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Timothy Foley Feb 26, 2015 at 09:50 AM

OOPS ... we are on the June 6 trip, not a Sep trip.

Timothy Foley Feb 26, 2015 at 09:48 AM

My wife and I are taking the Sep 6, 2015, trip. We are driving from North Carolina so we thought we would use the rental bikes available through the program. Has anyone out there used the rental bikes? If so, can you tell me about them ... what kind/style of bike, their general condition, etc.?

Janet Hagins Jan 17, 2015 at 10:36 AM

I am going on the May 2015 trip and am interested in communicating with someone who has done the trip. I have some questions I would like to hear from a former traveler about.
Mary Ann Peach Jan 17, 2015 at 05:52 PM

My husband and I did this trip last year. What questions do you have?
Janet Hagins Jan 17, 2015 at 06:33 PM

Thanks Mary Ann for responding. In reality I am probably looking for a little reassurance of my decision. I am a casual biker, and by that I mean I don't have bike shoes or fancy bike gear. I am reasonably sure that I will rent a bike rather than bring my own. I feel confident in my ability to complete at least the minimum daily miles but I wonder what the average speed is that I can anticipate. I am just being a little nervous and don't want to be a drag on anybody else that will be in my group. I'm assuming that people can go at their own pace and if you're a little slower catch up at the end. Thanks again.
Mickey Ryan Jan 17, 2015 at 08:38 PM

Hi Janet. I did this ride last September. About half the people in our group rented a bike from the outfitter who is associated with the ride, so no problem with that. Don't worry at all about your speed. You will probably be among people of different fitness levels, riding at their own paces. There is always a "sweep" rider at the back of the group to make sure that everyone stayed together. You don't need fancy gear, although cycling clothes tend to be more comfortable in my experience. Make sure you are prepared for weather changes too. But again, don't worry about a thing...just come to have fun as it is a fantastic experience with wonderful people to support you.
Mickey Ryan Jan 17, 2015 at 08:40 PM

BTW. I rode with Mary Ann and her husband. I'm sure they can vouch for my experience. Hi you 2!
Mary Ann Peach Jan 17, 2015 at 09:56 PM

Hi, Mickey!
Mary Ann Peach Jan 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Yes, Janet what Mickey said is right. We don't have fancy biking gear either, but we did purchase biking shorts that have padding and were glad that we did. Padded gloves are also a good idea. And be sure to take advantage of the sag wagon if you need to. I pushed myself too hard one day and needed to take a break the next day. It is a great ride. Take your time, have fun. Don't try to keep up with others, just keep up with your own desire for a great experience.
Janet Hagins Jan 18, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Mickey and Mary Ann, thank you very much for your feedback, advice and encouragement. I really appreciate it.

Marlene Patacky Oct 06, 2014 at 09:35 AM

I am arriving at 10:30 into St.Louis and have decided to go downtown St. Louis and explore the Arch, etc. and then take afternoon shuttle to St. Charles with my friend Elliott who arrives at 3PM. Thanks for responding. Will see you in St. Charles - anyone wanting to explore St. Louis on Sat the 11th call me at 720-838-7338.

Marlene Patacky Sep 29, 2014 at 05:26 PM

Look forward to the October 11th Katy Trail - anyone arriving early in the day and want to explore?
Bob Pinnick Oct 06, 2014 at 09:03 AM

Roseanne and I (Bob) are arriving late Friday Oct 10. If it is not raining, I plan to do a short ride Saturday morning. Roseanne may want to explore. We are meeting with some friends Saturday afternoon.

Mary Ann Peach Aug 29, 2014 at 02:04 PM

My husband Ron and I are looking forward to meeting Don, Mary, and Sue (and all the others too). See you then.

Don Jacobson Aug 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM

My wife Mary &I will be on 9/6 trip. See you then.

Don Jacobson Aug 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

My wife Mary and I will be going on the 9/6 trip, bringing our hybrids.

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