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Trail conditions
Mark Rovenstine from Dallas, TX on 07/14/2021 05:55 PM
I have cycled the Katy Trail about 8 times and just completed my latest ride. The trail this year is in the worst condition of any ride I've taken. There were hundreds of washouts that seem to occur because the ditches have not been maintained or cleaned out and when filled up with dirt and debris, the water backs up and can't drain and then, spills over the trail and damages the trail. I have never seen it so bad. Many cuts in the trail were a foot deep. The bridge 3 miles east of Rocheport is so washed out you should not count and ANY work around other than to take Highway 40 to get to Rocheport. Trust me, I tried and it's impossible. There is one long hill to climb but once on top, it is not a bad ride into Rocheport. I recommend the School House B&B in Rocheport. The new owner, Andy, was a great host. And IF you ike some nice dinning, go to Abigails for dinner. Reservations are required and Andy can make them for you. Hotel Frederick in Boonville and the Globe Inn at Hartsburg I also recommend. And IF, you like adventure and want to meet the "old man on the trail" you need to stay in Bluffton with Doug at the Old Barn. Doug is a very interesting guy and you will never forget him. He'll take good care of you.

Deron from Boonville on 07/15/2021 07:52 AM
The Katy Trail was actually in great shape until two weeks ago. Torrential downpour brought us _over_ 12 inches of rain. We actually had bricks in the middle of our gravel road which had been washed out of the ditch (who knew we had bricks in the ditch!) and pushed into the road. We had leaks (plural) in our roof, standing water in the basement and in ponds in the yard that we have never seen hold water before.

Karen C (another local) posted a photo of the bridge near McBaine after the storm. The bridge had sticks poking through the guard rail (yes, the water had been over the bridge) and the gravel up to the bridge had been washed such she had to climb nearly 3 feet to get on the bridge.

Obviously these serious problems are being addressed first. Sorry for them because they had just come through and brought in gravel even in places that didn't really need it and cleaned out ditches etc. The sections along the Missouri river are beautiful, but they are a nightmare to maintain.

We would all like to see the bridge replaced east of Rocheport, but supposedly it requires engineering and special budget bill from the state. If you get a chance, leave a nice note with them and prod them on the bridge. Hope we see you on trip number 9!

MapMedic from KCMO on 07/15/2021 01:04 PM
Mark: Is this the route you took? I copied this from a post after yours. Looks like a nice gravel ride despite the elevation.

Doug from Bluffton on 07/15/2021 04:36 PM
Thanks Mark! Good to know the youngsters still appreciate me.

Goodnightx2 from Edmond, OK on 07/19/2021 09:00 AM
We rode to Rocheport yesterday via the MKT Tail from Columbia. A bit rough and messy right when we joined the Katy at the trailhead but otherwise smooth going and gorgeous. The bridge is out WEST of Rocheport so if you are coming from the east, Rocheport is accessible as is that cute Merriweather Cafe and bike shop for a good meal! Oh, one warning: the mosquitoes are fierce! Bring bug spray!!

Goodnightx2 from Edmond, OK on 07/19/2021 01:10 PM
We rode to Rocheport yesterday via the MKT Tail from Columbia. A bit rough and messy right when we joined the Katy at the trailhead but otherwise smooth going and gorgeous. The bridge is out WEST of Rocheport so if you are coming from the east, Rocheport is accessible as is that cute Merriweather Cafe and bike shop for a good meal! Oh, one warning: the mosquitoes are fierce! Bring bug spray!!

Steve m from Boynton Beach fl on 07/26/2021 08:56 PM
From Boonville to Jefferson City,how is the rehabilitation of the trail progressing? Are the crews in the midst of repairs?
We are planning on riding through in mid August and hoping to get your all’s insights.
Thank you

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Pet friendly lodging
Sherry from Indianapolis on 07/26/2021 08:49 PM
I’m planning to do the entire trail with my dog. Trying to understand how many lodging opportunities there are available that are pet friendly. Has anyone done this with their pet? Suggestions and ideas?

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Anonymous from St. Charles, mo on 07/26/2021 07:08 PM
What are options to transport ourselves and 2 bicycles from Clinton to St. Charles?

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places to stay in or near Herman
Sheila from Shawnee, Kansas on 07/23/2021 04:05 PM
Does anyone know of a cheap place to stay in or near Herman?

Sluggo from LOZ on 07/24/2021 02:49 PM
How cheap, how near?

big mike from Hartsburg on 07/25/2021 09:56 AM
Joey's Bird House in McKittrick is the best place to stay. We have used it several times and it's great.

GaryB from Blue Springs on 07/25/2021 12:40 PM
Joey’s Birdhouse in McKittrick just off the trail. We’re there now and it’s fantastic

Mark Winkelmann from Rhineland on 07/26/2021 08:29 AM
White Wolf inn near Rhineland, Mo.
Inn is 1 mile north of trail on highway P.
Call Mark @ 636-359-0852

Fred from Nashville on 07/26/2021 04:36 PM
Bluffton Barn is 10 miles from Hermann and has rooms starting at $40 for one person. Meals are added cost

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Biff Baker from Lancaster, Ca on 07/25/2021 02:46 PM
I am a road bike rider with multiple Ragbri’s. Looking for something new. What kind of tires work best on the Katy Trail.?

brad wilson from st louis on 07/25/2021 05:09 PM
The condition of the trail varies with the weather and the repairs being done by the state.

If it has rained a lot, then it can be soft enough that narrow tires will sink in.

Steady rains can also lead to ruts and washouts.

If it has been very dry, sometimes the trail will develop cracks large enough to swallow a narrow tire.

If the state has laid down new gravel, you will encounter several inches of loose gravel.

Then there is debris like branches, downed trees, rocks, and ruts created by tractors and other vehicles.

And on some occasions the trail will be smooth and hard packed for miles and miles. Can't really rely on that.

People also report nasty, tire-piercing thorns in some places.

I recommend riding a 700x35c/650x1.5 tires or larger (or its equivalent for your tire setup).
Generally there is no need for knobs.

I've done several trips in the conditions listed above with 650x2.0 smooth tires and it has worked well for me. I think I'll go. down to 1.5 tires when this set wears out.

A friend of mine with a gravel bike rode with me using 700x37 semi-knobby tires.

I always use tires with a kevlar belt. Aside from the thorns, there are times when small pieces of sharp gravel can work into the tread, and kevlar seems to prevent punctures.

Biff Baker from Lancaster,Ca on 07/26/2021 12:53 PM
Thank you Brad Wilson.

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Transfer from Kirkwood Train Station to St Charles Trail Head
Dale F from Prairie Village on 07/20/2021 03:20 PM
We are taking amtrak train from KC to STL, arriving at the Kirkwood station. What shuttle company should we use to arrange a transfer from the Kirkwood station to the St Charles Trailhead? Any recommendations?

Dale F from Prairie Village on 07/26/2021 10:59 AM
Can one count on UBER XL to get us from Kirkwood station to St Charles trail head?

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Group trail ride.
Cale Brown from California on 07/25/2021 09:33 PM
I just finished the MR340. I was wondering if their is a group ride or race for the entire Katy trail each year? Im looking for something in 2022.

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Hazel's House in Marthasville
Anonymous from Columbia on 07/25/2021 01:15 PM
Are towels and bed linens supplied? Thanks.

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Missouri Double Cross
KF from Springfield on 07/24/2021 10:14 PM
Was planning to ride the first half of this year's MO Double Cross starting in Clinton on August 29. Got word that it has been canceled. Was planning to shuttle back to car and drive to Columbia on the September 3rd for Ped Jam. Anybody else out there that was planning to do Double Cross? Interested in still making the ride? Got some ideas how to make it happen. Based on what I've read below, might be better to start in Defiance and ride west since Boonville to Rocheport isn't looking so good.

Dougt from Onawa, Ia on 07/25/2021 11:15 AM
I wasn't aware of these events and want to schedule my out and back Katy Trail ride to avoid any mass events on the trail if possible. I'm looking at starting Sept 7 or 8 and taking around 6-7 days to do it. Are there any trail events that I should be aware of?
Are thorns an issue on the Katy? I do the Cowboy Trail every year and they are usually really numerous.
Thanks for any info!

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Ride into Jefferson City
Dale F from Prairie Village on 07/19/2021 03:05 PM
How is the ride from trailhead into Jefferson City on hwy 54? Safe/ easy? 2 to 3 miles? I see there is now a pedestrian/bike path on the bridge but what about the highway? THANKS

Bill in Houston from Houston on 07/19/2021 03:09 PM
I would definitely not ride on the highway. The bike path is great.

Deby from Dallas on 07/19/2021 08:40 PM
We were there in May, and if I remember correctly there is a way to get over to the Skywalk (which is really cool!) without getting on the highway. There is a trail other than Katy trail that heads toward Jefferson from the North Jefferson Trailhead. We took that going to the Skywalk to get into Jefferson, but that trail was a little rough and if it's been raining I don't imagine it would be in good shape. But going back to Katy the next day, we avioded that trial, and took city streets. I don't remember which streets, but it was not via highway. Be prepared for major hills in Jefferson, BTW.

Dale F from Prairie Village on 07/20/2021 03:16 PM
thanks for the feedback; it sounds like there is a way to get from the trailhead to jeff city without getting on the highway...

Jim from St Thomas on 07/20/2021 07:31 PM
It’s pretty easy. Take the Katy Spur from the N. Jefferson trailhead. The spur dead ends at Fourth Street. Go right on Fourth Street for 3 blocks to Cottonwood Street. Turn left on Cottonwood and follow it to where it ends at a parking lot. The path to the bridge pedestrian lane is at the southeast corner of the parking lot.

Dale F from Prairie Village on 07/21/2021 08:57 AM
Perfect, thanks for the detailed instructions...

Dave from Columbia on 07/24/2021 08:28 PM
Absolutely stay off of Hwy 54, us the spur trail that will get you into Jeff City.

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