Saturday, June 7, 2008

Delayed Entries

I will be a tad slow in entries as I edit the Katy Trail write-up and get ready to go to Georgia to ride in the mountains, including the infamous Brasstown Bald, followed by a book festival in New York, followed by training for, then riding in the Alps in conjunction with Le Tour de France. I'll catch up whenever possible. Thanks for your patience.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Four of us drove 700 miles to Clinton, Missouri to enjoy five days of riding. The full account will appear as a chapter in my next book, but, in my opinion, the Katy Trail is the best choice for a first rail-trail. The trail is well groomed, crushed limestone (or other rock), has excellent, clean trailheads, most of which have water fountains and clean rest rooms. The trailheads themselves are well situated and decent intervals. We made reservations early this year, then had to wait as lots of rain and thunderstorms and floods, followed by earthquake and tornadoes battered Missouri. Luck was with us and we had 4 perfect days and one with a little rain. Treat yourself to riding this trail, visit their website at or email me with specific questions. I rode my suspended mountain bike but my friend put some 32mm tires on his road bike and did just fine. All of our lodging was superior, but Doll House B&B in Rhineland took top honors.