Timon of Athens, 2012-05-10 12:21:59
I have had a spat of e-mails asking this question. I know what my answer is and have it as a stock “cut and paste” at this point, but I thought it would be a good question to throw out to the forums.

So….

What’s your favorite section of the trail for beginning cyclist? Why? And as a related question, how do you help prepare them for such a trip?

JD_Shawnee, 2012-05-15 08:35:12
New users might start at the middle of the trail in Garnett. For one thing, they will see the old-depot trailhead there which is also close to public lakes/parks and the downtown business square.

From there, going north or south shows what this trail is about (nature, country & prairie). For example, the wooded sections southward to Welda give a much nature and wildlife early or late in the day. Northward from Garnett gives the same thing plus the big creeks and bridges.

Because this trail has shade and trailheads, it is easier to ride than long-term road tours. Still, new riders can train ahead by riding distances of 20-40 miles near their homes. These rides will bring out any weaknesses on their bikes. Doesn’t hurt for them to carry extra water, snack/energy food, spare inner-tubes, pump, flat-tire tools, first-aid stuff, cyclometer, and pepper spray..just in case, and a camera too.

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