: A THREE HOUR TOUR - What should I pack? (bike trip pics)



Jesda
08-01-10, 08:21 AM
I was going to leave this morning but it took me forever to get the parcel carrier installed. Leaving too late means prolonged exposure to 95-degree temps and high humidity.

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Its 37 miles one way. I'd like to ride back if I can, otherwise its $21 for Amtrak back into town. An overnight stay would probably be $50-$75 at Super 8. I've never gone this far before. Furthest so far has been 25 miles round trip when I was in much worse shape (but before the car accident, so my knees were better).



Packed/installed so far:
Netbook
Phone
USB tethering/charge cable for Blackberry (so I can Priceline hotels or dick around online by the river)
Parcel carrier
Flashing LED headlight
Helmet
80 oz of water (3-4 hour trip, 20 oz per hour)
Small first aid pack
Extra socks, underwear, shorts, t-shirt
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Sonicare
1000mg ibuprofen
Printed map
Tire pump
Additional seat cushion
Allen wrenches

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Today I intend to buy:
AM/FM bike radio (to avoid draining the Blackberry battery)


The trail wanders through the woods with a smattering of little towns in between, and wireless coverage is spotty between towns so I'm basically on my own.

What else am I missing or not thinking of?

CVP33
08-01-10, 09:23 AM
Remember Gilligan's Island. That was a 3 hour tour as well. No telling what you should pack. :suspense:

hueterm
08-01-10, 09:54 AM
Inflatable ring to sit on and a plastic bag for ice so you can take care of that "area".

Tourniquet kit

Vicodin

Alcohol (rubbing and drinking)

One of those beepers that the firemen wear that go off when you're still for more than 90 seconds, so people can find you when you go tumbling off of the path.

Rolex
08-01-10, 10:51 AM
Remove the center from a roll of toilet paper to make it more compact, and pack it. Nothing like hearing the call of nature in the middle of a hike/bike ride and having to wipe with leaves.

Kev
08-01-10, 11:33 AM
You definitely want to pack a Mary Ann or Ginger (your personal preference). You just never know how long those little three hour tours might last, it's nice to have some warm, attractive company along ......

77CDV
08-01-10, 05:27 PM
Sounds like you're already in Howell-level baggage territory.

ga_etc
08-02-10, 01:30 AM
Ducky....

Jesda
08-02-10, 02:33 PM
Its HOT out. This banana split tastes like PERIWINKLES AND MAGIC. I've never been so relieved to be at a Super 8 with a Dairy Queen next door.

Everything hurts. The shower I just took was like a monsoon after a long drought.

I missed the train so I'm just going to sleep here and head home tomorrow.

77CDV
08-02-10, 03:39 PM
Just wait until you wake up and want to move. Good times.

Jesda
08-03-10, 09:19 AM
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Packed.

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6am, parking by Creve Coeur Lake.

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Cool with low humidity.

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$13 Sony radio from Sears, tuned to NPR

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Crossing the Missouri River alongside highway 364

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Goal: Go from just east of Greens Bottom to Washington. Crossing through St Louis, St Charles, Warren, and Franklin counties.

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Well, I didn't bother taking a dump.

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Most of the trail was beautiful and shaded.

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Crossing under highway 40/I-64

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Missouri River

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Stopped at this bike shop in Defiance MO (named after its rivalry with nearby Matson MO). I talked to an old couple about my trip. I told them about how exhausting my trip was, traveling just under 40 miles in one direction. They then asked me if I had done the entire trail yet -- apparently they had! They routinely did 20-30 miles a day.
That's right, the elderly are in better shape than I am.

Jesda
08-03-10, 09:24 AM
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Bought some juice and a fruit bar.

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Tiny town with two bars and a winery.

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Augusta MO, a good-sized town with a large fire department, several blocks, a brewery, a library, and a 24-hour old gas station.

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lol

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As I got further along, it got hotter outside and there was less shade.

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Yeah, its pretty effing hot now.

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Much to my surprise, my Blackberry was connected to Sprint 3G, tethered to my computer.
I missed my 11:26am train because my average speed was quite poor. I ended up booking a room at the Super 8 in Washington for $57 including tax through Travelocity. The problem was, I had another 3.5 miles to go and a narrow bridge to cross. The next 3.5 miles would take me nearly an hour, part of it on foot. I called for a shuttle but they wanted $25 and said it would take 45 minutes to get a van to pick me up, so I said screw it and kept pedaling.

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Must... keep... pedaling. At this point my head was pounding. I had plenty of water but it was hot and humid outside. I ended up on a very rough dirt road that seemed to take forever to ride. Meanwhile, cars and tractors were passing me, kicking up rocks and dust in my face.

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This is the hellacious bridge I crossed to get from Dutzow to Washington. It was a mile long and went over the Missouri river. As you can see, there are only two narrow lanes and NO shoulders. There's nothing more unnerving than being passed by semis. The guard rails were low too. One little bump from a vehicle and I'd be tossed into the river.
This bridge is due to be rebuilt within the decade and the future version will include four lanes plus a separate bike lane.

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Washington MO has a population of only 13,000 but serves as the hub for the area. There's a Sears, JC Penney, Schnucks, Wal-Mart, Lowes, St Johns Mercy Hospital, and just about every service you could imagine. I think people in New Haven, Augusta, and Union come here to do their shopping.

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Far off in the distance I can see the Super 8. I've never ever been so happy to see a cheap hotel. At this point, I'm on foot. Even when I was using the designated and marked bike lane, a-holes in pickups were honking at me.

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OH THANK GOD

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Cold AC, high pressure shower head, and comfortable beds. Its all a traveler could ever ask for.

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And a clean toilet.

Jesda
08-03-10, 09:25 AM
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Its actually a very nice Super 8.

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The closest thing for food was the Dairy Queen next door. I ordered a banana split, lemonade, and turkey sandwich. People looked at me funny, probably because I looked like I was close to death and covered from head to toe in dirt.

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om nom nom

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After eating and showering, my head was still pounding. They were out of ibuprofen at the front desk so I walked over to the gas station... which was closed. ARGH.

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Thankfully I found a Schnucks grocery store. With my head and body aching, that short walk across the street in 95-degree heat felt like an eternity.

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The turkey sandwich actually worked better than the pills.

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I dozed off around 5pm, woke up, and called my brother at 3am to come get me. I could have taken the train back to St Louis County, but today it was going to be 101F with high humidity. I didnt want to ride 3 miles bike across town in that.

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Bungee cords make everything fit.

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It was an unusually LONG drive from the hotel to where I parked the Saab. I finally made it to the trail head at 5:40am. Even though the distance is reasonable, the road is dark and winds back and forth, up and down.

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The Saab is of course still there.

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I promised my brother some food for getting me.

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The sun is rising, and I walk in the door at 6am, 24 hours after I began.



That was quite an adventure.

drewsdeville
08-03-10, 10:08 AM
Hey, a fellow bicyclist, that's pretty neat. For some reason it surprises me to see one here.

Looking at the map, that looks like a nice area to ride through. Even considering the weather, looks like it was a good time. Did you take a buddy along or just go solo?

Here's my rig, about 12,000 miles on it since 2000 when I bought it new. I stripped and overhauled it 2 winters ago when it really started needing some serious attention.

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Always glad to see another bicyclist :thumbsup: Happy riding.

hueterm
08-03-10, 10:21 AM
Jesda -- "you so crazy"!

Jesda
08-03-10, 10:49 AM
Thats a nice bike Drew. I had a Giant a couple years ago that I bought used for $20. It did a great job, but due to age and being left outside it was in need of a major overhaul. I gave it away last year but eventually when this cheapo wears out I'd like to get another.

If I do a long ride again, I'd like to get one of these:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/03/hiker_sitdown_t.php
http://www.bicyclinglife.com/PracticalCycling/FancyBikes.htm

drewsdeville
08-03-10, 11:03 AM
With regret, I used to laugh when I saw people riding those recumbents. I was pretty closed minded about them, especially since I never tried one. Then, my uncle bought one, above seat steering style, maybe 5 years ago and let me take it for a ride. Though at first the riding position seems a little intimidating to handle, mainly because it's "different", ackwardness is absent, even from the first ride. The style inherently has unmatched comfort as you are putting all of your weight on the seat, with no stress on your wrists, shoulders or arms from leaning into the handlebars which sometimes bothers me on my current bike.

Huh, reading the article now, it says all of that anyway.

The only negative part I can think of with a recumbent is the poor maneuverability and control for off-road trail riding, which I do take part in. But I'd still like to get a recumbent for all of my road/graded trail riding.

I'd love to get one as well but can't fork over that kind of cash, anytime soon anyway. My uncles really changed my view on those though. Maybe someday...

Jesda
08-03-10, 11:38 AM
Is that the seat that came with your bike? I'd love to find something that doesnt abuse my hip bones.

drewsdeville
08-03-10, 11:48 AM
No it's not. I replaced it with the big overhaul 2 years ago...and I wish I didn't. I don't care for it at all and I've been debating putting the original back on it. Just too lazy to actually do it.

It's tough to find a seat that you actually like. A bike seat can only get so comfortable, outside of the recumbent. I find the best cure is just to ride more often. Eventually you just kind of get used to it.

gdwriter
08-03-10, 01:15 PM
Gotta give you credit for taking on such a trek. I used to do 10-20 miles on a routine basis when I lived in Phoenix (not in the summer), but I was still in my 20s then. Sad to say, my bike hasn't been off the rack in my garage in five years. Every summer, I think I should tune it up and take advantage of the late summer light and go for a ride, but I haven't yet. Grading for my two summer classes this year really kicked my ass (fortunately, I'm done this week until fall classes start Aug. 30). Maybe I can take advantage of the break this month to go out at least a couple of times since we don't have the kind of heat and humidity you had to deal with. The problem around here is a lot of narrow roads with no bike lanes.

Jesda
08-03-10, 01:38 PM
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I just noticed the "no molesting animals or firing missiles at them" rule under "General" :histeric:

Stingroo
08-03-10, 01:43 PM
I'm afraid of Missouri.

Jesda
08-03-10, 01:52 PM
All of our woodland creatures are in therapy.

drewsdeville
08-03-10, 03:05 PM
Gotta give you credit for taking on such a trek. I used to do 10-20 miles on a routine basis when I lived in Phoenix (not in the summer), but I was still in my 20s then. Sad to say, my bike hasn't been off the rack in my garage in five years. Every summer, I think I should tune it up and take advantage of the late summer light and go for a ride, but I haven't yet. Grading for my two summer classes this year really kicked my ass (fortunately, I'm done this week until fall classes start Aug. 30). Maybe I can take advantage of the break this month to go out at least a couple of times since we don't have the kind of heat and humidity you had to deal with. The problem around here is a lot of narrow roads with no bike lanes.

Yeah, this seems to be the common thing among people in your age group. Lots of times I like to recommend that people in this situation try using their bike as a commuter, using it for utility rather than just for recreation. Everyone has small trips to the store and such that could easily be done on a bicycle rather than firing up the car, especially if you fit the bike with storage such as a rack. And really, it rarely takes any significant amount of extra time. Not many people have time for recreation, but replacing the car in the instances possible can offset that.

Sometimes, if they give it a decent effort, they get hooked on bicycle commuting and it "renews" their love for riding.

gdwriter
08-03-10, 05:06 PM
Yeah, this seems to be the common thing among people in your age group.Gee, thanks for making me sound like an old geezer :wisdom:

Commuting by bike is not really a viable option for me. The 23 miles isn't the problem, but there are at least three good-sized hills along the route that I think would be pretty miserable. And my time is too valuable (with free time in short supply) to add an hour each way to my commute.

hueterm
08-03-10, 05:18 PM
Well..............

Jesda
08-03-10, 05:36 PM
No way in hell would I drive in town on a bike. I'd get run over and killed. I stick to designated spaces and pathways that (mostly) keep cars out.

drewsdeville
08-03-10, 05:48 PM
After a few close calls in my younger days, I feel I've gotten pretty adept to city riding. Always expect the unexpected, watch out for the other guy and just take your time.

In fact, around here I have more problems on the bike paths since they get abused people who walk/run together down the middle of the path and by dogwalkers who don't train their dogs to "heel", letting their dogs roam on a 10ft leash, almost clotheslining me as I come around corners.

I hate running city errands in the car but biking makes it easier/more enjoyable for me. Easier to navigate, no parking problems, free transportation and overall just a more enjoyable experience.

Submariner409
08-03-10, 06:16 PM
For a slightly different twist on the bicycling thing, Kent Island is (max) 4 miles wide and 13 miles North/South. The center of the island is crossed by an old RR right-of-way that has been turned into a bike trail, and the whole darn thing parallels the main artery across the island, Rt.50. Sooooo, all the "shopping" is within 200 yards of........the bike trail ! So, Karen and I ride a LOT for smaller trips - not the beer/wine/booze/supermarket stuff, but the nits and bits are an easy, flat pedal. And now the County is extending the trail the entire N-S length of the island, so any of the 5 or 6 decent waterfront restaurants will also be reachable by flat land biking.

Admittedly, mountain biking is not for "my age group" - but then again, relaxed retirement is not in your age group...................

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-03-10, 06:42 PM
Looks like fun Jesda. I used to bike a lot from the time I was 14-16, then I started running instead and liked that way more. I'd pull 7-10 miles each day in town when I biked. Eagan has a lot of bike paths that run parallel to the major roads, and connect all the major parks, so it's nice to ride/run on those without worrying about traffic.

orconn
08-03-10, 07:41 PM
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I just noticed the "no molesting animals or firing missiles at them" rule under "General" :histeric:

Good thing Jesda's brother got him out of the woods before he started molesting the fauna and flora. Squirrels and other forrest denizens are not a pretty sight when struck by missiles (had we known of the opportunities your bike trip offered we should certainly have recommended taking along your missile launcher and missiles).

Who knows our Saabian friend might have even made the national news "Suburban Biker Mauls Missouri Woodlands" News at Eleven! Well, glad you made it back safe and sound.

drewsdeville
08-03-10, 10:37 PM
Yeah, sorry about the "age group" comment guys. What I was getting at is that someone in their mid-40's is most likely working full time in their career and raising a family at the same time, killing most time to continue hobbies or recreation like biking. Really, I've seen exactly that. I know lots of former bicyclists around gdwriters age that have said the same thing: They mean to dust off their old bikes and hop back on but just can't find the time to do it.

gdwriter
08-03-10, 11:32 PM
Yeah, sorry about the "age group" comment guys. What I was getting at is that someone in their mid-40's is most likely working full time in their career and raising a family at the same time, killing most time to continue hobbies or recreation like biking. Really, I've seen exactly that. I know lots of former bicyclists around gdwriters age that have said the same thing: They mean to dust off their old bikes and hop back on but just can't find the time to do it.I wasn't offended. I actually thought it was kind of funny. I feel a few years younger than I am, but 20 years into my career, I'm working with people who were babies when I was in high school. One guy who just turned 30 loves not getting my 70s, early 80s pop culture references.

I don't have a family to worry about, but I do have a second job teaching online classes that usually occupies 2-3 evenings a week, plus a freelance writing gig that takes a few hours most weekends. So you're right about the lack of time. In the spring and summer, I do try to make time for golf since it's one sport that I don't completely suck at, but having two 8-week classes with 17 students altogether sucked up even more free time than usual. So I haven't played nearly as much as I have in recent summers.

Destroyer
08-04-10, 12:22 AM
Remember Gilligan's Island. That was a 3 hour tour as well. No telling what you should pack. :suspense:

1 hour with Mary-Ann and Ginger work well for me!!!!

ga_etc
08-05-10, 01:48 PM
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I just noticed the "no molesting animals or firing missiles at them" rule under "General" :histeric:

"...without written permission from the director." You can do it, you just have to clear it with someone first.

Kev
08-05-10, 02:30 PM
"Dear Director,

I would like your permission to mol.............

Signed,

Jesda"

Stingroo
08-05-10, 04:19 PM
^ POTD. :histeric: