I took an hour ride after work today. Beautiful night, great workout weather, and wonderful fall trees. I rode the Surly! Starting to love it, but the stock brakes are HORRIBLE. Is it just the pads? Worse than a tandom I had, which vastly improved with just a brake pad upgrade. My bike shop is moving 100 yards from my house so that problem will get solved soon.
As you can see Fall is beautiful here in the Midwest.
I arrived him as it was getting dark. Commuter traffic is so dangerous here. One car turned tight toward me as I was making a left, and they were making a right, off of a residential side street. That stretch is treacherous, and especially so during rush hour when when it corresponds with dusk.
I love the new battery powered LED lights. Finally bike lights worth the money.
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.
This last picture below is the state champion Burr Oak which is somewhere between 350 to 400 years old. During the short while we were there the stately tree received nearly a dozen visitors.