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bryan from Springdale, AR on 2/5/2006 5:46:18 PM:
As some of may have read in another post, my wife and I will be travelling the Katy during spring break in March. We plan to start in Hermann, and go west. If I can find enough places that are pet friendly, we plan to take our little chihuahua with us. He's very friendly, loves kids, and absolutely loves to ride with us. All I have to do is pick up my helmet and he goes and stands by the door and waits for us. Anyway, I've built him a carrier that bolts to the bike so he'll be safe if we crash, and all that. In any case, does anyone who reads this forum have information on pet friendly lodging? Surely we aren't the first people to ever take a dog on a trip like this, but I'm having difficulty finding places that are close enough together. I know, some of you youngsters can do a hundred miles a day, but we can't. 30 miles is comfortable, we can do 40 if we have to. Any ideas? You can post them here or email me at bcspain@sbcglobal.net Put KATY TRAIL in the subject line in case my spam filter puts your message in the bulk folder, I can find it and rescue it that way.



Ray (webmaster) on 2/19/2006 7:14:14 AM:
There are a handful of B&Bs that explicitly say they'll allow pets:

Das Gast Haus Nadler, Defiance (mile 59)
Angels in the Attic, Hermann (3 miles off the trail from mile 101)
Harbor Haus Inn & Suites, Hermann
Les Lavandes B&B, Rhineland (mile 105)
Jefferson Inn, Jefferson City (1 mile off the trail from mile 143)
Hartsburg Inn, Hartsburg (mile 154)
Cruces' Cabooses, Windsor (mile 248)

This doesn't mean that no one else accepts pets. Some of the B&Bs want to talk to you first and find out what kind of pet you have - from your description I would imaging that many B&Bs will not have any objections to your little dog. Try calling some of the B&Bs listed on the Katy Trail B&B Guide, who do not have "Pets: No" stated in their listings - if you ask, they just might say it's OK.

You might also have some luck with motels near the trail, which you'll find in Clinton, Sedalia, Boonville, Columbia (9 mile bike path ride from the Katy Trail), Jefferson City, and St Charles. Here's a list of all lodging on the trail

Do you have a photo of your dog riding in his carrier? If you want to send me a picture, I'll publish it on the website. Good luck with your trip.

bryan from Springdale, AR on 2/28/2006 8:39:18 PM:

I don't have a digital picture at the moment, but I'll take one the next time we go (hopefully this weekend). Thanks for all the info. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, have been really busy and haven't been on line lately. Thanks for all your help, and you have a great site.

I'll get you a picture soon.

Ray (webmaster) on 3/15/2006 6:27:40 AM:
Here are some photos of Bryan's bike dog carrier - that's a happy dog!

bryan from Springdale, AR on 3/15/2006 11:48:34 PM:

Thanks for a great website, and thanks for posting the pics of Zak.

He really likes riding with us. Unfortunately, he'll be staying behind on this trip. We are going to do another in the summer, and he'll come along on that one. Since we will be able to camp, it will be easier to take him.

See ya!!