A RIDE IN THE COLOR

I love Fall. I hate election season. I think they should change elections to February 10th right where it should be—in the dark, gloomy winter.
So I threw the bike on the rack and hit my favorite trail—The 11-mile loop at St. Joe State Park.

I love the Fall. I hate election season. I think they should change elections to February 10th right where it should be—in the dark, gloomy winter. Man, it totally drains me out. The negativity sucks all the color off the Autumn leaves. I had to get away from it all and get out there. So I threw the bike on the rack and hit my favorite trail—The 11-mile loop at St. Joe State Park.

The idea of wasting this wonderful resource for time in front of a computer or television is no choice for me.
The forest, the rivers, the people...make the 573 the only place on earth I choose to live...

The entire 11 miles is paved and well maintained. It’s perfect for road bikes with thin tires and it’s a great workout up and down those beautiful hills. Hitting this trail in fall is like a dream. The colors almost hurt your eyes and the silence is deafening. I love them both. The forest, the rivers, the people...make the 573 the only place on earth I choose to live—I could live anywhere I like. And the best thing about all the cool outdoor things the area has to offer is it’s ALL free.

I get on the trail, plug in my headphones, and watch the seasons change a few times a week. I wouldn’t trade it for all the tea in China.

St. Joe, Elephant Rocks, Hawn, Trail of Tears, Sam A, Johnson’s Shut-ins, Taum Saul Mountian, St. Francois, Echo Bluff, Washington, Meramec, Onondaga Cave, Missouri Mines, Lake Wappapello, Montauk...make this place rock!




St. Joe State Park is a public recreation area consisting of 8,243 acres along the flanks of the Saint Francois Mountains. The state park includes the Missouri Mines State Historic Site with its former St. Joe Minerals mill buildings and museum of geology and mining. The park features four lakes, two swimming beaches, equestrian trails, a hiking and bicycling trail, a water trail, motocross/off-road trails and picnic sites, as well as two campgrounds capable of accommodating campers with ORV or horse trailers.




I get on the trail, plug in my headphones, and watch the seasons change a few times a week. I wouldn’t trade it for all the tea in China. It takes my stress away, it gives me a new perspective, and it keeps my senses sharp. The idea of wasting this wonderful resource for time in front of a computer or television is no choice for me.

GET OUT THERE!

Here’s a link to the park’s site https://www.mostateparks.com/park/st-joe-state-park