We are looking to ride from Hermann to Jeff City next week and was wondering if anyone could tell me a little bit about getting to Jeff City. We will be spending the night and don't have a clue about this city. Suggestions?
posted Sep 22 2010 8:21PM
- Dena, Chesterfield
Jeff City is a great town, lots of good restaurants (I personally recommend Arris' Pizza Palace right across from the Capital Bldg) and plenty of hotel rooms.
The problem you are going to have is getting from the North Jefferson trailhead into Jeff City proper. The pedestrian/bike lane isn't usable on the Missouri River bridge. You will have to ride the shoulder on the actual highway portion of the bridge. If that doesn't bother you, you should have a great time in "Jeff", as the locals call it.
posted Sep 22 2010 9:55PM
There are also several shuttles providing service to cyclists wishing to get from the trail into Jefferson City. You might check with the Hotel or B&B you would like to stay at in Jefferson City or there are others listed here and at the trail head. Cab service is also possible.
Briar Rose Inn provides shuttle to riders for a start. They are hardly the only one, but they are very friendly and helpful.
posted Sep 23 2010 12:10AM
- Doug, Bluffton
The southbound bridge lanes into Jeff City are wide. With care, riders can cross over fairly easily when traffic is low, exiting on Main at south end of bridge.
Last year at this time, the Deville and/or the Truman posted Katy specials with shuttle on the trailhead bulletin board.
Lots of free/inexpensive things to visit in and around the Capitol building. Nice cafe on Madison Street (bisques), about 2-blocks E-SE of Capitol. Popular ice-cream outlet 4-blocks further south on the same street. Enjoy.
posted Sep 23 2010 10:27AM
We rode from Hermann to Jeff City on Sept. 24th. The traffic was fast & heavy on the
bridge. One side has essentially no shoulder and the other is blocked at the Jeff City side
by construction equipment & supplies. I would recommend planning your overnight in
another city or arranging transportation across the bridge.
We stayed at the Hotel DeVille. It was nice but they offered no shuttle service. They told us
that there were taxis with bike racks available. If you want to overnight in Jeff City you
might try other hotels to see if a shuttle is available.
We are fairly accustomed to riding in traffic and felt confident before approaching the
bridge that we would feel comfortable riding across. That was not the case.
posted Sep 28 2010 12:22AM
- SueG, OKC