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Emergency Medical Services along the trail

CP from Grain Valley on 7/9/2005 4:07:34 PM:
We are riding the trail from St. Charles to Clinton the end of July--what Medical Services are available if an emergency arise????? Thanks!

mcd from Rhineland, MO on 7/10/2005 4:10:27 PM:
Hermann has a hospital. Hermann is about 65 miles into your ride.

Ray (webmaster) on 7/10/2005 11:37:15 PM:
I believe emergency services (ambulance/paramedic) fall to whichever county you happen to be travelling through, or the closest town. Not to scare you, but there are many stretches of trail where you will be several miles from the nearest town. Also, do not count on cell phone coverage - definitely bring one along, but coverage is spotty. If you are really concerned about this, pay close attention to the mile markers as you ride. If there should happen to be an emergency, knowing the mile marker number will make it easier to help authorities find you or your riding partner. Also carry a trail map or list of towns with mile marker numbers - then at any given time you'll be able to determine whether the closest town is ahead of you or behind you. You'll also see the occasional farm house where you might be able to get emergency assistance, but not along the stretches of the trail beneath the river bluffs.
In addition to Hermann (as mcd mentioned), I know there are also hospitals in Clinton, Columbia, Jefferson City, Washington (near Dutzow), and St Charles.

Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 7/11/2005 11:01:14 AM:
Prior to each different trail that we ride, I spend some web time researching each town/county that we will pass through to determine what the emergency contact numbers are.
If 911 is not applicable, I enter the local contact number as well as the number for the state highway patrol in that area in my cell phone.
We have never had to use these numbers, but they are in the phone and each of us in the group is aware of that just in case.
Would be good info to have on this website.
Plan ahead and enjoy your ride!

The Dalton Boys from Austin, TX/Columbia, MO. on 7/13/2005 7:32:06 AM:
Ditto to all missives concerning EMS assets. The KATY Trail Guidebook, and I dare say the MO DNR Web site have EMS/Contact phone numbers listed for each county the KATY passes through. Additionally, all of the barriers where the KATY intersects with a road can be opened for EMS vehicles to drive down the trail. Enjoy the Voyage Mark of the Dalton boys

Ray (webmaster) on 7/13/2005 11:53:41 AM:
For those who are interested, I built a page of emergency phone numbers along the Katy Trail (i.e. county sheriff numbers).

Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 7/13/2005 2:52:56 PM:
You're the man Ray!