BIKING ACROSS KANSAS
ROUTE 66 FINAL NOTES
Self supported bike touring is not as easy as it looks. But it certainly is more fun than you can imagine.
I was inspired to join the Adventure Cycling Association in 1998 after completing my second tour of the KATY Trail in Missouri. I have been an avid reader of their publication ADVENTURE CYCLIST ever since. I would read all of the stories recounting trips taken by other cyclists and dream of taking off on my bike loaded down with all my necessities headed for some distant destination. I had great enthusiasm and intentions but the trip never quite materialized
I had been on vacation in places like Yellowstone and The Grand Canyon and seen bike tourists traveling along the highway and I so wanted to join them...someday.
For five days in October 2003 that "someday" finally arrived. Oh, it wasn't a trip across the United States; there weren't any high mountain passes to climb or monumental physical challenges to overcome. Still it was a big deal for me to be able to take this trip. An adventure of my own planning and design. A trip that once again reminded me that life need not be as complicated as we sometimes make it. A simple approach and a slower pace can benefit everyone who dares to try it.
I now have a new appreciation for those hardy souls and the journeys they take. Life on the road can be challenging at its best and dangerous at its worst. But the rewards are well worth the effort.
Oh yeah...the murder suspect was captured in Texas five weeks after his escape into the Oklahoma wilderness.