This beginner-friendly route takes riders to the town of Americus, which at one time rivaled Emporia for the position of county seat. While Emporia eventually won out, there were many cries of outlandish behavior to make that so. There are even claims of a nighttime raid to steal county records. Have no fear, the animosity has long been put to rest and Americus has welcomed many gravel cyclists, even those coming from Emporia. The Casey’s General Store in Americus makes a great place to stop and refuel if needed. Because the route from Emporia to Americus and back stays close to the Neosho river you won’t encounter a lot of climbing, making this a great exploratory ride for gravel enthusiasts of all abilities.