Tweed Ride – first cultural tour of 2015
Forty tweed-clad bicyclists rode through the neighborhoods surrounding Tower Grove Park on Saturday morning, enjoying spring blooms and several of the architectural gems that grace the area.
Michael Allen of the Preservation Research Office led the tour, which included McDonald Park, the Carpenter Branch Library, Pope Pius V Catholic Church, Roosevelt High School and the headquarters of the National Organization of Garden Clubs. At each stop, Michael presented the fascinating history and architectural significance of the site.
The tour wound its way through Tower Grove Park, visiting the Christopher Columbus statue (one of few examples in the world of the explorer sporting a beard), and the stone ruins salvaged from the Lindell Hotel that sit at the edge of the park’s central pond.
The ride ended at The London Tea Room, where many members of the group enjoyed Afternoon Tea and lunch (don’t miss their tomato soup and croissants).
Many thanks to LaBerta and Sons Cycles for providing eco-SAG support, to Michael Allen for choosing our destinations and sharing his seemingly limitless knowledge of the area, and to Mark Axe and Peter Wollenberg for the great photographs. Trailnet thanks The London Tea Room not only for providing delicious food and a variety of fancy teas to riders, but also for donating part of the proceeds from their sales to Trailnet.
Join us for our next Cultural Tour, The Art of Riding, on Saturday, May 2, and remember – May is National Bike Month!