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Beverly 09-11-09 08:02 PM

Katy Trail - Day 1
 
We started in Clinton, MO today and ended in Sedalia at the Tour of Missouri time trials. This section of the trail is away from the Missouri River and the scenery consists of lots of open fields, wildlife and small towns. The trail was in excellent condition with only a few soft spots in a couple of the shady areas. I imagine this is from the rain they received before we arrived. The only wildlife we saw were squirrels and a small turtle I almost ran over:eek:

As you can see the weather was fantastic. The temps were in the low 80's but we did pickup a little headwind in the early afternoon. This section of the trail has quite a bit of 1-2% grades and also contains the highest point on the entire trail. We should reach the Missouri River at the end of tomorrow's ride and the books say it flattens out from that point with great scenery along the river.

The 520 resting on the trail.
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There was a lot of open spaces the last few miles into Sedalia.
[IMG]http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c3...il-Day1007.jpg[/IMG]

Reminders of days past.
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George Hincapie at the time trials:thumb:
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DnvrFox 09-11-09 08:20 PM

Beverly, this looks great. Are there many other bicyclers/hikers?

maddmaxx 09-12-09 04:16 AM

Very nice. Im looking forward to more pics. Have a good ride Bev.

Beverly 09-12-09 05:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DnvrFox (Post 9659788)
Beverly, this looks great. Are there many other bicyclers/hikers?

We saw less than a dozen riders on the trail all day. Of course the Tour of Missouri was going on in this area. We saw many cyclists at the time trials on their bikes.

We did pass one group of about seven on the trail that looked like it might have been a club ride. The crushed limestone surface didn't seem to keep their speed down too much.

We talked to a couple at breakfast yesterday that was doing a cross country tour from east to west. They had just come off the Katy and were trying to get back on their regular route.

DnvrFox 09-12-09 05:49 AM

Are you staying on motels?

Yen 09-12-09 08:06 AM

Nice pictures, Beverly. I especially like the first one with the trees.

So, how often are you stopping to take pictures? ;)

Retro Grouch 09-12-09 08:41 AM

So when are you scheduled to reach St Charles?

I'm going to be off next week because I still can't work. Can't bicycle either for that matter, but maybe we could do lunch or something.

Beverly 09-13-09 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DnvrFox (Post 9661065)
Are you staying on motels?

Yes, we're staying in hotels. The wife of one of the riders has been sagging for us and it's been great:thumb:

Beverly 09-13-09 07:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yen (Post 9661409)
Nice pictures, Beverly. I especially like the first one with the trees.

So, how often are you stopping to take pictures? ;)

Not as many pictures as the Colorado trip but the camera is seeing quite a bit of use:)

Beverly 09-13-09 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Retro Grouch (Post 9661516)
So when are you scheduled to reach St Charles?

I'm going to be off next week because I still can't work. Can't bicycle either for that matter, but maybe we could do lunch or something.

We'll be riding into St. Charles Wednesday and then leaving for home. I'm sure we'll be doing lunch there and I would love to meet for lunch if possible. Let me know and I'll PM you with my cell number.

64Paramount 09-14-09 06:34 PM

:thumb: Great pics!


You're making me homesick...


Born and raised in Missouri.

Rick@OCRR 09-14-09 06:41 PM

I was born and raised in St. Louis, so I rode the Katy quite a lot. Even went to Jefferson city to help support / lobby for it when it still just an idea.

When my kids were little it was a great place to take them and their friends, i.e. easy cycling and very safe. Not a lot of fun for me since I'm addicted to climbing and descending, but overall a great place for most (less addicted than me) riders.

Plus, lots of climbing and descending on Hwy 94 which is not too far from the Katy, at least closer to St. Louis and through Bluffton, Rhineland, Herman, etc.

Rick / OCRR


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