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Will from Columbia on 10/24/2013 6:25:39 PM:
I had the pleasure of riding the whole 237 miles of the Katy Trail in 5 days. I did it solo, but met a lot of good folks along the way. And the places I stayed were very accommodating. I stopped in Boonville, Jeff City, Hermann and Defiance. And I'm planning on doing it again next year, but with friends. Thanks for all the info you guys gave me before my ride. Oh, ya, I did not have a flat and the last part of the trail from St Charles is a good ride, curvy, small hills, but smooth riding. But when you reach the end, there is no parking, just a toilet building, no water. The Closest road was Ell Rd and Hwy 94. I was extracted from there! Good riding to you all.

Will from Columbia on 10/24/2013 6:27:15 PM:
Forgot to put the dates I rode: 14 - 18 October. from Clinton to Machens.

El Toro on 10/24/2013 11:22:46 PM:
Nice ride. Congratulations.

Pseudio on 10/25/2013 8:30:08 AM:
Will, you are correct after going through St. Charles, Machens is a bit of let down. But the ride to get there is pretty nice along the river. Maybe additional services will be put there in the future. Congrats on the full distance.

JAL on 10/30/2013 10:45:03 PM:
Thanks for posting, I plan on doing the same type of ride next spring. Did you camp or do Hotels/B&B's? I'm trying to determine if I want to try this method or do the annual ride in June and camp with them.

Will from Columbia on 11/2/2013 10:00:16 PM:
JAL, I stayed in both Hotels and one B&B. I rode From Clinton to Boonville, 70 miles and stayed at the Island of Capri Hotel and Casino (39.00), it was cheap since I go there from time to time and on this nite I went into the casino for an hour and won 180.00, so I left, this paid for most of the stays for the rest of my trip! I was lucky! I then rode to Jeff City (51 miles), stayed in Capital Plaza Hotel 59.00 plus tax and I had to ride 2.8 miles from the trail and over the bridge but on a pedestrian walkway. Nice room and they had a free hot breakfast at 6am. I then rode to Hermann (43 miles), and stayed at the Harbor Haus Inn (just on the second block on left after you come across the bridge) it was 49.00 plus tax, small room, clean and they had breakfast at 8am, was very nice small room and very friendly family staff. I left there and rode to Defiance, about 41 miles and stayed at the Parson's House B&B, Norm is the owner, he was very friendly and helpful. The house and room is an old house, but very accommodating and the bed slept nicely. He had coffee and breakfast casserole waiting for guess the next morning. This was the most expensive and the only place I had not made reservations for on my trip (109.00 total) I then rode from there to the end of the trial, Machens, about 33 miles. I took about 600 pics and really enjoyed my ride. I will be riding again in the spring, with friends but probably just a 2 day trip. The main reason I did not camp was because I would have to buy a tent and carry it along, also. I had never done this before, so it was all new to me. I brought some saddle bags from Walmart, and they work for small cargo, but I was told to go online and buy better ones for same price. I am looking for those now. Pack light, carry rain gear and extra inner tube, just in case. I didn't have a flat or any kind of bike problems.

JAL on 11/4/2013 12:02:30 AM:
Great info ! I appreciate the follow up post with the lodging details.

Boyd from Yukon, OK on 11/24/2013 1:06:28 PM:
Thanks, Will. The info you gave is quite helpful. Planning on doing the Katy one of these days.

Jon from Farmington on 12/26/2013 1:56:20 PM:
Will, and you others, THANK you for great info; I'm planning full distance this Spring/Summer. You mentioned and annual trip (organized) in June? Is this the MO DNR trip? How do I find out about it? And has anyone used any of the trip organizing firms listed? How are they?

MidSouth from Rogersville, MO on 12/26/2013 7:24:54 PM:
Here is a link to the 2013 DNR ride with lots of info: http://mostateparks.com/2013-katy-trail-ride. The 2014 ride will most likely go in the opposite direction and registration doesn't open until March. The Katy is an easy trail to do on your own. Just spend a little time on the Mileage Chart, Trip Planner, and Towns and Services pages above to plan your trip. The DNR trip and other organized trips may have a day or two longer than you might prefer.

El Toro on 12/26/2013 11:20:52 PM:
If you want someone else to organize everything, I am sure the DNR trip would be great...but I agree with the previous comments...the KATY trip is about as easy to organize on your own as any bike trip I can imagine. Literally, a change of clothes that allows me to comfortably go into a restaurant for nice meal in the evening, a credit card, a tooth brush, about 3 tubes, a patch kit and a multi-tool and I'm good. Wash out the bike clothes every night and get up in the morning and repeat the process. Love it. Miss it. Can't wait to ride the KATY again.

Pseudio on 1/1/2014 1:30:39 PM:
The June DNR organized ride is limited to 300 riders and sells out fast, Jon. It is well organized but it's a group ride and does last a few days longer,5 I believe. It has 2 good long days and the rest are 25-30 mile days. You can camp out with the group or stay in hotels too. It is a good introductory ride for the KT. If you are in good shape 3-4 days on your own is more flexible. There are other more pampered and more expensive organized rides. Spring and fall are better times since the summer is pretty hot and crowded.

boomhauer from kc on 1/3/2014 12:38:16 AM:
Hey Will! Good to see you made it. I meet you on my way back from St. Louis. Kc to St. Louis and back no problem and no planning. I had camping equipment. I appreciate the Missouri DNR for making such an easy, close to home trip possible.

Will from Columbia on 1/9/2014 7:50:38 PM:
Thanks Boomhauer! Yes I did! And was good talking to you! I think I'm hooked on this cycling stuff now! Lol. I'm thinking I'm going to ride 2014 Katy Trail Ride in June? I want to see what's it like to ride with 300 other bikers.
Also, when you got to Clinton, the end of the Katy Trail, what route do you take back to KC?

Mike brennan from Tebbetts on 10/14/2019 7:54:37 PM:
Left Clinton 5pm on a Friday oct 11, camped in Windsor that night. Next day rode 100 miles to Hartsburg and camped in a baseball field. Sunday rode somewhere past gore and camped on the river. Monday woke up at 4am and pulled into st Charles at 10:15am. Found ways past every detour and took no shuttles!

Michael from Camdenton on 10/29/2019 6:57:41 AM:
Nice push Brother!!????

CurtM-FTW from Fort Worth TX on 10/30/2019 9:29:43 PM:
Congrats on riding the trail, and it's great to see the trail open all the way again. I rode the trail end-to-end in 2018, and actually started in St Charles, and did an out and back to Machens the first day. As mentioned elsewhere, not much in Machens, but it is the beginning/end and one can ride to Portage des Sioux from Machens to see the Mississippi River. Hope to ride again in 2020. By the way, don't think one can go wrong with any lodging anywhere on the trail, but can certainly recommend the B&Bs in Pilot Grove, Hartsburg and McKittrick.

Dave from Imperial on 11/7/2019 1:25:02 PM:
It was a bucket list thing, i did the round trip, from beginning to end and back, it was the week of fathers day 2017. One of my fellow rugby players Pat rode with me to coopers landing, where my son-in-law joined me to Clinton, I turned around and rode solo back to the beginning(Machens) 9 days on the trail no flats, scenery awesome. Total of 490 miles. Highly recommend it, can't wait to do it again. HAPPY TRAILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!