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Enjoy the ride

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I tasted my last sip of water at mile 38 of a 50 mile ride. That’s not how I planned it, but sometimes plans go out the window. Enjoy the ride.   Feed Your Monkey! Eric

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Race the Chase 50K

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Today’s post is written by Stephanie Cundith, the overall winner of the inaugural Race the Chase 50K run through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. She is from Wichita, is a proud mother of a nine-year-old, and a registered dietitian for the Midwest Dairy Council.  As an advocate for dairy as fuel for an active lifestyle, she runs for her company’s running team, …

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Rebecca’s Private Idaho 2014

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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 …

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The Sunday Blues…but wait

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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 …

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I’m quitting my job to follow my daydream

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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 …

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Camp Kindle

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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 …

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Farmhouse Classic 2014

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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 …

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How to become your best

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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 …

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Gravel Grinder Training: Tuesday night worlds

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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 …

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Living in an RV Part 2: the thought process

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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 …

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Living in an RV Part One: Facing Fears to find my Path

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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 …

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Sun reflections and memories of baseball

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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 …

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Flint Hills Scenes

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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 …

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Dirty Kanza 200 Race Reports

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This is a list of Dirty Kanza 200 Race Reports. If yours isn’t listed contact me here: feedyourmonkey@gmail.com 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

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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 …

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Dirty Kanza 200: 2014 edition

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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 …

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Dirty Kanza Training Ride: 80 miles

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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 …

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Pain and Beauty in the Flint Hills: a photographic exhibition

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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 …

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Dirty Kanza 200 advice

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This Dirty Kanza 200 advice post was born in 2012. 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. Two hundred miles of Flint Hills gravel in one day is a little crazy. But there is something about this race, as brutal and …

2014 Gravel Ride for Maisie’s Pride

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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 …