PEABODY – The inaugural Flint Hills Counterpoint Musical Bike Adventure Ride pedaled through Marion County with intereped riders braving muddy roads and chilly temperatures. Organizer Susan Mayo said of the 40 riders who signed up for the event, over half braved the weather and conditions to experience the arts and nature in the Flint Hills.
Riders traveled from across Kansas to participate in the ride. Kansas City club, Blazing Saddlebags, members Monica Brannon, Kari Agosti and Susan Estes arrived a day early to be rested for the ride. The women said the heard about the ride from Flint Hills Counterpoint documentarian Cyan Meeks.
At the second stop of the tour, Central Park of Marion, Moriah Beck of Wichita took in the music.
Beck learned about the ride through social media.
“I haven’t ridden in a long time, and the music and Counterpoint site sounded fun,” she said.
Having never been to Marion before, Beck said she plans to return to the community, both for the “beautiful gravel roads” and to shop at The Copper Shed and other Marion local businesses.
Flint Hills Counterpoint visionary Susan Mayo said the event was “fantastic” despite the challenges presented by the weather.
“The people were so flexible. The bikers are so nice,” she said. Mayo said at the last minute, due to road conditions, the route was changed from a primarily dirt road tour to an all-blacktop biking experience.
“It’s been really great. I have enjoyed it a lot,” she said.
Up next for Counterpoint will be a September community tour. Mayo said stone cellars are a possibility, and she will be finalizing the September event in the coming weeks.