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PDB from St. Louis, MO on 9/13/2016 10:40:02 AM:
My husband, brother, brother-in-law and I will be riding east from Sedalia and are looking for comfortable lodging in JC. Unfortunately, the Cliff Manor is booked up. What is a good choice close to the bridge? We want to avoid a lot of additional street riding, if possible. I know there are many chain hotels/inns in the area but don't know enough about navigating around JC on a bike. Also, do any of the chains offer pick-up at N. Jefferson trailhead? Thanks!

 
ArkyKenny on 9/13/2016 11:45:44 AM:
If you want to stay in a Jeff City and do the tourist thing, great. But it is a 4-5 mile (one way) ride from Katy to a place to stay. North Jeff City does not have a good option (IMO).

Why not either A) Stay in Hartsburg, or B) Ride 10 miles on to Tebbetts and stay at the hostel?

 
ArkyKenny on 9/13/2016 11:59:51 AM:
......because if it boils down to staying in Jeff City, or spending extra time at Cooper's landing (near Easley), that is an easy choice for me: Cooper's Landing any day. Then, either limp into Hartsburg (with good overnight options) or get to Tebbetts and stay at the shelter (which is also a good option, but bring food with you).

 
Jon from N Texas on 9/13/2016 1:22:40 PM:
We will be staying at the Baymont Inn in Jefferson City. 3.2 miles from KATY trailhead. It's less than a mile of on-street riding from the south end of the bridge to the motel with only two turns to negotiate. Doesn't look too bad, but we can walk the bikes if we have to.

Why JC? For us it was to make a short riding day and a motel stay after three nights of camping.

 
Jim from St Thomas on 9/13/2016 1:34:50 PM:
Capitol Plaza is another option. Easy 2.6 mile ride from the trailhead. Probably a little more expensive than the Baymont but its a couple of blocks closer.

 
Cathy from Jefferson City on 9/14/2016 12:14:06 AM:
Another option is to go to Air B&B or VRBO. On Air B&B you'll find 1914 W. Main, at $220/night. I know the owner and have been in the house, it is a beautiful home. It is probably about 3 miles from the N.Jefferson Trailhead. It is all on W. Main. Depending on the time of day traffic may not be bad. But we don't have many streets with bike lanes, so if you use this option just be cautious. There is a pizza place a block or so away, and a café where you can have breakfast in the morning. On VRBO, there is another property, #842553 in the 712 E. High St. They charge $400 for the whole house. It is also about 3 miles from the trailhead. It's a block from my home. I don't mind biking that route. It is much more hilly, but less traffic. I am 64 and used to hate hills, but have gotten to where I can tolerate them. There are 2 nice restaurants about 3 blocks away where you could have a nice dinner. If you chose this place you should ask the owner if they might provide a shuttle from the N. Jefferson Trailhead to the home. The couple that owns this property also own the Jefferson City Trolley Co. They might be able to send their trolley to shuttle you and your bikes. You'd probably have to pay extra, but you could avoid the hills that way. Their place is called the High St. Retreat Center, 712 E. High St., Jefferson City, MO 573-619-4377.

 
PDB from St. Louis, MO on 9/19/2016 9:18:09 AM:
Thanks to all for the excellent advice. In response to a few questioning why Jefferson City: my brother and brother-in-law are returning to Sedalia via Amtrak to pick up their rental car to KC airport to catch their flight back to LA. We are meeting them in Rocheport and riding just the final leg of their Katy journey together.