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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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Becky from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/18/14
This was a wonderful biking trip, even for an inexperienced cycler like me! I road parts of each day's mileage and then hopped on the bus. The scenery was beautiful and the staff very accomodating....a wonderful combination. In addition, the state capital and the Truman Museum were worth the time to visit. I recommend this trip in the autumn if you like to see the fall foliage. Becky

Roy from Lakeview, AR Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/18/14
Just finished my second Katy Trail Road Scholar trip. The trail is a special, beautiful place steeped in middle-American history. The trail is mostly flat, through woods, farmlands and along the Missouri River, through lovely old towns. Fit cyclists can find challenge with 35-52 mile days, while weaker riders can choose to shorten each day's journey by boarding a van at one of the many stops. I may enroll again for the third time next year, and count me in when they finish the trail so that it connects Kansas City and St Louis. The leaders and support staff are skilled, experienced, and friendly.

Alice from Arlington, MA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/18/14
This trip was both relaxing (mentally) and challenging (physically), which is a great combination for a vacation. I would urge people who may feel like they are too young to fit in the traditional Elderhostel demographic to consider going on this tour anyways, because you'll enjoy a good time with a group of friendly, interesting, and exciting people.

Harriet from Milford, DE Number of programs attended: 34
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/13/14
There is nothing about this program that is not good. The Katy Trail has wonderful scenery, and so much history is tied up in this area--Lewis & Clark, westward expansion, development of the railroads... The biking is challenging for seasoned cyclers, and flexible enough so that those who want a bit less challenge can opt out at many points. I liked staying at five different locations--it gave us a chance to explore the towns along the way. The program requires a great deal of organization by the program director as well as Katy Bike Rentals, who provided rental bikes and transportation. Both were outstanding. This is my favorite of the bicycling programs I have participated in.

John from Sherrodsville, OH Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/13/14
As two people in their 70's, we found the trail challenging, but fun, the crew extremely helpful, and the scenery beautiful. The rental bikes were comfortable and well maintained. There were snacks aplenty and rest stops as needed. I would recommend this for experienced bikers though you don't have to be endurance cyclers. Just love to bike.

Mary Ann from Weimar, TX Number of programs attended: 20
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/13/14
My husband and I truly enjoyed this program. The activity level is accurate--moderately challenging. All participants were experienced bikers, but had different levels of stamina. I wasn't able to ride every mile, but the majority did. The leaders were very helpful and accommodating to those who wished to stop for the day. The ride through Missouri was beautiful. We are very glad we took this trip.

Chris from Robinson, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/14/14
This was my first Road Scholar adventure, and what a way to begin! If you like to ride a bike and want to see the beautiful Missouri countryside, this may be the trip for you. Be sure to go on the Missouri State Capital tour, for it is an extraordinary building.

James from Colorado Springs, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/14/14
I found this program to be very flexible on accommodating the various levels of riding ability. I would recommend this program to both the enthusiastic rider and riders that want to be able to ride at their pace. The organizer and the support staff were very friendly and accommodating. Wonderful experience.

Ralph from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 32
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/14/14
If you are in decent enough condition to pedal the miles described in the program details, you will love this program. The scenery is pretty and at times dramatic. Most of the K-Trail is shaded, and so it is fairly comfortable.

Chris from Buffalo Grove, IL Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 06/07/14 - 06/14/14
This is a terrific trip. From the distances biked to the participants to the RS leader and bike company people to the food and the scenery,it was marvelous. The weather cooperated, the sag stops were well placed, the water was always cold and plentiful, and the trail was as billed. I biked the trail on my one speed coaster and although there were some more challenging legs on the first day, there was no stigma to skipping a section if one so chose. Take this trip. I think you will love it as I did.

Susan from Oceanside, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/03/14 - 05/10/14
This was a fabulous adventure. We had a perfect time!! Great company, and leader/staff, physically challenging as much as you want. Riding the Katy trail was something I have wanted to do for year. I loved all the nature and wildlife, esp. the turtles (16 on the trail over the days of riding), So nice to ride away from traffic and have to just worry only about riding the bike. RS took care of everything else!!

Patty from Bullard, TX Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 05/03/14 - 05/10/14
My sister and I have been wanting to cycle the Katy Trail for years. I am so glad that we finally did ! This trip was very well organized. It was wonderful to have all of the accommodations and meals planned out for us. The bottled water and snacks at the sag stops were very much appreciated. The group leaders were all great. It was very comforting to know that a "sweeper" was at the back of the pack in case of any emergencies, that was very comforting. Patty Holloway

Catherine from Greenville, SC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/03/14 - 05/10/14
This bike trip is structured so that you can ride a long distance (38 to 52) miles per day or any shorter version that you choose. A couple with different distance interests can both be satisfied. The chat surface is well maintained by the State as they see it as an important part of tourism. There are "trailheads" or parking spots with roofed information kiosks every 10 to 18 miles, most of which have clean restrooms though many with non flush toilets. Much of the route is along the Missouri River and the small former railroad towns are nostalgic curiosities. The organizers and support staff could not do enough for us. We stayed in several historic hotels or B&B's and ate in local but charming restaurants. There were 36 in our group and there was no trouble in finding several groups with common or engaging interests to share. Catherine and I had a wonderful adventure. Steve Graef

Pamela from Kalamazoo, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/13 - 10/12/13
I highly recommend this trip. The Katy Trail is beautiful, especially the first three days. The trail has good facilities at the many rest stops, and the tours on the trip were very interesting. The staff on this trip were simply phenomenal.

Bruce from Gold River, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/13 - 10/12/13
The KATY Trail is something every cyclist MUST experience. You can challenge yourself if you like by speeding along...but, I recommend you just take it easy and savor the experience. The Program's staff is superior. The equipment is well maintained and appropriate for the terrain. Call me a romantic if you like, but, I frequently found myself mentally transported back to the days when the Trail was the region's life blood. It's the magic of the KATY! Our weather was PERFECT (Oct 5-12). One suggestion: take your own bike seat! It's better that you are on your own that trying to adjust. Take a camera!

Michelle from Mount Juliet, TN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/14/13 - 09/21/13
Wow! What a great trip and experience! I am very glad that my first experience on the Katy Trail was with the Road Scholar gang! The program leader and support staff were excellent. I will definitely be participating in this program again!

Barbara from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 05/11/13 - 05/18/13
Great educational programs, we met interesting people and had great support staff provided by Katy Bike Rentals. After a day of riding, it was great to have an airconditioned shuttle.

William from Rochester Hills, MI Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 05/11/13 - 05/18/13
This trip was a great intro to the Road Scholar family. I can't say enough good things about the outfitter on this trip: they were always where they said they'd be on time and with everything we needed. The accommodations and meals were well planned and high quality. It helped a lot that we had good weather all week, but I would definitely consider doing this one again some time.

Lois from Mesa, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/11/13 - 05/18/13
Excellent program for any bicyclist who enjoys wonderful scenery, helpful support staff, variety of lodging and meals. Affords participants the terrific opportunity to meet and cycle with others who share an interest in this fun physical activity; in addition, you will learn about and explore Missouri nature and history of this interesting part of the Midwest.

Karen from Roselle, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/13 - 04/20/13
Despite the rain, cold/heat, headwinds, tornado warnings and "mushy" sections of trail, had a great time! The entire crew was super...knowledgeable, friendly, organized and did a great job of coming up with multiple plans "B" when the weather refused to co-operate. Really enjoyed the good company of all the other participants. Managed to gain 3# while biking 112 miles...a testament to all the great meals and snacks.
Karen, Roselle, Il.

John from Omaha, NE Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/13/13 - 04/20/13
Staffing in Missouri was excellent.

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