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How to get from KC airport to Katy Trail?
obmckinley from Portland Oregon on 06/25/2005 11:49 AM
If there is a good bike riding route from Kansas City airport to an western part of the trail, we would prefer that. Otherwise, is there a Greyhound bus or shuttle?

One of us is blind so we'll be on a tandem (it'll be boxed on the plane and can stay that way if we use a motor vehicle). It usually doesn't fit on a city bus.

Thanks for any answers and advice.

Anonymous on 06/25/2005 11:13 PM
Call B & L Airport Shuttle @660-221-4406 and they will take you and your bike to the start of the trail or anywhere else you need to go.

Steve from Kansas City on 07/18/2005 01:53 AM
Here is a site with maps of on-road bike routes in Missouri.
http://www.mobikefed.org/mobikemap2004/ (See maps for Districts 4 and 5)

Since the airport is on NW side of KC you can take routes around KC on the north and east, and hook up with the KATY at Clinton, Windsor, Sedalia or Boonville. Or else get a ride to the south side of KC and work your way east to the KATY.

Also, Amtrack runs from downtown KC to Sedalia.

Bill from Kansas City on 07/18/2005 03:16 PM
Getting from KC Airport to the trail is not easy. If you just want to ride the trail, I have a suggestion. Fly to St.Louis and get transportation to Old town St. Charles. You might want to call 'The Touring Cyclist' bike shop in old town they may be able to help get you from the airport to old town. I think the number is 636-949-9630. Ask for Chris. If he is still there, he is great. Ride west to Sedalia and take the train back. AMTRACK will take your bike for $10. St Charles is only about 20 miles from the airport. KC airport is about 100 miles from the trail.

stacy from lancaster on 04/21/2017 01:37 PM
Is it possible to take Amtrak from Sedalia to Kansas City airport?

LK from Columbia on 04/21/2017 07:19 PM
A long shot, but I'll mention it anyway. A person flying in to Columbia Regional Airport is only about 5 miles or so from hooking up to the trail south of Easley via lightly traveled country roads. Just saying.

Anonymous on 04/21/2017 08:04 PM
No. Amtrak will take you to Union Station, several miles south of KCI.

Jon from N Texas on 04/22/2017 09:57 AM
The AMTRAK website says there is no checked baggage on the Missouri River Runner. That route does have "roll-aboard" bike service, but only standard-sized bikes.

Seems like the best option is a shuttle services from St Louis to where ever you want to start your ride. They can likely store the tandem box and get you back to the airport at the end of your trip.

The other option is to do an out-and-back round trip ride on the KATY. You could rent a minivan or pickup truck in KC or STL and drive to the trail. The cost of rental car might be similar to the cost of a shuttle depending on how long you need it.

Annette Barnes from Clinton, MO on 04/23/2017 12:10 PM
The best way is to take a bus from KCI to the Amtrack station in KC, hop off at Lee's Summit and then pedal to Pleasant Hill where you can meet the terminus of the current Rock Island line.After a pedal of some 50 miles you arrive in the town of Windsor which is the penultimate town on the Katy trail. If you want to stay overnight at the Haysler House B&B we can rescue you for free and drive you to Clinton.;)

Georges T. Dodds from Montreal, QC, Canada on 08/06/2019 02:31 PM
I'm planning to do the Katy Trail W to E, next summer (2020) + some more after than. I see different options to getting from the Kansas City International Airport to the trailhead in Clinton.
(1) a shuttle service, gets you there but rather expensive (>$100).
(2) on weekdays, take city bus from airport to downtown and then Lee's Summit Bus (afternoon only) to Lee's Summit, then ride to Pleasant Hill, take Rock Island Spur Trail to Post Oak, the road to Clinton -- that's about 65 mi, or a day's ride to get there. So 5-6 hrs flight + 24 hrs getting to Clinton = approx 30 hrs. (Cheap, <$15)

Alternatively, a 37 hr Greyhound ride (Ottawa, ON 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. (+2 days) Clinton, MO) is about 60% the cost of flying and leaves me in downtown Clinton, with no messing around. I've travelled on Greyhound before without any issues, but 37 hrs might be pushing my luck :-)

For others, there's a 9:00 a.m. Greyhound from Kansas City, MO to Clinton, MO every weekday (I'm not sure about weekends.

Any thoughts, alternatives, horror stories, roads to avoid like the plague (bad surface, insane traffic)?

Thanks, G. Dodds

Dean from Columbia on 08/07/2019 06:58 AM
Are you planning to go to Clinton, or will you start at Pleasant Hill and take the Rock Island Spur?

Mark from Lee's Summit on 08/09/2019 09:14 PM
If you don't mind a little bit of on street bike riding, then there are several nice trails that you can link together from the airport. The question is will you have your bike ready to go right from the airport and do you mind short sections of on street city bike riding? I don't know if you will have a bike case that needs to be stored or if you will just be unpacking a cardboard box at the airport. I would be happy to help you map something out if that is what you are looking for.

Georges T. Dodds from Montreal, QC, Canada on 02/18/2020 05:02 PM
TO: Mark from Lee's Summit

Yes, my bike would be "ready to go" at the airport (after minor assembly) no cases or other items besides what would be in the rear paniers. So, what would be the best, safest and preferably shortest route from the airport to Clinton. I've been a cycling courier in downtown Montreal, so city traffic doesn't bother me too much -- within limits -- Could you suggest a route? Thanks. G. Dodds

Allen from Shawnee,Ks on 02/18/2020 07:39 PM
You probably already know but it's a hundred miles from KCI to Clinton. The city buses will probably not fit your tandem and Amtrak only takes regular bikes. I have lived and biked in Kansas city for many years, this trip would be a major undertaking. If you feel you must ride to the Katy trail maybe check out Adventure cycling's Lewis and clark route it goes through Platte City (which is not to far from KCI) to Booneville, you could modify the destination. Missouri roads usually don't have shoulders except for main ones like 7 hi way and such. Google maps street view is an excellent resource to check out roads for shoulders and sight lines.

If it were me I would fly into St Louis Lambert airport and shuttle or ride from there to Katy Trail. I believe there are routes on this sight to accomplish this ride. Google maps street view is an excellent resource to check out roads for shoulders and sight lines.
Have a good trip

Mark from Lee's Summit on 02/20/2020 11:09 PM
Let me start by saying that I like mixing in urban city trail riding with my long distance rails to trails trips. For instance, I loved riding through Downtown Milwaukee during my bike trip across Wisconsin. Linking up separate trails with 5-6 miles of cross city riding is fun for me as long as I stay on low volume side streets. I can follow up with a full route if you want, but it is between 65 and 70 miles to Pleasant Hill where you will pick up the Rock Island Spur trail that then leads to the Katy Trail and Clinton if you really want to go to the start of the trail. There are hotels and other places to stay if you are arriving mid-day at the airport and can't get through the city on the first day. Plus there are sites and restaurants that are great stopping points along the way if you are interested. I will follow up this post with another one that starts to describe my preferred route. You can follow it on Google Maps and just let me know if you want me to go into more detail or even provide my contact information if you need more details...Mark

Mark from Lee's Summit on 02/20/2020 11:42 PM
Alright, go to Google Maps, turn on the Bicycling layer and let's go for a ride from the KCI/MCI airport! Once you leave the airport terminal, you ride to the end of the building and you will see an angled sidewalk that leads to another roadway loop beneath the main shuttle entrance. That roadway is the employee entrance loop and you will ride clockwise around that road called Bogota Circle. From Bogota Circle, you will turn right on Brasilia Avenue, left on Paris Street, and then right onto Mexico City Avenue. Take Mexico City off of the airport property over I-70 and then right on 132nd, right on Winan, left on 128th, and then right onto Heady. At NW Cookingham you will have to make a short jog across the road in order to continue south on Congress Avenue where that road eventually turns into Ambassador Drive which is a nice wide parkway. Once you reach Old Tiffany Springs Parkway in a couple of miles, you will see that the sidewalk along the left side of the parkway has turned into a nice, wide concrete trail. That is the start of a nice 20 mile bike trail network. Follow that trail down to the 152 Highway Trail that turns to the left after a few hundred feet. Go 1.7 miles east and then turn south on the long Line Creek Trail that will start taking towards the Missouri River and Downtown Kansas City. Take the Line Creek Trail 7 miles south to Vivion Road where you will have to link up to Klamm Road and the Vivion Trail Connector that links up with the Interurban Trail that runs all the way to Briarcliff Parkway. Even though it is pretty flat, Highway 9 stinks and has too much high speed traffic, so I would just use the sidewalks along Briarcliff Parkway and bike up the long hill to North Oak Trafficway where you will turn right and get to ride down a steep hill even though there is quite a bit of traffic on that 4 lane road. At the bottom of the North Oak Trafficway hill you will want to turn left onto 32nd Avenue and get back on smaller sidestreets. Turn right onto Swift Street and take that road south through North Kansas City to 9th Street, then turn right to link up to the separated bike trail over the Missouri River along Route 9.

That gets you to Downtown Kansas City...I can get you all the way to Pleasant Hill using a mix of sidestreets and nice urban trails if you want. Just let me know...Mark

Great Allegheny Passage - Good Sources of Info?
Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/19/2020 02:06 PM
Have any of you ridden the GAP Trail? What were your best sources of information?

Ray (webmaster) on 02/19/2020 03:06 PM
Well my favorite website for the GAP info is https://bikecando.com/ - it's actually a combined site for the Great Allegheny Passage AND the C&O Canal, because a lot of people combine these two trails end-to-end to travel between Pittsburgh & Washington DC.

It's my favorite site because I run it - you'll notice it looks and works a lot like this one. :-)

The "official" site for the GAP is Allegheny Trail Alliance site at https://gaptrail.org/ which also has lots of good info.

Even though I may be biased, I welcome other suggestions!

Margaret from Amherst, OH on 02/20/2020 06:36 AM
WE rode the GAP three summers ago- ( and the C&O) I loved the GAP- It is a beautiful trail and there were relatively a lot of lodging options that include camping-I think more camping options than the Katy offers. Also- people and businesses along the way really support the trail- they leave water and even snacks out for you- that was amazing!

John Hutchins from Pacific on 02/20/2020 07:59 AM
I rode both last spring. The websites Ray listed are the best. I'd also recommend the trail book https://gaptrailstore.org/collections/featured-products/products/trailguide-15th-edition

The book doesn't do much more for you than the web info, but the map is worth the price. The GAP is a fabulous ride. The C & O is fascinating but rough, mud, pot holes, rocks, roots etc. From the GAP you can connect to the Montour and Panhandle trails and another that follows the Ohio River all the way to Wheeling W.V.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/20/2020 08:59 AM
Many thanks to you all! It looks like a great trail, and we are looking forward to it. We just want to be prepared!

Gman from Erie PA on 02/20/2020 06:35 PM
Hi Bill I am from PA and have ridden the GAP trail in it's entirety and favorite sections many times. It's fabulous. Definitely get a copy of the Trail Guide from Allegheny Trail Alliance. $10 well spent. (you can also get a copy from Amazon Prime if your into that) Wish the Katy Trail had one just like it. Next consideration is ; are you doing the entire 150 MI, west to east or east to west; how many mi per day; shuttles; etc. I see your comments on the Katy Forum all the time. (wife and I rode it last year) Would love to give you some good info on the trail towns, lodging, dining, and the all important watering holes. Maybe we can exchange email addresses through Ray. Saw that idea on another one of his web sites. I'll send mine to him at contact@bikesilverbullet.com

Carl Belken from Mokane on 02/08/2020 10:00 PM
The Mokane Market appears to have closed on January 1st 2020. The building is up for sale but I've not heard of anyone interested in buying it.

The nearest store is now the new Dollar General which is a mile north of the Katy Trail on Rt.C.

Hank on 02/09/2020 10:36 AM
Is the Mokane bar still open?

Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/12/2020 10:42 AM
They have a Facebook page, and posted on Jan 15th that they have free pool.

Shame to see the Market go away. It was a famous place on the trail. Nice little stop for basic provisions and a sandwich.

Eric P from Mokane on 02/17/2020 12:32 PM
The Mokane Market closed at the end of January. It is currently for sale. It closed due to lacking sales because of a new Dollar General that opened about two miles north of town. The business and building is for sale and would be a great opportunity to serve the Katy Trail riders. There is an unfinished upstairs that could be converted to a B&B and store. Community Notice: New owners requested to be well mannered and welcoming to cyclists. Mokane needs a breath of fresh air!

Anonymous on 02/17/2020 07:32 PM
Interesting. So many complaints through the years about being unfriendly, unwelcoming and rude. And the doors closed because of the Dollar Store.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/18/2020 02:12 PM
Eeeeexactly. I made sure to stop in because it was famous for being so unwelcoming. I wanted that place to be there forever. Turns out we weren't the enemy.

Bluffton Barn in Bluffton
Eric from Chesterfield, MO on 02/08/2020 11:25 AM
Looking at riding thru this summer. I need electrical to recharge my pedal assist. Is electric available at or near campsites?

Allen from Shawnee,Ks on 02/13/2020 12:35 PM
Hi Eric
Its hard to say exactly but as a general rule there is usually electricity in the bathrooms or shower houses.
Here is a list of campgrounds I am familiar with:
Sedalia fairgrounds Shower house inside for sure (not in sight), may be some at RV sites close to tent sites
Katy Roundhouse Shower house outside (could be in sight depends where you pitch tent)
Hartsburg city park at gazebo (should be in sight)
Turner Shelter in Tebbets Inside (in sight)
Portland campground on side of shower house (in sight of tent sites)
Steamboat springs I believe some are outdoors by some RV campsites for sure in shower house
Herman City Park at campsites
Marthasville ballfields campsite, in shelter (would be in sight depending on tent placement)
Klondike Park at the shower house (not in sight of tents)
This is all the ones I am familiar with, hope this helps

Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/13/2020 04:39 PM
You could also try to top up at rest stops along the way. Plug it in, go into Casey's for a Mountain Dew and a slice of pizza, sit for a bit while you eat...

John Hutchins from Pacific on 02/14/2020 08:04 AM
You could charge at Cooper's Landing, also.

Bill from St. Louis on 02/14/2020 03:51 PM
Hello Eric: What make of Electric Bike are you riding?

Anonymous on 02/15/2020 11:15 AM
This might sound strange but have you considered calling the places you want to stay and asking them what they have?

Eric from Chesterfield Mo on 02/15/2020 08:08 PM
I ride a TerraTrike Traveler. Need the stability of 3 wheel since a brain bleed & surgery in 2018

Allen from Shawnee,Ks on 02/16/2020 10:26 AM
Hi Eric,
A couple of thoughts. Have you done any kind of tests to see how far your bike can go with a load? This might determine where you will have to stop. Do you have an extra battery? In general I don't think you will have a problem with recharging unless the miles you can travel are pretty short.

As an emergency you could always get a motel or a B & B for a night.

I rode a couple of years ago with a guy who had an electric bike and he made it all the way (he was camping also). I have also ridden with a guy who had a cpap machine, it required recharging every day he did ok also (he was camping).
Have a good trip.


14 -16 feb trail conditions
Butch Welke from Lk geneva on 02/14/2020 10:43 AM
looking to ride part of trail this weekend from east to west and back but would like trail report please

cbamshuttle in Boonville
Bill in Houston from Houston on 02/13/2020 01:43 PM
This man has retired and will no longer be shuttling, according to his FB page.

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