I've been slowly building up my bicycle riding "oomph", since I restarted bicycling a few weeks ago, and last Friday, I finally pedaled my way to the Great Confluence Trail, and it turned out to be easier than I had feared. Well this morning, I went all out and took my bike all the way to the Alton end of the trail, next to the Clark Bridge. But wait! it get's better! I took my borrowed digital camera with me, so here is my low-quality picture essay of David's big little adventure! 7.1 miles from my house to my destination at the end of the trail, with a little added on for the grocery run after, for a total of 15 miles in two hours, with many picture stops.
6:00 a.m.: I started my grocery run, to pick up bananas, milk, and frozen vegetables. I somehow ended up here at the Enviro Way intersection that hooks up with the bike trail. I'm on my way!
I approach my first way-point. I R Here.
I R Here.jpg
My bicycle trail nemesis! The SCARY BRIDGE! There is something unsettling to a guy like me, with acrophobia, riding across a bridge where the railing is lower than my waistline.
The Scary Bridge.jpg
The bridge crosses the Wood River, which empties out into the mighty Mississippi.
Wood River empties into Mississippi.jpg
Now I pass the coal-fired power plant that provides power to the area. The trail goes right under the conveyor belt that brings coal from the barges to the power plant. This place is incredibly noisy! There's also a covered wooden (not scary!) bridge.
Under the coal conveyer belt.jpg
Woohoo! We're getting close to the Great Rivers Museum now!
Here's the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. The unreadable part is "Jerry Costello" i.e. "Is that pork I smell?"
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.jpg
Made it to the Museum! My only regret is that it's early in the morning, so the museum isn't open, and it's not yet time for the first tour of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam. Set self timer, run to the bike, and wonder why the heck the camera is using the flash in broad daylight...
Here's a barge that just exited the lock.
Barge leaving the lock.jpg
I'm still feeling energetic, so ONWARD! My destination is in sight!
Lewis and Clark Bridge.jpg
Well drat. Only 12 attachements per post... and only three left to go. I shall attempt to cheat, and put the last three in a reply to my own thread...