CLC #5 Back In Kansas

My nephew is getting married Saturday so I’m here in Kansas for a few days. When I arrived it was 29 degrees and got up to 50 yesterday….but today it was 72 with no wind and guess who took the bike out of the storage shed because tomorrow it’s supposed to SNOW. Welcome to weather in the Midwest. Just ask Greg!!

I was out doing my walk when I thought why am I walking let’s just cut this short (3 mi instead of 5) and headed home to dig the bike out.

Brother Cliff is a “biker” too. Just a different kind of biker.

I first had to head up to Cliff’s to get my tires pumped up. They were pretty low and going up the hills to his house was fun😂 When I arrived he was busy changing oil on his bikes. How many do you see here? That’s my bro….he loves his toys.

Nice down hill from Cliff’s didn’t really have a plan so just let it happen. I ended up with 10 Miles and had a really fun ride……come along.

Junction City High School…go Blue Jays

I found myself at my High School. Some of you may recall that we rode the TransAm from Eugene,OR to Junction City for my 50th class reunion in 2014. I didn’t ride to here so guess I’ve now done that.

Minor League Baseball here…go Team Brigade.
I couldn’t get in to see the field. Jack and I have been to a few games they are always fun. Think they are AAA maybe even more minor than that.
Jack look what I found.


Must be a fun family this was their play yard. Maybe they take the books to the playhouse.


Next up – the Buffalo Soldier Memorial.

******Yes, they were stationed here at Ft Riley. Also, my Dad graduated OCS (officer candidate school) in the last Cavalry Class on horse in 1943 at Ft Riley. It became a tank division. I’m glad you asked Kathleen as I thought I might be repeating myself. This memorial was sponsored by my Dad and   Several other local veterans.  Here is a link to more info.

I’m not sure why this isn’t a hyperlink? Any thoughts?


There is a big street project going on the Main Street (Washington St) look at this the streets were brick. I think I can remember some brick streets when I was very young but maybe I’m just imagining it.
Sure sign you’re in the MidWest.
I heard a sound that sounded like something large moving found this train moving back and forth  on the track.

There was a Round House here when I was a kid. It’s gone now along with the train station. I wonder who’s great idea it was to tear them down. This train was about 20 cars and not sure  what they were doing but it was fun to watch. I guess we all love trains.

Don’t hammer on car!
This was a fun find…..
Next up the County Court House.
City Park
Vietnam Memorial In City Park.
I always like to see that these guys are still around. No shaved ice today though.
Proof of purchase…Pepsi from our local Casey’s…now that brings back TransAm memories.
Had a visit with Dad.

There is only one way to get back to Moms UP so why not go by and see Dad. Bill Crites was quite a character you would have enjoyed meeting him.

Made it back to Moms. We won’t have coffee with the ladies tomorrow because of the wedding. Glad to tell you they are all doing well. Mom will be 91, lives alone and still drives! She is also hard to keep up with and as always is amazing.
Out on her walk.

When I got back from my ride she was out walking around the circle at the end of her street. She told me she was going to take a nap. Well that didn’t happen. Tomorrow she is making dinner for 15. Think I get a lot of my endurance from her!

Goodbye from Kansas.

Happy Trails….





Janet here of Jack and Janet in Seaside, CA. We just love to ride our bikes and share and read stories from other such afflicted souls.

7 response to "CLC #5 Back In Kansas"

  1. By: Jack Long Posted: April 6, 2018

    Looks like you had a fun ride, Darlin! Great report!

  2. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 6, 2018

    What a nice ride, Janet. Tell us more about the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial – why there? were they stationed there? Nice to see.


  3. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 7, 2018

    Thanks for adding the Buffalo Soldiers info. Very cool that your dad was involved.

    As for the hyperlink, you may have to tell it that you want it to be a link. When in edit mode, highlight the text, copy it, then look for an icon in the toolbar that looks something like the link of a chain. A dialog will pop up. IIRC it asks for the text and for the link. I think you can figure it out.

  4. By: tempocyclist Posted: April 7, 2018

    Loving your bro’s KLR650 too. A great “do anything go anywhere” type of motorbike. I had one of those before I traded for the more speed orientated Kawasaki Ninja. 🙂

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: April 8, 2018

    Great ride, and great to see you back in kansas for fun reasons. Your mom is an inspiration and it’s good to see you have good longevity genes. I love the old courthouses – if only we could invest public funds in infrastructure like that nowadays. You might be interested in the documentary these folks are trying to do about the Buffalo Soldiers who pioneered the use of bikes for the US Army:

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 8, 2018

    Hi Janet,

    You inspire me to head to Illinois with my ace support crew to visit her family and pedal around the old homestead on the prairie.

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