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Ride the Rock, Exploring Missouri's Rock Island Trail: Past, Present & Future
256 pages. By guidebook author Brett Dufur. Actual cover to be posted soon!
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Missouri author Brett Dufur's new guidebook to the Rock Island follows up on the legacy of his Katy Trail Guidebook, now in its 11th edition --- referred to by some cyclists as the 'Katy Trail bible.'
Similarly, his new book "Ride the Rock" takes you into the heart of Rock Island Trail country! This 256-page guidebook to Missouri's Rock Island Trail highlights the trail starting in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium and follows the trail on to Pleasant Hill, the westernmost trailhead of the Rock Island Trail State Park, which then meanders to meet up with the Katy Trail at Windsor.
"Writing and researching this guidebook has been a labor of love for me for more than 4 years," said Brett. "I've seen first-hand how incredibly positive the Katy Trail has been for rural Missouri, and I'm beyond thrilled for the future that awaits visitors and towns alike on the Rock Island... This is no 'Katy Trail 2.0'... rather, the Rock Island has an incredibly rich history and I'm so excited to share the stories of these small towns with new readers - whether they are itching to bike it in pieces or just enjoy the travelogue as an armchair odyssey. I think there's something here that will resonate with anyone who loves exploring Missouri's history, small towns and backroads."
Brett's guidebook includes both the currently open stretches of Rock Island, as well as historical and modern-day deep dives on all of the other towns slated for future development. The book is half guidebook to existing trail and half guidebook to the future sections slated for development.
"We should start seeing more and more small sections of the Rock Island Trail opening up in the next few years. Some of these towns have been waiting for this for years and they are ready to get their stretches of trail built. I highly encourage folks to thumb through these pages, find a new town to explore and see what it has to offer... numerous adventures await!"