We had a weekend trip planned for Echo Bluff State Park. Echo Bluff is a fairly new state park in Missouri. We were going there to celebrate the Missouri Stream Team’s 30th anniversary. We shared a large cabin with two other couples and had plenty of space!
This is actually a duplex. First floor is one rental. Second and third floor (what we had) is a separate rental.
Danelle had her own activities going on, so the kids and I had plenty of time to hang out together. We did go out for a fantastic group hike!
This overlook was up on top of the bluff looking back on much of the park.
Sonora wanted to pet the wild horses behind her.
The hiking trail had several sections set up for mountain bikers to test their skills. Corvin and I looked longingly thinking about taking our unicycles over this, but both know deep down that we’re not quite skilled enough for this!
Looking from the second floor at the inside of the main lodge. We played several board games and enjoyed the fire.
On our way home, we stopped by nearby Devil’s Well. Since it was very cold outside, the well felt warm.
The MR340 race was moved due to flooding several times this year. Ultimately, it was decided that only 3 boats would start due to the extreme cold. I love this community of paddlers. The finish was going to be this night and only 1 boat was left in the race. I thought I could get there early and get a nice unicycle ride in before waiting for the last and only boat to come across the finish line.
The ride started at the St. Charles boat house. From there, I rode the Katy trail out west. I stopped at Blanchette landing to get some photos of the river.
It was fall, so I had lots of leaves to deal with during the ride.
I heard there was lots of mud due to the flooding, but I didn’t get it till I saw how much mud was scraped to the side of the trail!
Eventually, I caught a road between farm fields. It was large gravel. I was able to ride about 90% of it.
Eventually, I ended up on Route 94 and rode that back most of the way to the boat house. Its not somewhere I would be excited to ride again. A small shoulder and not very flat. It didn’t help that I was quickly getting tired and should have stopped riding about an hour before I did.
Once I got back, I still had to wait about 3 hours for the boat to finish the race, but I considered it a fantastic day and got to hang out with many friends!