The Pedalshift Project 114: Katy trail bike tour + camp cooking ideas

Recorded live before a studio audience across the country and around the world… on this episode, the big reveal of my next tour of the Show Me State, plus a bike tour camp cooking ideas.

The Pedalshift Project 114: Katy trail bike tour + camp cooking ideas

Hey, it’s the direct download link for The Pedalshift Project 114: Katy trail bike tour + camp cooking ideas (mp3).

Subscribe to The Pedalshift Project:
RSSiTunes – Overcast – Android – Google Play

Reach out to the show via email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to join the newsletter too.

Have some bike touring or overnight stories to share? Send your pics, audio or a quick tweet – all welcome. Email the show at pedalshift@pedalshift.net or call the lightly-used Pedalshift voicemail line at (202) 930-1109.

Image credit:  Katy Trail at Hwy 364 (cc) Gvolic

Live Baby Live

Hey watch the video, with extras that got edited out of the pod (for a damn good reason in some instances…) 

The Journal – the Katy Trail bike tour

I’ll be bicycling across Missouri on the Katy Trail this May!

  • Amtrak from DC to Kansas City via Chicago
  • Overnight in KC
  • Train to Sedalia
  • Backtracking to the western end of the trail in Clinton
  • overnighting there (camping the whole time on the trail)
  • Then working my way east across the state!
  • Highlights:
  • Jefferson City
  • Breweries
  • Winerys
  • A short day to get some of those in
  • Not completing the trail fully to the east, but ending in St. Charles so I can bike to Kirkwood
  • Grabbing the train back to KC (Amtrak in STL is NOT roll-on likable!)
  • Overnight in KC
  • Return to DC

Things I’m excited about

  • Katy Trail!
  • Mostly crossing a state by bike again
  • Found low cost or free camping, which isn’t a total given on the Katy
  • Found a way to make this relaxing and no day over 66 miles
  • Using Amtrak and bicycling, with maybe a little transit FF in at the end… no car rentals planned
  • Getting in another big tour in this early in the season!

Challenges

  • Nothing overwhelming… I haven’t done this route before so I’m going mostly on the website info out there.
  • Train schedules
  • Late arrivals in KC means no time to enjoy that city

Gear

  • Since all trains have roll aboard, I’m bringing the Safari
  • Full pannier and dry sack setup… not going heavy, but not ultralight either
  • Plan on cooking mostly to keep costs down

Total mileage

  • 282 miles, not counting KC and any “off route” work to get to some wine and beer.
  • Probably an even 300 would be the best guess.

Weather

  • Likely warm, not hot (advantage, May)
  • May run into some spring showers (not uncommon)

Trail

  • Crushed limestone, not unlike the GAP and parts of the Erie Canal
  • Reports are its a good surface but can get soft in spots

Pod plans

  • Haven’t sussed it out completely but the 10th edition of Tour Journals will be Missouri!

Random stuff

  • The brewpubs that used to be jails…
  • Seaside Brewing Co in Seaside, OR (not on this trip) 
  • The, perhaps, more aptly named Prison Brews in Jefferson City, MO (definitely on this trip)

The Lab – bike tour camp cooking ideas

  • Cooking demo – saving fuel and cleanup with freezer bag cooking
  • Fancy mac!
  • Boxed mac
  • Fancy sauce or powder?
  • Butter keeps fine
  • Add ons
    • Sun dried tomato
    • Canned whatever (I use tuna with olive oil)
    • Peas (to pretend we’re doing veggies)
 

Making a cozy

  • Use a dollar store windshield shade
  • Use a neoprene computer case!
  • use a bit of blanket… ANYTHING to hold heat in
  • Cut it the size of a 1Q freezer bag
  • Mac plus boiling water plus TIME
 
 

Pedalshift Society

Help support the show and join the Pedalshift Society with monthly or one-shot contributions!

Ethan Georgi
Kimberly Wilson
Caleb Jenkinson
Cameron Lien
Andrew MacGregor
Michael Hart
Josiah Matthews
Keith Nagel
Brock Dittus
Thomas Skadow
Seth Krieger
Marco Lo
Terrance Manson
Noah Schroer
Harry Telgadas
John Sikorski
Richard Killian
Chris Barron
Brian Hren
Mark Van Raam
Brad Hipwell
Paul Mulvey
Stuart Buchan
Todd Stutz
Mr. T
Roxy Arning
Nathan Poulton
Harry Hugel
Stephen Dickerson
Vince LoGreco
Ruth DeVorsey
Michelle Miller
Matthew Lewis
Michael Baker
Billy Crafton
Paul Culbertson
Scott Culbertson
Matt Perry
Danielle Jepson
Cody Floerchinger
Tom Benenati
Bobby Ruple
Roy Evritt
Greg Braithwaite
John Maier
William Cairns
Sandy Pizzio
Dereck Waggoner
And all anonymous and past contributors for helping make this show happen!

Music

You’ve been hearing about Jason Kent and his music for many fine episodes. Their latest album may be their best yet. Go get it.

Consulting

[ttfmp_woocomerce_product_grid section_id=”builder-section-productgrid_87″ columns=”4″ type=”all” taxonomy=”cat_consulting” sortby=”date” count=”4″ thumb=”1″ rating=”0″ price=”1″ addcart=”1″ paginate=”0″ arrows=”1″ dots=”1″ autoplay=”1″ delay=”6000″ transition=”scrollHorz” background-color=””]

Tour Journals

[ttfmp_woocomerce_product_grid section_id=”builder-section-productgrid_69″ columns=”4″ type=”all” taxonomy=”cat_tour-journals” sortby=”date” count=”4″ thumb=”1″ rating=”0″ price=”1″ addcart=”1″ paginate=”0″ arrows=”1″ dots=”1″ autoplay=”1″ delay=”6000″ transition=”scrollHorz” background-color=””]

Join Pedalshift Society

[ttfmp_woocomerce_product_grid section_id=”builder-section-productgrid_146″ columns=”4″ type=”all” taxonomy=”tag_pedalshift-society” sortby=”date” count=”4″ thumb=”1″ rating=”0″ price=”1″ addcart=”1″ paginate=”0″ arrows=”1″ dots=”1″ autoplay=”1″ delay=”6000″ transition=”scrollHorz” background-color=””]