Whenever we ride a particular path in the big city we pass an adjacent wooded area upon which I notice 2 things. There appears to be dirt paths going off in to the woods and unidentified pink objects can be seen through the trees. Yesterday I decided to go check it out.
It is a city park but other than a sign stating so you wouldn”t know it. No amenities of any kind. It”s a wooded area with a few non-maintained dirt paths and drainage creeks/ditches running through it. What I find interesting though is what turned out to be chunks and slabs of pink painted concrete scattered throughout the site.
I”m curious what the concrete originally was and where it came from.
Yesterday was 25+ miles of riding in the big city with a stop for veggie sandwiches for lunch, a stop for chocolate for dessert and a few stops for beer (no reason needed). It was at our first stop that I realized I hadn’t brought a lock. We could have went and bought one which we’ve done in the past but decided instead to take our chances and try and choose our stops and parking wisely which worked out ok.
Crossing the interstate. Standing to pump up the steep incline on an old single speed bike my worst fear is the chain breaking.
A stop at the “Nifty Nut House” for nuts and chocolate.
Keeping our unlocked bikes in view. At this stop we tried a new beer named Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy which we both really liked.
At another stop we took a a leap of faith that our unlocked bikes will still be in the rack upon our return.
Looks like they’ve started demolition of the old Joyland Amusement Park. The park has been in the news as of late due to the creepy story of the recovery of the stolen creepy Louie the Clown.
I put out a late notice yesterday for our club to do a group ride today since the weather was going to be so nice. Only 2 of us showed up but we had a great ride and fun time. We rode about 24 miles along paths and streets in the big city. We watched the Veterans Day parade and flyover, ate lunch, visited the skate park, stopped at a local bike shop and watched RC planes.
I was pleasantly surprised to find our lunch stop (5 Guys Burgers) has a veggie sandwich.
I put together another ride for our bike club which was today. We rode a bike path that follows along the Gypsum Creek in the big city out to the mall where we ate at the food court and then returned to our starting point. It was a beautiful day and a great time although there were several mechanical problems that caused one rider to abandoned the ride and others to stop and make repairs. A fun bunch to ride with.
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!
I woke up yesterday feeling sick. We had been looking forward to riding but the way I was feeling I didn”t feel like riding. I forced myself to go though. We rode up the Arkansas River path from Chapin Park and in the immortal words of Chuck Berry (does he have to be dead before I can say that?) “with no particular place to go”. We ended up doing a 38 mile loop in the big city utilizing multiple paths and a few sidewalks and streets. We stopped at one of our favorite Mexican eateries El Paisa for lunch. Once on the East side we decided to stop by Target and Cabela”s only to find them both closed. The weather was nice. The parks were full of picnickers and egg hunters. It was a great day and ride and I felt fine… till we returned home. Then I started feeling sickly again and still do today as I type this. Hmmm.
If I”ve never mentioned it before or you haven”t figured it out… the “big city” I always refer to, and that we live just outside of, is Wichita, KS the “Air Capital” of the world. The East side of this loop takes you by such aircraft giants as Beechcraft, Cessna, Boeing, Spirit and the McConnell AFB.