This ride is all in the eastern and northern part of Kansas. I started in Topeka Kansas at US 24 & 75 highway taking US 24 highway west to Saint Mary's Kansas, north on Hwy 63 through Emmett Kansas past the Jefferies Energy Center towers to Hwy 16 then east on Hwy 16 to Hwy 62. Then north on Hwy 62 passing through some steep hills and a few curves arriving in Soldier Kansas. I continued north out of Soldier until I reached the junction of Kansas Hwy 9 and 62. Turned east on Hwy 9 riding through many curves on Hwy 9 toward Goff where I stopped, took a break and looked at several old building in Goff Kansas. After a short rest and some water, I continued on through more curves of Hwy 9 to Jetmore Kansas and then on to the junction of Hwy 9 and US 75 which is located a few miles north of Holton Kansas. I continued south on US 75 Hwy in to Holton where I stopped for some ice cream at the local Dairy Queen before heading back to Topeka.
You'll be riding through lots of open Kansas range land and farm land. You'll pass through a few towns with interesting older buildings.
Good wide paved and blacktop roads with a lot of everything. Straight, twists and turns in addition to hills. Very little traffic. Note: The last 30 miles from Holton Kansas back to Topeka on US 75 Hwy was sort of boring as it was on a divided four lane highway with a lot of traffic. It was not the most enjoyable part of the ride. As a general rule I like to stay on lesser traveled roads however due to a time constraint that day; I was not able to do that. The entire ride was around 130 miles as I arrived back in Topeka and with the two stops, the trip lasted about three hours. It was a ride I really enjoyed and plan to take again real soon.
You can enjoy the countryside and open spaces all along the route. If you need food and gas, you'll find it in the towns you pass through .
This is a nice route to ride if you like little traffic and open country side. One historical point of interest along this route is an old stone bridge. It's about 12 miles north of St. Marys and about 8 miles west off of Hwy 63. Be warned that the last 2 miles are gravel, but if you love history and seeing how something built 100 years ago still stands, it's worth it. Just follow the signs and you can't miss it. Not a lot of other places to stop along this route if you need gas or a drink, but in Kansas the next little town is just another 10 or 20 miles down the road.
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August 29, 2010
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Be careful on US24 from Topeka to St Mary's! Lots of farm traffic in this area..as to be expected!