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Beth from Topeka, Ks on 12/16/2018 12:58:48 PM:
Am thinking about a spring trip to Katy Trail bikepacking. Leisurely rider, 54 yo, may or may not bring my 16 yo dtr. Any general comments or suggestions greatly appreciated!

 
Dave from Kirkwood on 12/18/2018 10:26:39 AM:
A simple suggestion is to go for it. This fabulous website should provide everything you need to plan your trip. You could start by reading some trip reports from others: https://bikekatytrail.com/trip-report.aspx Also, this comment forum has plenty of advice over the years for everything from lodging and camping to bikes and mileage.

A spring ride should be good. One thing to bear in mind is that some places may not be open or only open on weekends (until summer), so it is best to call ahead to make sure food stops and camping options are available when you need them.

Good luck!

 
Anonymous on 12/18/2018 10:46:23 AM:
Dave offers good advice.

This is a great site for planning. You might also search Katy Trail on crazyguyonabile.com. There are several Journals/trip reports there that may be of interest.

Everyone rides for a different reason...some go fast, some slow. Do your own thing, but plan ahead, know how to repair/change a tube, and fill your water bottles at every chance. As Dave said, the next stop may be closed or may not offer food or water.

Happy Trails!

 
Sir Randall from Fort Lauderdale, FL on 12/18/2018 11:31:30 AM:
I planned a Katy trip using this planner and had done the same for my GAP-C&O trip. Half of the fun for me was planning the trip. Do your research and figure out what works best for you. There is no right or wrong way to ride these trails.

For me, I found stuff that I wanted to see along the trail and worked it into our itinerary. We rode the MKT trail into Columbia since there were 3 breweries all within a mile of each other. The prison tour in Jeff City was worth it too.

We rode in August/September so if you have questions, let me know.