Sunday, July 4, 2010

Day bicycle tour from Kansas City to Lawrence, Kansas. A photo essay

On Saturday, some cycling friends and I rode to Lawrence, Kansas. Lawrence is about 40 miles West of KC.

The town of Desoto, KS is halfway between KC and Lawrence. Desoto does not allow bicycles on the main route through their town, making it so riders have to make a hilly detour to the south.

This is the "Non motorized vehicles prohibited" sign and Mark giving Desoto the thumbs down.

Tim promoting the his US Bicycle Route System jersey, I guess Desoto will not be a part if it.

David showing off his calf!

Tim and his cool US Bicycle Route jersey.
About half to Lawrence. One of many short but steep hills.

Arriving in Lawrence, Kansas, we were greeted by this sign! Lawrence is indeed a very bike friendly community!

Some unique bike racks on the University of Kansas campus.

Rolling out of Lawrence we got caught in a storm and saught shelter for a few minutes until heading back on the road.

I met up with some Llama's on the way back. Amazing to see these animals in Kansas. They are very cool, but not nearly as interested in me as I with them.

The boys taking a moment to consider a alternate route home. The rain was light and kept us cool on this warm day. 

Having a quick snack before the last hour ride home.
Note to self: it was smart to ride a bike with fenders in the rain, but not to ride so close to bikes without fenders...notice all the dirt spots. :)

A fun ride with Mark Rainey and  David Rainey aka, The Groody Brothers who specialize in bicycle restoration, and Tim  Oberle on July 3rd, 2010. I rode my main bike, Trek steel mountain bike that weighed about 50 lbs loaded. Yup, 50. Mark was on a Trek 2200 road bike, David rode a Trek Hybrid, and Tim was on a Surly, Long Haul Trucker with 26in wheels. We all had different bikes but all were able to keep up and have fun!

Happy 4th!
Peace, Bill


  1. When heading to Lawrence I just ignore those signs on 83rd and continue on. I believe everyone else should too. If it ever becomes a big enough issue, the city might see fit to change it.
    Maybe not

  2. Hey, can you link me to the route, or if it's easy enough could you email it to me?? It would be greatly appreciated, Thanks- Keith