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Dutzow Trailhead

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Mile marker 74


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Dutzow Trailhead (Dutzow)
A Pauley from The Villages Fl on 03/22/2010 06:25 AM:
Is the bridge to washington mo very unsafe for bikers? We wish to start at Dutzow, park our car and bike to Jefferson city then return to washington by amtrak.

 
Trek on 03/22/2010 08:05 AM:
No. It is very, very narrow with no shoulder. Call a cab or make arrangements with your lodging provider to give you a shuttle across.

 
cunninghamair from O'Fallon, MO on 03/29/2010 08:01 PM:
My husband made the mistake of going across once for the car. Don't do it. Very

dangerous.

 
alaska marcia from anchorage on 07/26/2011 11:54 PM:
I just read that there is a new bridge and it has a bike lane. Gotta love progress when it includes cycling.

 
SteveK from saint louis, MO on 07/27/2011 07:13 AM:
Alaska, the original question was on crossing the Washington, MO Missouri River bridge and there is nothing on that bridge that resembles a bike lane and it is about 80 years old. Other bike lanes/crossings that are more recently built were for Hermann, MO and Jefferson City, MO.

 
marcia from anchorage on 07/27/2011 02:13 PM:
Steve, thanks for the clarification. I must have been reading about one of the other bridges. Guess I'll just have to take the lane.

 
Cunninghamair from St louis on 07/28/2011 10:20 AM:
Anchorage,
We are seasoned road riders, and I advise again not to cross this bridge. Taking the lane here will only get you run over. It's a very narrow, highly travelled bridge with FAST traffic. I just crossed in my car a few weeks ago and my sister squealed all the way across. Call a cab. It's not worth it.

 
marcia from anchorage on 07/28/2011 11:22 AM:
Ok, thanks. Not worth the risk.

 
Elwood from Chicago on 09/12/2011 01:30 AM:
I live in downtown Chicago. I often cross the Roosevelt Road bridge six lanes of traffic with the bike lanes between 1 and 2 then 5 and 6. I have steered around crack needles behind aggressive cabs with buses on my butt. Family logistics were such Washington Amtrak was my best departure point from the Katy Trail. I planned to bike across the Washington bridge with my single wheel trailer.
I had a ticket for the 12:31 pm Amtrak, September 10th, 2011. I got up early at Klondike camp and left the rainy soft muddy Katy trail in Augusta. I traveled Augusta Bottom Road from Augusta to RT 47. It was raining hard when I got to the Rt 47 intersection about quarter mile from the bridge. The numerous fast moving cars and trucks were kicking up a mist over the road. My cell phone was wet and acting flaky. I had been so confident about crossing I did not have any cab numbers anyway. A pickup pulled up beside me and signaled left. I stuck up my thumb and motioned to the back bed. A local father taking his son to youth football game loaded my bike and gave me a ride across the bridge. I left a couple soggy bills on the seat.
If they ever build a new bridge it will not have a bike lane named in my honor.


 
kelly from nj on 09/12/2011 08:43 AM:
I was going to suggest hitching across. I've had lots of good luck with friendly pick-up truck drivers willing to help me get me and my bike through tight spots. A local in Washington, MO, suggested that if you do bike across this bridge that you use the whole lane and make cars wait behind you. Of course, the cars behind you might not like this strategy.

Dutzow Trailhead (Dutzow)
Anonymous on 09/19/2006 12:59 PM:
Is there overnight parking at this location? Please respond to jkinney@metrotilekc.com.



Thanks

 
Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 09/19/2006 01:54 PM:
Can you tell me if there is overnight parking available in Dutow? We are trying to plan a trip to McKittrick and don't want to get our vehicle towed.

- posted 9/18/2006 7:08:44 PM by john kinney , leawood, kansas



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There is ample parking at the trailhead in Dutzow.

- posted 9/18/2006 9:41:37 PM by Trek Biker , St. Joseph, MO



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We are doing the reverse of you :) How do you getacross the bridge into Herman? That road is way to fast.

- posted 9/18/2006 11:41:04 PM by tammy , wright city



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Many of the B&B's will shuttle you from Hermann to McKittrick...check with who you are staying with as they may already have you covered.



Many warn not to ride the bridge in Jefferson City and Hermann. We have ridden both and found them not to be as bad as the thermal runaway crowd might want you to think. If you are a novice....the Hermann bridge may not be for you. If you are accustomed to riding in or near traffic.....time your entry onto the bridge with little or no traffic behind you. The Hermann locals seem to be accomodating.

- posted 9/19/2006 8:43:55 AM by Trek Biker , St. Joseph, MO


 
Ray (webmaster) on 09/20/2006 09:52 AM:
I just spoke with the Department of Natural Resources, and they said that overnight parking is allowed at all trailheads. They suggested that if you will be gone for several days, you may want to let local law enforcement know about your car as a courtesy. That way they won't suspect that it is stolen or abandoned. As long as you're on the state's trailhead parking lots, and not on any private business's lot, you should be fine.