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The first official bike ride of the new year - lets do this! The Lone Star Century is an annual ride organized by Cycling Kansas City. It begins at Lake Olathe, threads through southern Johnson County and into Douglas County, to Clinton and Lone Star Lakes south of Lawrence. The ride ends back at Celebration Park in Gardner. There are 28, 45, 64 or 100 mile options. The ride includes maps, mechanical support, and rest stops every 12-17 miles. Support will be available for riders needing assistance or unable to complete ride. A helmet required, and riders are encouraged to have a basic flat repair kit (tire irons, patch kit, spare tire tube), and to carry a water bottle. Includes lunch at the end of the ride. Get more details at the following link: https://www.cyclingkc.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=368691&item_id=942756 The fee is $35 for Cycling KC members, and $45 for non-members. Depending on how much riding I get in between now and the end of April, I am leaning toward doing the 45 mile course. The race starts at Lake Olathe - I will post the exact location as soon as possible.
We are heading to Ponca Arkansas to float the lively upper buffalo river. The plan is to get to Kyle's Landing Thursday evening to snag a couple campsites. It is a busy time of the year and it is first come first serve. 6 people per campsite at $20/night. We will figure out cost once we see who is interested. The campsite is tent camping only but there are flushing toilets :-). There is a significant hill to get into and out of Kyle's landing, low clearance vehicles are not recommended. Saturday will be the group float. The Upper Buffalo River is the most scenic section with the longest continuous bluff line and the most rapids of any section. We will hike to Hemmed in Hollow from the river and explore the 10 mile section of river from Ponca to Kyle's Landing. The rapids on this section are Class I and II. This trip is not for beginner kayakers. Glass containers and Styrofoam are prohibited on the river. You must have a koozie for aluminum cans or plastic bottles while floating. You are required to secure all your gear to the kayak so bring straps. Keep all your gear in waterproof bags or containers. Trash bags are not "dry bags" and life vests are also required. We will probably be on the river about 6ish hours, but plan food beverage for 8 (just in case). Kayaking hangry sucks! Plenty of options to rent a kayak if needed. Take a look at www.buffaloriver.com or www.floatthebuffalo.com or www.lostvalleycanoe.com , they run about $55. Shuttle service is available to drive vehicles back to Kyle's landing or we can figure out our own self shuttle.
Bringing local musical talent and neighborhoods together to celebrate and foster community ♥ This homegrown festival will feature bands on porches, and the incredible talent of Valentine's artists. Peruse the beautiful streetscapes of Valentine while enjoying free music and shopping local artists' wares. This family-friendly event is put on by the independent Valentine Porchfest Committee. It's a free event, walk around the neighborhoods listen to music, lots of fun. You'll want to bring camp chairs as there's very limited seating through out the venue. Closer to the event they'll have maps and band information which I'll post when it becomes available.
The Tour de Bier KC is a casual, point-to-point bicycle tour of Kansas City’s modern breweries, historic brewing landmarks, and other breweriana. This ride is a lot of fun - the free beer samples along the way just makes it that much more "funner". Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester, Kansas City, MO 64120 Three route options of approximately 15-, 35-, and 50-miles each Registration includes lunch & two beverages at post-ride party Rest stops with food, limited beer tasting Roving support T-shirt for early registrants Souvenir maps with self-guided tour information Benefits BikeWalkKC's education and advocacy work. EARLY REGISTRATION runs until 2/1/19 - get in now for the low cost of $40. http://bikewalkkc.org/tourdebier-2/