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Pat from Indiana on 5/19/2020 10:13:37 PM:
Hi. I've been playing with the daily mileage and how to break up the trip from Sedalia to St. Charles. Had it about figured out until I saw Mokane had no lodging (we don't want to camp). Looking for suggestions from those who did 4 day thru trips as to where you stayed each day and daily mileage. Need restaurants and either B&B or hotel/motel each night. Also, looking for options when we reach St. Charles. Thought we would drive to Kirkwood (from our home), then take the Amtrak from Kirkwood to Sedalia to start our ride. Once we arrive back in St. Charles as we complete our ride, looks like the options are to cycle back to Kirkwood (looks to be about 20 miles). Does anyone know how the roads are between St. Charles and Kirkwood? Or, maybe a shuttle from St. Charles to Kirkwood Station? Would like suggestions from those who have done either.....thx!

Jim from St. Thomas on 5/20/2020 6:58:09 AM:
Assuming Cyclers Roost in Treloar is open, you could do Sedalia to Rocheport the first day. Rocheport to Jefferson City the second day. Jefferson City to Treloar the third day and Treloar to St Charles on the fourth day.

Pat from Indiana on 5/20/2020 8:12:17 PM:
Thanks Jim. That's exactly the daily stops I have planned so far. I'll check the Cycler's Roost suggestion as we get closer. If we park our car in St. Charles, what is the best way, or can someone recommend a shuttle company (and approximate $) to take us and our bikes from St. Charles to the Kirkwood Amtrak station for the ride to Sedalia to begin our ride? Sounds like this would be the better option over parking at the Kirkwood station, and having to bike the extra 20+ miles to go from St. Charles to Amtrak once we complete the ride. I'm not sure how the roads are between the trail and Kirkwood? Any help or suggestions?

Ray (webmaster) on 5/21/2020 8:42:56 AM:
Below is a link to my preferred route from the Kirkwood train station to the Katy Trail (Page Ave/hwy 360 Bridge), which I've ridden several times. It's almost entirely suburban residential, and the busier streets have nice shoulders. A few miles are in Creve Coeur Park and its connecting trail. Note that the section along Olive Rd actually uses a path/sidewalk just to the north of the road. This is the busiest street on the route, and I would avoid the street or shoulder there in favor of the sidewalk. The route uses Clayton Road for about 1/2 mile, which does not have wide shoulders, and Mason Road for about 1/2 mile to cross hwy 64. These are the two places to exercise more caution, with smaller shoulders, but both are short and frequented by lots of cyclists. The outer road along hwy 64 is actually one of my favorite parts: nice wide shoulders, light traffic, and a nice downhill where you can pick up some good speed. This route connects with the Katy Trail at the Page Bridge, which is about 3 miles south of the main St Charles trailhead. The bridge offers some excellent river views along its protected bike/pedestrian portion. And of course there are some hills, unlike what you'll experience on the Katy Trail - you can see the elevation profile in the link below. There are a lot of turns in the residential section between Olive Rd and Ladue Rd, so have a good map and/or notes (or the following link!). Thanks to Trevor Scott for originally planning out this route. https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/3121644013 However you do it, have fun and good luck! Happy trails!

Pat from Indiana on 5/27/2020 8:30:50 PM:
Thanks Jim and Ray. FYI....Cycler's Roost now permanently closed as well as the another recommended B&B in the general area I was given (sorry, I don't have the name offhand :()