Gerald Businessman, Former Mayor Promotes Rock Island Trail | |

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Schulte sees the trail as an opportunity for start-up businesses in Gerald, Leslie, and other communities, such as bicycle repair shops, bicycle rental, food vendors, antique shops, and more. Hikers and cyclists will need food and lodging as well as other amenities. The Gerald commuter parking lot and the old Gerald Mill, which includes a nice restaurant, are well positioned to serve customers coming off the trail. . . .

Schulte points out that the grade on the railroad bed is usually under 2 percent. The gentle slope will appeal to hikers and cyclists of all ages and it is expected that visitors will come from all over the world to take advantage of the trail.

Anyone interested in helping with the Rock Island Trail can visit the MORIT web site at

MoBikeFed comment: The Missouri Rock Island Trail Inc. (MoRIT) is doing amazing work building support for the Rock Island Trail across the state. The organization is well worth your support:

More about the Rock Island Trail, including maps showing various segments and progress:

More about our Missouri statewide trail vision, showing how the Rock Island Trail could fit into a much larger statewide trails system:

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