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Bicycling the Katy Trail: Rails to Trails Corridor Across Missouri

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Program #12693RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Bike and helmet are required. Bikes can be rented for the week for $100. Bikes provided are Fuji Cross Town bicycles – available in sizes 15”, 17”, 19”, 21”, and 23”. That should accommodate people from 4’10” in height to 6’6”. There is step overs and step throughs available, and we only use bicycles with a full suspension set (to include gel seat).A limited number of tandem and pedal assist bikes are available for $150/week.

Itinerary for Jun 7 — Jun 14, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the heart of historic St. Charles, Missouri, the hotel provides convenient access to restaurants, boutiques, the Ameristar Casino, and the Missouri River. Enjoy warm country style décor, a pool, fitness center, business center, and high-speed internet.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/hotels/mostchar

Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms, featuring cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a data port, hair dryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker and many more convenient amenities.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $74
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, June 07 - Check into hotel at your leisure. Welcome dinner ...
Check into hotel at your leisure. Welcome dinner at 6:00pm in hotel breakfast area.

Afternoon: Check in to hotel at your leisure. Attend welcome dinner at 6:00pm and meet staff.

Dinner: Catered dinner together in breakfast area of hotel.

Evening: After dinner we will visit at our leisure and get to know one another better. We will fit participants with their rental bikes, load gear and bicycles on to bus. We will not be cycling this first day.

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Bothwell has been a destination of choice for travelers to Sedalia for nearly 80 years. Since 1927, Hotel Bothwell has served as the center of social and business activity in Sedalia and continues to provide its guests with the utmost in accommodation. By combining original American revival architectural ambiance with luxurious, memorable experiences, guests are invited to relive the glitz and glam of the 1920’s by savoring a taste of Sedalia’s best.

Contact info:
103 E. 4th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301 USA
phone: 660-826-5588
Facility amenities: Amenities include The Ivory Grill Restaurant, Ivory Keys Lounge, The Ragtime Store showcasing items relative to Sedalia's ragtime history, a 24-hour business center, fitness center, and gift shop. The Hotel Bothwell also features a uniquely restored coffee shop offering complementary continental breakfast and 24 hour complementary coffee, free high-speed wireless internet access, and free USA Today.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Sunday, June 08 - Breakfast at hotel, followed by departure to Seda...
Breakfast at hotel, followed by departure to Sedalia, the starting point for our biking trip. Stops at Caterbury Hill Winery for lunch, Bothwell Lodge Historic Site for tour, and on to Sedalia to check into Hotel Bothwell. Dinner catered by Ivory Grill.

Note: Shuttle service to Sedalia -- approximately 5.5 hour trip including time for multiple stops. Cycling begins early tomorrow.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at your leisure between 7:00 - 8:30 am.

Morning: We will load our luggage and remaining gear into the shuttle and start for Sedalia, the western most point of our journey and starting point for biking. Shuttle departs for Sedalia at 9:00 am.

Lunch: We will make a relaxing lunch stop on our journey to Sedalia at the Canterbury Hill Winery in Holt Summit.

Afternoon: We will continue on toward Sedalia stopping at the historic Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site to stretch our legs and tour the site. Upon arriving in Sedalia, we will check into the Hotel Bothwell and relax for a couple of hours before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered in the Hotel Bothwell by the Ivory Grill. After dinner we will discuss the week's itinerary and learn about the logistics of the week.

Lodging: Hotel Bothwell

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy affordable prices and comfortable rooms at the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville. Get a good night's sleep in one of our rooms only steps away from the casino action.

Contact info:
100 Isle of Capri Blvd.
Boonville, MO 65233 USA
phone: 180-094-1475 x3
Facility amenities: Our standard rooms offer a choice of one king bed or two queens. A good night’s sleep is certain with pillow-top mattresses. All of our rooms also feature a 32” flat screen television, complimentary wireless Internet access, in-room coffeemaker and an in-room safe for all your valuables

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, June 09 - Cycle Katy Trail from Sedalia to Boonville. Expl...
Cycle Katy Trail from Sedalia to Boonville. Explore historic Boonville or enjoy the Casino.

Note: Short itinerary: 25.7 miles Long itinerary: 35 miles

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at your leisure between 6:30 - 8:30am.

Morning: Depart as a group for the Katy Trailhead. Shuttle or walk to the Historic Katy Depot where we will tour the facility and museum. We will review the suggested lunch locations, along with sag wagon check points throughout the day. Each person will be provided educational information for the day to keep with them while riding. Riding will be at your pace but there will be a time set for when you must be off the trail in order to get to the evening location and activities on time. Long itinerary will ride to Boonville. Short itinerary will ride to Pilot Grove and be shuttled to Boonville.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own along the trail. Each rider will be provided suggested locations to eat lunch according to the options available that day.

Afternoon: You will ride the remaining distance for the day with frequent stops along the trail for water breaks, and educational information regarding the trail and the small towns you pass through. Arrive in Boonville, where you can explore historic downtown Boonville, the river walk, casino, or simply relax before evening dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at Isle of Capri Farmer's Pick Buffet where an effort is made to use fresh, local ingredients in their delicious foods, at your leisure.

Lodging: Isle of Capri Casino Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Capitol Plaza Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Jefferson City, Missouri. It is a short two block walk from the elegant State Capitol Complex with its Thomas Hart Benton murals, the Governor's Mansion, and Missouri State Museum. Located within a short distance to the Katy Trail State Park and only 1.5 miles from the Jefferson City Memorial Airport.

Contact info:
415 W. McCarty Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101 USA
phone: 573-635-1234
Room amenities: Cable television with premium movie channels and pay-per-view programming, non-smoking, highspeed Wireless Internet access, pet friendly, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, coffee makers, comfortable bedding package.

Facility amenities: Free Parking, free Wi-Fi Internet, on-site Park Place Restaurant and Fountain Court Lounge, indoor pool and fitness center, business center, one-day dry cleaning and 24-hour gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, June 10 - Cycle the trail from Boonville to Jefferson City....
Cycle the trail from Boonville to Jefferson City. Optional tour of State Capital. Dinner at Prison Brew's Microbrewery.

Note: Short itinerary: 30 miles Long itinerary: 51 miles

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet offered at hotel beginning at 7:00 am. Meet in hotel lobby at 8:30 am to discuss the days itinerary.

Morning: Cycle from hotel parking lot to the trailhead, optional stop at Visitor Center/Railroad Museum. Cycle 13.5 miles into Rocheport. Lunch is on your own -- suggestions will be provided. Guide book readings will provide participants with information about sites they will pass on the trail. Riding will be at your own pace but there will be a time set when you must be off the trail in order to get to evening location and activities on time.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own along the trail. Each rider will be provided suggested locations to eat lunch according to the options available that day.

Afternoon: You will ride the remaining distance for the day with frequent stops along the trail for water breaks, and educational information relating to the trail and the small towns you pass through. Arrive in Jefferson City. Choose to take optional tour of the State Capitol, (across the street from the hotel) swim, or relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at Prison Brews Microbrewery.

Lodging: Capital Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: In the heart of Hermann, Missouri. Unique individual rooms decorated with many antiques.

Contact info:
2nd & Market St. (Hwy 19)
Hermann, MO 65041 USA
phone: 573-486-2222
web: harborhaus.net

Room amenities: Free cable & HBO

Facility amenities: .

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Wednesday, June 11 - Cycle the Katy Trail from Jefferson City to histo...
Cycle the Katy Trail from Jefferson City to historic Hermann, Missouri. Free time to explore Hermann, followed by winery tour and dinner at Stone Hill Winery.

Note: Short itinerary: 26 miles Long itinerary: 41 miles

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast buffet at hotel, beginning at 6:30 am. Long itinerary riders depart for trailhead at 8:30 am. Short itinerary riders meet outside hotel to shuttle to Capitol for a self guided tour and then shuttle to Mokane.

Morning: Long itinerary riders will depart from a trailhead near the hotel. Short itinerary riders will be shuttled for a tour of the Capitol and then to Mokane to catch the trail there. We will review sag wagon checkpoints available throughout the day. Guide book readings will provide participants with information about sites they will pass on the trail. Riding will be at your pace, but there will be a time set to be off the trail in order to get to the evening location and activities on time.

Lunch: A gourmet picnic basket will be provided to both groups at Sag Support Stop.

Afternoon: You will ride the remaining distance for the day with frequent stops along the trail for water breaks and educational information relating to the trail and small towns you pass through. Check in to the eclectic Harbor Haus Inn. Enjoy simple accommodations and welcoming innkeeper, Frank Van Kamp. You will have time to explore historic downtown Hermann, or relax before evening activities.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the historic Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO. Dinner will be preceded by tour of the winery.

Lodging: Harbor Haus Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the heart of Missouri Wine Country and the great Missouri River Valley Region. Has four historic districts on National Register.

Contact info:
2081 Eckelkamp Ct.
Hwy 47 & Hwy 100
Washington, MO 63090 USA
phone: 636-390-0088
web: www.super8.com/wash03005

Room amenities: Non smoking rooms available, cable TV, coffee maker, hair dryers, internet connection

Facility amenities: Fitness Center, high speed internet, evening snacks

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Thursday, June 12 - Cycle the Katy Trail from Hermann, MO to Augusta....
Cycle the Katy Trail from Hermann, MO to Augusta. Stroll through town, visit small shops or the Mount Pleasant Winery or Augusta Microbrewery. Dinner on your own in Washington, MO. Shuttle will be provided to selected restaurants.

Note: Both groups will have the opportunity to cycle 34 miles today.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at 8:00 am in main house. Riders will depart immediately following.

Morning: Depart for trailhead. Enjoy riding high on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River on this stretch of the trail.

Lunch: Both groups will enjoy a gourmet picnic basket at the Sag Support Stop.

Afternoon: Begin arriving at the Augusta trailhead. Stroll through town, look in small shops, visit Mt. Pleasant Winery or Augusta Microbrewery. Shuttle will depart for hotel at 4 pm.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own in Washington, MO. Suggestions will be provided and a shuttle will be available to transport you to dinner.

Lodging: Super 8

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: Situated on Main Street in the heart of historic St. Charles, Missouri, the hotel provides convenient access to restaurants, boutiques, the Ameristar Casino, and the Missouri River. Enjoy warm country style décor, a pool, fitness center, business center, and high-speed internet.

Contact info:
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301 USA
phone: 636-724-5555
web: www.countryinns.com/hotels/mostchar

Room amenities: Spacious guest rooms, featuring cable TV, complimentary high-speed Internet access, a data port, hair dryer, large work space with desk, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker and many more convenient amenities.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Approximately $74
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Friday, June 13 - Cycle from Augusta to St. Charles where you can e...
Cycle from Augusta to St. Charles where you can enjoy the neatly restored and vibrant downtown full of historic sites, fun shops, and great places to relax. Visit Lewis & Clark Boathouse. Visit the First State Capitol on your own, if you wish. Enjoy dinner as a group at the popular Mother-in-Law Restaurant.

Note: Both groups will have the opportunity to cycle 26 miles today.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Shuttle to Augusta trailhead. Hear Dr. Anita Mallinkrodkt lecture on the German Settlers and establishment of historic Augusta.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Wine Country Garden which overlooks a spectacular view of the countryside.

Afternoon: Begin arriving at Old Main Street in St. Charles. Tour Lewis & Clark Boathouse. Browse through shops and visit historic sites on Main Street.

Dinner: Dinner will be at The Mother in Law House Restaurant in historic St. Charles.

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Saturday, June 14 - Enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Check out of ho...
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Check out of hotel by 11am. Have a safe trip home!

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel at your leisure. Check out by 11:00. Have a safe trip home!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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7 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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