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Les Bourgeois Winery - Rocheport
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kim from independence, mo on 06/07/2007 06:15 PM
On a recent bike trip to the area, we drove (yes, drove) up to the Winery on the bluffs. We spent a wonderful evening in the A-Frame with wine, a sandwich for my friend Brian, and a Picnic of bread, cheese, salami, and an apple for both of us.



We were hoping for a sunset, but it was still too overcast. However we got to enjoy a visit from a very forward racoon begging table scraps. I don't know how busy the A-Frame is normally. We heard that during the school year, it is often crowded with kids from the college in Columbia. But this overcast evening, it was wonderfully un-crowded, and very relaxing and enjoyable.

 
Greg A from Shawnee KS on 07/04/2007 11:44 AM


NOT OPEN ON MONDAY'S. Rode from Katfish Katy's to Winery hoping for an enjoyable evening experience. Entry from the trail is hidden, almost missed it. Walked up the .3 hill only to find the place desolate. SO disappointed. Rode back to campsite and drove into Columbia for meal. Not the Katy experience we had hoped. Other vacationers (holiday week) also expressed frustration.

 
Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 07/04/2007 03:49 PM
It's too bad you ran into so many places closed on Mondays. I would think that hours of operation would be listed on this site to help you plan your trip.



For many of us that frequent the Katy, its kind of a given that Mondays and/or Tuesdays are the "off" days.....gotta rest sometimes. We most often travel self suppported making bike shops, eats, etc. nonissue.

 
Nails on 07/05/2007 06:49 AM
Since Ray is running this site out of the goodness of his heart, I don't expect anything from him. However, at http://www.bikekatytrail.com/site.aspx?sid=162

you'll find the following information about Les Bourgeois Winery & Bistro

Hours: Bistro: Tue-Sat 11AM-9PM; Sun 11AM-3PM

Winery: Daily 11AM-6PM

Which doesn't precisely match the information on the proprietor's website, http://www.missouriwine.com/, to which this website links.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 07/05/2007 08:41 AM
Actually Nails I appreciate anyone letting me know when you find a discrepancy in the hours listed for trail businesses. It's important for people to feel like they can rely on the information listed here. Some of the businesses do change their hours from time to time, so again please let me know whenever you come across any errors.



I have updated the Les Bourgois listing to have the new hours for the A-frame/winery of noon through sunset.



Thanks again for pointing this out.

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mosquitoes and ticks
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howard hughes blues from kc on 06/30/2007 04:47 AM
mosquitoes must be pretty bad along the trail in the summer. Is it even possible to sleep outside? maybe with plenty of bug spray. also, what is the monthly range for ticks to be prevalent, if anybody knows. Any time after freezing is over ?

 
DougK from Troy on 06/30/2007 08:54 AM
I just camped just all but two campgrounds along the trail. I only encountered ticks at the end of the trail but I didn't have much of a problem with mosquitoes. I don't know about Coopers Landing, the ground had a lot of silt left over from the flood. The other one I skipped was Riverview. The grass was high and it looked like tick heaven. The Windsor Park, Roundhouse, Katfish Katy's, Hart Conservation, Hermann City Park, Marthasville, and Klondike, were all good. Watch out hiking the Portland to Blufton leg, it was like something from a Hitchcock movie with the skeeters.

 
DougK from Troy on 06/30/2007 08:56 AM
Almost forgot. The Hostel at Tebbets is a must stop!

 
Greg A from Shawnee KS on 07/04/2007 11:13 AM


HIGHLY recommend tent. Just stayed at Katfish Katy's - real nice stay but it would be miserable without tent. Bikers next door were trying to 'rough it' - next day they turned back. Common sense - if you're by the river there will be swarming large vicious attacking you-name-it type of bugs. Have tent, will sleep.

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Chuck's Bikes (Boonville)
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mailetc from Albany, MO on 06/29/2007 03:19 PM
Bought several of Chuck's bikes over a period ot time. Service is always excellent, prompt and more than reasonable!

 
mailetc from Albany, MO on 06/29/2007 03:19 PM
Bought several of Chuck's bikes over a period ot time. Service is always excellent, prompt and more than reasonable!

 
John from Oskaloosa, Iowa on 07/04/2007 10:06 AM
I had a flat tire last year while on the trail and got the flat fixed, but had a problem getting the wheel back on my recumbent. Chuck helped me out with this and only charged a couple bucks. Had a very nice conversation with him. Seems very knowledgeable about bicycles. Going back this year and might just have to stop in to see him. Hopefully just to visit.

 
John from Oskaloosa, Iowa on 07/04/2007 10:06 AM
I had a flat tire last year while on the trail and got the flat fixed, but had a problem getting the wheel back on my recumbent. Chuck helped me out with this and only charged a couple bucks. Had a very nice conversation with him. Seems very knowledgeable about bicycles. Going back this year and might just have to stop in to see him. Hopefully just to visit.

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parking in clinton
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jason from Eureka Springs AR on 06/26/2007 04:43 PM
planning a long meandering trip there and back from clinton to machens with several side trips on the way

that means leaving my vehicle in clinton for seven to eight days

I would rather not worry about my rig on the ride. anyone have any suggestions for safe parking, thanks in advance, jason

 
arlo from St. Louis, Mo on 07/03/2007 09:05 PM
I have the same exact question. Anyone?

 
Mary and P.J. on 07/04/2007 09:33 AM
For both parties seeking safe parking; when are you planning your trip? I may be able to assist with safely parking your vehicle. Let me know if you would like further information.

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Augusta Bicycle Company (Augusta)
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Tandy from St. Charles on 06/26/2007 03:48 PM
I am curious as to whether they also rent the trailers for toddlers to attached to thier bikes? What kind of rates?

 
Tandy from St. Charles on 06/26/2007 03:48 PM
I am curious as to whether they also rent the trailers for toddlers to attached to thier bikes? What kind of rates?

 
twhite from Augusta on 07/03/2007 11:13 PM
Augusta Bicycle Company is not operating currently. You can get bikes and pull-behind carts from KATY Bike Rental in nearby Defiance. 636 987-2673

 
twhite from Augusta on 07/03/2007 11:13 PM
Augusta Bicycle Company is not operating currently. You can get bikes and pull-behind carts from KATY Bike Rental in nearby Defiance. 636 987-2673

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Lococo House (St Charles)
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Linda M from Tucson, AZ on 07/01/2007 02:50 PM
Wonderful hosts, fantastic breakfast and goodies, and lots of help with logistics for our Katy Trail ride added up to a wonderful stay. The house is more than walking distance from downtown St. Charles, but Rhona and Leo were happy to drive us downtown and pick us up. We whole-heartedly recommend this B&B.

 
Linda M from Tucson, AZ on 07/01/2007 02:50 PM
Wonderful hosts, fantastic breakfast and goodies, and lots of help with logistics for our Katy Trail ride added up to a wonderful stay. The house is more than walking distance from downtown St. Charles, but Rhona and Leo were happy to drive us downtown and pick us up. We whole-heartedly recommend this B&B.

 
jasonamanda from Green Ridge MO on 07/03/2007 10:20 PM
Agree totally! Breakfast was AMAZING. Both Leo and Rhona were able to help us find a place to eat, stuff to do in St.Charles and other sites to see along our trip. They were great and very accomodating. A must for St.Charles overnighters!

 
jasonamanda from Green Ridge MO on 07/03/2007 10:20 PM
Agree totally! Breakfast was AMAZING. Both Leo and Rhona were able to help us find a place to eat, stuff to do in St.Charles and other sites to see along our trip. They were great and very accomodating. A must for St.Charles overnighters!

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Defiance
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jasonamanda from Green Ridge MO on 07/03/2007 10:15 PM
After going through many towns that advertise bike shops (or bike repairs) and don't have them, I was frustrated until I got into Defiance and reached the Katy Trail Rental. The 3 generations of men in the shop are great company while they assist you with any supplies or bikes that you may need. A must stop for any biker!

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my trip!
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arlo from St. Louis, Mo on 07/03/2007 09:04 PM
In a couple of weeks, my plan is to ride from Clinton to Huntsdale, camp there for the night, then make it to Marthasville, camp there and ride on in to Machens. I got myself a hybrid today after much searching for the right bike. I tried it out tonight and it's a huge difference from my mountain bike. I feel no weight on my hands at all. Should be nice! Can't wait to get out there...

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Polly's B&B and Tea Room (Pilot Grove)
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David & Kim Liss from Nixa, MO on 07/03/2007 05:33 PM
We stayed at Polly's B&B July 1, 2007. Pauline must have seen us coming as she met us at the front door and welcomed us by name. We had just finished 50 miles traveling from Hartsburg on an out-and-back. During our stay we met this wonderful couple, Andrew & Sara, who, coincidentally, were staying at the Globe Hotel in Hartsburg (same as us) the next night.



Pauline was the most wonderful hostess and immediately made us feel right at home. We arrived on a Sunday evening at 6:00pm, so the only place open to get any food was the Casey's General Store. We had an AWESOME home-made pizza and consumed it while sitting on the screened in front porch at Polly's. It was quaint, quiet and relaxing. Just a short walk from Polly's was a beautiful cemetery that is great for just walking around relaxing the Gluteous Maximus! The next morning Pauline sent us on our way with a SPECTACULAR breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast w/ OJ, milk, water, coffee, the works! And if you're still hungry (which you won't be), there's those little boxes of cereal too! What a GREAT experience. Pauline, we WILL be back! Thanks a MILLION, we didn't want to leave!

 
David & Kim Liss from Nixa, MO on 07/03/2007 05:33 PM
We stayed at Polly's B&B July 1, 2007. Pauline must have seen us coming as she met us at the front door and welcomed us by name. We had just finished 50 miles traveling from Hartsburg on an out-and-back. During our stay we met this wonderful couple, Andrew & Sara, who, coincidentally, were staying at the Globe Hotel in Hartsburg (same as us) the next night.



Pauline was the most wonderful hostess and immediately made us feel right at home. We arrived on a Sunday evening at 6:00pm, so the only place open to get any food was the Casey's General Store. We had an AWESOME home-made pizza and consumed it while sitting on the screened in front porch at Polly's. It was quaint, quiet and relaxing. Just a short walk from Polly's was a beautiful cemetery that is great for just walking around relaxing the Gluteous Maximus! The next morning Pauline sent us on our way with a SPECTACULAR breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast w/ OJ, milk, water, coffee, the works! And if you're still hungry (which you won't be), there's those little boxes of cereal too! What a GREAT experience. Pauline, we WILL be back! Thanks a MILLION, we didn't want to leave!

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current rail connections and trail conditions
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mark from saline township, illinois on 07/02/2007 07:08 PM
a report on rail connections and trail connections last day of june 2007. take 4:30 pm train from st. louis to sedalia. leaves st. louis on time (originating location) but currently drops about 1.5 hours behind schedule by the time train reaches sedalia due to speed limit on maintenance sections of track and heavy freight traffic. parking at st. louis is very limited. amtrak charges $10 per bike ($20 per tandem) each way. expect to partially disassemble tandem before you board. bothwell hotel in sedalia is a short walk from the train depot. the trail from sedalia to jefferson city has been recently mown, brushed, and graded but it has been very wet and something like a dozen short stretches are very soft and rutted. most however is very hard packed and smooth considering nearly a week of steady rain in late june. the route from the trail into jefferson city is not marked. exit the trail to the right on the first farm lane after riding under missouri highway 63. follow the farm lane about 1/4 mile and turn left on a gravel frontage road that parallels highway 63, follow the gravel frontage road about 1/2 mile then turn right and cross the north bound lanes of highway 63 and ride on the wide shoulder of the south bound lanes to the missouri river bridge. there is no shoulder or walkway over the bridge but the lane is wide enough to ride the line and allow traffic to pass. take first exit from bridge and turn left and ride to and around the capital building. the amtrak station is at the foot of the hill below the capital and the governor's mansion. total miles from sedalia to jefferson city amotrak station is 90 miles. we rode about 3 mph slower on the katy than we typically do on country oil roads. with multiple stops you still have ample time to catch the 7:30 pm train back to st. louis. expect (but don't count on) this train to be running 45 minutes to one hour late.

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Anyone biked round trip?
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Shane from Fenton, mo on 06/29/2007 01:34 PM
I didn't see any posts for bikers riding from St. Charles to Clinton then turning back around from Clinton and biking back to St.Charles. I know it sounds crazy but I am extremely interested in the idea. I've trained for other excursions of similar physical endurance and completed my plans. So I am looking to try this next.

I was wondering if anyone's done this or attempted it. I would be shooting for a mid september ride.

Any info would be great.

 
Brad from St Louis on 06/29/2007 07:33 PM
I did that, plus more, back in September 2004. Including riding from and to my house in south St Louis and a little side trip to Columbia, I made the round trip in seven days. I camped out 3 days and stayed in motels 3 days. I was pretty tired the last couple days.



I think mid-september is a good time. I prefer cooler, but not cold, temps.



Good luck!






 
Ray (webmaster) on 06/30/2007 07:17 AM
Here are a couple that I found on the Ride Report Page:
The Allshouses did a round trip starting at Clinton, and Marilyn and Mike started their round trip in St Charles, and used Amtrak for part of the trip.

Good luck, I'm sure it will be a fantastic experience. A round trip is great (if you have the stamina) - it's surprising how different things sometimes look when coming from the opposite direction.

 
El Toro on 07/02/2007 08:12 AM
I've done west to east - and have done about 100 miles of the trail east to west. In my opinion, the trail is ALOT more fun going west to east.



I wouldn't discourage you from the adventure, but I would definitely go east to west first and get the "hard" part done.



Just my 2 cents. Enjoy the adventure!


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H. S. Clay House (Augusta)
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Jsample on 07/01/2007 10:25 AM
We stayed in the cottage house in mid-june 2007. It was perfect. The evening appetizers and the breakfast were awesome. Highly recommended.

 
Jsample on 07/01/2007 10:25 AM
We stayed in the cottage house in mid-june 2007. It was perfect. The evening appetizers and the breakfast were awesome. Highly recommended.

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Heaven on Earth B&B (Marthasville)
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Jsample on 07/01/2007 10:23 AM
I can't say enough good things about this B&B. The cabin was perfect. And the breakfast was awesome. We will be back. Highly recommended.

 
Jsample on 07/01/2007 10:23 AM
I can't say enough good things about this B&B. The cabin was perfect. And the breakfast was awesome. We will be back. Highly recommended.

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Birk's Gasthaus (Hermann)
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Jsample on 07/01/2007 10:21 AM
We stayed at Birk's Gasthaus and had a very nice time. Rick was kind enough to help us repair a tire, and make suggestions for dinner. Great host. And the brownies and ice cream was fantastic! Highly recommended.

 
Jsample on 07/01/2007 10:21 AM
We stayed at Birk's Gasthaus and had a very nice time. Rick was kind enough to help us repair a tire, and make suggestions for dinner. Great host. And the brownies and ice cream was fantastic! Highly recommended.

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Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast (Boonville)
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Jsample on 07/01/2007 10:13 AM
We stayed at this B&B in mid-June 2007 and had a great experience. Penny was very helpful, welcoming and her breakfast was fantastic. Highlly recommended.

 
Jsample on 07/01/2007 10:13 AM
We stayed at this B&B in mid-June 2007 and had a great experience. Penny was very helpful, welcoming and her breakfast was fantastic. Highlly recommended.

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Augusta
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Anonymous on 06/30/2007 11:22 PM
We rode from St. Charles to Augusta in June of 07. We stayed at a new B & B, The Apple Gate Inn. What an amazing place. Our hostess was lovely, gracious, creative, and anxious to please us. We loved our stay in this wonderful place! The entire facility is a work of art and the rate was the biggest bargain of my travel experiences. It is a grand building on a hill just off the trail. I will certainly go back and take friends with me.



Lunch at the brewery next door was very good too.



Don't pass up the opportunity to ride through Klondike Park. It is beautiful.

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St. Charles to Augusta
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K McCoy from St. Charles, MO (near Main St) on 06/27/2007 10:29 PM
I'm thinking of doing a ride in the next couple of weeks. I haven't ridden a ton - just a couple of 9 or 10 mile rides lately. Is this length of ride too much to bite off this soon? About how long should I expect the ride to take? Finally, what type of supplies should I bring other than water & snacks?



Any help is appreciated.

 
Jim from St. Thomas on 06/28/2007 11:53 AM
Are you riding one way or there and back? If you're comfortable riding 9 or 10 miles, 26 miles won't kill you. 50+ miles is a different story. I don't know what your riding style is but I would think 3 1/2 or 4 hours one way would be doable for you. That's a pretty leisurely pace and leaves time for several stops.

 
K McCoy from St. Charles on 06/28/2007 02:33 PM
Thanks for the reply.



I will be riding one way and having someone (probably the wife) pick me up or possibly stay in a B&B for the night depending on when I get the chance to do it.



Any advice on supplies that I should bring (replacement tube, patch kit?, etc)

 
Cliff from Edwardsville Kansas on 06/28/2007 03:42 PM
I just rode from St. Charles to Marthasville a couple of weeks ago and the ride from St. Charles to Augusta is a nice easy ride. It was our first ride of the season and it was'nt too bad. It's flat all of the way so that makes it pretty easy. Since your wife is picking you up you can travel light, I would suggest a tube and a patch kit with tools for replacing a tube. Be sure and take plenty of water, there is no water between St. Charles and Defiance and that will be the longest stretch of your trip. You will read some negative comments on this forum about Augusta Brewery but we ate there and found it quite pleasant. Have a great ride!

 
Anonymous on 06/28/2007 03:56 PM
just a thot, you might want to go to augusta, and ride back to st. charles. you can stop at defiance on your way through, re hydrate, rest and ride on into st. charles. that way you are home when you are done. just a thot. either which way, have fun, be safe.

 
Norm from Raymore, MO on 06/28/2007 08:49 PM
In my first ride on the Katy Trail I made the mistake of thinking I could go farther than I did. My wife dropped me off in Rocheport and drove to Jefferson City to wait for me. I didn't have a phone or walkie-talkie to call her and tell her I would be later than I estimated which caused her to worry. Assuming you'll be riding solo, it's a good idea to carry your cell phone with you just in case of an emergency. Also if you're like lots of us, when you see some of the scenery you will want to take pictures, so if you have a small camera you may want to take it. I would also carry a little cash in case you find a shop or store that has some snack or refreshment you like. Anything you can do to make your ride more safe and enjoyable is worth considering.

 
savage24 from KC,MO on 06/29/2007 08:00 AM
Insect repellent!

I rode from Clinton to St Charles a few weeks ago and there were areas near the river where the misquitos were thick. They are not a problem while you are moving, but if you have to stop for some reason in one of those areas (repair a flat, for example) you will definitely wish you had some.

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breakfast in st. charles
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B Cunningham from O'Fallon, MO on 06/24/2007 03:24 PM
Planning to ride from Creve Couer Lake to Downtown St. Charles for breakfast. Any suggestions?

 
K McCoy from St. Charles, MO (near Main St) on 06/27/2007 10:23 PM
There is a Starbucks at the intersection of Fifth Street & Booneslick - just west of the Trailhead in St. Charles. Also, along Main Street there is a local coffeehouse - Picasso's that offers some light breakfast options. I'm sure there is more, but those are two pretty reliable, cheaper options. Good luck.

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Trailside Cafe & Bike Shop (Rocheport)
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Paul from Jackson, MS on 06/06/2007 04:48 PM
Nice shop, friendly helpful employees. I was able to enjoy lunch while I had a flat repaired. Not my usual bike flat experience.

 
Paul from Jackson, MS on 06/06/2007 04:48 PM
Nice shop, friendly helpful employees. I was able to enjoy lunch while I had a flat repaired. Not my usual bike flat experience.

 
PJA from St. Louis MO. on 06/23/2007 09:09 PM
One of the best cheese burgers ever.

 
PJA from St. Louis MO. on 06/23/2007 09:09 PM
One of the best cheese burgers ever.

 
Mike from Kansas City, MO on 06/25/2007 04:40 PM
The food is great but service is v-e-r-y s-l-o-w; (took close to an hour both times we stopped). Plan to take a long break for lunch.

 
Mike from Kansas City, MO on 06/25/2007 04:40 PM
The food is great but service is v-e-r-y s-l-o-w; (took close to an hour both times we stopped). Plan to take a long break for lunch.

 
robert from columbia on 06/27/2007 11:59 AM
Ive eaten there dozens of times and the service is always excellent.



My favorite place!

 
robert from columbia on 06/27/2007 11:59 AM
Ive eaten there dozens of times and the service is always excellent.



My favorite place!

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Birk's Gasthaus (Hermann)
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ron 7rose jordan from waterloo,iowa on 06/26/2007 07:45 PM
we would like to say we had a very nice and relaxing stay with rick. He served a wonderful breakfast.We enjoyed the company we shared at breakfast. Our tour of the winery was very enlightning.We would rcommend to anyone wanting a relaxing time and town,to stay with Rick and Diane at thier guest house.We would enjoy doing it again sometime,Tahk You Rick.

 
ron 7rose jordan from waterloo,iowa on 06/26/2007 07:45 PM
we would like to say we had a very nice and relaxing stay with rick. He served a wonderful breakfast.We enjoyed the company we shared at breakfast. Our tour of the winery was very enlightning.We would rcommend to anyone wanting a relaxing time and town,to stay with Rick and Diane at thier guest house.We would enjoy doing it again sometime,Tahk You Rick.

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wild on the katy / dnr ride
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Anonymous on 06/14/2007 01:22 PM
this is to all the participants on the dnr ride. have fun, enjoy yourself, be safe. tell us all abouts it when your home..

 
savage24 from KC,MO on 06/24/2007 08:11 AM
I had a good time hauling bikes & bags and visiting with many of the riders. Some people said that this ride has the best support of any ride they have done!

We had a little rain Monday morning and it got hot Thursday afternoon, but overall, the weather was good this year; no rain in camp and no violent storms.

A few people sagged in to Columbia on Tuesday, but it was fewer than I expected. We only made one trip to Hindman Junction with a baggage truck to get bicycles.

I enjoyed the band at Mokane Wednesday evening.

Toyota trucks was a big sponsor of the ride this year. They had vehicles on display in camp and gave away promotional items each day including water bottles, can koozies, T-shirts, PowerBars, key rings, hats, etc. Toyota also provided trucks for use by the DNR staff for the week. Thanks Toyota!!

 
MAH from Blue Springs, MO on 06/24/2007 12:49 PM
It was a great week! Savage (Doug), I saw you introduced the last night at the Augusta riders meeting and figured you were the guy from the bike katy trail comment board.

The DNR did an awesome job. It has to be hard to coordinate the camping, meals, sags, etc for 300+ riders, but you guys pulled it off in great fashion. I would recomend this ride to everyone (just get miles in beforehand to get your legs and bottom ready). The oldest rider this year was 83 and the youngest I believe was 6. We met so many interesting people, ate LOTS of good food, and really enjoyed ourselves.

 
brad from st louis on 06/25/2007 03:14 PM
I would like to thank the ranger at the Augusta trailhead, the people working the sign-in desk at the campsite that day, the bike repair guy, and a gentleman named Bruce.



My front tire blew out just a few hundred yards from the trailhead and I crashed, resulting in a bloody elbow and hip. The ranger, who had EMT training, checked me out and gave me supplies and instructions on how to take care of my injuries.



The people at the sign-in area gave me a free bottle of powerade when I was looking a little wasted and some free anti-biotic salve when I lost what the ranger gave me. The bike repair guy at the sign-in area booted the tire for free, and gave me an extra boot and an inner tube, also for free.



I'm so sorry I didn't get names. I'm really bad about that kind of thing. Ask the remaining family members who are still talking to me and the few friends I have :->



Unfortunately the booted tire wasn't holding up. I then asked at the rider's meeting if anyone had a spare 20" (recumbent) tire I could buy. Bruce gave me a free one!



I made it to St Charles safely.



THANKS BRUCE! AND THANKS AGAIN TO THE STAFF, RANGERS AND BIKE REPAIR PEOPLE!

 
biking beginner from Farmington on 06/25/2007 03:29 PM
GREAT ride. It was my first time, and my dad's second. He was right (as parents annoyingly are): It's like summer camp for adults!



Many thanks to DNR's Andrea, who provided a lot of cheering and support to everyone. And Clarence was a trooper, too. The guy handling the bags was amazing, as well. Becky was great about shuttling us weenies off to our hotels at night (hey, if I'd known the weather was going to be this amenable, I might've camped! Then again, maybe not!). Really showed off Missouri's Dept. of Natural Resources in a positive light. The interpretive spots were interesting, as well.



Next year, I plan to make the dinners and camp activities, and especially the meetings. I just took a look at the DNR's pics and I think we really missed out-- Then again, we supported a lot of cab services and local restaurants, so maybe we can have a pass for stimulating the local economies?



Next year, I also plan to stop along the way, explore the towns more. And I'll definitely be taking more pictures. I can't believe how everyone pounced on them when I came back home. And it sounds like more people want to do it.



Three cheers for the DNR! And to all the riders, communities, and sponsors for making it so great!

 
trinjboro from Jonesboro, AR on 06/26/2007 09:39 AM
Where can one find the DNR's pics of the ride?

 
Anonymous on 06/26/2007 09:56 AM
http://www.mostateparks.com/katytrail/2007ride.htm

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Laundrymat
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T. Ake from Conway, AR on 06/07/2007 12:19 PM
Does any one know of laundry facilities around the half way point (Hartsburg - Bluffton area)?

 
savage24 from KC,MO on 06/10/2007 12:16 AM
There are no laundromat facilities in that area. There were two laundromats in Boonville when I was growing up back in the old days... (70's & 80's), but I can't find any information via the internet now. I found a laundromat listed in Jefferson City, but that is not convenient to the trail unless you were going into town anyway. Some hotels have guest laundry facilities (Holiday Inn express in Boonville for example). If you are staying at a B&B you may be able to arrange for laundry service ahead of time. I camp and do laundry by hand in a bathroom sink or shower and dry it on a line in camp.

 
ET from Columbia on 06/11/2007 08:44 AM
I don't know of a laundermat in the area, but I do know that if you stay at Rendelman House in Bluffton, he has laundry failities for guests.

 
TimEgg from West Line, MO on 06/25/2007 07:48 PM
I always go up the hill to New Franklin. There is a clean laundromat on main street near the bank. The Senior Citizens' Center has meals if you get there a little before noon and like to visit.

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