St. Louis Recreational Cyclists
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Ride Listing Below Last Updated: 10-29 20:35  DCF



 01 Oct Mon  Creve Coeur Lake to New Town and Beyond (3Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 8:30 a.m. (note new ride start time) from Sailboat Cove at Creve Coeur Lake for a mostly flat ride to New Town and beyond in St. Charles County. Ride cancelled if raining at ride start time. Directions: From I-270, exit at Dorsett Rd. West 1.5 miles to Marine Ave. Right (north) on Marine for about 1.3 miles to Sailboat Cove entrance. Options for 25 - 45 miles. Rest/Food Stop in New town. Coordinator: Jim Cobb, cell: 314-369-4101.   Cue Sheet  02 Oct Tue  Lewis & Clark Boathouse - Marais Becket Rd - Portage Des Sioux - Island Rd (4Ab and 4Ac)
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Lewis & Clark Boathouse in St. Charles for a flat ride to Portage Des Sioux. Directions: I-70 west into St. Charles County, exit 5th Street north for 0.2 mile, then right on Boone's Lick Road for 0.5 mile to the Boathouse parking area. Note there are no rest rooms available at the Boathouse parking area. Rest rooms are available at the Tourism Center which is located at the intersection of S. Riverside Drive and First Capitol Drive, approximately 0.5 mile from the Boathouse parking area. Options for 42 or 46 miles. Rest/Food Stop in Portage Des Sioux. Coordinator: Wayne Marsh, home: 636-532-1398, cell: 314-541-5510.   Cue Sheet  02 Oct Tue  Route 66 State Park - Pacific - Grey Summit (3Ba and 3Bb)
Check in around 8:45 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. start. Meet at the Route 66 State Park. MoDOT has permanently closed the Old Route 66 Bridge Bridge between the east and west halves of Route 66 State Park. SEE NEW DIRECTIONS BELOW! We are venturing on the acclaimed Route 66 for a fairly flat ride with a few hills out through Eureka and Pacific. Ride about 32 miles with options for additional mileage. Directions: West on I-44 to the Eureka exit (Exit # 264), Left or south on Hwy 109 (Hwy W) cross under I-44 and immediately turn left onto the entrance ramp for eastbound I-44. Once you're on eastbound I-44, take the very next exit for Williams Rd. (exit # 265). Then take an immediate left on the south outer road. Follow the outer road east then turn left and cross under the two Meramec River bridges. Continue until the T intersection with the main park road, turn right and go a short distance (0.2 mi) to the parking lot with restroom. Coordinators: Pat Cannon, cell: 314-795-3727 and Faye Holdenried, cell: 636-399-4604.   Cue Sheet  03 Oct Wed  Howell Island - Wildwood - Allenton - St. Albans (4Db)
Depart at 7:00 a.m. from Howell Island Parking Lot for a hilly ride through Chesterfield, Wildwood, Allenton and St. Albans. Directions: From West bound Hwy 40 / I-64, take exit 16, turn right on to Chesterfield Airport Road for 2.1 miles then left on to Olive St./Etherton Rd. for 1.6 miles to parking lot on right. Options for 62 or 54 miles. Rest/Food stops at McDonald's, Six Flags and Head's Store, St. Albans. Coordinator: Granville White, cell: 314-581-2458.   Cue Sheet  04 Oct Thur  RIDE CANCELLED  Columbia - Gall Rd - Hanover Rd - Coxeyville Rd - Robinson School Rd - Freeburg - Cherry St (4Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 9:30 a.m. from the MarketPlace in Columbia, Illinois for a 49-mile ride to Freeburg. Directions: I-270/255 SE across the JB Bridge, exit Columbia/Hwy 3 south for 1.9 miles, right at Veterans Pkwy (@ McDonalds) for two blocks, left into the MarketPlace. Rest/Food Stop in Freeburg. Coordinator: Wayne Marsh, home: 636-532-1398, cell: 314-541-5510.   Cue Sheet  05 Oct Fri  Grant’s Trail – out and back (2Ba and 2Bb)
This short, easy 17 mile route is an out and back the length of Grant’s Trail. Gradual inclines. Meet at 8:30 a.m. for 9:00 departure from north parking lot on Holmes Ave, just north of I-44 overpass. Opportunity afterwards for late breakfast or early lunch at The Barn by Sappington House. Cancel if raining at start time. Directions: From I-44 (Exit 278) and Big Bend Road go .1 miles east on Big Bend, turn left onto Melshire .1 miles, then right onto Holmes, cross over I-44 and parking lot is on the left. Coordinator: Ann Stiern, home: 314-965-0212, cell: 314-401-8116. No Cue Sheet needed.  05 Oct Fri  Get Your Kicks Biking Route 66 (1Ca and 2Cb)
Similar to the Moonlight Ramble, on this nighttime cruise (10 p.m. til midnight) you can travel historic Route 66 and see landmarks along the route. Register by Saturday, September 29, to receive souvenir. Registration is $20/person, $35/couple, and entitles you to a souvenir and two refreshments per person. Register here  07-11 Oct Sun/Thur  Covered Bridges of Parke County, Indiana (3Cb to 4Cb)
Parke County, Indiana, boasts - count them - 31 covered bridges! We will see how many we can find during three days of riding. From Rockville, Indiana, there are five signed routes of between 25 and 35 miles, each passing by four to nine covered bridges (http://www.coveredbridges.com/map/) . For anyone wanting longer day rides, I have combined some of the signed routes together to create three longer routes of 37, 49 and 54 miles. Keep in mind that bridges tend to span creeks, so it's usually a descent to the bridge and a climb up from it. These are NOT flat rides! We will stay at the EconoLodge in Rockville, Indiana. Each participant will need to make his/her own reservation.
CLICH HERE for Motel Reservation
Ride loops each day, following the easy handy-dandy colored signs along the way. (We can pick up maps at the Visitor's Center also.) Turkey Run State Park is just ten miles away. It's a fun place to hike and play and the restaurant in the lodge is fantastic! Jim and I will get there Sunday afternoon and check out on Thursday morning. But each person is welcome to arrive whenever it's convenient (transportation to/from Rockville is each person's responsibility) and check out by Thursday morning. Since we'll be riding loops out of Rockville, you can choose how many days you would like to participate. Make your own reservations at the motel, then please contact me to let me know you'll be participating so I can include you in all the plans. Coordinator: Anne Jesse, cell: 314-757-6784.
 08 Oct Mon  Creve Coeur Lake to New Town and Beyond (3Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 8:30 a.m. (note new ride start time) from Sailboat Cove at Creve Coeur Lake for a mostly flat ride to New Town and beyond in St. Charles County. Ride cancelled if raining at ride start time. Directions: From I-270, exit at Dorsett Rd. West 1.5 miles to Marine Ave. Right (north) on Marine for about 1.3 miles to Sailboat Cove entrance. Options for 25 - 45 miles. Rest/Food Stop in New town. Coordinator: Jim Cobb, cell: 314-369-4101.   Cue Sheet  08 Oct Mon  Short, Easy Ride in Creve Coeur Park (2Aa)
Meet at 8:30 a.m., depart at 9:00 from Sailboat Cove in Creve Coeur Park. Ride will be 21 miles, mostly flat, with an opportunity to pedal up four medium C.C. Park hills. Route features nice sections of shade. Cancel, if raining at start time. Directions: From I-270, exit at Dorsett Rd., West 1.5 miles to Marine Ave., Right (north) on Marine for about 1.3 miles to Sailboat Cove entrance. Ride coordinator: Tom Mitchell, home: 314-858-1020, cell: 314-323-8124. No cue sheet needed.  09 Oct Tue  MO Visitor Center (Dunn Rd & Riverview Blvd) - Old Chain of Rocks Bridge - MCT Trails - Collinsville (4Ab and 4Ac)
Depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Missouri Visitor Center (Dunn Rd & Riverview Blvd) for a mostly flat ride across the old Chain of Rocks Bridge and then the MCT Trails in Illinois. Directions: I-270 north to Riverview Blvd (exit #34), left (north) on Riverview Blvd for one block to Dunn Rd, left (west) on Dunn Rd for one block to the Missouri Visitor Center on the left. Options for 31, 36, 45, or 46 miles. Rest/Food Stop at the Culver's restaurant in Collinsville. Coordinator: Wayne Marsh, home: 636-532-1398, cell: 314-541-5510.   Cue Sheet  09 Oct Tue  MCT Trails Ride (3Aa and 3Ba)
Meet at 8:30 a.m. for a 9:00 start from the Metro East Parks & Recreation Admin Building. Ride 30 - 40 miles on the outstanding MCT paved trail network. Directions: From I-255, take the Horseshoe Lake Road exit (exit #26). East on Horseshoe Lake Road for 0.6 miles. Turn right on Freedom Drive, and then turn left, at the tee, on United Dr. (unmarked) to the Metro East Park and Recreation parking lot, directly behind Culver's restaurant. From I-70 east, exit at IL Route 157 (exit #11- Collinsville). North on Rt. 157 for 0.5 miles. Left on United Drive (the road just before Culver's), then a right into the Metro East Park and Recreation parking lot. Coordinator: Claudia Spener, home: 314-862-7851, cell: 636-497-2563.  11 Oct Thur  Columbia - Centerville Rd - Birkner Rd - Waterloo (4Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 9:30 a.m. from the MarketPlace in Columbia, Illinois. Directions: I-270/255 SE across the JB Bridge, exit Columbia/Hwy 3 south for 1.9 miles, right at Veterans Pkwy (@ McDonalds) for two blocks, left into the MarketPlace. Options for 41 or 47 miles. Rest/Food Stop in Waterloo. Coordinator: Wayne Marsh, home 636-532-1398, cell 314-541-5510.   Cue Sheet  12 Oct Fri  Friday Mueller Road Soccer Fields - 3 Ferries Ride (4Ba - 4Bc)
RIDE CANCELLED due to Mississippi River flooding.
Meet at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. start,
as the Grafton Ferry opens at 10:00 a.m. This ride has options for 33 or 41 miles and is for all riders, regardless of your bike speed. There will be two ride coordinators to insure no one gets lost or left behind. If you are not familiar with this ride, we ride from the soccer fields to the Grafton Ferry near Smartt Field. Cross the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to Grafton, Illinois. Pedal up the River Road or bike path to the free Brussels Ferry. Cross the Illinois River to Calhoun County and ride country roads (some hilly) to the Golden Eagle Ferry for a trip back across the Mississippi and a short ride back to the soccer fields. Please remember to bring extra money ($8.00) for the Grafton and Golden Eagle Ferries that each charge $4.00 per bike. Directions: From I-270, take Mo Hwy 370 west into St. Charles County, right at Elm Street/New Town exit, north on New Town Road for 0.5 mile, right on Mueller Road for 0.4 mile to the soccer fields on the right. Coordinators: Wayne Marsh, home: 636-532-1398, cell: 314-541-5510. and Darryl Fabick, home: 314-822-1183, cell:314-952-3133. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND THIS RIDE, PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE LISTING BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE RIDE EARLY FRIDAY A.M., AS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAY BE AT FLOOD STAGE, WHICH COULD CAUSE THE FERRIES TO BE NONOPERATIONAL. Coordinators: Wayne Marsh, home: 636-532-1398, cell: 314-541-5510. and Darryl Fabick (SAG), home: 314-822-1183, cell: 314-952-3133.   Cue Sheet
 12 Oct Fri  RIDE CANCELLED  Grant’s Trail – out and back (2Ba and 2Bb)
This short, easy 17 mile route is an out and back the length of Grant’s Trail. Gradual inclines. Meet at 8:30 a.m. for 9:00 departure from north parking lot on Holmes Ave, just north of I-44 overpass. Opportunity afterwards for late breakfast or early lunch at The Barn by Sappington House. Cancel if raining at start time. Directions: From I-44 (Exit 278) and Big Bend Road go .1 miles east on Big Bend, turn left onto Melshire .1 miles, then right onto Holmes, cross over I-44 and parking lot is on the left. Coordinator: Ann Stiern, home: 314-965-0212, cell: 314-401-8116. No Cue Sheet needed.  15 Oct Mon  Creve Coeur Lake to New Town and Beyond (3Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 8:30 a.m. (note change in depart time) from Sailboat Cove at Creve Coeur Lake for a mostly flat ride to New Town and beyond in St. Charles County. Ride cancelled if raining at ride start time. Directions: From I-270, exit at Dorsett Rd. West 1.5 miles to Marine Ave. Right (north) on Marine for about 1.3 miles to Sailboat Cove entrance. Options for 25 - 45 miles. Rest/Food Stop in New town. Coordinator: Harold Wisely, cell: 314-550-0042.   Cue Sheet  16 Oct Tue   End of Season Ride and Potluck   Kirkwood to Jefferson Barracks Loop (3Ba and 3Bb)
Sign in at 8:30 a.m. for a 9:00 start at the Kirkwood Community Center. This ride (29 - 33) miles will take you thru Webster, River Des Peres, Carondelet Park, pass through historic Jefferson Barracks, Grants trail and back to Kirkwood for an end of season potluck lunch in Kirkwood Park at Lion's Pavilion, across the creek and up from our parking area. Wear your STLRC jersey. Please bring a food item to share and your own beverage. Alcohol is permitted but no hard liquor or glass containers. The pavilion is covered so the potluck will be held rain or shine at approximately 12:30 pm. RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP for 2019 ($10.00) AND SAVE MAILING AND POSTAGE! Directions: I-270 to Manchester Road. East on Manchester for about 2 miles to Geyer Road, south on Geyer for 1.2 miles to Kirkwood Park/Community Center. Park behind the pool. Ride Coordinators: Pat Cannon, cell: 314-795-3727,and Harold Wisely, cell: 314-550-0042.   Cue Sheet  16 Oct Tue  End of Season Grant’s Trail – out and back (2Ba and 2Bb)
We will take our regular route, starting at the Grant’s Trail head. After the ride, drive to Kirkwood Park to join the Potluck. See details and directions in the above notice for the "End of Season Ride and Potluck. This short, easy 17 mile route is an out and back the length of Grant’s Trail. Gradual inclines. Meet at 8:30 a.m. for 9:00 departure from north parking lot on Holmes Ave, just north of I-44 overpass. Cancel if raining at start time. Directions: From I-44 (Exit 278) and Big Bend Road go .1 miles east on Big Bend, turn left onto Melshire .1 miles, then right onto Holmes, cross over I-44 and parking lot is on the left. Coordinator: Tom Mitchell, home: 314-858-1020, cell: 314-323-8124. No Cue Sheet needed.  18 Oct Thur  Columbia - Gall Rd - Waterloo - Goeddletown Rd - Smithton (4Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 9:30 a.m. from the MarketPlace in Columbia, Illinois. Directions: I-270/255 SE across the JB Bridge, exit Columbia/Hwy 3 south for 1.9 miles, right at Veterans Pkwy (@ McDonalds) for two blocks, left into the MarketPlace. Options for 45 or 49 miles. Rest/Food Stop in Smithton. Coordinator: John Buck, home: 314-786-5715, cell: 636-399-3536.   Cue Sheet  21 Oct Sun  Fall Colors Ride
Meet at 9:00 a.m. to ride at 9:30 from the Mueller Road Soccer Park. Directions: I-270 to MO. Hwy. 370 West. Cross river then right on Elm Street/ New Town Blvd, right on New Town for 0.5 mile right on Mueller Road to soccer park on the right. A basically flat 35 mile ride accessing the Great River Road via the Grafton Ferry. ($4 each way) Once we reach Grafton we will head south on the bike trail to Elsah for a ride through Elsah returning for lunch in Grafton before returning to the ferry for the ride back. Coordinator: Joan Fromme, home: 314-831-0113, cell: 314-560-7536.   Cue Sheet  22 Oct Mon  Creve Coeur Lake to New Town and Beyond (3Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 9:30 a.m. from Sailboat Cove at Creve Coeur Lake for a mostly flat ride to New Town and beyond in St. Charles County. Ride cancelled if raining at ride start time. Directions: From I-270, exit at Dorsett Rd. West 1.5 miles to Marine Ave. Right (north) on Marine for about 1.3 miles to Sailboat Cove entrance. Options for 25 - 45 miles. Rest/Food Stop in New town. Coordinator: Wayne Marsh, home: 636-532-1398, cell: 314-541-5510.   Cue Sheet  23 Oct Tue  Change in ride due to Hwy B flooding
Lake St. Louis/Hwy 40 - Meinershagen Rd - Wright City - Wentzville (4Cb and 4Cc)
Depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Schnuck's parking lot at Lake St. Louis Blvd. and Hwy 40. Options for 32, 37, 42 or 47 miles.Rest/Food Stop in Wentzville. Coordinator: Wayne Marsh, home: 636-532-1398, cell: 314-541-5510.   Cue sheet  23 Oct Tue  Old Valmeyer and Beyond (4Aa)
Meet at Old Valmeyer City Park at 9:45 a.m. for a 10:00 departure. This is a mostly flat ride to Prairie du Rocher and back (approx. 42 miles round trip). Directions: 1-27/255 SE across the JB Bridge, exit Columbia /Hwy passing the Marketplace to Valmeyer Road. Right on Valmeyer to Bluff Road. Left on Bluff Road into Old Valmeyer. Left on Margraphrics Road into City Park. The park is approximately 15 minutes past the Market Place in Columbia. If you get to Hwy. 156, you have passed Margraphics. Lunch at Lisa's in Prairie du Rocher. Coordinator: Faye Holdenried, cell: 636-399-4604.   Cue Sheet  23-24 Oct Tue/Wed  RIDE CANCELLED due to Mississippi River flooding.
St. Genevieve Two Day Ride (5Ab)

Arrive in Columbia, Il at 8:30 am. To leave at 9:00 am. Ride 50 miles from Columbia, IL (crossing on the Modoc ferry) to St. Genevieve, returning the following day. Sound interesting? Check out "Trip Info" link for details. Ride Leader: Faye Holdenried (fholdenried@hotmail.com) 636-399-4604.   Trip Info   Cue Sheets - Out to Ste. Gen   Cue Sheet - Back to Columbia  25 Oct Thur  Columbia - Falling Springs - Millstadt - Nollman Rd or Saeger Rd (4Cb and 4Cc)
Depart at 9:30 a.m. from the MarketPlace in Columbia, Illinois. Directions: I-270/255 SE across the JB Bridge, exit Columbia/Hwy 3 south for 1.9 miles, right at Veterans Pkwy (@ McDonalds) for two blocks, left into the MarketPlace. Options for 44 or 47 miles. Rest/Food Stop in Millstadt. Coordinator: Wayne Marsh, home: 636-532-1398, cell: 314-541-5510.   Cue Sheet  25 Oct Thur  MCT Trails Ride (3Aa and 3Ba)
Meet at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:30 start from the Metro East Parks & Recreation Admin Building. Ride 30 - 40 miles on the outstanding MCT paved trail network. Directions: From I-255, take the Horseshoe Lake Road exit (exit #26). East on Horseshoe Lake Road for 0.6 miles. Turn right on Freedom Drive, and then turn left, at the tee, on United Dr.(unmarked) to the Metro East Park and Recreation parking lot, directly behind Culver's restaurant. From I-70 east, exit at IL Route 157 (exit #11- Collinsville). North on Rt. 157 for 0.5 miles. Left on United Drive (the road just before Culver's), then a right into the Metro East Park and Recreation parking lot. Coordinators: Dotty Menetre 314-327-2244; Joanie Fromme 314-560-7536; Vicki McAmis 636-399-2637 and Sharon Friedrich 314-435-9491 All Numbers for Ride Coordinators are their cell numbers. No Cue Sheet required.  26 Oct Fri  RIDE CANCELLED  Grant’s Trail – out and back (2Ba and 2Bb)
This short, easy 17 mile route is an out and back the length of Grant’s Trail. Gradual inclines. Meet at 8:30 a.m. for 9:00 departure from north parking lot on Holmes Ave, just north of I-44 overpass. Opportunity afterwards for late breakfast or early lunch at The Barn by Sappington House. Cancel if raining at start time. Directions: From I-44 (Exit 278) and Big Bend Road go .1 miles east on Big Bend, turn left onto Melshire .1 miles, then right onto Holmes, cross over I-44 and parking lot is on the left. Coordinator: Tom Mitchell, home: 314-858-1020, cell: 314-323-8124. No Cue Sheet needed.  29 Oct Mon  Creve Coeur Lake to New Town and Beyond (3Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 8:30 a.m. from Sailboat Cove at Creve Coeur Lake for a mostly flat ride to New Town and beyond in St. Charles County. Ride cancelled if raining at ride start time. Directions: From I-270, exit at Dorsett Rd. West 1.5 miles to Marine Ave. Right (north) on Marine for about 1.3 miles to Sailboat Cove entrance. Options for 25 - 45 miles. Rest/Food Stop in New town. Coordinator: Harold Wisely, cell: 314-550-0042.   Cue Sheet  30 Oct Tue  St. Peters - O'Fallon - Old Monroe (4Bb and 4Bc)
Depart at 9:30 a.m. from the commuter parking lot on the north side of I-70 at the St. Peters exit (exit #222). Options for 36, 41, or 46 miles. Rest/Food Stop in Old Monroe. Coordinator: Wayne Marsh, home 636-532-1398, cell 314-541-5510.   Cue Sheet  30 Oct Tue  Stacy Park to Tower Grove Park (3Ba and 3Bb)
Meet at 9:00 a.m. for a 9:30 start from Stacy Park in Olivette for a tree peeper’s ride to Tower Grove Park .A 27-mile mostly flat ride that includes the Forest Park bike path. Lunch at the Forest Park Boathouse. Directions: From I-170 west on Olive 1.5 mi to Old Bonhomme. Left on Old Bonhomme 1/4 mi to Stacy Park on the right. Coordinator: Claudia Spener, cell: 636-497-2563.   Cue Sheet  30 Oct Tue  Lewis & Clark Boathouse to New Town Via Neighborhoods) (2Aa)
Meet at Lewis & Clark Boathouse at 9:30 a.m., leave at 10:00 for a 15 mile ride with interesting scenery. See the Holloween decorations. Directions: I-70 west into St. Charles County, exit 5th St., north for 0.2 miles, then right on Boone's Lick Rd. for 0.5 mile to the Boathouse parking area. Park in the shady area to the right. Coordinator: Billie Teneau, home: 314-291-7860, cell: 314-682-8344.   Cue Sheet