The Vibe: End of summer is a glorious time on the Katy Trail, and this ride is an adventure. You’ll set off each morning to encounter wildlife, high cliffs, cool tunnels, pastoral farmlands, and magnificent views of the wide Missouri River as you ride. For most of the route, you’ll ride in the shade of a canopy of trees. In camp, you’ll have all the amenities that PBV can offer—hot, private showers, morning coffee, phone-charging, lovely campsites, a cheerful crew to serve you, shady social zones throughout camp, a friendly front desk, and more. This ride is all about appreciating natural beauty and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow riders, to say nothing of the warm hospitality of our Missouri host towns.
The Route: Daily route maps will be provided on this ride, with information about places to eat and drink along the way, and the must-see spots in your overnight towns. We will provide a refreshment stop each day on the trail in a place where you’ll be happy to see us.
The Towns: The Katy Trail overnight towns have gone out of their way to welcome our riders, providing beautiful campsites and shuttles in each place. Each has a different personality, but all of them enjoy greeting the visitors who find them via the Katy Trail. While we can often arrange an in-camp breakfast, riders will enjoy lunch on the trail and dinner in our friendly overnight towns. Sometimes a food truck will be located right in camp, and often restaurants are within blocks of our campsites. The overnight towns do a wonderful job of providing transportation around their communities. Fair warning—you’ll find a surprising number of wineries, breweries, and distilleries along the Katy Trail.
The Cycling: Cycling days vary between 37 and 52 miles each day on a crushed limestone trail. The inclines are slight on this rail-trail, and we would rate this ride as fairly easy, but a little training will be important. Skinny tires are not appropriate for the trail, but you don’t need a special bike if your road bike can accommodate a slightly larger tire.