|Another Night, Another Shelter|
|Klondike State Park, Missouri|
|Found the Water: Scrambled Eggs, Ham & Potatoes and Battocletti's Pastry|
We knew that we wanted to check out the historic sites before heading to Machens because everything would be closed after we returned. After dropping our gear, drying off, a cookie and coffee, we headed over to see the Lewis & Clark Boat House, which housed a small, but interesting museum and a replica of the boat the explorers used to travel up the Missouri to Mandan, ND. This stop kind of brought us full circle, as we had followed the trail on much of our ride. Next was a trip to the first state capitol and a quick stop at the gift shop, where we found really cool bike Jerseys...thanks Joan and John!
|Is that a bike trail I see?|
|St Charles to Machens: Truck and Bike Tracks in the Sandy Limestone|
We did come to a very hardpacked an unmaintained portion of the trail...we were very thankful, although it was what I would say was the creepiest part of the trail. We road fast and hard through here, happy to make forward progress.
Here we are...riding in to the Machens trailhead!
|We Made It!|
|Looking Back at the Trailhead from the Final and Easternmost Gate|
Cyclist TIP: From Augusta to St Charles, the only place with services was Defiance, if you ride through during business hours.
Cyclist TIP: Country Inn & Suites in St Charles - great location, great service. Bikes allowed in the room!