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Bicycling the Katy Trail: Rails to Trails Corridor Across Missouri

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8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Stanley from Muncie, IN Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/19/15 - 09/26/15
This a great trip with a truly competent and caring staff. Great meals, brewers, wineries, hotels, and scenery every day. Only thing I would add to the info materials is that this trail is not for road bike tires. Four flats were discouraging but the prompt help to repair them was superb.

Mary from vero beach, FL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/19/15 - 09/26/15
Some say a great adventure is like a drug and there is nothing like a batch of quality goods to get you hooked. It was my first hit of a perfect bike tour and i want more, more, more. We were catered to every mile of the way. The entire staff were experts in all things biking and they were prepared for what we needed before we knew we needed it. We stayed at a variety of charming hotels, one casino and one super eight that had a great shower and fluffy pillows. We ate at beautiful wineries, historic restaurants a grand casino buffet, and a few times on our own. Pam neatly filled containers with real snacks, built from a sports trainers blue print of shopping lists. Single serve snacks too many varieties to list. Warm colors of bananas and carrots and cool crunchy apples. She set the picnic lunch table with a pristine white table cloth layered with additional embroidered cloths and artfully arranged the gourmet sandwiches, salads and desserts so that it was a feast for the eyes. Oh I wish I could describe the management skills that Pam possesses but most of her work was performed behind the curtain so we only saw the results and all I can say is Pam and her staff are absolutely fabulous. Todd and his charming staff are experienced with all the different levels of bikers that Road Scholar sends their way. The superb organization of luggage, back packs, helmets and all the extra accessories we brought were tagged and packed each day with care. I could go on and on but it says to be brief. I love you guys! I will never forget your kindnesses.

Diane from Ellicott City, MD Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 09/19/15 - 09/26/15
The Katy Trail is a perfect bike trip for all ability levels. The trail is easy to follow and well maintained. The rental bikes were designed for this trail and the support staff superb. We were lucky to have perfect weather and the scenery was beautiful and peaceful. I loved being able to go at my own pace. Our leader was very well organized and handled an incredible amount of logistics for us. Food was plentiful. Participants were fun to be with. This was my first bike trip and I've now found a new passion!

John from Hesston, KS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/06/15 - 06/13/15
This is a very informative Web Site, Thanks

Cindy from Los Gatos, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/06/15 - 06/13/15
I went on the June trip with two girlfriends, all of us frm California. The trip description was congruent with my experience, though they could not have predicted the hotter than usual weather. The good news...no rain! We all opted for the tour of Jefferson City's Capital and we're glad we had done so. All of the speakers and guides were knowledgeable and I have returned home with a renewed energy and commitment to stay in good shape. I want to do more active trips like this. The group came together well...both couples and solo fliers. The leaders, every one of them, were "on it" when needed and often went beyond expectation. If you opt for five days of cycling, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Rosetta from Nemo, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/16/15 - 05/23/15
If you like the description of this trip as it appears in the catalogue you will enjoy the trip. Pam, our leader and the other guides were all very helpful, friendly and encouraging.

Paul from Cullman, AL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/06/15 - 06/13/15
The trail is crushed gravel and well maintained. We rode 187 miles during the week. The activity level is an accurate description, one needs to be in good physical condition and put in some bike miles training before attempting this ride. The program is very well organized, so all we had to do was enjoy the ride, scenery, and absorb the educational aspects of Missouri and Lewis and Clark. The extra reading for each day enhanced the experience. We were free to ride at our own pace to a designated rest stop. All of the group were good bike riders, so everyone arrived at the rest stops in a timely manner. This was my third Road Scholar bike trip, and the organization and the trail conditions were excellent.

Tom from Galena, OH Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 06/06/15 - 06/13/15
Very well organized and run program with one of the most relational groups we have experienced in 13 programs. Fun activities off the bike and run by a staff of pleasant people who were eager to make almost any glitch disappear if they could, and they usually did. Not a leisurely ride, but adequately challenging for the cyclist who trained before coming to Missouri. We will look for more similar programs.

Barbara from Hesston, KS Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/16/15 - 05/23/15
My first Road Scholar trip and my first multi day bicycle trip. Except for the rain day on Wed, it was a great trip. Even the rain day was good, we toured the MO Capitol and some old houses in Hermann. Great group of people, very organized crew, helpful handouts. Rental bike were brand new. I rode the whole way, but lots of people took breaks in the bus. I would definitely recommend this trip and any trip sponsored by St Charles Community College!

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!

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