This May, Ryan and I biked the entire Katy Trail from Clinton to Machens, Missouri (and then some). The official Katy Trail is 239.6 miles long, here is a blog recap of our trip.
On day one we road from Clinton to Pilot Grove for a total of 62.41 miles. We parked our truck at the Clinton Community Center at no cost after filling out some paperwork inside letting them know how long our trip was planning to be.
Lunch: El Espolon Authentic Mexican Restaurant (right off the trail), Sedalia
Dinner: Casey’s, Pilot Grove
You can actually camp for free at the Pilot Grove City Park on Vernon Street. You must check in with the Pilot Grove Police Department at 660-834-4300.
On our second day we rode from Pilot Grove to Jefferson City (or as the locals say Jeff City) for a total of 67.08 miles.
(Columbia – off trail)
It started raining during the last 10 miles and the trail became very wet and tacky. By the time we got to the hotel in Jefferson City, we were soaking wet, my bike was covered in mud (Ryan has fenders) along with the back of my legs, shoes, bags, etc. We pulled into the overhang at the hotel and used the stream of water running off the roof to wash everything off before heading inside. It was quite the adventure.
On day three we left Jefferson City and rode the the absolutely adorable town of Hermann for a total of 48.30 miles.
(Hermann – off trail)
On day four we rode from Hermann to St. Charles for a total of 64.66 miles. On the way, we heard tornado sirens, watched flashed flooding and got rained on… again!
(Washington – off trail)
Lunch: Terry & Kathy’s Inn, Defiance
Next time, we will stop in Augusta for a long period of time!
Dinner: Bar Louie, St. Charles
Defiance, MO was barely on the Katy Trail maps but was a great stop for us due to timing of the storm. In town you will find a bar, restaurant, brewery and many bed and breakfasts.
On day five, which would have been our last day, we rode from St. Charles to Machens (the very end of the Katy Trail).
But, we decided to start riding back toward Clinton and see how far we could get. We didn’t have to be back to work until Tuesday (and it was Friday). We made it to Washington for a total of 64.31 miles.
On day six we rode from Washington to Hartsburg for our longest day at 85.89 miles.
We pulled into Hartsburg and found a bar that served pizzas. We enjoyed a few beers and Ryan ordered a pizza. I ended up waiting to eat and used my Jet Boil to heat up a back-packer meal at camp which was in the gazebo of the park.
On our last day, we rode from Hartsburg to Rocheport for a total of 25.05 miles. My brother picked us up in Rocheport in his truck and drove us back to Clinton.
Breakfast: Dotty’s Cafe, Hartsburg
Lunch: Meriwether Cafe and Bike Shop, Rocheport
To plan this trip, I used the following resources:
- Book: Rail-Trails Iowa & Missouri: The definitive guide to the state’s top multiuse trails
- Website: bikekatytrail.com
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