Have bike will travel.
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes: Cannondale road and mtn.
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It might be easier now that Oktoberfest is over. I would still plan ahead somewhat. When I did the Katy Trail last October, I camped most nights and stayed night in a B&B Hartsburg and in a RV cabin in St. Charles. I called and made reservations. When I spoke with the people running the different locations, I explained to them I was doing my first tour and I was traveling alone, so while I had an itinerary, I wasn't sure if I would hit the exact days. Most places said they could be flexible and could accommodate me if I was a day or so late. They asked that I call ahead if possible, especially if I was not going to stay at all. The places that couldn't accomodate me were already booked.
Check out www.bikekatytrail.com
. It has links to towns and tells you what is available in the terms of lodging and other fun stuff. My trip, which started in Clinton, and had overnights in Sedalia, New Franklin, Hartsburg, Blufton, Marthasville and St. Charles. I took Amtrak back to Kansas City, which required a $10 ticket for the bike.