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    My standing offer; anytime you want to go and we got time to go and get back for you to get to work, I will gladly pick you and your bike up.

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    Good to see so many other riders in the area. I moved to Manhattan in March and rode at Perry quite a bit this summer. I will most likely be offering up my services for trail maintenance starting this spring. I think I will have to check out Dornwood and the mansion trails sometime. Looks like they're about the same driving distance for me. I've been riding for two years now so I'm no expert but I can hold my own. Would love to meet up with someone sometime and hit the trails. I will definitely be going either tomorrow or Sunday, maybe once more after that this year and then hitting it again in the spring once it warms up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slakjak View Post
    My standing offer; anytime you want to go and we got time to go and get back for you to get to work, I will gladly pick you and your bike up.
    Sweet! I'll pm you my email \ contact info.

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    Welcome IDkid. I certainly want to get onto Perry. I'm at the Governors Residence Sunday mornings but the times are always uncertain as they depend on when the Amtrak train clears out of Topeka. So if you see a Toyota Tacoma (silver or gray?) with the pictures of two grandsons on the front license plate parked on 6th by the entrance to the State Park by it, I'm out there somewheres.

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    I drove upto the entrance \ parking area of the Gov's mansion today. Never realized it was right off 6th and Fairlawn. Took a pic of the map with my phone for my own review. Looks fun!

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    If you guys ride today, I suggest that you put on your knobbiest tires, and lower the pressure. The rocks and roots at most places will be guh-reazy. Parts of D'wood will be frustrating, and the rocky technical parts at the Gov's will be dangerous if you aren't confident/experienced. Be careful out there. That said, this is a perfect day for the dirt at LRT, and you won't have to change tires or worry. If the sun comes out for awhile disregard the suggestions above.

    If it rains tonight, PM me, as I will likely ride the Landon to the South.

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    I get to help my wife with her jewelry show today. Also the parents are coming up this afternoon. Not sure i'll get any riding besides going around the block that I just did with the GT.

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    ryno - here's that map in PDF. I print it out and mark it if I need too. Doesn't cover the west side.

    expost - you talking about south Sunday or Monday? If Monday, let me know.

    http://www.kansastrailscouncil.org/w...ark-trails.pdf

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    Cool thanks!

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    I got "last second"ed into riding the Gov's today. I went late enough that stuff wasn't really slick anymore, so only pay attention to the caution if it rains and/or if you are riding early-ish tomorrow.

    The Ti bike rode quite nicely even if the headtube angle is a bit slack for me. I'll get used to it.

    Maybe I'm talking Sunday AND Monday. I wouldn't be able to ride on Monday until around 4, but maybe a bit earlier.

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    Good I'm glad you got to ride it on the trails. I'm sure it rides like a dream. Post up some pics of that thing soon or text me some.

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    Trains willing, will be out at the Gov early. Don't think I would be worth a darn after being up all night and then heading south. If you find something after 89th, let me know. I may try it Monday early. Need to put some miles on the crossover. But if I can't get out to the Gov tomorrow, then will do the Gov or Dornwood Monday because I need my dirt fix.

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    I'd like to get upto the gov sometime.

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    Howdy Topeka folks! Slakjak, hope your cool with us using your thread here to just kinda chat. I saw that you originally started this one with a question and didn't mean to just start hijacking it.

    Isn't this weather something else? Winter was my favorite season when I was a youngster, but don't really care if it doesn't get any colder than this the rest of the season. We really need some moisture, though. Most winters, once it is extremely cold and snowy, I hang up the bike and grab the backpack. I like to go hiking at a pretty fast pace. Although,it feels like your just not getting anywhere, when you don't have any knobby tires under ya' !

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    No problems FireCop, certainly enjoy your input. I've forgotten what snow looks like. A couple more winters like the past few, we are going to be knee deep in armadillos and fire ants.

    Foggy ride at the Gov today, but a beautiful sunrise. East end in great shape. I was so very proud of my technical riding today that I was going to give myself an A+ when I got so busy patting myself on the back for getting over a particular log that I clipped a tree with one of my handgrips and had to put a foot down to save myself. Dropped it to an A-.

    The west end was a slippery mess. No traction on the hills whatsoever and the leaves and roots were treacherous like expost was telling us about yesterday. I felt bad for being on the trail there but was past the point of no return. Hopefully didn't tear it up too much. Now I got one messy bike to clean when I wake up and I know there is some knobby tires under those slicks somewhere.

    ryno, you are certainly welcome any Sunday morning if you want to get up. If the train is on time I am heading out that way about 6:30 - 6:45am. Otherwise, will try to set up a time later in the week and go out there.

    Don't know what I am going to do tomorrow yet. Hopefully a dream will guide my way.

    Good night

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    sunday ride

    I bet the west end was hard that early after all the fog. It was foggy, right? All I know is my car looked like it just came out of the carwash earlier. You didn't hurt the trail on the West side of the road. It was damp and greasy, not muddy. Or was it a bit muddy? I can't imagine you damaged it. I have a map of my ride yesterday. I just need to figure out how to get it to you guys. After some of the dampness burns off, the trail ought to be nice. I hadn't been out there for 2 or 3 weeks I think, so there was lots of new 'kitty litter' stone they've graded out. It helped to not have that big unstable gravel in places. It also looks like Widowmaker would be an easy ride anymore since they've cleaned it up so much. There's a section above it that's not ridden by many people, and I have to clean that to the top. I've only ridden it once, and had to bail once, but I was able to get back on and get up it.

    I'm coordinating with my riding buddy to see where he wants to go. I'm really wanting to take a nice, easy ride out South. If I do, and I find the passage, I will let you know. Of course, if I can figure how to share my maps, I'll send it.

    edit: We are going Landon. I don't know how far, I can convince him to ride, but my goal is 89th+.

    As for hijacking the thread, we are talking about area riding. I think it would be more gauche if we started a different thread for each place we're yammering about above. There'd be a D'wood thread, a Landon thread, a Shung thread, a Gov's thread. I still see the point, and I apologize. Maybe we can just put together a wiki that we could all use instead of cluttering this place up? I will look into it when I get back.
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    Either way works for me Expo. You guys are making me jealous. I haven't rode since Thrusday. I've just been too darn busy with family and things.

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    I would have to say muddy about at the widowmaker level. Should have known though because I was looking at the Menninger tower rising above the fog thinking that it looked like a Scooby Doo cartoon haunted house. Oh well, bike is cleaned off and oiled, clothes are in the washer.

    Widowmaker is safe from me for the time being. I keep hitting the wrong places on it and stopping or going off the trail. I'm going to conquer everything else there and then work on that. I come up from the southeast side of it and cross the middle part of widowmaker and go up the hill on the northwest side. Very technical, tight and rocky. It's no picnic, but it's not widowmaker either. That new pea gravel will be nice once it's packed down. Right now, it is like slogging through muskeg in places. I picked so much of it up in the mud on my tires coming down that when I hit the street, sounded like I had tire chains on.

    Noticed next weekend looks wet and/or snowy so if it's not foggy tonight or in the morning, will probably hit the dirt tomorrow because don't look like will be able to next weekend. If it's foggy, will probably head out south. Maybe I will see something from the bike I didn't see from the truck. Looks like it will be a nice day to get out. Probably last one for shorts until next year.

    See everyone around.

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    Ya this weekend's forcast doesn't look to promising.

    You guys really got me wanting to ride Dornwood and Gov's more and more every day. I'll get there.
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    I didn't go out South. I was convinced to go to Brownbuck's place. It was better than yesterday, and all the stuff that you're talking about SlakJak, was dry by the time I got there. It was drier than it was yesterday. I'm guessing the sun had a bit to do w/ that. I rode almost the exact same route I rode yesterday. I was telling my buddy that the trail that crosses the middle of Widowmaker going East is one of my favorite parts of that trail I love that little section. That kitty litter didn't even stick to my tires, so it was pretty dry when I was there.

    Found a wiki, but haven't had a chance to check it out. I will be doing so in the next day or so. Ryno should know what we're looking for, he's the techspert. Maybe we can put heads together about the format when the bad weather comes? Give us something to do. As long as it's not windy, and as long as it only rains for a couple of hours at a time, non-techy stuff will still be very rideable. Technical stuff will still be very tryable.

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    Expo i'm game Thurs and Fri and Sat next week for any riding. Send me a link Expo on the wiki. You know how to get ahold of me I can look into it.

    I honestly haven't done any web design stuff for about 10 years. I can try my best to help though.

    If you all are serious we can make our own site here for free.

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    Looks wet this morning, will be heading south.

    They changed the forecast this morning. Weekend looks nice and warm now, no precipitation.

    Kansas, got to love it.

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    WooHoo! Got up early this morning to get out there. Man it feels great out! Probably going to ride Landon myself. Not sure which bike i'm going to take yet. Either way i'll have a primer grey helmet with stickers on it.

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    Went out and put 21miles on the GT today. Damn that thing rides nice, it's a shame i'm too short. I threw the chain 3 times within the first 2 miles. Then I got the hang of making that derailleur stay in the small chain-ring After that it was gravy. That bike is pretty fast for a 1x7! I met up with slackjak by accident. We rode for a few miles until I had to turn around and head back home to get ready for work.

    I rode with him past 53rd and a few more streets. He was going to see how far Landon could take him and report back. He had his Garmin watch and a personal GPS on him so we'll see what he finds out.

    slakjak:

    I was super nice to meet up with you! I had a blast riding with ya! We'll have to meet up again!

    PS: Your new bike is pretty nice lookin' there Mr! I love that color scheme!

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    Topeka rider here too. I rode both Dornwood and Landon this beautiful weekend.

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