Monday, September 5, 2011

Over the River

It is divided highway and limited access with a speed limit of 60mph and a minimum speed of 40mph. It has at least four lanes each way. It is the Page Extension. It is the route I need ride my Symba to cross the Missouri River when traveling out to visit my son, daughter-in-law, and grand-daughter. It, also, has a really wide shoulder and is nearly deserted on the weekends. It was quite the adventure to ride this route before I got my chain replaced. Now it is not so bad. This time I touched 55smph (Symba miles per hour) a couple times over the bridge. Cars still whizzed by me, but they had lots of lanes to do it in.

The usual drill is I get there and we spend some time together and then go out for lunch. We are always going to go somewhere else, but always seem to end up at Chili's.

The kids.

Is that a black bean patty hiding in there? Maybe. Maybe not.
Next we head back to their place and I gear up and then head for home. Did I mention the temperature was 95F when I left for the kid's place? It was. And, it was 100F when I left their place. I had recharged my Glacier Tech Cool Vest while we were at lunch and put that on under my mesh Tourmaster jacket. The vest does keep my core cool and it holds its charge for over two hours in +100F heat. My only concern about it is how hard the "frozen" packets would be to fall on.

I was feeling so good about how well the bike was running and how well my hot weather gear was working that I decided not to go straight home. Creve Coeur Lake is one of my favorite destinations and it was on the way so I decided to stop by. Besides I was curious as to how many folks would be out in this kind of heat. Usually on a hot day you can't find a place to park, but that wasn't the case today.

The place was nearly abandoned.
And, there were only a couple sail boats on the water.
There appeared to be a couple of reunions going on and if not for them I'd have had the place to myself.

Some guys were playing with a four-wheeled people powered vehicle. These and kayaks are for rent to the public. 
An educational moment.
Dripping Springs.
I was going to take the long way home but it started to look like one of those late afternoon pop-up storms was brewing. Since the weather forecast hadn't mentioned rain I'd not brought my rain gear, but with it being over 100F I wasn't concerned about getting wet. So, I put my wallet and cellphone in the top case and away I went. But, the further I got the darker it got and then it began to thunder and lightning. I saw a McDonald's and decided that a lemonade would taste real good.

By the time I'd finished my lemonade the storm had passed and and blue skies had returned.

I'd left the house around 1030hr and returned at 1700hr. I put approximately 75mi on the bike.

It was a very good day.


  1. I love your spirit and attitude towards biking. Good little trip there mate. The burger made me hungry!!

  2. I really like the last photo of the clouds and sky. And I'm amazed that you are able to function in those temperatures. I'll take cold over hot any day...


  3. Raftnn--Roger,
    Thanks. It was a nice day and the burger was good.

  4. Richard,
    I'm glad you liked the photo. As to functioning in hot weather, I'm slowly learning a thing or two. I'm originally from Michigan and this heat stuff has been a challenge. The cooling vest helps. Acceptance probably helps the most.

  5. Poor Billie, sitting in the rain while you have it dry and comfy ;-)

  6. Wow, you have been getting warm temperatures. Did you even get mild temperatures at all this summer?

    Looks like a great day with the family. Good thing you found a place to wait out the rain. I like the picture of your Symba through the window with the rain. Was the rain refreshing to the air temperature or did it just add to the humidity?

  7. Feels good to cross a bridge like that doesn't it? There's something about bridges that feels like you're crossing a challenging threshold, getting past a barrier, opening up new riding opportunities. Nice post.

  8. Dear Keith:

    I bet it was a good day... Yet I hate it when it rains on a day when the temps are in the high 90's (F), and the wet pavement begins to steam.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

  9. Looks like the perfect day...except for the temps. :) I am so impressed with taking the scooter over the bridge. Of course, it has been about 12 years since I have been on a scooter. LOL.

    Great thing when the rain is looming and it takes a short, refreshing break to let it completely pass by and get on with the day.

  10. Great ride report. Even the little storm was a nice touch with pretty clouds to boot. Funny how rides like this are more memorable than the plan old "sunny and nice" rides.

    The burger looks good. Shouldn't blog on an empty stomach I guess! :)