Iím drying off in the public library today more about that later unless I run out of time on the machine hereÖ
I mentioned I thought about this Katy trail well from where I was staying in Wright city to the trail head in Dutzo Missouria the road was narrow and too much traffic I got tyo the trail head and didnít see any sign of how much it cost to ride onit so I figured to just ride till I got busted. First town I got to was nice and had a bike shop I stopped and talked to the mechanic and he told me there is no charge for state owned stuff in Missuria he gave me a map and some info about the trail. Its one of those crushed limestone deals made from an old rail road bed.
I headed west and am aiming for Clinton the western edge of the trail. One reason I go on I I figured to meet some other cyclists for a change and have some company. With in 10 minutes I raninto 3 people riding together going the other way they stopped and chatted a bit filling me in on some trail wisdom they had ridden this 6 times already since it opened about 4 years or so ago.
I rode 45 miles on this trail that day so including the road time to tget to the trail head made a 60 mile day. It got hot and humid which is the normal weather for Missouria. I pulled into a place a lady had a stand selling cold drinks and ice cream and stuff. We talked a bit and she told me she had a camp ground there too 9 bucks included a shower and coffie in the morning I said GREAT!
I rode up and got my pick of the camp sites I was the only one there. It was a park like setting and very clean I got a shower and washed the bike clothes and hung them to dry set up the tent and walk back to the stand to visit some more.
The lady was gone but there were these 4 guys I met5 earlier that day now filling their water bottles they were going 20 miles farther to a bunk house. This was a fellow and his son and his sons two buddies We would meet again more about that later.
I wandered up to the camp site made dinner and wished I had a book to read I already rfinsihed reading 2 books and need to get another one.
Just about dark 3 others pulled in on bikes pulling trailers they looked very tired A lady and her daughter and their friend I believe they said they were from Pennsylvania I told them about the shower and that seemed to make their day. It was ttime to go to bed and sleep now.
In the morning everything was wet from dew. I knew where the sun would shine so I set up my cloths line and hung the tent fly and ground cloth to dry. The other 3 cyclists got up packed and hit the trail to beat the heat and humiditery once the sun cam out it didnít take much time to dry things off and I was on my way.
In about an hour I hit a place in the trail a big tree fell down and blocked the way. I was lucky there was a boy scout troop riding through and the good deed for the day was to help me get my bike lifted across the tree. I thanked them and was on my way.
I caught up to the other cyclists Id met and talkde a bit and took their picture. Then moved on it was getting hot and very humid.
Riding this trail has good and bad points to it so far they seem to be evening out I will tell you more next time once I get off the trail and clean the bike again . by now it had to be close to 100 degrees and humid as heck I was going through water like eggs through a hen. I pulled under some shade and ate my last bagel and some peanut butter and that gave me some energy to keep going. Every time I found some shade I stopped and rested a few seconds as it got hotter and hotter. Riding in some spots it was like an umbrella orf trees and that shade felt real good.
I knew these other 4 cyclists I mentioned earlier would be camping at Catfish Katyís camp site and I d hoped to make it that far and join them they seemed like an interesting group
I diid make to that camp site and they were sitting in the shade as I pulled up they hadnít been there too long they invited me to join them in their site and I did. They went for a swim and I set up my tent and hung the bike clothe to dry after washing them out. Late I found out I was in the wrong place but a heck of a storm was brewing the rain was starting to fall and the wind blew so hard I worried about what was next. In about 20 minutes it had passed nbot much rain fell so it was pretty dry. I loaded up the bike and riode over to their camp site then cam back for the ten one of the boys came with me to help carry things.
We stayed up late with a camp fire and talking. When I woke up early every thing was dry it would be a roll and go type day. They left ahead of me and I made coffee and oatmeal I figured I would catch them by boones town for pancakes together. I pulled in and they were eating I joined them. The road to Boone town was not wioth out some issues as I left camp it was still cool and overcast then I got darker and darker and I could tell a stormn was brewing then it really got dark and there was lightning in the distance about t6he time all heck broke loose I was at the I 70 bridge I got under iut and waited out the storm for about 20 minutes It rained so hard was like someone turned on the faucet. The lightning was wild big streaks of bolts shooting across the sky and hitting stuff and followed but loud crashing thunder. I counted the time from lighting to thunder and could tell the storm head was getting closer then it was right over head and passed I stayed fairly dry until the wind changed directions then I got some what wet. Soon I was back on the road again I was just short of a train tunnel by a mile but the bridge saved me.
Man oh man if the sun comes out now it is really going to get hot an humid
Ok that s it for now thanks for checking in and thanks for your inspiration. I got ione more night of camping then back on the pavement but I will have to spend some time cleaning the bike drive train again