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Faith Bemiss | DemocratJim Beattie, of Montgomery City, gets ready to take off on his bicycle, Thursday at noon after taking a break at the Katy Depot during the Sedalia stop in the 2014 Department of Natural Resources/Missouri Parks Katy Trail Ride that runs June 16 to 20 beginning in St. Charles and ending in Clinton. Beattie said that this was his third time to ride in the event. “The ride is very good, it's very well organized,” he said. “The DNR should be recognized.” He added that the DNR had stations for them along the trail with bananas, Gatorade and water. The ride draws hundreds of cyclists each year and covers 241 miles of trail.
Faith Bemiss | DemocratJim Beattie, of Montgomery City, gets ready to take off on his bicycle, Thursday at noon after taking a break at the Katy Depot during the Sedalia stop in the 2014 Department of Natural Resources/Missouri Parks Katy Trail Ride that runs June 16 to 20 beginning in St. Charles and ending in Clinton. Beattie said that this was his third time to ride in the event. “The ride is very good, it's very well organized,” he said. “The DNR should be recognized.” He added that the DNR had stations for them along the trail with bananas, Gatorade and water. The ride draws hundreds of cyclists each year and covers 241 miles of trail.
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Faith Bemiss | Democrat


Jim Beattie, of Montgomery City, gets ready to take off on his bicycle, Thursday at noon after taking a break at the Katy Depot during the Sedalia stop in the 2014 Department of Natural Resources/Missouri Parks Katy Trail Ride that runs June 16 to 20 beginning in St. Charles and ending in Clinton. Beattie said that this was his third time to ride in the event. “The ride is very good, it’s very well organized,” he said. “The DNR should be recognized.” He added that the DNR had stations for them along the trail with bananas, Gatorade and water. The ride draws hundreds of cyclists each year and covers 241 miles of trail.


Faith Bemiss | Democrat


Kennon Garrett, on left, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Carey Rogers, of Nashville, Tenn., became riding partners for the trip. The Katy Trail Ride is a first for both men. “It’s my first time to do the whole thing,” said Rogers who had once road the Amtrak to Sedalia to ride a portion of the Katy Trail. Garrett trained before the trip saying, “I don’t think you could be a casual biker for this trip.” Both men planned to camp out at Liberty Park for the evening.


Faith Bemiss | Democrat


Rich and Barb Kramer, of Golden Valley, Minn., pulled into the Katy Depot around noon on Thursday ready for a break from the humidity and 84-degree temperature. “It’s flat,” commented Barb about the landscape along the trail. “The hills are not very hilly, but it’s very beautiful.” Stephanie Deidrick the division information officer with Missouri State Parks said that 327 riders, from 32 states, ages 6 to 85 participated in the ride this year.


Faith Bemiss | Democrat


Bicycles lined the outside of the Katy Depot on Thursday as cyclists took a break from the Department of Natural Resources/Missouri Parks Katy Trail Ride from St. Charles to Clinton. Table of 5 Catering, Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant and the DNR provided food and drinks for the weary travelers.


 
 
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