…November 13, 2016 20 miles Creve Coeur Park – Rode up Hog Hollow Rd., Yippee!
…November 6, 2016 52 miles “Cranksgiving” An awesome community ride through the city of St Louis, sponsored by St Louis Bicycle Works. Participating area grocery stores were rest stops and opportunities to purchase items for Food Outreach. I added miles riding to and from the event which started at City Museum.
…October 30, 2016 34 miles another “Green ride” left from the house to enjoy a morning ride around Creve Coeur Park and out to Bike Stop Café in St Charles, MO. So hooked on their Peanut-butter balls! Enjoyed the orange and red fall leaves around Pattonville High School.
…October 22, 2016 56 miles Tour de Shawnee- Olive Branch, IL Magnificent ride in the Shawnee National Forest. Chilly (40degrees) start, but warmed up quickly four miles into the ride with the first climb. Had eerie thoughts when approaching this climb; the road was reminiscent of Rawling Ridge. Absolutely Quiet on this ride, nothing to distract you from the glorious day. After the first climb, ascended back to IL Route 3 and rode into Thebes, IL. The first rest stop was at the Historical Courthouse. It had all the usual snacks, including deer sausage! From this point the route followed the Mississippi River and crisscrossed back and forth over railroad tracks, always just ahead of another train. This ride is a total community event; your registration fee is 100% donated to the decided charity for the year. The rest stops were supported by different organizations; lunch stop was manned by the local 4-H members and the 2nd stop in McClure, IL had slices of home-made pumpkin roll, I had 3 slices, so good! The 2nd climb just continued winding up and up; what seemed like forever. Layers of bike clothes were coming off! From here turned on County Line Rd and continued the last climb up. I have never coasted so far or fast from a descent. Wow! Last rest stop on the route was in Pulaski, IL at the county fairgrounds. (The village is named in honor of Polish Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski) where a pecan festival was going on; everything pecans, including Pecan Chili. The ride concluded where it started in Olive Branch, IL. Well worth the drive to be part of this ride…
…October 15, 2016 86 miles Destination Marcoots Jersey Creamery –Greenville, IL This was cycling at its best! A true cycling adventure; planned out and changed at the stroke of a bike pedal! Fall colors were wonderful along the Madison county Schoolhouse and Glen Carbon Heritage Trails to Marine, IL. Pocahontas Rd offered a wide shoulder to travel to Pocahontas, IL. Apple cider donuts along with hot cider were a tasty morning treat on the way at Mills Apple Farm. After leaving Pocahontas, the fun began! The planned route; paved roads changed to two track gravel with grass growing in the middle which emptied into pigs wallowing in mud and about half a dozen donkeys, just crazy fun! From the farmer’s yard caught a red hexagon sign up ahead so rode in that direction, bingo found Dudleyville Rd; now its familiar road as I have been to the creamery by car several times. Only a mile to go before cheese curds and ice cream! Definitely awesome products; impressive what the Marcoot sisters have done with the family farm! Ok, rested and full from creamery goodness time to return a different way; hoping to stay on pavement for the return trip. After checking with Amy Marcoot and Google maps formulated a better way back to Collinsville, IL (well?) all was good until the turn on the Frontage Rd along Hwy 70 at the bottom of the hill around the bend- flooded road. Not riding through water, off came the shoes and socks. Carried the bike, shoes and socks to the over side and lost the paved road, gravel again! Well Google directions showed a road connecting to Pocahontas Rd but for some reason only wood lined soybean fields with another creek to cross, out in the middle of a soybean field; time to back track, back thru the flooded road, back to the turn that took me here. Back on pavement headed for Pocahontas, IL. After a break to clean up my bike shoes, the ride back to Collinsville was uneventful. Watched the sunset and the moon rise, 7 miles out. Love biking adventures! #happybicyclechick
…October 8, 2016 47 miles Creve Coeur Park-Katy Trail, Started from my driveway; a “green ride”. Rode to Creve Coeur Park and around the trails before heading over the Page Extension Bridge to join the Katy Trail, from there headed east to Machens, MO. The trail repair had been done with rather large gravel making it difficult to ride. Turned around and headed back for a new coffee destination; enjoyed a pumpkin spice latte at Picasso’s Coffee House.
…October 2, 2016 57 miles Two Bridges Ride Creve Coeur Park was the starting point, rode down Maryland Heights Expressway into Earth City past old Rams Park to St Charles Rock Rd turned left and looped around Riverwoods Park. Joined the Earth City Levee to the 370 Bridge; up and over to catch the Katy Trail all the way to the Daniel Boone Bridge. Earlier this summer while exploring the Chesterfield-Monarch Trail tried to cross for look at Howell Island, Missouri river was flowing over the path; but not this time. I was greeted by mosquitos and muddy trail; needed a mountain bike. Back on the Chesterfield-Monarch trail to Long Rd rode back thru Spirit of St Louis Airport. Baxter Rd, Chesterfield Parkway, Conway Rd, S Woods Mill Rd to Ladue Rd. which crossed over Olive Blvd into a subdivision and after several left turns was now on Howard Bend Station Rd. Only by bike! Rode down the bluff to Waterworks Rd. then River Valley Rd and back to Creve Coeur Park. Not the most direct route -just bike riding at its best!
…October 1, 2016 41 miles New Towne-St. Charles Coffee Ride from my house and back…