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Tunnels open on Columbia MKT spur!

Finally, after what seems like years of construction, the Columbia spur goes right to downtown without any road crossings. There are now tunnels under Stewart, Providence, Locust, and Elm streets. There is one still-unpaved section of the new trail, between Elm and Locust, but it is very rideable, with chat similar to the Katy trail (if a little looser). The tunnels share box culverts with Flat Branch Creek, so would be impassable in very high water, but clear out very quickly after rain storms, so far anyway. They make a really pretty, interesting, and relaxing entry to Columbia.
posted May 18 2007 1:15PM - ET, Columbia

any recommendations on lodging in Columbia? 4 couples riding the Katy.
coming from Boonville. close to trail, biker friendly.

posted May 23 2007 10:07PM - condean, Council Bluffs IA

When I ride the trail later this year, I am thinking of staying at the Campus Inn, which is the closest I could find to the trail. Supposedly, it is a bit of a dump, which does not bother me.

Most of the hotels in Columbia are on the North side of town, which will require you to leave the trail and bike on the streets.
posted May 24 2007 3:42AM - Steve K, Saint Louis

Not many great options near the trail. The Campus Inn is currently a hole in the ground, but is being rebuilt as a Hampton Inn, and I expect will be pretty nice. No idea when it will open, though. The best way to get to it would be to take the Columbia spur to about 2.5 mile marker, then right on the University recreation trail to the mulch site at Capen Park, then up the VERY steep hill on Rock Quarry Road. The hotel will be on your left before you get to the lights on Stadium. Your other option, hotel-wise, is the Regency, which is a bit dumpy, but right downtown, so good location for restauarants, etc. There is only one B and B that I know of still in business, and that's University Place. Also pretty easy to get to, and near downtown. There's a rumor that the Tiger Hotel is going to reopen as a real hotel, but that's not in the near future.
posted May 24 2007 1:38PM - ET, Columbia

Tags: Providence, Boonville, Columbia, Hampton Inn, Lodging, Camping, Water, Weather Modify Tags

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