Missouri Gem: The Katy Trail - Cycling Utah

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The Katy trail is a 237 mile bike/ped trail in Missouri. On the east side, the trail starts in a place called Machens, MO which is located a few miles from the Illinois border, about 20 miles northwest of St. Louis. The west end of the trail finishes in a parking lot near the town of Clinton, MO that is about 75 miles northeast of Kansas City. The Katy passes through, or near, about 30 delightful small communities and a few larger ones, mostly following the Missouri River. Our group started near my cousin’s home at Black Walnut, just a few miles from Machens.

For years I had heard about the Katy Trail from friends in the cycling community and extended family. Even though I have no memories of living there, I was born in St. Charles, Missouri, pretty close to where the east side of the Katy starts and where the majority of my family still reside. I decided it was time to ride the Katy, so my wife Janet and I were joined by our good friends Eve & Don Hales on our travel trailer supported adventure.

MoBikeFed comment: Dean Lang summarizes his entire Katy Trail adventure, including trail history, how he planned, how the ride went, lodging, food, the overall experience, and more. A great read - especially if you're thinking about heading out on your own Katy Trail adventure.

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