Today was forecast to be nice, with pleasant temperatures and low humidity. Neither Hubby Tony or I had any big plans for the day, so we agreed it would be a great day for a bike ride.
I asked Tony to pick the location. He came up with three suggestions, all based around paved trails. Because we hadn't biked in the area before I chose the Dardenne Greenway in St. Charles County, about a 20 minute ride from the house. In my experience, most greenways are relatively flat, but I was ready for anything. Both Tony and I now have retrofitted electric bikes; it's nice having an extra assist up slopes and hills.
Tony's map app suggested a trailhead that was tucked in the back of a subdivision and next to a small lake. We parked the car and got ready to ride. According to the greenway website, the trail "winds along Dardenne Creek in St. Charles County, and links together hundreds of acres of parks as well as neighborhoods, communities, businesses and schools".
We followed the main trail, but veered off a couple of times. The trail signage could have been improved; a couple of times we made a
wrong turn and ended up in a subdivision, but it was easy enough to turn
around and double back.
Although the sun was hot, much of the trail was covered by trees, and the sections that paralleled the creek were particularly delightful.
At one point we stopped and had a discussion about electric bikes with two other riders. Later, we rode through a section of prairie redevelopment. A box turtle sunning in the middle of the trail withdrew into its shell when we
got close, but later on a large racoon scampered into the bushes at the side of the
trail. A goose family-Mother, Father, and seven goslings ignored us as they swam up the creek.
As we reached the turn-around point of the trail I was having a great time. There was an incline that led to a subdivision. Tony was riding ahead of me, so he didn't see what happened....
(To be continued....)