Saturday, August 2, 2008

On the Go

This morning we all got up at 5:30 AM, had breakfast and then headed out for our maiden bike journey on the Katy Trail. "The Katy Trail is a 225 mile (365 km) bike path stretching across most of the state of Missouri. Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River, where you can ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead. After leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Americana.

America's longest "rails-to-trail" project, formerly the MKT rail line, is flat and scenic. It's ideal for hiking, running, or cycling on just about any kind of bike. "

We have walked the trail before - but this was to be our first time via bicycles. We rode from Frontier Park in St. Charles over to the Page extension bridge and 1/2 way across the bridge. The kids did great and the round trip took us about 1 1/2 hrs and was approximately 6 1/2 miles.

Right now the kids are too young to do the full Katy Trail (and the parents are not up to it either!) - but we hope to be able to do it in bits and pieces.

Being that we still felt pretty good after the bike ride, we decided to go for a walking tour of downtown St. Louis to look at some of the historical buildings.

A month ago I came across this site and showed it to my dh - Built St. Louis..."a site dedicated to the historic architecture of St. Louis, Missouri -- mourning the losses, celebrating the survivors." A great website if you are interested in architecture, dying cities or just St. Louis. Ever since reading the website - my dh has been hankering to do a downtown St. Louis walk. We packed up some water and snacks and the kids, put on our hats, girded up our loins, and headed downtown.
I've always loved the old brick buildings and houses in St. Louis - if only I could buy one of the houses and move it to another location!

It is sad to see cool old houses and buildings in various states of decay...but nonetheless we enjoyed our city tour.


CanadianGrandma said...

I can hardly (poor English) believe that the kids' little legs could bike that far, let alone go for a walk after all that!!! Bravo, kids! How will they feel tomorrow or should I say, how will you feel tomorrow!

Beck said...

I wish that there were interesting bike trails like that near ME!