Well, I've had it! I'm sick of ridin' by my lonesome. I was bored at work today, and was looking at www.mapquest.com
I want to get out of town, so to speak, and explore some new roads around KS & MO. I want to make it a semi-day ride; 200-300 miles, and maybe grab some lunch at a greasy burger joint, talk about the ride, meet some people, and head home. I'm REALLY of tired riding the same 1-5 mile (or at least seems like it) set of twisties that I have to ride 15 miles to get to; only to be foiled by the ominous Johnson County traffic; that seems to last until midnight. I have always heard that some of the roads in central MO are some that are unrivaled. So my online twisty exodus continued...
I managed to find some (at least they look that way on the map!
) south of Sedalia. It looks like one would be able to top off in Sedalia and make about an 80-90 mile loop back into Sedalia. Now, if this 80-90 mile loop is too much, there are places where (according to the map) it looks like we could turn around, head back, and cut that distance in half. Which is fine too. Sh*t, if there are really nice twisties I may make 2 laps
I don't plan on doing any peg grinding, or knee sliding,..unless I suddenly get the urge. But I will definitely be riding at a "spirited" pace. But feel free to ride as hard as you want while respecting traffic and other riders. See "The Pace".
And riders of ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOMED ON THIS RIDE! I can't stress that enough...and riders of ALL rides are welcome too. I just want a change of pace from some of the local riding groups (I still love them, but just time for something different)
While on Map-Quest I "Zoomed" in on highway "M" which heads south, and compared what it and Hwy 5 in Leavenworth, looked like at the same zoom. They look fairly similar. The bonus of this stretch of road is, you don't hit 7 HWY after 5 miles!
Like I said, if the loop is too long, we could always either bang a U-ey, and head North on "M". Or, follow it south to "H" to "B" and hit "M" to head north (too many friggin' letters or Highways
); stop in Sedalia again to top off and throw some artery clogging food down our throats; and head home.
I did some rough figurin' (Insert Jethro Clampett doin' "figurin'" here), and came up ROUGHLY with this:
We could meet/'leave on a Sat or Sun around 8 or 9 am. Get to Sedalia around 10:30am
Top off, head out for the elusive twisties around 11am. Then depending on how we work the "loop" issue, we could get back to Sedalia around 12:30 or so
Grab the above mentioned grease burger, top off
I know this is ALREADY a LONG thread but I'm very interested in doing this if anyone else is game.
Here are some other notes:
From Lee's Summit @ 50hwy, Sedalia is 60 miles
From I-35 and 95th St. (where I live) Lee's Summit is 27 miles.
Hell, I throw more than this amount of mileage on my bike bouncing from 5 hwy, to Lawrence/Clinton, to Bule River Pkwy, to Martin City, to home. So why not do the same mileage and experience new things?
I have attached a thrown together map; one of 50 Hwy into Sedalia and the other a closer scale of the "loop".
BTW, if anyone knows of any other roads they know are good, feel free to kick 'em around to me / us. I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF JOHNSON COUNTY's STRAIGHT roads!
Sorry for the long post, but I can't help it.
Feel free to give me a buzz if you have suggestions, questions; or email me (but people seem to have difficulty sending me email from Sportbikeworld.)Once we get a good idea how many (if any ) are interested, we can work on the dates.