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Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 9/8/2020 4:56:37 PM:
We are thinking of driving down from Iowa -- possibly to Windsor -- and then riding east for 3 days (Day 1 to Boonville; Day 2 to Jefferson City; Day 3 to McKittrick-Hermann). We're wondering if anyone provides a service to shuttle your vehicle back to your destination point (in this case, to Hermann)? It seems like all the shuttle services we've seen want you to leave your vehicle at the destination and shuttle Bikes & Riders to their starting point. Is it ever done the other way? And who would be a contact at the western points of the trail to do this? Also -- feel free to comment on our proposed 3-day ride. Thanks!

 
Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 9/9/2020 10:44:25 AM:
I guess since there are no responses to my inquiry . . . this isn't a good idea. Okay -- what if our final destination is Hermann, and we park and leave our vehicle there -- who would be a possibility to shuttle us + bikes out west -- say to to Windsor-Sedalia? Thank-you again!

 
Doug from Bluffton on 9/9/2020 11:48:35 AM:
How many riders?

 
Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 9/9/2020 12:16:13 PM:
TWO -- just me & husband. Sorry -- I should have said that! And while our dates aren't firm -- thinking about October 14-ish.

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 9/9/2020 1:43:53 PM:
You probably didn’t get any input on your initial plan since it would require two drivers (one to drive your vehicle to the end point and one to drive another vehicle to bring the shuttle driver back home). Picking you up and driving you to your starting point only requires one driver.

 
Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 9/9/2020 2:22:53 PM:
Gary -- Thanks for your comment . . . understand that. We've provided that kind of service for RAGBRAI riders who were riding maybe 3 days of the ride -- followed them to an eastern point where they left their vehicle, then took them back to the west end to start their ride. So, I thought maybe there would be folks along the Katy Trail who provide that sort of service. But I'm learning! :)

 
Doug from Bluffton on 9/10/2020 7:07:10 AM:
Contact me at The Bluffton Barn. Doug

 
Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 9/10/2020 1:29:39 PM:
I called and left a voicemail along with my email. Hopefully we can connect. Thanks!

 
Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 9/11/2020 9:16:06 AM:
Happy to say that we have a plan! I quickly saw (unexpectedly) how lodging fills in mid-October--so scurried to get the plan together and have made lodging reservations with this itinerary: Day 1: Drive down from Iowa to Sedalia -- and we have a plan to leave our minivan at the east end and be shuttled back to Sedalia. Day 2: Ride Sedalia to Boonville Day 3: Ride Boonville to Jefferson City Day 4: Ride Jefferson City to Hermann Day 5: Drive back north COMMENTS or suggestions are appreciated, especially if any of you experts see big mistakes. We each have roomy trunk bags + a small triangle frame bag -- think this will be sufficient. This forum has been helpful!

 
Jim from St. Thomas on 9/11/2020 3:06:08 PM:
Keep in mind that Hermann has it’s Oktoberfest every weekend in October so if you’re going to be in town Friday - Sunday expect crowds and heavier traffic on 94 when you’re doing the rockslide detour. Lots of good wineries in the area. Hermannhof Winery in the downtown area is party central. If you like inebriated crowds and loud accordion music they have it covered. Since I’ve entered the “you kids get off my lawn” phase of my life I prefer places like Adam Puchta’s which is just a short drive out of town.

 
Anonymous on 9/11/2020 3:23:45 PM:
You don't care for the "Hup! Hup! Ho!" on the patio, Jim? Have experienced that once and it seemed the more I drank, the funnier it got. Before too long I just couldn't seem to get out of there fast enough. One of those "get off my lawn" things and I figured it wasn't my lawn that they were on. Adam Puchta's Port is worth the drive from anywhere.

 
Iowa Cyclist from Northeast Iowa on 9/11/2020 10:14:37 PM:
Jim -- Ha!--yes, now we've heard about OctoberFest! We guess that we won't get into Hermann until Sunday afternoon . . . and hoping that it's perhaps not so crowded as folks will be leaving. We couldn't find lodging on Friday or Saturday -- but at least a couple days ago found a few spots for Sunday night. Now I've looked at Adam Puchta's winery and see that they close at 4pm on Sundays! If that's typical, now we'll just hope we can find something to eat-drink on Sunday evening. We are staying at Harbor Haus in town, partly because it looks like we can WALK and won't have to worry about driving when we've had a couple glasses of wine. That'll be the "end of the trail" for us, as we head back to Iowa the next day.