Location: Emporia

Feed Your Monkey On The Flint Hills Photo-Cycling Tour

From Eric Benjamin at Adventure Monkey comes news of something he calls the Adventure Monkey Flint Hills Photo-Cycling Tour:

Adventure Monkey Flint Hills Photo-Cycling Tours are meant for people that:

  • Want to learn more about digital photography and post-processing of images
  • Want to experience the beauty and remoteness of the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas
  • Want to experience a challenging cycling trip through the Flint Hills

Friday September 10 we meet at High Gear Cyclery in Emporia, KS (520 Commercial) at 1 PM. We take our cars to a drop off point and ride our bikes to Camp Wood (support vehicle will take your supplies to camp ahead of us). Photography class that night, Mostly riding and shooting all day Saturday. Saturday night is for the anticipated post-processing class where I will show you how I squeeze all the juicy colors and details out of my shots in Adobe LR and PS. All secrets revealed! Sunday breakfast, eat, clean up and ride back to Emporia, goodbye hugs will ensue.

This will be a great time! We will get in at least 100 miles over the weekend, but that all depends on the ability of the participants (that means we may be able to get more miles in). Keep in mind, this is a PHOTO-cycling tour. That means when we want to stop to shoot a picture or discuss the “best” way to shoot something we will. No mileage pressure. That being said, it IS the Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas, the home of the Dirty Kanza 200 and the Flint Hills Death Ride both of which make cyclists cry and give up. I intend it to be challenging. If it wasn’t I wouldn’t be showing you the Flint Hills very well. If you are cycling regularly, you will be able to handle this. Also, a mountain bike or CX bike with meaty mountain bike tires are necessary unless you want a weekend of changing flats. I know I don’t. All this should cost a bundle right? I mean I AM giving away some of my secrets after all. Let me break it down for you:

You get 5 meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast), a cabin to sleep in, photography tutelage, some sweet riding in the Flint Hills and a weekend with Lelan and I! Wow, it doesn’t get much better than that! How much? Since this is our first event and we really want you to come to critique it, it will only be $75 for cabin and $45 for tent camping. That’s a steal. I can’t wait to see you there!

I am trying to help you with this tour. Help you do what you ask? There’s a little monkey inside you, He craves adventure. It’s time to … Feed Your Monkey!

Download the registration form for complete details, or visit the Adventure Monkey Blog for examples of some of the scenery you’ll experience on this trip (and some of Eric’s stunning images).

It ought to be a really fun and informative weekend. Hope to see you there. (Yes, Kansas Cyclist is planning to be there, too!)

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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