The Flint Hills 225, if you haven't done it, is quite a remarkable route. Best scenery around, traffic was light, lot of trains - which I always dig - and varied terrain. Mostly, it's flat - although it does advertise 5,500 ft of climbing, I just don't remember that much until the very end - and that's probably because LAST month's ride had so MUCH climbing. The numbers just don't paint the true picture. Overall, it seemed that the Flint Hills route had more long, flat sections - and all of it is exposed to whatever the wind happens to be doing: not my favorite combo.
Full report coming after a bit - there's a lot happening, personally, and I hope it doesn't affect my ability to post. This ride, in particular, deserves that attention - so, I'll do my best to get something out there before the memories get foggy. Rain, wind, darkness, trains, epic views, great pavement, and some of the highest high points (and lowest low points) in recent memory for me on a ride.
Until then: Songs in my Head:
"Down with Disease" - Phish
"I will wait" - Mumford & Sons
"We Are A & C" - Arling & Cameron