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Alpacas are curiousMore views on the route


Saturday, May 23, 2020: I did the Wilcox loop today but in the reverse direction. That doesn't sound like much of a change but I did it to create more interest and to turn all the downhill runs into climbs and all the climbing to descents.

When you ride in the reverse you see lots of new things so I took some more photos.

Click these photos for more views.

Steep grade

Country roadHazelnutsFriday, May 15, 2020: The first clear day in a few days so Gwen cleaned the whole place and gave me the job of an Abby bath.

After the bath, however, I went on another great rural ride with some steep ascents and descents. I call this ride the "Cole Loop". It combines part of the Roger's, Rochester, Oakland loops but adds Cole Road. Cole Road has the steepest climbing and descending of anything I've ridden so far. It also has lots of new farms and rural dwellings to view. You just don't find this kind of riding in the area of Arizona we like to winter park.

Click the top photo for a unique fence decoration on one of these rural dwellings.

Driver Valley Countryside
Deer in the road Rochester Covered Bridge Historic Oakland Bed and Breakfast
Thursday, May 7, 2020: I did one of the best rides in Oregon today. I call it the Driver Valley Loop. Today's ride was a perfect 33.5 miles but can be made shorter or longer easily. The Driver Valley Road will add ten miles to any of my loop rides. Today's ride included the Oakland, Rochester and Wilcox loops plus Driver Valley Road. Driver Valley Road has one short steep section then the rest of this rural ride is rolling green hills. The other nice part of Driver Valley is the lack of traffic. Today I saw ONE car going the opposite direction. In addition, the historic town of Oakland with cafes and coffee shops is at the 21 mile mark of the ride so once Oregon is open again and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, refreshment can be had at 21 miles. Click all the photos for more views.

Donating a perfectly good road bike

Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Today was to organize the shed/workshop then work on the bicycles. The most important is to get my yellow Fuji road bike ready to donate to the Umpqua Valley Bicycle Outreach program. It is a program to train youth how to ride long distances and how to repair their bicycle. My Fuji bike and I have a long history together. I purchased it in 1997 and assembled it myself. I've made improvements over the years. The last serious riding on this bike was training for, then riding a century over a steep mountain route. That was a great year for riding and a story worth reading. I bought my current road bike that same year but it didn't replace the Fuji. I still road the Fuji often. I figure I put about 20,000 miles on the Fuji but now it is time for someone else to take over.

After cleaning up the Fuji I worked on my Yamaha CrossConnect Ebike. It has 1,500 miles on it. The rule of thumb is to remove and replace the chain at 1500 miles so I carefully measured the chain and it seemed to have stretched. However, once removed I learned it had not stretched at all. I cleaned it with the intention of reinstalling it however I lost half of the final link so installed the new chain. I'll order the link I need or pick one up at a bike shop and install the old chain again after another couple thousand miles on this bike. You might wonder, why replace the chain if it stretches but it still works. A stretched chain will wear on the rear cassette and the front chain rings making them unusable with a new chain so you are stuck with the old chain unless you replace the cassette and chain rings. It's much cheaper and easier to replace the chain when needed.

Ok, I also replaced the tires with Continental Ultrasport II tires. These are high pressure, light weight tires. They will likely improve my speed and endurance but sacrifice ride comfort. I tried out the new chain and tires on a quick 21 mile ride through the Rochester Covered Bridge.

Wild Iris alongside my routeThis time it's the road bike at Rochester Covered Bridge



Monday, April 20, 2020: This time it is the road bike on the Oakland to Rochester Covered Bridge to Hiway 138 route.

It wasn't as enjoyable as the previous ride. For some reason my RideWithGps software was not speaking to me most of the ride. Maybe that made the difference. I finally figured out why she wasn't talking around mile 19. Each mile she calls out my time, distance, elapsed time, heart rate and pace in a very pleasant voice. For nineteen miles she wasn't talking to me. That threw off my timing for sure.

When I arrived at the one way Rochester Bridge a pickup truck was waiting to drive through from the other side. I waved him through because I needed to take photos. He stopped when he came to me and asked, "Did you follow the stock market today?" I answered that I had followed it until noon. He then started talking about the price of oil. I told him I had read the oil companies were willing to pay $37 per barrel if someone would take it. They no longer had anyplace to store the oil. So the price of oil was a NEGATIVE $37. Then he told me, "When I was just learning to drive the price of a gallon of gas was $.19 per gallon." I answered, "So was the price of a hamburger!" With that, he drove off and I got to take my photos.

Click the photos for another view.

Country ridingRochester Covered Bridge


Wednesday, April 15, 2020: I went to the optometrist today. He said my eye change is so slight I don't need new glasses. Good news.

I took my EBike on the Oakland loop today but added the Rochester Covered Bridge built in 1933. It is a one lane bridge, still used to cross Calapooia Creek which is pretty high this time of year. Adding the bridge only added two miles to the route but took me onto a longer stretch of busy route 138.

Click both photos for more views of the bridge.

Verizon in the countrySpring in Oregon



Sunday, April 12, 2020: Doing the same Medium loop through Oakland and on to Hiway 138.

I stopped several times to make adjustments to my riding APP since it was the first ride with the new phone.


More spring in OregonOakland, Oregon City Hall

A little different route which took me in front of the historic Oakland City Hall which is also the library. Of course, most are closed due to the COVID-19 virus scare.

It is hard to compare the EBike ride with the road bike ride since I made so many stops on this ride to make software adjustments and to take photos. This ride was slower by ten minutes and the average speed was slower. We will do a few more rides to compare.

One of the steeper hillsOregon is green in the spring and early summer
Thursday, April 9, 2020: We made our first Oregon trip to Costco this morning for essential items. We found plenty of paper towels but no toilet paper. We didn't need either. Our main purpose was to check with the Verizon booth for a phone upgrade but learned they did not open until an hour after we left. After unpacking, I took the E-Bike onto the "medium loop", about 19 miles around the farm country and through historic Oakland. A fun ride with the spare clipless pedals I installed yesterday. I may have pushed it a little hard so may wait a day to do the same route on the road bike.
Loop ride through Oakland, Oregon
Wednesday, April 8, 2020: Today I rode my road bike, first ride since August, 2017. Since that time I had been having a mysterious right leg cramp until last summer when it mysteriously began to disappear after two years. I first bought the Costco bike to begin cycling again. I was feeling so good I traded the Costco bike for the Yamaha E-Bike. I used those two bikes to loose 20 lbs and get into good enough condition to return to riding my road bike once I returned to Oregon. Today was that ride. Two days ago I rode my easy loop through the hills and historic Oakland back to Sutherlin on the E-Bike. Today I did the same route on the road bike. Click the photo for a view with the road bike. That gave me a chance to compare the two bikes. Here is some of the comparison of the two bikes and the ride. The road bike is one third the weight of the E-Bike and has a wider range of gears. On today's ride it took 8 minutes longer on the road bike and my average heart rate was 7 beats/minute higher. Here's the way the ride went: 1) The road bike felt much more squirrelly than I had remembered. 2)The vultures began to circle me before I left the park. 3)At two miles into the ride today the front derailleur stopped working. I stopped to learn if I could make a quick repair. The vultures began to laugh, circled lower and were calling their friends. 4) No repair so I rode the rest of the route on the small chain ring. 5)Yes, I could tell, especially on the hills, that the little assistance I get on the E-Bike (I always keep it set to the second lowest assistance level) is still helpful. 6) The ride on the road bike is considerably more uncomfortable. The bike is not forgiving on a rough road. This is expected since the E-Bike has a shock fork but I hadn't remembered how rough riding the road bike was. 7) My road bike has clipless pedals. I have ridden on clipless pedals for 40 years so it wasn't difficult to return. I have an extra set of clipless pedals and have put them onto the E-Bike to learn if that improves my pedaling on the E-Bike. 8)My intention is to continue to ride both bikes. 9)The vultures were disappointed.
Dips Roadside memorial Roaming cattle
Thursday, March 5, 2020: Not a lot of choices for riding around here while staying on the asphalt. I road two miles farther on route 42E. It's a straight road so to keep from boredom I weave down the center of the road between the lines. Click each photo for more roadside views.

Highway 60, nice shoulder

Monday, March 2, 2020: Back on the bike after a couple weeks off. The riding from the Desert Gold RV Park promises to be good. The photo shows Highway 60 as it leaves the park, nice wide shoulder and this shoulder goes the entire length of 60. I only rode 60 for about a mile when I turned off onto 42E, a road with very little traffic. Both 60 and 42E are straight roads, so boring in that way. Also virtually no climbing but there is often a headwind to fight.

The report on this ride shows how straight, out and back ride. It shows 16 miles but I rode 20+ miles. My phone got wet in a rain storm and quit working at 16 miles. So today's ride was trying to stay ahead of the rain storm following me starting at mile 10.

Click the photo for a view of the rain in the distance which grew bigger and caught me at mile 9.

More views of the desert roads

Saturday & Sunday, January 25-26, 2020: Two days of desert riding and road riding with beautiful weather. I plan to spend more time road riding and less on the desert. My bike is just not a good desert road bike. Wider tires with less pressure are needed, this bike frame won't allow for that. I did make a helmet video and a drone video of the same desert road to give you a better view of the roads.

I explored 50 feet into this mine "Game Water" System Large area to catch the dew

Dome rockRough riding


Tuesday, December 31, 2019: What else but a ride in the desert on New Year's Eve. I continued to ride toward Dome Rock and the three mountain peaks remembering a "Game Water" System located behind the peak. The last time I was here, I had a real mountain bike and stronger legs. It was nine years ago. First, I found a mine and explored for about fifty feet. Another 30 minutes of riding and I found the "Game Water". The large, white panels collect night time dew which runs into a trough (of course, it will collect rain water also but I believe dew is the main water source. The water is collected from the trough into a huge tank. The tank feeds a small watering trough where animals can drink. The state of Arizona has a camera at the trough to capture photos of animals drinking here. I will have to do a search for those photos once I have good Internet access. I took more photos of the rough riding conditions. Yes, I got another pinch flat on the rear tire even though I had inflated the tire to 57 pounds. I guess I will have to go to 60 pounds. Fortunately, my patched spare tube held air so I was only delayed long enough to change the tube. There are other desert roads out this way I would like to explore but I will want more water, food and more spare tubes before coming this way again. This was my longest ride yet in the desert with the best scenery. Click all the photos for more views. Here is a view from Dome mountain toward the east.

Yes, I've ridden this bike 1000+ milesGood times riding in the desert couldn't last, my first flat
Pretty good road dips.Haven't seen the cattle yetSunday, December 29, 2019: Yesterday, I wasn't so lucky in my desert riding. I got a "pinch flat". That is when you hit a sharp rock hard enough that it flattens the tire to the point the tube is caught between the rim and rock which pinches the tube enough the rubber cracks. The solution is to have more air in the tires which gives less control on this rocky surface. The rider must find a fine balance between the amount of air pressure in the tire at the sacrifice of bike control. Of course, a wider tire would also help but this tire is as wide as the frame will allow. So I replaced the failed tube with my spare tube and finished the ride. Today, I couldn't take the chance of desert riding since I have no spare so I did a road ride. I bought this bike on September 10. During my ride yesterday my odometer passed 1000 miles. I feel pretty good about doing 1000 miles in 3.5 months. My desert riding is less than half my road mileage so the number of miles will slow down if I continue to desert ride but the amount of effort over the time of the ride is about the same. Click all the photos for more views. Every time I fix a flat tire I'm reminded, it was my grandfather who taught me how to do it. I'm hoping there will be a time I can pass this information on to my own grandchildren.
I wish all these roads were this good I hate riding in a wash, gravel is too deep. Love the clouds but they eliminate our solar power
Friday, December 27, 2019: Riding in the desert again after getting propane and water this morning. Cool day again for a ride. These desert roads are more for a mountain bike, not a gravel bike but I still enjoyed the ride. As I learn the roads, I'll find the routes I like best. Today I rode due west toward Three Hump Mountain then around the mountain. Some smooth gravel but lots of large rocks and washouts in the roads. Still, I haven't fallen yet or gotten a flat. My friend Ray introduced me to a new APP, What3Words. Every 3 meters x 3 meters on the Earth have been given a unique three word location title. This enables me to give anyone a three word location which is then easily found. Try finding the location where I took the panorama behind the middle photo. Here is the three word location: ///built.demonstrated.snails. Put those three words into the APP or at their Webpage. Click all photos for more views.
Had to watch a YouTube video to learn how to remove the rear wheel There are roads in the desert Found one of the mines in the desert
Sunday, December 22, 2019: Since we moved to the desert I need to install the new gravel tires I purchased several weeks ago. However, the thru axle on the rear wheel is different from the front. Since I had no idea of how to remove it, I watched a YouTube video showing the removal. I was able to remove and replace both tires easily. I was concerned about the clearance for the rear tire since the gravel tire has a width of "42" while the tires which came with the bike had a width of "37". As it turned out, the rear tire has plenty of clearance but the front tire is hitting the fender. I believe I'll remove the fender. These gravel tires have puncture protection but there are tiny thorn bushes all over the desert floor, hope the protection works. It has been many years since I have spent much time offroad and these desert roads are tough with all sizes of rocks which roll from under the tires. Today I didn't fall nor did I get a flat. I did hear rocks slap against the rims which made me wonder if I really want to take the chance of bike damage by riding offroad. Perhaps I should at least order a few replacement spokes. When we leave the desert I'll get some serious road tires for this bike. Here is a satellite view of today's ride. Click each of the photos for another view.
Almost every ride included D'Hanis The tiny D'Hanis Post Office The sun is always low in the sky
Not just Texas Once important to Texas ranchers Ate here a couple of times

Passed this every other rideLone Star Alamo Area SKP RV Park entrance







Monday, December 16, 2019: This is our last day at the Lone Star Alamo Area SKP RV Park near Hondo, Texas. We are driving west tomorrow toward Arizona. This is my likely the last ride in this area, don't really expect to every be here again. It has been an enjoyable month of exploring the area by bicycle where I found several good routes for road biking. No bike lanes but very little traffic. My last ride was probably my shortest ride with the most photos because I wanted to remind myself of the adventures I had here. The weather has been surprisingly warm with several days in the 80s, that is warmer than Arizona this time of year. I actually did this ride on December 15 so if you want to see the route, look for the December 15 "Last Texas Ride" in the "RideWithGPS" links above. Click all photos for more views.

Hondo water towerMust flood here sometime


Sunday, December 8, 2019: I rode the same route today hoping to learn how much was left of the Javelina. However, the Javelina was gone. Some Texas rancher has picked it up. I can only guess what it would be used for. Perhaps bacon and eggs at the local Mexican restaurant but you didn't hear ME say that.

I have seen the Flood Gauge at low spots on the side of a road around on my rides. We have seen no rain in the three weeks we have been here but there must be some time when the rain is heavy enough to need the Flood Gauge.

Clear day and mid-70s so nice riding weather. 10 mph wind from the southwest made for an easy ride when heading northeast and a cooling ride into the wind.

I will admit to a mistake on my part. My heart rate monitor has been giving me strange readings the last few rides. I ordered a new one yesterday. Today I noticed the sensors which should go next to my skin were partially blocks by my new bib shorts. I wish I had noticed that yesterday. The heart rate reports today seemed more realistic but low. I guess I can check those with the new belt arriving tomorrow.

Vultures are having lunch On the lunch menu Not sure I understand the warning
Saturday, December 7, 2019: On a new route today which took me through the town of Hondo, Texas. On the way I spotted a huge crowd of vultures on the ground. I knew what that meant so stopped to take a photo before they flew off. Most did move before I could take the first photo. We learned this summer in a National Park lecture about vultures, the feast will not begin until the animal is dead 24 hours and not older than 48 hours. When riding forward, I found they where planning to feast on a Javelina. While taking the Javelina photo I noticed the vultures where all circling in the air nearby waiting for me to leave. I'm not understanding the Texas warning signs. Texas drivers need to be warned about mud (see below) and water on the road, why? Click all the photos for more views. Some more Hondo history is behind the road water warning sign. This was the smoothest ride so far. Very nice asphalt the whole route. Unusual for this part of Texas and nice 22 mile distance so I could get back to watch all the college football championship games.
Ranch ride Ranch ride Ranch ride Ranch ride
Wednesday, December 4, 2019: This is my longest ride in this area to date. I call it the "Ranch Ride" due to the number of ranches I passed today. I planned a 33 mile out and back ride but the route I planned on the computer did not exist in reality so I continued into a large loop not really knowing the exact mileage which turned out to be 45 miles. The asphalt today was better than what I'm use to. The roads were better because they are the major rural roads but still very little traffic and all the Texas drivers are careful to give me lots of space. Another little treat was a live Armadillo crossing in front of me. By the time I got my camera ready I only got a 7 second video. I didn't know they could move this fast. You can see this route by clicking the link above or check it out here.
New route today Really? Not as bad as other roads!
Monday, December 2, 2019: A new route today. It is a 20 mile out and back route (I prefer loops) on good asphalt. I may ride this more often for such a smooth ride. After the long ride yesterday, these 20 miles felt good. Click all the photos for more views. Tomorrow, no riding. We are driving into San Antonio to the River Walk.
History on this ride Zebras on the route Indian fighter is down then avenged
Sunday, December 1, 2019: This is my usual 36 mile ride in Texas but in the reverse. The link is a "Flyby" so click the video "go" arrow to start the view of the ride. I call this the "Zebra Ride" because this is only the second time I've seen the Zebras on the route and the first time I have been able to capture them in a photo and on a video. Nice temperatures today with 67 as a high and little wind. US 90 was busy with lots of folks returning from the Thanksgiving weekend. I made a 12 minute video of this ride. That's long but it will give you a December view of this area of Texas and of the roads I've been riding on. You will also see both of these rural Texas towns. This area is 50 miles west of San Antonio. We are moving west in about two weeks. Click all these photos for more views.

You don't find these in OregonA new friend on today's ride



Tuesday, November 26, 2019: Today's 36 mile ride was another into rural Texas on mostly single lane paved roads. The Old US 90 is 12 miles of the route between Sabinal and D'Hanis. It is a very rough pavement, single lane. I usually see, at the most, 1 - 2 cars, but today it was busy with about a dozen. I enjoyed taking photos of the animals along the way. In addition to these animals, I saw a Bald Eagle, hawk, deer and smelled a skunk but none would stand still long enough to photograph. Here is a cow who was interested in my ride. The weather was perfect for riding, a cool start slowly warming to about 75 by the time the ride was over. Click these photos for more animals.

Sabinal, TexasRiding rough single lane Texas roads

Wednesday, November 20, 2019: Still riding to find a longer workout ride. I found it today. I was looking for about 32 miles but 35.5 miles on this route will work find. This route is 30.5 miles on single lane, light traffic, rough asphalt with 5 miles on a four lane freeway with wide shoulders. It takes me to Sabinal, Texas at the furthest point then returning to D'Hanis. This route has lots of hawks although I viewed one up close and it looked more like a falcon to me. Also every other rural house has a dog who likes to chase cyclists. Fortunately, so far, they just chase and bark. Today there was a strong wind which was appreciated when riding north but created more work when riding south.

I'm trying out an upgrade to Relive videos so put on headphones and watch this video on your laptop. Then scroll down the video page to see all the photos from today's ride.

Making bricks in D'HanisClick for the video behind

Tuesday, November 19, 2019: Nice ride today on rough roads but empty of traffic. 10% gravel, 10% smooth asphalt and 80% rough asphalt. These were rural, single lane roads on a warm 80 degree day. Lots of bouncing but the lack of traffic made up for it. I'm searching for a nice 30+ mile route for a daily workout. Our location at Lone Star Escapee Park is about a quarter mile from the railroad tracks. We hear 12+ trains each day and night. I caught one while on this ride. Click the photo at left to see a short video. I rode through the tiny town of D'Hanis. I saw their only manufacturing facility, bricks. This ride turned out to be 24+ miles, but I have an idea of how to extend it. Click for another way to view my ride.

Riding rural roads around Fredricksburg Rock fences Many cattle guards and loose livestock

Sunday, November 17, 2019: Today was a travel day from Fredricksburg to Hondo, Texas. But yesterday, I was able to get in a 20+ mile ride into the rural area of Fredricksburg. I have the lady at the visitor center to thank for this great ride. She drew a neon pink line along the route. It is a popular route because I came across several other riders on the route. It was mostly on single lane paved roads with very little traffic. In fact, I saw more loose livestock than cars. Click the photos for more views. Track my route.

We have arrived at the Lone Star RV Park, one of the Escapee parks in Texas. We expect to stay at least two weeks and possibly a month. There is lots to explore around this area. San Antonio is a short 30 mile drive.

Georgetown Lake dam road Joining the San Gabriel River bike trails Historic Georgetown cemetery
Sunday, November 10, 2019: Nice ride to the bike trails along the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, Texas. Since this is a Sunday the trails were busy with hikers, other than that, this was a perfect ride with perfect weather. The trail had one very steep section but the bike made the climb easily. Click the photos for more views.
Ride to Florence, Texas
Saturday, November 2, 2019: This is my longest ride since I began riding again. This was a great ride into rural Texas onto single lane paved roads. The main roads on the route had at least 10 foot shoulders another plus. Additionally, the asphalt on the route was pretty smooth. I planned ahead and had a small ham and cheese wrap which I ate in Florence. Perfect weather. The only negative, about ten miles into the ride a bubble bee (at least it felt like a bumble bee when I flicked it away) landed on my lower lip and began biting (or stinging). That hurt and bothered me the rest of the ride with my lip swelling triple size. By the end of the ride the swelling was reduced somewhat but still stinging. This is such I nice ride, I'll try to do it again someday before we leave. Click the photos for a view of the route.
Thursday, October 31, 2019: Check out the new Widget above from Ride With GPS a new APP I'm trying with cycling. While traveling I'm always in a new area. An APP which would help me find good cycling routes would be helpful. This APP promises to be that help. It tells me when and where to make turns to follow a preplanned route and their are many route published by other cyclists. I can also create a route myself by outlining the route on the map. Of course it also has a "Widget" I can use to publish my rides on this Webpage.

Steep hills and deep dipsRiding in Missouri

Thursday, October 17, 2019: We are parked at the Ruark Bluff East Corp of Engineers Park near Greenfield, Missouri. The park is on Stockton Lake. I've not seen the horse and buggy warning sign since Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I didn't see any Amish today. I rode into Greenfield, 25 mile round trip, which is the county seat of Dade county. They have a nice looking courthouse but the business buildings around the courthouse are old and mostly empty. The road between the campground and Greenfield was rolling hills with deep dips and steep hills. I kept my Ebike at the second level of assist standing on the steep climbs rather than shifting into a higher assist level. That worked to get me to the top of the hills. Very nice 70 degree weather today with little wind. It was interesting exploring Greenfield, not as clean and organized as some of the Wisconsin towns I explored. Click the photos for more views. The previous ride was 30 miles and I had not charged the battery. It was at 66% when I began the ride. After 25 miles, the total was 55 miles and the battery showed 35%.

Tahoe Pyramid Trail Joe in front Dale and Joe
Joe and Scott, always behind 64 steps Crossing the Truckee
Sunday, October 6, 2019: Joe, Scott and I decide to ride the newly finished Tahoe Pyramid Trail between Hirschdale, California and Verdi, Nevada. I was thinking of a nice paved trail down the scenic Truckee River Canyon but instead, it was a full on mountain bike trail. This is an incredible trail from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, 114 mile trail. I borrowed one of Scott's bikes. I was very interested in the trail since we often stay in Verdi while visiting the Reno area. Unfortunately, the second half of this trail (the part closest to Verdi) may be a little too crude for my bike. I have ridden the trail east into Reno and that will be better on my bike. Today's ride ended with a "Dale's Pale Ale" provided by Scott. Click all photos for additional views. Also, watch the short video I made of the ride.

Riding back to Columbia


Wednesday, September 25, 2019: While Mz Ruby is waiting to get a diagnosis, I take myself for a ride back into Columbia. I actually find the Hominy Creek Trail again which leads to Steven's Lake and Park. So this time I wasn't lost and did not have to stop to look at the map or ask Google Maps to save me again. Gwen drove off this morning to get away from all the noise and activity around Freightliner and I forgot to get my helmet out of the car so I am using her helmet. Click the photo for an interesting old car I found. While riding Steven's Lake I also found Columbia's idea of Stonehenge. It is so easy to create a ride animation, I did it again. You'll see that I am ten miles outside of Columbia. You'll also see where I took the photos.

Hominy Trail




Monday, September 23, 2019: Today I spent 2-1/2 hours mostly lost in Columbia, Missouri trying to find the Hominy Creek Trail. By the time I found the trail I had learned it was only about three miles long but it took me ten miles to find the trail. Now that I knew the trail was short, I took all the side connecting trails no matter how short or how long. That added to the mileage but by the time I found my way back to where I had started it showed only 21 miles on my trip computer so I rode on down the road another ten miles to get a decent ride. So there was nothing linear about this ride. It was all over the place with spikes like a cactus. Here is an animation of my ride. Still, this was a fun ride and I felt great at the end of the 31.5 mile ride. It took longer because of the many times I stopped to consult the map. Click the photo for another view.
The Katy Trail Trailhead nearest to Columbia Huck Finn slept here The trail is closed due to flooding
Evidence of flooding, sand bags to protect the neighborhoodLewis and Clark slept hereThursday, September 19, 2019: Missouri has a state park called Katy Trail State Park. It is 240 miles long and the state takes responsibility for the trail. I started at the McBaine Trailhead, the closest to Columbia. I met a large group of riders who where taking six days to ride the entire trail. They were riding from one bed and breakfast to another. I later learned that there are a lot of B&Bs along the trail. I had planned to ride 30 miles to Boonville but learned from the group, the trail was closed nine miles from this point due to flooding. There were no signs so I decided to see for myself. In nine miles I found the signs and sent Gwen a text telling her to meet me at the Columbia Visitor's Center at the end of the MKT Trail which would give me a 27 mile ride. The Katy Trail is along the Missouri River in this sections so it was my first view of the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark followed the Missouri River in their exploration to the west and I came across a marker showing one of their campsites. There was also evidence along the trail of floods threatening some of the neighborhoods. I found a wall of sand bags which looked like they may have held back the Missouri at one time. Here is an animation of my ride today. Click all the photos for more views.
I found the MKT Trail in Columbia

Lots of bridges on the routePassing lakes along the way

Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Another great ride today in Columbia, Missouri. I went looking the the MKT Trail (Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad). It is a short, ten mile, trail which connects the center of Columbia to the Katy Trail a 240 mile long trail through the center of Missouri. On my way to finding the MKT Trial I stopped by the Mizzou Stadium. I had hoped to attend the Tigers game with South Carolina this weekend but the forecast is for rain and I can think of other ways to spend four hours other than sitting in the rain. But I still wanted to see the stadium (click the top photo) and imagine what it is going to be on Saturday at 3pm. Here is an animation of the ride I did today. I'll admit to being lost about half the ride and ended up saving myself by using Google maps. I did find a mosque is downtown Columbia, my first mosque. It has been a hot day so the sweat poured of me. I weighed myself after the ride just for fun and I lost four pounds during the ride. Click these photos for more views.
Riding the MRT

Sunday, September 15, 2019: We are visiting Clark's Ferry, Corp of Engineers Park a few miles downstream from Davenport, Iowa. I drove into Davenport today and rode the MRT, Mississippi River Trail, Davenport Section. It is a well maintained, paved trail along the shores of the Mississippi River. The river seemed high to me and there were several sections where the water was just reaching the trail pavement. You can see a new bridge construction between Davenport and Moline, Illinois in the distance. Click the photo for a panorama of another section of the trail. Also, the trail turned onto an island for several miles and the bridge to get there seemed new. Here is an animation of today's ride.

I need to explain about the pedal assist bike I ride. I must be pedaling to get any "assistance". The harder I push on the pedals, the more assistance I get. If I lightly push, I get next to no assistance. So I get the same workout as with a non-assist bike, but I'm going farther and faster. I'm making my mind think I'm in better condition than I really am by riding this bike but I'm getting into BETTER condition while riding. I hope to transfer my conditioning to my road bike when I return to Oregon. This bike will carry me about 40 - 70 miles depending upon the terrain, with conditioning, my road bike will take me farther than that.


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