BAM on the Katy Trail-Urban St. Louis ride with Tom

I was up at o dark thirty to meet my C2C friend, Tom Fleming, at his house across from Lafayette Park. 


Tom and Audrey. 


We were to have a shop ride from where he worked atBig Shark Bike Co in Downtown St. Louis. 



We went past the original Bud plant. 


Tom was a remarkable St. Louis historian and he was riding along giving me all the pertinent history about the places we were cycling through. He was amazing. A bridge engineer James Eads was instrumental in constructing some of our Civil War era bridges and some ships. 




A store that had been converted from a church. 


Tom’ plan was to go to the Jefferson Barracks out the road and a bike path past a casino. It was cool. A few pics. 



Note the cannon gate and rifle barrel fencing.






Bevo tower/windmill in the Morgan Ford section. Built by A Busch II for respite before going to the farm. 


On to Tower Park. 




On to the Grove district as they were setting up for a festival. The Handlebar. 


St. Louis Grand Union Train Station tower, now a hotel. 


Back to Tom’s neighborhood for great coffee, the best, creamiest mini quiche I have ever eaten AND gooey butter cake. We had a 32.5 and we were hungry. Tom’s neighborhood. 


Tom could not have been any more fun and generous with his time. Much love brother. Dinner on the Hill. Tour de Wildwood tomorrow, a morning event, then to Cinton, Mo and the Katy Trail. Peace out Tres

Bam on the Katy Trail-Chattanooga to St. Louis

A beautiful morning in Chattanooga. Oatmeal and killer coffee at the Mean Mug. 


The hotel’s pool and main lobby. 



Street art for Leslie. 


A beautiful sunrise over Nickajack Lake. 


Nice ride through the mountains that flattened out into big farms in Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois and Missouri. I met my hosts, Rich and Chrysa, in Maryland Heights and away we went for the annual botanical show at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. A few pics. First the corpse plant. 


The grounds. 






A great dinner with my C2C friends near Lafayette Park, Rich, Chrysa, Jim and Tom and their wives. Tom and I doing a shop ride around downtown St. Louis today. More to come. Peace out Tres