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KT 2008 Equipment List

KT 2008 Equipment List

For the geeks like me who like this kinda’ stuff… here’s my equipment list from our six day Katy Trail tour in 2008: Kona Dew Hybrid Bicycle with Shimano Deore gearing system upgrade Ortleib waterproof rolltop back panniers – Ortleib waterproof panniers are pricey but are the absolute best panniers you can buy and they will last forever. REI 15 degree F. down sleeping bag...

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Tips for Riding the Katy Trail

Tips for Riding the Katy Trail

The Katy Trail is one of the easiest introductions to touring. You can get a little taste without two of the biggest hassles of bicycle touring — car traffic and big hills — but still experience an intense week of camping and pedaling. Our Katy Trail expedition was a great test of our gear and our touring planning and we learned a lot. I encourage you to try it yourself! If...

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Katy Trail 2008 Final Thoughts

Katy Trail 2008 Final Thoughts

Summing it all up… Well it was a grand adventure we had! Despite the rough beginning, we both had a marvelous time and we are already planning for our next tour… maybe we’ll do the Katy again next year? Maybe we’ll take two weeks and go out and back? Maybe we’ll take Amtrak up to Chicago and ride the hundreds of miles of trails up there for two weeks. I wish we...

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DAY 6 – Augusta to St. Charles BACK HOME!

DAY 6 – Augusta to St. Charles BACK HOME!

Day 6: Friday, October 10 Distance:  46 miles   Our last day on the trail! We were sad to be ending our adventure but we had another weather-perfect day. This was the first day that we used the alarm on my cellphone to wake up and get an early start. When we left the trail in St. Charles, we would be riding on the roads back to our home in Ferguson and we didn’t want to do that during rush...

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DAY 5 – Bluffton to Augusta, Klondike Park

DAY 5 – Bluffton to Augusta, Klondike Park

Day 5: Thursday, October 9 Distance:  44.5 miles Another beautiful morning! Doug cooked up a scrumptious breakfast of french toast with fresh homemade persimmon syrup made from his persimmon trees. YUM!! We said a sad goodbye to Doug and hit the trail. The plan today was a very reasonable 44.5 miles to Klondike Park in Augusta. I’m looking forward to staying at Klondike for the first time....

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DAY 4 – Easley to Bluffton Rendleman B&B

DAY 4 – Easley to Bluffton Rendleman B&B

Day 4: Wednesday, October 8 Distance:  51 miles We woke up to a beautiful dry sunny morning. Thick mist rising up from the river made a haunting surreal landscape. We cooked up our oatmeal and treated ourselves by frying up some summer sausage in my new titanium camping frying pan. YUM! What a great breakfast. I’m fantasizing about that summer sausage even now. Mike’s tarp village,...

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DAY 3 – New Franklin to Easley & MKT Trail Coopers Landing

DAY 3 – New Franklin to Easley & MKT Trail Coopers Landing

Day 3: Tuesday, October 7 Distance:  43 miles Our campsite at Katy Roundhouse. The building to the right is a little utility shed. It was the only available camping spot that we could find the night before. Wow we’ve got a LOT of stuff on that table. It rained through the night so everything was very wet in the morning. We cooked up our oatmeal and headed out around 9:30 a.m. We had a...

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DAY 2 – Clinton to New Franklin Katy Roundhouse

DAY 2 – Clinton to New Franklin Katy Roundhouse

Day 2: Monday, October 6 Distance:  81 miles Monday morning sunrise. What’s for breakfast?! The sunrise woke us up Monday morning and we cooked up our oatmeal sitting in the dugout. As we packed up our gear a man drove up to the other side of the ballfield and began mowing the grass. He most certainly saw us but never said anything so we continued packing and headed for the trail....

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DAY 1 (cont.) – Warrensburg to Clinton Katy Trail Head

DAY 1 (cont.) – Warrensburg to Clinton Katy Trail Head

Day 1: Sunday, October 5 Distance:  51 miles So there we stood at the Warrensburg train station in the hot sun. It was a bit disorienting. We loaded up all our gear and went in search of a good place to eat lunch. Oh how I love little midwestern town restaurants! We ate a hearty country buffet at Heroes Restaurant. Great fuel; it was already after noon but the hard part of our day was just...

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DAY 1 – Ferguson to St. Louis Amtrak Station to Warrensburg, MO

DAY 1 – Ferguson to St. Louis Amtrak Station to Warrensburg, MO

Day 1: Sunday, October 5 Our big trip started at 5:00 A.M… still dark outside. Our friend, Gerry Noll, would be riding Amtrak with us and then joining us on the first two days of the Katy Trail. Gerry met us at our house and off we went into the darkness down New Florissant Road to the UMSL-North MetroLink Station. I was still too groggy at this point to be nervous about the upcoming trip....

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