Riding the Katy Trail

2 May

Sunrise on the Katy Trail

This coming week Mark and I begin our excellent bike adventure; our first ride on the Katy Trail.

The Katy Trail extends 225 miles across Missouri covering most of the state.  We’ll ride the length of the trail from west to east, beginning in Clinton, MO and finishing in St. Charles.

We’ll break the ride up into 6 days of biking which should make for a very doable pace with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the surroundings and visit the many wineries and towns along the way.

Much of the trail follows Lewis and Clark’s path along the Missouri River.  The Katy Trail is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy which is an organization devoted to building a nationwide network of trails utilizing former rail lines.

One of the best parts about riding the Katy and the rails to trails system in general, is that it allows us to ride our bikes on an off the road trail and not have to compete with cars for our little piece of turf.

When on the road rule #1 for cyclists is: Cars always win.  It will be a welcome relief to not have to contend with that.

The downside is I just read tonight that the biggest threats to cyclists are:  severe weather, poison ivy and snakes.  Any one that knows me knows what I think of threat #3.  Yikes!  As far as the other two go, it will be just like being at home.

Another plus, no camping and no carrying our own gear.  Because this is our first tour together we splurged and used a company that will transport our luggage (although we will carry a few things on the bikes) and arranged lodging (for the most part in B & B’s) in the various towns we will be staying.  So not exactly roughing it.

We are very excited to be just days away from starting our bike tour. 

Happy Trails!

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  1. Tri Girl May 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    Oh, I’m SOOOO excited for your trip!!! The Katy Trail is on my “bucket list” and one day I want to ride it. I’ll be watching for pictures along the way, and will be waiting to hear updates from your ride.
    You know- you should keep a journal and then post it on Crazyguyonabike.com to share with all the cycling world. 😉

    Good luck, have fun, and enjoy every minute!!!!!!

  2. Susan May 2, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    I’ve been to crazyguyonabike but didn’t realize anyone can post to it. Maybe we’ll do that, it would be fun to keep a journal of it. We will be posting pictures to Picasa, hopefully the link on this post will work. 🙂

    We’re excited too! We did something today we’ve never done to get some comparable miles in to what we’ll be doing on the ride. We rode to downtown Okc, had lunch at Java Daves and then back home. It was 42 miles, and traffic wasn’t bad. Had a south wind coming back which I needed! It was a lot of fun.

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