The following is a true story, only the names have been changed, to protect the guilty.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


 When my boys have extended days off from school I like to take them adventuring. They recently had their spring break so we headed for some place I thought would be warmer than home.....Kansas, specifically the Switchgrass MTB trail at Wilson State Park.

 Maybe a blessing in disguise, Lynn (wife, mom) couldn't make the trip due to differing spring break schedules. She may have gotten the better end of the deal spending a weekend at Ray's indoor MTB park in Milwaukee.  The warm weather evaded us and the wind was not unlike that of a test cell for supersonic jet airplane. Temps weren't all that cold, but when coupled with non-stop winds 20-30 miles an hour and gusting to 40, it was chilly. To add to the less than ideal conditions G-man was sick, with the worst of it hitting him on the second day of the trip.

  Despite all this, we still had a pretty good time..........Highlights included. (1) Really good BBQ just outside of Kansas City. (2) The trails at the park carry the IMBA Epic designation and definitely live up to it. (3) For a brief period on the third night, just as the sun was starting to set, the wind stopped ! The four of us were able to actually sit by a campfire well into the evening under some of the brightest stars I've seen. (4) First trip to Kansas was way more awesome than I expected, with rolling hills, cliffs, and vegetation other than corn fields.

 Hopefully we'll make it back under better conditions and enjoy our stay just a little more.

D Rider...................out