Thursday was one of the most challenging days for the rider of the 2011 Katy Trail Ride. Almost 70 miles across some of the most beautiful country Missouri has to offer.
Riders peddled their way out of the state’s capital and through the varying terrain of central Missouri. Bluffton had some breathtaking sites and the Steamboat Junction provided a refreshing break halfway through the long trek. Be sure to take in some of the sites and sounds of the trip from our daily highlight video.
On the first long journey of the week, riders on the 2011 Katy Trail traveled almost 50 miles in one day. Making their way from Boonville to the state capital of Jefferson City, riders had plenty of scenic and eclectic stops along the way. The town of Rocheport, Mo was home to the first business built around the trail and held close proximity to the state’s largest oak tree and Eagle Bluffs overlook.
This particular group of riders were also the first to cross the new bike lane spanning the Missouri River. Campers were able to meet Mrs. Jones whose family was responsible for purchasing the Katy Trail and making it available for bike enthusiasts everywhere.
Snoddy’s Convenience Store is one of the 2011 Katy Trail Ride sponsors. They are located just outside of downtown Boonville over the bridge to cross the Missouri River. Please take time to thank our sponsor’s for making this event the best it can be.
Glenn’s Cafe is one of the 2011 Katy Trail Ride sponsors. They are located in downtown Boonville immediately before the bridge to cross the Missouri River. Please take time to thank our sponsor’s for making this event the best it can be.
Today our Rider of the Day goes to John of Wilminton, NC.
John is only 9 years old and is riding the Katy Trail for the first time. That alone could be enough to make him a special rider worth mentioning but John has an even better story, which brought him to the top of our list.
Over lunch, John was asked to take a picture with one of the oldest participants of the ride. Being the clever kid he is, John quickly replied by saying, “I’ll do it for $5.” Sure enough, the woman handed over the money and John eventually accepted her offer.
Now, most 9 year olds would probably want to buy some candy, a toy, or maybe a video game with their money, but not John. He had another cause in mind for his newfound riches. Watch John’s interview to see what he did with his cash!
When you are traveling with a group of 300 people plus their equipment plus their bikes, you can change the landscape of a location rather quickly. This was just the case when it came to the Thursday night campgrounds at Marthasville, Mo.
This saying has been uttered by countless young men as they participate in The Boy Scouts of America. Outside of the millions of hours these men spend engaged in volunteer activities, community service and leadership opportunities, the young men of Troop 274 Boy Scouts Venture Crew from Memphis, Tenn. have spent the past few days of their summer on the 2011 Katy Trail Ride. They came prepared to enjoy the Missouri scenery, learn about the great outdoors and build up their teamwork skills. All of this has made them our featured riders of the day. So as you watch the following video be prepared to meet some amazing individuals and leaders of tomorrow.