: Went biking. Got stuck in the darkness. Almost got eaten.



Jesda
01-31-08, 01:05 AM
The Katy Trail is a bike and walking path that goes east to west across the state of Missouri. Most of it winds along the Missouri River, mostly made of dirt and gravel with a few trestle bridges. Along the path are bathrooms, small towns, busy cities, and scenic stops. My goal was a little town of 200 people called Augusta, to just go there and back.

Well, I left at 1:30p and did a lot of stopping for rest and scenic enjoyment. By the time I reached Augusta, the sun was setting. OOPS!

I could have checked into a small inn, but decided to get back on my bike and pedal my butt off, with no stopping for 12 miles. Unfortunately, the sun was setting pretty quickly. I couldn't see a damn thing and felt defeated. I ended up walking for a couple hours back to where I parked my car.

I also had no idea where I was, since my phone was dying and didnt have enough juice to run the GPS.... and I was STARVING. I thought that maybe I could sleep on a bench and wait until morning, but a wolf might eat me.

Anyway, I made it home late and never felt more relieved. Next time, I'm going to leave earlier or plan my route to include an overnight stay.

Or... buy a bike headlight.

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GORGEOUS weather the afternoon I loaded up my bike and drove to the trail.

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Defiance, MO. A town called "Defiance" in the "Show me" state. How fitting. Note the street name that ends with "Bottom" -- a sure sign of rural Missouri.

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My $20 Craigslist bicycle. It had one gear when I bought it, but with 5 minutes of work I now have three.

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Matson, MO

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Daniel Boone historic site

Jesda
01-31-08, 01:06 AM
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Weldon Spring conservation area. This used to be a nuclear dump.

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Bike helmets have always looked gay.

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Old concrete silos.

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Bajillion year old farm house.

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Missouri River

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I sat there at the river throwing large rocks and boulders at the sheets of ice, trying to get them to break apart, move, and melt. Its a game I call "GLOBAL WARMING"

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Augusta MO. Population 218. It was a full-service town with a brewery, bar, library, convenience store, gas station, post office, and fire department.

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Jesda
01-31-08, 01:06 AM
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I stopped at a little convenience store and bought some drinks and a bag of chips. I was SO hungry at that point. I must have been the first brown people these friendly folks have seen in decades.

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A B&B

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Another B&B

Overall, a fantastic ride, even though my legs are killing me. I plan on doing it 2-3 times a week.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
01-31-08, 01:25 AM
Holy **** man, did you bike across the state of Missouri? Looks like fun though, wish I could do any sort of outdoor sport in this weather! BRRR!

eldorado99
01-31-08, 01:33 AM
That looks like a lot of fun. That picture with your bike helmet makes it look like Toad from the old Mario games was with you! ;)

Jesda
01-31-08, 01:37 AM
Holy **** man, did you bike across the state of Missouri? Looks like fun though, wish I could do any sort of outdoor sport in this weather! BRRR!

LOL! No. Like 25+ miles round trip. My goal is to get half way across at some point and maybe take the train back.

Spyder
01-31-08, 03:01 AM
Dude...that thing with the bike helmet right after the pic of the nuclear fuel dump... Local mutant or what?!?

Jesda
01-31-08, 03:49 AM
http://www.localarcade.com/arcade_art/data/thumbnails/2/toad.gif

Meet my brother!