Day 3 – St Charles, MO to Marthasville, MO

We woke on Sunday morning about 6:45 am, packed up, and rode out of our hotel in St Charles, MO about 8 am.  We rode through St Charles to the Katy Trail trailhead and headed west, Our riding objective that day was Blufton Barn – it was going to be a long day’s ride – more than 75 miles.

The trail was beautiful – trees overarching much of the gravel packed trail. At each town that had been a stop on the old Katy Railroad (MKT Railroad), the Missouri State Parks Department had constructed a covered train depot. Each covered depot had the name of the town, benches, trail maps, points of interest in town, and a history of the specific town. Some depots had water, some had restrooms, and some had bike repair stations. These covered depots made for a good place to stop and rest along the Katy Trail.

We made good time riding that day. We had several detours (trail closures due to spring 2019 floods). The trail closed west of Matson and was closed west of Augusta.

We were watching the weather as the forecast indicated an afternoon thunderstorm. At about 1:15 pm we made it to Marthasville where we stopped for lunch. We ate at Philly’s Pizza restaurant in Marthasville, MO. We checked the weather on our phones and saw that the storm was rolling through Marthasville from west to east about 2:30 pm. Due to the storm, we made the decision to stop for the night in Marthasville.

Marthasville, MO Depot on the Katy Trail.

Marthasville, MO Depot on the Katy Trail.

We rode over to the the Marthasville Community Club Park – a city park with a covered pavilion situated between two baseball fields. The storm began as we sat under the covered pavilion. We had searched the internet for a way to register and pay for an overnight stay in the park, but found no information. Buddy, a maintenance person, was working in the park and  helped us to register and pay (in person) for our overnight stay at the Community Club park. We pitched our tents on the cement floor of the pavilion and set up camp while the rain was falling on the tin roof. The facility had hot showers, restrooms, and power plugs.

Under the tin roof of the covered pavilion at Community Club Park in Marthasville, MO.

Camping under the pavilion at Community Club Park in Marthasville, MO.

Parked under the covered pavilion at Community Club Park in Marthasville, MO.

We ate dinner in town at Philly’s Pizza. While we were eating, we discussed our week’s ride – the rain had stopped us well short of our day’s riding objective. We needed to shorten the trip and decided to cut off the ride all the way to Clinton, MO, planning to stop in Sedalia, MO instead. Later that evening we showered and went to sleep about 10 pm.

We rode 41 miles for the day.

Day 4 – Marthasville, MO to Tebbetts, MO