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CericRushmore from Washington, DC on 6/26/2021 6:39:14 AM:
Hi, we we looking at flying into St. Louis and then biking from there to Kansas City (we would need to leave from the Kansas City airport. I'm having a bit of trouble confirming what happens after the Rock Island trail ends in Pleasant Hill. How would we bike from Pleasant Hill to Kansas City. I imagine we could stay in any hotel in Kansas City and then a hotel shuttle to the airport with our bike boxes. Thanks!

 
Mark from Lee's Summit on 6/26/2021 7:30:31 PM:
The Rock Island Trail extension from the Katy Trail actually ends in Pleasant Hill, then there is an 8 mile gap from Pleasant Hill to Lee's Summit (a suburb just southeast of Kansas City). You an use low traffic county roads and several bike paths to ride this gap in the trail. In Lee's Summit, the Rock Island Trail picks back up again and runs for 13 miles into Kansas City where it ends by the Chiefs/Royals stadium complex. From there, you can take a low traffic street a couple of miles and link up with the Blue River/Brush Creek trail system that takes you into the Plaza area of Kansas City. Then you can take the Gilham Road cycletrack into the heart of the city by Union Station. At this point, you have lots of options: 1) take the Grand bike lane to Downtown KC, cross the Missouri River on the Route 9 bike path, link up to Northland trail system (mainly the long Line Creek Trail) and ride your bikes all the way to the airport hotels near Tiffany Springs Parkway or 2) from Downtown KC, take the KCATA 229 bus (there are bike racks on the front bumper) to the airport area. If any of these options interest you, then let me know and I can provide more details. I will say that bike access leaving the airport in St. Louis stinks, but there are couple of route options available if you are not planning on using some kind of shuttle.

 
CericRushmore from Washington, DC on 7/3/2021 10:32:52 AM:
Thanks, this is super helpful. We are thinking September=. We would actually do Kansas City to St. Louis as I didn't know that was the recommended route. I was a bit surprised there wasn't more of a formal post on how to do this for those of us that are flying into Kansas City or St. Louis just to do the trip. Any additional info for St. Louis would be great! We were also thinking/hoping to hit up a Royals and then a Cards game on the trip as well if the baseball game dates aligned.