The weather continues to be amazing here in central MO. Wow! Coolish mornings and sunny days. I could live like this! And this time, life actually HELPED me git'r done. I was tasked with taxi mom duty tonight. I had to take 3 boys to football practice and then approximately 90-105 min later, take 4 boys back to their respective parents. The good news? The field is spitting distance from the Jefferson City trailhead of the Katy Trail. I tossed the bike in the back of the husband's truck, stacked football pads all around and headed out.
Once the boys were suited up, I strapped on my helmet (plus fannie pack with key, phone and ID since I still don't have the cool bracelet) and jumped on my bike riding out of the gravel parking lot, down the road a bit, across the JC Parks Greenway spur and onto the Katy Trail. For those not familiar, this is a fantastic rails to trails project that now stretches essentially across the entire state of Missouri. I rode from the trailhead to MM 149 and back. I tried to map it best I could guess and with the to/from the football field, I think it was about 15.25 miles. Unfortunately, the mile markers aren't available on Map My Ride so I just went off what I remembered seeing as geographical references (creek crossings, river bend, levee wetlands).
Did experience some trail snobs though. I said "hi" to everyone I passed - or at a minimum smiled if they appeared to be Ipod zoned. Most of the bikers appeared to be "cruisers" - not folks hammering out miles. Most of the runners also fit this category (though a couple looked more hard core). And hardly any gave me the time of day! What's up with that? Missourians tend to be more friendly than this so I hope if you ever grace my state and enjoy some trail riding you are treated more kindly.
I got back with time to spare (plus practice ran a little long) to do some light stretching. I am feeling the workout though. Think I'll pop a few ibuprofen before bed.