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Al's Place Bike Hostel


Address: 11 N. Franklin St. Farmington, MO 63640 Phone: 573-756-1701
Check-in: From 3:00 PM Check-out: Prior to 11:00 AM

Whether you enjoy a bit of history or a bit of a coolness factor in your hostel stays, Al’s Place Bike Hostel, officially known as the TransAmerica Trail Cycler’s Inn, will provide you with a sense of both. When people think of Missouri, they may not immediately think it to be the home of one of the best bike hostels; however, they would be incorrect. Al’s Place Bike Hostel has been visited by thousands of people riding their bicycles across the country to stay at this historic and unique bike hostel along their journey.

Al’s Place Bike Hostel was once the old Farmington jail. Yes, that is correct. As approach Farmington realizing you are ready to crash for the day, this welcoming and accommodating hostel was once home to the local criminals. The accommodation is safe and secure, and as most people who have stayed there will tell you, the jail’s past will in no way hinder in the delight of your experience, but rather it will add to the stories from your journey. Another bit of history is in the name. The official name of TransAmerica Trail Cycler’s Inn has been somewhat abolished to be better known as Al’s Place Bike Hostel. The name is in honor of Farmington local Al Dzeiwa who was an avid racer and who tragically lost a battle with cancer in 2005. Al’s legacy adds to the coolness of the place.

Al is an inspiration all over the hostel. You will find racing memorabilia and treasures from the Al’s life all throughout the hostel to keep you inspired to continue your journey throughout the US. For people who have been through Farmington in the past, you will all be pleased to know a bike shop has opened very near to Al’s Place to service all of your biking needs! This hostel is located on the TransAmerica Trail. The town is located in Section 9 of the trail roughly 45 miles West of the Mississippi River. Nearly 2,000 bicycle enthusiasts ride through Farmington each year. The coolest factor of all is that Al’s Place received the Bicycle Travel Award from the Adventure Cycling Association in 2010 based on the construction of the hostel and the community involvement and commitment to the project.

    Downtown Farmington had a lot of community and family activities to get the spirit going before Wednesday’s Tour of Missouri start.

    Tuesday evening’s activities included an open house at 4 at the Transamerican Trail Cycler’s Inn also known as Al’s Place. The cycler’s inn is named after Farmington resident Al Dziewa who passed away after a battle with cancer and was a longtime cyclist.

    “My family is honored to remember Al in such a way. Hospitality and cycling were a big part of his life and we are honored that the city is remembering him in this way,” said Kathy Dziewa, Al’s wife.

    Before the ribbon cutting was held Farmington Mayor Stuart “Mit” Landrum read a proclamation for Al’s Place and handed the plaque to his wife and children.

    “It is an honor and a privilege to present this proclamation to the Dziewa family,” said Landrum.

    Greg Beavers, city administrator said the idea of a bike hostel came about from a former resident and bicyclist Emily Vasquez. The name of “Al’s Place” was fitting for the project, he added.

    Beavers said an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 bicyclists travel through Missouri each year and this hostel is the only one on the trail between Kansas and West Virginia.

    “The hostel is something that was needed. It’s the only one of its kind from coast to coast. It was natural naming it after Al, it is a testimony to him with all the people who showed up. Al was a guy that anytime you talked to him he always made you feel good about yourself,” Landrum said.

    There are 3 rooms with 14 bunks. There are some smaller rooms for people traveling alone or as couples. Riders can bring their own food and put it in the pantry and the refrigerator. The city asks visitors to pay about $20 for their stay to cover maintenance and upkeep.

    Hotel Facilities Room Facilities
    24hr Services
    Conditioned Air
    Internet Access – High Speed
    Laundry Facilities
    Non-Smoking Rooms
    Satellite TV
    Air Conditioning
    Cable / Satellite TV
    Colour TV
    Microwave Oven
    Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    Washing Machine

    TransAmerica Trail

    The TransAmerica Trail is a bicycle route which was created in 1976 and comes through Farmington. It was established as part of America’s Bicentennial celebration. The TransAmerica Trail starts in Astoria, Oregon, and ends in Yorktown, Virginia. There are about 1,000 to 1,200 cyclists that come through Farmington annually, so the city decided to make a place for them to stay. There are 3 rooms with 14 bunks. There are some smaller rooms for people traveling alone or as couples. There are plans to get a computer so riders can have access to the Internet. There is a washer and dryer to wash dirty clothes. Riders can bring their own food and put it in the pantry and the refrigerator. The city asks them to pay about $20 for their stay. The Downtown Development Association bought the couches, TV, tables, the refrigerator, washer and dryer. Bedding was donated by a local hospital.


    2 thoughts on “Al's Place Bike Hostel

    1. I’ve happy memories of Farmington. The inn was under construction when we passed through but the fire department treated us royally.A bike shop is also a good idea, I was looking for brake pads at the time. Good luck guys.

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