I'm riding the Trans America Trail East to West next May. Is there a preferred route to hook up with the Katy Trail (perhaps following the Mississippi North or Hwy 47 north from Farmington?) and also to reconnect with the TransAM from Clinton? Thanks very much.
posted Sep 18 2010 11:34PM
- pennyxo, Alexandria, VA
I road part of the Trans Am 10 years ago across Illinois and ended in Perryville, MO. From Farmington to the KATY is doable on Rt 47 but there is no bike frindly route from the Missippi to the KATY that I know of. You might consider going north in Illinois (maybe Rt 3) and crossing the river north of St Louis on the Chain or Rocks bridge, then head to St Charles. There are links on this website that can help you pick a route to St Charles after crossing the bridge. Good luck.
posted Sep 19 2010 2:58PM
- chris, centralia, IL
Looks like you’ll be heading toward Pueblo, CO thru KS from the Katy. Most TransAM riders find this trail a welcome relief from the hot blacktop curves and hills of southern MO.
Of the TransAM journals/logs I’ve read, no specific routes lead to or from the Katy. It’s more like wide swaths of several wing-it-yourself possibilities. Your choice of Route-47 is as good as any. It will take you thru Washington, which is a very nice town. Be careful crossing the Missouri Bridge north of there tho; it’s fairly narrow. Once across, you’ll hit the Dutzow trailhead, where you’ll only miss about 20-mi of scenic riding on the east end of the trail.
After you reach Clinton, the swath goes southwest, toward the Butler, MO region, from where riders head toward several KS places like, Garnett, Pittsburg, Chanute, Eureka, or Newton to get back on the TransAM pathway to Route-96 which takes you to Pueblo.
The ones who go to Garnett might take a 25-mi stretch of the Prairie Spirit rail-trail down to Iola, from where they will start heading west again. You’ll be okay whatever you do. Just make sure you can cross to the northside of the Missouri River okay. Enjoy the springtime Katy wildlife!
posted Sep 19 2010 11:18PM