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Travis Bickle from St. Louis, MO on 1/21/2006 6:46:12 PM:
I want to take the Katy from Clinton to St. Charles this season ('06). I'll probably be doing
it solo. In the interest of keeping the weight down at this point I don't plan on taking
anything other than a hammock, a poncho, a coffee thermos and a fleece blanket for
camping. I plan on getting my food along the trail.

Any suggestions on camping (ie: actual camping, not B&B) along the way? With the
hammock, I'll need some trees. I'd like to do the trip in less than 70 mile stages, maybe
over 4 or 5 days.

How are the indigenous populations along the way? I'm wary about small town people. Is
personal safety a major consideration?

 
savage24 from KC,MO on 1/22/2006 12:23:41 AM:
Travis,
Don't forget the insect repelant!
Some suggestions for camping:
Pilot Grove. City park has trees - call ahead and get permission.
New Franklin. Katy Round House campground - hot showers!
Hartsburg. Volunteer Park. Check with the bike shop or Globe hotel.
Tebbetts. Turner Katy Trail Shelter hostel. Call ahead for info.
Marthasville. Community park - call ahead.

Wary of small town people? Why? Do you look like an ax murderer?Being a former small town person, I can't decide if I should laugh at this or be offended. I have been told to "get back on the trail" as I rode on a public street in Treloar, but I've also been called a "fag" by a pre-teen girl in my own suburban nieghborhood (presumably because I was wearing spandex?). Ignorant people are everywhere. Ignore them and practice the golden rule with everyone else.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 1/22/2006 5:44:00 AM:
Good recommendations from savage24. Here's a full list of all campgrounds along the way.

The vast majority of the "locals" along the trail are more friendly than what you usually encounter in urban areas. As long as you stay off of the private property along the way, you'll most likely experience nothing but friendliness and overwhelming hospitality.

Personal safety: you're far safer on the trail than on the streets of your hometown St Louis, where there always seems to be some guy in an SUV trying to assert his dominance over us lowly bike riders (OK, maybe it's not that bad, but I ride often in suburban St Louis, and there's a reason why I prefer the trail).

 
The Dalton Boys from Austin, TX/Columbia, MO. on 1/22/2006 6:14:15 AM:
I don't know Ray, I think it just may be that bad....even here in Austin, TX. Car-free since 2000......Mark of the Dalton boys