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

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