Growing up my family would occasionally go for short bike rides on the Katy Trail. Since then, I've entertained the idea of riding the entire trail and now seems to be the perfect time! In total the gravel trail stretches 237 miles across most of Missouri. At the end of April, I'll attempt to bike the trail over 5 days, taking Amtrak to the Western terminus and riding back.
Here's my plan for riding East Bound (EaBo)
Day 1 Amtrak arrives in Sedalia at noon //ride west 35 miles to Clinton (Eastern terminus of KT, Amtrak doesn't go to Clinton)
Night 1: Clinton
Day 2 THURSDAY 61.3 mile day Clinton to Pilot Grove
Places of interest along the way: Ben Franklin's for the chocolate chip cookies, Katy Depot- trail souvenirs in Sedalia, Kehdee's mouth wastering BBQ sampler
Night 2: Pilot Grove
Day 3 FRIDAY 60.1 mile day Pilot Grove to Jefferson City
Places of interest along the way: Boonville, Frederick Hotel, Rivercene Mansion, also known as "Kinney's Folly", Rocheport- lunch at Les Bourgeois A-Frame, Dinner at Abigail’s, Trailside Cafe, Cooper's Landing, Dotty's cafe
Night 3: Jefferson City
Day 4 SATURDAY 65.5 mile day Jefferson City to Marthasville
Places of interest along the way: Mokane Market, Portland- lunch at Riverfront Bar & Grill, Hermann Wineries, McKittrick- Luckily Joey's Birdhouse - hotel/ B&B, Twin Gables for the best Ice Tea in MO
Night 4: Marthasville
Day 5 SUNDAY 50.8 mile day Marthasville to Machens
Places of interest along the way: Augusta - Silly Goose, Augusta Brew Haus, St. Charles Historic Downtown.
End in Machens