Mississippi River Trail – 12/10/2016

I’ve been wanting to travel on the Mississippi Riverfront Trail for some time now. It starts in downtown St. Louis just north of the Gateway Arch on Lenore K Sullivan drive. The trail follows the Mississippi river on the west side nearly 12 miles to the Chain of Rocks bridge. The path is in red below.

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I started at the south end near the arch on my unicycle and went north for 6 miles. The path is interesting having the city quickly transition to heavy industrial and then more open.

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Parking just north of the arch next to the river just for the trail.

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About 3 miles into the ride, I came across the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing Visitor’s Center. This center celebrates a Mary Meachum, a free black woman, leading a group of slaves from Missouri to Illinois in an attempt at freedom. They didn’t make it across before being caught. The slaves belonged to a famous St. Louis man, Henry Shaw. Because of Mr. Shaw, this was news and documented well in the newspapers. The center was a great friendly place to view the river and see some history.

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From here, I had a fantastic view where the Chain of Rocks canal comes back into the Mississippi river.

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I stopped to get a unicycle selfie near one of the trail’s signs.

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After turning around to head back to the start, I got a fantastic view of downtown St.Louis and the arch!

The arch is on the right. Its more dramatic in person.

The arch is in the middle. Its more dramatic in person.

Finally, one of the best things about this ride is being close to the railroad tracks. I spent a long amount of time watching a train being unloaded and onto a barge!img_20160911_105924

Watching a train unload grain.

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The grain is going up the conveyor and over the path.

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This one takes the grain to the river where its being dumped on a barge.

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