The 13th annual Missouri Department of Natural Resources Katy Trail Ride, June 17-21, rolled into Sedalia via the Katy Trail Monday morning with a total of 300 cyclists.
The ride allows the colorfully-dressed bicyclists of all ages to experience Katy Trail State Park from Clinton to St. Charles on the nation’s longest developed and most popular rail trail.
This year’s ride covers approximately 253 miles of Katy Trail and features food and many fun activities. Hot showers are available at each overnight stop, such as the one at Liberty Park, where the bikers will spend the night before hitting the trail again Tuesday morning at 7 after breakfast, according to Carolyn Crooker, Sedalia Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. Two volunteers were on hand to greet each cyclist as they arrived at the historic Katy Depot, 600 East Third Street.
Day One of the event was a 39-mile trek from Clinton to Sedalia. The cyclists head to Rock Bridge Elementary School in Columbia on Tuesday for a 70-mile journey on Day Two, cycling through Clifton City, Pilot Grove, New Franklin, Boonville and Rocheport before arriving in Columbia on the longest leg of the very physical five-day event.
Participation in the event was limited to 300 people. Every cyclist receives breakfast and dinner Monday through Thursday and receives breakfast and lunch on Friday. Lunch and snacks are available for purchase along the route, the DNR said.
Table of 5 Catering and Patricia’s were on the scene, selling brats, hamburgers and pizza to the cyclists.
The majority of them tent camp in Liberty Park, and they have free passes to use Liberty Park Pool.
“It’s a nice hospitality event for Sedalia to showcase,” Crooker said. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.