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The Native Stone Training Challenge

Emporia, Kansas , United States
101 mi



ft elev +


Photo credit: Eric Benjamin @ The Adventure Monkey
Next up in the Dirty Kanza Training Challenge Series is our Native Stone route. Wabaunsee County, our neighbors to the North, are famous for their Native Stone. As if the primitive roads weren’t enough, catch a glimpse of a native Limestone Fence and you’ll certainly feel like you’re pioneering along the Santa Fe Trail. Along the way you’ll pass through historic Santa Fe Trail town, Council Grove, which boasts 24 national historical sites. Don’t dally too long, as there are still plenty of miles to be ridden!
Photo credit: Eric Benjamin @ The Adventure Monkey
If this is your first Challenge on blackriver, here's the best way to participate:
1. "Join" the event to let us know you're in and add the route to your "Planned Rides". 
2. Ride it! 
To navigate, you can use the app, export the Ride Card, or export the route file for your GPS device. Hover over the map and click the Export button to see your options. 

In order to complete the Challenge, you'll need to ride the exact roads of the course and track it with the app or a GPS device. Pro-tip: If you're using the app to track your ride, switch your phone to "Airplane Mode" during the ride to conserve battery. 

If you recorded the route on your GPS device, open the route in your Planned Rides, change it to "completed" and follow the instructions to import your GPS file.  The easiest way is complete a Challenge with a GPS device is by syncing your blackriver account with Garmin Connect. 
3. Publish your Ride Story!  
Share your blackriver link on social media with the hashtags #DirtyKanza #gravelgrinder and/or #gravelcityadventure.
4. Come visit us at Gravel City Adventure & Supply to redeem your reward.
* Slight Re-Route * At Mile 87 you must continue South on Rd J. At mile 88 turn right onto Rd 280. Then at mile 89 you will turn right on Rd K to pick up the course again. 
Click "Join" to get started!

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Challenge details

Start date

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

End date

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ride category


Challenge award

As a reward for completion, stop in to Gravel City Adventure & Supply in Emporia to get a high five, a Native Stone sticker and 20% off any accessories purchased that day!