United States·May - September
Ride America’s longest continuous rail to trail bike path with the #1 Tour on the Katy.VIEW DATES
Ride this iconic Rails-to-Trails Tour with the #1 Tour on the Katy Trail. Let Crossroads Bike Tours pamper and surprise you with their experience and knowledge of this trail. Our hotels are first class and the extras we provide brings out the "awesome" from our guests. We meet in St. Charles and shuttle you to our starting point in Clinton, MO. Over the next 6 days you will ride across the state of Missouri experiencing the hospitality and beauty of the "Show Me" State. Enjoy rural Missouri wildlife, winery towns, the 1st and current capital cities and the views along the Missouri River. Your tour includes breakfast and lunch on the trail and dinner reservations (guests pay) at our nightly stops. Our tour guide riding as a sweep to handle any issues and provide trail history and local information. The Support and Gear vehicle is stationed throughout the ride to provide drinks, snacks and make bike adjustments. Your luggage is moved from lodging to lodging each day. Also provided is a Katy bike jersey, Katy patch, luggage tag, wine tour, wine tasting as well as beverages at the end of the riding day. We handle everything except for the riding. Be ready to experience the Katy like no other tour, the extras we provide happen everyday. Trip Length Riding: 6 days Nights Lodging: 5 nights Daily Mileage: 27-50 miles Total Mileage: 235 Minimum Age: 21 Tour Rating: Active Check in Location: St. Charles, MO Trail Type: Rail-to-Trail
Your hosts for the tour will be Luke Harris, your Director of Fun and his two best friends, Dennis Scherschel and Mark Hofeditz. Us three guys will be riding with the group, moving your luggage, securing your bikes each night and handling the support stops along the trails. We look forward to meeting everyone.
Travel Day: Shuttle from St. Charles to Clinton, then ride 36 miles to Sedalia
Meet the shuttle van at St. Charles near the eastern end of the Katy Trail. Overnight parking is available at the KATY parking lot and is free for your entire ride. The St. Charles trailhead is a 20-minute drive or taxi/uber from St. Louis Airport (STL). The shuttle will pick you and your bike up and drive directly to the KATY Trailhead in Clinton (3.5 – 4 hours). Begin your ride on the KATY trail and head to Sedalia – 36 miles. Sedalia is home of the State Fair as well as Scott Joplin. Sedalia has a nice KATY Trail Depot museum that is worth your time for a visit.
Cycling Day: 37 miles-Sedalia to Boonville
Begin your day at the KATY Trail Depot Museum in Sedalia or the Scott Joplin Museum before departing Sedalia. Your destination on the trail is Boonville, named for Daniel Boone’s Children. Boonville is home to one of Missouri’s Casinos or you can walk the quaint streets and visit their shops.
Cycling Day: 50 miles-Boonville to Jefferson City
Today is the longest section of your tour on the Katy Trail, 50 miles to Jefferson City. In the morning you will cycle beneath towering limestone bluffs some of the highest on the trail. The Missouri River can be seen frequently during the day as well as many small bridges. Your destination is N. Jefferson trailhead across the river from Jefferson City. Follow the path across the Missouri on the safe bike bridge with awesome views of the river and capital building.
Cycling Day - 47 miles Jefferson City to Hermann
Breakfast in the morning then begin your tour with a breath taking view of the Missouri River and Capital from the trail bridge. Continue on the trail and view the farms and wineries as you enter the “Rhineland Region”, settled by Germans in the early 1800’s finding fertile soil and wild grapes. Spend the night in Hermann, which is home to four outstanding wineries, two brewing companies and one distilling company.
Cycling Day - 37 miles Hermann to Augusta
Continue riding through farm and wine country to Marthasville, Daniel Boone’s last home and buried site. Then on to Augusta (pop. 257) with its 5 wineries, antiques shops, glass studio and a wood shop awaiting you in this beautiful town.
Cycling Day - 27 miles - Augusta to St. Charles
Final day’s ride from farmland to urban environment as you move closer to historic Old St. Charles, a trading post town. Visit Missouri’s First State Capital building and many of other original buildings on Main St. A final lunch at Trail Head Brewery concludes your journey on the Katy!
Lodging w/ breakfast
Shuttle to Start of Tour
Detailed map with current conditions
Suggested Packing List
Guide riding with last guest to ensure safety
Support & Gear Van stationed throughout the tour
Dinner suggestions and transportation
Katy themed bike Jersey and Patch
Beverages after the ride
This trail has a crushed rock surface which can be soft after a rain but it is smooth. We are riding 27-49 miles per day for 6 days in a row. The length of ride and endurance makes this a demanding, rigorous tour. Since this is a Rail-Trail, there are no steep hills to climb, but the longer miles and the softer surface of the trail will appeal to stronger, more experienced riders.
Touring bikes, road bikes with larger tires, mountain bikes Suggested tire size for this tour: at least 1.25 inches (32mm) or larger, due to the softer trail surface. Please do not bring a bike with skinny tires to ride this trail. You will not enjoy it as much!
If you are flying, you fly in and out of the St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), depart no earlier than 4:00pm. If you are driving, meet us at the trailhead in St. Charles, we will provide you with directions to the meeting place. You can leave your car at the trailhead parking – free parking for the entire ride.
“Thank you again for everything you're doing. There is no way we could have planned such an amazing (wedding) experience without your help.” Libby – Nebraska “We enjoyed ourselves immensely during our trip…can we schedule another ride” Mark – Illinois “Luke and the team were super to work with. With a lot of travel disruptions with us flying in and necessary changes to our schedule Luke was very flexible and able to adjust quickly. I’d highly recommend him to anyone to arrange a hassle free KATY and Rock Island Spur tour. Martin – Kansas slatervohs “Great Biking and Wine Tasting!” It was a great 4-day bike ride on the Katy Trail, guided by Luke and Mark of Crossroads Bike Tours! They took care of every possible detail, so all we needed to do was ride, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and savor the wine tastings at the end of the day. Who knew Missouri had such great wines! Luke and Mark were fun and very accommodating. We hope to ride with them again sometime and will probably try the MCT tour next. less RonAmen “Katy Trail” Crossroads and Luke did an excellent job supporting our bucket list item of riding the Katy Trail. Rode from Clinton to Marthasville. His sag supported and made the ride a huge success. less Rena3351 “Bachelorette Ride” We had a Bachelorette party and Luke guided our entire day on Saturday! We had a wonderful time and would recommend the ride and experience to all! He was our “Guardian” all day and we loved it! Our Family had a great ride on the Katy Trail, thanks for making this memorable Jared - MN WOW…quick reply for late into the day…I’m impressed! Jay – KC Thanks for putting up with all the questions and addressing our concerns. Thank you thank you thank you so much!!!!!😃😃😃 Tami – California Your website has comprehensive information and gave the impression your support services were backed by extensive knowledge, experience, and local area networking/rapport, which was reinforced by Luke’s great customer service Kristen – Phoenix, AZ I really enjoyed the fact that you made the arrangements and I was free to ride at my own schedule. Colleen – Elko, NV
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