|The historic courthouse in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas|
If there is one thing I've learned over the years it is that you cannot trust on-line generated maps. They are rife with mistakes and misnamed roads. I should have dug deeper and checked in to a State DOT map or a County government map, (more reliable, but still not 100%), but I was pressed for time. Well, that bit me. Sort of......
The road I was looking for was a right turn near a lake off of, you guessed it.... Lake Road. I misjudged the geographic features on my map, (I use those as clues), and when I realized I had gone too far, I decided to finish out climbing a high hill and I stopped and took in the lay of the land against the maps that I had with me. It was apparent the road I had passed was the one I should have taken, but it was mismarked on my cues. I saw that I could come around the block, as it were, from the other direction and end up where I wanted to go anyway. It just was going to be all on pavement. Bummer......
|At least there was little traffic to deal with!|
|The bank building in Elmdale, Kansas,|
|A nice, wide paved shoulder for getting away from speeding traffic. It ain't gravel, but it sufficed.|
|Big chunks of flint and cattle. Exactly how I remembered Diamond Creek Road 12 years ago.|
|Eventually Diamond Creek Road gains height and gets back into ranch land.|
But then it all was behind me as I climbed up and Eastward to finally join Road Z and my way over toward Council Grove. I probably wasn't on any roads we used back twelve years ago, but I found some cool roads and MMR.
The road eventually ran straight East and I had about five miles until I was to turn Northward and up to the Flint Hills Nature Trail West of Council Grove. The road was rolling and the gravel was chunky. I promised myself I would stop only when I got to my left turn so I could turn cues and get the correct map out for the last push into Council Grove. I also planned on grabbing a bite to eat. What I did not plan on was another miscue on the maps I had consulted.
|What showed as a public through road on every map I had seen.|
With food ingested, I decided to carry on Eastward till Road Z ran out to Four Mile Road and then going North on that I would eventually come in to Council Grove from the South. No bike trail today!
|Probably one of the most rustic cemeteries I've come across.|
|Just like last year, I saved another turtle from getting squished......for a while, anyway!|
Now I needed to consult my map of Lyon County and decide what I wanted to try and knock off to get to my overall goal of 100 miles of Flint Hills goodness. First there would be a resupply and some eating, and a bit more resting. Then, finish this thing off!
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