Grandpa’s house where Great-Grandma snapped a photo of all of us. Great-Grandma gave us some crackers (at Grand-Daughter’s feet) to snack on. On the ride home we stopped at the park and shared the crackers with the ducks and geese.

Riding Trails With The Grand-Kids

Today I took 2 of the Grand-kids to ride some trails & single-track down by the river where I thought we might be out of the wind. We didn’t really escape the wind and on the trails what wasn’t sandy was muddy so the kids did about as much walking as they did riding but we still had a good time.

Riding With Rose

The Grand-daughter who wants a name change and asked to be called Rose, spent the night. Last night we rode to dinner and then rode the local loop for 5 miles. Today we got on the Arkansas River Path at Chapin Park in the big city and rode towards downtown. We stopped at a store where we bought Rose a new helmet, bike basket and all of us cheap sunglasses. We then continued on in to downtown where we ate lunch and shopped some more. Full and getting tired, we then decided to head back to our starting point. This made our ride about 13 miles. Ally, I mean Rose, did great!

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Riding With The Grand-kids

Seems it”s been forever since I”ve ridden with the kids. They are out of the state over their Summer break and busy the rest of the year. I managed to get a little riding in with all 3 today. Blake and I went the furthest riding to Great-Grandma & Grandpa”s for a visit. Great-Grandma hopped on her bike and joined us on the ride back to our house. They tell me they do ride at home but I believe it”s mostly around their yard.