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Globe Hotel Bed and Breakfast, Hartsburg, MO
Clervi from Hartsburg on 06/17/2021 08:29 PM
The Globe Hotel Bed and Breakfast is open. (Reservations only). Call: (573) 657-4529

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Lodging for two in Augusta?
SurlyGirl from Borrego Springs, CA on 06/17/2021 01:27 PM
My sister and I are heading out on the trail in October. Looking for lodging in Augusta. Separate beds desired. A week's worth of night's is reserved. Augusta is the only one left.

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Trail Users
Doug from Bluffton on 06/17/2021 07:22 AM
My turn to leave positive feedback for trail riders. I just had a group from Indiana consisting of ten teenage men with four counselors stay here. They knew how to carry on a conversation as well as say "thank you sir" at the appropriate times. They had a HOT day for riding but laughed and had fun while eating dinner in my field. To top it off they Left No Trace. No trash no mess no problems for me to deal with. I would welcome them back anytime. Tonight they will be at Klondike so say hello if you meet them.

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vehicle break-ins
Outandback from Overland Park, KS on 06/15/2021 03:50 PM
As I plan a Katy trip this fall from Sedalia to St. Charles I find that my biggest concern is safety for parked vehicles at the start point. I've not seen a lot of comment about that on this list so I assume it's not a big problem. But is it a small problem? I know that anything can happen, but would you worry about parking a vehicle for a few days at a trailhead access area that would be dark and without cameras? Am I overthinking this?

Bruce Laubach on 06/15/2021 04:39 PM
When I rode from St Charles to Clinton and back, I asked th hotel where I was staying if I could leave my truck there till I was finished. They had no problem with that. No problems with break ins either.

Jim from St Thomas on 06/15/2021 05:17 PM
The only one I’ve had personal experience with is the North Jefferson trailhead. I would never leave a vehicle there after dark. If you’re going to leave a vehicle in Jefferson City I would park it in one of the state Capitol Complex lots across the river on Main Street close to the Red Wheel bike shop.

MapMedic from KCMO on 06/15/2021 08:58 PM
Are you overthinking...probably. We have all heard the message over and over not to leave anything of value in your car, ESPECIALLY visible in a car. This includes leaving any sort of bag or package that could contain something....remember the low-life, the tweaker, whoever....doesn't know there's nothing in that bag, etc. I suggest you call the Sedalia police department, ask for an officer if they are available to talk to you. Explain that you are on the trail for several days and want to know the safest place to lawfully park.

Anonymous on 06/16/2021 07:11 AM
We’ve left the car for multiple nights in Sedalia at the Depot. Ask inside where to park and leave your name, car ID, and a contact number with those at the desk. Have never had an issue at any trailheads. North Jefferson looks sketchy and in years past has got bad press here, so that is not a consideration for us. No, you’re not overthinking this. You’ll enjoy your ride more knowing you’ve thought things through and looked for advice from locals and those who have ridden the trail for years.

Alex from Boonville on 06/16/2021 10:24 AM
We've left vehicles at both the Sedalia Depot and the parking lot by the city skate park and had no issues. Just exercise normal caution, and hide/lockup all valuables. We've left vehicles for multiple nights across the whole Katy Trail with no issues.

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Trip Report
Sam from Cottleville on 06/14/2021 12:22 PM
Hello All! My daughter and just finished the whole trail (Machens to Clinton) yesterday. It was a great ride! The only report I have is of downed trees between Sedalia and Clinton. There were also quite a few rough areas of trail in Sedalia. Have fun this summer on the trail!

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Mosquitos? Sun?
Bicho from Chicago on 06/12/2021 10:46 AM
Hi all! I'm riding the KT from July 1 to the 8 (give or take a day or two). I know it's going to be hot and humid--I bike in Chicago all summer so I know to drink plenty of water, bring electrolytes, and I have the right clothes for humid heat. I'm assuming there is going to be a lot of mosquitos too, right?

My main question though, is whether the the ride (Machens to Clinton) is in the shade (as in covered by trees) or directly under the sun? The plan is to start every day as early as possible to avoid the worst part of the heat.

Thanks, and happy riding everybody!

Gary from Near Tebbetts on 06/12/2021 12:35 PM
You will find both, parts covered by tree canopies and stretches of open sun baked trail which will make you appreciate those tree tunnels all the more. ;-)

Karen C. from Harrisburg, MO on 06/13/2021 06:32 PM
Like Gary said, you will find both open and covered. I always use Bullfrog sun block that also has bug spray in it. It really helps! When it is so humid it also turns me into a human sticky trap...I have to pick my poison, right? :-)
Have fun!

drice155 from Rochester on 06/14/2021 07:11 AM
We just rode the trail last week from Clinton to St Charles.

Bugs were not a big problem (we did not camp) for us.

It was hot and humid for sure, but early starts and lots of water (which is more available than we expected on the trail). Bring at least two water bottles.

As for shade, yes there are multiple portions with a good and cool
canopy for riding out of the sun. As noted, there are also some sections (less than 25%)

We had a great experience and assume you will also!

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Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
SuzieStarship from Pepperell Massachusetts on 06/12/2021 05:58 PM
Of the many things I enjoy about riding the Katy Trail are the starry nights, fireflies, critters, creeks, MO culture, and PEOPLE you cross paths with along the way.

Doug, owner of the Bluffton Barn, his dogs Freckles and Spot, along with his nearby neighbor were highlights yesterday.

I heard critter stories and a recording of good local string-band music; held beautiful, handmade, deer tibia jewelry; learned about blackpowder, and events called “Rendevous”; all the while enjoying a cold, refreshing MO beer supplied by my host after my hot and humid ride (that’s Missouri!).

I was down to my last two carrots and a pint of peanut butter. Doug offered to make me a mighty good meal to be followed by homemade, scratch German chocolate cake, and dining al fresco for short change :-).

I stayed overnight in an air conditioned room in the old farmhouse —which does have a full-kitchen. It’s “down-home” as I like to say, not posh, and quite comfortable.

Many thanks to Doug for catering to cyclists on the Katy with kindness, rich stories and conversation, and options to suit the needs and pocketbooks of his guests.

Doug from Bluffton on 06/12/2021 07:14 PM
Thanks Suzie! High Praise from an unbelievably fun human being! I have guests tonight that met you on the trail today and were amazed! A WHOLE lot of good vibes shared on your behalf! Nothing I can say will let you know how welcome you are in these parts; but I hope I have.

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Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
SuzieStarship from Pepperell Massachusetts on 06/12/2021 04:27 PM
Of the many things I enjoy about riding the Katy Trail are the starry nights, fireflies, critters, creeks, MO culture, and PEOPLE you cross paths with along the way.

Doug, owner of the Bluffton Barn, his dogs Freckles and Spot, along with his nearby neighbor were highlights yesterday.

I heard critter stories and a recording of good local string-band music; held beautiful, handmade, deer tibia jewelry; learned about blackpowder, and events called “Rendevous”; all the while enjoying a cold, refreshing MO beer supplied by my host after my hot and humid ride (that’s Missouri!).

I was down to my last two carrots and a pint of peanut butter. Doug offered to make me a mighty good meal to be followed by homemade, scratch German chocolate cake, and dining al fresco for short change :-).

I stayed overnight in an air conditioned room in the old farmhouse —which does have a full-kitchen. It’s “down-home” as I like to say, not posh, and quite comfortable.

Many thanks to Doug for catering to cyclists on the Katy with kindness, rich stories and conversation, and options to suit the needs and pocketbooks of his guests.

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Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
Corie from Texas on 06/12/2021 09:23 AM
Loved staying at “the Barn”. Had the most enjoyable interaction with other guests and of course our host Doug. He is a genuine person and provides comfort and entertainment and fellowship to all. Will definitely come again!,

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Katy trail
Karlie from KC on 06/07/2021 03:48 PM
Hi, We are riding from Rocheport to St. Charles stopping overnight in Jeff City, Hermann & Augusta so 35-40 miles a day. I have never gone this far and it's been a long time. We have road bikes. How is the trail? Are there stops that are open? Ok, probably stupid question but can you make a wrong turn or miss a turn to get to your next destination?
I really think we will be fine but just wondering.
Oh, and The Bike Stop Cafe in St. Charles does transport if needed. We won't need it as we have someone picking us up.
Thanks for any info.

Kate from Warrenville on 06/08/2021 11:27 PM
How the trail is can depend a lot on how much rain has recently fallen. I rode it during a rainy week & was glad to have my mountain bike with the 1.5 in wide tires instead of my road bike with the skinnier tires. The trail can be quite soft when it rains & some parts get muddy. If it were a dry week, it would be fine with narrower tires.

Dave from Kirkwood on 06/09/2021 08:55 AM
You ask a lot of questions, so here are some general replies.

Not sure what you mean by not going so far and been a long time (since you rode a bike anywhere??), but it would be a good idea to do a long-ish day ride of 30-40 miles to make sure you and your bike are comfortable. Drive to Pleasant Hill and ride 20 miles out (and back) to make sure you feel ready.

As Kate says, the trail should be fine for road bikes unless there has been LOTS of rain. It drains very well, and plants suck up water during the summer to prevent excessive sogginess.

As for stops, it is best to call ahead (now) to make sure key stops for restaurants are going to be open, especially on weekdays. Some places have unusual hours or are still recovering from pandemic closures.

Finally, you should not be able to get lost - just stay on the obvious trail heading east (across numerous road crossings and avoiding side trails that are usually marked).

Karlie on 06/09/2021 10:59 PM
Thanks Kate and Dave. I meant I have ridden the Katy Trail but not to St. Charles. We ride 40-50 miles on a weekend but on streets so I didn't know about the trail. Thanks again!

Michael from London from Leamington Spa on 06/12/2021 04:34 AM
Your 35-40 miles a day sounds a really good choice. You need to allow for the odd detour (we got a bit lost here and there), punctures, and just enjoying the ride. It is not the Tour de France! Take several spare tubes, and a good toolkit and pump; we got through several tubes and were rescued by a lovely couple who drove to Walmart and bought us some more.

Deby from Dallas on 06/12/2021 07:34 AM
The only place you might get sort of lost is in the towns, but with a google maps on a phone you're pretty safe. Do be prepared for HILLS though, when you go across the river into the towns. We (There were 3 of us) did gravel bikes this year with 38mm tires, with no flats. We did Katy Trail a few years ago on road bikes (I recommend gravel bike if possible) and we used some sort of a protective liner inside the tire, between the tire and the tube. No flats eitehr time.

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Anything else I need to know?
John Scanlan from Hilton Head Island, SC on 06/10/2021 03:50 PM
In two weeks I'll be driving from coastal South Carolina out to Saint Charles, and then doing the Katy to Sedalia. Are there any last minute things that I need to know? I'm aware of the two trail closures. Thanks.


big mike from Hartsburg on 06/11/2021 10:52 AM
Staying home would be good. It's supposed to be over 90 degrees and that means bad news to be outside.

Rides a Trike from Deltona Fl on 06/11/2021 11:36 AM
My son and I tried riding the trail and camping last July. It was in the 90s. That was the only time he had off. We made it from Clinton to Hartsburg over 3 days. We couldnt drink enough water or gatorade to keep us hydrated even though we carried plenty. We both had light headedness and dizzy spells and knew that was not a good sign. I live in Florida where temps are routinely in 90s with high humidity. Try it if you must but I would wait for cooler weather.

Ron_S from Overland Park on 06/11/2021 06:01 PM
I have a friend that said the second most humid and hottest place he had been was Bombay India. I asked him what was number 1. He said his home town, Columbia SC, so you are probably used to it. Gatorade, water and shade are your friends. The nice thing about later in the summer is that when the temps go over 100 the humidity goes away.

Deby from Dallas on 06/11/2021 06:11 PM
It's like most physical challenges - if you are pretty well trained and aclimated you can do it. And if you call ahead to every place you plan to stop and make sure they are going to be open on the day you will be there. Do those things and you will be fine. Myself, my husband, and adult son did abot half the trail in 2007 - in August, and then Sedalia to St. Charles last month. Both times were fine but we took those precautions.

Ray (webmaster) on 06/11/2021 06:24 PM
Regarding the heat, this is obvious but I'll say it anyway... start early in the morning. The afternoon high might be in the 90s, but its still in the 70s or low 80s at 8am, 9am, 10am.... You can get in a lot of miles before noon and then just lay low somewhere through the peak afternoon heat.

Also needless to say but bears repeating... Bring as much water as you think you'll need... and then double that amount.

And remember to drink. My problem is that I bring enough water but forget to keep drinking through the ride.

And one non weather issue to keep in mind: many of the small local restaurants are not open early in the week. If you're riding on a Monday/Tuesday, you may need to rely on convenience stores. Bet bet, call ahead if you're counting on any particular business.

Good luck and have fun!

Michael from London from Leamington Spa on 06/12/2021 04:30 AM
I endorse all that good advice; we cycled the trail in October and it was HOT; but not too humid. We also found quite a bit of it was exposed with no tree cover either which really fried us. We did have plenty of water and only ran out once, just as we got to a Gaterade dispenser. It tasted soooo good, but don't bother reading the ingredients - you don't want to know.

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Cicada's on the trail
Joe & Colleen from Ocean City on 06/11/2021 05:28 PM
We will be on the rock island spur on the 25th dropping into Windsor and then down the KATY to saint Louis. We were curious if the cicada's are busy doing those cicada business?? If so, any real problem areas?? I know they are just bugs but my gosh, they are big and creepy!!

Can't wait to see Missouri.

Joe& Colleen

Ron_S from Overland Park on 06/11/2021 06:06 PM
Usually they stay in the trees. Seems like they don't start singing until around August 1. Then you know that summer is almost over.

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Amtrak Sedalia Station in Sedalia
Scott Shafer from College Station on 06/11/2021 09:55 AM
I found out that adding the bikes occurs at the end of the ticket purchase. Hope I did not send anyone looking.

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Amtrak Sedalia Station in Sedalia
Scott Shafer from College Station on 06/11/2021 09:32 AM
I see that bikes can be added to the train ticket per previous comments. I am not seeing a way to add the bike at the Amtrak website. Did those of you who have done this recently call the general Amtrak number to buy tickets and add the bike(s)?

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Looking for shuttle from St. Charles to train station
Austin from Kansas City on 06/08/2021 03:30 PM
We have a group of three coming from KC and riding Clinton to St. Charles. We plan to take the train back to KC, but need to get from STC to the train station. Does anyone have a recommendation for shuttle service? Thanks in advance!

Karlie on 06/09/2021 11:01 PM
The Bike Stop Cafe (I think that's the name) does shuttles to the train station. Go to their website and it gives the cost.

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Pleasant Hill - Lee's Summit Amtrak - RI Spur progress?
Mark from Bentonville on 06/07/2021 03:56 PM
Any further developments on the Rock Island Spur toward Lee's Summit. Planning a Train out / Ride back this fall. Wondering if Pleasant Hill to LS Station is any easier now - Have not seen any recent (last 3 years) posts about that segment.

Mark from Lee's Summit on 06/07/2021 04:50 PM
The Rock Island Trail has been extended from Lee's Summit to the northwest to the Arrowhead/Royals baseball stadium complex. That section is 99% done and will officially open next month, but cyclists are already riding it. There are 6 segments still to be funded to connect Lee's Summit with the existing Pleasant Hill MOPAC/Rock Island Trail. Currently segments 1, 2, and 6 are funded for construction in 2022 and 2023, but segments 3, 4, and 5 could easily take 8-10 more years to build unless someone makes it a priority. There are low volume county roads that people take to ride the trail gap from Lee's Summit to Pleasant Hill, but you need to be comfortable with onroad riding. I personally take the really low volume routes and link up several of the 8' wide sidewalk trails so I really cut down on the two lane roads that carry significant car traffic.

Mark from Bentonville on 06/09/2021 02:20 PM
Are there detailed maps of this new section between Lee's Summit and KC? I had not heard of this.

Mark from Lee's Summit on 06/09/2021 06:55 PM
If you search the Jackson County Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority, you will find some good maps of the new 7 mile extension to the stadium complex. Crane Brewery is right along this section of the trail in Raytown. The Facebook group The Rock Island Trail (Kansas City to Pleasant Hill) has tons of information and I have posted detailed maps about the future trail expansions that will eventually connect Lee's Summit and Pleasant Hill.

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Trails beginning and end
R Bruce W LAUBACH from Williamsburg on 06/07/2021 08:35 PM
On my recent trip on the Katy, On the first segment I rode rom St Charles to Machens. When I got there I notice some one had mounted a little bell on the information shelter. I thought it only right to ring the bell to indicate the start of a great journey.

When I got to Clinton I hoped to find a bell on that information shelter. I was disappointed to find that there was no bell there. It sure would been nice to have rung the bell when I completed the trail.

What is the chance of having one there as well?

Anonymous on 06/08/2021 07:49 AM
Looks like about a 50/50 chance.

Doug from Bluffton on 06/08/2021 07:56 AM
I think that is a good idea. Why don't you follow through with it? I bet it would be popular.

R Bruce W LAUBACH from Williamsburg on 06/08/2021 08:20 AM
other than the fact that it is about a 1300 mile drive from where I live I just might.

Doug from Bluffton on 06/08/2021 11:03 AM
Well just put up a REALLY BIG bell! I'd even brew up something special for the occasion! I know you want to come back

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Pilot Grove
R Bruce W Laubach from Williamsburg, VA on 06/08/2021 10:06 AM
A couple of weeks ago while riding on the trail I passed through Pilot Grove, the first time I camped at the city park. On my return trip, I opted to stay at the Katy Junction B&B. While I could have kept on riding that day I had decided to stay there because I had had several long conversations with Jerry Selbach the owner. He is a very pleasant person and always ready to help users of the Katy Trail.

We had a lot of time to talk that afternoon, we traded stories about the history of this section of MO, and about VA where I come from.

I would definitely stay at the B&B again.

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Bluffton Barn
R Bruce W Laubach from Williamsburg, VA on 06/08/2021 09:56 AM
Thumbs up to Doug and the Bluffton Barn. I took advantage of his hospitality earlier in March while I was on a solo ride from Machens to Clinton and back. He offers a wide range of options on how you stay with him. He offered me a warm bed, shower, dinner, and breakfast. He also gave me the option of setting up my tent and camping out. I took him up on a warm shower, but camped and made my own meals. I figured that if I was going to bother carrying a tent sleeping gear and food I should at least use them. Or, that would have been a useless weight on the trail.
Doug is very friendly and offers a campfire with singing and adult refreshments. I had a very good time and enjoyed our conversations.

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Lost Dog
Tricia Logan from Smithton, MO on 06/07/2021 04:53 PM
Our 90lb 2.5 year old Hound mix got away from us on 6/3/2021 by the Rocheport Tunnel. His name is Luca, he's mostly black with a white belly & his legs and snout are golden. My husband has been searching on foot all around the area and I've been getting the word out online.

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Tree down
Gerry Turner from Elizsbeth City NC on 06/07/2021 08:03 AM
Just left Marthasville, A tree is blocking trail couple hundred feet east of trailheCarried iur trikes over ad station. 6/7/21. 8AM

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Bumpiness for Trikes
Chad from Elgin, IL on 06/06/2021 09:56 PM
My sister and I are planning to ride the Katy Trail in late June. She will be riding a trike w/ no shock absorption and bumps get really jarring (headache causing). I am guessing there will be bumps along the way, but can anyone speak to the overall smoothness or how much bumpy to expect?

Thank you

Debbie from Lincoln, Ne on 06/07/2021 07:15 AM
I have ridden half of the Katy(there and back), on a trike with no suspension. Not a problem, not a headache, try to avoid driving in tire tracks made by tractors in some areas. That was the worst I felt. Going slower on a trike lets you see the bumps coming up easily. It was most enjoyable to not have a sore butt daily and no nerve damage in my hands from the bikes. You could probably push your trike through the little river crossing, take gear across first. I would not want to ride my trike on those roads with no shoulders. Too dangerous. Good luck, it's fun.

Anonymous on 06/07/2021 07:57 AM
Rode KATY trail from Clinton to Hartsburg on a trike. Loaded down with camping gear so going was slow. Had no issues except for July heat. Have fun.

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Amtrak from Chicago to the Katy Trail?
Bicho from Chicago on 06/06/2021 03:05 PM
Hi all, I'm hoping to ride the Katy trail this summer and wanted to take Amtrak from Chicago to the trail. TI want to start at Machens riding east to west, and I have a few questions:

1- Are there any shuttle services from St. Louis to the trail?

2- In case there are no shuttles from St. Louis to the trail I think my best option will be taking a train from Chicago to Washington, MO. Are there shuttle services from Washington, MO to Machens?

3- Anybody has a better suggestion for me to get to Machens from Chicago? FYI: I don't drive.


Mark from Lee's Summit on 06/06/2021 06:30 PM
There is a trail network from the Downtown Amtrak station that runs along the Mississippi River and gets you very close to Machens. It is a paved trail network for most of the way, but you will have to ride a few county roads in order to reach the Machens trailhead. The issue is where to find a hotel after your train arrives in Downtown St. Louis...there are really no options close to the trail until you reach St. Charles...so your best bet is to get a hotel in Downtown St. Louis after your Amtrak train arrives and then leave first thing in the morning so you can ride the Mississippi River Trail, cross the Old Route 66 Chain of Rocks bike/ped bridge, take the Illinois Madison County Trail to Alton, cross the Mississippi River again on the US-67 river bridge (there is a wide bike lane striped off), and then take county roads to reach the Machens trail head...then spend the night in St. Charles. The Mississippi River Trail and Illinois Madison County Trail are a great experience along with crossing the Old Route 66 Chain of Rocks bike/ped bridge. It is a great way to start your Katy Trail adventure! Get some Mississippi River travel in before you put in lots of Katy miles next to the Missouri River.

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Katfish Katy’s
Jim from St Thomas on 06/06/2021 02:31 PM
Looks like Katfish Katy’s is temporarily closed.

Deron from Boonville on 06/06/2021 04:48 PM
The article specifically says that:

"The Station House at Katfish Katy’s is currently open without an occupancy license. Its occupancy license was revoked June 1 by the Huntsdale Building Code Commissioner , Ana Lopez."

"...the health department allowed Katfish Katy's to remain open since there was no prior warning."

Later the article says the sewage issue was repaired by contractors.

Jim from St Thomas on 06/06/2021 06:21 PM
They updated the story after the original posting. The original story made no mention of the health department allowing them to stay open. My apologies.

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Kate's Coffee in Augusta
Christy Pressley on 06/05/2021 10:48 PM
Kate’s is no longer open.

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Sedaiia - Last Minute Transportation/shuttle service needed
Jack Frost on 06/04/2021 07:02 PM
6/5 looking for afternoon pickup n Sedalia to Green Ridge
6/6 looking for midday pickup n Sedalia to Clifton City

pls email jackfrost1234@hotmail.com


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Amtrak Service
Gary Near Tebbetts on 06/03/2021 10:21 AM
Amtrak has announced they are adding back an additional round trip River Runner service starting July 19th. Tickets purchases are expected to available starting this weekend (June 5th).

Deby from Dallas on 06/03/2021 12:00 PM
I am so happy to hear this. Now if they just allow more than 4 bikes per trip, they will have a little more business!

MapMedic from KCMO on 06/03/2021 11:45 PM

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J & D Bike Shop in Jefferson City
zeeko from chico, ca on 06/03/2021 07:31 AM
Broke spokes on 2 different wheels, and arrived at 4:45pm at J&D.
Don stayed 2 hrs late to get us back on the trail. It's an older shoo, with tons of resources for various repairs, and Don knows his stuff. Highly recommended.

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