Although seldom seen, keep your distance from any snakes. They just coaxed the snake off the bike. ... rabbits, turtles, and several snakes including one Copper Head that had coiled up right in the middle of the trail with his head sticking up. We biked for a couple of hours right after sunrise. Required fields are marked *. Should you encounter a snake the best thing to do is to give it plenty of space. We rode in the rain two days, arrived at our destination after dark 2 days, had two flats, three mishaps, and saw three snakes including the copperhead we rode over. The Katy trail compasses a little over 237 miles if ridden from Clinton to St. Louis, and is a designated Missouri State park. It was clear blue sky all day with bright sun shining on prairies that peeked through the tree line along the Katy. Tom was on dinner duty tonight. Since I left my iPhone at wimp junction today pics of the actual ride are sparse. The Katy trail is used by roughly 400,000 per year with minimal incidents. And it was short on cycling but long on animals spots! Advisory: May 2020 - In June 2019, parts of the Katy Trail were flooded. Some sections of the trail offer shade while others may not offer cover for a mile or more. It runs 240 miles (390 km), largely along the northern bank of the Missouri River, in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset, it serves hikers, joggers, and cyclists. Just a beautiful day! Katy Trail is a designated City of Dallas park and maintains regular park hours of 5 a.m. to midnight. Hang in there. One other helpful hint: bring your own TP as the restrooms along the trail may not be stocked. Stretching from western Missouri to the St. Louis Metro area, the Katy Trail State Park is certainly high on the list of must-ride trails for avid cyclists. Also, be aware that rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouth snakes live in Dallas. You might not find many businesses open in most of the towns, and barely a thing on a Monday, however, Due to BRILLIANT Marketing, many small towns now have Casey's and Dollar General. Your email address will not be published. The Katy Trail is in wonderful condition and is an amazing feature for bikers and hikers. Tomorrow I will do better. Marilyn Monson writes: In October, three friends and I flew to Missouri to cycle on the Katy Trail. It wasn’t a goal or dream we’ve had for years. ( Log Out /  We rode a total of 233.34 miles in 5 1/2 days. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ... Katy and Frankie Lewis’ showdown revealed. Like any outdoor adventure, some simple actions can reduce threats. On Wednesday September 15, 2016, Lois and Jean and I began our Katy Trail adventure in Clinton Missouri. Considering how beautiful a day it was, there was surprisingly a lack of activity. 2018: Cycling the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a nice flat trail you can take your kids on. When Your Neighbors Don’t Want You to Play in Their Yard. (Sat, 06/08/2013) The Katy Trail is the longest developed rail-to-trail in the country. Busch cans however were made for Tom’s Co-Op! ( Log Out /  Route and Stats. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Day Three brought another stellar day for cycling. • Carry some form of dog repellent. Some portions of the Katy Trail have very little shade. SNAKE IN THE GRASS ... travelled across the countries in 1975 committing their crimes on what was known as the "Hippie Trail". Vince Giancola, 11, knew a lot about snakes when he went searching for reptiles Saturday on the Katy Trail near his home in the Harvester area. We have seen numerous Copperhead Snakes on the Katy Trail. I lifted my feet up considerably as I rode past. Snakes fall into that category of things that I was scared of or disliked when I was younger, but that I now like or at least appreciate the benefit they provide. The fertile lands that surround the Missouri River bottom provide the course for much of the Katy Trail, and is the life source of numerous furry friends, and a few variety of snakes, as well, (most all non-threatening), don’t worry. • Wear sunscreen. Character of the ride: I thought of "Sylvan" because most of the trail has trees on at least one side and often both. carol dalton reviewed Katy Trail… Katy Trail State Park, Missouri State Parks Moniteau Creek at Manitou Bluffs is a High Potential Historic Site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. The best way to say this to tell people “all sticks are snakes until proven otherwise”. The Rock Island Trail, connecting the greater Kansas City area to Missouri’s Katy Trail system, is an experience to savor whether you are walking, cycling, or on horseback. • Wear sunscreen. We carried personal belongings and everything we needed for Nathaniel’s medical care with us. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The walking and biking pathway snakes along the original channel of the Trinity River, now accommodating the Turtle Creek. Because. Change ), Great Divide Mountain Bike Ride | August 2021, Learn more about us and the bike trip on Lindsey’s podcast. Route: Clinton, MO to St. Charles, MO, 225 miles on the longest Rails to Trails bicycle trail in the USA. Ice cream is a necessity. The trail today. Katy Trail Wildlife. The proprietors opened the campground and store earlier in the season than scheduled and even restocked with things we wanted to eat! Today, however, 2.5 miles of the concrete trail have been completed. We rode almost 80 miles on the Katy Trail through rural Missouri. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. We had the privilege of being their first campers of 2006! It stretches 240 miles across Missouri from Machens (just west of St. Louis) to Clinton, with plans to extend it to Kansas City. "I wanted to keep it for a pet and be nice to it," Vince said Monday in a telephone conversation from his home. Pretty sure my sleeping bag beckons. When complete, the Trinity Strand Trail will be a 7.8-mile link between the Katy Trail and the Trinity River. Copperheads ARE poisonous Snakes. Katfish Katy's is a charming neo-Victorian store right on the trail in Huntsdale with the friendliest proprietors you could ever hope for. Running on a railbed corridor formerly used by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, the Katy trail is the longest “rails to trails” project in the United States, carving a 225-mile swath across nearly the entire state of Missouri, half of which follows Lewis and Clark’s trail. We came up with the idea early September when our weekly bike rides averaged ten miles. Up early and out of the gate before eight we started when it was cool. The Katy Trail: a ride report. Nothing will tarnish a good adventure like a tick or mosquito encounter. • If you think you brought enough water, bring more. Bald eagles aren’t the only wildlife, though! He also hung the clothes line and set up the tent. • If you are not an expert of identifying poisonous snakes do not approach them or venture into areas of tall grass where they may be hiding. Enjoy! And it packs poorly in panniers. Absolutely! • Carry some form of dog repellent. It does look beautiful there on Katy Trail!! SNAKES! The Katy Trail path I follow is covered by a tunnel of trees and is flat as a pancake. Because. I also thought about "Dusty" because of the dust from the trail's crushed limestone surface. • Let someone know when you are using the Katy Trail, where you are traveling, and when you will return. It was clear blue sky all day with bright sun shining on prairies that peeked through the tree line along the Katy. Sun is starting to break through but it is still cold and windy. In fact if you didn’t look closely, you would think it was a wayward piece of grass the wind had blown onto the Katy. Pilot Grove, where we are legally camping, has a Casey’s we visited three times. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 2016 Rides, Rider Updates ... “Training ride planned on the Katy Trail in Missouri hitting some gravel loops off the trail to get some climbing in. XO. Did you say RUN 100 miles or RIDE a hundred miles. Unfortunately for us, during our visit in September the thermometer was near 100. The picture to which she referred was of an Eastern Hognose snake I encountered along the Katy Trail. And oh yea if you happen to be a data person we saw four box turtles and one black snake. Summer is on its way. Your email address will not be published. Pilot Grove, where we are legally camping, has a Casey’s we visited three times. Now he knows better than to pick up a copperhead. Even in 100 degree weather, the trail is cool enough to pedal along as breezes from the Missouri River accompany bikers. Much of it follows alongside… Other than a few snake and turtle […] Read more. Yes. Predictions and Preferences | Whaddya Think? The trail could not have been more accommodating today and either could the weather. Enjoyed the trail, but we're not in … Off we went heading toward St. Charles finding one of the first “high” points below. ( Log Out /  Some rural areas along the trail have dogs off leash. What can I say? Two of us arrived several days early, which allowed time for visiting with family, for experiencing the stunning beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and for becoming familiar with the charming town of St. Charles. #firststariseetonight, Sounds like a day, neither good nor bad. Just a beautiful day! August tends to be be the most active times for snakes in Missouri so do not be surprised to see one sunbathing along the trail. The Katy trail is used by roughly 400,000 per year with minimal incidents. A lot of fallen trees today on the trail. Our combined ages are 207 years. The Katy Trail is perfect for your Boy Scout Troop. When taking photos, be careful. Ice cream is a necessity. Because. Like any outdoor adventure, some simple actions can reduce threats. It lay along the trail like a delicate strand of emerald grass. Be sure to give your pup extra water as you’re walking through these sections. This weekend alone we saw deer, snakes, birds, and turtles, and it was all I could do to keep my bike tires from smushing all the baby frogs that were hopping across the trail. Another biker stopped to help and started to hit it, but Bill stopped him. Bill and snake on Katy Trail 2017. Posts about Katy Trail written by Deb. For decades, this western Missouri connection has been a holy grail sought by trail advocates. ( Log Out /  Spinach and asparagus and Donald Trump also fall into that group. Like any outdoor adventure, some simple actions can reduce threats. • Invest in a good insect repellent in warm months. Have fun and be safe!Have you ever tried those good gummy bears they make in Merrillville? And oh yea if you happen to be a data person we saw four box turtles and one black snake. Thankfully, I have “snake eyes” so I didn’t run over the dear! The Katy trail is used by roughly 400,000 per year with minimal incidents. 3. The Katy Trail is a 237 mile (386 km) trail stretching across most of the state of Missouri.. Over half of it follows Lewis and Clark's path up the Missouri River, where you can ride beneath towering river bluffs while eagles circle overhead. Our family took a vacation by bike this weekend. It is built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT or Katy). Absolutely! Routes and Stats What also has been accompanying bikers lately, however, is not so enjoyable. Katy Trail A 237 mile Bicycle ride across unpaved Missouri . The trail can heat up fast and water will often be miles away. ... August tends to be be the most active times for snakes in Missouri so do not be surprised to see one sunbathing along the trail. I coordinate a middle school bicycle club at Compton Drew Middle School in the city of St.Louis. To enjoy your day on the Katy Trail, remember to bring your water, sunscreen, insect repellant, cash, and camera. A mile into my ride I came upon a rough green snake. Take time to familiarize yourself with the snakes of Oklahoma. #wheninMO #drinklocal. The Katy Trail today is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of some the densest areas of the city, as it snakes through much of Uptown. I found the Jelly Belly jelly beans in the ” kitchen” and they’re goin’ in the day bag on the back of my bike tomorrow! Did the Marthasville to Peers portion there is a small trail off the main trail that leads to a cave in the bluffs right out of Marthasville. These include snakes, both venomous and nonvenomous varieties. The Katy Trail State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Missouri that contains the Katy Trail, the country's longest recreational rail trail. Wimp junction for me today. Make sure to look out for these snakes while you’re on the trail. For the past 5 years, we have a 3day/2night bicycle trip on the Katy Trail from St Charles (eastern) to Jefferson City (middle). 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