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Roland from Denver on 5/1/2004 2:05:40 AM:
I'm interested in getting dropped off at the Kirkwood Amtrak station for a one-way trip west, and I was wondering about the best way to get from there to the trail. Is it a safe ride or is getting a shuttle the way to go?

Ray (webmaster) on 5/1/2004 11:46:10 AM:
I put together a page discussing this issue - click here for details. I'd love to get feedback from anyone who has ridden from Kirkwood (St Louis County) to the Katy Trail.

Paul on 9/13/2004 12:51:56 PM:
I did the opposite in August 2004. That is, I rode from the KATY trail to the Amtrak station in Kirkwood. From the Page Bridge and Creve Coeur Park Connector Trail, I took the following roads:
SE on Marine Ave.
Straight on Westport Plaza Dr.
Straight on Craig Rd.
Left on Olive Blvd.
Right on Mosley Rd.
Left on Ladue Rd.
Right on Spoede Rd.
Right on Clayton Rd.
Left on Geyer Rd.
Left on Argonne Rd.

Except for the long, steep hill on Marine Ave., this turned out to be a pleasant, fairly quiet ride. In addition to the hill, Marine was pretty narrow, twisty, and busy. Much to my surprise, no one honked at us and most vehicles passed in a courteous fashion. However, I would only recommend this route to very experienced riders.

sharron sussman from Julian, California on 11/15/2005 10:51:01 PM:
I'm planning to ride the Katy in early May & want to take Amtrak from LA to (near) one end of the trail and back to LA from (near) the other end. Haven't got any decent maps yet, not sure which Amtrak stations would work best for this approach. I'd rather ride 20-30 miles on bikeable roads than wait around for a local connector train. I'm bringing along a Bike Friday NWT folder w/suitcase trailer & don't want the hassles of sending my bike-in-a-suitcase through airport security, or I would consider flying (but where?)

Any suggestions gratefully accepted & considered. Thanx, Sharron Sussman, Julian, CA, sharronsuss@earthlink.net

ET from Columbia on 11/16/2005 4:08:26 PM:
My thought would be to do Sedalia for the west end and Kirkwood (see above) for the east end. You would end up missing out on the Clinton to Sedalia section, which is probably the least scenic part of the trail anyway (I like it, too, but it's a more agricultural/prairie area). The Hotel Bothwell is a reasonably priced old restored hotel that is an easy ride from both the Amtrak station and the trail, if timing works out such that you need to stay in Sedalia one night. There is a good Italian restaurant in the hotel, but it is closed Sunday nights.

RhonaLococo (Lococo House ll,Bed & Breakfast) from St. Charles Mo. on 12/20/2005 12:08:04 PM:
Lococo House ll, Bed & Breakfast is three blocks from the St. Charles Trail Head ----- we provide shuttle service to Amtrak Station in Kirkwood ------ you can leave your car here ride the train, to the chosen desination of your choice and then ride back to your car ----or you can ride train from your destination to St Charles and then we will shuttle you to train station and you can ride back to your vehicle ----- or we can pick you up at the Airport ---- the choices are yours --- we only require you stay with us one night ---- either coming or going ----- and a small shuttle fee, we have a quaint Old Town St. Charles, which will provide you with entertainment and many restaurants to choose from ---- give us a call or look us up at www.lococohouse.com

Matthew from Kansas City, MO on 3/20/2006 4:25:24 PM:
I've mapped out the second route in gmaps. Is this the shortest one of the options? I assume that avoiding the traffic has recreational cyclists in mind. I commute by bicycle, so a bit of traffic doesn't bother me. I need to get off the train around 3 and get about 40 miles of trail down before dark, so I'm hoping to get there as fast as possible with a reasonably safe route in mind. The route to Creve Coure is 16 miles.