Prairie Sunset Trail Ride – June 23, 2011


With cool morning temperatures and light winds forecast, we decided to drive out to Goddard, KS this morning and ride the Prairie Sunset Trail.  We did this ride last August and I’m not sure why it’s taken us so long to do it again.  It’s only about an hour drive from home and it’s a really nice trail.  The trail is a rail-trail conversion on an abandoned rail line that was previously used by the Central Kansas Railway.  Ownership of the line has been transferred to the city of Wichita, Sedgwick County, and the non-profit Prairie Travelers organization.  When completed, the trail will eventually go west from Wichita to Garden Plain for a distance of 16 miles.  Currently there are about 8 miles of trail open, from just east of Goddard west to Garden Plain.  The trail passes through rolling prairie and a few wooded areas. 

We parked at the Goddard City Park and rode west to Garden Plain and then back.  The trail is hard packed and in good condition.  We saw rabbits, a lizard, cattle, a huge bull frog, lots of birds and a doe with two fawns.  We saw only one other cyclist, a few people walking and one jogger.  When we got to Garden Plain we rode a short distance through town to a gas station where we rested and had a cold drink.  We had a bit of a head wind on our way back to Goddard, but it wasn’t too bad.  All the wheat fields we passed had been cut with the exception of one which looked like it had been hailed out.  There were several fields of new corn and milo.  I stopped several times to take photos and also tried out a new mount for my video camera.  It’s a chest mount, so the point of view includes the front of the bike and bars.  My footage seems steadier than when mounted on the handlebar due to movement from my front shock.  It was a great day to ride!

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