KATY Trail 2011 – Day 2

18 May

Today the cycling gods smiled upon us with spectacular weather and a harder packed trail surface.

It was also easier because today was really flat, whereas yesterday was often a 1-3% grade climb.  Not steep obviously, but after miles of it along with the softer surface, it was a harder ride than today. Could be also that I’m warmed up now and so it just felt easier.

Whatever the reason, I don’t care, I’m just happier for the easier ride and hopeful that we’ll find similar conditions tomorrow.

Our mileage today was to be only 35, but we decided to ride the Columbia spur, adding about 18 more miles in total.

We did have a mechanical (in the words of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin) today; Mark’s seat post bolt somehow stripped and wouldn’t hold his saddle in the right position – slipping down and resting on the top of the seat tube – just about 6 inches too low!   He had to pedal the last 10 miles – in his words – riding a clown bike. When we got to the Globe Hotel where we’ re staying tonight, a group of guys (and one woman) on day 2 of a 2700 mile bike tour helped him MacGyver it so he’s all set for tomorrow. Tomorrow we ride to McKittrick, about the same mileage as today.

Today’s ride began in Boonville and ended in Hartsburg, via Columbia, for a total of 54 miles. Words can’t do the Katy justice so I’ll close with pictures and a video to give you an idea of the sights and sounds of the KATY Trail.

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