We’ve had our eyes on the Katy Trail for years. First, as a potential distance walk. More recently, we wondered if we (more specifically, I) could go the distance on bikes.
Katy Trail State Park is the longest developed rail-trail in the country. It spans most of the state of Missouri, between Clinton and Machens, following 240 miles of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad corridor. Much of it parallels the Missouri River.
We had no plans (for now) to ride the entire distance, but our campground was a short drive from the cute little village of Rocheport. We read that this is known as one of the most scenic stretches and we were not disappointed. We pedaled east almost 10 miles, sandwiched between sheer cliffs and the Missouri River.
Returning to our starting point, we rode west of Rocheport, across Moniteau Creek and through a short tunnel. Although pretty and green, the terrain was fairly swampy in places and a sign warned a bridge was out 3 miles up ahead. After what seemed like a long, hot 3 miles with no damaged bridge in site, we called it a day and headed back to the car.
Jackie Bachman Board Member, Community Relations OHRA (760) 889-5122 Jackie.email@example.com
I’ve ridden the Katy Trail many times. We can get to the Katy Trail from our home by riding on connecting trails. You did ride one of the prettiest sections. In past year, the Missouri State parks offers a “Ride the Trail” program to ride the entire trail over the course of a week. Riders can camp or stay at Bed and Breakfast places. Trail cars carry luggage. I always thought that would be great fun and more, a real accomplishment. Not sure I could accomplish that now, but any ride on the Katy is great fun. Safe travels!
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