Oh Pioneers! When they settled these prairies, they quickly built stone schoolhouses to educate their children. Many of these historical buildings stand to this day; three are on this route. Starting in Alma, the city of native stone, you will ride the best the Flint Hills have to offer, from long hard climbs, to ridge top roads with endless vistas. Historic stone walls, houses, and barns (built before the proliferation of trees and wood in the area)...and of course stone schoolhouses, are sprinkled along the route. Be sure to stop, rest our legs, and take in the views provided at the always open Shamrock Cafe (27 miles into the route). Vehicles are rare on these roads, and you'll pass 100 cows to every car, allowing you to escape modern life and relax in nature with juts you and your bike.