Missouri Katy Trail
Missouri Katy Trail
- 5 nights lodging (double occupancy)
- 2 dinners and 1 lunch, plus snacks
- Van, trailer & fuel
- Bike Rental
- Two Fit 4 Adventure guides
Take a spin across Missouri on the Katy Trail, a 200-mile rail-to- trail route that is now a popular and well-developed state park. On this 6-day excursion we’ll get a dash of history, a day of music, a splash of scenery, and a taste of wine country. You’ll see Missouri, and cycling trips, in a whole new way.
- Ride the length of the longest developed rail-trail in the country
- Fully supported ride with two local F4A guides
- Dedicated shuttle carries luggage and supplies
- Bike rental included (or bring your own)
- 35-48 miles per day on wide, flat packed-surface trail
- Shorter ride options (13-27 miles) each day of the tour
- Coincides with Pedaler’s Jamboree weekend, a music festival on the trail
- Cozy inns, elegant wineries, historical sites along the route
- Spectacular views along the great Missouri River
- Quaint little towns bursting with character
- 5 nights lodging (double occupancy)
- Welcome dinner on Day 1, Winery dinner on Day 3 and Celebration Lunch on Day 6. Most days, breakfast will be included with our lodging.
- Van, bike/luggage trailer and fuel
- Bike rental
- Two local F4A guides
ABOUT THE BIKES
We will have brand new FUJI touring bikes for our trip. Here are your choices:
The Crosstown features an aluminum frame with a modern aesthetic and features. An excellent choice for beginner and recreational cyclist that want to go from the pavement to the bike path, the Crosstown stays true to its origin in the Fuji line up, with comfort and versatility remaining paramount in its design. For more info…
The Absolute is known for versatility. Its geometry strikes a balance between speed and comfort, making it ideal for the fitness-minded rider, or the urbanite looking to ride to work or run errands. For more info…
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Flights to St. Louis
- Meals not mentioned above
- Tips for Guides
PRICE $1, 470 (per person, double occupancy)
A $200 deposit is required to reserve your spot. The remaining amount will be due April 13th, 45-days before the trip departure.
If you cancel by February 25th, you’ll receive a refund of your deposit, less a $100 cancellation fee. Once your final payment is made on April 13th, it becomes non-refundable.
In the case of unexpected cancelations, to prevent any loss of funds previously paid for this trip, trip insurance is highly recommended.
You are responsible for purchasing your own flights into St. Louis (airport code STL). On May 25th, plan to arrive as close to 9am as possible.
On May 30th, book a flight that departs around 7pm.
Day 1: May 25, 2018
Morning arrivals in St. Louis will be met by the Fit 4 Adventure van and, when everyone is accounted for, we’ll start our 3-hour drive to Sedalia, MO where the two-wheeled tour begins. In Sedalia, we’ll pick up our rented bikes and pick up any last-minute supplies.
Our Welcome Dinner in Sedalia will give you a chance to get to know your guides and fellow riders. Our first night will be in historic rooms at the Hotel Bothwell, which opened in 1927 as a stately railway hotel and now caters to Katy Trail visitors and cyclists.
Day 2: May 26, 2018
Our journey starts at the Katy Depot, a restored train depot from 1896 now serving as a Katy Trail State Park welcome center. The trail ahead is a well maintained crushed limestone surface, designated for pedestrians and cyclists only. It is mostly flat and mostly shaded. This first section meanders through woods and farmland, past ponds and prairies. About 33 miles in, the trail crosses under I-70 before arriving in Boonville, our destination for the evening.
Right off the trail, and in the heart of this quiet little town, we’ll come upon a scene you don’t expect and won’t forget: A crowded and rollicking live music, bike-camping, and food-truck festival called Pedaler’s Jamboree (http://www.pedalersjamboree.com/). We’ll spend the evening here. Bring a tent if you want to camp in the thick of it, or join the rest of us at a nearby hotel
Daily Miles: 35.3 (Short option starts with a morning tour of the Bothwell Lodge and Historic Site outside of Sedalia, followed by 23.6 miles riding in the afternoon.
Day 3: May 27, 2018
Those who have partied too much at PedJam may want to take the shorter ride option this day. Otherwise, this is our longest day but one filled with many things to see and do. This is the second day of Pedaler’s Jamboree and along the way we’ll stop for some live music along the route.
We’ll pass through a stone railroad tunnel built in 1892, scout for lunch in a charming town called Rocheport, pedal past BoatHenge and visit a laid-back pedaler/paddler riverbank “resort” called Cooper’s Landing. We’ll roll to a stop in Jefferson City by late afternoon and enjoy dinner at the Canterbury Hill Winery, overlooking the Missouri State Capitol and the Missouri River.
Daily Miles: 48.6 (Short option, 13.5 miles in the morning with afternoon tours of the grandiose State Capitol Building and haunting Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City).
Day 4: May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)
Now we are rolling through hamlets and homesteads built by 19th Century German settlers, many of whom developed the local wine industry in the region. Today, vineyards are common throughout the hillsides and there are 18 or more wineries right along the Katy Trail. We may pick a couple of favorites for tastings as we pass by. The town of Hermann, in the heart of wine country, is our overnight destination and it’s filled with charming restaurants, tasting rooms, antique shops and historic inns. Daily Miles: 44.4 (Short option, 27.3 miles in the morning with a shuttle forward to Hermann in the early afternoon).
Day 5: May 29, 2018
The ride out of Hermann will start with a crossing over the Missouri River before connecting back to the Katy Trail. A new bridge here, featuring a protected bike lane, is just one example of how the state has worked to make the Katy Trail safer and more enjoyable for cyclists as the popularity of the route continues to grow. Today’s destination is Augusta, another popular and historic river town. We’ll pass eight trailheads along the route before arriving in Augusta, giving us plenty of options to shorten the day’s mileage and the opportunity to explore more wineries and small communities.
Daily Miles: 36.5 (Short option, 18 – 25 miles).
Day 6: May 30, 2018
Watch the landscape morph from farmland to suburbia as we draw closer to the finish line. The home stretch brings us back into historic St. Charles, just a few miles from where we started the journey, five days earlier, at the St. Louis airport. To celebrate the journey, we will treat ourselves to a late and leisurely lunch at the Trailhead Brewing Company before turning our bikes in.
Daily Miles: 26.8
For your flight home look for departures 7:00 pm or later. Or, consider staying an extra day in the area.
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