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My husband and I have never ridden the Katy trail. We are hoping to do a 2-3 day ride in May. We are thinking around 30 miles a day. We would like to either find a good parking spot (coming from southeast KS) and a shuttle service, or take Amtrak from Kansas City to where we will start riding. Any great routes recommended? We have looked at the mileage charts and have a few ideas.
posted Apr 5 2010 12:12PM - drhollaway, Miami County, KS

Other than a couple of small sections, we've been on it all except Clinton to Sedalia and have found all routes taken to be a good time. Sedalia to Boonville as well as Hermann both directions for several miles seem to be peacefull and less crowded than the Rocheport area or the eastern end around Augusta to St. Charles.

On the other hand, if you're looking for some good places to stay and eat, try the Rocheport area.....bistro at the winery, Hotel Frederick in Boonville, Hermann area....Hermann Hill B&B/cottages, Stone Hill winery, etc.....the old main street in St. Charles is worth the trip too.

Go with your gut ideas....you probably know whether you like to visit wineries or stay in B&B's, etc. or if you'd more rather be away from civilization.
posted Apr 5 2010 2:57PM - Trek

Good suggestions.
Also, your 30-mile daily distance could propose sampling the trail in the Rocheport region, between Boonville (14-miles west w/depot-caboose museum) and Jefferson City (36-miles southeast w/bluffs and Mo River). If you return to your vehicle each trip, you can go wherever you want each day. Enjoy.
posted Apr 7 2010 10:54AM - jd, gkc

My wife and I are going to do a two day on May 1 & 2. We are going to park at Hartsburg and ride to Rocheport, spend the night and ride back to Hartsburg the next day. We are riding the whole trail in June, but will be passing thru the Rocheport area on a Monday or Tuesday for that trip, and most of the shops in Rocheport wont be open. Based on many recommendations we wanted to see this area on a weekend.
posted Apr 7 2010 11:14AM - MidSouth, Rogersville, Mo

How easy is it for a good to seasoned biker to complete 30 miles a day? Can the entire trail from Clinton to STL be completed in under a week for a decent biker?
posted Apr 12 2010 2:26AM - Anonymous

My wife and I are from seasoned or even good bikers, we just bought our bikes last September. We went 24 miles on the trail last Saturday in about 3 hours with only a 15 minute break at half-way. I think that if we start early in the morning and take a few meal breaks during the day, 35 miles is not a problem for an entire day. We are biking from Clinton to St. Charles Saturday to Saturday with an extra day of sightseeing in Hermann. There are select few that can ride the whole trail in one day, a few more that can ride it in 2-3 days, and many that ride it in 5-7 days. We are both in our late 50's and I had double bypass surgery less than a year ago.
posted Apr 12 2010 9:20PM - MidSouth, Rogersville, MO

IF YOU WANT AN ADVENTURE. TAKE AMTRAK FROM KC TO SEDALIA. STAY SEDALIA AT BOSWELL HOTEL. NEXT DAY GO TO CALHOUN TO CRUCE'S CABOOSES. VIST CLINTON THE NEXT DAY. COME BACK TO CALHOUN TO CABOOSES. THEN BACK TO SEDALIA TO AMTRAK BACK TO KC. OR ANY VARATION OF THE ABOUT.
posted Apr 14 2010 12:38PM - NOMAD, CALHOUN

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