The Tour de Ted also known as the "Ride the Wire" tour made a stop in Boonville Tuesday afternoon on its way towards St. Louis. The tour began in Colorado Springs and is a three state tour that is meant to commemorate the life of Ted Jones of Edward Jones Investments and to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
The tour began its Missouri portion on October 1st after leaving Colorado Springs on September 23rd. The tour followed an old telegraph wire route that connected Colorado and St. Louis and when entering Missouri followed the old Missouri, Kansas and Texas rail line. The Katy Trail of which it became was a major development spearheaded by Jones who lobbied and donated money to have it built. It also became the longest rails-to-trails project in the nation. The trail also brought a change in riding style from the hard surface roads the peddlers were used to as stated on the website, tourdeted.com.
Wednesday morning brought the peddlers to Boonville after peddling from Sedalia. They overnighted in local hotels.
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Lance Reynolds said that many of the people stayed at the Hotel Frederick.
"I think we pretty much filled the hotel," Reynolds said.
Some even peddled from local hotels to the starting point at the Katy Depot instead of riding the shuttle that could take them to and from locations.
The morning also brought with it six new Boonville peddlers joining the group on the way towards Jefferson City.
"This was a great group that came to Boonville. We were thrilled they came and were pleased to welcome them to our town," said Tourism Assistant Sherry Broyles.
Broyles also said that they could check in at the depot before their departure on the Katy Trail.
Reynolds said that Boonville was one of the highlights of the trip since beginning in Colorado. There was a dinner catered by Settler's Inn at the Hain House Memorial Gardens with Boonville Mayor Julie Thacher speaking on behalf of Boonville. There was also a complimentary tour of Thespian Hall for all peddlers.
"The group loved Boonville," Reynolds said.
From Jefferson City, the group will peddle onwards to Hermann, ending in St. Louis on the sixth of October.