Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Into the Heartland of Kansas
Last time I rode a motorcycle across Kansas it was wet and windy.  You guessed it.  Same thing today.  Weather forecast called for mild weather...they missed it.  Leaving Emporia this morning Clements was my first stop along HWY 50.  Knocked on the door.  Don't think anyone has been home for a long time.  Beautiful old buildings.
Mile after mile along the road the reminders of early western attempts of homesteading dot the landscape.
Short detour north to Marquette, KS for a stop at the Kansas Motorcycle museum.  A hiddengem on the Kansas plains.  The museum is a tribute to a local boy from Marquette.
 "Stan The Man" Engdahl was a dirt track racing legend not only in the Midwest, but throughout the United States. His phenomenal racing career spanned an incredible 60 years from the 1940's to the 1990's. During that time, Stan won more than 600 trophies, including 5 National Scramble Championships and 16 Kansas State Championships. Every trophy and championship Engdahl  won was accomplished on a Harley Davidson K model motorcycle.  The museum contains all 600 trophies and an incredible collection of motorcycles dating back to the 30's.  A true tribute to Stan.
 Kickstand down in Lindsborg, KS tonight.  Have a room at a small restored hotel.  What a nice experience to know these types of places still exist.  BTW: Nancy told me last night on the phone "you need to do a selfie".  So here it is...Highway 50, Kansas, wind, rain...oh...sorry...forgot to wipe the smile off my face.

live free, ride free, Carlan

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