Riding by Moonlight: Lunar Kanza 50

Riding by Moonlight: Lunar Kanza 50

Riding your bike through the Flint Hills under a full moon is more than just another bike ride, it’s almost a spiritual experience. Gazing out at the horizon, the brilliant moon emits just enough light so you can see the rolling hills meet the sky. The hushed peacefulness connects you with the people that have been there before, the vibrant life surrounding you and the journey that has brought you to this point

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Go Camping in Kansas City: KC's Top Spots

Go Camping in Kansas City: KC's Top Spots

My husband and I love camping. It’s not uncommon for one of us to text the other on a Friday afternoon with the message, “Camp tonight?” and within minutes we’ll decide to make it happen. We’ve become super efficient at packing up my truck and grabbing some Local Pig, beer and firewood on the way out of town.

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Cinder Block Brewery: A Must-See for Beer Lovers

Cinder Block Brewery: A Must-See for Beer Lovers

Cinder Block Brewery is aptly named after the founder's home brewing passion: what was once a small operation out of a cinderblock basement is now a top-of-the-line craft-beer establishment in North Kansas City. And it’s not just the quality beer that makes this place worth the trip. The open space allows for a full view of their beer-brewing operations, while big windows and a rustic bar give it a cozy feel that make you want to stay and hang out for awhile.

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Go Ride Your Bike: 10 Tips for Your Journey to a Century

Go Ride Your Bike: 10 Tips for Your Journey to a Century

Long rides are sort of an initiation into the biking community. While bikers are generally friendly people, you get to a new level of cool when you can boast of your painful hours in the saddle, riding 50, 75 or 100 miles (or more for the real crazies). Working your way up to these long rides is challenging and intimidating, but can also be very rewarding. If you want to hear my story, you can read about my first century in my post, "My Love Affair With Bikes: The Beginning"

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Cool Campers Camp in Winter: Tips To Join the Club

Cool Campers Camp in Winter: Tips To Join the Club

I’ve written a lot about camping (check out my "Get Your Butt Outside" tips here and here), because I think camping is the best. But it's winter… in the Midwest… it's too cold for camping, right? Wrong! Camping in the winter can be just as fun, and even more rewarding, than camping in warmer months (when everyone else is doing it!).

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The Belladonna Cottage: A Romantic and Picturesque Getaway

The Belladonna Cottage: A Romantic and Picturesque Getaway

I’m a big fan of Eureka Springs, Arkansas (you'll love it too - check out my post for the scoop) and The Belladonna Cottage, located just minutes from downtown, is a real find. It's tucked away so deep that the owner, Patti, has you call when you get into town and directs you step-by-step (“see that pink shed, yep that’s it, turn right”). The cottage is split into two private levels – you can choose the street level or the garden level (the garden level is sa-weet!).

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My Love Affair With Bikes: The Beginning

My Love Affair With Bikes: The Beginning

My bike riding adventure started on a normal evening in the spring of 2008. I was at home for dinner and my Dad and brother were preparing for another 200-mile gravel grinder (s/o to #dk200!). I teased them for being crazy and they challenged back that I should get a taste of the madness and ride a century at the end of the summer. I had no reason to take them (or my encouraging mom and sis-in-law) seriously.

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