Posted by: bikedave | July 31, 2010

July 31, Rush Center, KS to Larned, KS

Today’s ride was short so that we could spend some time as tourists.  I rode south from Rush Center for 19 miles before turning east and riding to Larned, KS.

Riding south from Rush Center

The first ten miles was on rolling hills through mostly ranch land.

Egret, near Rush Center, KS

The sky was threatening, but I did not get any rain.

After about 10 miles the ranches gave way to cultivated fields.  When I turned east toward Larned, the wind was coming straight at me and slowed me down quite a bit.  When I reached Larned, we loaded up the bike and drove to Fort Larned National historic Site.
Fort Larned was built around 1860.  It served to protect commerce on the Santa Fe Trail from Indian attack.  The fort was abandoned in 1878 and sold as surplus at auction in 1884.  The buildings were used as a ranch until 1964 when they became a national historic site.  We took a guided tour of the fort’s restored original buildings, then went through the on site museum.

Vicki, about to lock me in the "hot box" where misdeeds were punished at the fort.

The Commanding Officers Quarters and one of the Company Officer's Quarters buildings

Looking down the porch of the barracks

After we left Fort Larned, we stopped at the Santa Fe Trail center and museum, then returned to Larned for the night.

Replica of a sod house near Larned, KS

Miles today: 30   Total miles: 2,243



  1. Hi Vicki and Dave, thanks for the tickets it was a good play and Mom really enjoyed her evening out! Thanks again! Travel safe love ya!

  2. Dave, you are getting quite the sexy tan thing goin on now. Keep up the good work, the pictures are incredible. Keep on big man.

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