On our quest to ride the entire Katy Trail (in sections), we continued last weekend, starting at the depot in Sedalia. We had planned on riding to Pilot Grove but once we reached Pilot Grove, we decided to continue to the I-70 bridge outside of Boonville. When we went underneath this bridge while we were on I-70, we always wanted to cross it and sure enough, we can chalk that one off our list.
The depot is very charming. We did not go inside, but it includes decent facilities. The parking lot is a little sketchy. When we first pulled up, it looked overgrown with weeds or grass and we wasn’t sure where to park.
If you are heading east into Sedalia on the trail and pass by the depot, you’ll notice that you immediately turn right onto a street once your past the depot, immediately turn right again, and then immediately turn left.
Just a tip, you can avoid all of this if you turn right immediately past the bathrooms, going through the parking lot, and then thru a bike gate. This will take you straight down the street and avoid the turns. You will go through Sedalia on the streets for a bit. Look at the track below.
On the way back, we turned the wrong way but eventually found the depot. I will say that it was about 7:30 on our way back into town and when we got near the railroad tracks, a car coming toward us, veered over onto our side like playing games. Not to friendly there.
Mike said we had finally gotten old enough to tell our grandchild that we took a trip both ways up hill and that is the case with this section of the trail. It’s almost an optical illusion — it doesn’t look like your going uphill, but it sure does feel like it. Very long grades that went on for miles. I ended up walking for several miles but don’t take that into account. My skill level and strength are very minimal. Mike did not have to get off and walk.
It seemed like we were always going up a grade, the way there and the way back. There were very short-lived moments were you actually could coast.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this section of the trail. It is mostly shady, not all, but mostly. The scenery is varied, farm fields, pastures, wooded areas, and some small cliffs that you’ll cycle through. It was very desolate. We only encountered 6 other people or so. See the pictures above…they are a good representation of most of the trail.
We arrived in Pilot Grove and had burgers at Becky’s Burgers and Cones. I didn’t enjoy this place near as much as the burger joint we ate at in Hartsburg. I didn’t feel like they were too happy to have cyclists in the town and the food was so-so. It didn’t seem like short of Casey’s, there was any other option. Pilot Grove is definitely a farming community, and in no way did I feel that they were happy about us being there. From a mediocre reception at the burger joint, to nearly getting run over by every farm boy in a pickup truck in town, to the idiot that pulled up beside us at Casey’s when we were the only people there, and he had to literally park 1 foot from our bikes… considering I was sitting right there….it was a little irritating. Unfortunately, there are no other towns that I seen that offer any services so unless your up to making it to Boonville, this is your only option or pack your own lunch.
That being said, there are very few benches on this section. I believe I counted 5 over 31 miles. Considering the grade on this section, I sure could’ve used a place to sit on ever so often.
There are a few things to see, such as the depot in Sedalia, the old railroad light, the railroad tracks that are left…. some horse hoof prints and crap that shouldn’t be there. I would definitely ride this section again but hopefully, I will be better adept to the grade the next time around.
Title: Katy Trail: Sedalia to Boonville
Track lenght: 101.89Km.
Altitude range: 86m. (Min height: 196m. Max height: 282m.)
Total climb: 574m. Total descent: 577 m.
Page link: http://www.tammyonthetrail.com
Description: Day bike trip from the depot at Sedalia to Boonville and back