Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Prairie Spirit Trail - July '07

Here's a self-portrait of me on the section of the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail between Princeton and Richmond, Kansas. As you can see, I'm hot -- the heat index was over one hundred and I had just finished biking 13 miles. So, what's the writing connection? Well, the trail is built on the roadbed of the old Leavenworth, Lawrence & Fort Gibson Railroad Company -- and the president of the company was Sen. Jim Lane, Quantrill's old enemy from the Lawrence raid. Lane committed suicide in 1866, the year after Quantrill's death.