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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
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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 inches. That should accommodate people from 4 foot 10 inches in height to 6 foot 6 inches in height. There are step overs and step throughs available, and we only uses 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 May 11 — May 18, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

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 $125
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, May 11 - Check into hotel. Welcome dinner in breakfast ar...
Check into hotel. Welcome dinner in breakfast area of hotel at 6:00pm.

Afternoon: Check in to hotel at your leisure. Attend welcome dinner at 6:00pm and meet staff. We will fit participants with their rental bikes, load gear and bicycles onto bus. We will not be cycling this day.

Dinner: Catered dinner together in breakfast area of hotel.

Evening: After dinner we will visit at our leisure to get to know one another better.

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, May 12 - Breakfast at hotel, followed by departure to Seda...
Breakfast at hotel, followed by departure to Sedalia, the starting point for our biking excursion. Stops at Les Bourgeois Vineyards for lunch, Bothwell Lodge Historic Site for tour, and on to Sedalia for check in to Hotel Bothwell and dinner catered by Ivory Grill.

Note: Shuttle service to Sedalia -- approximately 5.5 hours including multiple stops and tour.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast offered at hotel from 6:00am to 9:00pm.

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 10am.

Lunch: We will make a relaxing lunch stop on our journey to Sedalia at the Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport.

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, May 13 - 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 - 8:00am.

Morning: At 8:30, depart as a group for the Katy Trailhead. Cycle through downtown 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. Participants will be provided with a guide book and daily readings pertaining to the portion of the trail they will be riding that day. Riding will be at your pace but there will be a time set for when you have to 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 relatings to 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's 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

Contact info:
415 W. McCarty Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101 USA
phone: 573-635-1234
Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, May 14 - Cycle the Katy Trail from Boonville to state capi...
Cycle the Katy Trail from Boonville to state capital Jefferson City. Optional self-guided tour Capitol building. Dinner at Prison Brews Microbrewery.

Note: Short itinerary: 30 miles Long itinerary: 48 miles

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet offered at hotel beginning at 7:00am. Depart for trail at 8:30am.

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 trail. Riding will be at your pace but there will be a time set for when you have to be off the trail in order to get to the 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 relatings to the trail and the small towns you pass through. Arrive in Jefferson City. Choose option of taking a self-guided tour of the State Capitol (across street from 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

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


Day Five: Wednesday, May 15 - Cycle from Jefferson City to historic Hermann. E...
Cycle from Jefferson City to historic Hermann. Explore the town upon arrival followed by a winery tour and dinner at Stone Hill Winery.

Note: Short itinerary 26 miles Long itinerary 44 miles

Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast at hotel, served beginning at 6:30am. Long itinerary riders depart for trailhead at 8:30. Short itinerary riders meet outside hotel for shuttle to Mokane.

Morning: Long itinerary riders will depart from a trailhead near the hotel. Short itinerary riders will be shuttled to Mokane to catch the trail there. We will review sag wagon checkpoints through the day. Guide books readings will provide participants with information about sites they will pass on 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 the evening location and activities on time.

Lunch: A 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 relatings to the trail and the 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, Missouri. Dinner will be preceded by a 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, May 16 - Cycle the Katy Trail from Hermann, MO to Augusta....
Cycle the Katy Trail from Hermann, MO to Augusta. Stroll through town, visit small shops, the Mount Pleasant Winery, or the Augusta Microbrewery. Shuttle to hotel will depart at 5pm. Dinner on your own -- shuttle will be provided to selected restaurants.

Note: Both groups will cycle 34 miles today.

Breakfast: Breakfast served around 7:30am in main house. Riders will depart at 8:30am.

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 picnic lunch 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 5pm.

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

Lodging: Super 8

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

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 $125
Call hotel for details.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Seven: Friday, May 17 - 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 and Clark Boat House and enjoy dinner as a group at the popular Mother In Law Restaurant.

Note: Both groups cycle 26 miles today.

Breakfast: 5:30 - 8:00 am: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Shuttle to Augusta trailhead departs at 8:30am. Hear Dr. Anita Mallincrodkt lecture on the German Settlers and establishment of historic Augusta.

Lunch: Gourmet picnic lunch at Katy Bike Rental

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

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

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Saturday, May 18 - Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in hotel breakfas...
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in hotel breakfast area. Check out of hotel by 11am. Have a safe trip home!

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel at your leisure. Check out by 11:00am. 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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7 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences

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