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    Were you on Landon this morning?

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    Last thing I expected to do today was to have a 52 mile bike ride. And, Eureka, I did find the trail. Now I am confused about a different location. But first:

    ryno - it was a pleasure to meet and ride with you. Hope to do a lot more.
    MajorMavrick - welcome, looks like quite the group assembling.

    At 89th, go left (east) to Ratner Rd. Take a right (south) At the bottom of the hill, the entrance will be to your left. There is a large tree that has fallen across the trail. I passed by there in the pickup at least twice and didn't see it.

    From there it is pretty rough going. Lots of places with deep ballast that riding is impossible. The concrete on the bridges looks pretty fresh so I know that they are working on it. You ride in the middle of nowhere for quite some time with no place to bail and then you finally get to Shawnee Heights Road and everything ends. I couldn't find rail bed on the other side of the road so I don't know if I missed something or that is where it ends. I was too tired at that point to do any investigating.

    At Shawnee Heights, take a left (south) end up in Overbrook. Take a right (north), easy way back to civilization, or at least the more established trails. I goofed, I went left, was introduced to Puke Hill. It is appropriately named and even is painted on the road showing you where to puke. Went to Overbrook with the intention of heading west to old 75 and riding the wind back to Topeka. Ryno can tell you that we fought a hard southerly wind while we were riding. I also told him that I thought I would get caught in the wind shift and have to ride against it on the way back. That's what happened. It started shifting in Overbrook so after a diet Dr Pepper and small bag of peanut M&M's, headed back north on Shawnee Heights that turned into Shadden that ran into 89. West on 89th back to the trail. Missed the trail, ran into some thorn bushes. Legs and fingers where the half gloves didn't cover were pretty scratched up. Got back to Topeka and to my Grandson's school with 5 minutes to spare.

    Lessons learned.

    Take the GSC10 bike sensor off. Useless when it gets rough and it gets moved around and out of sync. Shouldn't be concerned with pace on the trails anyway.

    Love my new bike. I couldn't have made that ride with anything else, even with the StumpJumper, although it would have been nice in a couple of places.

    I bit off more that I could chew. I'm beat. I'm glad I did it and I'm glad that I made it, but I wished I would have heading north at Shawnee Heights and skipped the M&M's. I did bring some dried apples with me too and finished them off on the way back.

    Here's the data. Note the 1600 calories burned and the elevation changes

    Landon Trail Ride by mjanway at Garmin Connect - Details

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    Me? Na, I was south of 53rd around 3 on Sunday.

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    Wow i can't believe you rode that far! Today was a good day to do it other than the stupid wind! I bet you are beat. I only rode 21.5 today and I'm beat!

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    Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday

    I've got the day off Tuesday. Who wants to ride and where? Hit me up!

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    I'll be riding Landon in the morning. Probably around 830ish maybe earlier if i can get my butt up and out on the Trail. I cut getting to work pretty close today when I left the house at 9. I made it to work in time but I had to rush to be there at 12. 30 minute drives to work suck!

    Welcome Steve!

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    slak:

    Wow, 52 miles is pretty darned impressive. Especially in the areas where the ballast rock on the trail is rather loose. That makes for a heck of alot of resistance. Good Job. man

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    Hey Steve, wish I could but stuck at work.

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    Thanks FireCop. 'Twas a workout for sure. Those trails at the Gov and Dornwood might seem more manageable for a bit. Next challenge will be Perry.

    Welcome Steve. I got Doctors all day.

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    Good luck with those Dr's Visits.

    I rode from 29th and Gage on Shunga to Landon then south to 25th and came back. It was a good ride but my toes and hands were a little bit numb and colder than I like. 21mi yesterday and 10 today. Not a bad way to start off a week I'd say.

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    Anyone want to meet up and ride at the mansion or Perry this weekend? Saturday looks like it will be a bit warmer, but hell, they're BOTH warm considering the time of year.

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    I will have to see what's goin' on but I might be down for the Mansion. I've never been to either set of trails.
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    Tuesday Group Ride

    So it turns out there is a Tuesday group ride at Dornwood at 4 pm. Two separate groups of four people out there riding today!

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    Cool. Too bad I work 12-10:30 Sun-Wed.

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    I used to ride w/ the "early" group, and would've likely been out there today, but had to go w/ the Mrs. to get a car. 4 is really a "small" group. We've had 9ish out there a couple of times that I've been out there. I think the LBS group goes out after they close the shop on Tues. Lots of skill in both groups. I don't know about the second group, but when the first group is big, there are lots of people that are more than willing to show you the way around.

    The Trail Mgr cut some new trails in during the last week or 2 (def after Thanksgiving), and I haven't even gotten to ride them yet. I was looking forward to it today, but a new Fiat was in the cards, so maybe tomorrow if it's not too cold?

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    Cool! You get the Fiat 500 Abarth? or just the regular Fiat 500?

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    Who's all riding tomorrow? I plan to ride maybe around noon time. Not sure what route yet or where. I have tomorrow - sat off so I would like to ride all of those days.

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    I'll go ahead and commit to riding at the mansion on Saturday if anyone wants to join. I'll be there at 10:30. Black Nissan Xterra. Might hit up Perry afterwards.

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    Cool! I have yet to ride that park.

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    Mansion as usual for Sunday a.m. But no strenuous exercise or sunlight after that until at least Wednesday so that lets out the Mansion, Dornwood, and Perry for Monday. That leaves me with Shunga or the tame part of Landon if it's cloudy.

    Is LRT all mountain bike or will a crossover do ok there? How about those trails at the Museum? Those are pretty tame, bicycles allowed there?

    Kansas looked flat until I hopped on a bicycle.

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    Well I hope you can get on that bike soon enough Jak.

    Well I took it upon myself to try out the Gov. Mansion today. Wow what a treat! Lots of technical stuff! I rode through a huge tree, between trees, over trees, ect. It really pushed my abilities and I probably used my brakes way more than needed. I rode a few miles over 4 miles in 45 mins but there's alot of hills to climb and maneuver through there.

    I used Strava and Endomondo and actually beat someones time. I'm ranked 6 out of 7 on Brown Trail or something like that lol.

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    The mansion trails will teach you brake discipline. It's a whole different experience when the leaves are on the trees and you can't see the whole hill side and the corners are blind. I really enjoy it there, running, biking, or just walking.

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    Oh I'm sure!

    I picked up a set of Clipless Bontragger MTB shoes tonight at Capps for $45.00. Then went and finished up my xmas shopping for the wife. I even got my Jack Russell Terrier "Tucker" something this year.

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    That's funny about "brake discipline: I was just telling Ryno something very similar this afternoon. My brake discipline was much more stringent last Sunday that it was the day before. LRT is fine for XC bikes. I've seen allllll sorts of bikes being ridden on that trail over the years. It's a very forgiving trail. There are roots in some places, no doubt, but I doubt they'd wreck your rims. If you are the least bit concerned take some heavier weaponry out there.

    IDK, if I'm out of the rack and feeling like riding that "early" I might try to find you out there. I might go to Dornwood instead. Depending on time, there's a thought that I might go to LRT.

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    LRT? What trail is this? Lawrence River Trail ?

    I think I might hit up the governors again. That was pretty fun! Gotta see what time i get up. I have to go to Holton tomorrow as well to work on my Grandmother's pc.

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    slakjak:

    Did you use to ride the Governor's/ Menninger Trails before that area became a state park? If so, you probably remember the far west side of both areas. There was a steep uphill climb that went to a great overlook spot. The trail was perched right along side a U-shaped cliff. It is northwest of the WIBW antenna tower. There was a magnificent spot on the trail, above the cliff, that overlooked the sand plant and Kansas River valley. You could see clear over to Rossville from the area I am referencing.

    That area is privately owned, and now has no trespassing signs adjacent to the state park trails. That west end was the best part of the trails. It would be awesome to own that west end and keep it accessable as a mountain bike area. I know who owns it, and they would never part with it.

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    Expost - Monday for LRT won't be that early. Couldn't leave Topeka until 9 or so. Will have to see what the sun does that day. We vampires must take care.

    After watching that video in the new comers area, that really helped me on the brakes. I think the guy called it "confidence braking" when you are laying on the brakes all the time. That video helped me out of it. Until I actually started practicing, I was scared of the front brake. Now I realize I can go over the handlebars without any brake help at all!

    FireCop, yep, know what you are talking about. Never biked there but ran and walked there all the time. Ever since those punks tore up the old clock building, they keep a pretty good eye on that area. I thought only crazy people biked the mansion trails until I got hooked this year.

    Good score Ryno!

    I'll be at the mansion early Sunday am trains/weather permitting. If it is wet at all, will stay on the east side. Took me an hour to clean the bike off after last Sunday.

    See everyone around. Ignore the weather forecasts, they are changing them every few minutes.

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    Still hitting the mansion tomorrow if anyone is interested. It will be my first time there so I'm pretty stoked to see a new trail. Instead of Perry afterwards thinking Dornwood now since I've never been there either.

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    Would love to take you up on that IDkid but I sleep all day on Saturdays. You will enjoy both.

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    Gov's then The Wood is much more sensible. If you go to the Mansion THEN to Perry...I don't know, but I know it's not something I'd want to do. Not in that fashion. Still trying to decide what to ride. Ryno, text me, when you get around, and I'll do the same. Maybe we can drag out to either place or both. If my back doesn't cool out, I might be on the Landon.

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    Hope to see you guys there!

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    Ok sounds good. What time are you guys shooting for?

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    I'll be there around 10:30.

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    Sounds good so expo wants to run Dornwood.

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    I'm game for either or both.

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    Its about 30* right now hopefully it warms up. So Dornwood at 10:30 ?

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    Sure. Do you park by the baseball fields?

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    Yes Sir! I'll be in a black grand prix.


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    Wow just stepped outside to let the dog out. It's cold as crap out! I'm not sure I want to freeze this morning!

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    Ok on myway

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    Thanks for riding with me IDkid, and putting up with my slowness and inexperience to boot! I hope you enjoyed yourself and I hope you enjoyed the Mansion!

    That Dornwood really tested my abilities. Fun though!

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    Had a good time. Hope to ride with you again some time ryno. I rode the hell out of the mansion trails after Dornwood. Definitely my new favorite place to ride in Kansas! Did a couple laps on both the red and blue trails. I wish I'd known about that place this summer. I would have been there every weekend!!

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    Glad *someone* went out there. Too cold when I woke up, and my back is starting to feel better. Maybe I'll be able to get on the bike just in time for the mid-week warmup!!

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    Too wet for the mansion this morning. Will turn in and see what it looks like when I wake up.

    Glad you liked the mansion ID. Watch out for them jaywalking trees.

    Hope the back gets better quick expost.

    When I went to the basement to check on the trail bike last night before heading off to "work", found I had a flat rear tire. Valve had separated from the tube. Accused the wife of roof jumping but she denies it of course. Quick trip to Wallyworld and all ready for this morning but the weather just didn't go my way. Sun or not, I am going to put on a 1/2 inch of sunscreen and head over to LRT Monday morning. Going to be cold I see.

    Good night

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    Cool! Let us know what you think of it!

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    Just read this thread, I'll have to check these trails out this spring. Sounds like a blast!

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    I had no idea these trails existed until a month or so ago when I joined this forum. They are fun! Governor's Mansion or Menigers as MTBR trails section calls it is well worth the trip! Dornwood is equally as fun!

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    I'm a couple hours away, so it would have to be a day trip for me. The mtbing community s virtually non existent around here

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    Got up, nice looking day now, so packed up and went to the Mansion. Governor was nice enough to set up a huge tent with stage and six porta pottys for me so I do appreciate it but the tent was a bit too much.

    Cold. Lots of hikers, but all nice folks. Technically I was pleased but my stamina was lacking but supposed to be taking it easy until at least Wednesday at least so I'll blame it on that. Still going to try to get to Lawrence in the am. That may be it for me for the rest of the week.

    Welcome motoofan. Where are you located at?

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    Cool Deal Jak! His profile says he's in Sedalia, MO.

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