Friday, June 13, 2014

Bike camping with tigers and lions next weekend!

Safari adventure bike overnight

  • Saturday, June 21, 2014 2:00 PM

  • 7337 Broadway 73rd Terrace & Wornall, Kansas City, MO(edit map)
  • Parking lot for start of ride
  • Safari Adventure overnight                               
    Our destination: Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary-30 miles South of KCMO
    Imagine,  camping out, under the stars, and hearing the roars of African Lions and Bengal Tigers…in Kansas!
    We will leave at 2pm sharp from Family Bicycles and head 34 miles south to Cedar Cove is a “last chance” rescue wildlife sanctuary for tigers, African lions, wolves, bobcat, mountain lions, and other exotic wildlife. If it were not for Cedar Cove, would have to be destroyed. Many of these animals were rescued from breeders, people who owned them as pets but could no longer take care of them, circuses, etc. Some were abused and neglected. Now they make their home at Cedar Cove, loved and taken care of by an army of volunteers.
    We have been given exclusive access to the outside grounds of the compound for our campsite, located next to a creek and only fifty yards from the big cats and wolves.
    We, as guests, will arrive late Saturday afternoon, make camp, and have the option of going to explore Louisburg and going to the grocery store for supplies. Then head back to camp where we will build a fire, then prepare our meals and eat together around the fire. We will sleep knowing wild animals are only feet away (there are 3 high steel fences, and electrical fence, between us and the animals). In the morning we will wake, make breakfast, break camp, and then have a private tour of the sanctuary. 
    Next we will take an alternative route back to KC by crossing over to Missouri, where we will encounter some rough back roads and gorgeous scenery, maybe stopping to pick blueberries.
    CAMPSITE: Water and bathrooms are available. This is primitive camping. 
    We will follow “No Trace” camping principles packing out what we pack in.
    ROUTE: The route will be 70 % paved roads and some packed gravel. Please make sure you have spare tubes, tent, ground pad, and food for yourself. Also you must be able to bicycle 30 miles with all your gear- THIS IS NOT FOR THE BEGINNER CYCLIST,there are a lot of hills. Total mileage for weekend will be 80 miles. Riding pace will be conversational, with breaks as needed. If you have a solid foundation of cycling and are fit you will have no problem. 
    There will be a $10 donation per person for Cedar Cove and a $2 fee for the ride to help pay for the cost to have the Meetup page ($19 per month).
    We reserve the right to turn away any riders who: are not prepared, don’t have correct gear, bike is not in working order (you should have your bike checked out before), or any other reason the leader sees may be a safety issue for the rider or the group. (It is wise to have a bail out plan in case of emergency)If you have any questions please call me at 9132201213.  Additionally, if you are able, I would like to meet you and ride with you before the ride, we have a training ride on Wednesday night at 630 from Family Bicycles at 73rd and Wornall.
    The routes will not be made public until the ride starts. 
    This is going to be FUN! RSVP ASAP please!!!
    Please RSVP here

Monday, May 12, 2014

Solo Bike Overnight

I like solo trips. Sometimes you just need to chill out, pick a direction, and ride. 
Everything else seems to take care of itself. So Friday morning I made the choice to head south.
My route 

My camp spot at Middlecreek Fishing Lake

Morning view on my left and...

on my right

I slept well with my Z-Rest pad and my 40F sleeping bag

 I am now using a solar panel to charge my phone, this is the power pack that can hold a good charge even if the sun is not out I can still keep my phone charged. I dislike being reliant on having to stop at places to recharge. Goal Zero 10 Plus is the solar kit I bought a Moosejaw on the Plaza.

I am stoked I don't have to worry about recharging. I use my phone for: GPS, camera, internet, music, video.

I bought this Marmot Aspen 2 three years ago for $120
and it has held up well.


 Breakfast: Hard boiled eggs ( I brought from home already cooked), carrots, cheeze sticks, freeze dried coffee packets from Star Bucks(expensive, but worth it!), I am also digging my Jet Boil stove, and I forgot to bring a cup this time, so I used the jet boil as my cup, and it was ok, the plastic lid on top has a sipper, but, adds a little rubber taste to the coffee...that was a drag, but still I used it.
 Loaded up and ready to roll home, being solo, I could take my time and pick a route based on how I felt.
I decided to see my friends(people and animals)
at Cedar Cove.

Here a volunteer staff oversees rescued tigers, African lions, mountain lions, leopard, bobcat, wolves, and other exotics cats that would have to be destroyed otherwise. Many of these animals were bought as exotic pets or for breeding, and were mistreated. Although their accommodations are sparse at Cedar Cove they are well looked after.

 I have camped on the property a few times and I have to say it is a very cool experience to be sitting by a fire at dusk, hearing the big cats roar.
 This is the campsite, very primitive, but very appropriate for a Kansas safari. I will be leading rides to Cedar Cove soon, so keep an eye out.

The grounds keeper will give us a private tour.

If you cannot make the ride I would encourage you to visit this extraordinary refuge with your family!
I then headed East to Missouri on Highway 68.
 I rolled through Cleveland, Mo and then headed North on
State Line Road
There was a road closed sign, but being on a bike and it being Saturday I went for it and found the road torn up and a bridge out, but was able to make my way across.
 I found the Berry Patch, but too soon for the Blueberries, so will have to come back!

I was getting a little tired and grumpy, needed more food, but then saw this beautiful field of wild flowers and my mood changed quickly!
 Just amazing...
 Had to jump the fence and get up close

As I made my way home, thoughts of how beautiful our are is flooded my mind. Feeling refreshed, I smiled when I saw this sign. Hopefully the see-saw is not in the middle of the street :) A very clever Children Playing sign.

Bill’s basic gear:
30lbs of gear and food

Marmot Aspen 2P Tent
Marmot Trestles Synthetic sleeping bag
40 degree
Z-Lite Thermarest Foam Sleeping pad
Cheap ground tarp from hardware store.
Arkel XM-45 Paniers
Bike: Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker
Jet Boil Flash Stove
Goal Zero 10 Plus solar recharging kit
Repair kit/ tools
baseball cap and beanie
Northface Rain Jacket
Green dry bag for clothes
Blue bag -toiletries and electronics
Orange bag for food
Water Bottles-2
Starbucks instant coffee
raw almonds
turkish figs
mozzarella cheese sticks
hard boiled eggs

peace, love, and bicycle touring...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pedaler's Jamboree on May 24th!

Let us know if you would like to attend with the KC Bicycle Touring Meetup!

Two options!
1. Meet us in Columbia on the 24th!
Daily mileage will be 30 miles for the two days


2. Ride with us from KC on the 22nd of May and come home on the 27th!

Daily milage will be 60-80 and 40ish on the 24th depending where we camp on the 23rd..

Your will need to RSVP us at the Meetup site and secure your ticket at the PJ site asap!

Pedaler's Jamboree 2014

Weekend bicycle/music festival - May 24th & 25th, 2014

The Pedaler's Jamboree is a music festival created for bicycle riders and non-riders alike! Get a ticket for a weekend bicycle ride full of adventure or a non-rider ticket for the Kemper Park festivities available in Boonville on May 24th!

Bicyclists start at Flat Branch Park from 7:30 am to 10 am in Columbia, MO. Flat Branch Park is located at 101 South 4th St, Columbia, MO. This is the beginning of the MKT trail which connects to the Katy Trail State Park.

For non-riders with ticket passes to the Kemper Park Festivities, gates open at 3 pm on Saturday, May 24th. Kemper Park is located at 757 3rd St, Boonville, MO behind the YMCA building. Cars will not be permitted in the park. Free street side parking will be located close to the YMCA building.

Bicyclists depart from Columbia, MO, on the morning of Saturday, May 24th. Drop off your overnight packs at check in and prepare for a weekend of relaxed bike riding, music, and fun. Enjoy the scenic views of the Katy Trail State Park as you ride on crushed limestone trails flanked by cliffs and the Missouri River. Stop at your convenience at a handful of locations to enjoy live music and entertainment. Bands will play throughout the day in communities across the trail.

Enjoy a car free route on the scenic Katy Trail State Park
The final destination, Boonville's awesome Kemper Park, will once again host the feature event with main stage music. Overnight camping at Kemper Park will be free for all registered riders! Hotel/motel accommodations are available at local establishments. There will be food available at restaurants throughout the town of Boonville as well as food vendors at Kemper Park.

Free camping is available for all registered riders and ticket holders at Kemper Park
Daily riding distances: 
Columbia to Boonville: 30 miles (ramble out on Saturday, stumble back on Sunday)
Free stuff:
Free gear item will be announced soon, Gear Transport to campsite (not hotels), Sag Support, Camping, Music and Entertainment, more amenities in the works!
Showers and such:

Restrooms available on site. The Boonville YMCA is located next to the festival/camping area. Facility open on Saturday, May 26. The pool is open until 4:30 pm - Showers available until 10:00 pm. Towels are not provided. YMCA closed on Sunday, May 26.
Shuttle Bus Ride back to Columbia:
There will be a limited number of seats available for shuttle back to Columbia on Sunday and Monday morning.Advanced reservations are available for $10/person. A limited number of seats will be available on Sunday and Monday morning for $10.
Lodging in Columbia:
There are countless good places to eat and lodging opportunities available in this great city!
Keep posted for special rates and rooms for the night before the Jamboree in Columbia coming soon!
Please visit the Columbia Visitors Bureau website for complete details.
Lodging in Boonville:
The Isle of Capri Boonville Be sure to check out the awesome buffet and the entertainment options available.
Click here for more details about accomodations in Boonville.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bike camping at Hillsdale State Park

Bike camping overnight from Kansas City, MO to Hillsdale State Park, Paola, KS.
by Bill Poindexter, Organizer KC Bicycle Touring Meetup

We started this S24O (Sub 24 hour overnight) from Family Bicycles in Kansas City, Missouri. Me, Bill Poindexter, a self
proclaimed, and practicing Carfree American, bicycling tourist, Yogi, and into all things healthy,
and Jano Mossman, a self proclaimed product tester, kayaker, cyclist, and adventurer.

Hillsdale Lake was our destination. Here is our route

 From the start, the feelings of excitement, 
nervousness, and adrenaline while long distance touring on a bicycle was exhilarating. 

Winter stayed too long, although I had been active, walking, hiking, cross country skiing, and cycling for transportation, I had not been bike touring, and felt the need to do something that would pare the fat off the soul, and scare the shit out of me. Even though the adventure was going to be about 90 miles round trip and close to home, the bike with gear weighed 60+ pounds, we were taking new roads and a route I had never been on, so my imagination wandered. I was ready for the new adventure. 

Once we got to Leawood, KS City Park, and the beginning of Tomahawk Creek Greenway, we decided to by pass the high traffic of Mission Road and take Tomahawk Creek for 10 miles before heading South on unknown back roads in Olathe, KS. I love riding the Creek trails, the wooded feeling, people running, walking, kids playing, cyclists, and zero cars to worry about.

No good bike tour goes 100% smoothly, about 16 miles into our adventure Jano's seat post clamp was
not holding.  Luckily this happened about a mile from a bike shop so we were able to make a simple detour for repairs. As you know on any tour, having a good attitude and a willingness to adapt is key. So with smiles, we headed to the the shop and took advantage of the bathroom, water fountain, and had a snack.

 In a few minutes Jano had a new seat post clamp.
Tip: Carry an extra seat post clamp.

We then headed back to the trail and its wilderness feel.  Soon we transitioned on Pflumm Road which took us out to the countryside. Our intention for this ramble was to stay on mostly paved roads, but, as you know, gravel roads are abundant in our area, someone once told me that 80+% of the roads in Kansas are gravel. Gravel was in our destiny.

We were not the first sojourners to explore this part of the country.

The Kansas City area is rich with multiple Frontier Trails which intersect with many of the roads we travel on, and I am humbled by the hardships our ancestors endured paving the way to the South and West.

We would roll down one road, then hit gravel, then hit another paved,  make a jog, then hit gravel, it
was great fun exploring all the back roads. Mile 30: we came up to an intersection where a Fire Station was located, and they had a nice picnic table under a tree that looked like a great spot for  a break. On most tours I love stopping at Fire Stations for water and bathrooms. The firemen/ women are glad to have the company and are always interested in your adventure.

Tip: Stop at Fire or Police stations for restrooms and water or a emergency camp spot, and let them know you appreciate their service.

While eating Jano was telling me one of his many sea kayaking adventures, then two cyclists pulled up at the intersection, saw us and came over for a stretch and some water.

Invariably people see the loaded bikes are curious. We had a great conversation with these fellow

Gravel always seems to find me on tours, (or maybe I subconsciously seek it out).

I like adventure, and
gravel roads crank up the adventure rating of any bike tour as you never know what type of gravel you are in for; packed, slushy, slippery, soft, layered, clay, dirty, clean, dusty, bumpy, earthy, rocky, chitty, wash-board, there are as many names (and feels for it) as there is ways describing a fine wine.

Gravel is your friend.

I like gravel because it adds another layer to the trip. There is less traffic, you will see things you don't see on paved roads, the locals are usually friendly, more dogs, other critters, and you have to focus on the road ahead and "keep a line" so you don't drift off into loose parts. Your focus and balance skills as a cyclist vastly improve. You may go slower, but then again, what is your hurry?

On one of the gravel roads we encountered dust and smoke, someone was burning the old crops to make way for new. This just added to our adventure, and Jano, whom is a self proclaimed Product Tester, was prepared, with his Buff lifted over his mouth and nose he was able to stave off the effects of dust and smoke.

I had a buff too, but it was uselessly packed away, and I decided to blow through the debris,
occasionally holding my breath...not one of my finer strategies.

Tip: Check out a Buff
Tip: Don't hold your breath while bicycling fast

We made our way to OLD KC ROAD, (I love that name), for the final 9ish mile push Hillsdale State Park.

Dusk was fast approaching, and a slight head wind had kept us behind schedule, so we pushed hard to the campground. We arrived at our primitive camp spot just off the lake, both of us were a little grumpy, hungry, cold, and tired. I paid the campground host the $13 per tent fee. (Seems high?) Although the ride, with bike shop detour was only 45-47 miles, neither of us had been use to carrying the extra 30+ pounds of extra gear, food, water, and it does make a difference on the amount of calories burned.

Tip: While touring make sure you eat 200+ calories per hour to ward off bonking (low blood sugar).

Once the tents were up, fire wood was collected and lit, and food and hot beverage was in our bellies,
life was good again. We then spent hours standing around the camp fire telling stories of past adventures, talking of gear choices, and our loved ones. We made it to our tents about 11, with intentions of reading but quickly drifted to sleep, I was lulled by the squawking of Blue Herons on the lake, and Jano snoring in his tent. Sleep came quickly. Excellent first half of our S24O.

 Tip: bring ear plugs. :)

We were up by 7. The temp was in the high 40s, and the sky cloudy. We ate a leisurely breakfast. I had
 almonds, banana, carrots, hard boiled eggs, Starbucks instant coffee, and cheese.

 Jano went the freeze dried route, and rolled it up with low carb tortillas. I loved his Primus Stove, will put that on my wish list.
Jano's freeze dried breakfast

Chef Jano

Our neighbor kelly coming over for a chat
I heard, "do I see a Long Haul Disc Trucker?" as I was breaking down my tent.

One of our neighbors, Kelly from Oklahoma came over for a chat while we were breaking camp. He rode his motorcycle up from OK for a retirement party of a friend. Kelly was also a avid cyclist, and is currently preparing for the Bike across Kansas.

He and Jano are both gear aficionados and spent the next hour talking gear. Kelly was great, and very nice, I am hoping to tour with him some day.

Jano is a man of all seasons. He believes in being prepared. Whether it be the odd Griz in Kansas or a mean dog, he was not taking chances!

Tip: Never hurts to be overly prepared

Not sure exactly when we left our camp, it was later than expected, but that was fine, we were
Jano rolling out of camp
not on a schedule.

Heading out of Hillsdale Lake

Train laiden with "clean coal"

Just past 164th and South Ridgeview Rd we hopped on another greenway trail, Indian Creek, 17 miles of woods, and no cars. We took it into KC and to our respective routes home.

Before we parted ways we stopped a a restaurant at 119th and Quivera Road for Sunday Brunch of steak, eggs, grilled asparagus, and whipped cauliflower. Jano and I had great deep conversations about life, adventures, pets, and friends.

One of the great things about Bicycle Touring with someone is you like is you get to share in their life and they in yours. We toasted to the tour, then left, rode another 10 miles together before parting our respective ways.

A successful Bicycle Tour of KC Bicycle Touring Meetup.

Jano's gear:

"The tent I chose for this trip is a Eureka Splitfire 1 with syl nylon fly
Sleeping bag a Sea to Summit down quilt /bag and sleeping pad is an insulated Pacific Outdoor Equipment air mattress. The stove is a Primus isopropane model with pizo ingitor
I was carrying an Allite folding butterfly chair but didn't use it." 
His Bike GT Touring 

Bill's gear:
Marmot Aspen 2P Tent
Marmot Trestles Synthetic sleeping bag
 30 degree
Z-Lite Thermarest Foam Sleeping pad
Cheap ground tarp from hardware store.
Arkel XM-45 Paniers
Bike: Surly Long Haul Disc Trucker

As on every tour I learned much about the area I live in, my traveling companion, people I met on the road, the environment/ wildlife, and most importantly myself. Bicycle Touring is awesome.

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