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2012 - BAK - Riding a Bicycle Across Kansas!

Updated on February 14, 2013

Mike & Paula Burke's 2012 BAK Story

Follow us as we prepare for and ride our bicycles across Kansas!

2012 is our fourth year for BAK. Our first year was 2007. Mike and I didn't know each other at the start of that week. By the end of the week we had become good friends who simply gave hugs on the last day along with many others. We saw each other in passing during the next year; but, by midway through BAK 2008 we were an item. We took off 2009 and 2010 to have two babies and then we returned to BAK in 2011.

Our BAK 2011 trek is documented here: http://www.squidoo.com/bak2011

For 2012 we were considering backing out. We just bought a new house and moved everything in May. We still needed to get our house on the market.

One evening, a few weeks before the start of BAK, we were out strolling around town and bumped into some BAK friends. After about thirty minutes of chatting about BAKs past, the itch was as hot as ever. We started retracting arrangements and trying to get back on BAK track.

I write this just four days before the start of BAK 2012. We have a lot to get together to get ready; but we will be there in Sharon Springs on June 8!

Get Packing!

What to bring on BAK

* WD40 for squeeky doors at night

* Clothes Pins

* Extra Cleat Bolts

* Medical and Dental Insurance Cards

* Bicycles

* Tubes (just a few will be able to buy them)

* Frame Pump * Tire tools * Air cartridges

* ID *Insurance Cards

* Bento box * Seat bag * Odometer * Water bottles

* Drink mix * Energy bars * Roc blocks * ecaps

* Cameras * Batteries * Charger * Memory cards

* Jersies x3 * Shorts/tights x2 * Socks x3 * Shoes (cycling & walking) * Sport bras x2 * Helmets

* Headbands * Hair bands * Riding Glasses & Mirrors * Xtra cleats

* Gloves * Jackets * Sunscreen * Chamois Butter * Zinc Ointment * Chapstick * Gum * Bug spray

* String backpack (for around town) * Shoulder bag outfitted for all needs in shower

* Queen Mattress w/pump * Batteries for pump * Sheets * Blanket * Pillows

* Small battery operated fan

* Body wash * Shampoo * Conditioner * Deodorant * Towels * Wash cloths

* Hairbrush * Toothbrush * Toothpaste * Tide

* Regular shirt * Shorts * Pants (for running around town) * Bathing suits

* Ear plugs * Ambien * Ibuprofen * Tums * Prescription Medications

* Phone * Charger * Power strip

* Cash * Laundry Bag * Undies * Shower Shoes

* Patriotic Jersey (Flag Day is the 10th!)

BAK is all about leisure and fun. If you're considering participating, don't be intimidated by the miles or your perceived lack of training. If you can ride a bicycle for 3-5 hours a day, you can do BAK. You will never be on your bike for that many consecutive hours. BAK is all about stopping to smell the roses. It's about NOT rushing from town to town and missing the details. It is about taking your time to SEE things and learn about people and places. You'll be amazed at what you notice!

2012 Route

Our route and overnight stays


View BAK 2012 Route in a larger map

Friday, June 08, 2012

Starting in Sharon Springs

Predicted: 17 Miles from Colorado Border to Sharon Springs

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Sharon Springs to Oakley

Predicted 53 Miles from Sharon Springs to Oakley

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Oakley to Hoxie

Predicted 43 Miles from Oakley to Hoxie

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hoxie to Logan

Predicted: 63 Miles from Hoxie to Logan

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Logan to Downs

Predicted: 64 Miles

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Downs to Clyde

Predicted: 69 Miles

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Clyde to Centralia

Predicted: 80 Miles

Friday, June 15, 2012

Centralia to Troy

Predicted: 76 Miles

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Troy to Elwood

Predicted: 16 Miles

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