mtanders, 2010-07-17 18:24:57
Hey everyone,

I love the website and love to hear other people’s thoughts about the trail. I thought I would share some of my experiences too. I’ve biked the trail a couple times now and have to say that sections between Princeton-Richmond-Garnett are the best. These sections have a scattering of everything you’ll see on the trail. I especially enjoy the visuals coming into Richmond from the north. If someone on this website or forum is looking for a section to bike for their first time, I highly recommend these. If you’re a novice then I recommend the trail between Colony-Carlyle-Iola. Especially if you’re traveling south, the elevation change is a bit noticeable (but that does mean you’ll have to go uphill on the way back). The transition to pavement also makes that particular ride a lot easier.

If you’re looking for a good time to go, I’d suggest early morning. Just have someone go in front of you so they can break up the spider webs.:)

I would love to know other people’s thoughts as well. Sometimes I only have time to hit three towns and then turn back around. What do other people recommend? I’d be curious to know which part of the trail individuals find the most challenging.

Thanks for the website.

Mike

Timon of Athens, 2010-07-18 18:26:27
Hi Mike,

I have to say, the Ottawa to Garnett and back is my most traveled. This is mainly because it is closest to where I live. For the challenge, I would go Garnett to Iola and back. (Can you tell I like 50 mile rides?) The G/I/G route would seem to have less terrain, but I think the ride from Iola to Colony is probably the most challenging. Yes, it’s a railroad grade, but 10 miles of it will wear you down. Especially after you pass under the highway and climb toward Colony. On a hot day that can feel brutal.

As for the spider webs, I know exactly what you mean. My stops are often more about peeling the webs off myself and my bike than about getting water. What are these things hoping to catch anyway?

See you on the trail,

Timon

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