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Hey everyone! I'm planning to ride some of the trail this Summer. I'll be driving from Chicago and am curious if anyone has have any opinion/advice on the best place to pick up the trail? Thanks! Deb
posted Dec 26 2018 3:56PM - Quadzilla, Chicago

St. Charles.
posted Dec 26 2018 9:20PM - Anonymous

I would start in St. Charles, ride west to Augusta and then cross the Missouri River into Washington for night one. Approximately 35 miles. Day 2 head to Hermann, approximately 30 miles, stay the night. Day 3 ride back to St. Charles, 60 miles from Hermann.
posted Dec 27 2018 7:46AM - Hank

Great! Thanks for the info!
posted Dec 27 2018 9:05AM - Quadzilla, Chicago

If you would like to do a supported tour in June, I highly recommend the Katy Trail ride put on by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Below is a link to the 2017 ride which should be very similar to 2019. Basically you would park in St. Charles on the Sunday before then take a bus to the start of the trail in Clinton. 5 day ride back to St. Charles.
posted Dec 27 2018 11:09AM - Jerry Whittle, Belleville Illinois

I’d do a series of out and back rides. Rocheport area is a very popular section with massive limestone bluffs, the only tunnel on the trail, and some great river views. Quaint little town with nice B&B’s and a few nice restaurants.

Hermann area is also very popular. A very German culture with fantastic B&B’s, restaurants, and wineries. The trail from Hermann west also has limestone bluffs which make for a good ride to Bluffton.

Jefferson City to Hartsburg is a good ride. Jefferson City to Rocheport is a decent ride if you wanted to do a ride with an overnight stay and the return.

Use the mileage chart to help determine distances and locations that you are capable of riding to.

It’s an awesome trail that has a lot to offer. Plan ahead and enjoy!!
posted Dec 27 2018 5:07PM - Anonymous

Are riding the DNR ride again Jerry?
posted Dec 28 2018 10:28PM - Anonymous

Almost certainly going to ride it again. I'm even thinking about getting a new bike with fatter tires and disc brakes for it.
posted Dec 29 2018 9:56AM - Jerry Whittle, BELLEVILLE

Thanks for all of the info... If I don't round up another person to ride with me, is the trail safe for a woman to ride alone? I've done a bit of research, but wanted to ask folks who have ridden.
posted Jan 8 2019 1:19PM - Quadzilla, Chicago

When are you planning to ride? I'm wanting to ride as well. Beth
posted Jan 8 2019 4:33PM - Beth, Topeka, Ks

This question has been asked several times here and consistently the answer is that many women have ridden alone without issue. As always ride with confidence and be aware of your surroundings. Be prepared to take care of yourself, fix your own flat...don't make yourself reliant on others and at their mercy. Always a good thing to do when traveling away from home.

A bit odd as a Midwesterner....someone from Chicago asking if rural Missouri is safe. Happy trails!!
posted Jan 8 2019 9:18PM - Anonymous

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