Another Cold Day on the Bicycle
October 4, 2015 – Day 31
St. Louis, MO to Ste. Genevieve, MO 66 miles – Total Miles – 1,945
Weather 53 degrees, cloudy, nice tail wind – cold day on the bike
As we left St. Louis we were bundled up for a cold start – in anticipation that we would lose the layers throughout the day. But that was not to happen it never really warmed up all day.
The beginning of our ride was thru the southern suburbs of St. Louis and was a great ride – very low traffic and really nice bicycle accommodations all the way to the City of Arnold – 25 miles away. The ride include bicycle lanes most of the way, with sharrows for the other sections. It was nice because if we did not have our own accommodations at least the drivers knew thru signage and road markings that bicycles would be on the road and had every right to be there. The roads ( SH 231) we traveled on went thru probably five or six different communities and it was nice to see they actually worked together to get it right thru the whole section – very nice.
Once we reached the City of Arnold we were traveling on Hwy 61/67 thru many small cities including Pevely, Herculaneum, Crystal City and Festus. Hwy 61/67 was fairly good riding as well but the shoulder was fairly narrow and most of the time we rode in the travel lane, but with the low traffic volume it was not a problem.
We arrived in Ste. Genevieve about 2:00pm, we were really cruising so Peter could watch the Packer game which was to start at 3:30pm. We made it in plenty of time, but unfortunately the game was not on TV it was blacked out in Missouri. Peter was really bummed. But that left time for a nap for Tracy and a chance to research the area. Tomorrow we will bicycle thru the historic downtown area. The town was settled between 1735 and the late 1740 along the banks of the Mississippi River. Its earliest residents were French Canadians and the city has retained the distinctive French character, culture and language. Narrow streets and fenced gardens surround unique eighteenth century French architecture. The architecture features vertical log walls (post in the ground) houses. The area also features numerous Vineyards and art galleries. Looking forward to checking it out on the way out of town tomorrow. Will put up some pictures tomorrow.