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Maxine's Rooms for Rent in Sedalia
Rick from Gainesville, GA on 05/16/2022 03:45 PM
A wonderful and welcoming place. Maxine and Pete treat their guests like family. They were cordial enough to drive us into town for dinner, and pick us up afterwards. Maxine made sure we made a PB&J sandwich to take on the road as there of few if any services between Sedalia and Booneville. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Maxine's Rooms for Rent in Sedalia
Rick from Gainesville, GA on 05/16/2022 03:45 PM
A wonderful and welcoming place. Maxine and Pete treat their guests like family. They were cordial enough to drive us into town for dinner, and pick us up afterwards. Maxine made sure we made a PB&J sandwich to take on the road as there of few if any services between Sedalia and Booneville. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Maxine's Rooms for Rent in Sedalia
Rick from Gainesville, GA on 05/16/2022 03:44 PM
A wonderful and welcoming place. Maxine and Pete treat their guests like family. They were cordial enough to drive us into town for dinner, and pick us up afterwards. Maxine made sure we made a PB&J sandwich to take on the road as there of few if any services between Sedalia and Booneville. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Camp Stoves on Katy Trail
Mepash from St. Charles, MO on 05/16/2022 10:25 AM
We're going on a 60 mile bike packing trip soon on the Katy Trail, but I had one question to help with planning our food before we set off: can you use a camp stove along the Katy Trail? I'm not talking building a whole camp fire, but stopping for lunch at one of the benches and using a little backpacking camp stove with the fuel cannisters, or a Biolite camp stove, or something like that.


New Bikepacker

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Shuttle service in Jefferson City area
Michelle from Minneapolis on 05/15/2022 07:32 PM
If you are looking for a shuttle service in the Jefferson City area I can highly recommend Gus from katytrailservice.com

Our group of 4 decided we did not want to bike to and from the trail into Jefferson City so we arranged with Gus for transportation to pick us up from the trailhead. He was very prompt with communication, easy to work with, friendly and engaging and arrived at our pick-up spots early. On the way to our lodging, he gave us a brief tour of downtown Jefferson City and some of the history.

A great service in the area!

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S & J on 05/15/2022 12:52 PM
Is there a bike trail from the KT to the Amtrak at Washington?

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Joey's Birdhouse in McKittrick
Barb & Jim from Cleveland Ohio on 05/09/2022 02:49 PM
We stayed at Joey's Birdhouse on April 25, 2022 after biking from St. Charles. This is a wonderful place to stay and just a stone's throw away from the trailhead. The room was cozy, our bikes were stored safely in the garage, there were little snacks available upon arrival ... and the bed was extremely comfortable. We arrived early evening, too late to head into Hermann, so Joey drove us to Loutre Market nearby and waited while we ordered a pizza and picked up some Midnight Whistle beer made by the Tin Mill Brewery in Hermann. Breakfast the next morning was the best of the trip. Joey, Richard and Drew joined for coffee and delightful conversation. Places like this are what make the Katy much more than a nice rail trail. We will definitely stay here on our next Katy ride.

michael a rodemeyer from Hartsburg, Mo on 05/10/2022 01:52 PM
While staying at Joey's you could have her pound out a metal sculpture for you as she is a very talented craftsman. We have stayed with her several times, and it is always great.

Mike Buckley from Missoula,Montana on 05/10/2022 09:37 PM
Joey was a wonderful host. I called at the last minute to check the availability of rooms and Joey was able to provide us with a great room. Rich , her partner , took us to Herman for dinner. He also gave us a great tour of the town of Herman. Joey cooked us a great breakfast prior to leaving . A good clean B&B with wonderful hosts.

Joey Los from McKittrick on 05/13/2022 09:28 AM
Thanks all!! Meeting wonderful people is the best part of owning a B&B, we love it.

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Short Detour Southeast of Hartsburg
Bill in Houston from Houston on 05/09/2022 11:55 PM
There is a detour just southeast of Hartsburg. A section of trail is flooded, so you have to hop onto a parallel gravel road for a few miles. Some of the gravel is a little loose, but it's not too treacherous.

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Kim's Cabins in Windsor/ Windsor Restaurants: Judy's, Wagon Wheel, El Jalisco
Barb & Jim from Cleveland Ohio on 05/09/2022 04:50 PM
We stayed at Kim's Cabins April 28-29, 2022 after a wet ride from Pilot Grove. The cabins are just a short distance from the trail and also near the Rock Island Spur. We arrived later than we had planned, but Kim left instructions for getting into our cabin and arrived to greet us shortly afterward. We were able to hose down our bikes and store them in the locked garage.
The cabin was lovely and immaculately clean. If we had chosen to cook, all the necessary supplies were there. Better than cooking, Kim pointed us to 3 very nice restaurants within walking/ biking distance: Judy's Restaurant, Wagon Wheel and El Jalisco. All were very good with nice, clean welcoming interiors. We ate dinner at Judy's on April 28, breakfast at the Wagon Wheel on April 28 and 29, and dinner at El Jalisco on April 29 & 30. Prices were reasonable and portions were just right (generous at El Jalisco's).
Kim has great knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Katy Trail and the Rock Island Spur and willing shared. Her enthusiasm is contagious.
After our first night in the cabin, we planned to bike the Rock Island Spur, but heavy rains that night made the ride doubtful. In the morning, Kim met us and told us that she had a cancellation and if we wanted to stay an extra night, she would hold it for us. We attempted the Spur, but found it too soft, so we returned for a second night.
We are glad we chose Kim's Cabins for the comfort, convenience, and the use of Kim as a resource. We're looking forward to a future visit where we can build a fire in the fire ring and visit with the neighbors!

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Katy Junction B&B in Pilot Grove
Brian Carman from Festus on 05/03/2022 11:32 AM
An amazing stay to say the least. Jerry is what I call a superhost, Casey's, katrina's and Deon's are .1 miles walking distance. Deon's is closed on Mondays and katrina's is open until 2pm so if you arrive later in the day can't go wrong with Casey's pizza, call ahead 30 minutes for fresh.or they always have by the slice. The Bed and Breakfast stay was comfortable and met other Great People. Big Breakfast, if you leave hungry it's Your fault. If there are enough mouths to be fed for dinner Jerry is kind enough to prepare. Great Food, environment and best of all People.

Mike Buckley from Missoula, Montana on 05/07/2022 07:17 PM
My wife and I recently spend a wonderful evening at the Katy Junction B&B . Jerry not only provided a wonderful place to relax after a day of cycling he also cooked us two wonderful meals. If you have the opportunity to visit Pilot Grove make sure you stay with Jerry. You will not be disappointed.

Barb & Jim from Cleveland Ohio on 05/09/2022 02:07 PM
We had the pleasure of staying at Katy Junction B&B in Pilot Grove April 27 (going west on KT) and May 1, 2022 (going east on KT). The B&B is clean, warm and comfy and very close to the trail. Bikes are stored in the locked garage behind the house. Jerry greeted us with chocolate covered strawberries and a drink our first night and provided orange chiffon pie for dessert the second. Both nights, he stayed for a while to chat and give us an overview of the area. Each morning, he made a hearty breakfast for us at the time we requested, and stayed to chat and see us off.
We highly recommend Katy Junction B&B; Jerry clearly loves what he does and feels like our new friend.

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Salt Creek Bridge is reopened
BikerBoy from Maryville, IL on 05/07/2022 06:34 AM
As others have mentioned, the Salt Creek bridge between Rocheport and New Franklin/Boonville is now open. Here is the local news story from yesterday:

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Walking Katy Trail - Safe for Women walking alone?
Susan from Overland Park on 05/05/2022 10:24 AM
I am wanting to walk about 15 miles for 3 days during the day. Is it safe for me by myself?

Marna from On The Trail on 05/05/2022 04:01 PM
Asking your question is like asking if it is safe to drive a vehicle.
For the most part yes. Can things happen? Yes. Are people injured and killed in vehicles every day? Yes.

Many women have Ridden and Hiked the trail alone. I have many many miles alone on the trail.

Between Sedalia and Pilot Grove you need to carry twice the water you think you need. There is NO WHERE to get water between without walking extra miles off the trail.

John Brett, ADT Guide from Washington DC on 05/06/2022 06:14 AM
In Clifton City, about halfway between Sedalia and Pilot Grove, there is Clifton City Service just north of the trail that sells sodas, beer, and ice.

David Wallace from Weldon Spring on 05/06/2022 06:29 AM
Dog repellant spray

Anonymous on 05/06/2022 11:36 AM
What Marna said.

As always, where ever you are, be aware of your surrounds and be street (or trail) smart. Don't broadcast to everyone you see that you are alone, where you're staying etc. Its none of our business. Make sure you have sufficient nutrition, water, etc. to physically make your journey. Carry a cell phone and know emergency numbers to call, same as you do when driving somewhere. Pepper spray is always a good idea on the trail for any unwanted pest. We've ridden the Katy for years and have met many single people, men and women, and never have any indicated that they felt unsafe. Smile, wave, and move on. No big deal to see any single individual on the trail.

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Updated laminated Katy Trail / Rock Island map
Ray (webmaster) on 05/04/2022 07:37 PM
Pardon the commercial interruption, but I just wanted to let everyone know that we now have updated 2022 laminated maps available, which you can see (and buy) here:


These water-resistant laminated maps fold to pocket-size. They have been our most popular Katy Trail merchandise item for years. We updated it for 2022 and added Rock Island information in addition to Katy Trail. Info includes:

- KT & Rock Island maps with mile markers
- town listings with businesses/services available
- points of interest
- emergency contact numbers and hospitals near the trail
- side trail listings

The price remains the same as before - $6.95 plus shipping - for a limited time.

Again, visit https://bikekatytrail.com/merchandise.aspx to check it out!

Thank you, and have fun out there on the trail!

ARenner_KC from Parkville, MO on 05/06/2022 01:10 AM
Hello! Is the Mdse available at any of the stops along the trail or is it only available via on-line? Specifically looking for the laminated map and the book. Thanks!

* EDIT * No need to respond, found the answer! Looks like both items are available at a number of locations and thru various distributors ~ yay!

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Older couple new to cycling
Krista from Kansas City on 04/28/2022 02:43 PM
My husband and I recently purchases pedal assist bicycles. We are quickly becoming addicted. We are looking for a hotel close to the bike trails. We are older and would probably only ride for an hour or so. We are thinking about booking the Frederick hotel but would like other suggestions for future weekends. Thank you in advance.

Anonymous on 04/28/2022 03:47 PM
The Hotel Frederick in Boonville is a great stay.

We have also enjoyed The Hotel Bothwell in Sedalia, The Schoolhouse B&B and their dormitory in Rocheport, and several B&B's in Hermann. Hermann is a bit farther to drive from KC but well worth the trip for wonderful lodging (Hermann Hill Vineyard or River Bluff Cottages, Inns at Hermannhof), food, and wineries, etc.

Am curious to know, if you would, what bikes you ride that are addicting?

Happy Trails!

krista from kansas city on 04/28/2022 05:12 PM
I have the aventon adventure and my husband has the radrover 6. The aventon adventure is our favorite of the two. Thank you for the great suggestions.

Michael from London and Leamington Spa, England on 04/29/2022 02:27 AM
It's good to read a post from other seniors who want to take it a bit easier and smell the flowers along the way! For a luxury stay the Grand Victorian in Boonville was great; and their website is live so I guess they are still in business.
Les Lavandes near Starkenburg was wonderful with great rooms, a hot tub and a lovely dinner but I am not sure it is still in business; they still have a Facebook page though. Good luck

Kim Henderson - Kim's Cabins from Windsor on 04/29/2022 04:27 AM
I have Kim's Cabins in Windsor, so close to KC. I have many guests stay multiple nights to cycle out and enjoy our rural area and Amish community. We're the crossroads of the Katy and Rock Island so three directions to ride. Happy to visit any time to help you plan.

Mark Winkelmann from Rhineland on 04/29/2022 05:21 PM
Visit the White Wolf Inn guest house in the Rhineland Mo. area.
It is 1 mile north of the katy trail on highway P.

Joey Los from McKittrick on 04/30/2022 10:02 AM
Yes, I will toot my own horn. Joey's Birdhouse right on the trail at the 100.8 mile marker. 2 miles from Hermann. Not so luxurious but right on the trail, covered bike parking with space to recharge your bikes and does include a great breakfast, snacks and some beverages left in your room. Hope to see you soon!

michael a rodemeyer from Hartsburg, Mo on 05/01/2022 11:40 AM
I like Joys Birdhouse in Mckittrick and Kim's in Windsor.

JAS from Pilot Grove on 05/05/2022 04:28 PM
The Katy junction B&B is 100 feet from the down town trail head open 12 months a year. Close to places to eat in the evening, 25 miles west of Rocheport 25 miles east of Sedalia.

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Clifton City Trailhead in Clifton City
Rach from TX on 05/04/2022 12:40 PM
Is there water at this trail head? Thanks in advance!

Anonymous on 05/04/2022 04:04 PM
No.....fill up in either Sedalia or Pilot Grove.

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Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
JB from Lebanon, Indiana on 05/04/2022 08:17 AM
The Bluffton barn was amazing! Doug was great. He is really dedicated to the cycling community. This is a great place to camp or stay. The host is also a knowledgeable cyclist, he has biked all over the USA. I would recommend the place to anybody!

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Katy Trail Cottage in Jefferson City
Jim & Barb from Cleveland, Ohio on 05/03/2022 09:11 PM
We had a very nice stay at the Cottage! After a hard day on the Katy, with lots of rain, it was great to crash here! Julie and Steve have thought to provide all of the important things bikers could need - washer and dryer, secure bike storage and a comfortable bed for starters. There were also snacks and fruit - and chocolate!! A full kitchen is available if you want to cook a meal. The Cottage is conveniently located near where you get off the path on the bridge across the Missouri. On top of that, after we forgot a couple of things the next day, Steve was kind enough to bring them to the trailhead before we left town. Super!!

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Rocheport Detour
Mark from Bentonville on 05/02/2022 05:34 PM
Checking on updates to the trail closure just west of Rocheport. I experienced this last fall on my KT ride. Hoping they have the bridge repair completed?

Bill in Houston from Houston on 05/03/2022 09:13 AM
Repair has been completed.

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Katy Trail Shuttle Services
CMO on 05/01/2022 12:44 PM
We are RV'ers with 4 small dogs but wanting to bike the Katy Trail. I was looking at camping in Jefferson City as our base camp and trying to compete the trail in a week. Does anyone have any recommendations on shuttle services. We would probably cycle 40-50 miles a day with 1-2 rest days. Looking at possible starting Labor Day weekend and cycle for 6-7 days. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Anne from Peoria AZ on 05/01/2022 03:46 PM
Love the Fredrick!

Bill in Houston from Houston on 05/02/2022 08:41 AM
Maybe leave the RV in a place that it is easy to Amtrak back to. I'd probably do something like this.

Park RV in/near Sedalia.
Day one - ride to Windsor and back
Day 2 through however many - ride to St Charles. One spouse stays in the hotel or BnB with the bikes and luggage. Other Ubers to the Amtrak station and takes the train back to Sedalia.
Last day - Drive the RV from Sedalia to St Charles.

This way you can use Amtrak without having to worry about putting the bikes on the train, and you also save the quite stout expense of a shuttle.

Oh wait. 4 small dogs. If you want to ride multiple sections of the trail but be back to the RV every night for the dogs, you will need to drive to different base locations and do out and back rides, because the cost of multiple shuttles will really add up. I'd probably do base camp in Sedalia, New Franklin, Jeff City, Hermann, and Defiance.

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How much does rain impact trail conditions
Roger from Boonville, IN on 04/27/2022 09:15 PM
Looking for thoughts on trail conditions in early to mid May? How soft does it get due to rain? Planning on a quick trip from Clinton to Machens so any thoughts or know detours are appreciated.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/28/2022 08:21 AM
There is a thread below regarding the only trail closure that I know of.

When the trail is wet, it gets softer and certainly slows you down. Wider tires are your friend.

Little bits of silt and rock are flung all over you and your bike. It rinses off easily.

The trail doesn't seem to get much slipperier, like mud or grass would.

BikerBoy from Maryville, IL on 05/01/2022 08:12 AM
Rain has a much bigger effect on conditions in the early spring and late fall, when the weather is cooler. In the summer, it can rain an inch and the trail will be back in shape in a couple of hours. I always plan a "weather day" when doing an end-to-end on the Rock Island and Katy.

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Katy Junction B&B in Pilot Grove
Sue Amorosi from Kirkland on 04/29/2022 04:26 PM
The best part about bicycling the Katy Trail is staying at places like the Katy Junction in Pilot Grove. Jerry restored my faith in humanity. He shared his love of Pilot Grove and the people that come through it. He has a good sense humor and knows when to give you some privacy. He works hard to take care of your needs. He is a very smart guy doing good in his community, before as a police officer and now as an inn keeper. A place not to miss!

Sue and Dorothy ( Kirland, Washington)

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Doll House B&B in Rhineland
Jon on 04/27/2022 11:18 AM
Best place to stay on the KATY. Breakfast is incredible and Ken and Melissa are great hosts. Restaurant across the street. Don’t miss it ??

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Happy Apples Bicycle Bunk House in Marthasville
Jon on 04/27/2022 11:11 AM
This is a great place to stay while biking the trail. Can’t say enough about Joette the host. Pizza and supplies are close by. Fresh eggs from the hens next door and apples in season. DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE!!!

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Trail closed for Rock Removal 4/25-27 (Rochport
FCC from Springfield MO on 04/20/2022 09:22 AM
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced a portion of the Katy Trail will be closed April 25-27.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Lunda Construction Company to replace the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport, which will require blasting to be done on the bluff alongside the Katy Trail.

Lunda Construction Company will blast April 25 and then remove the rock through April 27. Any other hauling would be completed through the remainder of April when the trail is closed at night. For more information on the bridge project, visit modot.org/RocheportBridge.

No trail detours will be available during this phase of the project because there is no safe way to reroute visitors around the blasting site and too much rock will be laid across the trail. For visitors' safety, please stay out of the work zone and follow all flagging and signage in the area.

For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, or to view the Park and Site Status Map, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. https://www.newstribune.com/news/2022/apr/18/portion-of-katy-trail-closed-due-to-rock-removal/

Upward from Tulsa on 04/20/2022 08:31 PM
What mile markers is this referring to?

Upward from Tulsa on 04/20/2022 08:54 PM
What mile markers is this referring to?

Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2022 09:54 AM
State Parks' site says
Closed: Katy Trail from mile marker 178.30 to 169.50

The trail will be CLOSED to allow the MoDot contractor to conduct blasting adjacent to the trail from APRIL 25-27. This is a full closure with no recommended detour.

William from Pittsburgh on 04/21/2022 10:04 AM
So what do we do? We will be riding through Rocheport on April 26th. Any recommendations on how we continue our trek east?

TC from Tucson on 04/21/2022 04:55 PM
You could call one of the many shuttle services to transport your group beyond the bridge construction. One option is to take a shuttle to Columbia where you could ride the MKT Nature and Fitness trail down to the Katy Trail. From the intersection of the two trails at Hindman Junction, you could go upriver to check that section out (it is really beautiful) and then backtrack and head east. The trail from Columbia to the Katy is mostly downhill and very nice.

Doug from Bluffton on 04/21/2022 05:51 PM
Ride up the hill out of Rocheport on 240 go across I70 take Roby farm road right on County O about 100 yards to Hancock Hill road right back to Trail

TC from Tucson on 04/23/2022 07:44 PM
Doug, I hear a lot of good things about you and your accommodations. I got out a map and can't follow your instructions. Would you have time to be more precise with the instructions and is the road that you recommend without shoulders and with concerning traffic?

Doug from Bluffton on 04/24/2022 07:53 AM
TC, check google maps or give me a call at Bluffton Barn. It's a pretty easy ride other than the hill. Not much traffic after you get past I70.

Anonymous on 04/24/2022 02:29 PM
Highway BB eastward out of Rocheport…240 will take you to the northwest.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/25/2022 08:07 AM
Google Maps does not show Hancock Hill Rd going through to the trail, but the satellite view does. Here's a more defined list of Doug's directions.

From Rocheport:
Turn right onto 3rd St
0.2 mi

Continue onto W Hwy Bb
2.0 mi

Continue onto Roby Farm Rd
3.2 mi

Slight right onto State Hwy O
0.2 mi

Slight right onto Hancock Hill Rd
1 mi to the trail

Anonymous on 04/25/2022 08:39 AM
Turn at ole man Wilson's house....

Not sure why directions are so difficult. Facing the south in Rocheport, take a right on 3rd street and head out of town on 240 going the wrong direction. Facing north in Rocheport, take a right on 3rd street and head out of town on W Hwy BB going the right direction.

Google maps is your best bet.

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Lift Span Loft in Boonville
Tim and Rhonda from Parker Colorado on 04/23/2022 07:02 AM
What an Awesome Spot to stay while riding the Katy Trail.Room to stretch out and absolutely everything you need plus great little “extras “
Very relaxing.

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Katy Junction B&B in Pilot Grove
Pam from Los Alamos, NM on 04/22/2022 04:32 PM
We showed up at the Katy Junction B&B doorstep tired and wet. Thankfully, it is right off the trail. We had a phone number from the Katy Trail guidebook yet couldn't quite get through. However, there are several phone numbers on the front door and we connected in no time to Jerry. There was a room available and he immediately made us feel at home. His place is clean, cozy and comfortable. Jerry is an amazing man with a wealth of information at his fingertips. He made us a delicious breakfast in the morning of fruit, coffee, toast with jam and a cheese/ham omlette. We were ready to ride. I highly recommend his place. He goes above and beyond what is expected. Thank you,Jerry.?

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Mile markers associated with I-70 bridge construction
DBR from Columbia, MO on 04/21/2022 11:35 AM
The blasting and rock removal occurring 4/25-27 is at MM 176.7

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