I’ve been wanting to do longer unicycle rides for a while now. Today I decided it was the day to do just that. The plan was to ride the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) loop. I started early going up the deserted Missouri side of the trail starting near the Gateway Arch.
Going up the Missouri side happened fast. I did notice my cranks for the pedals were getting a bit loose, so I tightened them before continuing. It didn’t take long before I was crossing the Chain Of Rocks bridge.
Once across, I still had to cross another lesser bridge over the Chain Of Rocks canal for barges. This bridge had much lower railings and lots of metal grating, so I mostly walked across it.
By the time I got to Illinois, I was slowing down a ton. I didn’t take any more photos and had a rough time on the gravel section of the trail. But I eventually did finish the 26 mile trail on my unicycle. The last 1/2 mile was walking due to my cranks getting much worse! Overall, a success!
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!