Since they put a surface on the Meadowlark Trail south of town I’ve been able to ride the first mile on my road bike. Still need an off-road bike, a rugged hybrid or mountain bike, to ride the whole distance, but the first mile is pretty nice and quite do’able on a road bike.

The scenery along the first mile varies quite a bit, ranging from fallow fields to fields full of ripe corn, and runs along side the Smoky Hill River for a quarter mile or so. At the trail’s edge are different wildflowers including everyone’s favorite, sunflowers!

I took a few shots during today’s ride; it’s been this peaceful and pretty (and quiet) every time I’ve been here in the past month.

The sunflowers, in addition to being pretty, are offered as a birthday wish to my mother-in-law, Laurina, who would have been 97 today!

Meadowlark Trail: Fractalius Sunflowers

Meadowlark Trail: Fractalius Sunflowers

Meadowlark Trail

Meadowlark Trail

Meadowlark Trail: Smoky Hill River

Meadowlark Trail: Smoky Hill River

Meadowlark Trail: Smoky Hill River

Meadowlark Trail: Smoky Hill River

Meadowlark Trail: Sunflowers

Meadowlark Trail: Sunflowers