The Missouri segment of my cross-country ride will take me along the Katy Trail. I am planing to join the Katy Trail in Boonville, MO and head eastbound 'til it ends near the Mississippi River...about 170 miles. I tour on a stock Trek road bike with no panniers (motels) and use 700X25 touring tires. A lightweight and solid setup but not super rugged. I am OK on packed gravel but not rough or deep gravel.
How is the Katy Trail? What are conditions like? On flat pavement I pace about 16 mph. Will I be able to keep this pace on the trail? I know there are some washouts here and there but this ride is in May so hopefully all good by then.
Any advice is helpful. Thanks.