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Kwill from Indiana on 1/6/2006 12:37:55 PM:
Three of us are planning a quick attack on the Katy Trail in early June. We are all acomplished cyclists, but have never "toured" before. We are thinking of doing the entire route from St. Charles to Clinton in 3 days, camping each night. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

savage24 from KC,MO on 1/6/2006 10:53:21 PM:
Are you carrying everything on the bikes or will you have a support vehicle hauling your camping gear? I would not want to ride the entire trail self contained in three days. Not that it can't be done; it just doesn't sound like fun to me.

dale nimmo from springfield missouri on 1/7/2006 11:36:59 AM:
I rode the entire trail last summer, in 6 days
it's about 504 miles total. I took very few off trail excursions.

that's about 88 miles a day for me

I'm thinking 3 days might be just a bit tooooo ambitious?

thanks!! btw... i loved the trail and the ride... my only regret was that I did it solo.

dale nimmo from springfield missouri on 1/7/2006 11:37:54 AM:
i fogot to add....
i did the entire trail round trip

that might make a BIG BIG difference

duh...sorry about that

MLH from Overland Park on 1/9/2006 5:58:54 PM:
Great plan! One suggestion that I would have is to consider going west to east instead of that as you have suggested. The prevailing winds tend to be from the west and that will make a huge difference on such an ambitous task. Also, the trail is very slightly net downhill west to east. And yes, a support vehicle is highly recommended. I am planning a 2-day self-torture trip from Clinton to St. Charles also in early June but will carry as little weight as possible by using a support vehicle. Hopefully I will see you all on the trail.

MLH from Overland Park on 1/9/2006 6:10:57 PM:
One more thing: here is a link to a post in this forum by K French who pulled the 3 day megatour off, WITH FULL GEAR. If the link doesn't work for some reason, go back a couple of pages on this forum.