More than 350 bikers left Sedalia on a downhill ride down to Boonville for the Annual Katy Trail Ride. The peddlers represented 30-plus states and a couple riders from out of the country.

More than 350 bikers left Sedalia on a downhill ride down to Boonville for the Annual Katy Trail Ride. The peddlers represented 30-plus states and a couple riders from out of the country.
Halfway between Pilot Grove and Boonville, the riders were treated to hotdogs and condiments from family of the late Harold and Jean Haller. These two individuals have a marker dedicated to them for their work in providing food for the cyclist along the Katy Trail in past years. Helping supply the peddlers the energy they needed to make it down to Boonville were Earl, Harold and Luke Haller, Velma Lang and Rob Monk.
These family and friends of the Hallers decided to continue the tradition that began several years ago.
Riders came between 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
By early afternoon riders were approaching Boonville, their final destination. As they came to the Katy Depot, they were given Boonville Bucks and maps of downtown and told of points of interest. During the whole evening, bikers ate and traveled around the city before embarking for Kemper Park where they would lay their head for the night to prepare for the big ride to Mokane the next day.
"We heard from many bikers of how impressed they were with what a beautiful town Boonville is," Boonville Tourism Director Katie Gibson said.
The 15th annual Katy Trail Ride, June 22-26, allows bicyclists to experience Katy Trail State Park from Clinton to St. Charles. Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation teamed up to make this ride possible. The Katy Trail is the nation's longest developed and most popular rail trail.
This year's ride covers approximately 232 miles of the trail. Hot showers have been available at each overnight stop, enhancing comfortable campsite settings. According to the park's website, the ride was completely full.
Historically, the ride changes directions each year. Boonville has also been a main stop for almost all of the 15 years of the ride's history.