The Katy Trail: Day Five

Routes and Stats

First of all, happiest of anniversaries to my husband, Tom! Ten years and going strong!


We can cross off the Katy Trail from our bucket list. But this accomplishment only leads to additions to the list. #neverendinglist #goodproblemtohave

Another great day of cycling! Here’s our finish pic in St. Charles. Cool that we finished our little adventure in the very place Captains Clark and Lewis chose to lead the Corps of Discovery to begin their epic journey to the Pacific. “Ocean in view. O the joy!”


We are staying in a 1928 Sears Roebuck home kit delivered on the train. It’s old. It’s beautiful. If only walls could talk.


We began our day at Klondike Campground which is a 5 Star campground with a capital 5! Clean, spacious and with hot showers! Plus they have a stellar camp kitchen to make coffee. (Our Bic lighter malfunctioned.) Tom boiled water in our pint sized cook pan on these jumbo burners. Treated ourselves to two cups each this morning. #itsthelittlethings


We cycled close to our old friend the Missouri River most of the day. River on one side; bluffs on the other.


Final critter count:

Turtles: 8 (7 box, 1 oversized painted), Snakes: 2, Toads: 2, Goats: 1, Lizards (Komodo dragons): 2, Beaver: 1, Peacock: 1. And I forgot we saw a herd of alpacas three days ago. No armadillos spotted. Evidently they are a “thing” here.

Found this guy who needed a driver.


Once in St. Charles we still had 20 more miles to ride to the train station in Kirkwood. Doable but probs the most challenging ride of the week.

Once at the Kirkwood station I wanted to get these fascinating (to me) shots of the station exterior. These are all the layers of paint the station has worn over the years. To run your fingers across it is like touching many eras at the same time.


Tom loaded up our bikes lickety split and we went straight to Burger King where we split a Whopper and sucked down two large Icees.


There was plenty of time for thinking on the Katy. The southwestern end was especially scant of peeps. A song I always include on my playlist (along with a heavy helping of classic rock) is:


Besides the gitty-up-and-go factor it speaks to me of God’s mercy, love and magnitude.  It just makes me smile so big!
Praise God!

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