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Old 04-05-18, 11:02 AM
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Rock Island Spur Missouri

Has any of you bicycled this route to connect with the Katy Trail in Windsor?
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I've ridden about 10 miles of it from Windsor and back when I was riding the Katy last year.

Here's a real good web site devoted to both the Katy and Rock Island. The comments section is a good place to gather information

Katy Trail Missouri Trail Maps, Businesses, Events, Mileage, and more
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Originally Posted by JerrySTL View Post
I've ridden about 10 miles of it from Windsor and back when I was riding the Katy last year.

Here's a real good web site devoted to both the Katy and Rock Island. The comments section is a good place to gather information

Katy Trail Missouri Trail Maps, Businesses, Events, Mileage, and more
Thank You for the response. I will check out the website last June I was in Windsor and some guy about my age was calling it quits his arse was sore his son who I would guess was 14-15 years old wanted to ride on. Middle age guy was calling his wife for a bailout his son was disappointed. He stated the RIL was rough with real gravel but his bike was adequate to deal with the road conditions. My best bet was his bike shorts was cheap and I have learned over the years cheap shorts = pain in arse. Anyway I look forward to The Katy Trail again this year and Im 50 so yes I am middle aged.
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I rode it last June. What do you want to know about it? It's approximately 50 miles from Pleasant Hill on the west and Windsor on the east. Last June about 10 miles on the east end hadn't had the final coat of fine gravel spread on it, so it was rough, but rideable. They were working on it at the time and I've since heard that it's been finished. When the Katy trail was new it took about three years for it to really "pack down" and become a harder surface. I found the totally finished part of the Rock Island spur was like the Katy was when new - fine packed and easy to ride on, but just not quite as hard packed as the Katy. It's good now, but give it a few more years and it will be even better.

Heading east out of Pleasant Hill there is no food or water until Chilhowee. I don't remember that distance, but it could be 25-30 miles. Be sure to have enough water (and food), especially if it's hot out. Chilhowee has a small store with food. Ten miles east of Chilhowee is Leeton with a small store and a restaurant (on the opposite end of town from the trail). There is (free?)camping in both of these towns - just ask at the store. I think the people in both of those towns, along with Windsor and Pleasant Hill are enjoying the cyclists (and the money they spend - Chilhowee and Leeton and use it). Obviously, if you're heading west out of Windsor, you'll need to reverse these numbers.

The Rock Island trail (westbound) sort of dead ends in Pleasant Hill, but by using Google Earth satellite photos or a mapping site (they may not show which roads are paved and which are gravel) you can pick out a route over the next 10 -15 miles to Lee's Summit which has an Amtrak station in case you want to arrive or depart by train. Kansas City has already started constructing a trail northwards out of Lee's Summit, but it won't be totally finished into KC for a few more years.

Any more questions? - just ask.
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[QUOTE=tcarl;20267810]I rode it last June. What do you want to know about it? It's approximately 50 miles from Pleasant Hill on the west and Windsor on the east. Last June about 10 miles on the east end hadn't had the final coat of fine gravel spread on it, so it was rough, but rideable. They were working on it at the time and I've since heard that it's been finished. When the Katy trail was new it took about three years for it to really "pack down" and become a harder surface. I found the totally finished part of the Rock Island spur was like the Katy was when new - fine packed and easy to ride on, but just not quite as hard packed as the Katy. It's good now, but give it a few more years and it will be even better.

Heading east out of Pleasant Hill there is no food or water until Chilhowee. I don't remember that distance, but it could be 25-30 miles. Be sure to have enough water (and food), especially if it's hot out. Chilhowee has a small store with food. Ten miles east of Chilhowee is Leeton with a small store and a restaurant (on the opposite end of town from the trail). There is (free?)camping in both of these towns - just ask at the store. I think the people in both of those towns, along with Windsor and Pleasant Hill are enjoying the cyclists (and the money they spend - Chilhowee and Leeton and use it). Obviously, if you're heading west out of Windsor, you'll need to reverse these numbers.

The Rock Island trail (westbound) sort of dead ends in Pleasant Hill, but by using Google Earth satellite photos or a mapping site (they may not show which roads are paved and which are gravel) you can pick out a route over the next 10 -15 miles to Lee's Summit which has an Amtrak station in case you want to arrive or depart by train. Kansas City has already started constructing a trail northwards out of Lee's Summit, but it won't be totally finished into KC for a few more years.

Any more questions? - just ask.[/QUOTE

Luckily I have a non riding sister that loves driving the support vehichle so I meet up at the trail heads and have cold drinks and food. We gave away quarts of ice cold Gatorade and had many takers Last year I road eastward toward St Charles was thinking about St. Charles to Pleasant Hill but not committed. Pleasant Hill is 800 miles from Hondo,Texas so a long day drive. 800 is about max for me on road trips. Started in Clinton last year and stop in Boonesville to gamble. Did the trail in 3 days and that was too fast so this year Im slowing down not going as far and taking more of the sights in. I looking at 5 days this time around.
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