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First a couple of “shout-outs”
Augusta, Missouri is not the internet speed capital of the world. I had a very slow wireless connection that kept dropping and intermittent cell coverage. I’m a little late in getting the Day 5 update out.
First, Happy Birthday to my wife Tina! I hope you had a good day. I miss you
Second, a big shout out to my friend Perry who is currently hiking the Appalachian Trail. The whole thing. It makes my bike ride seem like a walk in the park. Be safe my friend.
Finally, thanks again to Noble Invention Bike Touring it’s nice to know they have my back. All of the accommodations have been wonderful.
Hermann to Augusta, Missouri - 38 Miles
The day started off with a great breakfast at Captain Wolht’s Bed & Breakfast at 7:30 am. A front had passed through overnight and it must have rained as other guests were talking about the downpour. I slept through the whole thing and did not hear a sound. The good thing about this morning is the drop in temperature. It’s 50 degrees and time to put back on the arm and leg warmers. It’s clear and a perfect morning for a bike ride. At some point overnight, the owner washed my bike so I was ready to go right after breakfast. Today’s ride is 38 miles, so a little shorter than the long rides of the last couple of days.
Hermann to Treloar
I had a quick ride down a few side streets to find the main bridge back over to the north side of the Missouri River. The weather was bit chilly at 48 degrees but the sun was shining and it was dry. I’m happy I packed the leg and arm warmers. They are light and fold small for packing and provide a good level of protection.
The first stop was the small trailhead of McKittrick directly across the river from Hermann. There were a couple of bicyclists preparing for a day ride so I asked them if they had a tire pump. They gladly offered their pump and I filled my tires. I’ve been consistently losing a couple of pounds of pressure over night. I’ve been fortunate to find a tire pump each and every day.
There was a cat at the Trailhead that just would not leave my side. If you know me, you know I have serious cat allergies. Why cats love me I’ll never know but there were 4 other people at the trailhead doing the same things I was doing but the cat would continue to follow me and no one else. Go figure.
Once I found the trail, I proceeded east into a very bright sun. The morning was perfect and once again there were very few other human beings in sight. The trail rolled through open farmlands. The bluffs were still to my north but further away. The river to my south was at least a 1/2 mile away. In between where a I was riding was a flood plain and just farm after farm. There would occasionally be a farm house up on a hill to my left. Some of them were absolutely stunning.
The White House between the two trees was spectacular. I almost wanted to knock on the door to see what the view looked like from inside the house.
The trail was very similar to yesterday with many small bridges and trestles crossing over streams headed towards the Missouri. I would assume the trestles were a part of the original railroad where some of the small bridges were obviously purpose built for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Because of the overnight rain, the trail was a bit soft in places but the dust was almost gone.
Although this section of the trail was not as spectacular as the bluffs and the river, I was amazed at the farmland and hills to my left. It might have been the early morning light helping out the picture, but I commented to myself that this was one of the more picturesque sections of the trail.
I arrived in Treloar to find a tractor with a boom and a cutter, trimming trees along the trail. The driver pulled over to let me pass and I noticed the tree branches he had just cut laying on the trail. The tractor also had a plow on the back that it used to smooth out the trail surface.
Most of the small communities along the trail have a grain silo as the main attraction and Treloar was no exception. Around the silo the old town had a few old buildings that looked to be vacant. I was interested enough in the small town strip that I shot some video riding down “Main Street”. By the way,, the Trload trailhead structure was the only one on the trail without a sign announcing the name of the town.
Treloar to Marthasville
I spent about 15 minutes in Treloar with a little snack and some water. I had a banana with me and it tasted especially good this morning. The banana might be the perfect bike fuel. I left Treloar and headed for Marthasville.
The trail along this section weaved in and out of the woods. There were sections that felt deeper in the woods than other sections but all of a sudden you would find yourself in an open field. This section also hugged the river in places and offered a few nice views. I’m still amazed at the width of the river. In spots you could see the movement of the water and in other spots it almost looked more like a lake.
I arrived in Marthasville for a water fill up. I also took the leg and arm warmers off as the temperature had now climbed well into the 60’s.
Marthasville had a few old interesting buildings and a giant corn cob sculpture.
Marthasville to Augusta
In actuality there is another trailhead between Marthasville and Augusta. A short 3.7 miles away lies the small town of Dutzow. The distance between these two trailheads is the shortest on the Katy Trail. I stopped long enough to change a battery in the camera and I did a short video about the standard attributes of a trailhead. I also decided at this point to do a time lapse video of the final 8 miles to Augusta. This requires a bit of a change in the settings on the camera so I performed that task and started out down the trail.
There were parts of this section that really opened up. It was a very different feel to this section of the trail. The trees were gone replaced with tall grass which allowed a clear view on both sides.
Daniel Boone Country
About two miles outside of Marthasville I crossed Boone Monument Road. Daniel Boone spent the last two decades of his life in this area of Missouri. He had fled creditors in Kentucky after losing big in land speculation. He died and was buried next to his wife Rebecca in Missouri. Years later his remains were removed and sent to Kentucky. There is doubt that the remains stolen were actually Daniel Boone so there is still controversy today as to where he is actually buried. After reading the sign and crossing the road, I had the theme song of the 1960’s television show in my head for hours. Here.. suffer with me.....
I came across an old structure I had read about at the trailhead. It was an original Railroad railhead. It had a service garage and a water tower to fill the steam engines. The sign said it now sits on private property.
I arrived in Augusta and pulled into the trailhead to get a picture or two before setting out to find my Bed & Breakfast. I looked up and noticed a steep hill I needed to climb to get into Augusta. The tour guides never mention any of this in the literature. I guess if you live in Pittsburgh this might be a small climb but after 38 miles, you would rather see a downhill.
I made it up the hill and headed down a side street and found the Lindenhof Inn. Cathy, the owner, was working in the yard when I arrived and greeted me warmly and gave me directions to the back of the house to check in. Cathy told me she just purchased the house a month ago and was doing some maintenance. I checked in and she showed me to my room. There is a public area I guess you would call a living room where I met a nice couple from Colorado Springs. They were doing a section of the trail as well.
After relaxing for a bit I walked a short (but uphill) distance to a local restaurant, the Silly Goose. I need to replace lost calories (sounds good) so I had a big dinner. This is shrimp over filet over green beans over mashed potatoes. It hardly filled me up....
Tomorrow is the last day of the trail. I may be a little late in my final post as I’ll be renting a car and starting the drive back home. Please, spend a few dollars and help BikeCLE....
Day 5 Video Montage…. Plus Day 5 Timelapse!