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Completed Katy Tail

My wife and I just completed the Katy Trail from Clinton to St.Charles. We began on Oct.1,2006 at Clinton and arrived in St. Charles on Oct. 6th. We had a great time, met some terrific bikers from all over the United States. We left our vehicle at the Community Center in Clinton and took AmTrak back from Kirkwood after our ride.The first 4 days was very hot, in the 90s every day, it cooled off for our final 2 days.Thanks Missouri Parks for a great trail and well maintained. We did 36 to 44 miles per day and enjoyed the scenery and the fall colors.This year we biked with our mountain bikes, last year we used road bikes.We carried everything we needed for the 6 day journey so we were loaded down. We stayed at Hampton Inn,Clinton:Hotel Bothwell,Sedalia: River Veiw Suites,Boonville: Globe Hotel B&B,Hartsburg: Rendleman B&B,Bluffton:
The Inn at Cinagro Farms, Dutzow:and with our son in St. Charles. We are 65 and 63 years old and had no problems on the ride, good health and no flat tires. Thanks again Missouri for a great week in your state.
posted Oct 9 2006 9:24AM - James A. Pearson, Lincoln, NE.

That's great! Hubby and I are 51 and 53 and are doing the full Katy next week. It will be my 3rd time and his first. We're almost doing the same schedule as you, but will stay at Rhineland and then Augusta on the eastern end. I just love it that so many riders are 50+. In 10 years I still want to be posting that we're in our 60's and still packing a bag and running away from home on our bikes every year to bike the katy!
If you were in Hartsburg on a Tuesday, did you go to the Hitchin' Post for supper? How was it?
posted Oct 9 2006 7:46PM - MAH, Blue Springs, MO

james pearson, so glad ya'll had fun and especially a safe trip.

mah, blue springs; good luck on the katy, have fun, be safe, let us know how it went.
posted Oct 9 2006 10:09PM - frank, festus

My children, ages 12 and 15, and I did the Clinton to St. Charles trip from Oct 1-5, and it was great (although hotter than we anticipated). The only physical pain was inflicted on our bums, as none of us were really prepared for 4-6 hours in one day on a bike - much less for five straight days. We met some great folks along the trail and it was a fine experience for the kids in this age of instant messaging and TV overload - I highly recommend to all families that want share new adventures and strengthen family ties!
posted Oct 17 2006 9:04PM - Kathy Ware, Nashville, TN

Three of us, ages 53,59 & 60, did Clinton to St Charles the first week of October with stops at Sedalia Depot, Rocheport, Tebbets and Treloar with a two vehicle shuttle. We were not the oldest group on the trail. We met only very freindly people. Ebby of Pro-Velo Bike Shop in Sedalia was exceptionally freindly and helpful and we were especially well treated at Dotty's in Harstburg, The Riverfront Bar and Grill in Portland and the Peers Store. Even the clerk who objected to the trail and wouldn't concede any economic benefit from the Katy was freindly in his opposition, even as he took in our 100+ dollars for gas and supplies. I let it slide. We, the users of the trail, are also it's ambassadors. The KATY Trail is a delight just as it is. Those concerned about water availability need to carry more or cache water. Long live the KATY and kudos to the State of Missouri for providing and maintaining such a treasure.
posted Oct 22 2006 7:17PM - BB, LV,NV

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