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Kansas On Two Wheels: Flint Hills National Scenic Byway

Cassoday Kansas:  known as the "Prairie Chicken Capitol of the World", this Butler County town is home to about 125 souls.  From April to October each year, the first Sunday of the month, the town's population explodes as bikers pull in to enjoy the Cassoday Bike Run.  Started back in 1991 by a couple of bikers that asked the café owner if she would open up on Sunday morning once in a while for bikers cruising along the Flint Hills Byway (Hwy 177), this monthly event has grown each year.  Thousands of bikers show up for food, friends and entertainmen each month.  Located at the south end of the Flint Hills Byway, the Cassoday Bike Run is a terrific way to start your day on the Byway. 

Posted on August 15, 2013 8:05AM by Sarah Larison

Fishing Guide Services Lead to Lots of Fish and Lots of Fun

As someone who has fished quite a few Kansas lakes for bass, crappie, walleye and wiper, but never catfish, I took interest in recent stories of monster catfish being caught around the state. Motivated by dreams of reeling in a fish half my size, I decided it was time to try it out.

I knew a couple of things about fishing for big cats: 1) I'd need stink bait and 2) I'd need a bigger fishing pole. Instead of buying a new pole, 100-lb test line and risking life and limb with my limited knowledge, I called up R.R. "CatDaddy" Shumway, a local catfish guide based in Topeka.

Posted on August 8, 2013 8:03AM by Jimmy Sevcik

Gliding with the Disc Golf Championships

As I pull up to the Emporia Country Club, music is pumping, discs are flying and the baskets are ringing. There are no golf clubs in sight, no silent sighs among the crowd nor anyone shouting, "fore!"

Instead the spectators are excited, cheering loud for their favorite players and following amateur master foursomes around the green landscape on this warm July day.

Posted on August 6, 2013 10:42AM by Katy Ibsen

Leadsled Spectacular Takes Over Salina

A Faces & Places Roadie Blog 

I will begin my coverage of the Kustom Kemps of America Leadsled Spectacular in Salina by disclosing the following: I know nothing about cars. I don't know differences in engines, insides, interiors or tire sizes. My experience was solely based on pretty paint jobs, shiny colors, perfect chrome bumpers and car shapes. My husband even called me out with his "you're only taking pictures of the colors you like." Oh no no, that is not true. Well, I guess it had a little to do with it.

Posted on August 2, 2013 1:06PM by Jenni, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Kansas On Two Wheels: Route 66

The Mother Road....Mater, Lightning, Sarge and Flo....the Will Rogers Highway....whatever brings this road to mind, Route 66 is an iconic highway that travels from Chicago to Los Angeles. Once the major thoroughfare that connected much of our country, this two-lane road has turned into a destination rather than a way to get to the next stop. 

Posted on July 30, 2013 2:46PM by Sarah Larison

Exploring the Kanza Rail-Trails

Driving from the west into the eastern part of Kansas, the landscape changes from high plains to rolling wooded hills, and the Flint Hills in between. Headed northeast, specifically to Lyndon, Kansas, we set out on a mission to experience and explore the Kanza Rail-Trails on horseback. Dedicated to converting old railroad lines into public access trails, the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy is made up of volunteers and interested citizens working together to develop trails that merge the historic importance of the old railroad lines with the beautiful scenery of Kansas. 

Posted on July 25, 2013 1:06PM by Elizabeth Peterson

Banjos and Fiddles and Pickers Oh... and Pie!

With the Faces and Places Tour, I don't just drive the Kansas graphic-wrapped van to and from my destination, but I get to stop and see things along the way.  Fun things.  Amazing things. Places in Kansas I am just now discovering after.... (do I dare say my age?) thirty-nine years of living in Kansas.

Posted on July 24, 2013 12:46PM by Jenni, Faces & Places Tour Roadie

Favorites of Fiesta

Fiesta Mexicana is so much a part of the Topeka summer experience that it is hard to keep in mind the event is simply a church fundraiser. Of course, there is nothing simple about it. A better way to describe "Fiesta" is a celebration of culture and community that one neighborhood shares with us all.

Posted on July 23, 2013 11:51AM by Karen Ridder

Blue Catfish Success at El Dorado Lake

In the summer of 2011, an 80 lb flathead catfish was caught and documented by biologists who were electro-fishing in El Dorado Reservoir. In August of 2012, the new state record blue catfish was pulled from the Missouri river in northeast Kansas, weighing 102.8 lbs. With these two special events, the catfish of Kansas have become something of a legend.

Posted on July 19, 2013 7:44AM by Elizabeth Peterson


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