Monday was the longest ride of the week. During the 64 miles from St. Charles to Hermann, riders battled heat and a strong headwind. But small towns along the Katy Trail offered opportunities to relax or explore.
The town of Defiance, at milepost 59.1, has a bike rental shop that’s housed in an old train stop. The shop’s manager came along for the Katy Trail Ride.
Some riders stopped to cool off at the brewery in Augusta.
A rider explored an abandoned building on the trail in Nona.
He was out on the trail, making a good effort, but he couldn’t quite keep up with the other Katy Trail riders.
In the evening, riders received Hermann bucks and took trolley rides to eat at various restaurants in historic Hermann.
Some riders chose to use their Hermann bucks at Stone Hill Winery.
Nancy from Columbia, Mo., is riding the Katy Trail for the eighth time. She baked 15 dozen cookies to hand out to staff and volunteers. Last year, she couldn’t make it to the Katy Trail Ride, but she sent cookies to the staff anyway! Nancy said she also bakes for the bike shop employees, the MU track club and priests at her church.
After the riders’ meeting, everyone lined up to get a free cup of Fat Tire.