Are you tired of the same ol' path for outdoor exercise? How about locating parks and trails in Kansas to get a change in scenery and maybe explore other areas of Kansas.
Kansas has many state parks, hiking trails, nature trails, bike trails and more! Here's a resource from Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks entitled "Kansas Trails A Resource on the Move."
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Biking in Tandem
Who is the couple often seen wearing high visability green jackets and biking in tandem on the roads in and near Barton County? It’s Donna and John Krug. Donna, Barton County family and consumer sciences agent with K-State Research and Extension, and her husband, John, a Chiropractor, purchased their first tandem bicycle eleven years ago. After logging 13,000 miles the Great Bend couple realized how much they enjoyed the shared hobby and how much better they felt after a ride.
After another tandem bike purchase in 2004, the Krugs took to the road exploring all of Barton and adjoining counties. John plans the trip so they ride into the wind and can enjoy a tailwind on the way home. Both agree that nothing compares to the sound of birds and the beautiful Kansas scenery while riding.
In 2010 a dream of Donna’s was fulfilled when they completed Bike Across Kansas, a 500+ mile route that went from the Colorado border to Leavenworth. This experience offered some challenges with triple digit heat, and a wild thunderstorm that prompted 50 cyclists to take cover in a farmer’s shed near Hill City. In spite of cross winds or headwinds the 800+ riders, ages 7-88, kept going.
“The Walk Kansas program comes at a perfect time each year to help us get in shape for summer rides,” Donna says.
Bike Across Kansas events began in 1975. The 8-day cycling adventure covers 475 miles and will take place Jun 8-15, 2013 starting in Johnson City and continuing east to Galena.