Length 6 km (3.7 miles), terrain: flat
If you're lucky enough to travel to St. Charles, Missouri, you'll need to try out this run through the historic town center and out along the Katy Trail.
|Main Street in St. Charles|
|Along the Katy Trail|
Daniel Boone ran the area for the Spanish governor, and he built the Boone Lick Trail, beginning in St. Charles, the oldest trail for settlers west of the Mississippi.
|Old houses in St. Charles|
St. Charles then became the first Missouri state capital, and since then it has retained its original charm, with a collection of 200-year-old houses along Main Street.
So, if you are ready to start your own expedition of discovery around St. Charles, let's go!
|St. Charles station at Frontier Park|
Turn north, with the muddy river off to your right side, past Frontier Park.
|In Frontier Park, parallel to Katy Trail|
|Heading north on the Katy Trail|
NOTE: You could extend the run by another 12 miles northeastwards towards Machens on Missouri's eastern border, or run (or -- better -- bike) the other direction, westwards, for 220 miles along the Missouri to Clinton, MO!
|The Big Muddy, looking north towards the Route 370 bridge|
After you run past the factory again, you'll see a big electrical transformer on the right side. Just before the transformer, turn right to run up Monroe Street for a block, until you get to Main Street.
|The first part of Main Street|
After just a block, you'll see some very rough sidewalk paving on the left, with lots of uneven stones in front of a brick building. This was Missouri's first state capitol building. Behind it is an interesting set of twin log buildings.
|The older part of Main Street|
|At the mill-stream|