is there transportation if leave car on east end of trail andtrain or bus to take riders 2 and bikes to west end to ride back
posted Aug 24 2009 8:31PM
- local597, chicago
You can leave your car at the train station in Kirkwood and take the Amtrack train to Sedelia. The only way to actually get to the western end start at Clinton then is to either bike there, or hire a shuttle to take you from Sedelia to Clinton (it cost me $50 to do this 5 years ago). Then you will have to hire someone to take you from the end of the trail in St. Charles back to the station. You can bike to the station, and there are directions on how to do it on this site, however, the traffic can be a problem.
posted Aug 25 2009 9:01AM
- troy ratliff, jonesboro, ar
Train will cost $10/per bike, regardless of distance traveled on any
of the four (2/day/each way) St. Louis/Kansas City(Sedalia) trains.
Reserve ahead--generally only 4 bikes allowed per train.
We did the shuttle last year and I think it was $30 (for 2), Clinton
to Sedalia. Can't recall the contact, but call the Chamber of Commerce
in Clinton--they have the info.
On the St. Louis end, we got off the Katy at the Page Ave bridge (very
safe crossing, since bike path is separated from traffic), rode to
Earth City (we were staying at Candlewood Suites). Took the Holiday
Inn shuttle to airport (free), the Metrolink to downtown (30 min.),
which drops you at the center of the downtown transportation center
(Metrolink, city buses, Greyhound, Amtrak). Getting to Kirkwood Amrak
requires Metrolink/bus/walk and over an hour.
posted Aug 28 2009 6:12PM
- DICK GABRIEL, MARIETTA, GA
I and my wife, (68 yrs. old), have ridden the Katy the last two years from Sedalia to St. Louis. This is how we arrange our transportation. Arriving in St. Louis, we check in at the Hampton Inn, (6 blocks from the Amtrak station), leave our bikes, and take my truck to the St. Charles trail head, 1200 Riverfront Drive. Park it there for the week. Just let the city police know. Go to the Ameristar Casino, next door, hop the "SCAT" bus to North Hanley Station, board the Metro Link to downtown to our hotel. Next morning board the 8:30 Amtrak, with our bikes, to Sedalia, arrive about noon and start the return ride. Call this number, 419 733 9456, give email address, and I will send complete 5 day ride schedule.
posted Aug 28 2009 8:22PM
- Jerry Schmackers, Maria Stein, Ohio
You probably should consider a shuttle. By the time you pay for train and premium for taking bike, and especially if you add an extra night in a city hotel it can really kick up the expense. Doug Rendleman of Rendleman B&B and Camping in Bluffton MO specializes in shuttles the length of the trail, or partial lengths that he can work out for you. Check out this service, it may be very competitive, Especially if you have a group. He has a 7 passenger Chevy Suburban that can handle 6-7 guests and bikes. Do the math!
posted Aug 29 2009 12:14PM