On Monday, June 19, approximately 350 bicyclists will begin a 232-mile journey from Clinton to St. Charles on Katy Trail State Park for the 17th Annual Katy Trail Ride. Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation are hosting the five-day tour.
The Katy Trail Ride has been an annual event since 2001, and has achieved national and international acclaim. The ride takes cyclists along the scenic Missouri River and through the historic towns that developed along the river and the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT or Katy) Railroad, the predecessor to the Katy Trail.
Camping stops along the ride change from year to year. For the 2017 Katy Trail Ride, overnight locations will be in the towns of Sedalia, Boonville, Jefferson City and Marthasville. Ride participants range in age from 12 to 88 and come from 29 states plus Washington DC and one Canadian Province. Friends and families of the riders can follow the ride’s progress online. Photographs and highlights of reach day’s ride will be available at Facebook.com/katytrailstatepark.

Yan Lev