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Shuttle Service
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Michael Smith from Tuscola, Illinois on 03/03/2006 02:05 PM
As I continue to plan my trip in early June- we are thinking about taking a shuttle from St. Charles to Jefferson City and then riding back to St. Charles. I am looking for reccommendations on a shuttle service and also nice places to stay in the general areas of Bluffton and Marthasville. Any help I can get is greatly appreciated.

 
Rhona Lococo from St. Charles on 03/03/2006 05:51 PM
We are a BED & Breakfast that offers shuttle service ---- let us know if we can be of help to you ---- Rhona Lococo -----rhonaloc@charter.net

 
kasko from STL MO on 03/04/2006 02:15 PM
Best as far as I am concerned is to take AMTRAK from St Louis to Jeff City. You can board downtown StL or at Kirkwood station.

Since modern trains do not have baggage cars Amtrak has made allowances to allow you to bring bike onto train. It may be good idea to arrange/check it out with them when you buy ticket.


Blooming of Dogwoods
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Easy Ed from Rockwall, TX (Dallas) on 03/03/2006 04:49 PM
Looking to do St. Charles to Boonville (prox) in April or early May. Any guesses on when the dogwoods might be in bloom this year?




 
MAH on 03/03/2006 09:34 PM
According to the 2006 MO Conservation Calendar of Natural Events, April 20th has the notation to "Look for flowering dogwoods".

Hope that helps!

MAH


Katy Trail
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kasko from STL MO on 03/03/2006 01:07 PM
What, when and where is the DNR ride? What is a DNR?

 
Ray (Webmaster) on 03/03/2006 01:11 PM
DNR is the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the agency that runs the Katy Trail. Every June they sponsor an organized ride from one end of the trail to the other, over the course of 5 days (June 19-23 this year). They accommodate up to 300 riders. You can find details at this link.


Catch the Katy - DNR Ride 2006 - Looking for ride from Cedar Rapids, IA
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Luv2Ride from Cedar Rapids, IA on 03/02/2006 02:48 PM
Hi all,

I want to participate in the 2006 Catch the Katy June 19-23, but would prefer not to drive myself all the way to St. Charles. Looking to catch a ride down on Sunday the 18th and back up on Saturday the 24th - from somewhere around Cedar Rapids IA. I can be a little flexible on this, if someone was within an hour or two drive from CR. Of course, I would split the cost of gas. If you're interested in helping me out, send me an e-mail at cyclechick63@yahoo.com.

Thanks alot!


Road Bike?
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John from West Plains on 02/17/2006 10:39 AM
I just bought a Trek 2100 road bike and I am hooked. We are riding the Katy Trail in a few weeks and I dont want to go back to my steel framed Schwinn. Is it a bad idea to ride a road bike on the Katy Trail? We are covering 100 miles and I dont want to be halfway when I realize I made a mistake.

 
frank from festus, mo on 02/17/2006 12:15 PM
john, i have a raleigh bike wtih 1'--1 1/2 wide knobby tires. i have rode the KATY numerous times, short trips that is (10-30 miles), but have put on probably couple - three hundred miles. not one problem. personally, i don't think you will have any problems. have fun, thats the main thing. good luck. enjoy the trip.

 
Austin from Longmont, CO on 02/17/2006 11:13 PM
As long as it's dry, you should be fine, I rode my Trek 2200 100 miles last summer without any problems. I used 700x25 tires. If there has been much rain lately and the trail is soft, you might want something with wider tires.

 
TRinJboro from Jonesboro, AR on 02/21/2006 12:18 PM
I agree with Austin, I've rode my Trek 510 Road bike many times on the KATY without problems. However, my bike is old, and these were all times the trail was dry. If your luck doesn't hold and it rains for 2 or 3 days, the trail gets mushy and your small tires will sink in. Also, if you bought a new Trek 2100 I don't think I would want to ride a new bike on the KATY. The surface tends to be a little dusty when dry and it will cover your bike and chain with a fine white dust that is hard on it.

 
Big Rick from St. Charles, Mo. on 02/22/2006 05:46 PM
The lime dust washed off just fine in my experience. Also, a couple of the shops along the trial sell a nice chain lube that will help keep your gears and sprokets in good order. I'll post later tongiht when I get home and I can get the name off of the bottle.



Rick

 
richard Shrewsbury from joplin mo on 02/28/2006 09:49 PM
I have ridden the katy many times on a old road bike The trail is generally very good

surface for a not paved trail. 90% of what you see will be mountain bikes. This is like

driving a big SUV in the city.... hybrid would be best but the importain thing is to ride...

Katy Trail is Great.....


 
kasko from STL MO on 03/02/2006 10:43 AM
I agree with all above. Ben riding Katy since it opened on my 700x1.25 no problem This year riding entire trail will use a hybrid with wider tire.

White dust is nuisance but it washes off. I wash it once at least every 3 years.


Winter Ride with breakfast
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Anonymous from Washington on 01/22/2006 08:35 PM
If you are looking for a winter ride with a delicious $6 breakfast ride the Katy to Schell Road near Mile 68 in Augusta. Going east that will be a left onto a blacktop steep hill. You may have to push your bike up this one then ride the rolling hills and sharp curves to Hwy. 94. Turn right on Hwy. 94 and about 500 ft. down the hill is the Immaculate Conception Church. The next breakfast will be Feb. 26, all you can eat: sausage, ham, eggs, pancakes, apples, juice, coffee -what a treat!

Not another biker was on the trail today but we did see a mink cross the trail

 
Anonymous from New Haven on 02/24/2006 12:40 AM
You will have another chance for this winter ride on Sun.Feb. 26 when the church will hold another breakfast.


Trailhead Brewing Co (St Charles)
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JOHNATHON from WELDON SPRINGS on 09/18/2005 10:39 AM
THE FOOD WAS HORRIBLE, THE SERVICE WORSE.....IT'S NOTHING BUT A TOURIST TRAP..

 
Anonymous on 09/27/2005 10:38 PM
I beg to differ....have traveled to St. Charles on numerous occasions and have dined at Trailhead many times. I have been extremely satisfied with the quality of food and service on every occasion. Don't miss it if you have a chance to go....I'm a tourist but never felt that way while there.

 
Local Guy from St. Charles MO on 11/12/2005 05:12 PM
NOT!

 
M.S. from Villa Ridge, Missouri on 12/17/2005 06:07 PM
I have always had a great experience at the Trailhead Brewing Co. I belong to a club who regularly cycles the Katy Trail, with the TBC being our destination. Wonderful food, great staff!! Never a bad experience!

 
Big Rick from St. Charles, Mo. on 02/02/2006 03:37 PM
I've been to the Trailhead Brewery on many occasions. The food and service were always wonderful. The only time I ever had trouble was when I went in wearing the tank top I was wearing on my ride that day. I gladly bought one of their t-shirts and had a wonderful meal before heading home.



Big Rick

 
daveh from IL. on 02/10/2006 07:23 PM
Food was ok, and I liked all the beers. I'll go again.

 
Bobbie from Arnold on 02/23/2006 08:39 PM
Great food, friendly staff and fun atmosphere!


Katy Trail Weather - for late March
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cathy j from st helena ca on 01/27/2006 11:56 PM
I am considering cycling the Katy trail from March 19th to March 25, 2006. This is our Spring Break so I do not have the ability to do at another time. Am I nuts? Is it likely to be too cold and/or snowing? I am interested in opinions on the advisability of cycling at that time of year. thanks...Cathy J

 
savage24 from KC,MO on 01/28/2006 04:38 AM
Hi Cathy,

According to intellicast.com the normal temperatures for central Missouri in March are: low 33F and high 53F. You could add a few degrees for the end of the month. We don't normally have snow in March. Only you can say if you enjoy cycling in those temps. One other thing - some of the businesses along the trail are seasonal and may be closed or operating on their 'winter schedule' so it may be a good idea to plan for food and lodging carefully and/or call ahead and confirm.

 
TRinJboro from Jonesboro, AR on 01/29/2006 07:02 AM
Did the KATY in early April 2 years ago. You'll have to take clothing for both cold and mild weather, as I had both in the stretch of 4 days. The wind changes from day to day also this time of the year.

 
The Dalton Boys from Austin, TX/Columbia, MO. on 02/01/2006 09:40 AM
TRinJboro is so right....its when my siblings and I rode the KATY. I gets darn chilly in April, never mind March. We did find many busineses closed. Mark of the Dalton Boys

 
bryan from Springdale, AR on 02/05/2006 05:27 PM
Cathy j...My wife and I will be on the trail at the same time you are. This will be our first trip of any distance on it. We rode from Boonville to Pilot Grove and back the day after thanksgiving. That was a good time. Our daughter is going to drop us off in Hermann on the 18th, and pick us up the next weekend at where ever we get to. We plan to spend 2 nights in Herman, then move west. We are going to spend a couple of days in Jefferson City, and then continue on west. Look for us, we'll be on Fuji bikes, an Odessa (hers) and a Utah. If I can find enough pet friendly lodging, we'll have our little white dog with us too. That will be the subject of another post...where to find lodging for us and the dog. If any one reading this post has some info, you can email me at bcspain@sbcglobal.net.



Happy Trails

 
Clint Thompson from Moberly MO on 02/19/2006 09:16 PM
Well, you can never tell what March will bring. My wife, daughter, Mom and 4 siblings are doing a 2 day ride the weekend of the 25th. We are staying at a bed and breakfast in Peers that night. I guess if the weather is bad we will just hang out at the bed and breakfast and drive to the wineries. We are all looking forward to this trip. I sure hope the weather is nice.

Have a great time

Clint

 
Dolores from Wheaton, IL on 02/22/2006 09:11 PM
We want to ride the trail earlier--March 9, 10 and 11. We don't mind colder temperatures, but we are concerned about the quality of the trail. Could we count on it being relatively dry at that time of the year? Would it be spongy?



Thanks,



Dolores

 
ET from Columbia on 02/23/2006 12:15 PM
In general, the surface is excellent if it's really cold, but gets spongiest if it has been frozen at night and then thaws during the day. Of course, it will depend on rain near the time, too. We have had quite a dry winter so far.


western state border
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Justin from St. Charles on 02/15/2006 02:44 PM
Fron Clinton, how far can you take the trail to the MO-KS border? I am planning a cross-state ride utalizing the Katy trail and I was wondering how far I can take the trail to the west before I was forced to take roads. Please respond with routes or ideas. Feel free to email me at justinlarson13@hotmail.com, just be sure to use Katy Trail in the subject box.

 
The Dalton Boys from Austin, TX/Columbia, MO. on 02/16/2006 06:45 AM
Justin...You are at the end in Clinton. Go to MO. Bike Federation web and it will give an alternate from Windsor to KC. RT. 7 is the most direct from Clinton to KC and from what I've read not a good idea. Regards...Mark of the Dalton Boys.


Papa Jake's Donut Shop (Sedalia)
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Cynthia from warsaw on 01/13/2006 11:02 AM
Also, please tell me of a GREAT bakery in Sedalia that does Birthday cakes. Have a great day!

 
Sarah Heimsoth from Sedalia, MO on 02/14/2006 06:19 PM
I don't know how, but I saw your comment on the internet, and I thought I'd let you know about Bing's Bakery in Sedalia, MO. I am the cake decorator, and I've been there for six plus years. We have wonderful cakes and if you'd like you may call us at the bakery. Not meaning to brag, but many of my customers tell us we're the best in Sedalia. (660) 829-1400. I hope you find what you're looking for.



Sarah Heimsoth


Saving the Bridge?
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Big Rick from St. Charles, Mo. on 02/14/2006 04:17 PM
This article appeared on STLToday.com this afternoon. http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/55B28A5B9F19D0888625711500651E47?OpenDocument Does anyone have any information about the organization working to keep the bridge intact?

 
Ray (webmaster) on 02/14/2006 04:36 PM
Yes.... Save the Katy Bridge Coalition


GPS Coordinates for the Katy Trail
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Brian from Managua, Nicaragua on 01/10/2006 07:44 PM
Does a book or website exist that contains the trail heads, resataurants, points of interest, etc... coordinates for use with GPS units?



Thanks,

Brian

 
Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 01/11/2006 10:23 AM


Google it!

 
Brian from Managua on 01/11/2006 11:14 PM
I googled like a champ.

No GPS Coordinates.

I guess it just needs to be done.

Brian

 
Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 01/12/2006 08:46 AM

I Googled like it was my job.....I mean quickly from my desk at work.... and found this site listed third from the top. It says it has coordinates, but who knows.

http://www.gps-maps.us/coordinates.shtml


 
savage24 from KC,MO on 01/15/2006 11:59 AM
Brian, I have an inexpensive GPS that I cannot enter coordinates into ahead of time; I have to be at the place I want to enter and then I can create a "waypoint". I have created several "waypoints" for trailheads in my GPS. Once the "waypoint" is created, the screen will display the coordinates, so here is what I have (all coordinates are for trailheads exept for Clinton which is for the Benson Center near the trailhead) (*=degree sign)

Clinton: 38* 22.827N 093* 45.369W 749ft

Sedalia: 38* 42.451N 093* 13.263W 894ft

Boonville: 38* 58.494N 092* 44.983W 607ft

Rocheport: 38* 58.655N 092* 33.659W 555ft

North Jefferson: 38* 36.353N 092* 09.742W 532ft

Mokane: 38* 40.445N 091* 52.315W 553ft

Rhineland: 38* 43.186N 091* 30.732W 524ft

McKittrick: 38* 44.039N 091* 26.672W 533ft

Marthasville: 38* 37.635N 091* 03.651W 501ft

St Charles: 38* 46.794N 090* 28.844W 779ft



Hope this helps!







Clinton

 
Brian from Managua, Nicaragua on 02/09/2006 11:27 PM
Thanks a bunch for the coordinates.

I have been using GPS since '94 and assumed that by now waypoints would exist for any location one desires.

I guess the Katy Trail Guide needs to be re-written with coordinates.

Thanks for what you have supplied me with.

Hopefully some more people will get on the GPS craze.



Brian

Managua, Nicaragua

 
savage24 from KC,MO on 02/10/2006 05:39 AM
You're welcome Brian.

If there are any particular coordinates that you want, I'll try to get them for you.

 
Brian from Managua on 02/11/2006 03:47 PM
Basically I was hoping to get all trail head coordinates as well as points of interest, etc... (restaurants, B&B's, Hotels, etc...

Thanks for the coordinates you have already sent.

Maybe someone else out there has done it.

I will!

Brian

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