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Old 08-12-2012, 03:29 PM   #1846
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:13 PM   #1847
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12 miles as the Crow Flies.




12 miles Southwest of the Monuments lies the Canyons of El Quartelejo, and the ruins of the El Quartelejo Pueblo of the Picurie Indians. It is one of the places where the Northern Cheyenne made a last stand. I have probably posted the vid before but it tells the story of the area well.





1664: Taos Indians fleeing from Spanish persecution started moving northward looking for a new home. They settled in the area among the Plains Apaches. This village was called El Cuartelejo and the Apache inhabitants the Cuartelejo band. The Taos Indians remained for only a few years. Before the pre-1680 pueblo revolt in New Mexico, a Spanish expedition led by Juan de Archuleta returned the pueblo Indians back to New Mexico.





1696: Picuris Pueblo Indians resettled El Cuartelejo and joined with their Apache trading partners.

1706: Picuris returned to New Mexico by Spanish General Juan de Ulibarri.





1720: Pedro de Villasur led a Spanish expedition of one hundred men. They camped at El Cuartelejo en-route to scouting for French forces somewhere north and west of this location. They wanted to observe the French soldiers’ strength in numbers and location.
About 150 miles north of the site the Spanish troops died under an attack by bands of Pawnee Indians which supposedly were under French control. El Cuartelejo was considered a potential military outpost for the Spanish after these battles, but the plans were dropped.

1727: French traders were reported by the Indians at this site.

1730s: Frequent Comanche, Ute and Pawnee attacks on the Cuartelejo Apaches forced the abandonment of El Cuartelejo.



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Old 08-17-2012, 03:56 PM   #1848
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I've gotten through to page 40 so far, and there's some great inspiration for places to go. This is the best info thread I've found about the region.

Sorry for the cross post, but would you guys riding out there mind taking a look at my question here, about traveling across the midwest/great plains?

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Old 08-17-2012, 11:49 PM   #1849
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I've gotten through to page 40 so far, and there's some great inspiration for places to go. This is the best info thread I've found about the region.

Sorry for the cross post, but would you guys riding out there mind taking a look at my question here, about traveling across the midwest/great plains?

Thanks!
I will take a look at the thread to see if i can be any help.


A few from today... 270 miles of goodness, and no gas stops with another 4 1/2 gallons to burn,
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And i found a bit of history for ya SB. It was the satge coach stop on the route from Bismarck to the Blackhills at the start of the gold rush. There is supposed to be wagon tracks on the hill side, i tried to find them.






Overlooking the stop.












And a couple of the beast.




Man it was a full grin day today, just ride and leave no road untouched!!!
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:17 AM   #1850
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Rock Hunting Along the Smoky

I headed west Thursday morning on I-70 to go rock hunting. As I entered I-70 at Auburn road the fall colors were worthy of a picture.



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It was a beautiful fall morning but the weather forecast was for strong winds from the north. I hadn't gone far and the winds began to increase and by the time I arrived at Salina for fuel they were really blowing. At Salina I went west on old 40 highway which is K-140. I came to Brookville and I believe this is the old hotel made famous with the great fried chicken they used to serve. The Brookville Hotel is now in Abilene.



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I came across this old farmstead and you wonder about the people that used to live there.



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I found my first rocks at Mushroom Rock Park.



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There was a windmill just over the hill.



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Actually there were two!



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More of the scenes and rocks.



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This park is located south of a town that used to be Carneiro which means "sheep fold" and was founded in 1882.



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I came to Kanopolis which is home to Ft Harker.



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They also have a Drive-in theater, something you don't see much of anymore.



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The Ft Harker museum was not open.



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For more information about Ft Harker go here:

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ks-fortharker.html

I ate lunch in Ellsworth home of Ft Ellworth.

http://www.santafetrailresearch.com/research/fort-ellsworth.html

I headed west out of Ellworth to near Wilson then came south to Holyrood. Some scenes along the way.



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I came to Cheyenne Bottoms and rode around in there on the rough wash boarded roads.



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There were quite a few birds but since the wind was so strong it was not a great day for viewing.



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There was lots of dust in the air.



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This dry wet land was where most of the dust was coming from.



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There were some wildflowers growing.



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I went to the Cheyenne Bottoms visitor center and spent a little time then headed into Great Bend as I a had a motel reservation there. After I got checked in I decided to look up a niece that lives in Great Bend. Their place was easy to find and Holly had just arrived home from work and her husband Bryan Gilliam was also there so I had a nice visit with them.

On Friday morning I awoke to a cool crisp fall day and no wind! I headed northwest on K-96 to Rush Center, then north to LaCrosse. I went west on K-4 through McCracken and turned north on K-147 towards Cedar Bluff State Park. The water was deep blue and not many trees around. The Smoky River flows into the lake.



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I then came to my second "Rock" along the Smoky.



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This is a BOD marker that marks the Butterfield Overland Dispatch a stage coach line that ran from Atchison to Denver.

http://www.santafetrailresearch.com/research/bod-dispatch.html

There are many markers along this trail and most are close to the Smoky River on the north side.

I went a few miles north on K-147 and found a good gravel road heading west. By looking at the map it should be 9 miles west to 283 hwy. Just before I get to the highway I see this church.



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A closer view.



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Now Castle rock is west and by looking at the map and some information I had I should go a couple miles north and find a sign pointing west. I didn't find it so I went south and came to the Smoky so I knew it had to be north. I went back to that church and there was a good road on the north side of it so I headed west. Now here's where things get a little sketchy. By looking at the map Castle Rock is half way between Collyer and Quinter, only about 15 miles south. So I am coming in from the east and start to see some rock formations.



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They don't get close real fast and I wonder if I can get to them. This is the Badlands of Kansas!



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I go as far west as I think I should then went south a mile or so then west again the first chance I get and come to this sign. Now this is the sign I thought I was going to find by the church.



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So this is the road going in from the south.



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I stopped here to check out the the trail ahead and decided to walk to the top. Good choice!



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Deep ruts a steep incline. Four wheelers had been going up.



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My third rock, Castle Rock from above.



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View looking up.



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I pushed the bike back down the hill a ways then took the trail to the left. It is not for the faint of heart. Had I walked down it a ways I probably wouldn't had ridden down but once you start you are committed. There were deep ruts and wash outs. One trail would end and you had to turn on the other to avoid complete wash outs. My bike sits high off the ground but I bottomed out several times. I made it down though.



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And so did the bike!



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The first pictures were taken from up there.



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Castle Rock up close.



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Prairie and Kansas Bad Lands.



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Old 08-18-2012, 06:20 AM   #1851
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Rock Hunting Along the Smoky Part 2

It wouldn't let me put all this in one post so this is part two. I took this trip last summer!
Castle Rock is on private property but people are allowed to come in. It is not very accessible except with off road vehicles. It was pretty steep getting back out of there. You sure wouldn't want to try this if the roads were wet. When I got to the sign where I came in I turned right and went about 6 or 7 miles west on a gravel road thinking I would come to pavement. Wrong! I came to a sign that said Quinter 15 miles north and guess what. Yep gravel. This was the view and if you look close you will see an elevator in the upper right of the picture 15 miles away.



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I had one scary moment when I tried crossing from one vehicle track to another. There was about 6 inches of gravel and I had a firm grip on the handle bars but when I hit it at 35mph it was all I could do to keep it upright. Oh and did I say I was about out of gas? The light had been on a while and when I filled at Quinter I had about a half gallon left. The last three miles were paved. Yippee!

I went to a grocery and bought a banana and a Snickers and had lunch at 1:30. Then it was 35 miles west to Oakley and 25 miles south to the turn off to my 4th rock, Monument Rocks.



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Castle and Monument are two of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. So here is my first view of Monument Rocks.



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Me at Monument.



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The "Eye of the Needle".



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Other rock formations. "Charlie the Dog"



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I am not sure what caused these? Maybe swallows nesting?



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More rocks.



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From highway 83.



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I recommend Monument because you can get there with a car and only 7 miles of gravel. They are much more interesting too!

After getting back to the highway I had one more place I wanted to investigate so headed south towards Scott City. My 5th "rock" is a pueblo ruins. At Lake Scott there are the El Cuartelejo Pueblo Ruins and they are a National Historic Landmark. They date back to 1696.



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Scott Lake



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And finally my 6th rock is another BOD maker along US-83 just north of the Smoky River.



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Smoky river in background. It is a small river.



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Looks like I have a seal that needs replaced.



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I stayed at Oakley Friday night and headed for home on Saturday arriving at noon. I was an interesting trip that I had contemplated for a couple of years. It was not easy with all the gravel roads but I am glad I completed it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:13 AM   #1852
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Dusty, truly awesome pics you have some really great looking prairie out your way.


Alvin, I know you had a blast riding up the Smoky, as many times as I have been up and down that river I still find something new on each trip. Great report and pics.


Epoch, I posted over in your thread in trip planing and will post the reply below to your question on routes across the plains.


Follow the rivers across the plains, the river valleys usually have the more varied terrain, the river valleys will also lead you to reservoirs with camping available some are small county lakes and some large state lakes, even a plain jane map will show these lakes. You will find open range across Kansas, oil field and cattle range if its not gated go for it. I try not to open fences, just like the old days stick to the rivers, camp at the lakes along it, if you are going to cross Kansas PM me and I would be happy to give you some suggestions.


My favorite east west route across Kansas is along the Smoky Hill River, parralels 10 t0 20 miles to the south of I-70 it has good lake camping all the way across. Alving's report above is a good example of following the Smoky west and a couple of the lakes going across. And explore, don't just point your bike west and ride, follow the terrain zig and zag with it, when it peters out and it will here and there, just keep following the river and you'll be back in the good stuff before you know it. And take your time.



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Old 08-18-2012, 07:30 AM   #1853
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Monument Rocks.

I had posted about the Monuments being up for sale, bidding was to end on the 14th, bidding has now been extended to the 28th, come on Ted, this property needs a caretaker not an oil corporation.


http://www.faulknerrealestate.com/


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Isotope, those bales would be worth their weight to the south. Nice pic.


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Dusty, truly awesome pics you have some really great looking prairie out your way.


Alvin, I know you had a blast riding up the Smoky, as many times as I have been up and down that river I still find something new on each trip. Great report and pics.


Epoch, I posted over in your thread in trip planing and will post the reply below to your question on routes across the plains.


Follow the rivers across the plains, the river valleys usually have the more varied terrain, the river valleys will also lead you to reservoirs with camping available some are small county lakes and some large state lakes, even a plain jane map will show these lakes. You will find open range across Kansas, oil field and cattle range if its not gated go for it. I try not to open fences, just like the old days stick to the rivers, camp at the lakes along it, if you are going to cross Kansas PM me and I would be happy to give you some suggestions.


My favorite east west route across Kansas is along the Smoky Hill River, parralels 10 t0 20 miles to the south of I-70 it has good lake camping all the way across. Alving's report above is a good example of following the Smoky west and a couple of the lakes going across. And explore, don't just point your bike west and ride, follow the terrain zig and zag with it, when it peters out and it will here and there, just keep following the river and you'll be back in the good stuff before you know it. And take your time.


Sod Buster you were a great inspiration to me to travel Kansas and the Smoky River!
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:52 PM   #1859
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Busters, Sun City Kansas.

Its also for sale.

I haven't heard yet if the Monuments sold or not.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/08/14/245...ic-barber.html


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Its also for sale.

I haven't heard yet if the Monuments sold or not.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/08/14/245...ic-barber.html


Pyrmid Ranch did not sell. They are redoing the auction and selling as real estate instead of stocks in a company (the only asset in the company was the land.)
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