Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Category - Kansas Byways Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:11:38 GMT Kansas on Two Wheels: Smoky Valley Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Smoky-Valley-Scenic-Byway/3088/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-12.png'/><br/> Last, but not least. &nbsp;The&nbsp;Smoky Valley Scenic Byway&nbsp;was the last of the eleven byways we traveled this year, but it definitely wasn't the least. &nbsp;Located in Trego and Ness counties in west central Kansas, the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway gave us an additional 60 miles of exploring on highways we'd never visited before. &nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Smoky-Valley-Scenic-Byway/3088/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Frontier Military Historic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/17/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Frontier-Military-Historic-Byway/3074/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-52.png'/><br/> Urban to rural. &nbsp;Winding to straight. &nbsp;Modern day amenities to historical sites. &nbsp;168 miles of byway exploration along the&nbsp;Frontier Military Historic Byway&nbsp;stretches from Fort Leavenworth in northeast Kansas to Baxter Springs in far southeast Kansas. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/17/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Frontier-Military-Historic-Byway/3074/ Kansas On Two Wheels: Flint Hills National Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/15/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Flint-Hills-National-Scenic-Byway-/3063/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-13.jpg'/><br/> Cassoday Kansas:&nbsp; known as the "Prairie Chicken Capitol of the World", this Butler County town is home to about 125 souls.&nbsp; From April to October each year, the first Sunday of the month, the town's population explodes as bikers pull in to enjoy the&nbsp;Cassoday Bike Run.&nbsp; 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&nbsp;Flint Hills Byway&nbsp;(Hwy 177), this monthly event has grown each year.&nbsp; Thousands of bikers show up for food, friends and entertainmen each month.&nbsp; Located at the south end of the&nbsp;Flint Hills Byway, the Cassoday Bike Run is a terrific way to start your day on the Byway.&nbsp; Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/15/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Flint-Hills-National-Scenic-Byway-/3063/ Kansas On Two Wheels: Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Wetlands-and-Wildlife-National-Scenic-Byway/3062/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-13.png'/><br/> Must-haves for the&nbsp;Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway: a map to ensure you don't miss your turn and binoculars (if you have room in the saddle bags). Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/13/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Wetlands-and-Wildlife-National-Scenic-Byway/3062/ Kansas On Two Wheels: Route 66 http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Route-66/3057/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Screen-Shot-2013-07-31-at-4.57.48-PM.png'/><br/> The Mother Road....Mater, Lightning, Sarge and Flo....the Will Rogers Highway....whatever brings this road to mind,&nbsp;Route 66&nbsp;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.&nbsp; Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Route-66/3057/ Kansas On Two Wheels: Post Rock Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/5/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Post-Rock-Scenic-Byway/3046/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/GardenofEden.jpg'/><br/> As one travels along Interstate 70 through Kansas, there is a stretch of highway that passes through farm ground fenced in by barbed wire and rock fence posts. &nbsp;These yellow-white fence posts are all fairly uniform in shape and size. &nbsp;To some, they may harken back to another time when rock was used to build barns, homes and fences. &nbsp;To others, they signal the area known as "Post Rock Country". &nbsp;Settled by Bohemians from Europe, this area is rich in limestone, fertile soil and the history of our Kansas ancestry. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/5/Kansas-On-Two-Wheels-Post-Rock-Scenic-Byway/3046/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Western Vistas Historic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/18/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Western-Vistas-Historic-Byway/3040/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Picture-5.png'/><br/> There will be that place in a ride that you feel the pull to stop. &nbsp;Pull over to the side of the highway. &nbsp;Soak in every sight, sound, smell around you because it's just so....much. &nbsp;More than once along the Western Vistas Historic Byway, this had to happen in order to take it all in and not miss a drop, to revel in the awe of the moment. &nbsp; Tue, 18 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/18/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Western-Vistas-Historic-Byway/3040/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Prairie Trail Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Prairie-Trail-Scenic-Byway/3035/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/8758757736_6b2261a3b6_z.jpg'/><br/> Mother Nature continues to amaze us with her timing.&nbsp; There have been some absolutely beautiful days, perfect times for wind therapy on the Wide Glide. Ironically, they have been during the work week when cruising a byway isn't really possible due to those day jobs that we need to keep the lights on. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Prairie-Trail-Scenic-Byway/3035/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Glacial Hills Scenic Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Glacial-Hills-Scenic-Byway/3030/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/glacial-hills-byway.jpg'/><br/> There are things in life that should not be rushed&hellip;the aging process of a fine wine or scotch, watching a sunset, and riding the Kansas Byways are all on my list of experiences to enjoy without being rushed. Spring of 2013 in Kansas has been tumultuous as best. We&rsquo;ve seen many cool days, much needed rain and record setting snow in early May. Mother Nature has saved her best days for mid-week when two working parents have a tough time getting away to play on the Wide Glide. All this has added up to a 63-mile journey over a two-day period. The&nbsp;Glacial Hills Scenic Byway&nbsp;is nearly in our backyard, seemingly short and easy to both plan and execute. However, just to get there and home adds another 140 miles, making it a much longer journey, one that we just couldn&rsquo;t do in an evening and still take in the entire experience without feeling rushed. Being on a bike isn&rsquo;t about the destination so much as it is the journey along the way.&nbsp; Tue, 14 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/14/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Glacial-Hills-Scenic-Byway/3030/ Kansas on Two Wheels: Gypsum Hills Byway http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Gypsum-Hills-Byway/3027/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Gypsum.jpg'/><br/> Stretching from Medicine Lodge to Coldwater, the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway is a 42 mile journey.&nbsp; I've been fortunate through family trips and professional excursions to travel through a great deal of Kansas counties, up and down the highways and byways.&nbsp; However, this particular stretch of road was one I had yet to encounter.&nbsp; Coming from northeast Kansas, we decided to trailer the bike down.&nbsp; The trick with that is finding a good place to park the truck and trailer while we were out exploring.&nbsp; The folks at the Wright's Truck Stop in Medicine Lodge are used to having vehicles parked there for long stretches of time and were very accommodating.&nbsp; Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/30/Kansas-on-Two-Wheels-Gypsum-Hills-Byway/3027/