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Amtrak in Washington, MO


How far off the trail is the Amtrak in Washington and how practical is it to get there on bike? I would prefer to use this stop and avoid getting into St. Louis. Thanks, BF
posted Dec 10 2007 10:10PM - Brian

We hitched a ride in a pickup truck to cross the river. The driver recommended the Sleep Inn in Washington and dropped us off there. It caters to business people, and I thought it was overpriced for what we got. It's about 3 miles down a steep hill to downtown Washington and the Amtrak station. No problem biking there.
posted Dec 14 2007 2:59PM - Jean, Anchorage, AK

Washington is about 4 miles, via hwy 47, from Dutzow trailhead. Be warned that this is not an easy ride. Highway 47 has a 55 MPH speed limit and a gravel shoulder. The bridge across the Missouri River has a 45 MPH limit, and no shoulder. I've heard of people doing it on bike, but they have tougher nerves than I do. If you are spending the night, you might be able to find a B&B that will give you a ride.

Good luck!
posted Dec 16 2007 9:35PM - Ray (webmaster)

My wife and I did this in October. We are not young (67 & 73), there was a significant headwind from the Southeast and my wife wimped out riding to and across the bridge. We got a ride in a truck from the host of our B&B (Brick House), and after the ride I decided my wife's judgment was better than mine. Unless you can do 4 miles at a brisk speed followed by about 30 mph up the hill to the bridge it would be a really scary and ill-advised trip by bike.
posted Dec 18 2007 12:46PM - tomdet, Minneapolis, MN

We caught the train from Washington to Jeff City--then rode back. The Dutzow Deli is right
on the trailhead across the river from Washington and a nice way to finish. I chickened out
on riding over the bridge to get the car, so my husband went by myself. He admitted it was
not smart--no shoulder and dangerous bridge. I would recommend calling a cab from the
Deli to get to the station.
posted Apr 9 2008 9:27PM - cunninghamair, O'Fallon, MO

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