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May 31 - Grafton IL Ferry to Grahm Hollow Rd

Hike from Grafton Ferry to Grahm Hollow Rd and back. Round trip approximately 4 miles

Meet near the Marina at Big Kahuna Floating Bar and Grill 215 W Water St, Grafton, IL

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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  • Jan

    Greg,
    I forgot I've got something else going on Saturday so I had to back out. I was really looking forward to this too.

    May 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry to miss this one I got my dates mixed up. I have other plans. Have fun'

    May 25, 2014

  • Lisa O.

    I'm sorry to miss this one. It looks like fun.

    May 25, 2014

  • Marge

    sounds like fun -- little too far for me.....Enjoy

    May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in St. Louis city near Tower Grove park and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in carpooling.

    May 24, 2014

  • Jan

    Greg, Is this primarily a hike on the flat ground near the river or will you be heading up into the bluffs?

    May 22, 2014

  • Paula

    Will be out of town for this one - bummer!

    May 1, 2014

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