Remembering the Amtrak - Katy Trail Ride from a few years ago...
Kansas City to Jefferson City MO and back !
Amtrak passenger trains and the Katy Trail along the Missouri River open up the possibilities for this bicycle adventurer on a two night, spring-time jaunt in Missouri.
Accommodations: A bed and breakfast and a historic hotel.
Distance: Two days of fifty-mile rides.
Bonus: Amtrak’s walk-on bicycle service and the Katy Trail along the Missouri River.
Weather: Occasional rain.
The Route: One hundred miles along the Katy Trail, point to point, from Jefferson City to Sedalia with an overnight in Rocheport, using Amtrak passenger trains for the “shuttle.”
A rail worker flagged me to my car and I pushed the bicycle onto the train and placed it in the train car and secured it in the proper space. I took a seat right beside the bicycle!
This was a huge change from the days of putting your bike in a Bike-Box and having the freight workers load it in a Amtrak Baggage car then having to re-assemble it... like I had done on other trips.
|Box Bike - not good!|
I quickly took out my iPhone and sent a message to Amtrak and expressed my appreciation of having this roll-on option!
When we passed Sedalia, MO, I took notice of the depot. In two days, I would be boarding the train at that depot for the return trip to Kansas City... if everything went well.
We rolled into Jefferson City, MO about noon. The Jefferson City Depot is just a few blocks from the State Capital. I 'unloaded' my bicycle off of the train. They want you to unload quickly to keep the train on-time. As the train was rolling into Jefferson City, I got my bicycle ready to go. A rail worker helped me navigate the bicycle off the stairs of the train.
I rode by the Capitol following the route to the Katy Trail. I passed a bicycle shop and stopped in to confirm my route.
I also bought a new pair of bicycle gloves and some shop stickers.
I was heading to Rocheport, MO where I would be staying the night.
I wasn't able to make great time riding. It wasn't because of the trail surface.
There was just too many pictures that needed to be taken.
Yes, the rear tire.
I hate it when it is the rear tire.
Yes, after a long day and only about 8 or so miles to go.
I decided to just keep putting air in it every couple of miles.
I would repair or replace
the tube when I arrived at Rocheport.
I easily found the location of my nights lodging.
I was able to use the lodging facilities bicycle repair shed to repair my tube.
I grabbed something to eat and got a great nights sleep.
Once again there was rain in the forecast.
I got on the Katy Trail and headed out of the cute little town of Rocheport, MO.
At the edge of town there is a great tunnel, requiring a picture !
So many birds chirping and little animals scurrying around. So far, no rain!
Then I was back on the Katy Trail headed to my next stop, Pilot Grove.
The ride from Booneville to Pilot Grove is one of my favorite rides. The scenery is lovely and the trail has an overpass and a tunnel. It is a bit more hilly then many sections of the Katy Trail.
And there is a little place in Pilot Grove that has great PIE!
I took the opportunity to check the tire pressure on both wheels.
(then I went for that piece of pie)
The Hotel Staff took my bicycle to the basement storage area for the night.
I decided to dine at the Hotel Restaurant for dinner... a very wise choice!
The Historic Hotel is very special.