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Ghetto in the Fields


tl;dr: I've left Illinois, crossed the Mississippi, and am making my way up the Katy Trail along the Missouri.

I pushed on out of the flatlands of Illinois toward the Mississippi River. I decided to cut through a small community in the midst of the fields called Royal Lakes in hopes of finding a restaurant or something. From the map, one would predict that Royal Lakes is a rich little community. However, I suspect the original developer looks back now with a sigh and says, "that didn't turned out like I planned." Ghetto in the fields.

I finally found an awesome breakfast in Alton maybe called Lindy's and maybe called something something Pancakes.

After crossing the Mississippi River I got on the Alton Trail. This trails is a nice place for folks to come on a warm summer day and dump their trash.

Fortunately, I spent little time on the Alton Trail. After a few miles of roads across the Mississippi River bottom, I came to a sign that said "NO KATY TRAIL ACCESS". The Katy Trail was my goal, so I about had a fit. I resolved myself to trespassing or swimming or whatever it would take to get to the trail. Fortunately, the sign was just a scare tactic. I quickly found the entrance to the east end of the Katy Trail and away I went.

There were lots and lots of other bikes on Katy Trail. The trail is well maintained, with frequent benches and rest areas. Sad is the person looking for water, though. When you come to a town, you have to search out water.

The trail mostly follows an old railroad bed between towering cliffs and the Missouri River. Hey look, another scenic cliff face!

Late afternoon I was still peddling along, but not very quickly. I was being passed by old people on their cruiser bikes. Time to take a break.

I managed to peddle over 80 miles today.

good morning flat Illinois

not flat anymore

leaving Illinois

Mississippi River

Missouri Welcomes You

Mississippi mud flats

Alton Trail

Katy Trail

you better not be serious

Missouri River

dog in basket

black rat snake

watch for falling rock

Missouri River



more cliffs yet


morel mushroom

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