Pedaler's Jamboree pushes on despite flooding
ROCHEPORT - The 11th annual Pedaler's Jamboree bike ride got a good start Friday, and Missouri River levels are falling. The question is whether heavy rain in the forecast will have an impact.
Bikers departed from Rocheport for a weekend of riding and music. They enjoyed nature while taking the Katy Trail, with scenic views of cliffs and the river.
While riding, the cyclists were entertained by numerous bands, including One Way Traffic, the Burney Sisters and Flint Eastwood. The bands played in communities along the trail throughout the day.
Normally, the ride goes from Columbia to Boonville. But flooding took over MKT Trail, and there was no detour available Also causing problems: The trail section past the tunnel in Rocheport was two to three feet under water. The issues forced organizers to come up with a back up plan.
"We found a way to make the route work. The show must go on," Pedaler's Jamboree Director Mike Denehy said.
Bicyclists will camp or stay overnight at hotels and then continue biking to the final destination, Boonville's Kemper Park on Sunday.
They will ride the route back to Rocheport for a post-ride party.