The joys of commuting by bike are endless.

I work in Topeka, Kansas.  My workplace has about 85 employees, and five of us commute by bicycle at least occasionally.  Besides these folks, I regularly cross paths with other bike commuters.

Driving to work takes me 15 minutes, while bicycling takes 30 minutes.  Times two for a roundtrip, and this means I spend half an hour more getting to work by bike than by car.  But I’m getting one hour’s worth of  exercise. Another benefit is being close to nature.

There are many ways to get to work. You just have to find the one that makes you happy.


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  • 1. Caroline Helmkamp  |  August 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Good Morning! Found your blog on a friend’s FB wall.

    I’ve done Cottonwood lots of times, so maybe we’ve seen each other. I’m the short woman on the small Long Haul Trucker, bringing up the rear.

    I have a route question. What roads would you recommend to cycle between Lawrence and Topeka? I will probably cycle from KC to Topeka next spring when I resume my Trans Am. So I will have 4 panniers aboard.


    • 2. getspoked  |  August 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      Caroline, we almost certainly have seen each other on the Cottonwood! The Long Haul Trucker sounds familiar. I doubt we’d recognize each other off the bike, though. Regarding a route from Lawrence to Topeka, that’s a tough call. Most of the paved roads are quite busy, and (in my opinion) scary. What are you interested in, the most direct route or the safest? I’d encourage you to keep an eye on the Landon Nature Trail site, because they’re planning on finishing the trail to Clinton Lake sometime this year. If that’s true, I’d try to get on the trail at the lake and ride it all the way to Topeka. That would be the safest route. The Landon website is: If you don’t want to ride a trail, you probably should ride south around Clinton Lake ( and then turn west on 45th street. You can take 45th all the way to Topeka but it will get busy the closer to town you get. At least the shoulder is pretty wide once you get to Lake Shawnee. Good luck!


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