12693
Missouri

A Cycling Journey: The Katy Trail Across Missouri

Bike America’s longest “rails-to-trails” project, the Katy Trail, learning about the MKT Railroad and Lewis and Clark and visiting the region’s wineries and historic towns.
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Program No. 12693RJ
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8 days
7 nights
17 meals
7 B 4 L 6 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
St. Charles, Missouri
D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. We will not be cycling this first day.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the breakfast room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. At that time, check with the Group Leader for instructions and times for rental bike fittings and loading of personal bikes. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In the hotel breakfast room, we’ll have a catered buffet dinner with beverage choices of lemonade, tea, water, and coffee available in the hotel lobby; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. The Katy Trail consists of numerous sections, and this program is designed for everyone to have an experience suited to their abilities. If you feel a particular section might be too demanding, you can load your bike on the trailer and ride in the shuttle bus to the next section. We will review the week’s itinerary, suggested lunch locations, and sag wagon check points. Everyone will receive a Katy Trail Guide Book with designated daily readings for self-directed education on the trail. Sweeps will be available to help with any cycling or bicycle repair issues. Cycling will be at your own pace, but, there will be a designated time when you must be off the trail in order to get to the evening location and activities on time. The only time you will be led is when necessary to direct you by road to the trail or if there are any detours. There will be a sweep at the end of the group to insure that everyone has arrived safely. During each day of cycling, we will ride from one location to another where we will spend the night. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare for check-out and cycling in the morning.

DAY
2
Transfer to Sedalia, National Churchill Museum
Sedalia , Missouri
B,L,D
Hotel Bothwell

Activity note: Getting on/off a shuttle bus. The drive to Sedalia is about 170 miles, approximately 5.5 hours including rest stops.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Checking out of the hotel, we will load our luggage and remaining gear onto the shuttle bus, and depart at 8:30 a.m. for Sedalia, the westernmost point of our journey and starting point for biking. En route, we will stop in Fulton, Missouri, to explore the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College. It was here in 1946 that Winston Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech defining the Cold War. Years later when the college was deciding on an appropriate anniversary memorial, they imported a 17th-century, Christopher Wren designed church from London. Though badly damaged during the World War II blitz of London, it was transported stone by stone to the college campus and rebuilt according to Wren’s original specifications. The Churchill Museum is situated beneath the church and includes sections from the demolished Berlin Wall. A docent will discuss the church and the Berlin Wall. We will then have time to explore the museum independently.

Lunch: En route to Sedalia at a winery in Holt Summit, we’ll have pre-ordered plated meals with beverage choices of milk, soda, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Moving on to Sedalia, we will check in to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: We will gather in the hotel lobby at 5:45 p.m. and board our bus for dinner at a popular local BBQ restaurant in an authentic 1920s train car. We’ll order plated meals from a select menu with beverage choices of soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At the restaurant, we’ll meet other program staff and discuss the schedule for tomorrow. Prepare for check-out and cycling in the morning.

DAY
3
Biking Begins, Cycle Sedalia to Boonville
Boonville, Missouri
B,D
Isle of Capri Casino Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a shuttle bus. Cycling approximately 35 miles from Sedalia to Boonville. Generally well-maintained trail, small gravel chat; some washouts or down debris could occur if there has been a heavy rain; 3% incline. There are two opportunities to get on or off the trail and be transported in the shuttle bus.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet with beverage choices of juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: As a group, we will hop aboard a shuttle bus and ride to the Katy Trailhead, beginning at the historic Katy Depot where we will hear from a Depot expert about Sedalia’s railroad history and heritage. There will be some time to explore the museum independently. We will review the day’s itinerary, suggested lunch locations, and sag wagon check points. Cycling will be at your personal pace but there will be a designated time when you must be off the trail in order to get to the evening location and activities on time.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. Please refer to the list of suggested lunch locations.

Afternoon: We will ride the remaining distance for the day with stops along the trail for water and snack breaks. In addition to information in the Katy Trail Guide Book, there are historical storyboards, markers, and points along the trail and in small towns we will pass through. Arriving in Boonville, we will check in to the hotel. You might like to explore the historic downtown, the river walk, or simply relax before dinner.

Dinner: At Isle of Capri Farmer's Pick Buffet in the hotel, where the restaurant works with farmers to use fresh, locally grown produce.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and cycling in the morning.

DAY
4
Cycle Boonville to Jefferson City, State Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri
B,L,D
Capitol Plaza Hotel

Activity note: Cycling approximately 51 miles from Boonville to Jefferson City. Generally well-maintained, relatively flat trail, small gravel chat; some washouts or down debris could occur if there has been a heavy rain. There are four opportunities to get on or off the trail and be transported in the shuttle.

Breakfast: A box breakfast of egg, sausage, and cheese, croissant, red apple, granola bar and yogurt cup can be picked up at Tradewinds in the main hallway, coffee, water, soda, and tea are included. There is seating in front of Tradewinds, on the heated patio or you can take them back to your room.

Morning: We will meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the day’s itinerary. A sweep will lead us from the hotel parking lot to the trailhead, where we will proceed to Rocheport and then on to McBaine for lunch. Refer to your guidebook and relevant markers to enhance your self-directed education. 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 evening location and activities on time.

Lunch: At the McBaine trailhead, we’ll have a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: We will ride the remaining distance for the day with stops along the trail for water breaks and self-directed education before arriving at our destination and checking in to our hotel. If you like, you are welcome to explore the state capitol building located within walking distance from the hotel. We will have a group field trip to the capitol in the morning.

Dinner: At a popular microbrewery, we will order from the menu; milk, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and cycling in the morning.

DAY
5
Cycle Jefferson City to Hermann, Winery
Hermann, Missouri
B,L,D
Harbor Haus Inn & Suites

Activity note: Cycling approximately 48 miles from Jefferson City to Hermann. Generally well-maintained trail, small gravel chat; some washouts or down debris could occur if there has been a heavy rain. There are five opportunities to get on or off the trail and be transported in the shuttle.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the breakfast buffet.

Morning: We will ride the shuttle bus to the state capitol building for a docent lead presentation. The magnificent building, dedicated in 1924, features carvings, statuary, murals, and stained glass by leading artists of the day representing significant aspects of Missouri history and culture. We’ll then take the shuttle bus to the trailhead.

Lunch: In the Rhineland Ballpark Pavilion, we’ll have a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: We will ride the remaining distance for the day with stops along the trail for water and self-directed education along the trail. Arriving in Hermann, we will check in to our accommodations. You might like to explore historic downtown Hermann, or just freshen up and relax. Late afternoon, we will gather in the parking lot of the Inn and take the shuttle bus to the historic Stone Hill Winery. An expert staff member will lead you on an exploration of the history and facilities of the wine cellar. We’ll also have an opportunity to taste some of the Stone Hill wines.

Dinner: At the winery, we’ll have pre-ordered plated meals; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and cycling in the morning.

DAY
6
Cycle Hermann-Defiance Shuttle Bus to Washington, Free Time
Washington, MO
B,L
Super 8 Washington

Activity note: Cycling approximately 41 miles from Hermann to Defiance. Getting on/off a shuttle bus. Generally well-maintained trail, small gravel chat; some washouts or down debris could occur if there has been a heavy rain. There are three opportunities to get on or off the trail and be transported in the shuttle.

Breakfast: In the main house, choose what you like from the buffet.

Morning: We will cycle out across the bridge or shuttle by bus to the trailhead. Enjoy riding high on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River on this stretch of the trail.

Lunch: At the Sag Support Stop, we’ll have a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: We will ride the remaining distance for the day with stops along the trail for water and self-directed education along the trail. Those who arrive early at the Defiance trail head are welcome to enjoy a cold drink at some local establishments, stop in the local bike shop for some needed gear, or have a relaxing break on the patio within site of the Katy Trail. There will be two shuttle bus transfers to the hotel. After checking into the hotel we will have some time to freshen up and relax. Before dinner you have the opportunity to meet in the Breakfast room to hear a local historian talk about the Lewis and Clark trail. You will learn about their expedition within our local area and how Washington, Missouri would later become the home for two very famous members of the expedition, John Coulter who discovered today’s Yellowstone Park, and Robert Frazier, one of the original journalists of the journey.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. There are numerous restaurants within walking distance. We will also have a shuttle bus available to ride to the riverfront area with suggestions of places to eat. There will be a designated time and place to rendezvous for return to the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and cycling in the morning.

DAY
7
Cycle Defiance to St. Charles, Explore Historic St. Charles
St. Charles, Missouri
B,D
Country Inn & Suites

Activity note: Cycling approximately 20 miles from Defiance to St. Charles. Generally well-maintained trail, small gravel chat; some washouts or down debris could occur if there has been a heavy rain. There are two opportunities to get on or off the trail and be transported in the shuttle.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the light buffet; milk, juice, coffee, tea, water included.

Morning: We will ride the shuttle bus to the Defiance trail head and begin cycling for the last 20 miles of the program back to St. Charles. We will ride the remaining distance for the day with stops along the trail for water and self-directed education along the trail. Upon arrival, please return rental bikes to the parking lot behind the hotel.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like in St. Charles. There are numerous restaurants along the historic old Main Street.

Afternoon: We’ll stroll along the historic streets of St. Charles stopping off at the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Nature Center, to continue the amazing adventure of the Corps of Discovery. The Boathouse is located on the riverfronts location of the expedition’s departure point, it features indoor and outdoor exhibits relating to the Missouri River ecosystem and the expedition, including hand-crafted replicas of the expedition’s boats. The remainder of the afternoon is free. You might like to visit the site of Missouri’s first state capitol or take a narrated Trolley ride. The Group Leader can help with any additional information about ways to see and learn more about the historic area.

Dinner: We will meet at the Trailhead Brewery Restaurant in historic St. Charles, entrée chosen in advance from a preselected menu, sides will be chosen at the restaurant. Coffee, tea, soda, and water included, other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes
St. Charles, Missouri
B

Activity note: Hotel check out 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: In the hotel breakfast room, choose what you like from the buffet with beverage choices of milk, coffee, tea, water. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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