Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 3

Aug 04, 2012 View Comments by

After touring the charming historic streets of St. Charles, we headed west on State Road 94, which is designated as the Lewis & Clark Trail and closely follows the Missouri River. The bottomland of the Missouri River flood plain is normally a bountiful location for agriculture, but the unusually dry/hot weather conditions have wiped out the corn crop. Mile after mile of corn stocks stand dead in the August sun. One really has to ride through here to fully appreciate how much the Midwest is suffering.

A stop at Klondike Park offered a stunning panoramic overlook of the Missouri River. The roads along the trail (94 and 197) are in very good condition; the rapid elevation changes and technical curves invite spirited riding and almost erases any thoughts about discomfort caused by the heat and humidity. Overall, I’m very impressed with the scenery and riding fun factor produced by these roads. We didn’t find food and gas, though, until arriving in Jefferson City, where the heat index, by the way, topped 112 degrees.

Our one mechanical malfunction today involved one of Kayla’s boots, where the sole became separated. But we quickly put it right with one of the most important items to have along on any road trip: Superglue! We ended the day in Boonville, MO. Our accommodations are at Hotel Frederick (constructed in the early 20th century, but magnificently restored in the 21st century). A shower and a sumptuous meal at Glenn’s Café in the hotel put us in fine shape at day’s end. It’s on to Kansas City tomorrow.

 

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Intro
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 1
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 2
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