Spring Ride on the Katy Trail

Steve and I went on a bike holiday over our anniversary in late March exploring part of the Katy Trail.  he Katy Trail State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri that contains the Katy Trail, a recreational rail trail that runs 240 miles in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad.

This time of year is touch and go for weather and this was no exception. Heavy rains this year made for some of the areas around Rocheport, MO unrideable. We were able to ride in one direction along the Mississippi and did so 10 miles out and back. The Katy Trail is one long ride, no loop, so you will either have to have someone pick you up or backtrack.

Rocheport is a sleepy town right outside Columbia, MO. It has a few restaurants, a good coffee house

We stayed in Rocheport at a place called The Schoolhouse. If B&Bs are your thing, go. Each room has a different theme relating to school. Ours was The Spelling Bee.

For our anniversary dinner, we ate at a Les Bourgeois Vineyards bistro. Incredible steaks with merlot butter and deductible desserts. It was cold and rainy that night, but the bistro was warm and inviting. The service was great. I’d go back. Of note, you can actually get to the bistro down the Katy Trail a mile or two from the trailhead in Rocheport.

Breakfast was at a place right on the Katy Trail called The Meriweather Cafe and Bike Shop. This place served very nice, original breakfasts and delicious espresso.  We had coffee there more than once.

We plan on trying another part of the trail sometime later in the summer. Stay tuned for that adventure!

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