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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.


2 businesses
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Linda Young from Pleasant Hill on 04/18/2019 04:52 PM
I own 5 and 10 Antiques on First Street in Pleasant Hill also a new AirBnb in Pleasant Hill. How can I get these on your list?



Camping in Rochport
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Jim from St.Charles,Mo on 04/16/2019 08:39 PM
Are there any camping spots in Rocheport

 
Anonymous on 04/18/2019 07:45 AM
Jim, The City of Rocheport does not allow camping... however there are many options for overnight sleeping, from full service B&Bs to homes for rent by the day.

 
Anonymous on 04/18/2019 01:58 PM
There a couple of conservation areas west of town that allow camping. Click on Rocheport in the map above to get info.


Clark Street Lodge in Rocheport
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Pam Hendrix from Lenexa on 04/18/2019 01:48 PM
We had a wonderful Girl's Retreat at the Clark Street Lodge Loft. It was perfect for the four of us. Very relaxing and we all felt welcome and at home.


Shuttle from St Charles to Clinton on 6/21/19 Friday
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Anne from Cleveland on 04/17/2019 03:17 PM
Looking for a shuttle service or couple riders to add to our group of two, to shuttle back in the morning of Friday 6/21 from St Charles back to Clinton. The shuttle services are expensive. I understand why, but hope there is a driver out there that has space for two more (2 adults, 2 bikes plus cart)or a group of one or two more riders that wants to share in the cost. Thanks!


traveling from KC train station to the Rock Island Trail - need safe direcitons
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Rick from Ste Genevieve on 04/17/2019 11:09 AM
I need safe directions from the downtown KC train station to the Rock Island trail.

 
Bobby from Fort Worth on 04/17/2019 12:46 PM
That is a tall order. Can you get off the train in Lee’s Summit? Much closer and a safter trip to trail head.


RI Trail conditions
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Dean from Columbia on 04/16/2019 10:00 AM
My brother and I are planning a trip from Pleasant Hill to Machens next month. I've heard the section from Pleasant Hill to Windsor is a little rough, and services are limited. I've checked out the RIT website, but it's a little short on useful information. Anybody been on it much this year?

 
Adam from KC on 04/16/2019 12:13 PM
Hi, I recently rode the Rock Island Spur that you're referencing and it was fine. It is short on amenities in that water is tough to come by, but there's a little local shop near a trailhead in Chillhowee called The Country Store that will fill up bottles for you provided they're open.

Otherwise it's pretty easy and open, if not a bit washed out in small areas. Careful of larger rocks as my front wheel met one last summer and I wiped out!


Mokane Bar and Grill in Mokane
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Fran T. from Detroit on 04/16/2019 09:31 AM
Stopped here 2 times on an out and back trip. Today I stopped here in the morning and they are now serving breakfast! Today was their first day serving breakfast, I really got lucky. Excellent service from friendly folks and the breakfast is delicious.


ok to leave car in Rocheport overnight?
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jb on 09/20/2013 04:40 PM
Is it safe to leave our car at the Rocheport trailhead so we can drive east and stay at a B&B for the night, then drive back to Rocheport and the car the next day? Are there any B & B owners in Rocheport who would let us park outside their place?

 
Trek on 09/21/2013 11:14 AM
I've left the car at the trailhead there without any problem and would again.

 
Brett Dufur from Rocheport on 09/25/2013 07:56 AM
I agree - no worries. Lock it of course.


Riding from Kansas City to Clinton, MO (trailhead)
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Jerry from Maine on 05/28/2014 10:04 AM
Anyone have any suggestions re riding from Kansas City to Clinton MO? Looking for best route, lesser traffic/safer the better.

 
ArkyKenny on 05/28/2014 11:59 AM
The general thought on this topic is to not do it: The roads are not real safe. That doesn't mean it can't be done, but.....

There is a spur off the Katy that will eventually make it to KC, but it is not complete, so that is not really an option. One day....

Since you are a Maine guy, I am guessing that you want to fly to KC, then ride to Clinton and ride the rest of the trail. If that is what you want to do (thus avoiding shuttles, etc. to Clinton), what most people have taken is an eastern route around KC to Sedalia from the KC airport (which is quite a bit north of KC), then done an out and back to Clinton from Sedalia. To me, that is a better alternative than playing "Dodge the cars and bullets" in KC and "Dodge the cars on roads with no shoulder" elsewhere.

You could also take a wide 2 day counter-clockwise "3/4 of a loop Tour around KC", ending up in Clinton. That might be a fun way to do it.
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That said, IMO, there is not a good direct way to ride a bike from KC to Clinton.

 
Trek on 05/28/2014 01:02 PM
You may be able to ride to from KCI to Union Station and take the Amrak to Sedalia from there. It would be best to contact Amtrak about putting a bike on in KC, beings there is a fee for doing so.

An alternative plan would be fly to St. Louis, have Locco House B&B in St. Charles pick you up and at the air port, spend the night at the B&B and start your ride the next moring from St. Charles.

 
Jerry from Maine on 05/28/2014 02:46 PM

Anyone have any suggestions re riding from Kansas City to Clinton MO? Looking for best route, lesser traffic/safer the better. We will definitely be riding and do not want to shuttle or take the train. We are parking the car in KC (West 43 Street).

 
Trek on 05/28/2014 07:06 PM
Have you searched this site? This topic comes up over and over again. I'm guessing that either you don't like the prior suggestions or you haven't read other prior threads. I haven't the need to ride from KC to Clinton and haven't, but it's been done before. If you can't find a route by searching here, try searching on crazyguyonabike.com. Lots of transam riders have ridden the Katy and may have past through KC.

 
ArkyKenny on 05/28/2014 09:35 PM
The Trans-Am Trail is 20 miles north of Springfield--No where near KC.

I'm telling you, there is not a good direct route on bike from KC to Clinton. If I HAD to do it, I'd get on Google Earth and piece together a farm road route because the larger roads really don't have any shoulders in that area, and people fly down those curvy things at 75mph. NOT SAFE. Then there is also the whole KCMO situation too: I have never ridden with body armor, and don't want to try it.

Reconsider. Maybe start from Springfield. Ride the Frisco Highline Rail Trail to Bolivar, there is a good wide shouldered highway from Bolivar to Clinton, then have a great time on the Katy.

 
Trek on 05/29/2014 12:26 PM
You are absolutely right Arky. Following the ACA maps, the TransAmerican Trail passes south of Kansas City and the Lewis and Clark Trail passes around Kansas City from the north to the east side and then eastward. It was foolish to think that anyone on a transam route of their own making, or on either of the ACA routes would have ever passed through Kansas City who had journals on crazyguy. When riding 2,000 miles, an extra 40 mile detour would probably be totally out of the question.

 
ArkyKenny on 05/29/2014 03:24 PM
Trek, you are proving my point for me. Neither the Tran-am or Lewis and Clark trail go near KC. Why do you think that is?

Jerry wanted to know a good, safe, direct bike route from KC to Clinton.--all I'm saying is that some of those can be done, but I'm not so sure that all of them can be done at the same time based on what I know about the roads in that area.

1) I'd re- think that plan. That is part of what this website is about isn't it? 2) If he is going to do it anyway, the way I would do it is straddle the Kansas line on dirt or small farm roads south out of KC (a not-so-direct, but safer route), then once 30 or so miles out of town, I'd cobble together a route on farm roads to Clinton, staying off the larger (if that is what you want to call them) roads. I'd use google maps to find my route.

Or.........good luck. Do it your way.

 
Trek on 05/29/2014 05:48 PM
Well......I wasn't trying to help you out Arky. You wasnt the one who asked for help in a route.

My point was simply that bike travelers very often get off the route to see attractions, visit family, etc. A few extra miles when riding across country is petty. Even though there is no published ACA route through KC, there are several crazyguyonabike journals with routes from KC to the Katy, and there are some on this site as well. The opinion of those who have put the rubber to the road could be of greater value than one's hypothetical Google route.

Seek the knowledge of those who have blazed the trail before you. Or....good luck. Do it your way.

 
Bike Rider from Kansas City on 05/30/2014 02:34 PM
http://www.mapmyride.com/us/mission-hills-ks/kansas-city-to-clinton-mo-route-35228280

Jerry from Maine. Here is a link to a MapMyRide route that someone created in 2011. I'd take a look at it and see if it fits your purpose. I hope you do come to Misssouri and ride the Katy Trail, it will be wonderful to have you visit! Good Luck!

 
gina greene from ventura on 04/14/2019 07:28 PM
Please let me know what my options are for a shuttle ride to trail head in clinton from kansas city


Cecils Cyclery in Sedalia
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GC from Sedalia on 04/14/2019 03:08 PM
Thanks for the nice words about my dad.


Lindenhof Bed & Breakfast in Augusta
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Mark and Linds from Chesterfield on 04/14/2019 03:07 PM
We spent last weekend 4/07/19 at the Lindenhof with another couple.
Loved the home and patio area. Beautiful home and rooms. Luv the antiques and decor touches. Kathy was very welcoming and accommodating. We highly recommend this B&B and will definitely return. Saturday was a perfect day, so we rode the Katy trail, hit the Defiance Winery and then drove to Augusta to the B&B. Rain was predicted for Sunday, but was light and blessed us with a double rainbow. It was a wonderful weekend. Do stay at the Lindenhof.


Katy Junction B&B in Pilot Grove
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John from State College PA on 04/13/2019 12:13 PM
Our group stayed at the KATY Junction B&B recently and it was awesome. Jerry is the nicest and most helpful person you’ll know. He certainly knows what excellent customer service is. Rooms are stylishly appointed, clean with comfortable beds, and the breakfast was surperb. He’s a great chef. Jerry is also the town’s historian (official or unofficial, he knows the area). Stop and stay a spell. Ride safe.

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