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.
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!
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.
Webster’s dictionary defines Glamping as:
(v) ~ to glamp; glamorously camping
Well, not really, but to several of our Katy Riders, “glamping” has become a way to bring the luxuries of home to the rough and tough lifestyle of a cross-state cyclist.
Two of those riders, Kerry and Sheri give us a tour of their “glammed-out campground.” So grab your posse and pack plenty of wine and cheese!
Each bike rider has his or her own style. A particular outfit is chosen for its practicality, comfort and finally style. We searched the trails today looking for some of the best shirts and jerseys our riders were wearing and here are some of the most unique ones we found. Let us know which one you liked the best.
John from Blue Springs, Mo was our first place winner
Anita from Cassville, Mo was our second place winner
J.P. from Newport News, Va was our third place winner.
Gloria from Independence, Mo
Denny from Centralia, Mo
Michael from Vandalia, Mo
Greg from Nevada, Mo
John from Wilmington, N.C.
Coach’s restaurant is one of the 2011 Katy Trail Ride sponsors. They are located in downtown Sedalia just two blocks from the bicycle trail. Please take time to thank our sponsor’s for making this event the best it can be.
The journey from Sedalia to Boonville, MO saw some of the best weather the ride has ever seen.
This being said, riders were able to enjoy the trail without the pressure of rising temperatures and get to know one another at the SAG stops.
In our video recap of day two, you will find morning routines, the pancake man, and even some video shot from a bike right on the trail!