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First Time Ride

What would folks recommend for a first time ride? My mother has always wanted to ride the trail. So it will be my mom, wife, and myself. I have a year of road bikin under me but the women folk are not big cyclists. Since we are flying in from St. Louis and mom will meet us there can you give us ideas?
posted Mar 12 2007 8:51PM - Mike, Dallas

I would recommend the Rocheport area. I know it's a long drive from St. Louis but definetly worth it. You could ride east along the bluffs and river, I think it is the most scenic ride on the trail. The trail is flat and very easy to ride. Last fall we rode from Rocheport to Hartsburg {28 miles} which would be a nice ride for first time trail riders. We stayed at the Hartsburg Inn, nothing fancy but very clean and nice. We ate at the Summit Hill Winery and Dotties Cafe, both places were very good. You could go on east or ride back to Rocheport. The Katy Trail Bed and Breakfst was very nice in Rocheport and I would recommend the Rocheport General Store for a meal. If you ride on east I would suggest Herman. The people that own the Bike shop in Herman also own a Bed and Breakfst called the Secret Vine and they would come and pick you up on the west side of the bridge in Herman. I hope this helps. Have a great ride!
posted Mar 13 2007 11:47AM - Cliff, Edwardsville Kansas

mike from dallas, pretty much what cliff, from edwardsville, kansas said. don't forget the rocheport tunnel that is a must. defiance to augusta is a nice ride also and not quite as far as rocheport from st. louis, and with some nice rest stops in between. though not quite as scenic, it is still a nice ride, with snack shops on both ends. also there are some b & b's in augusta i believe. any which way, have fun.
posted Mar 13 2007 12:59PM - missouri

I agree with the Rocheport area for a first ride. At about age 56, when I took my first ride 15 years ago I rode from Rocheport to Jefferson City (about 35 miles). It turned out to be more than I had expected and I was really exhausted when I met my wife at the end. Since then I have taken shorter trips and enjoyed them more, taking pictures and just enjoying the outdoors. I've also learned to turn around and head back BEFORE I start getting tired. Enjoy the Katy Trail!
posted Mar 14 2007 9:43PM - Norm, Raymore, MO

Tags: Jefferson City, Augusta, Defiance, Hartsburg, Rocheport, Augusta Winery, Rocheport Tunnel, Hartsburg Inn , Secret Vine, Rocheport General Store, Restaurants, Lodging, Wineries/Breweries, St Louis Modify Tags

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