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Easley
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Flaneur from Michigan on 04/22/2019 07:49 PM
My son and I just completed the Clinton to St. Charles run. Trail conditions were generally quite good but beware of the detour south of Easley. Gravel road for about 3.5 miles quite a challenge for some bikes (we had a road bike and an urban bike). We ended up walking most of it as the large gravel pieces were too much for us. This area is also fully exposed to the sun so it can be a long, hot march.


RI & KATY Trails
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Urban Trekker from Sparks, Nv on 04/22/2019 07:38 PM
I plan on a self supported ride in early September. I'm older and ride a class one ebike, if you don't peddle you don't go. It's not sacrilege it's an equalizer.

I have 2 questions. Does the State of Missouri allow ebike on the RI and KATY trails. Does anyone know how difficult it is to find power on the trails.

Happy Trails



Trail Riding
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D. P. from Davenport, Iowa on 04/22/2019 04:12 PM
Four of us are planning a trail ride next Sunday through Wednesday. (April 28-30) We are staying in O'Fallon and heading toward St. Charles. Are there any closures due to flooding on the trail?


Raymonds Family Restaurant in Windsor
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/19/2019 07:56 PM
Raymond's is closed. Neither my wife nor I could read the new name on the sign. Went to Wagon Wheel instead.

 
Crystal from Kansas City on 04/22/2019 10:20 AM
Raymond’s is now the Houndstooth Eatery.


Best route from Amtrak train station in St. Louis to Katy Trail?
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William from Panama City, Panama on 04/21/2019 07:35 AM
I'm planning to fly from Panama City, Panama to San Diego, California. From San Diego I will take tAmtak to LA. From LA Amtrak to St. Louis, Mo. Will start on the Katy Trail and ride back west.

 
Brian L. from Austin, TX on 04/22/2019 08:10 AM
Wowee! Are you coming all the way from Panama just to ride the Katy Trail? If so, that's pretty awesome & somebody ought to bring it to the attention of some local media for a great story.

To answer your question: Check out this page: https://bikekatytrail.com/kirkwood.aspx. I don't think it takes into account any trail closures, but it's a good resource.


Rocheport
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2019 08:12 PM
The tunnel is closed, and it looks like it will be closed for a long time. They are doing some kind of work on the rock around the western opening. There is a ridearound on the highway. We did not take the ridearound, so cannot comment on the traffic.

 
Lynn from St. Louis on 04/21/2019 09:43 PM
Bill, if the tunnel is closed and you didn't use the detour, how were you able to pass through? Planning to ride the whole trail soon, and your reports are helpful.

 
Mark from Strafford on 04/22/2019 01:45 AM
I checked out the Rocheport closure while riding my motorcycle today. Yes, work is being done right at the tunnel. I rode, by motorcycle, the detour suggested by the state park system. The 1 mile section on Highway 240 spur seems fine, no shoulder but very little vehicle traffic. The next section of the detour is 3.2 miles on US Highway 40. US Highway 40 has the grooves cut into the highway along each shoulder. If you are traveling westbound on the detour, there is approximately 1 to 2 feet of pavement between the road grooves and the gravel on the shoulder, MAYBE enough paved shoulder space to not have to ride in the vehicle lane. If you are traveling eastbound on the detour on Hwy 40, the grooves on the highway are cut so close to the shoulder, that there is not enough room to safely ride on the paved shoulder without getting in the gravel. From what I could see, most of the eastbound route on Highway 40 will be riding in the vehicle Lane. I guess you could ride in the gravel/rock shoulder for 3 miles, but it is not hard-packed chat surface like Katy trail. We start our Clinton to St. Charles ride next Monday, not sure if I am going to take my group out on US Highway 40.
Also checked out the closure at Boonville. As of Sunday afternoon, the orange gates were on the shoulder of the trail at the Boonville Trail head and at the other end of the stated closure, mile marker 191.


Planned Katy Trail Closures in April, May, June??
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Mark from Strafford on 04/08/2019 04:38 PM
We have a Katy trip planned end of April, riding from Clinton to St. Charles. I have been checking the MO DNR website for flood updates, as no one can control weather or closures due to flooding. However, have you noticed that the Katy Trail is closed at Boonville, Easley, Augusta and Klondike Park?? Closed due to culvert replacement at Boonville and bridge replacement at the other sites. Easley and Klondike Park have detours, but none available at Boonville or Augusta. State Park's answer for these two sections is "No Detour-trail users should avoid this section" Kinda hard to "avoid this section" when you leave Clinton and need to end up in St. Charles!!

Just curious, who in the MO State Park System made the decision to close the trail at these sections for construction during the prime riding months of April and May? And then not have a detour for visitors to be able to complete their ride. I wonder how much lost tourism revenue this will cost the state?

Road and bridge construction has gone on all winter here in Southern Missouri, and we are only 100 miles south of the Katy Trail. Seems like December, January or February would have been a good time to start and finish these projects.


 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/08/2019 05:58 PM
At Augusta, it looked like we could take Augusta Bottom Road?

I asked about a Boonville ridearound on a different thread about 5 minutes ago. Hopefully someone can verify whether it's reasonable.

I agree that it's frustrating. But glad I saw the outages ahead of time.

 
Jody from Nowata from Nowata Oklahoma on 04/09/2019 05:22 AM
4 of us are planning to ride the whole trail from May 30-June 4th. Are these closures going to be a problem? Sounds like they might be done by then. We’re lucky enough to have a driver following us. Maybe she could take us around? I’v never been there so we’re not familiar with anything around the trail. Thanks for any information!

 
Matthew Kauffman from Macon on 04/11/2019 03:54 PM
Man, I agree. We have five kids and my wife and I have been planning this couples getaway since last fall. Plan to leave Clinton on April 25, I can't believe such huge sections of the trail are closed. What a disappointment.

 
John from State College PA on 04/13/2019 11:51 AM
We just rode the length of the trail. The closure west of Augusta is a simple off and on at a bridge crossing. They are almost done with the trail repair west of Booneville. Mile 34-35 was very muddy and unrideable; it is drying out. Ride safe.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/15/2019 06:03 PM
Thanks for the update, John.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/18/2019 07:53 PM
Another big closure just popped up west of Rocheport.
https://mostateparks.com/advisory/80636/section-trail-closed-between-mm-1783-and-mm-1822-katy-trail-state-park

Maybe April and May are always big months for maintenance.

 
Dean from Columbia on 04/18/2019 09:45 PM
The Easley detour is 3.6 miles on rough by passable gravel road. Not too bad, but slow going.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2019 08:19 PM
The trail repair west of Boonville is complete. The gravel is really soft compared to the rest of the trail, so stay sharp.


Mulberry Grill & Bakery in Rocheport
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2019 08:05 PM
This place is no longer in business.


Katy Trail Bed & Bikefest in Rocheport
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J&B from Houston on 04/21/2019 07:58 PM
We stayed one night at the Katy Bed and Bikefest and absolutely loved it. We had the whole cottage to ourselves - so that was an extra treat for us. The main house is super comfortable and decorated perfectly. The kitchen is well equipped and everything is self service (which I totally liked). There are plenty of snacks, breakfast grab and go foods, and drinks provided. We even did our laundry. The owner, Brett, sent an email with all the directions to enter the home and was close by if we needed anything. The city of Rocheport is very charming and the people we met while we were there were super friendly. We knew ahead of time that most businesses closed early, so we made sure we arrived in plenty of time to eat an early dinner. (Meriwether’s cafe was excellent). We loved our stay at the Katy Bed and Bikefest...only wish we were staying longer.


Meriwether Cafe and Bike Shop in Rocheport
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2019 07:56 PM
Hours are a little short, but they have mercy on stragglers.

Cheeseburger, fries, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and Loghead beer. We had a great early dinner, and plan to go there again for breakfast.

Staff was friendly and helpful and had ownership in the place.

There was a social ride that rolled out while we were there, but we were already too full of miles.


Casey's General Store in Pilot Grove
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2019 07:45 PM
Casey's is reliably open, and the pizza isn't bad. Got a couple of slices and a sandwich and some chips and went to the park for a nice picnic.


Deon's Bar & Grill in Pilot Grove
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2019 07:42 PM
Great dive bar. Was in town for steak night, and it was pretty great. Very good onion rings. Didn't try the beer. Beats Casey's pizza.


Main Street Diner in Boonville
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/21/2019 07:37 PM
Had lunch in the Main Street Diner.

Food was great. I had a Reuben and wifey had pancakes, french toast, and bacon. Staff was great.

Looks like it is open wayyyy more than most businesses on the trail. It's also right at the entrance to the bridge.

Would def stop here again.


Lindenhof Bed & Breakfast in Augusta
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Jan and Stephen from Savoy, IL on 04/20/2019 04:45 PM
We spent the night of April 16, 2019 at the Lindenhof B&B with another couple in the midst of a two day ride on the Katy Trail.
Our host, Kathy, has done a wonderful job of repainting and redecorating the B&B since she bought it last September. Beds are great, rooms spacious but cozy. The covered hot tub in the backyard was a gift after many miles on the bikes. Kathy made a fabulous breakfast designed to provide energy for a day of riding. It was creative, delicious, nutritious, and beautifully presented. Kathy was the personification of great hospitality. We plan to go back again.


Hotel Bothwell in Sedalia
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J&B from Houston on 04/20/2019 04:03 PM
Had an excellent overnight stay at the Bothwell. Very cool old hotel. Great location to the Katy trail. There are trains located nearby and did wake me up a couple times, but the bed is so comfortable. The hotel restaurant, Ivory Grill, was amazing...from appetizers to desserts


Parkfield Inn Clinton in Clinton
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J&B from Houston on 04/20/2019 03:57 PM
We stayed at the Parkfield before hitting the trail on April 18th. This is a fabulous family owned hotel and the rooms were big and bed was super comfy. The breakfast was great, too. Highly recommend the Parkfield.


Ivory Grille in Sedalia
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/19/2019 08:04 PM
Food was great. Was not cheap, but it was a nice place to have dinner after a loooong day of riding. You gotta try the gooey butter cake.


Wagon Wheel Cafe in Windsor
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Bill in Houston from Houston on 04/19/2019 07:58 PM
We just had lunch here today. People were friendly, and the food was soooo good. Amazing cheeseburger. Great prices. Highly highly recommended.


Shuttle
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Tom C from Nashville Area on 04/19/2019 10:44 AM
A buddy and I are riding the Katy Trail in July. We want to shuttle from St Charles to Clinton on July 9th. I'm looking for a couple of people to share the shuttle service. Please email your interest to tcampbell5151@gmail.com


Katy Trail in May
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Ale Isa from St. Louis Mo on 03/25/2019 08:38 PM
We are planning to walk the Katy trail starting in St Charles and walk 8 hours a day for 2 weeks.
I would like to know if someone have done this before , are there places to stay overnight along the trail? Facilities? Any link we can use for better planning?
Thank you

 
Russell Williams from Colorado Springs on 03/25/2019 11:35 PM
The APP on KT has links for answers to all your questions. It should be fun.

 
Michael conley from Camdenton on 03/26/2019 07:13 AM
I hiked the entire trail last October, I finished it in 16 days with one day off. It’s a great hike and their is somewhere to stay in almost every town. Enjoy your hike!????

 
Kim Henderson - Kim's Cabins, Windsor from Windsor on 03/26/2019 11:29 AM
That's awesome and you'll love it! If you want to contact me by email kimh_316@yahoo.com or 660-351-0905 I'm happy to hook you up with some other ladies from St Louis area who have hiked the whole trail.

 
Olive from Sparta, IL on 03/26/2019 03:09 PM
I plan to walk from Sedalia East and camp along the way. Is there somewhere I can camp near Clifton City? The campground at Pilot Grove is too far for a day's walk.

 
Michael conley from Camdenton, mo on 04/19/2019 08:01 AM
Which direction are you hiking?... I hiked the entire trail from Clinton to Machens. Pending on your direction there are plenty of places to stay and plenty o re-supply.

 
Anonymous on 04/19/2019 09:11 AM
Depending on which direction you walk there are plenty of places to stay?

Strange phenomenon. I've never experienced that on a bike or in a car. Never noticed the towns changing position or anything.

I guess I have noticed hiking in the mountains, that the return distance is exponentially greater than the distance hiking in. Maybe it is a walking/hiking thing.

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