Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 1--St. Charles to Marthasville

After a late night--I forgot how hard it is to fall asleep when it's so hot out--my aunt's tent zipper woke me at 4:15 a.m. Knowing she was packing up, I couldn't fall asleep (don't want to get left behind!), so I started getting ready for the day.

I had some difficulty with my self-inflating pad, but I managed to get everything crammed back into my bags and carried over to the trucks--success!!

2010 Katy Trail bike ride

My bags, all packed up.

As we rode down the trail, I realized the wristband I needed for breakfast was in my bag--fail. Had to turn back and get it back before heading to the Ameristar Casino for breakfast.


2010 Katy Trail bike ride

My little detour was a pretty short one. My friend Ralph had a slightly bigger problem. He left after the rest of our group and called while we were eating. "Where is breakfast?" Turns out he'd gone about 5 miles out of the way! We should've updated him on the breakfast menu (Danishes, bagels, etc), because if we had, he wouldn't have bothered riding the extra 10 miles.

We left St. Charles resigned to getting wet. There were some unfriendly clouds being lit by lightning and the smell of rain in the air. For about an hour I kept waiting for the first sprinkles so I could get my phone and camera safely stowed in plastic baggies. In the end, though, all we got was some sweet cloud cover and reasonable temperatures for the first couple of hours.

2010 Katy Trail bike ride

Since we left among the earliest riders (well, except Ralph) around 6:20, we were near the head of the pack most if the day. We saw five deer and tons of little frogs (toads?) on the trail, all of whom we managed to dodge.

2010 Katy Trail bike ride View of the trail

I had been worried about how I'd do since I've logged so few miles on my bike this spring, but I felt good. Though one road was closed due to flooding on the Missouri River, this section of the trail was in good shape. The only hairy part was at a road crossing with limited visibility when (despite watching for a safe time to cross) I was almost hit by a truck. Well, and when I got so busy talking that I locked handlebars with my friend and almost knocked us both over. Oops...sorry Sam!

2010 Katy Trail bike ride First SAG of the day

We made good time, finishing 39 miles in just over 3 hours, including some liberal SAG stops. I was feeling better than I had expected to, but I was still awfully glad to have the opportunity to get off my bike. Plus, the stops have bathrooms, water and Gatorade, some snacks, and the opportunity to visit with other riders, including two I'd "met" on the facebook Katy ride group (Hi, Jeff and "Dave").

We made it into Marthasville before lunch, set up our tents, moved our tents bc they were in an area that had to be used for something else, and plan to move them again once that something is over.

2010 Katy Trail bike ride My tent, under a pavilion

We're camping at a community center, so there are tents spread all across two baseball fields and around the building.

2010 Katy Trail bike ride

Hopefully we have some nice breeze and the weather cools off so I can sleep tonight, but no matter what I'm looking forward to tomorrow's 54 miles to Mokane, if not the hill we have to climb to get to our campsite!

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