Missouri: Katy Trail Epic Tour
8 Day Epic Tour
Come join us on our newest and shortest epic tour. It's also one of our flattest. The Katy Trail is the country's longest rail trail and is beautifully graded in finely crushed limestone over hard-packed dirt. It's been a favorite among cyclists for decades. We'll cycle its entire 240-mile length free from traffic from Clinton to Machens, Missouri. You'll have time to explore the quaint historic towns along the way and appreciate the beauty found beside the Missouri River.
Flat terrain on the longest crushed stone rail trail in the country. Average 43 miles per day. Leisurely to moderate cycling level.
7 nights lodging, 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, daily snacks, SAG stops, vehicular support, luggage transfer, mechanical support, cue sheets, maps 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 12:00pm to our starting hotel for $35 per person. At the end of the tour, you can take a 20-minute taxi to the St. Louis airport. You can also fly round-trip to St. Louis or drive and leave your car near our ending hotel in St. Charles. WomanTours will provide a 4-hour shuttle from St. Louis airport and St. Charles 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 this extra night before the tour begins.
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.
We’ll eat dinner together, usually served buffet-style outside. Our traveling chef will create hearty and healthy dishes from our trailer kitchen. Once in a while, we'll eat in a restaurant. 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. If you require a vegan or gluten-free diet, there is an additional charge of $50. 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. 43 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 8 miles to the trail. Whether you decide to ride these optional miles or not, we'll celebrate everyone's accomplishments at dinner tonight. 41 or 66 miles.
Day 8: Our tour ends this morning. You are free to take a 20-minute taxi to the airport at your leisure. 0 miles.
Katy Trail State Park
Lewis & Clark cave and pictograph
Missouri Wine District
Historic St. Charles, former state capital
Traffic-free cycling on secluded trail through woods, prairies, farmland
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 contact us.
Katy Trail Epic Tour Itinerary
|Sep 21, 2018||Clinton, MO||0|
|Sep 22, 2018||Sedalia, MO||38|
|Sep 23, 2018||Boonville, MO||40|
|Sep 24, 2018||Jefferson City, MO||55|
|Sep 25, 2018||Hermann, MO||50|
|Sep 26, 2018||Washington, MO||36|
|Sep 27, 2018||St. Charles, MO||41 or 66|
|Sep 28, 2018||Home||0|