Saint Louis Earth Day Festival

On Saturday afternoon a severe line of thunderstorms swept over Saint Louis. It brought high winds, hail and lots of rain. On Sunday we dealt with the aftermath. The weather was grey, with occasional showers, mist and fog. The roads were covered with debris and downed branches from the previous night’s storm. It was a great day for a bike ride.

I launched towards the Park. My goal was to hookup with Trailnet’s Pedal for the Planet ride. I arrived at the history museum fifteen minutes late for the scheduled 9:30 tour, but instead of a registration booth let alone the tour, I found nothing. I suspect that Trailnet bailed, because of the weather. I didn’t think that the weather was that bad and I had thought that Trailnet always held their rides, rain or shine.

I tooled around the Park and got 15 miles.  I took the picture of the Great White Egret and today’s header of Duckweed.  Except for a few spits it hardly rained.  The sun even poked through at one time.

After lunch Anne and I launched towards the Park. After a couple of blocks Anne turned around, because it was raining. I elected to press on regardless. I rode over to the Saint Louis Earth Day Festival. It was a wet ride, but I wanted to go. The festival was also rather damp, but there were dry places under the covered entrances to the Muny.

The Earth Day festival included the usual collection of booths. There were corporate booths touting their company’s greenness. Every self-respecting environmental organization was represented. Then there were the others. Among the others were booths dedicated to hawking craft products. Also among the others were health related booths. Many of these were new age in bent. While there was a crowd, it was nowhere near last year’s dryer throng.

Riding home through the rain, I was reminded of last year’s 5-Boro’s Tour. That ride was ridden in an almost all day rain. This year’s 5-Boro’s Tour is this coming weekend. I got another 10 miles, 25 miles for a rather wet day.

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