I recently hiked a portion of the KATY Trail. I parked my car in Hermann and too Amtrak to the town of Saledia. I then walked the 130 miles back to my car. I did this in six 20 mile days. I was carrying a full backpack and camped out each night except one. That night I spent in a comminity sponsered free hostel in Tebbetts.
I was walking during the last week of October. The leaves were still in full color but falling. The weather was cool (one cold night) and nice for hiking. I was suprised to see no other hikers on the trail. There were only a couple of longer distance bikers. Most people seem to just to day walks or bike rides.
There were tons on wildlife. I saw, fox, deer, turkeys, and even a groundhog. One day I saw a calf being born. The part of the trail I enjoyed most was the cliff lined Missouri. I enjoyed the Lewis and Clark history.
The Missouri communities were wonderful. Each town flew Old Glory proudly and I met several war heros. The women still make wonderful homemade pies like mom did. No Perkins on this trail (thank God).
My only complaint was that the surface was hard on my feet. Perhaps is was because I was doing 20 miles with a pack. I am 60 years old. I lost 10 pounds.
I had great fun. Didn't spend much money, communed with nature and met alot of nice folks.
posted Nov 3 2010 8:07AM
- Walkabout, Gainesville Florida
Cool! Glad you enjoyed your hike Walkabout, sounds like fun. It's a great time to be out on the Katy. I did an out and back ride/campout this past weekend, had a ball just being out there. The weather was great and "the Mother" is in fine form, absolutely beautiful.
posted Nov 3 2010 8:51PM
- Darrell, Jeff City, Mo.
Sounds like a wonderful trip!
posted Nov 3 2010 10:52PM
glad you had fun, lost a pound or two, and enjoyed some good ole missouri hospitality. 20 miles a day with full backpack. i am very impressed.
posted Nov 5 2010 4:42PM
I was biking across the trail the last few days in October ... we must have missed one another. I'm a backpacker typically. Was trying out touring. After seeing the entire trail ... I'd backpack it. It was excellent.
posted Nov 7 2010 12:00AM
- Stephen O, Bowling Green, KY