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I just finished a solo ride from Sedalia to St. Charles. An amazing experience in itself, but it was the people and places along the way that made it even more memorable. The park in Pilot Grove is a great place to camp out. The Riverside Diner in Boonville had a great bacon cheeseburger! Katfish Katy's in Huntsdale is a nice little break from the ride. They had a great blues band playing. Luck would have it I met a cab driver in Jefferson City. He pulled up, saw my bike, and quickly showed me his tattoo. He had completed the Iron Man in 1993, gave me a lot of good training tips. Unfortunately I had total blowout on my rear tire a mile before Mokane and believe me, you'll find out that Katy Trail bikers are the most friendly people you will ever meet. A couple from South Carolina and Florida had come to ride with a friend of theirs from Columbia, MO; they tried their best to patch my tire and even gave me a spare tube. While the tire was in to bad of shape to continue I soon found out, my grandfather drove in and took me to Herman. A man who owns the local bicycle shop opened up after hours and soled me a new tire and tube; talk about service! A man named Doug also owns a B&B in Bluffton, I didn't stay there, but I rode with him for a couple miles, great guy. While there is more to list, I'll stop, but a few pointers for those who haven't ridden the trail before. Make sure to fill up with water at McKittrick, it's another 15 miles before you'll hit another water stop. Defiance will also be the last stop for water before you reach St. Charles. Especially if you drop and spill your water like I did. Thankfully one of the local houses was more than gracious about filling up my bottle. I couldn't have picked a better time to ride, the weather was bueatiful. More people should experience the Katy Trail, it's an amazing resource for the State of Missouri. The people, places, and scenery are more than I could have ever asked for!
posted May 20 2009 9:50PM - Tyler, Vandalia, MO

Riding from Rhineland to St. Charles this weekend. Looks like weather is going to be beautiful!
posted May 20 2009 10:13PM - Lc, Paducah

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