An all-pavement ride was made on June 22, 2002 in the northern Flint Hills along the K-4 highway. For those of us who also own street/road motorcycles, it gave us a chance to blow the cobwebs off of those machines that had been sitting idle while our dualsport bikes have been making the weekend rides. Attending this ride: Tim Edwards - Kawasaki KLR650, Don Morgan - KTM 640 LC4, Jim Foley - Honda ST1100, Tom Hamby - Honda CBR 900, Wil Locke - Honda CBR 929, and Roger Baugh - Yamaha V-Max.

We rendezvoused in Council Grove for breakfast at The Hays House. Jim rode in from Kansas City, Tim came in from Topeka, and the rest of us rode up from Wichita.

We proceeded northeast out of Council Grove along the K-4, a road with an excellent surface and numerous curves and elevation changes. Unfortunately, the road has no shoulders, so opportunities to safely photograph the many landscape vistas were limited.

We also rode K-99 north to Alma, KS. Again ... an excellent road for those who enjoy the "twisty-curveys". Tim split off from the group to explore some interesting dirt roads on his KLR. When we met up again with him later in the day in Auburn, KS, he reported finding some great areas to ride on a dualsport machine. We stopped at the Sage Inn, an old 1870s way station converted to a bed and breakfast in Dover, KS ... then split up to head back to our respective homes.

It was hot and winds were fierce, but it was fun. This was the only scheduled all pavement ride of the season, and we'll probably do another one next year.

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