I’ve been riding my 36″ unicycle a lot this year since giving Corvin the 29″ unicycle. That means that I need to start over with nice flat trails to rebuild my strength. Today, I decided to go to the flattest place I could think of, Monarch Chesterfield Levee. This levee was built to protect Chesterfield, MO from the Missouri river.
Looking to the left of the path, you can see the flooding from all the recent rain. The river is on the way, down, but that meant that I had to turn around early, or go through the mud…
The levee goes by the chute to Howell island, so I made a visit, but didn’t dare try to get out there.
The path was a bit lonely, but the shadows kept me busy.
I stopped to take the time to enjoy some brickwork by a rest area before getting back to the van.
I should also mention, I set a personal best on this ride. I went 4.5 miles without dismounting the unicycle and only did so because the path ended in river mud.
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!