First long ride in my Surly Cross Check. After 17 years on my trusty Schwinn hybrid it was an adjustment, but things are looking up. From straight bars to drop bars will take awhile. A great bike, but the stock brakes on this 2009 bike are atrocious. The new ones have brakes that are simply outstanding. If anyone from Surly reads this please take pity and send me a replacement set!
On that ride my son in-law and I rode about 27 miles, roundtrip from McBain heading West past the famous old railroad tunnel in the river town Rocheport. Several miles outside of Rocheport we scouted a camping site before heading back.
We were on the Katy Trail. A rails-to-trail project here in the Show-Me-State that runs over 240 miles parallel to the mighty Missouri. From one end to the other, and it is the longest such project in the United States. I have hopes of riding the whole thing in 2017.
Here are some pictures I took along the route out.