Do you have bike trails near your home?
Dan and I are lucky enough to have several trails near where we live.
370 Lakeside Park is 4.6 miles from our home. However, there is not a good bike route to the park. So this was the day to use our new Rocky Mounts e-bike rack for the first time.
Terry, my blogging friend, at Radically Retired espouses the philosophy of lifetime learning. Inspired by her post to learn something new every day, on this day I counted using our new e-bike rack as fulfilling that daily mission. The sales rep had shown us how to use the rack, but that was more than two months ago. A quick two minute video on YouTube reminded us of all we needed to know. And Dan’s muscles provided all the strength we needed to have. These bikes are heavy, weighing 60 pounds each. I assisted, but Dan did all the heavy lifting.
Once at the park, we did a quick five mile loop around the lake. We had brought our lunch as well as our Rummikub game. We took advantage of the park’s beautiful pavilion to enjoy our lunch and a couple of games. Once refreshed, we rode another ten miles. The park’s trail generally loops around the lake and can be followed out of the park into the St. Peter’s area. It was a fantastic way to spend the afternoon.
On another day, we chose to ride down to the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a crushed limestone trail that goes across the state of Missouri basically following the Missouri River. Dan and I are lucky enough that we can ride our e-bikes out of our garage and get on trails which will lead us to the Katy Trail. Then we can ride the Katy Trail to Frontier Park.
The Frontier Park area hosts various festivals and music throughout the year. It is a pretty park with a view of the Missouri River. It is frequented by hikers and bikers as the Katy Trail continues through the park.
A block up from Frontier Park is Main Street, also known as the historic downtown St. Charles area, site of Missouri’s First Capitol. There are shops, restaurants and bars. And a couple blocks down is The Foundary Art Centre. Here, during the summer months, you can find a Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.
About a mile north of Frontier Park is an area known as Frenchtown which is where we stopped for lunch. We chose “La Belle Vie” for our lunch, a charming cafe our friendly neighbor, Sue, had recently told us about.
La Belle Vie opened, yes opened, in 2020. Operating, much less opening, a restaurant in 2020 was difficult, to say the least. This cafe appears to be thriving, likely due to its successful mixture of location, atmosphere and delicious food. La Belle Vie offers breakfast and lunch as well as inside and outside dining. Check the website as the hours may be expanded during the summer season. We will definitely go back. And Talia, if you are reading this post, let’s put this on the agenda for your next visit. It’s the perfect spot for some mother/daughter time.
After our lunch, we rode back home for a total of 15 miles. Our total, so far, on our e-bikes is about 750 miles. That’s over the course of ten months, including the winter months where we didn’t ride at all.
We really enjoy our e-bikes, and we really enjoy living in St. Charles and all that the area offers. I know we are blessed. And every single day, I give thanks to the Lord above for “La Belle Vie.” And I’m not talking about the cafe.