Local travel: biking the Katy Trail

Over Memorial Day Weekend I crossed something off my bucket list that had been on there for a while: I biked the Katy Trail.  The Katy Trail is a rails to trails project–one of the most successful “rails to trails” projects in the U.S. in fact.  The MKT railroad began in St. Louis and made stops in Kansas and Oklahoma before reaching Texas.  The stretch of the railroad from St. Louis to Clinton, MO was officially shut down in 1986 because of heavy flooding.  In 1990 work began on converting this segment into a bike trail.

I biked the trail with my friend Ginny.  We didn’t have enough time to do the whole trail; we started in Hermann, MO (in the rain) and ended in Sedalia (in the rain).  Here are some of the highlights:

We took our bikes on the Amtrak to get to Hermann.
We took our bikes on the Amtrak to get to Hermann.
The muddy Missouri. The trail follows the river almost the whole way.
And then followed the muddy Missouri for almost the whole trail.
And rode over old pretty bridges.
And rode over old pretty bridges.
And stayed at a $5 hostel in Tebbetts with broken toilets in the hallway and friendly dogs.
And stayed at a $5 hostel in Tebbetts with broken toilets in the hallway and friendly dogs.
And ate diner food with American flags in it.
And ate diner food with American flags in it in Hartsburg.
And biked down trails that looked just like this.
And biked down trails that were green like this.
And watched a man make pizzas in the rain.
And watched a man make pizzas in the rain.
And got under shelter when it hailed.
And got under shelter when it hailed in Rocheport.
And put up our awesome yellow tent.
And put up our awesome yellow tent.  And slept in it.
And biked through pretty tunnels.
And biked through pretty tunnels.
And we made it to Sedalia.
And made it to Sedalia.

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