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Old 06-20-18, 07:32 PM
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Katy Trail 2018



KatyTrail by Steve Carter, on Flickr

The Katy Trail is on many seniors' bucket lists; I know it's been on mine for years. We finished a trip from west to east last month (May, 2018). We planned it ourselves, and our wives graciously cooperated by being our support crew. Along the way, I learned that the oldest person to have ridden it was 93 years old, a former bike racer who finished it in three days (we took five). Perhaps the most inspiring, however, were the people we met, including an older lady who was celebrating her 80th birthday by riding the trail for the second time. The first was when she was 75!

I've written a blog about our trip, which might be of value to anyone else who is interested in this magnificent trip, including many photos and even music. Please leave comments and ask me question using the comment form at the end. Here's the link: Here's the link to the introduction.

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Great write up on the Katy! I'll be keeping the link for future reference since I'm hoping to ride it next year.
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We rode the Katy Trail from west to east during the first week of June 2018. Loved it! After mostly doing road miles, it was nice to slow down and enjoy the scenery and joy of riding each day. We also met fellow cyclists from around the country and the local people and businesses were very welcoming. We actually started on the Kansas border near Amsterdam, Missouri and finished at the Mississippi River in Portage des Sioux to make it a complete ride across Missouri. Looking forward to doing it again.

Here is our daily video blog compilation from the ride.


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Just got back from the Katy a few days ago. West to East t and the weather was South Texas hot lost some money in Booneville but otherwise was a great ride and met very nice people along the way. I will be back in 2019 for Katy Trail 3.
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Hondo, sounds like you did the organized ride? I did the organized ride in 2015, the year the last day was cut off due to rain.
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Nice job with documenting your Katy Trail ride on your blog. I’ve always had the impression much of the trail is close to the highway. Is that not the case?
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Originally Posted by Greenhil
Nice job with documenting your Katy Trail ride on your blog. Iíve always had the impression much of the trail is close to the highway. Is that not the case?
Thank you. Most of the trail is not far from an intersecting county road, but there are long stretches without parallel roads, and a few where it's easy to imagine that you are in an Amazon rainforest miles from civilization.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel
Just got back from the Katy a few days ago. West to East t and the weather was South Texas hot lost some money in Booneville but otherwise was a great ride and met very nice people along the way. I will be back in 2019 for Katy Trail 3.

If I'd taken my good bike lock, I probably would have stopped at the casino in Boonville. I'm glad I didn't! Did any of the slot machine zombies even notice your bike jersey and/or shorts? Bet not.

Most of the people who ride the trail (like you) live in the midwest, so you have a pretty good idea of the scenery. I live in western Colorado, and I was frankly amazed at the tranquil beauty of the farmland, the prairie, and wooded jungle near the river. I was also pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the people we met. More than once the scenery reminded me of "Deliverance," but the experience was totally different. When I tell my non-biking friends that we spent a weeks' vacation in rural Missouri not visiting Branson or family, and how beautiful it was, they give me a "you must be nuts" stare.

I'm glad that the benefactors, trail volunteers and taxpayers of Missouri had the foresight to create and maintain this magnificent resource. Thank you.

Then we drove back on I-70. Ugh.

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Originally Posted by Hit or Miss
Great write up on the Katy! I'll be keeping the link for future reference since I'm hoping to ride it next year.
Do it!

One thing I've learned over the years is that experiences often don't live up to their advance billing. The Katy Trail was everything we hoped for and more.
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Originally Posted by BikeLite
Hondo, sounds like you did the organized ride? I did the organized ride in 2015, the year the last day was cut off due to rain.
Was more like disorganized ride I rode solo and had my family stop at the trailheads with a cooler full of drinks and food. They enjoy driving the sag wagon and itís nice to have the support.
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Originally Posted by k0guz
If I'd taken my good bike lock, I probably would have stopped at the casino in Boonville. I'm glad I didn't! Did any of the slot machine zombies even notice your bike jersey and/or shorts? Bet not.

Most of the people who ride the trail (like you) live in the midwest, so you have a pretty good idea of the scenery. I live in western Colorado, and I was frankly amazed at the tranquil beauty of the farmland, the prairie, and wooded jungle near the river. I was also pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the people we met. More than once the scenery reminded me of "Deliverance," but the experience was totally different. When I tell my non-biking friends that we spent a weeks' vacation in rural Missouri not visiting Branson or family, and how beautiful it was, they give me a "you must be nuts" stare.

I'm glad that the benefactors, trail volunteers and taxpayers of Missouri had the foresight to create and maintain this magnificent resource. Thank you.

Then we drove back on I-70. Ugh.

exactly people would say Missouri but to youíre point they donít ride bikes. I change into my normal clothing at the trailheads so I went into the casino in disguise. I heard squeal like a pig and I didnít think I could pedal a bike that fast! Seriously rural Missouri is beautiful and very green with a lot of water.
Day 1 Clinton to Windsor. Warmup ride after visiting Truman Reservoir
Day 2 Pleasant Hill to Windsor. Rock Island Spur
Day 3 Booneville to Windsor. Backtrack that day, stayed 2 nights at the casino.
Day 4 Booneville to Portland
Day 5 Portland to St. Charles

Traveled many of the backroads and seeing the real Missouri will change your perspective. We stoped by to say hello to an old neighbor that moved to Missouri since they were only 8 miles from our route home I-44 so that was cool. Stopped at Meramec SP and went to the cave. And yes I saw the slot zombies totally possessed by the machines
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Did any of you have rain during your days on the Katy Trail? If so, how did it affect riding? We were fortunate to have clear skies for our entire journey earlier this month.
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Originally Posted by CEPP1
Did any of you have rain during your days on the Katy Trail? If so, how did it affect riding? We were fortunate to have clear skies for our entire journey earlier this month.
Two years ago I rode part of the Katy during heavy rains. To make matters worse, the trail had been dry for the previous 3 weeks and was dusty. My bike, body, and clothing were a horrible mess. After that I put fenders on my touring bike. Last week I again rode in the rain on the Katy and the fenders were great. Many other riders hand rooster tails up their backs but not me.

I've been riding on 700x32 tires and they are usually good even during rains; however, this year I ran into a few spongy parts. I may see if 700x35s will fit so that I can ride somewhat lower pressures.
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Did any of you have rain during your days on the Katy Trail? If so, how did it affect riding? We were fortunate to have clear skies for our entire journey earlier this month.
Partly cloudy skies to sunny but this was a hot ride and Iím use to the heat. But hot is hot. Consumed many quarts of Gatorade.
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Did any of you have rain during your days on the Katy Trail? If so, how did it affect riding? We were fortunate to have clear skies for our entire journey earlier this month.
Went the first week in May. Beautiful weather, not too hot, no rain.
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