A Cycling Journey: The Katy Trail Across Missouri

Bike America’s longest “rails-to-trails” project, the Katy Trail, learning about the MKT Railroad, Lewis and Clark and visiting the region’s historic sites and towns.
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Being immersed in the geography and geology that challenged Lewis and Clark, the cattle drivers, and the RR engineers of the 19th century were thrilling learning experiences.


This tour was as well run as any bicycle tour that I have been on regardless of price. The larger size group on this tour is a plus as the other members all added positively to the experience.


This was a wonderful trip with beautiful scenery and quaint towns. The support was excellent and organized. Prepare your sits bones before riding this distance!


The staff is what makes this program great! They are friendly, patient, knowledgeable, competent and accommodating. The trail itself is well-maintained given flooding challenges, but riding it is tedious due to the crushed gravel surface. I admit to being spoiled by paved trails where I live! Wonderful way to learn about the area's population and heritage.


Wonderful program; challenging if you want, or relaxing if you want. The leaders worked together to enable everyone to participate at their individual comfort level. I gained a new perspective on the history and people of Missouri.


This is a great opportunity to ride the longest rail-trail in the USA. If you participate in this program, you will experience the results of careful thought and planning to make this program enjoyable. You'll have a support staff along the trail that is there to meet all your needs. You will learn about railroad history, the Missouri River and the Lewis & Clark expedition and about the people that settled this area.


This is a beautiful trail which offers scenery which can only be seen by walking or pedaling. The little towns along the way are quite charming and made me wish I had more time to spend exploring them.


The website is very informative and clear.


Loved the Katy Trail Ride despite it being very hot. The team was very supportive and took care of everything along the way. The views were beautiful and the educational tours were awesome.

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We enjoyed interacting with the great group of participants from across the U.S. We will remain in touch with many of them.


Katy is a great trail, and this trip has a wonderful staff running it—lead by the super organized and friendly leader, Pam. The surface is mostly flat and I was surprised by the predominance of woodsy, shaded terrain where you ride along the river and beautiful stone bluffs.


This is a great trip. We are not avid bikers, but were able to keep up with our group because we were well supported by Pam and her team. The trail was fun and the countryside beautiful. I had a wonderful experience.


I have just returned from a wild and wonderful Road Scholar bicycle trip on the Katy Trail in Missouri. My parents were both born in the state, and I wanted to experience it up close. I definitely succeeded. With the very volatile weather in the midwest this spring, our group had to forage around trees that blocked the trail and cycle through water so deep that on the downstroke my entire foot was submerged. We were one day ahead of the tornado that did extensive damage in Jefferson City, and were awakened by tornado warnings in Hermann. We saw snakes, armadillos, and turtles. I personally rescued a large turtle and was rewarded by getting doused with an impressive projectile urination. The guides were excellent, making game-time adjustments in our routes and keeping us all safe. As is typical on RS trips, the best part was the wonderful group of people I got to share the adventure with.

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Very much enjoyed this trip. Pam, Darlene, and staff were all very helpful and very organized, pleasant, and flexible. I appreciated that they arranged for me to avoid the parts of the trip that were on roads rather than on the trail, since I prefer not to ride with cars. They provided a lot of information about what activities we could expect each day. The trip was challenging and fun for me.


Super program and well organized event. We plan to participate in more Road Scholar programs in the future.


I visited the Katy with an experienced team during tornado season and had a great time avoided the weather and learned something. What more could one ask for on vacation?


We rode the Katy trail in late May 2019. The Road Scholar program made it extremely easy and fun. Staff was friendly and helpful. Everything was well-organized. There were weather issues which require improvisation; the staff handled it very well. I heartily recommend the ride, but do get padded shorts!


A wonderful journey, one of the best I have been on. Coolish late October weather. Extremely well planned and executed by Program Director Pam and her crew. The staff - all six of them - were always available and located just where they said that they would be. The Katy trail is the best crushed rock rail trail I have ridden. Glad we stopped at the Churchill museum. Way above what I had expected. I will definitely explore other Road Scholar bike journeys next year. Russ


This was a great "trail" to experience Lewis&Clark history along with a good dose of daily exercise. Riding alongside the mighty Missouri River was an added plus.


Katy Trail Road Scholar program is a wonderful adventure for everyone. Recommend it . A great week.


Outstanding Program.,wonderful Staff as well as those who participated in the ride. Exceeded our expectations yet challenging enough to improve our abilities. Would ride this trail again based on how Road Scholar planned and executed the ride.


This program is well-organized and fun. The leaders of Trip are knowledgeable, cheerful and helpful. The group size is over 30 but it felt like a small group trip. There is so much history to absorb and learn on the Katy Trail!


VERY well-organized program. Rental bikes and staff are great. Lots of water and snacks for breaks. Good accommodations and food. Mid-September 2018 was hot and humid with no rain while biking. 34 participants with 6 staff. Educational content was varied and interesting.


I had a wonderful experience biking the Katy Trail, wonderful leaders that took care to keep us safe and comfortable. Interesting and friendly traveling companions. A fun experience!


Wonderful program worth repeating!

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