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Rebecca’s Private Idaho 2014

Rebecca’s Private Idaho (RPI), a mountain gravel grinder,  is in its second year and this is my second year driving the 22 hours to take part in the festivities. Yeah, it’s that good. I am saying that having Dirty Kanza roads in my backyard. Why is it good you ask? The main reasons are the people, the town of Ketchum …

Eric BenjaminRebecca’s Private Idaho 2014
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The Sunday Blues…but wait

The only way I can describe this feeling is to compare it to the phantom feelings an amputee experiences for his lost limb. I wake up Sunday morning and begin to experience the Sunday blues. You know those feelings right? Sunday comes around and you begin to mourn the end of the weekend and begin to feel the responsibilities of work set in. The Sunday …

Eric BenjaminThe Sunday Blues…but wait
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I’m quitting my job to follow my daydream

I am not kidding this time friends. I can feel it down to the depths of my soul. I have plans, ideas and irons in the fire. But I am not finding time to follow through with them. I know that’s just an excuse. We all have 24 hours a day. I read about super humans that raise kids, have full-time …

Eric BenjaminI’m quitting my job to follow my daydream

Camp Kindle

I am at a point that when a door of opportunity materializes,  I walk through it. I didn’t move into a 5th wheel and into my buddy’s backyard for nothing right!? The opportunity that came up this time was called Camp Kindle. They needed a camp counselor for middle and high school aged campers as one couldn’t make it. Camp Kindle serves kids …

Eric BenjaminCamp Kindle
Farmhouse Classic 2014

Farmhouse Classic 2014

Jim, Lelan and I met to discuss some Dirty Kanza 200 projects. The discussion turned to bike races and if I was going to do the Farmhouse Classic this year. It happened to fall on a weekend that I didn’t have the kids and I was planning a long ride anyway. I might as well ride with some good people in the …

Eric BenjaminFarmhouse Classic 2014
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How to become your best

Wondering how to become your best? Can’t figure out where to start on something huge? Simply start. Many times getting started is the hardest part. But know this: The more you do stuff, the better you get at doing stuff. Go do stuff. I have goals. Big Goals. They have to do with me, a bicycle and many miles. At some point …

Eric BenjaminHow to become your best
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Gravel Grinder Training: Tuesday night worlds

Tuesday Night Worlds: a weekly gravel grinder drop ride that puts me in my place. There is a range of cyclists but mostly fast riders as this is a training ride. If you are dropped, you are on your own. I decided to ride the fatbike. I was prepared to get dropped, but I wasn’t sure how well or bad I would do …

Eric BenjaminGravel Grinder Training: Tuesday night worlds
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Living in an RV Part 2: the thought process

My heart glows brighter than the screen of my laptop as I read stories of people living in tiny houses, RV’s, vans or even traveling the world by bicycle. I’ve been reading these adventurous stories for years. They resonate with me. They’ve awakened something in me. I crave the freedom the writers have found. Reading these stories while I live a different life has …

Eric BenjaminLiving in an RV Part 2: the thought process
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Living in an RV Part One: Facing Fears to find my Path

My life started out with some pretty exciting potential. My mom grew up as a surfer girl on Venice Beach and my dad was a jazz drummer back in the 60’s. Then my dad decided to settle down and went to school to become a mechanical engineer. As he looked for a job he found one on almost a different planet and my family moved from …

Eric BenjaminLiving in an RV Part One: Facing Fears to find my Path
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Sun reflections and memories of baseball

Baseball. I don’t pay attention to it these days but back in the day my big brother and I lived baseball. If we weren’t throwing the ball around, we spent hours over baseball cards, organizing them into teams, looking up how much our favorites were worth, making trades with each other or friends or putting together the best dream teams in history. If we could …

Eric BenjaminSun reflections and memories of baseball
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Flint Hills Scenes

I’ve been out riding my bike and taking pictures of some nice Flint Hills scenes. No surprise right? I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. I think the sun, mugginess and first rides in the 90’s has me a bit tired out this Monday morning. So here’s a few images from rides I’ve done lately. I am getting …

Eric BenjaminFlint Hills Scenes
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The Future of Adventure Monkey

I settle into my new writing space as the morning sun filters through the windows of the 5th wheel. Steam rises from my coffee, Suzie the dog lays quietly on the couch and I look at the space waiting for words on the Adventure Monkey blog. I have much to write but I don’t even know where to begin. I don’t know if all …

Eric BenjaminThe Future of Adventure Monkey
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2014 Dirty Kanza 200 Images

In case you missed the Facebook posts, my 2014 Dirty Kanza 200 image library is up! I am having some issues with the internet connection at my new location so I haven’t posted anything here in a while. View the 2014 Dirty Kanza 200 images go HERE. I will also be adding some new images to my fine art store. Some of the …

Eric Benjamin2014 Dirty Kanza 200 Images
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Dirty Kanza 200 Race Reports

This is a list of Dirty Kanza 200 Race Reports. If yours isn’t listed contact me here: Bookmark this page as I will be updating when I receive new posts. 2014 Dirty Kanza 200 Race Reports ApabstSmear – Part 1, Part 2 Steve Biggs Brickhouse Racing – one and two from Andrea Wilson Eric Burch – DK Half Pint Don Buttram …

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Dirty Kanza 2014: Dan Hughes

I am honored to have a guest post by Dan Hughes today. Dan is a four-time Dirty Kanza Champion and a hero of mine. I have a lot of heros on the gravel. But these aren’t movie star heroes, these are “regular” guys with jobs and families that when they take to the gravel are something of legend. They motivate …

Eric BenjaminDirty Kanza 2014: Dan Hughes
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Dirty Kanza 200: 2014 edition

Another Dirty Kanza 200 is in the books! We had perfect weather conditions for a fast race – low winds and mild temperatures and some very fast racers. Records would be broken. This little bicycle race, thought up in the heads of some somewhat crazy gravel grinding cyclists some nine years ago, has become something of awe. The whole town of …

Eric BenjaminDirty Kanza 200: 2014 edition
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Dirty Kanza Training Ride: 80 miles

One last weekend for a longer Dirty Kanza Training Ride. Katelyn is signed up to do the Dirty Kanza half-pint which is a challenging 100-mile course of Flint Hills Gravel. “How many miles do you want to try and get tomorrow?” I asked Katelyn. “Around 80 miles,” she said. OK. We would do the route we had originally planned for our birthday …

Eric BenjaminDirty Kanza Training Ride: 80 miles

Pain and Beauty in the Flint Hills: a photographic exhibition

It’s happening and YOU are invited! Adventure Monkey is having its first photographic exhibition just in time for the Dirty Kanza 200 to come to town! The Emporia Arts Council in Downtown Emporia, KS will be hosting this show in their beautiful gallery. I am honored and excited about the whole thing. It will have Flint Hills landscapes and images from …

Eric BenjaminPain and Beauty in the Flint Hills: a photographic exhibition
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Dirty Kanza 200 advice

Since 2012, I’ve done a Dirty Kanza 200 advice post. It is one of my most popular posts and many of you came up to me and thanked me for it. So here it is again, with more updates. I’ve tacked on many more miles and changed my diet for the better since last year. All this will be reflected in this …

Eric BenjaminDirty Kanza 200 advice

2014 Gravel Ride for Maisie’s Pride

Gravel Ride for Maisie’s Pride With so many gravel grinders popping up everywhere you have to ask yourself which ones are worth doing. Costs add up for travel, registration fees, food and lodging. So why in the world would you drive to Eskridge, Kansas, the middle of nowhere, to ride 102 miles? Because it is probably the hardest 102 miles of …

Eric Benjamin2014 Gravel Ride for Maisie’s Pride