Missouri Katy Trail - Fall Foliage Ride
Missouri Katy Trail - Fall Foliage Ride
- 5 Nights at Historic Hotels & Cozy Inns
- Dedicated Sag Vehicle w/Trailer
- All Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners
- Water & Snacks while on the Trail
- Comfortable Hybrid Trail Bikes
- Two Fit 4 Adventure Guides
- Winery Stops
- Not Included: Flights, Meals Not Mentioned Above, Tips for F4A Guides, Single Occupancy
Trip Dates: October 15-20, 2021
Take a spin across Missouri on the Katy Trail, the longest rail-to-trail route in America. On this 6-day inn-to-inn excursion we’ll get a dash of history, a splash of scenery, a taste of wine country and a toast to Oktoberfest. We take care of all the details while you just ride your bike. You’ll see Missouri, and cycling trips, in a whole new way.
- Ride 150 miles on the longest developed rail-trail in the country
- Fully supported ride with two local F4A guides
- Dedicated shuttle carries luggage and supplies
- Comfortable hybrid trail bikes provided (or bring your own)
- Rest day with winery tour in Hermann, MO
- Ride 35-48 miles per day on wide, flat packed-surface trail
- Shorter ride options (13-27 miles) each day of the tour
- Cozy inns, elegant wineries, historical sites along the route
- Spectacular views and scenic stops along the great Missouri River
- Quaint little towns bursting with character
PRICE $1,573 (per person, double occupancy)
A $200 deposit is due at the time you submit your reservation. The remaining balance will be due 30 days before the trip (September 15). You'll receive a reminder e-mail when it's time to pay.
Your deposit becomes non-refundable after July 15, 2021. Once the final payment is made in September, it becomes non-refundable.
In the case of unexpected cancellations, to prevent any loss of funds previously paid for this trip, trip insurance is highly recommended. You may consider purchasing insurance from World Nomads.
You are responsible for purchasing your own flights into St. Louis (airport code STL). On October 15th, plan to arrive before Noon ( 12:00 PM ).
On October 20th, book a flight that departs no earlier than 5:30 PM (or stay over in St. Louis if desired)
Day 1: October 15, 2021
Morning arrivals at the St. Louis Airport will be met by the Fit 4 Adventure van and your local guides. From there, it’s a drive across the state and back in time, destination: Boonville.
Boonville, Missouri is a historic town settled by the sons of Daniel Boone over 200 years ago. In the golden days of train travel (1920s and 30s), Boonville was a popular stop along the MKT railway, a route which is now has now been converted into a state park and the country’s longest rail-to-trail cycling path. Here, we will start at the Katy Depot, a restored 1912 train depot now serving as a Katy Trail Welcome Center, and bike rental shop. After we get outfitted for bikes we’ll retreat to Boonville’s historic Hotel Frederick, which opened in 1905 and is now a fully-restored boutique hotel catering to Katy Trail visitors and cyclists. A Welcome Dinner, here at the hotel, will give you a chance to get to know your guides and fellow riders.
Day 2: October 16, 2021
As we start our ride back towards St. Louis, you will get a good taste of the days to come. Our two-wheeled journey starts immediately with a crossing over the Missouri River on the Boonslick Bridge. The trail ahead is a well-maintained crushed limestone surface, designated for pedestrians and cyclists only. It is mostly flat and mostly shaded. On today’s route we’ll pass through a stone railroad tunnel built in 1892, stop for coffee in a charming town called Rocheport, pedal past Boat Henge 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 or the haunting Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City).
Day 3: October 17, 2021
The trail rolls on through Central Missouri, through hamlets and homesteads built by 19th Century German settlers, many of whom help to develop a prosperous wine industry in the region. Today, vineyards are common throughout the hillsides and there are several right along the Katy Trail. The town of Hermann, in the heart of wine country, is our destination and it’s filled with good authentic German food and Oktoberfest spirit.
Daily Miles: 44.4 (Short option, 27.3 miles in the morning with a shuttle forward to Hermann in the early afternoon)
Day 4: October 18, 2021
Missouri is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the country, established and flourishing long before Napa Valley. Today, it is a popular destination for wine enthusiasts, and Hermann is the heart and soul of it all with dozens of wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms. We’ll park the bikes and enjoy a rest day here to explore the town, it’s history, and it’s wine-making secrets.
Day 5: October 19, 2021
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 riding the Katy Trail safer and more enjoyable. Today’s destination is Augusta, another historic river town that’s been revived by the growing popularity of the Katy Trail. We’ll pass eight trail heads along the route before arriving in Augusta, giving us plenty of options to shorten the day’s mileage if desired. We’ll have a picnic lunch at one of these stops.
Daily Miles: 36.5 (Short option, 18 –25 miles).
Day 6: October 20, 2021
Watch the landscape morph from farmland to suburbia as we draw closer to the finish line. The home stretch brings us into historic Main Street St. Charles, just a few miles from where we met you five days earlier, at the St. Louis airport. Lunch can be found at the trail-side Bike Stop Café where we will celebrate and recount the highlights of our journey before we bid farewell.
Daily Miles: 26.8
Our memories are especially happy because of our fabulous guides, Joe & Jenny! We miss you ! Cannot believe the days we so looked forward to have actually already come and gone .... 😔. They were a wonderful experience ! Thank you sincerely ! Hugs 🤗
We just finished the inaugural Katy Trail ride. I had been wanting to do this for a long time and with Fit 4 Adventure it was better than anticipated. The guides, Joe and Jenny were awesome. The accommodations were excellent. We particularly enjoyed the old historic hotels. The rental bikes were very good as was the support. The trail was beautiful and very well maintained. As always with Fit 4 Adventure, the folks that you meet and the little extras really make the trip. We hope to do this again in the Fall with the color changes.
The Katy Trail far exceeded my expectations. Everything was so well organized; and we were in excellent hands with our local guides, Joe and Jenny. I loved everything about this trip from the great trail riding, the beautiful small towns, the delicious food, cozy accommodations, and great snacks and refreshments along the way. Our group was fabulous. We all got along great and had a lot of laughs. This was truly one of my best trips. Thank you to the team at Fit 4 Adventure. I would love to do this one again!
The Katy Trail trip was a first-class trip! Great way to see the world, and eat well along the way! Fit 4 Adventure did a very thorough job of planning and execution on this trip...all we had to do as guest was show up and pedal !!!
Just went on the maiden voyage of the Katy Trail Cycling Trip. Wonderful trip! The trail is beautiful, and the rental bikes were great. Joe and Jenny took good care of us, supplying plenty of water for hot days, plenty of snacks, and beer at the end of a hard days ride. I enjoyed the variety of communities, accommodations, and restaurants along the trail. Great trip with a fun group of people. I would definitely do this one again.
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