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Bicycling the Katy Trail: Rails to Trails Corridor Across Missouri

Program Number: 12693RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/11/2013 - 5/18/2013; 5/14/2016 - 5/21/2016; 6/4/2016 - 6/11/2016; 9/17/2016 - 9/24/2016; 10/1/2016 - 10/8/2016; 10/22/2016 - 10/29/2016;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: St. Charles, Missouri
Price starting at: $1,059.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling; On the Road Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 16; 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Bike along the Missouri River and through dense forest, prairies, rolling farmland and wetlands as you cover up to 188 miles of the 240-mile Katy Trail, America's longest “rails-to-trails” project. A protected state park, the Katy Trail follows 240 miles of the former Missouri- Kansas- Texas (MKT) Railroad Corridor from St. Charles to Clinton. Enjoy expert-led educational sessions on the fascinating history that surrounds this storied trail.


• Bike along the scenic Katy Trail — often with the Missouri River on one side and bluffs on the other.
• Learn about MKT Railroad history, the Missouri River and the journey of Lewis and Clark.
• Visit three of Missouri's finest wineries and explore the culture of the midwest in towns along the trail.

Activity Particulars

Bicycling 26-51 miles per day. Generally flat terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival St. Charles, 1 night; transfer to Sedalia, 1 night; transfer to Booneville, 1 night; transfer to Jefferson City, 1 night; transfer to Hermann, 1 night; transfer to Augusta, 1 night; transfer to St. Charles, 1 night; departure.

Coordinated by St. Charles Community College.

St. Charles

More than 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark departed from the banks of this Missouri River town just west of St. Louis to begin their westward expedition. Missouri’s first state capital was a destination for traders, pioneers, explorers and Native Americans, a heritage preserved in the city’s historic districts.


For more than 100 years, the fortunes of this town were tied to the railroads. Its glamorous past can be seen in the well-preserved 19th-century architecture of the business district and the Katy Depot. Just 88 miles from Kansas City, Sedalia is also home to the Missouri State Fair and the Scott Joplin Festival.

Comfortable, centrally located hotels.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Anita Mallinckrodt

Anita Mallinckrodt, Ph.D. wrote numerous books on the history of German immigration to Missouri. Anita is also the town historian of Augusta, Missouri, a quaint town in the heart of the Missouri wine country with a strong German heritage. Anita is excited to share her extensive knowledge and passion with you!
Meals and Lodgings
   Country Inn & Suites
  St. Charles, Missouri 1 night
   Hotel Bothwell
  Sedalia , Missouri 1 night
   Isle of Capri Casino Hotel
  Boonville, Missouri 1 night
   Capital Plaza Hotel
  Jefferson City, Missouri 1 night
   Harbor Haus Inn & Suites
  Hermann, Missouri 1 night
   Super 8
  Washington, MO 1 night
   Country Inn & Suites
  St. Charles, Missouri 1 night
 Country Inn & Suites
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
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Approximately $125 Call hotel for details.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Approximately $125 Call hotel for details.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Hotel Bothwell
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Isle of Capri Casino Hotel
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Capital Plaza Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Contact info: 415 W. McCarty Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101 USA
phone: 573-635-1234
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Harbor Haus Inn & Suites
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
  Room amenities: Free cable & HBO
  Smoking allowed: No

 Super 8
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
  Room amenities: Non smoking rooms available, cable TV, coffee maker, hair dryers, internet connection
  Facility amenities: Fitness Center, high speed internet, evening snacks
  Smoking allowed: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check into hotel at your leisure on Saturday. Meet in hotel breakfast at 6:00pm for welcome dinner. You will be staying at Country Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Ends immediately after breakfast. Check out is 11 a.m. You will be staying at Country Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. A bicycle sizing form is required (even if you are not renting a bicycle -- mark "no rental" and return so an accurate count of rental bicycles can be achieved). It should be returned to St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, HUM 103, Cottleville, MO 63376 no later than three weeks prior to start of program. Personal Information Forms should also be completed either on-line, or via mail before the start of the program. Please be sure to mark any special dietary information on the personal information form.
  Parking availability:
Safe, Secure car parking available at Country Inn & Suites in St. Charles. We will eventually spend the final night at the this hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Charles, Missouri
  Nearest city or town:  St Charles, Missouri
  Nearest highway: Highway 70
  Nearest airport:  St. Louis Lambert International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Charles, Missouri
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

St Louis


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go-Best Express
phone: 314-222-5300


Per Person/One Way:


One way $18pp; $34 roundtrip; 2 or more $15pp; $29 roundtrip
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Less than 1 hour 




Less than 20 miles


Transportation from the airport: Go-Best Express Airport Shuttle Transportation: Round-trip cost approximately $34. Counters are inside next to exit 12. Shared van service to downtown hotels. To make online reservations go to

Driving Directions
  Kansas City, Missouri Country Inn & Suites, St. Charles Missouri From the West (on I-70 E) Depart ramp for I-70 East At exit 229, take ramp right and follow signs for Fifth St. Turn left onto S. 5th St. Turn right onto Riverbluff Dr. Turn left onto S. Main St. Arrive at 1190 S. Main St.
  St. Louis, Missouri Country Inn & Suites, St. Charles Missouri From the East (on I-70 W) Depart I-70 West At exit 229B, take ramp right and follow signs for Fifth St. Bear right onto S. 5th St. Immediately turn right onto Riverbluff Dr. Turn left onto S. Main St. Arrive at 1190 S. Main St.
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check into hotel. Welcome dinner in breakfast area of hotel at 6:00pm.
(Saturday, May 11)
 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.
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 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.
(Sunday, May 12)

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.
Accommodations: Hotel Bothwell
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cycle Katy Trail from Sedalia to Boonville. Explore historic Boonville or enjoy the casino.
(Monday, May 13)

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.
Accommodations: Isle of Capri Casino Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Cycle the Katy Trail from Boonville to state capital Jefferson City. Optional self-guided tour Capitol building. Dinner at Prison Brews Microbrewery.
(Tuesday, May 14)

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.
Accommodations: Capital Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Cycle from Jefferson City to historic Hermann. Explore the town upon arrival followed by a winery tour and dinner at Stone Hill Winery.
(Wednesday, May 15)

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.
Accommodations: Harbor Haus Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: 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.
(Thursday, May 16)

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.
Accommodations: Super 8
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: 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.
(Friday, May 17)

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.
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Enjoy breakfast at your leisure in hotel breakfast area. Check out of hotel by 11am. Have a safe trip home!
(Saturday, May 18)
 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

A History of Augusta, MO. And Its Area (1) 1850s-1860s As Reported in the St. Charles Demokrat

Author: Anita M. Mallinckrodt

Description: This book offers a unique visit with Missouri's German immigrants in the 1800s. The dynamic of their lives is recaptured here through the week-by-week newspaper reporting that chronicled their public problems and progress, as well as personal joys and tragedies. The reader meets the immigrants after their funerals and births, at political rallies and wartime battlefields, in jury room and jail cell, on steamboats and railroads, as grape growers and saloon keepers.

Exploring Missouri Wine Country

Author: Brett Dufur

Description: This guidebook to Missouri wine country profiles wineries, their histories, area highlights, wine tasting tips and descriptions of Missouri varieties, home-wine making recipes, a dictionary of wine terms and more. Also lists nearby bed & breakfasts, services and state parks.

Missouri Off the Beaten Path, 9th: A Guide to Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)

Author: Patti DeLano

Description: Travel the “Show Me” state and you discover the back roads, unusual byways, and unique attractions in the state. Six maps and nineteen black-and-white illustrations help you to your destinations.

Missouri Wine Country::St. Charles to Hermann (Images of America)

Author: Don and Dianna Graveman

Description: Before prohibition, Missouri was the second largest wine-producing state in the union, and for a short time during the Civil War, it was number one. Today the state's lush green area overlooking the Missouri River is officially recognized as America's first wine district. Parts of this district have produced wine since the 1830s, when German immigrants from the Rhine River Valley settled in Missouri. The historic towns of Augusta and Defiance, home of pioneer Daniel Boone, are part of this district. Other towns along the river include Dutzow, the first permanent German settlement in Missouri; Washington, which holds the state record for the most buildings on the National Register of Historic Places; and Hermann, recognized by its settlers as a German utopia.

St. Charles (Then and Now)

Author: Vicki Berger Erwin and Jessica Dreyer

Description: Since the settling of St. Charles as Les Petites Cotes (the little hills) by Louis Blanchette in 1769, the riverfront area has been important to the commercial and social growth of the city. Today it is a vibrant example of historic preservation. Yet, in the 1960s, the area was endangered as the once-lovely buildings deteriorated. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated citizens prompted by the restoration of the first state capitol property, the area underwent a revitalization and rebirth. The Main Street Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1970.

The Lewis and Clark Journals

Author: Gary Moulton

Description: Following orders from President Thomas Jefferson, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from their wintering camp in Illinois in 1804 to search for a river passage to the Pacific Ocean. In this riveting account, editor Gary E. Moulton blends the narrative highlights of the Lewis and Clark journals so that the voices of the enlisted men and of Native peoples are heard alongside the words of the captains. All their triumphs and terrors are here—the thrill of seeing the vast herds of bison on the plains; the tensions and admiration in the first meetings with Indian peoples; Lewis's rapture at the stunning beauty of the Great Falls; the fear the captains felt when a devastating illness befell their Shoshone interpreter, Sacagawea; the ordeal of crossing the Continental Divide; the kidnapping and rescuing of Lewis’s dog, Seaman; miserable days of cold and hunger; and Clark's joy at seeing the Pacific. The cultural differences between the corps and Native Americans make for living drama that at times provokes laughter but more often is poignant and, at least once, tragic.

Undaunted Courage

Author: Stephen Ambrose

Description: In this sweeping adventure story, Stephen E. Ambrose, presents the definitive account of one of the most momentous journeys in American history. Ambrose follows the Lewis and Clark Expedition from Thomas Jefferson's hope of finding a waterway to the Pacific, through the heart-stopping moments of the actual trip, to Lewis's lonely demise on the Natchez Trace. Along the way, Ambrose shows us the American West as Lewis saw it -- wild, awesome, and pristinely beautiful. Undaunted Courage is a stunningly told action tale that will delight readers for generations.

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