I’m not really sure why I thought our tires would not be good on gravel. Since my last post on that topic, we’ve been doing a number of short little rides on gravel and have had no problems. So this evening we struck out to see how far we could go.

Here’s a map of our route:

Aug 6 bike ride map

We were going to head out and bicycle through the Osage Prairie Conservation Area, but we got to Highway 71 and stood waiting for about 5 minutes. U.S. 71 southbound was a solid, non-stop stream of cars. I said “no way” and we turned around and headed out east where we wouldn’t have to cross any major highways. We’ll save the Osage Prairie adventure for some early Saturday or Sunday morning when 71 is deserted.

Aug 6 bike ride elevation graph

The neat little elevation graph comes from VeloRoutes.Org. Very neat web site.

Took some time out to get some better photos of my Huffy Sea Trails!

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It was funnier than heck to me, we really spooked the livestock. I don’t think they’d seen anything like us before!

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And we made sure to take our time and enjoy the sights!

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Corn should be ready to harvest soon.

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And here we are rolling back into Milo shortly before sunset.

According to VeloRoutes we rode about 8.5 miles round trip. And going by the time stamps on my photos we were out for little more than an hour. Not a bad pace, especially seeing how we were seriously taking our time and enjoying ourselves! This was the best ride we’ve had in a very long time. And I’m upset that we haven’t been out exploring like this more often.