Great River Road Ride May 20, 2001
Five of us traveled to Alton Illinois in the early morning leaving Rolla at 7:00 with plans to meet five more in Alton. Mike Kling called on the cell phone to say his son had soccer games scheduled during the day and he would not be meeting us. My daughter and son-in-law called to say they were lost after following my "fabulous instructions" (how was I supposed to know there were TWO bridges on highway 67?). After resolving the travel problems, we all got started on the ride about 9:30. My daughter (Susie) was willing to drive the sag vehicle on the way from Alton to Pere Marquette State Park. It was a great day to ride and we had the wind (approximately 6-9 mph) to our back as we rode. The bike path is blacktopped and sometimes shares highway 100 (but has a designated bike lane). By the time we had traveled 4 miles, Dave and I (Dan) stopped at the first sag point and wondered what had happened to the rest or our group. I thought the first maintenance (mandatory for each ride)was needed since Dave's tires were low on air.(Another requirement was met at this first stop since it was equipped with restroom facilities that did not exist at the beginning of the ride). We soon discovered that we were not the first maintenance occurrence since the others lagged behind due to a flat tire on Dick's bike.
At this time we also found that Dick had brought his camera and the attached photo gives an idea of the view we had of Dick for the rest of the day. The next major stop was at the small town of Elsah. We were greeted by a goose family (representing many animals we saw duing the ride)
Elsah is a small town of many
old stone buildings and short narrow.
The rest of us continued to
the next town of Grafton. We had stopped by a visitor's
Here is where the story gets
"complicated". We started on the detour and
We then moved into an area
of relief with several hills that pleased Bud (I think he is a glutton
for punishment) and finally arrived at Pere Marquette Park. The park is
highly recommended by all riders as a very pretty
(according to her we were.
When she took the "detour" it
We all got rehydrated and started the ride back.
Now (if you paying attention
earlier when I said we had a nice tailwind),
After fighting the breeze all
the way back along the open stretches of
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