Cheap Shower Stall 2018 – Bicyclists – An Inexpensive Self-Managed Hostel on the Missouri Katy Trail

The Turner Katy Path Shelter is a trail-side hostel situated within the small city of Tebbetts, Missouri, 13-miles east of Jefferson Metropolis. It is principally a two-story bunkhouse with bathing, sleeping, heating, air-conditioning, refrigerating, and warming-up cooking amenities. Initially, it was a well-liked sandwich store whose proprietor donated the property to the Conservation Basis of Missouri Charitable Belief for use by youth teams. The conservation renovated the constructing, after which added the bunk beds and different lodging (see beneath). A number of church, scouting, and different youth teams do use the shelter yearly, however not usually. Thus, it is open to all trail-users on a first-come first-serve foundation when it isn't reserved by a bunch beforehand. For $5 a day, a visitor may have low-cost lodging on a rail-to-trail that is free to the general public to start out with.


  • Outdoors bike rack, deck-covered entrance porch, exterior picnic tables, and shiny streetlight.
  • Entrance-door key's saved on a close by utility pole for straightforward entry.
  • Utilities: electrical energy, lights, furnace, window air-conditioners, scorching water, followers, clock.
  • Double bunks with agency foam mattresses; 11 downstairs, eight upstairs plus additional flooring house.
  • Massive wardrobe lockers: saved towards the partitions between the bunks.
  • Massive restroom with twin hand sinks and two enclosed flush bathrooms.
  • Bathe room: two particular person stall-showers (separate from the restroom).
  • Kitchen/eating: locker-pantry holding paper and plastic wares, and leftover snack meals; electrical espresso maker; fridge/freezer with ice-cube trays; microwave; single scorching plate; massive picket picnic desk. Observe: the massive vehicle-supported teams staying there'll cook dinner exterior through the use of their camp stoves or comparable gear.
  • Bicycle room with instruments: accessible each from the within and out of doors. The bicycles could be introduced inside there.
  • Pocket book-logs for registering-in, or for making feedback.
  • Leisure: two parlor video games; ping pong desk (upstairs); a number of magazines, nature-wildlife pamphlets, and varied brochures. Native saloon or bar-grill close by.
  • Small retailer throughout the road when open and comfort retailer one-third-mile west on Route-94: chilly/scorching snacks and sundries.


The instructions for utilizing the shelter are nicely posted inside along with addressed envelopes for cost. The postage is free if dropped into the surface mailbox two doorways down throughout the road to the east. Its day by day payment: $5/every for people or drop-by's; $20 for teams as much as 40 plus $1 for every individual within the group. It is closed from December 1st to March 1st; that's, the water and furnace are turned off then.

This shelter is a confirmed asset to the path. Many customers have discovered safety from rain or wind storms there, usually not understanding it existed till somebody pointed it out to them. Different customers cease there to chill off or to make use of its amenities with or with out staying the evening. Cross-country and end-to-end path riders spend the evening there to avoid wasting a number of lodging bucks throughout the busy driving seasons. Nonetheless others wish to socialize with these stopping or staying there.

The visitors themselves and different volunteers clear the shelter, and do among the repairs. They go away issues behind for others to make use of, like, cleaning soap bars and a towel or two, and occasional snack meals, like, chips, cookies, espresso grounds, and opened packages of hotdogs, luncheon meat, bread/buns, and cheese slices. Principally, the visitors should furnish their very own bedding, toiletries, towels, meals, and chastity/self-protection gadgets (e.g., pepper spray) though not mandatory amongst most visitors. Drop-by's are restricted to a one-night keep because the climate and different causes allow it.

Massive non-public teams, who've reserved it beforehand, typically wish to preserve it for themselves whereas occupying it. That is very true if it is a youth group, though dangerous climate might be an element for sharing it with different accountable trail-users then. In any other case, it is first-come first-served till it is full, which seldom occurs.

The shelter's massive measurement augments sharing it in a accountable method. The visitors, usually strangers to at least one one other, apply widespread hostel courtesies, like, exchanging fundamental info, searching for each other, e.g., guarding the shower-or-bathroom doorways between the sexes, and preserving quiet. Most nighttime visitors are drained, and wish to relaxation earlier than the following day's enterprise. The 2 flooring ranges plus an additional small room upstairs supply restricted privateness as do the separated restroom and showers. Additionally, the principle entrance door could be double locked from the within with a sequence guard.

The shelter welcomes tax-deductible donations and volunteer work. Along with money, it might use the next issues over prolonged intervals of use:

  1. spot checks or repairs on the air conditioners, furnace, fridge, lights, and different kinds of normal repairs  
  2. opaque shower curtains, previous towels, previous blankets or sleeping baggage
  3. cabinets for small home equipment, books, magazines, radio, TV
  4. extra straight chairs
  5. latches on sure inside doorways
  6. house heater (for single or small variety of occupants throughout cool climate)
  7. exterior hydrant with hose
  8. deep utility sink
  9. garments dryer
  10. exterior staircase to the higher deck


The bicycle room or the restroom/water-heater room every has sufficient house so as to add a utility sink and small garments dryer. These two objects might assist visitors coming in from stormy or moist climate by permitting them to clean and dry their clothes and different gear quickly.

One other profit that usually comes with the shelter is a big pleasant canine that sleeps on the entrance porch. He makes nice firm, and is a reliable evening watchman.