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    STL - Columbia MO

    Visiting some friends in both locations in September and am toying with the idea of taking my bike and riding between the two locations. At first I thought about doing this on the Katy Trail but I'd rather use my road bike than my comfy bike. Is anyone familiar with some not-so-car-traveled roads that would make for a nice route between the two? Or do you think it would be better to use the trail?

    Thanks for the help.

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    I've done CAMP (Cycle Across Missouri) a few times where we then through Columbia to St. Louis. But that's been years ago and I don't think I have the maps for it anymore. It's do-able, but it would probably take you longer than the KATY as you'd have to use back roads.

    However I'd really recommend the KATY Trail for that trip. There's a few different ways to get from STL to the KATY. Then there's a bike path from the KATY to Columbia. Plus that part of the KATY is rather scenic in many places.

    I avoid using my road bike on the KATY. I had a hybrid, but it didn't fit me too well. Last year I bought a touring bike with 700x32 tires and it was about perfect for the KATY. If you can fit 700x28 tires on your road bike, that should work too.

    Hermann, Missouri is a good place to stay between the two cities. It has plenty of B&Bs and the recently made the bridge crossing over the Missouri River safe for cyclists.

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    Jerry thanks for the reply. You think it will be longer by road than trail? I guess I was figuring we would ride at a slower pace on the trail (figuring 13mph) than the road (16mph) so I thought the roads might be quicker. I'd hate to by tires just for this ride. I do have a comfy bike I could use and could possibly "steal" my daughter's hybrid.

    Any other suggestions out there?

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    I recommend you take the Katy Trail as well, taking roads will be highly circuitous. Just get the widest continental gatorskins you can, and ride those on the Katy...I've ridden it extensively and have always found the smooth gatorskins to work great on gravel--esp because you are unlikely to get a flat because they're high pressure enough to shed the debris pretty well. Plus, the gravel is packed tightly enough in most places not to really need knobby tires at all.

    Good luck, ride safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the nate View Post
    Just get the widest continental gatorskins you can, and ride those on the Katy...
    I'd agree, a tire change is in order. Stick with your road bike and take the katy.

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    What about closer to Columbia? Like to stick to road routes, a B&B/hotel and breweries.

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    Yeah, a road ride form St.L to Columbia will likely top 200 miles. It would be pretty too. Back in the 90's the MS150 ride used to start in a town called Wentzville (about 30 miles by interstate out of St.Louis) and go to Columbia to make their 150 miles. It's been too long since I've done much riding out there to do a reliable (traffic volume, safety wise route) for you but, it can be done. That said, doing the Katy would be nice but, you'd miss out on any climbs (and there are some doozy's out there) but, you'd get a direct route to Co.
    Having said all of that, here's a link to a road route I did that will take you from Hermann, Mo to Fulton, Mo on the road and from there it's a pretty straight shot out Mo FF to Mo WW into Columbia. Maybe the Katy to Hermann and then road from there?
    Hermann to Fulton
    So, from Fulton, instead of taking the return, go West out of town on FF then at WW continue West. Look on a map service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khan View Post
    Yeah, a road ride form St.L to Columbia will likely top 200 miles. It would be pretty too. Back in the 90's the MS150 ride used to start in a town called Wentzville (about 30 miles by interstate out of St.Louis) and go to Columbia to make their 150 miles. It's been too long since I've done much riding out there to do a reliable (traffic volume, safety wise route) for you but, it can be done. That said, doing the Katy would be nice but, you'd miss out on any climbs (and there are some doozy's out there) but, you'd get a direct route to Co.
    Having said all of that, here's a link to a road route I did that will take you from Hermann, Mo to Fulton, Mo on the road and from there it's a pretty straight shot out Mo FF to Mo WW into Columbia. Maybe the Katy to Hermann and then road from there?
    Hermann to Fulton
    So, from Fulton, instead of taking the return, go West out of town on FF then at WW continue West. Look on a map service.
    Bapkan! Your Hermann to Fulton route was the best ride for me that year we did it. Great weather, good people, and a fun route.

    Maybe we can both sneak out from work on a weekday again to do a stlrc ride. Check the start time!

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