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Rosk Island Spur

I am thinking about plans for a ride next year from KC area to St Charles.
I am not familiar with the new Rock Island Spur. Does this start near the KC are?
About how far from the KC Amtrak is the RIS trailhead? Will there be additional sections completed before May 2018?
posted Nov 13 2017 2:10PM - Mark, NW Arkansas

Use Google Maps and select Pleasant Hill MO. That is the current start of the trail. Then select "Bike" routes in the map options, then directions. Select Lees Summit Amtrak Station. Select "Bicycle". That will give you a route between the two points. Search this site. There have been several postings about cycling between the two points. It is about 10 miles, and most routes have sections with traffic or no shoulder. The RIT currently rides a bit slower than the KT as the surface is not as well packed.
posted Nov 14 2017 10:38AM - Ron_S, Overland Park

There is a FB page The Rock Island Trail at Windsor. Riders have posted their rides from Lee's Summit to Pleasant Hill and the Rock Island Spur. Just recently the top layer has been put down on the RI and rolled from P Hill to Windsor - it's very nice
posted Nov 14 2017 3:48PM - Kim Henderson, Windsor

My parents recently took the Amtrak from Lee's Summit (station code LEE on Amtrak's site) to St. Charles and then rode their bikes back to Pleasant Hill. Currently, Pleasant Hill on the Rock Island Spur is as close as you get to Kansas City. PH is SE of Lee's Summit, a short car drive of maybe 10 or 15 miles by road, approximately. I haven't clocked the actual distance, but it isn't far.

You can take Amtrak to downtown KC, but if the RIT was your interest, Lee's Summit station would be the closest Amtrak stop. I ride the RIT all the time, takes me roughly 20 minutes or so from my LS home to the Pleasant Hill trailhead.

If someone on a long bike ride from STL to KC needed a ride from PH to the LS Amtrak station or vice versa, I might be able to assist. I have a bike rack on my car that could transport two bikes. I've posted on the Mo RIT facebook page, if you're on FB you could contact me. Usually available weekdays, as I work weekends.

posted Dec 10 2017 7:49PM - Matt Brickell, Lee's Summit

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