Bikepacking the Flint Hills Nature Trail Part III: A Day on the Trail is the final post in a three-part series. To read more about Andy's adventure you can check out Part I: Preparation and Part II: Hitting the Road.
4-26-14 Rise and Shine
So, apparently there was some crazy goose fighting and raccoon chatter overheard last night. As for myself, I was out once my head hit the saddlebag. On rides, I use my bag as a pillow, with some extra clothes and padding as fill. Bike camping can be about simplicity and “roughing it” a bit. It’s what you make of it, and I like minimizing what I have to haul (although I’m still learning as is shown in some of my pictures).
The wind speeds I’m whining about are not all that common. Blogger Eric Benjamin writes and photographs for a blog he calls “Adventure Monkey”. He rides what’s called a fat bike in the Flint Hills regularly and is gaining popularity for his championing of Kansas’s gravel roads and rides. Benjamin was out riding around the same time we were further south. In his blog he describes today’s wind as some of the harshest he’s ever seen. Weather reports indicate it was roughly 25 to 30 mph.
That said, any time in this sort of setting is time well spent, whether is two days or 10 minutes, so bring your bike or just hike a bit along the trail if you have a chance. You won’t regret it.
Andy Fry is an avid cyclist and life long Topekan. He enjoys getting outdoors to explore his favorite landscape, the Kansas Flint Hills. When he is not riding or camping, he volunteers at the Topeka Cycle Project to increase knowledge and safety amongst riders.