Thursday, June 15, 2023

KATY Trail 2023 - Day 2 - Lee's Summit to Windsor

 We are camped in Windsor in the hot, hot heat. It's 7:00 and 86 degrees out.

Windsor is where the Rock Island Trail from Kansas City meets the KATY trail. Before you get to the Rock Island Trail, you get to do a bit of the Mo Pac Trail, which I think is another rail trail, named after the Missouri and Pacific Railroad. There are Missouri and Pacific cabooses parked around the area here and there.

We did the full 46 miles of the gravel Rock Island Trail, plus the gravel MoPac, plus some random gravel roads. Our 60 miles of riding today was almost entirely gravel.

The Rock Island Trail looks like this the whole way. Yes it is flat and tedious.

There are also very few services. We stopped for breakfast at the start of the Rock Island Trail trail at the Big Creek Cafe, in Pleasant Hill. Max declared it to be the most country cafe ever. Check out the model train hanging from the ceiling.

Pleasant Hill has this nice marker to get you excited about riding the KATY, which is still 46 miles away.

The only other place we stopped was in the booming metropolis of Chilhowee, at the Chilhowee Corner Store. That's the building in the foreground with the plywood window. We had snacks and a half-hour cool down. Chilhowee was 20 miles from the end.

The heat and humidity were pretty oppressive by noon today. And it's supposed to be worse the next two days. I'm really feeling it. I have no appetite. We may cut the 60 mile plan for tomorrow into two days, and hide in motel rooms in the afternoon. It's supposed to cool down after that. We shall see how tomorrow goes.

Here is the Strava track for the day.

No comments: