The Pedalshift Project 117: Final preparations for riding the Katy Trail across Missouri

It’s the final tune-up before my big tour riding the Katy Trail across Missouri! On this episode, we cover some of the last minute alterations, plans for handling quirks of the ride, mileage, and how the train fits into the whole adventure. Plus, mid-tour meetup details!

preparations for riding the Katy Trail across Missouri

Hey it’s the direct download link for  The Pedalshift Project 117: Final preparations for riding the Katy Trail across Missouri (mp3)

Subscribe/Follow The Pedalshift Project:
RSSiTunes – Overcast – Android – Google Play – StitcherTuneIn – IHeartRadio

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.

The Journal: riding the Katy Trail across Missouri

  • New route alteration: adding the Rock Island Trail
  •  Mileage – is 60 miles too much on the Katy? How does it compare to the C&O? We’ll see!
  •  Road routes between Amtrak and the trails… found a few options and did a little Google Maps roadview. I have them in RidewithGPS now. About a B-/C+ in parts, but the country roads look nice. No shoulders on those, so hopefully they’re as low traffic as reported.
  •  BIG thanks to Kathy in Kirkwood for her far better route suggestion. That part of St. Louis County is tricky from a bike infrastructure perspective. Clearly tons of people bike the area, but the best routes aren’t the ones Google gives you for sure!
  • Watching flooding: https://www.weather.gov/mbrfc/
  • Weather looking good though!
  • My route on RidewithGPS

Plans for the show 

  • I’ll be recording audio journal segments for Tour Journals Vol 10. Not sure if the format will be “end of the day” ones or short ones during the ride. A lot depends on what’s happening/weather/etc.
  • I’m hoping to do some more video for this ride. If all works out, I’ll document the trip episodic vlog-style if things work out in a fully awesome way. If not, I’m hoping to at least have some video
  • Socials should have a few hits per day with images and/or video. Probably no live video for this one (I experimented with it a bit in Oregon last year).
  • Meetup… I’ve had a few people interested in possible meet up opportunities. Because the nature of the ride is a bit fluid, I’m thinking about a casual meet up in Jefferson City at Prison Brews on Friday, May 18th. Unfortunately KC and STL are on weekdays or otherwise have tight layovers that aren’t very good for one. If you’re interested in the meet up, shoot a quick email to pedalshift@pedalshift.net so I can know if anyone is interested. I’m probably going to do a DC meet up sometime this summer, so more on that later!
Reminder next week is a best of, and the week after that will be all about the ride!

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
Richard Patch
Mark Messer
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=””]