Missouri: Katy Trail Epic Tour
8 Day Epic Tour
Come join us on our newest and shortest epic tour. It's also our flattest. The Katy Trail is the country's longest rail trail and is beautifully graded in crushed limestone. It's been a favorite among cyclists for decades. We'll cycle its entire 240-mile length from Clinton to Machens, Missouri. You'll have time to explore the historic towns along the way and appreciate the beauty found beside the Missouri River.
The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.
Flat terrain on the longest crushed stone rail trail in the country. Average 42 miles per day. Leisurely to moderate cycling level.
8 nights lodging, 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners, daily snacks, van support, luggage transfer, mechanical support, cue sheets, map and GPS files, and trained guides.
Fly into Kansas City, MO and out of St. Louis, MO. From the Kansas City airport, WomanTours will provide a shuttle at 2:00pm to our starting hotel for $35 per person. At the end of the tour, WomanTours will provide a complimentary shuttle to the airport at 9:00am, or you can take a 20-minute taxi. You can also fly round-trip to St. Louis or drive and leave your car at our ending hotel in St. Louis. WomanTours will provide a 4-hour shuttle from St. Louis to our starting hotel in Kansas City for $50 per person on the day before the tour starts. You would be responsible for your own hotel room for the night before the tour starts.
DAY 1: We start our tour with an afternoon orientation, followed by a bike prep and then dinner together. Our hotel is about an hour from downtown Kansas City, but just two miles from the start of the Katy Trail. 0 miles.
DAYS 2 – 6: We'll run this tour as we do our other epic and cross-country tours, and our days will quickly fall into a comfortable rhythm. We start early with a light breakfast provided by the hotel. Then we’ll pack our bike bags with snacks of raisins, nuts, energy bars and peanut butter sandwiches. We’ll make sure we have an extra layer of clothing and perhaps a rain jacket with us. We leave on our own, usually between 8-9am and cycle at our own pace.
Except for short sections getting to and from our hotels for the night, we’ll ride on the Katy Trail. About every twenty miles, we’ll meet our SAG vehicle along the route. It holds water, snacks, tire repair tools and a first aid kit. Even if you don’t need anything, you can stop to chat and talk about the wonderful tailwind or view. If you’re too tired to bike anymore, you can take a ride in the SAG vehicle to our hotel for the night. The SAG makes sure everyone is in safely at the end of the day.
Lunch is on your own during the day. We encourage you to stop and get a taste of the local fare for something heartier than the snacks out of our SAG vehicle. Once at our hotel, you’ll find your luggage, (delivered earlier by the WomanTours van and trailer), and can check in to your room.
Most of the lodgings on this tour will be chain hotels. We rotate roommates every night, unless you’ve requested a specific roommate or to upgrade to a single room. There will be time to shower before dinner and perhaps take a dip in a hotel hot tub. If anyone has experienced bike problems during the day, you’ll use the time before dinner to work with the guide to fix it. If it’s a complicated repair, we’ll help get your bike to a professional at a bike shop.
Then we’ll all eat dinner together, served buffet-style outside. Our traveling chef will create hearty and healthy dishes from our trailer kitchen. While our chef will accommodate guests with specific allergies and provide a nonmeat protein source for vegetarians, she cannot adhere to everyone’s likes and dislikes. We ask that you be flexible. After dinner, our guide will hold a map meeting to discuss the highlights of the day and go over the details of the next day’s route. 42 miles on average per day.
DAY 7: Our last day of cycling ends in St. Charles, MO at a hotel a block away from the Katy Trail. However, there are still another 12 miles to the trail. Whether you decide to ride these optional miles or not, we'll celebrate everyone's accomplishments at dinner tonight. 37 or 62 miles.
DAY 8: Our tour ends this morning. WomanTours will provide a complimentary shuttle to the airport at 9:00am or you can take a taxi. 0 miles.
Cancellation & Refunds: To sign up for this tour, we require a nonrefundable deposit of $300. The balance of the tour price is due 75 days prior to the tour and is nonrefundable.
Trip Insurance: We will provide you with a source for trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend insurance.
SAG Volunteers: We use 3 volunteers to drive a support car during this tour. Each driver works every third day supporting the riders until the last cyclist finishes for the day. She provides food, drinks, flat tire assistance and moral support, and becomes an integral part in the success of the tour. In return, each volunteer receives a discount of 40% off the full tour price. If you’re interested in a position, please email or call us.
Katy Trail Epic Tour Itinerary
|Sep 21, 2018||Clinton, MO||0|
|Sep 22, 2018||Sedalia, MO||36|
|Sep 23, 2018||Boonville, MO||37|
|Sep 24, 2018||Jefferson City, MO||55|
|Sep 25, 2018||Hermann, MO||49|
|Sep 26, 2018||Washington, MO||36|
|Sep 27, 2018||St. Charles, MO||37 or 62|
|Sep 28, 2018||Home||0|