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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Everything's just peachy!

With apologies to The Presidents of The USA, I'm gonna ride out in the country and I'm gonna eat a lot of peaches!

And you can, too!

Both of the St. Louis-area's main bicycling groups, the Gateway Council of Hostelling International and Trailnet, have Peach Pedal rides this weekend.

The Gateway Council's Peach Pedal takes place this Saturday and Sunday (July 26-27) at Eckert's Country Store, 951 S. Green Mount Road in Belleville, Ill. Sign-in both days take place from 8:30 to 11 a.m., and the cost of the ride is $15 for HI-USA members, $20 for non-members and $10 for children. The fee covers both days, so you can ride Saturday and Sunday. After the ride, you can enjoy a free frozen custard cone at Eckert's.

Trailnet's Bicycle Fun Club's Peach Pedal takes place Sunday (July 27) at Mills' Apple Farm, 11477 Pocahontas Road near Marine, Ill. Sign-in takes place from 7:30 to 9 a.m., and the cost of the ride is $8 for members, $12 for non-members and $3 for children.

No matter which ride you choose, there will be plenty of peaches to buy this year in the metro-east. Last year, the metro-east peach crop was nearly destroyed by a hard April freeze, but Eckert's says there are plenty of large peaches to be had this year. This year’s cool, wet spring delayed the season by a week to 10 days. But that same delay has made the fruit larger than in typical years, an Eckert's spokesman says.

I don't know if there's millions of peaches at the two metro-east orchards, but there should be plenty for you!

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Roger 1 comments links to this post 3:47 PM

I love that song, I don't know why. Next time I'm out on the bike, it's going to be running through my head... the perfect cadence!
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