First timer? In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.
Landing number 2105; A Landing A Day blog post number 533.
Dan – The every-other-one pattern noted in the previous post continues: OS, US, OS, US, OS and then US, thanks to today’s landing in . . .MO; 46/48; 4/10; 148.2. Here’s my regional landing map:
My local landing map shows my three titular towns:
A streams-only map shows that drainage from my landing ends up in the Middle Tebo Creek; on to the Tebo Creek; on to the Osage River (8th hit):
The Osage flows on to the Missouri (383rd hit); to the MM (829th hit).
My Google Earth (GE) shot shows that I landed in a substantial forest, surrounded by mostly farmland:
I really couldn’t find anything of interest about any of the towns near my landing (Leeton & Post Oaks are so small as to practically not exist). OK, OK. So I did learn how each of the three towns got their names. Here goes:
Windsor is named after Windsor Castle.
Calhoun is named after John C. Calhoun, Vice President from South Carolina under Andrew Jackson (1825 – 1832), and a staunch proponent of the Confederacy.
Clinton is named after DeWitt Clinton, governor of NY from 1825 – 1828, a staunch proponent of the Erie Canal.
So, I could feature Windsor Castle, John C. Calhoun, DeWitt Clinton, or, for that matter, the Erie Canal. But no. I’m going to feature the link that ties my titular towns together: the Katy Trail.
The Katy Trail is a recreational rail trail that runs 240 miles in the right-of-way of the former Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad in Missouri. Running largely along the northern bank of the Missouri River, it is the country’s longest Rails-to-Trails trail. The trail is open for use by hikers, joggers, and cyclists year-round, from sunrise to sunset. Its hard, flat surface is of “limestone pug” (crushed limestone).
The nickname “Katy” comes from the phonetic pronunciation of ‘KT’ in the railroad’s abbreviated name, MKT. Sections of the Katy are also part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the American Discovery Trail.
About 2/3 of the trail is along the Missouri River; obviously, that’s not the case for the Trail near my landing. In fact, the trail starts in Clinton, and heads northeast through Calhoun and Windsor. Here’s Wiki’s Katy Trail map:
I used GE Street View to capture this shot of the trail just outside of Windsor:
Moving further afield, here’s a cool Katy Trail shot up along the Missouri:
And another, in Rocheport (near Boonville on the trail map):
I’ll tell you what – if I had the time, I’d love to ride the Katy Trail. Admittedly, I might limit the trip to just the part along the Missouri . . .
So, Clinton’s claim to fame is that it’s the trail head (or foot, depending on which way you’re going). Google map even shows what appears to be the beginning (or end) of the trail, at 4th street in Clinton:
However, a GE Street View shot looking up 4th Street doesn’t support this location as the beginning (end) of the trail:
The next road crossing the trail on the Google map is E Sedalia Ave. Here’s a shot looking SW back towards 4th Street:
It doesn’t look like a maintained trail. But here’s a shot also from E Sedalia Avenue, but this time looking NE:
That’s more like it. By ALAD proclamation, the trail starts (ends) on E Sedalia Avenue.
But actually, the “official” trail head is a third of a mile up from E Sedalia, at a park (where you can park your car and unload your bicycles). Here’s a GE StreetView shot (the trail is in the back by the woods):
As all of my readers know, I typically close with some GE Panoramio shots. It turns out that this part of Missouri is not only nearly hookless, it’s also Panoramio-challenged. The nearest Panoramio shot is a full 10 miles from my landing, and not ALAD-worthy. However, about 15 miles SW of my landing (near Clinton), I found this, by James Foushee:
That’ll do it.
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