The Katy Trail
October 14, 15-20, 2012 Clinton, Missouri
263 miles/ 6 days E38-I61
Balance due August 13, 2012
The Katy Trail – An Historic Missouri Adventure
Join us for a fun filled week riding The Katy Trail, the longest developed rail-trail in the country. This 225 mile ride begins in the Western Missouri town of Clinton and ends in St. Charles near St. Louis. There are 25 trailheads along our route and five historic towns where we will stay during our journey across the state. The crushed limestone surface of the trail is suitable for crossover bikes, road bikes with wide tires or mountain bikes with smooth tires. Enjoy six days of riding through quiet farmlands, rural forests, and along the banks of the Missouri River following a portion of Lewis and Clark’s route.
Sunday October 14, 2012 – Arrive at Clinton, MO Hampton Inn. We will have an introductory meeting with leaders, sag drivers and tour participants at 6:00 PM.
Monday, October 15th Clinton to Sedalia, 37.5 miles - We begin our first day’s ride heading east towards the historic town of Sedalia through open farmlands. At our destination, we will have lunch at the restored Sedalia train depot and museum and ample time to explore the museum before checking in at the refurbished turn of the century Hotel Bothwell.
Tuesday, October 16th Sedalia to Boonville, 35 miles - Today’s ride passes through several small communities that were influenced by the railroad and the terrain is more rolling, providing a variety of landscapes from pasture and row crops to deep woods and river bottoms. Along our route we will stop at Pilot Grove for lunch before completing our day at Boonville which boasts 450 sites on the National Registry of Historic places. Tonight we will stay at the Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino.
Wednesday, October 17, Boonville to Jefferson City, 48.6 miles - Our ride today closely parallels the Missouri River and provides many scenic stretches with towering bluffs on one side and the river on the other. After a short visit to Rocheport, we will pass through a 243 foot long tunnel built in 1893 and stop to visit the Lewis and Clark Cave. In Jefferson City, we will stay at the Capitol Plaza Hotel near the state capitol.
Thursday, October 18, Jefferson City to Hermann, 42.4 miles - As we ride east, the trail continues to follow the river and passes through a series of small towns that were established as either river towns or sprang up because of the railroad. Our destination, Hermann, is known for its German heritage and its vineyards. We will be staying at two delightful B & B’s, The Wine Valley Inn and The Captain Wohlt Inn.
Friday, October 19, Hermann to St. Charles, 61.3 miles – Continuing along the Missouri River, we will pass even more spectacular limestone and sandstone bluffs near Treloar. Near Marthasville we can stop to visit Daniel Boone’s original gravesite. The trail continues through “Missouri’s Rhineland” as we complete our ride in St. Charles. This historic town dates back to the mid-1700s and was once a French settlement. Our hotel tonight is The Country Inn and Suites adjacent to the trail and the historic district.
Saturday, October 20, St. Charles to Clinton, 225 miles – As we conclude our adventure today, we will enjoy a scenic trip from Kirkwood to Sedalia on the Amtrak train. When we arrive at the Sedalia Depot, a lunch will be served before we ride back to Clinton. Our final night’s stay at The Hampton Inn is included.
For more information, please contact Jerry Bakke at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (303) 738-9861 or Chris Matthews at email@example.com or by phone (303) 512-0220.