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Lodging in Columbia

Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 4/27/2005 8:11:57 PM:
I am planning on another Katy ride and would like to overnite in Columbia. Any comments...suggestions on logistics once I get to town on the spur. Where to stay....best routes through town to that lodging destination.....etc. Thanks.

TRinJboro from Jonesboro, AR on 4/30/2005 10:39:56 AM:
Stay on the MKT spur until you get mile marker 1.4. Here there is a parking lot that leads to Stadium Blvd. Stadium is heavily traveled, but there is a good, wide shoulder on which to ride. Turn left (north) on Stadium, there are several motels about two to three miles away. Some suggestions are Baymont Inns & Suites, 2500 Interstate 70 Dr. SW; Days Inn, 1900 Interstate 70 Dr. SW; Drury Inn, 1000 Knipp St.; Holiday Inn Select, 2200 Interstate 70 Dr. SW; Econo Lodge, 900 Interstate 70 Dr. SW. These are also several good places to eat near all these motels. www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/Parks/MKT_Trail will give you good information on the MKT.

ET from Columbia on 5/21/2005 8:54:05 PM:
I would take the trail all the way into downtown and then stay at either the Taylor House, Missouri Manor, University Avenue or the Gathering Place, all B&B's within easy riding of the trail head at Flat Branch Park. The owners of the establishments could direct you--all would be east across campus except for Taylor House. The only tricky part of the trail in town is knowing what to do at Stewart Road. The trail will seem to end at a fairly busy intersection with a stop light--cross to the diagonally opposite corner(Northeast) and follow the sidewalk for a short distance until it veers off to the right. You then cross two streets, Elm and Locust to get to the trail head. If you are going to one of the B&B's near campus, you might just cross eastbound on Stewart Road. It goes about 3 blocks before dead-ending into the campus, which is very bikeable.