Sunday, April 23, 2006

St. Charles, MO

We like St. Charles so much we're changing our plans and staying another day. We want to kayak on the Missouri River, which is practically outside our back door. We also want to go down to St. Louis to see the Gateway Arch.

This was a biking day. Steve went with me for about 5 miles, then I went on by myself for my 40-miler.

Here's Steve on the Katy Trail, with the Missouri behind him.

The Katy Trail merges with the Page Avenue Bike trail, which is paved and perfect. It goes out to and around Creve Coeur Lake and Park. Here are shots from my own ride:

And here are the springs -- pretty. Even though you can't really see the water dripping.

Recreation on Creve Coeur Lake:

The Missouri River, from the Page Trail:

This is a lovely place, and it feels sooooo good to stop for a few days, after traveling 3 days straight with one-night stopovers, including the one with that wheel mess. I've been able to do the training sessions I didn't do for 3 days. So I did a 14-mile run yesterday and today's 40-mile bike, back-to-back, but I feel good. Kept the bike in hardly-trying gears and I don't think it stressed my legs to speak of. My quads are a little sore from yesterday's run. That's crazy... 3 months ago I was in marathon shape. ~Sigh~


bunnygirl said...

It looks like a nice place, Ellie. Glad to see you're having a good time!

Kewl Nitrox said...

"We like St. Charles so much we're changing our plans and staying another day." Sigh... I want your life. :) To be able to determine itenary and where to live daily...

Praise God for His miraculous grace holding the wheel on the axle. The sheared off bolts are incredible!

Vickie said...

You guys are having too much fun! But enjoy it while you can! You will like St. Louis also. Went there last year. I think I know where you are right now because I think that's where Don and I went last June for his tri. (I can't remember the name of the town!) Very beautiful area like you said.