We headed for the Landahl trails. A trail system that James and Simon had ridden earlier in the year. Since we were only riding one day we wanted to be sure we would get in some good trails. We were lucky and the trails had dried out very nicely. Still a couple small wet spots, nothing serious. I haven't ridden trails like these in sometime. There were a number of differences. First, these trails were still tacky, almost muddy. The trails I ride back home are almost always dry as a bone. Second, when you want your tire to stick you can't count on a rock. Back home if you didn't want slippage you aimed for a nice rock. In Curt Gowdy the amount it takes to get a wheel to slip on there granite is staggering. Not so much in KC. You slip and slide all over. Last time I rode trails like this were in Canada. Many moons ago. It was nice to have to adapt to another type of terrain. It made me want to travel more and explore more types of trails. The trails were a good mix of fast flowing with some techy rock bits thrown in. I loved it. Was a great ride. Too soon we were back in the parking lot packing up the bikes to get some grub.
Lunch was full of stir fry and a list of beers that goes on and on. After we hit a little bike store, again in downtown KC. River Market Cyclery is right next to or breakfast spot. We had some great conversations with the staff about old bikes and there 40% off rack. Lots of memories on that rack. Back at the hotel that night we drank more then our share of different beers. One in particular tasted like it could have taken the paint off of airplane wings or would double as chain degreaser. I mean I like a good IPA but damn. Next morning we hit the diner again for some farewell food. Hugs all around and it was time to go. The trip home was relatively uneventful with the exception of missing one turn and ending up in the middle of a road bike race.
Bike and body performed as I expected. I had a great time and now have a want to return and show the trails to my kids. I think I'll plan on more then one day however.