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Karl Brand from Missouri City, TX on 9/3/2019 6:39:18 AM:
This past week (Aug 25 - Aug 30, 2019), two of my cycling-club friends rode from Clinton to St Charles. They provided their GPX files, which I am happy to share. These are helpful because they show the location of the detours, which they took during their ride. I would post them them, but this site has no provision for posting attachments. Most of the detours were on Missouri Hwy 94. If interested, I will send them to your email address.

Tony from Arcadia,Mo on 9/3/2019 7:21:45 AM:
What was the condition of the trail between Hartsburg an Dutzow?

Karl Brand from Missouri City, TX on 9/3/2019 8:53:04 AM:
Tony, Between Hartsburg and Dutzow, my friends detoured as follows (West to East): West of Portland: Take Schmid Rd to MO Hwy 94 CR 476; CR 476 back to the Trail. At Bluffton take MO Hwy 94 for approx 2.3 miles, then hop back on the Trail. At Case us Case Rd to detour around damaged bridge. East of Gore take MO Hwy 94 to Hwy N to Treloar and back to the Trail At Marthasville take Main Street/Hwy D to Boone Monument Rd to Trail

Ray (webmaster) from on 9/5/2019 2:15:05 PM:
Karl, thank you for sharing the gpx data! Below are the comments from Karl's friends, and a downloadable link under each for the gpx. The gpx files are large, so when you click the link, it will take a minute for the file to download, so please be patient. Different browsers will act differently: Chrome will just download immediately, while IE and Firefox will prompt you before the download starts.

By the way, I hid all the posts of people asking for the files. This will prevent spammers from finding the email addresses, and keep this thread down to the posts with info
Day 1: No Comments… Clinton to Sedalia Katy_Trail_Day_1_Clinton_to_Sedalia.gpx Day 2: 1 flat, 2 washed out detours and the last hour in the rain! Still having a blast! Katy_Trails_Day_2_Sedalia_to_Rocheport.gpx Day 3: Started off smooth.. Then a detour that took us on Gravel roads up a get off the bike and push climb then hit a mud pit and topped it off with a flat! Beautiful weather though! Katy_Trail_Day_3_Rocheport_to_Jefferson_City.gpx Day 4: A near perfect day with perfect weather. 66-90 deg. We had 1 detour on a flat smooth road for 1 mile around a rock slide with tailwind and a few downed trees. Katy_Trail_Day_4_Jefferson_City_to_Rhineland.gpx Day 5: Another splendid day.. We had a couple of easy detours around a few washed out sections. See Map Katy_Trail_Day_5_Rhineland_to_Agusta.gpx Day 6: Today’s ride started off with the Detour into Klondike Park and was about 16% for a 100 ft climb but the park was worth it.. The lake is beautiful. Day_6_Last_Day_Augusta_to_St_Charles_Congrats_to_Tanja_for_being_such_a_Trooper_.gpx Comments: The worst was Day 3 by far. The elevation of the Detour was abrupt and crazy gravel in some spots but was the shortest route. Most of the Detours were short and on 94, parallel to the trail.

Donald from Whitely bay on 9/5/2019 3:36:57 PM:
Thanks Karl and Ray these gpx file will be invaluable, esp after 24hrs of travelling just to get to the trail. Cheers Don

Frank from Springfield on 9/10/2019 8:21:35 PM:
Is the Blockage around mile 117, east or west of Sycamore Road where it connects to 476, and can you pass Schmidt Road (going east on Katy) and take Sycamore Road and 476 or Sycamore Road and 94 to avoid 94 from Schmidt Road to Sycamore Road, or from Sycamore Road to 94 /476 ?

HP from Strafford on 9/13/2019 1:23:25 PM:
Frank - For the trail closure around MM117 - here's what I know, hopefully it helps. Riding West to East, we passed Hwy 464 and then when we got to the next road - Schmid Way, the trail was closed going any further east. We took Schmid Way out to Hwy 94. We actually got picked up at that point, but it was our plan (based on seeing other reports on the detour) to ride East on Hwy 94 and go over the Logan Creek Bridge. After going over the bridge, we planned to take the next right and get back to the Katy from there. If you look at this on a map, it should be fairly easy to see. We talked to a few other riders who had gone past the closure notice at Schmid Way thinking that they could get through. They had to turn around and come back. You definitely cannot ride the Katy through the closure and have to use Hwy 94 detour. Hope this helps.

Doug from Bluffton on 9/14/2019 8:46:44 PM:
As soon as you go over the Katy Trail on 94 at Logan creek you take a LEFT and come back down to the trail.

Ray (webmaster) on 9/15/2019 6:48:36 AM:
Here are some screenshots that Frank sent to help illustrate his question above about the detour (3 posts up). He explained "Apple maps shows sycamore valley road going on south to connect back to 94 east of Schmidt Road, but Google doesn't. I had tried to ask if that was an option for the detour, maybe taking Schmidt to 94 (apparently you have to), 94 east a bit, then sycamore road north to 476 and connecting (maybe) to 94, and eventually the Katy.".

Doug from Bluffton on 9/15/2019 5:11:11 PM:
OK if you are bound and determined NOT to ride the little bit of 94 around the bluff collapse at mm 118 Then Schmid Way 464 is NOT what you want to do. It is a private drive now. The way to do it is by taking 459 (the second gravel road east of Steedman) north about 100 yards then 468 east (right) about 2 miles then 469 south (right) about 1 miles to 94 at Portland. Jog left right down to trail. You will climb and of course descend, a large hill. In loose gravel. With local car and truck traffic with less room than 94. This can be ridden. But why? 94 is flat clear open and only 1/4 of a mile.