Episode 18 of the Kansas Cyclist Podcast features an interview with Eric Benjamin of Adventure Monkey, a bicycling blog covering the Flint Hills of Kansas.
Eric Benjamin started the Adventure Monkey blog last summer as a way to document and share his rides in the Flint Hills of Kansas. “I am a professional photographer that fell in love with cycling,” Eric says. “At Adventure Monkey, I share my cycling adventures and photography in hopes that I may inspire you to remember your dreams and live the life you have always wanted to live, no excuses or regrets. It’s time to live.”
The Adventure Monkey web site is also where Eric sells his amazing photographs. Be sure to check out the Adventure Monkey Image Portfolio for some examples of his work, which you can also purchase on paper or canvas.
In just a few short months the blog grew in popularity and readership, and soon expanded. In March, Adventure Monkey Magazine was born. This is a full-color, professionally-produced publication, and issue #1 focuses on Kansas Cycling, with a special focus on the challenges and rewards of bicycling in winter.
The magazine features articles from an amazing variety of contributors, including Anne Marie Garrett (ride like a girl), Shawn Honea (IM Design Group), Robert Garcia (River City Cyclist), LeLan Dains (The Life of LeLan), Rebecca Martin (Get Spoked), Matt and Stephanie Brown (High Gear Cyclery), Garret Seacat (Seagato), Mike Wise (The Vertically Challenged Mountain Biker), Adam Didde (Adamthedad), Rob White (Maverick Enterprises), Bobby Wintle (something to write home about) and Randy Rasa (DirtBum).
For this episode’s “On The Scene” segment, Ed interviews me (Randy) about a recent week-long trip I took to Arkansas. You might have seen some of the posts that came from that trip (Cyclo-Tourist Outlasts Winter and Eureka Springs: Naturally Bicycle Friendly), but I’ve put together a full write-up on my personal blog, DirtBum, with lots of photos and descriptions of the places I explored. Yeah, you might say my Adventure Monkey led me to Arkansas …
It was a fun trip, but there was a lot of climbing in the Ozark Mountains, way more uphill than this flatlander is accustomed to! Read more at DirtBum’s Arkansas Adventure.
Here’s a quick summary of the rest of the podcast, with links to more information:
- The drunk driver who killed Rachel Leek as she rode her bicycle in Lawrence, Kansas last October, and then drove off and left her to die, has pleaded guilty to two minor charges and will face 60 days in jail, community service, and probation.
- A Call For Bike Lanes in Kansas City, MO
- Oz Bicycle Club Launches New Web Site
- Flint Hills Area Bike Club Launches in Manhattan
- New bike club in Paola, KS: Miami County Bicycle Club
- The Johnson County Bicycle Club is seeking volunteers for the Lonestar Century, in May, and the Cider Mill Century, in August, which may not happen unless someone steps up to help organize them.
- The Cabin Fever Challenge on April 17th. This is a fund-raising ride for the WAM-SAG-MAN trail connecting the towns of Wamego, Saint George, and Manhattan. There are three mileage options, 16, 37, and 54 miles, and the event includes a bike swap meet after the ride. Wamego is also hosting a Tulip Festival that weekend, featuring over 18,000 tulips along with a craft fair, live music, and other family-friendly entertainment.
- The Osage Prairie Bicycle Tour on April 24th is a charity event to raise funds for local youth organizations in Parsons, Kansas. 15, 40, and 70 mile options.
- The Spring Classic is Johnson County Bicycle Club’s annual early-season ride. 26, 46, or 70 mile routes on April 24th.
- Check out our Ride Calendar for upcoming events in neighboring states, including the Arkansas Ride for the Cure, Crowley’s Ridge National Scenic Byway Ride, the Kick Ya Butt weekend tour in Oklahoma, Tour de Tick, Tour of Hermann, and Bone Bender in Missouri, the Spring Fling in Nebraska, and the Trans Iowa gravel grinder out of Grinnell, Iowa.
Quick looks at the 23rd Street Bike Park and Wilderness Park, both in Pittsburg, Kansas, Plus impressions of the Lake Leatherwood trails near Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the Slaughter Pen Hollow trail system in Bentonville, Arkansas.
And finally, thanks again goes to Mark Franzke for providing the original music you hear on the Kansas Cyclist Podcast.
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