- Choose the right length. Twenty to 30 miles is a good day ride for a weekend cyclist. Forty to 50 is for regular riders. Anything over that is for hardcore bikers.
- The packed gravel of the Katy is fine for all bikes. A mountain bike is great, and the “hybrids” in which riders sit more upright on cushy seats are comfortable.
- A helmet is recommended whenever riding a bicycle. However, it is not required on the Katy.
State Parks Stories
WILLIAMSBURG – The Katy Trail is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, but Pat Jones says the spark that inspired the recreational trail went back much further.
Pat and her late husband, Ted Jones, were early backers of the trail, donating $2.2 million to purchase the right-of-way from the railroad and to get the trail started. The first 5-mile section opened in April 1990, a few months before the death of Ted Jones, a brokerage executive.
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MIDDLEBROOK – A billion years of erosion sculpted the beauty that made Johnson’s Shut-Ins a popular state park. A manmade catastrophe altered the landscape in a matter of minutes.
In the early morning hours of Dec. 14, 2005, the AmerenUE Taum Sauk Reservoir, perched on the top of Profitt Mountain overlooking the park, breached, releasing 1.3 billion gallons of water that swept through the valley.