The Flint Hills are certainly vast and can not be entirely seen within a reasonable ride from Emporia. A short trip to Cottonwood Falls in neighboring Chase County is a must. Gravel afficianados be warned, this route will take you on 15 miles of pavement before reaching the gravelly goodness. The remaining 60 miles of gravel roads that lie ahead are worth pounding the pavement for. You’ll be treated to vast swatches of Prairie in a county where the cattle greatly outnumber the people. Because of the low population you’ll have roads nearly all to yourself. It does also mean you will have no services for the entire route. Rider must be prepared to carry enough food and water for the entire route.