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Katy Trail Journals and Trip Reports

The next best thing to riding, hiking, or running the Katy Trail, is reading about the experiences of others who have.  There's something to learn from each one.   Reports are listed in chronological order based on time of trip, most recent first.

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Two Under Beauty Photo: Catherine Bleish
more photos by Catherine Bleish

Katy Trail - The Whole Enchilada
Author: Karl Brand
When: Annually in September
Where: Clinton to St Louis
Written for the author's cycling buddies in Houston, this travelogue for an annual September trip includes photos, maps, elevation info, and recommendations.

[This is a Word document with lots of photos - it may take a couple minutes to download and open, after clicking the link. It's worth the wait.]


Katy Trail/Rock Island Spur Bike Odyssey
Author: Betsy Lubis
When: July 2017
Where: Kirkwood to Pleasant Hill
A train ride from Kansas City to Kirkwood, followed by a bike ride back including the Rock Island trail. Lots of interesting people, places, and observations along the way.


October on the Katy Trail
Author: Cheryl & Keith
When: October 2016
Cheryl and Keith chronicled their Katy plans and adventures in six travelogue-style installments.


20 Years on the Katy Trail
Author: Kristy Nerstheimer
The Katy Trail has been a part of this family's life for 20 years.


Texans Celebrate the Katy Trail
Author: Kim and Jeff
When: October 2015
Where: Clinton to St Charles
A rookie and a roadie from the Lone Star state


TV Trippin: Biking Missouri’s Katy Trail
Author: Lori Rackl
When: June 2015
Where: East to west, starting in St Louis
Chicago Tribune's Travel writer takes on the trail


20th Wedding Anniversary biking the Katy Trail
Author: Jen
When: May 2015
Where: Clinton to Machens
Follow Jen's blog as she and her husband plan their anniversary Katy Trail ride


Dr Skeep does the Katy Trail
Author: Dr Skeep
When: April 30 - May 7 2015
Where: Clinton to Machens, and back to Washington via Dutzow
This trail veteran from Tucson shares lots of insights from his Missouri experience.


Adventeurs Katy Trail Trip
Author: Justin
When: April 2015
Where: Kirkwood to Jefferson City
Justin & Jason's adventure, with lots of photos


Our first experience with the Katy Trail
Author: Susan & Bruce
When: May 2014
Where: Sedalia to St Charles
Susan & Bruce came all the way from Phoenix to spend a week on the trail.


Cheryl's Machens-to-Clinton Ride
Author: Cheryl Gragert
When: June 2013
Where: Machens to Clinton
Cheryl found beauty in nature all along the trail while enjoying a dry ride, shortly after the June floods had receded.


Yeah This is the One
Author: Bill Penland
When: October 2012
Where: Clinton to Machens
Four days, tons of pictures, good advice.


John's Katy Trail Adventure
Author: John
When: October 2012
Where: Entire trail, west to east
John rides solo on a cool recumbent. Lots of pictures, good preparation details and info on businesses.


Naptime on the Katy Trail
Author: Jessica and John Hammond
When: June 2012
Where: Clinton to St Charles
Two adults, one toddler, 235 miles


KatyTrailExped by MedicineMan
When: 2012
Where: Entire trail, west to east
Nice 16 minute YouTube video with clips from throughout the journey.


Susan & Mark''s Katy Trail Adventure
Author: Susan
When: May 2010
Where: Clinton to St Charles
Nice blog, excellent photos.


Blue''s Katy Tour and Train Ride
Author: Blue Tapp Scheffer
When: October 2008
Where: Entire trail, plus Amtrak
St Louis to Warrensburg by Amtrak, and back by bike. Great photos, and nice use of maps.


Let''s Do It!
Author: Ann Ruger
When: July 2008
Where: Clinton to St Charles
This is a must-read, especially if you have ever wondered whether you are capable of doing the whole trail end to end.


Great Katy Trail Experience
Author: Jerry Dusterhoff
When: May 2008
Where: Clinton to St Charles
Having fun on the Katy Trail, by the author of Bicycle Journeys with Jerry.


Endless Wildflowers and Plants Seen
Author: Jaye Dee
When: Early May 2008
Where: Clinton to St Charles
Photo-essay of plants and flowers along the Katy Trail. (2.6 MB, may take a few minutes to download)


Katy Trail Shelter story
Author: Jay Delms
When: October 2007
Everything you need to know about the Shelter in Tebbetts.


Henry & Daisy’s 2007 Tour de Katy
Author: Henry & Daisy
When: June 2007
Where: Clinton to St Charles
A must-read for advice on trip planning and preparation, and lots of good advice along the trail too.


Preparing to Hike the Katy
Author: Douglas Knox
When: June 2007
Where: Clinton to Machens
Follow along in the author''''s blog as he prepares to hike the Katy Trail in June 2007, and as he accomplishes it.


Trailing the Kids
Author: Ligaya Figueras
When: Spring 2006
Where: Matson to Treloar
Facing the challenges and rewards of hitting the trail with kids.


The Return of the Geezers (Geezer Jocks part 2)
Author: Bruce Thompson
When: April 2007
Where: Boonville to St Charles
The Geezers return to finish their quest.


Geezer Jocks on the Katy Trail - Part 1
Author: Bruce Thompson
When: October 2006
Where: Clinton to Boonville
These riders make a wise decision at the end of this ride.


A Fall Tour of the Katy
Author: Kim
When: September, 2006
Where: Clinton to St Charles
Two friends enjoy the scenery and overcome flat tires on an end-to-end tour. Includes photos and discussion of businesses along the trail.


Hiking the Katy
Author: Greg
When: Late summer 2006
Where: Clinton to McKittrick
Greg set out to walk the Katy, recording his thoughts and experiences in this blog. It's a fascinating narrative that will make you want to experience the trail from the intimate perspective of a hiker.


Two Weeks With Lewis And Clark
Author: Moni
When: May 2006
Where: St Louis to Boonville & beyond
As part of a longer tour with "Lewis & Clark", the author followed the original L&C route up the Missouri River using the Katy Trail. See days 2-5 for Katy Trail.


Jerry and Jeanette's Tandem Katy Tour
Author: Jerry and Jeanette
When: October 15-23, 2005
Where: Clinton to St Louis Airport
The authors came up with a unique transportation solution for their tandem bike, using a U-haul trailer. Lots of photos and helpful recommendations.


The Not so Dangerous Dangers of Biking Across Missouri
Author: Jennifer Popham
When: October 10-14 2005
Where: Clinton to St Charles
A 70 year old dad and 28 year old daughter ride end to end, discovering that dangers of the trail are not so dangerous after all


Lewis & Clark Marathon comments
When: September 18, 2005
Where: St Charles
Comments from various runners about the Lewis & Clark Marathon, which is partially run on the Katy Trail in St Charles.


The Metal Cowboy on the Katy Trail
Author: Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie
When: Summer 2005
Where: Entire trail... and (far) beyond
The famed author rode the Katy during a coast-to-coast tour with his two young sons... and found it to be one of his all-time favorite rides!


Hot Days and Comfortable Nights
Author: Sarah McGregor
When: June 2005
Where: Clinton to St Charles
A pair of Colorado natives endured the summer heat by day, and enjoyed some of Missouri's finest B&Bs by night. Some great advice from all aspects of their tour.


Speaker Jetton's Fitness Challenge
When: June 20-27, 2005
Where: Clinton to St Charles
MO House Speaker Rod Jetton rode end-to-end to promote the Katy Trail, and the health and fitness of Missourians. This page offers a collection of articles about the ride.


2005 DNR Ride
Author: MO Dept of Natural Resources
When: June 20-24, 2005
Where: Clinton to St Charles
Photos and day-by-day description of the big (300+ riders) annual end-to-end ride, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.


Tips, Impressions, and Photos from Two Californians
Author: Marty & Joe, Los Gatos, CA
When: May 29-June 4, 2005
Where: St Charles to Clinton
Marty & Joe share helpful tips and their impressions of businesses along the way.


Sylvan, dusty, rural, and always pedaling
Author: Tom Gibb
When: October 3-7, 2004
Where: End to end: Clinton to St Charles
Tom gives lots of excellent tips on the businesses and services along the trail.


A tour of the Missouri KATY Trail
Author: Troy Ratliff
When: April 2004, with Sept & Nov followup
Where: Cinton to Hermann, with later ride to Weldon Spring
The author's first multiday trip. He encounters interesting people and animals, and works out the logistics of taking the train and shuttle.


Lewis & Clark Trail: Iowa to Illinois section
Author: Denis Kertz
When: Fall 2003
Where: Cross-country
Denis rode the 3000 mile Lewis & Clark Trail, a portion of which runs along the Katy Trail.


Seven Days on the Katy Trail
Author: Larry Plumlee
When: September 2003
Where: Clinton to St Charles
A solo ride on America's Longest "Rails-to-Trails" bike trail


Rediscovering the Katy
Author: Laurie Allshouse
When: September 2003
Where: Clinton to St Charles to Clinton round trip
A round trip on the trail, with LOTS of pictures. Good info on B&Bs.


Adventures With Bill
Author: Ann Abeles
When: June 23-27, 2003
Where: Clinton to St Charles
A rider's experiences on the MO DNR 2003 end-to-end trip. The DNR offers this trip every year.


Fools On a Mission
Author: Coll & Ted
When: June 2003
Where: Jefferson City to St Charles (& beyond)
Actually a cross-country bike tour, the riders spent four days on the Katy Trail. You'll enjoy the reading about rest of the trip too.


Jen & Andy's Katy Trail Adventure 2003
Author: Andy
When: Summer 2003
Where: Hermann to St Charles x
Their 2002 adventure was so great (see ride report below) that they came back for more! More interesting places, more interesting people ("Blue Eyes" was a bit too interesting).


Rails-to-trails touring in America's Midwest
Author: Norman D. Ford
When: October 2002
Where: End to end (east-west)
[Katy Trail report starts halfway down the page]
Norm's commentary has many useful hints and warnings. Browse his website for extensive information on bike touring in Germany.


Walking the Katy Trail across rural Missouri
Author: Phebe Novic
When: Fall 2002
Rural America, best experienced up-close and on foot.


Katy Trail Freedom Ride
When: July 4, 2002
Where: Entire trail
Three endurance fanatics tackle the entire trail in one day, making emergency repairs and enjoying Fourth of July fireworks along the way.


Katy (& Amtrak) Ride 2002
Author: Marilyn Hedges and Mike Sorensen
When: May 23 - June 1, 2002
Where: St Charles-Clinton-Sedalia-Amtrak-Washington-St Charles
How do seasoned bike tourists follow up a cross-country expedition? By riding a round-trip on the Katy Trail, including Sedalia to Washington on the train.


Jen and Andy's Katy Trail Adventure 2002
Author: Jenny Dabbs
When: 2002 Memorial Day weekend
Where: Boonville to McKittrick
Two old friends hit the trail and meet interesting people.


Bill Keaggy's Trip Photos
Author: Bill Keaggy
When: May 1 - 5, 2002
Where: Sedalia to St Charles
The author presents 100 photos, with commentary that is entertaining, informative, and somewhat irreverant.


Sam and the Smoking Tire
Author: Raymond Scott
When: March 2002
Where: Clinton
This day trip had an interesting start, with a couple of big surprises.


The Trowers Explore the Trail
Author: John Trower
When: Spring 2001
Where: Sedalia to St Charles
After spending five days on the trail with his father, John Trower wrote a series of articles about their experience for the St Charles Journal.


1999 Katy Trail Memories
Author: Laurie Allshouse
When: Fall 1999
Where: Sedalia - St Charles - Marthasville - Amtrak back to Sedalia
The intrepid duo from Oklahoma don't let a litte rain dampen their spirits.


Cycling from St. Louis to Kansas City
Author: Charles Hansen
When: 1999
Where: St Louis to KC, using Katy Trail from St Charles to Boonville
A Bostonian navigates the streets of St Louis, the Katy Trail, and back roads from Boonville to Kansas City. Nice pictures.


1998 Katy Trail Memories
Author: Laurie Allshouse
When: Spring 1998
Where: Columbia to St Charles
This tour started it all for this couple from Oklahoma, who have since come back for two more tours, each longer than the last.


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