Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail – 1/29/2017

It was super cold outside, but I really wanted to get outside. I thought I would try something new, so I headed to the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee trail. It starts in Chesterfield, MO near the Hardee’s Ice Rink/Taubman Prestige Outlets. Unfortunately for me, It was right around the freezing mark with high winds. Being pigheaded, I rode anyway for about 1 mile before giving up. Additionally I was having trouble mounting “The Big One” and had a bunch of hockey players watching me fail.

I started on the right side of the map with the circle going left for the short windy part of the ride.

Not wanting to give up, I drove to St. Louis Premium outlets just down the highway to ride on the bridge across the river. I decided to take my 29″ unicycle that I was more familiar with for this ride. The Missouri River looked peaceful, but I know how cold it is right now!


On the west side of the river I was too tempted not to ride down and be on the Katy trail for a short bit.

And after this building, I went back to the van to warm up and go home on this short but interesting ride. I’ll be back to this trail!

Hogan Haake

Mississippi River Trail – 1/21/2017

It was a warm perfect day to go out and unicycle. I’ve been waiting to get outside and get more distance. I decided to visit the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). I started at the normal parking lot.

I thought it would be fun to start with a detour to the St. Louis Arch, so I went south first. I rode there and got a few photos of the arch.

I rode around the top of the arch for a bit and helped some tourists with a photo. It wasn’t long till I was riding back to where I started to continue on the MRT. One of the most fantastic things about the trail is all of the industry there. Today, I got to view the very top of a mobile crane that had not been lifted yet. Two things interested me. First the mini weather station and second that the wheels on top were made of plastic!

Back on the trail, I had to stop again when I came across the Grossman Iron and Steel plant. I’ve often seen their trucks around the city, but never knew what happened to the junk they haul.

These trucks go to the plant where they crush the metal and turn it into something else. I’m not sure what, but it was awesome to watch!

Maybe a half mile north, the path for the McKinley Bridge came up. I decided it woudl be fun to ride over into Illinois and see what was going on.

This side of the river didn’t disappoint either! There was a lot of to see including massive conveyor belts and steaming oil containers!

I ended up near some military stuff and found this sign most entertaining!

Nothing like being protected by an “ALARM SYSTEM”. I’m not one to break into stuff, but this is one sign that wouldn’t deter me!

I find it important to not just ride but to experience things as I go along. This trip was a complete success. I ended up going just over 18 miles!

Hogan Haake

Christmas in KC – 12/24/2017

We made it to Kansas City to have Christmas with my parents. When we got there, my mom was in the middle of painting the hallway. She had much of it taped, but other stuff got in the way. I knew it wouldn’t get done before Christmas, so Danelle and I stepped up. We finished taping and painting in just a few hours. We enjoy working together and accomplishing stuff!

After the painting, my handyman skills didn’t go unnoticed. I was quickly enlisted by dad to help with some LED light fixtures. They did quite a number brightening up the hallways!

Mom is always telling stories to me about the crazy dogs and their antics. Today I got to see this in action. Daisy jumped up on the tall table outside to get a better view of the yard.

I got my parents to pose for a selfie after dinner.

Keep your family close and a box of cookies closer!

I brought my 36″ unicycle to town. I tried to go for an early morning ride, but was stopped by patches of ice on the ground. Eventually I got a short ride in the neighborhood, which is better than nothing.

And of course, the best part of Christmas, burning the wrapping paper in the fireplace!

Hogan Haake