Aug 3 - Grafton IL Ferry to Grahm Hollow Rd

Hike from Grafton Ferry to Grahm Hollow Rd and back. Round trip approximately 5 miles

Meet at The Grafton Winery 300 West Main Grafton, IL 62037 Get Directions (618)[masked] http://www.thegraftonwinery.com/

Driving directions to Grafton, IL from Florissant to Grafton, IL 27.7 mi ---- about 42 mins Suggested routes 1. Head east on N US-67 toward St George Ct 5.8 mi 2. Turn left to merge onto Lewis and Clark Blvd/US-67 toward Alton IL Continue to follow US-67 Entering Illinois 6.7 mi 3. Turn left at Landmarks Blvd 0.8 mi 4. Turn left at W Broadway/IL-100 Continue to follow IL[masked] mi

Driving directions from downtown Kirkwood to Grafton, IL 50.5 mi ---- 1 hour 9 mins Driving directions to Grafton, IL Suggested routes 1. Head north on N Geyer Rd toward W Jefferson Ave 1.2 mi 2. Turn left at Manchester Rd/MO[masked] mi 3. Merge onto I-270 N via the ramp to Chicago 21.9 mi 4. Take exit 31B to merge onto Lewis and Clark Blvd/MO-367 Continue to follow Lewis and Clark Blvd 5.5 mi 5. Lewis and Clark Blvd turns left and becomes Deer Dr/US-67 Continue to follow US-67Entering Illinois 4.9 mi 6. Turn left at Landmarks Blvd 0.8 mi 7. Turn left at W Broadway/IL-100 Continue to follow IL[masked] mi

Possible food places: The Grafton Winery, The Piasa Pub, Riverview Winery Just 5 blocks up Mulberry Street from Main Street in Grafton http://www.aerieswinery.com/

An alternate route back would be to cross the river on the ferry and return through St Charles County Driving directions to Hazelwood, MO 16.6 mi – about 31 mins Suggested routes Grafton Ferry Rd, Portage Des Sioux, St Charles, Missouri 63373 1. Head south on Grafton Ferry Rd toward St Charles County Airport 2.0 mi 2. Turn right at N Hwy-94/MO-94 Continue to follow MO[masked] mi 3. Take the ramp on the left to MO[masked] mi 4. Merge onto MO-370 E 4.2 mi 5. Take the I-270

What to bring: - WATER – THIS IS IMPORTANT ALL YEAR LONG AND ESPECIALLY IN THE WARMER MONTHS. WE WILL USUALLY BE OUT FOR AT LEAST 1 ½ HOURS AND THAT IS TOO LONG TO GO WITHOUT REPLENISHING THE LIQUIDS THAT YOU WILL BE BURNING WHILE WALKING. – I AVOID DRINKING CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES BEFORE WALKING. THEY DRY ME OUT AND MAKE ME HAVE TO URINATE MORE. THE ARE A LOT OF GOOD ARTICLES ABOUT “effects of caffeine and exercise” ON THE INTERNET OR ASK YOU DOCTOR. - Dress in layers (not sure what the weather will do). The top couple of layers should be easily unbuttoned or unzipped to allow easy ventilation. Wear a hat. - I recommend broken in hiking shoes over Tennis shoes. A lot of the trails are over loose gravel and dirt and the treads on the hiking boots work much better. - Snacks – EAT LIGHTLY BEFORE THE WALK AND BRING A POWER BAR OR SNACK TO MUNCH ON DURING THE WALK.

Meetup Donation: Meetup charges me $72 every six months to have the Walking site. If you would like to donate $1 at some of the walks, it will be appreciated. Greg Kluempers

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  • Paula

    Great day!

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Carol A K.

    Great time with good people, humidity bad, next time will dress cooler.Good workout hike.

    August 3, 2013

  • Greg K.

    looks like the rain is heading south

    1 · August 3, 2013

    • Carol A K.

      Rain didn't stop us at Muny last night so it won't stop us today either! Bringing umbrella has in case, wearing black pants and too to match, tennis shoes are pink and grey, see you at Winery parking lot.

      August 3, 2013

  • Paula

    I'm heading out soon too - just bring an umbrella. See you there.

    August 3, 2013

  • MaryBeth

    I'm leaving shortly, if you decide not to go on the walk, please call me on my cell 636=543-0056. Thanks

    August 3, 2013

  • MaryBeth

    Does anybody want to carpool, maybe from South County ? I am coming from Desoto.

    August 1, 2013

  • Carol A K.

    Plan on meeting in Grafton cause I live so close by, please let me know where would be best to see group for starers, Ferry or Winery??

    July 30, 2013

    • Greg K.

      Grafton Winery & Brewhaus

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • Carol A K.

    TThis is my neighborhood since I live in Alton Ol. Great place for hikes!

    July 27, 2013

  • MaryBeth

    It will be fun. Looking forward to it.

    July 27, 2013

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