The Katy Trail is one of the nation’s longest continuous rail trails. It extends about 240 miles from Clinton, MO in the west to Machens in the eastern part of Missouri. The trail winds its way along the Missouri River, largely following the path of Lewis and Clark, through farmland, limestone bluffs, and the beautiful Missouri Wine Country. The surface of the trail is covered in crushed limestone, similar to our own GAP.
This will be an exceptional adventure for Pittsburgh Adventure Lovers and Western PA R2T Bicylcers! Depart Pittsburgh on Friday Morning, May 16, 2014, for St. Charles, MO. It is about a 10-12 hour drive. Planning a vanpool arrangement for participants, bikes & gear.
We will spend Friday night in St Charles at the Country Inn and Suites. Saturday Morning, May 17, 2014, we catch a shuttle with our bikes for a ride to the Clinton, MO trailhead. Cost for the shuttle is around $80 per person (Based on a group of 5). Arrive in Clinton at lunchtime and proceed to peddle back to Saint Charles.
The basic itinerary is: • 5/17/2014—Clinton, MO to Sedalia, MO-- 35.6 miles. B&B or Camping in Sedalia • 5/18/2014—Sedalia, MO to Rocheport, MO-- 50.7 miles. B&B • 5/19/2014—Rocheport, MO to Jefferson City, MO-- 35.1 miles B&B or Camping in Jefferson City •5/20/2014—Jefferson City, MO to Hermann, MO-- 42.4 miles B&B or Camping in Hermann • 5/21/2014—Hermann, MO to Augusta, MO-- 34.4 miles B&B or Camping in Augusta • 5/22/2014—Augusta, MO to Saint Charles, MO-- 26 miles--Return to Pittsburgh
If you are choosing to stay at B&B's where available, and national chains when needed; Lodging with breakfast would be about $700 per person. This does include breakfast every day!
Camping is an option on most nights. Lunch/Dinner/Spending Money/Casino's/Brewery's/Winery's/Shuttles extra. Sightseeing is free!
This trip requires some advance payment to the lodging establishments, and due to the logistics involved, it would most likely be not fully refundable.
We would ride rain or shine. This is not a “beginner’s ride”. It is self-supported with no SAG wagon. You will have to plan for the week and take only what you can carry on your bicycle. Space is very limited for this Meetup, however, a waitlist is available.
Average High temps in May are mid 70's, Average Lows are mid-50's. Average rainfall is about 5".
For a more in depth itinerary of lodging/camp grounds/transportation, please email Russell W through Meetup.
This Meet-up is cross posted on Pittsburgh Adventure Lovers