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My cross Missouri bike ride including Katy and Rock Island
Mapmedic from KCMO on 09/14/2021 10:23 AM
I used this page plus the two Facebook groups to plan my trip, so I thought I would share my Facebook post here. If you plan to do the whole trail, do your homework. As the old saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
From my Facebook:
I just rode my bicycle across the entire state of Missouri, plus about 31 miles into Illinois crossing the Mississippi via a river ferry. Later going back across the Mississippi via the historic Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, ending my ride at the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium. The Cardinals were about to play and it was a very fun environment. That atmosphere made me realize why some people want to see the Royals have a stadium downtown. This bike ride took six days and 394 miles, starting on Monday, Labor Day and concluding yesterday, the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Garmin does not have the ability to track multi-day rides, perhaps I can merge them later with an app. I rode all of the Rock Island trail and almost all of the Katy trail. The majority of the trip was gravel trail, some paved trail and perhaps 35 miles on streets or highway. I did not camp, opting to stay in AirBnB and hotels, allowing me to travel lighter plus have showers and good rest. My bike and I caught the Amtrak back to Kansas City.
I want to give a shout out to Platte County Parks 100 mile challenge for their brilliant idea to motivate residents to be active during COVID in 2020. They were unable to host the usual activities of organized bike rides and paddling events (due to COVID) so they challenged residents to complete 100 miles of activities in 100 days. That gave me the motivation to do it and I kept going. No way I would have ever considered doing anything like this a year ago. I lost 30 pounds and have improved my health.

Day one Westwood, KS to Pleasant Hill, MO 36 miles
Day two P Hill to Sedalia 71 miles
Day three Sedalia to Columbia 68 miles
Day four Columbia to Hermann 82 miles
Day five Hermann to St Charles 67 miles
Day six St Charles to St Louis 69 miles

Bill in Houston from Houston on 09/16/2021 02:26 PM
way to go!

madununibomer from op on 09/17/2021 07:34 PM
what was your route from westwood to pleasant hill.did use google maps

MapMedic from KCMO on 09/18/2021 02:19 PM
Cut and paste the link below to get details of the Garmin course. I did look at maps ahead of time, but I navigated most of this in my head. I tracked my route on my Garmin trip computer and saved it. I had no problems with traffic on a holiday Monday even though I had to wait a few moments to cross a couple streets.


MapMedic from KCMO on 09/18/2021 02:28 PM
If interested, here is my planned course from Kansas to Illinois and down to St Louis. I skipped Jeff City because it would have added about 8 miles to my 82 mile ride from COMO to Hermann.


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Looking for recommendations
Karl the Biker from Lenexa, KS on 09/18/2021 11:32 AM
Looking for recommendations on a 20 mile (10 miles out and 10 miles back) ride. My son and I have mountain bikes. Ideally, the ride would have a restaurant at the turn-around point. We'd like to start (and finish) somewhere mid-point on the trail. We're from Kansas City. We'd like to take this ride later this month.

Globe Hotel Bed and Breakfast from Hartsburg on 09/18/2021 01:51 PM
Call the Globe Hotel Bed and Breakfast in Hartsburg, MO. (573)657-4529 for information.

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Trip Report - Long - Sept. 2021
Jack from Columbus on 09/14/2021 11:48 AM
A little background, riders were my son and I. This is our fourth weeklong ride. Past rides are the GAP/C&O, Erie Canal and Ohio to Erie. I ride a Jamis Renegade Exploit gravel/adventure bike and my son, who is 6'9" rides a KHS Flite 747 road bike which was the largest production bike I could find at the time. He rides 32c tires and I ride 35c we both had new Panaracer GravelKing SS+ tires. We both have about 30+ pounds in rear panniers.

Day 1 - Travel
We drove from Columbus, Ohio to St. Louis airport and picked up a rental van at Hertz. Parked our car at the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Museum and then drove to the Hampton Inn in Lee's Summit. Dropped everything at the hotel and then dropped the van off at Hertz in Lee's Summit and rode back to the hotel.

Day 2 - Lee's Summit to Windsor - 60.5 planned/66.4 actual
Started out to work our way down to Pleasant Hill. After looking at all the different routes, I decided to trust Google Maps and go down Smart Road. I thought this might be the gravel route everyone mentions but thought we try it and if it was too difficult for the road bike we could bail out to Ramson Road. Smart Road is gravel half way but very rideable.

The plan was to get to Pleasant Hill and hit the Subway for to-go sandwiches for lunch since it did not look like there was much in the way of food on the Rock Island spur. We made good time to the trail head but once we hit it, we looked back at a wall of black clouds. A quick weather check showed a severe thunderstorm warning telling us to take shelter immediately for a storm traveling 55 mph with 40+ mph winds. Needless to say we made excellent time getting to Pleasant Hill looking for a barn or some shelter along the way but nothing until we hit the Lathrop elevator on the outskirt. Big thanks to the folks at Lathrop who allowed us to take shelter in the offices and we only got a little soaked. After the main storm passed we rode over to Subway, ate lunch and waited another hour for the rain to mostly pass and headed out.

So now the answer to the question of whether you can use a road bike on the Katy (Rock Island) - This is the type of day you do not want a road bike. With the bigger tires, there is very little clearance on the frame. The Rock Island is a very soft trail, it was really very sloppy and his track was deeper than mine. For the next 30-40 miles he had trouble keeping speed and was often working hard to move 8-9 mph. It was tiring him out quickly. After a couple stops he figured out the wet limestone dust was now a mud and clogging his chain stays, gears and anything else it could. After cleaning out the bike he could make much better time (plus the trail dried a little) and we ended up averaging around 11 mph for the day, much slower than anticipated. I had no trouble with my bike.

Our stop for the night was Kim's Cabins in Windsor. Kim is absolutely fantastic. We were a couple hours late because of the weather and slow speed but Kim was very patient. Her cabins are all you could ask for after a day of riding. Two double beds, couch, table, chairs, full kitchen, bathroom, bike storage, outdoor space and all brand new. Highly recommended.

Our first learning experience for the trip is that everything in the small trail towns close early. Plan on being off the trail by 5 if you want to eat in a restaurant since they seem to close between 6:30 and 7. We ended up getting pizza and beer (not bad) at the Casey's convenience store which is the only pizza joint in town and only place still open within walking distance after we cleaned ourselves and the bikes up.

After a rough day we were not sure we wanted to continue if the Katy was in the same shape as the Rock Island and the scenery did not get any better. We did not feel the ride that day offered much motivation to keep going but we did.

Day 3 - Windsor to Rocheport - 65.9 planned/73.6 actual
Started out for a better day. Of course in the first 15 miles out of Windsor I get a flat. In changing the tube we noticed about a dozen of my spoke holes have cracks. This had to be happening for some time but it is strange that we just put the new tires on and did not notice them. The rims are three years old and I have never touched the spokes, I leave that up to my LBS. I was not real happy with the last service, I think they changed owners, and it seems they may have overtightened my spokes. Started looking like we would not be finishing this ride.

We rode into Sedalia and looked for a bike store to get a second opinion on how serious. We first stopped at the Sedalia station/museum which was really impressive. They told us to go downtown to Pro Velo Cycle Sports where we met Ebbi, the owner. Very impressive shop and a very knowledgeable owner which means we spent more time than planned talking bikes and trips. His opinion was I might be able to finish if I take it easy on the rim.

We then headed to Pilot Grove which was our lunch stop. I hadn't warned my son that this was the "hilly" day on the trail and we ended up with a headwind. So another day of grinding and slower going with our average speed at 11.5 for the day, much slower than normal. Rolled late into Pilot Grove expecting a couple dining choices but only Deon's Bar and the Casey's was open. Ended up eating at Deon's which was OK for a local bar and enjoyed the conversation.

Onward to Rocheport. Enjoyed riding through Boonville but I have a problem with heights and the bridge was a challenge for me. Rode into Rocheport a bit late because of the tire fiasco and of course, everything was closed. We ended up taking an Uber into Columbia where we ate at Flat Branch Pub & Brewing which was very good and I would recommend. The Uber cost more than the dinner. We probably should have stayed in Boonville which seemed to be a much livelier town than Rocheport.

That night we stayed at the Schoolhouse B&B in the South Dorm Room of the Dorm House. Again, another excellent choice. This was a single room with bunk beds and sleeper sofa and bath. There is a secure bike storage shed and the facilities were immaculate and very new. The fridge was stocked for a continental breakfast and there was a microwave and coffee.

The Katy is in much better shape than the Rock Island. The locals explained that because it is older, it has a much more solid base which is very believable. It also was bone dry which helps considerably. The only issue was the closed bridge, we chose the unofficial crossing which was also dry and no problem. The next several hundred yards of trail was pretty chewed up but that was the only really "bad" section of trail we encountered. We thought the state should cut a deal with the farmer for a detour but realized that in wet weather that crossing may not be safe. The Katy picked up our spirits after the Rock Island.

Day 4 - Rocheport to Hermann - 79.6 planned/66(?) actual
My phone GPS acted up and Ride with GPS only recorded the first 25 miles so we were on our bike odometers. This was a much better day but of course the wind switched from the north to the east so we were still riding with a headwind. For the East vs. West debate, I went with West and we had a headwind the whole trip. I don't think it matters but I think West to East was still easier since it seemed more downhill going East.

We were surprised at how few riders we saw on the trail but that ended today. The trail was much busier and we ran into several through riders. We picked up a group of about five women from San Antonio that were riding light. They took turns driving their car to the next stop and then switching so they did not have to carry gear. We ran into them at about every stop until Mokane where they went back into Jeff

Jack from Columbus on 09/15/2021 10:46 AM
Sorry if this is too long for the forum but I find trip reports helpful. Just noticed the whole thing did not post.

The scenery also became much more interesting heading into Rocheport and then along the Missouri River. Soon out of Rocheport we found Cooper's Landing and stopped for a brief 10 minute break that turned into a good 45 minutes. We met the owner, Richard, and a couple other bikers and really enjoyed the ambiance, it was hard to pull ourselves away. Richard is a real advocate for the trail. Our lunch stop was going to be Jeff City but we decided to look for something in North Jeff City and save the miles. There was really nothing but the Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant which was 0.6mi off the trail. I figured we would have an uphill going off trail and we did but the Canterbury is worth it (we walked a bit) with a stunning view over the valley and good food and good wine. At the North Jeff City stop we had met two couples from Syracuse who were day riding sections of the trail. When I mentioned wine, one of the women really perked up. As we sat out on the patio our San Antonio friends showed up and then the two couples. Seems they had enough riding and wine was too much of a temptation.

With our meanderings in the morning and a 6-8 mph headwind we had a late lunch. I told my son that we could consider trying to find a shuttle part of the way into Hermann. I had actually planned this knowing an 80 mi. day could quickly become a nightmare with weather or mechanicals and had a list of shuttles. I called Doug at Bluffton Barn and asked if we rode to his place could he shuttle us into Hermann. Our concern was we could make it to Hermann but it would be late and everything would be closed. We averaged around 13 mph but the headwind slowed us down enough we ended up meeting Doug at Portland instead. Doug is another trail treasure and his praises have been sung before and the trip into Hermann was educational and very interesting.

Hermann turned out to be a Jewel and the highlight of the trip. It is the type of trail town we really enjoy. We stayed at the Vinchester Inn which was every bit as quaint as advertised and very accommodating to bikers. I think it was Hannah who met us just after we arrived and helped us get settled and hearing we were interested in simple food and cold beer suggested we get a pizza from 4th Street Pizza and take it over to the 1837 Cellar Bar for live music. Yes, we both like pizza and I have to say that I wish 4th Street was back here because it is very good. 1837 Cellar Bar is a gem and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Day 5 - Hermann to St Charles - 63.6 planned/64.9 actual
Since we shuttled in, I got to experience another bridge on the way out. The Hermann bridge is not bad, it has a dedicated bike lane separate from the roadway and very wide berms on the road. I took the wide berms because the bike lane was a little too close to the edge for me. The only trouble we had was getting back on the trail on the far side, they could use some signage over there.

We got a good start in the morning but had a harder headwind than the day before. According to the weather it was 10+ and really noticeable when out in the open in the fields. We took turns drafting but really appreciated the cover of trees. We still were able to average around 13 mph, normally we would average around 14 based on past rides on limestone with weight. We had planned a break in Treloar but ended up pushing on to Marthasville and glad we did. Rolling into Marthasville we saw the KT Caboose and thought it was too interesting to pass by. I am very glad we decided to stop, what a trail treasure. First, smoothies - we never pass smoothies on any ride. The proprietor (I forgot his name) said he had been opened for 3 months and he was renting the place. He was a through rider, saw the empty building and decided to come back and open it up. He is another trail advocate and we really enjoyed his company and his smoothies. We really wanted to try his food, the menu looked really appealing but it was a bit early. I highly recommend making this a stop, the Katy needs places like this.

I had planned on stopping in Dutzow for lunch but we were rolling and my son insisted we go on to Augusta where we heard there was a brewery (get the idea we like beer?). We ended up stopping in August, checking out the Kickstand bike store which is pretty new but seems to decent. They only have a mechanic a couple days of the week but hope to expand. Then up to the Good News Brewing Company. The beer was good but we were pizza'd out and went with their meat, fruit and veggie boxes. Those were disappointing, I guess this is a place to get pizza. But the beer was good, that patio comfortable and we had to drag ourselves back to the bikes. Another place I could spend an afternoon. The rest of the ride into St. Charles was uneventful outside the headwind which continued to challenge our pace.

Lessons learned
After 270+ miles we felt like we had a good ride. I hate to say it but we should have just rode Sedalia to St. Charles. The Rock Island was not as interesting and not in nearly as good a shape as the Katy. I am not sure what the Katy is like after a good storm but the Rock Island was very mucky. I know the Rock Island and the bottom of the Katy needs time to mature and riders to justify trail towns and services so I hate to say I would not ride that again but it just does not compare to the rest of the Katy. The Rock Island is maybe a decent day ride for exercise but not a destination trail like the upper Katy.

Road bikes are good for shorter rides but if you are going to do multi-days you are risking misery if the weather turns or the trail is saturated. Also make sure your bike is in good working order and don't assume it is, I made it to the end but my rim is trash with quite a bit of wobble and I worried with every bump.

Speaking of bumps, the trail was really in good condition. But it is limestone and there are wash outs. I know on some trails they spray paint the actual gullies in the trail which makes them highly visible. There were some ribbons tied to trees to denote bumps but the gullies are hard to see in the limestone. The DNR may want to consider marking the trails a bit better.

Get off the trail early, by 4:00. We normally plan on 5-6 but that is too late for the smaller trail towns, especially if you are delayed and we had to scramble for food.

In hindsight we should have taken 5 days but we had other commitments that limited our time. Another reason to start in Sedalia.

Water was not really an issue but it also is not at every trailhead. Each of us carried two bottles and two 1 liter Nalgenes. After the second day of riding we only filled one Nalgene and never ran out of water.

The GravelKing tires are really nice. I'm thinking I may set them up as tubeless on the new rims. We will have to see how they wear.

The GAP/C&O blew us away and is still our top ride. The Erie Canal is a close second but the Katy Trail is definitely worth the ride and gave use everything we could ask for but a tailwind.

William from Lincoln on 09/15/2021 09:50 PM
Appreciate the write up. Planning on starting on Saturday so it was good to hear a recent report on conditions/etc.

Jerry Whittle from Belleville on 09/16/2021 12:43 AM
I've done the Katy end-to-end 9 times and your comments ring true.

My wife and I did the GAP and C&O in June on a tandem. Loved the GAP. Glad we did the C&O but wouldn't do it again. Too much dirt and mud plus the cicadas this year.

Erie is on our bucket list.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 09/16/2021 02:12 PM
Thanks for the trip report. Glad your rim survived! And glad you were able to find something to eat each night. We shared a house with some folks who got in late and had no dinner one night. I think they ate all of their emergency granola bars.

Anna from Golden on 09/18/2021 07:23 AM
Jerry, After 10 end to end rides do you get a free pizza?

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Katy Roundhouse in New Franklin
Phil from Columbia, MO on 09/17/2021 11:52 AM
Wife and I did a night out and back from Clifton City and stayed here on 9/10-11. We picked campsite 1 as it was nice and secluded but across the trail from an RV park. Campsites 1,2, and 3 are furthest away from the other tent sites and the water/restrooms. RV park was noisy until late, lots of barking dogs from the local neighborhoods.

We did meet the operator of the site on his buggy, he graciously drove me to fill up our collapsable water jug and back. We thought we’d be mostly alone as were told that few had reserved the camping sites but it got busy and an annual festival was happening in New Franklyn which might have explained the extra traffic.

We did find everything as advertised and the sites were nice and large enough for our bikes and tent. Each site did have a fire pit, and a trash can and site 3 had a bike rack suitable for locking up at least 8 or 9 bikes.

Other tent sites were around a corner in the gravel road and a bit more separated from the trailer park.

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Lindenhof Bed & Breakfast in Augusta
Mary Anne Landis from Ukiah on 09/15/2021 09:29 AM
Kathy provides a lovely wayside refuge on the Katy trail.. Comfortable beds, hot tub if you'd like one, outside patio area to relax and all the accouterments for a comfortable rest after riding all day. Great snacks and breakfast too. G/F options if you mention that to Kathy. Warm, helpful host!

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Bike shops on the Trail
Outandback from Overland Park,KS on 09/11/2021 07:16 AM
So, I'm just trying to over plan my trip here. If I should need a repair or a rescue between Rocheport and St. Charles, I've identified the following bike shops. Have I missed any? Also, the KT site lists one as "BP" at McKittrick. Is that a gas station that does bike repairs also?
Here's my list: Meriwether Cafe/Shop at Rocheport, Red Wheel and Cycle Depot in Jeff City, BP at McKittrick, Revolution Cycles in Washington, Kick Stand at Augusta, Katy Bike Rental at Defiance, and then at St. Charles, Bike Stop Cafe, Bike Stop Outpost, Touring Cyclist Shuttle. Any of these inactive, to your knowledge? Thanks.

Ray (webmaster) on 09/11/2021 08:38 AM
I'm sorry, that was an error on the BP listing - I have corrected it. It's a regular gas station / convenience store with ATM.

Also be aware that Touring Cyclist is not actually in St Charles; they are in Bridgeton which is across the river and would be very hard to reach from the Katy Trail. It's a good bike shop, but listed here mainly for their shuttle service.

Other than that, I think your list is complete and accurate, but I welcome and appreciate any corrections or additions.

Good luck with your trip - happy trails!

Anonymous on 09/12/2021 09:05 AM
It’s good to know the backup plan, but a bike in good working order can negate the need for every bike shop along the trail.

Doug from Bluffton on 09/12/2021 09:01 PM
I doubt if it's needing EVERY bike shop along the trail as much as it's needing ONE and knowing where it is.

Biker Chick 515 on 09/14/2021 11:20 AM
Just an FYI - Touring Cyclist does not do shuttle service. I called them yesterday.

Ray (webmaster) on 09/15/2021 09:11 AM
Thanks for the heads-up on Touring Cyclist - I did not know they had gotten out of the shuttle business. I have removed them from that list.

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Joey's Bird House B&B in McKittrick
Nick on 09/13/2021 06:47 AM
Joey's Bird House is a convenient and affordable option which I highly recommend, especially for those who want to be within walking distance of the Katy Trail. Her B&B is a nice stop over for those riding through or for those who want a temporary place to ride either direction on the trail, east one day and west another day. Joey is always in the area and is very accommodating to the diets of her guests.

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Palace Restaurant Boonville
Nancy from Virginia Beach VA on 09/13/2021 06:22 AM
Ate there last night, one of the few restaurants open in Boonville on Sun night. Friendly service, lots of menu choices, including Greek specialties. Very good Gyro.
They have alcohol, too. I’d recommend it.

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Hartsburg Trailhead in Hartsburg
John from A more quiet place on 09/12/2021 03:12 AM
Do not camp here! Young people party at the trailhead parking lot all night. No police enforcement. Bathrooms are the worst on the trail. Cars drive through continuously. Ride through Hartsburg and keep on going.

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Katie Trail Boonville to Rocheport
Susie from Brady on 09/05/2021 08:25 PM
Does anyone have an update on the trail from Boonville to Rocheport?

Gary from Near Tebbetts on 09/05/2021 09:42 PM
Pretty safe bet it is still messed up. If it gets fixed you probably will hear the cheers and read many posts here claiming the Katy trail is back.

Jack from Columbus on 09/06/2021 09:58 AM
We just rode that on Wednesday (trip report will follow from full trip) and the only part with a problem was the expected bridge out. We used the unofficial detour using the creek crossing which was bone dry at the time. The trail north was very rough for a few hundred yards or more probably because it is inside the detour and not under maintenance yet. Since the road detour starts right at the unofficial detour I would suggest checking the creek crossing to see about water before attempting the road ride. Overall the Katy is in very good shape for a limestone trail.

Richard from Grafton on 09/06/2021 05:59 PM
The trail itself is in decent shape. The bridge is still out. I don’t like the detour so I use the crossing. It was in great shape before the rain. I’ll be on that section again tomorrow.

Susie from Brady on 09/08/2021 07:22 PM
Thanks everyone

chuckm from Houston on 09/10/2021 12:12 PM
We will be riding from Sedalia to Rocheport this Sunday Sept 12. Has anyone made the stream crossing approaching Rocheport in the last couple days? We are hoping to avoid the detour. We have been monitoring the weather and it looks promising.

Gary from Near Tebbetts on 09/10/2021 03:04 PM
Sounds like you are on sound footing by checking the rain for the area. The creak crossing is subject to flash flooding so if it doesn’t rain the day of or day before you get there you most likely willl not encounter any problems.

P. S.
The weather has been great lately, enjoy your ride.

Mark from Lee's Summit on 09/10/2021 09:35 PM
There is a picture on the Fans of the Katy Trail Facebook page from this past Wednesday and the low water creek crossing is dry as a bone. The weather forecast looks really dry for the next week too. Have a fun ride!

Mapmedic from KCMO on 09/10/2021 11:09 PM
I rode it Wednesday and posted a picture of the salt creek crossing in both of the popular Facebook groups. It was completely dry and I rode right through. On the east side you would have to make your way around the barricade placed by the state parks. Please understand they cannot authorize people to enter private property they do not own and furthermore not condone crossing a creek which could contain flowing water….some people don’t have common sense. Some people will say this is trespassing, but I have read (I can’t prove this) that others were at a local meeting where the property owner stated he has no problem with trail users taking the very short detour that crosses one small corner of his land. By the way, there is a closed section of the trail from 40 highway at Salt Creek and about a 1/4 mile west….this allows trail users to actually access 40 to detour. If this unauthorized detour s not for you, take the highway detour or the gravel rode detour which does have some hills. Safe travels.

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Abigail's in Rocheport closed?
Hank on 09/06/2021 08:49 AM
Is this true? Anyone know the details?

chuckm from Houston on 09/09/2021 06:48 AM
Yes - I tried to make a reservation at Abigail's and got a response that they are no longer in business. Unfortunate since dining options in Rocheport are limited

Gary from Blue Springs on 09/10/2021 07:37 AM
When my wife and I were there in late July, the owner of the Rocheport General Store told us that Abigail's was closing the first of August. However, Abigail's owner would start doing the lunch shift at the Rocheport General Store and all the desserts, which they did anyway.

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Deons bar and grill
Doug from FTG OK on 09/04/2021 09:21 PM
Ate dinner here had the 12 oz Ribey med rare it was great with salad Baked Potato and sweet corn and a draft beer for 13 dollars plus a 10 dollar tip for its awesomeness:)

OF LSMO from Lee’s Summit on 09/05/2021 03:16 PM

Bill in Houston from Houston on 09/08/2021 08:29 AM
Click the link just below and to the right to see the full listing and location.

I had a good steak there, too. But they still smoke indoors, in case that bothers anyone.

Jim from St Thomas on 09/08/2021 11:13 AM
Pilot Grove

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Apple Gate Inn in Augusta
CM from San Diego on 09/06/2021 07:27 PM
Does anyone know if the Applegate Inn is still open? My emails are rejected and their voice mailbox is full.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 09/08/2021 08:26 AM
Doesn't sound like someone I'd want to do business with even if they are open. Know what I mean?

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Lazy Liz
Doug from FTG OK on 09/06/2021 12:51 PM
If your thinking you should have been a cowboy then this is the place for you about a mile off the trail and a few miles before or after Sedalia depending j stayed there last night and it was awesome only 10 dollars for a tent camp with electric and water and restrooms it’s all on the honor system just fill out the card and leave it in the outhouse yes outhouse box :) and if you want bring your horse too there in the process of building a shower house Great relaxing place to stay and sit around the fire and listen to the coyotes howling I loved it :)

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Best Western
Doug from FTG OK on 09/05/2021 04:23 PM
Best western in Sedalia is very nice with comfy beds only complaint is housekeeping pounded on the door at 0800 intentionally to wake me up so I would get checked out so they could clean the room very rude and I expected more from a 100+ per night room :/

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Dinner Options on Sunday near Rocheport
chuckm from Houston on 09/02/2021 07:44 AM
We will be riding the Katy Trail Sunday Sept 12 - Friday Sept 17.
We will be in Rocheport Sunday night and had planned on Abigail's for dinner but have learned they are unfortunately closed for business.

We will have a support vehicle so plan to drive into Columbia for dinner. Any recommendations for fun dinner spot for small group (5) that is open on Sunday evenings?

Jack from Columbus on 09/02/2021 06:51 PM
If you like beer we ate at the Flat Branch Pub and Brewery last night. Sat outside and enjoyed ourselves.

Mapmedic from KCMO on 09/05/2021 10:10 AM
I suggest Pappo’s Pizza for scratch made food with high quality ingredients plus over 30 beers on tap. It’s on the south side of Columbia, is a 25 minute drive and meets your criteria. They also have a patio. I spent about five days in COMO back in May for a fire class and intended to eat at a neighboring restaurant. That restaurant was closed for staffing issues and I decided to try Pappo’s and was glad I did. As another writer suggested, Flat Branch is really good, however college is in session so I don’t know if that will make it hard to get in…..they were super busy in May when I went after Mizzou students had gone home….it’s in the downtown area.
If you like this sort of thing, I suggest a fire station visit in Rocheport. They now have a resident firefighter who gives good, knowledgeable station tours. Pete was my EMT instructor back in 1993 in Kansas City.

PaPPo's Pizzeria & Pub W Nifong Columbia, Mo
(573) 818-1790

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Clinton Lodging & Parking
James M from Houston on 09/04/2021 04:32 PM
What’s the best place to stay in Clinton, 1. Close to Trail start. 2. Allows you to keep you’re vehicle parked safely while you ride (5 > 6 days)
This, James

Ron from Plano on 09/05/2021 07:23 AM
I stayed at Westbridge Inn. It was clean and the price was very reasonable. As far as your vehicle. Clinton parks and rec will let you park there for several days while you ride. Just go in and register with them. My vehicle was fine while I rode to St Louis (I took amtrak back to Sedalia and rode back to Clinton).

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Pilot Grove City Park
Doug from FTG OK on 09/04/2021 09:17 PM
Camped at the city Parkin Pilot Grove fo free :) it is nice and quiet in a neighborhood It has electricity so I was able to recharge restrooms I hung my hammock in the covered I recommend camping here if you’re camping :)

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Beyond the Trail in Defiance
Mark Moore from Smyrna, TN on 08/29/2021 07:08 PM
Anyone know about camping here?

Avatar 9357 from S. Louis on 09/03/2021 04:27 PM
Here"s a link to their website.


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Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
Art from Saint Charles, MO on 08/19/2021 03:26 PM
I'm joining the chorus singing Doug's praises. I showed up exhausted after a 50 mile day and an on-trail repair. All I expected was a flat piece of grass on which to pitch my tent and access to a shower. I got oh so much more. Doug cheerfully welcomed me, gave me the ten cent tour, assured that I had everything I needed for my shower (including offering towel, soap, and shampoo), and even hauled a chair over to my tent.

In addition to camping, Doug offers a B&B-like experience. There was another guest staying at Bluffton Barn that night on that plan, which included dinner. I cooked my own dinner in the kitchen and then sat outside with the the other guest and Doug for a couple of hours of story swapping.

The next morning, I bought into Doug's breakfast and feasted on a breakfast casserole, home baked bread, and fresh cantaloupe.

Joey Los from McKittrick on 08/19/2021 07:25 PM
Kudos to Doug indeed a Katy Trail treasure.

PeeDee from Columbus OH on 08/21/2021 09:39 AM
The same can be said about you, Joey.

Doug from Bluffton on 08/24/2021 08:23 PM
Just for the record; Joey is a better cook than I am. She's more knowledgeable as well as more skilled. But I'm bigger.

Ed from Redmond, Washington on 08/30/2021 09:17 PM
Doug is a fantastic host! I originally planned on staying two nights, with an overnight bike camping trip in between at Klondike park. The ride would have been 50 miles out then 50 miles back the next day. However, a ferocious storm came in that night washing out my campsite.

I called Doug in a bit of a panic and he happily came and picked me up (in the dark) from the campground. This helped me so much that I can’t recommend his place enough. Perhaps I could have been better prepared for the storm, but it allowed me to stay an extra night at the Bluffton Barn, plus I was treated to music with Doug and a friend of his.

Doug, thanks again for everything, and also thanks for recommending the Churchill Memorial in Fulton.


Doug from Bluffton on 09/03/2021 03:46 PM
Thanks ED! Hope You made it out to WAshington!

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