Bike on Water

Post for June 9, 2021

I met Paxton and her husband, Ross, when I passed through Minneapolis, weeks ago. They’ve gone on some great bike tours in South Asia and other places, so when they saw my loaded bike, they asked where I was going. Paxton is from St. Louis, so she gave me some great recommendations about what to see and what to avoid.

I was headed for the northern suburbs of St. Louis, and Paxton told me it’d be much better to enter St. Louis from the east, from the Illinois side. The northern suburbs have many miles of residential cycling. The east side has a lot of natural beauty, from the Mississippi River.

On the 2nd ferry.

With more of her suggestions, I took a ferry across the Mississippi, cycled across a large island (with the hardest hills yet) and took another ferry over another river, the Illinois River I think. Paxton was absolutely correct about the sights when entering St. Louis from the east, which show up in the pictures for today and the next day.

Since I spent a lot of time on the River on this day, the song is Leaf on a Stream. For me, few songs put me on water like this one.

6 thoughts on “Bike on Water

  1. I really have enjoyed your tour through Illinois. I will be visiting Illinois later this summer. The River Road to Alton and St Louis is one of my favorite drives, especially in the fall.

    • I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying the pictures and stories, especially about lovely places like Alton. I like sharing the ride with someone whose been there.

  2. I am left wondering, how does one get in and out of the house on stilts? A very long ladder?

    • Happy to hear you’re enjoying the pictures. It’s also fun sharing songs I like, not sure I’d be able to share so many if it weren’t for this blog.

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