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We are a family of four. Novices without spandex ect. We ride short 6 to 10 mile rides around Maryville. Was wondering if we would be in over our heads riding from Mokane to McKittrick.
posted Sep 17 2006 10:38AM - bearcat84, Maryville Mo

bearcat84, it appears to be only bouts 25 miles one way. take plenty of water, some snacks, and i don't see a problem at all. happy bikin
posted Sep 17 2006 2:33PM - frank, festus

Thats hard to answer without knowing more about your family. For me a 52 year-old, 20 miles is a good ride and 30 is quite the work out.
posted Sep 17 2006 6:07PM - Missouri Joe, O'Fallon, MO

I'd keep in mind that the distance from Mokane to McKittrick is twice to four times what you are used to riding about the 'ville. Rolling resistance is somewhat greater on the Katy than it is on the town streets. Unless you are visiting someone in either of those towns, I'd consider getting on the trail at Rocheport and riding towards McBaine and back. It's about nine miles from Rocheport to McBain. There are some neat things to see along there that may be of interest to the family......a tunnel to ride thru, an old amunitions bunker, a cave, petroglyphs, stately limestone bluffs, etc. A portion of this ride parallels, with close proximity to, the river also. Rocheport also has a nice bike shop with a family oriented resturant.

The advantage of "spandex" is the padding in the shorts....not the spandex itself. If as a general rule....your family rumps get along well with the bike seats, you'll be fine without spandex. My need for the padding within usually hits at around the 35 mile mark the first day. Enjoy the ride....from a fellow Bearcat '84 & '90.
posted Sep 17 2006 10:52PM - Trek Biker, St. Joseph, MO

I would second the route recommendation. We did this route in July with a 10 year old and 12 year old and it was perfect. Lots to look at a little challenge. Park at the trailhead in Rocheport and head west to the tunnel then come back east to McBaine.
posted Sep 21 2006 12:38PM - runnergirl, Olathe

Tags: McKittrick, Mokane, McBaine, Rocheport, Petro 24 Gas Station, Native American Petroglyphs, Water Modify Tags

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