My daughter and I biked the Katy Trail last Sept. and the second night we stayed in Booneville. We were biking from Windsor (and we are not bike every day kind of people!) so when we crossed I70 and saw Booneville, it was a sight for sore eyes. A little ways up the trail there was a sign that had hotel numbers, etc. on it. There was also a small path leading up to what the sign said was a certain hotel. I think a Super 8 or something. We called, booked, said Holiday Inn possibility. Gave me the number, called, some old cranky guy answered. Continued on to Depot Trailhead Did I mention we were dog tired by now and it was getting dark?! No room at Casino, called H.I.-got directions-started out. UP huge hill, down a huge hill and back up - dark, no lights - did I mention we were pulling trailers At top of hill we see I-70. See car-ask if Holiday Inn around - said was one about 2 miles down outer road. Took that-up another huge hill,at top, we saw it-along with the Super 8 we had called! Yes, folks, that's right. Instead of biking 4 more miles in the dark up more hills, we could have taken the original path we saw when we first came over the bridge and it would have been less than a mile and very little hills compared to what we did. The Holiday Inn was great, though. They locked our bikes up for us in the room and had a nice room for us. Just remember, that first trail will take you to a Holiday Inn and (I think) a Super 8. Needless to say, the next morning we looked for that trail (again the directions we got were not too hot!) found it, and re-rode the part we had ridden the previous night. I was not going to go up those hills again. From this path to the trail was mostly downhill, and to the Train Depot Trailhead it is downhill, so not too bad.
posted May 4 2009 2:20PM
- Frog Lady, Cameron MO
The path with the sign just north of I-70 is your road to Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Petro (I think) truck stop...via the moble home manufacturers business. It is rather confusing in Boonville if you are not familiar with the town.
posted May 4 2009 4:31PM