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Be aware -Biking from the trail to Hermann entails riding on a paved shoulder of a two lane
highway for a mile, plus. It does have a separate bike lane to cross the bridge, But depending
on your comfort level you may want to make other arrangements to get into Hermann. Some
B&B's will come & pick you up from the trail - there is no taxi service.

Also to get from the trail to the highway- you need to follow a path up the embankment to
the highway.
posted Jun 23 2008 2:53PM - Anonymous, Macomb, IL

almost zero risk factor. Stop your bike and let traffic pass, if you feel discomfort. This should not keep anyone experienced enough to ride the Katy from crossing the "new bridge" into Hermann.
posted Jun 24 2008 2:48AM - Anonymous

FYI - Another option besides climbing the embankment to the road is to head out from the McKittrick trailhead on the road, bear left when the road divides. This will curve around and take you out to the main road, where you cross and then ride on down and across the bridge. The only problem we had was the wind - but it was that way the whole trip.
posted Jun 24 2008 6:44AM - kim, Independence, MO

It does seem to me the town of Hermann is missing out by not have a better connection from the bridge to the Katy. I missed the turn and went a couple miles too far before I realized I'd passed my turn. I didnt know about the road route from McKittrick. I'm sure climbing up that embankment is fun when its a muddy mess.

posted Jun 24 2008 7:46AM - Paulie, Knoxville TN

It's very doable. However, a sign and some pavement would be nice. I'm sure a lot of
people miss the turn and go on to the next town.
posted Apr 5 2009 4:53PM - cunninghamair, O Fallon, MO

If they would put a sign pointing to the side trail that leads to Hermann on the bridge that passes under the highway, people wouldn't miss the turn. We rode to the McKittrick depot before we realized we had gone too far and should have taken the side trail.

Also, riding on the highway and bridge is no big deal. We rode with the traffic on the shoulder (about 8-10 feet wide). Riding against the trafffic might play head games with you, especially when you see some 18 wheeler barrelling down the road right at you.
posted May 19 2009 9:53AM - RH, Knoxville, TN

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