I'm planning on riding the KATY Trail the first week in April. I'll be taking the train to Sedalia, arriving on April 2nd, April 3rd riding to Clinton and then doing the entire KATY in the next 6 days. I'll be credit card touring for the most part, however, I will have a small tent just in case.
I've got a few questions:
1. I've got 2 good bikes, a Trek FX 7.3 and a Bianchi Eros. I've put 700x35 nobbies on the Trek and figure that will be the best for this trip on the crushed limestone. It's also got a longer wheelbase and will handle panniers better. Both bikes are very comfortable for long rides. I've done metric centuries on both. I'd like to hear your views on whether or not I'm right in assuming the Trek would be the better bike. I'd really rather take the Bianchi, but I love the Trek also.
2. I loath having to be tied down to a schedule. Do any of you have experience on the trail at that time of year and will I have problems if I don't schedule a room in advance. I'd like to be able to ride about 50 to 60 miles a day and then look for a room. (Hence, the tent just in case.)
3. Do any of you have experience riding the train from St. Louis to Sedalia? Is there any advice I need to heed?
4. Finally, is there a Clyde, or two, or three or ? that would be interested in joining the ride?
Any other advice would be appreciated. I've already got the trail book and it's been very helpful. I'd be interested in any first hand knowledge, or any stories of the KATY Trail you could pass on.