2nd Annual “Ride The Rock”

On the weekend of June 29-30, Windsor Lodge #187 of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows is sponsoring its 2nd Annual “Ride The Rock”
bicycle ride from Pleasant Hill to Windsor and back on the Rock Island
Spur of the Katy Trail.
Riders will leave the Pleasant Hill trailhead between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
on Saturday, June 29 and travel to Windsor. SAG stops will be located
at the Cass/Johnson County Line, Medford trailhead, Chilhowee
trailhead, Leeton trailhead and finally at Farrington Park in Windsor.
The schedule SAG stops are located at approximately 10 mile intervals
and will allow the riders to get water and Gatorade and food items to
sustain them on their ride to Windsor.
The SAG stops are operated by volunteers from the communities along
the trail. According to ride chairman, Glenn Varner, the volunteers
volunteered to work this year before last year’s ride was even done,
because they had so much fun interacting with the riders as they stopped
at their SAG stop.
Once the riders reach Windsor and Farrington Park, some of the riders
will be overnight camping at the park, while others have already
arranged rooms at some of the local B&B’s.
The public is encouraged to come to the park to interact with the riders
and to partake in the festivities. There will be food vendors, a beer
garden and live music from the “The Faded Youth Band.”
According to their website, “Faded Youth proves that everything old is
new again. Four guys the same age as the eras they play—‘50s and
‘60s—bring you home to music that was the bridge between the
pop/rhythm and blues of the ‘50s and the incoming sound of the ‘60s
and ‘70’s. And their music is not just drawing the boomers. Riding on a
wave of nostalgia, younger audiences are embracing a little more
coherent and simpler time and learning where today’s music came from,
while boomers are leaving feeling 16 again.”
The band was such a hit at last year’s event; they were signed to perform
this year before they even left Farrington Park.
Back again this year by popular demand is the “unrideable bike.” For a
$1 donation, riders can try and ride the “unrideable bike” and if they do,
they will receive $100. Last year, many tried but no one succeeded in
riding the bike.
On Sunday morning, the riders will leave Windsor between 7 a.m. and 9
a.m. and make their way back up the Rock Island Spur and ending up
back in Pleasant Hill to conclude their ride for another year.
The ride was the brainchild of Varner’s as a way to promote the lodge
last year during its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the lodge.
After the ride was over last year, the committee decided to continue with
another ride this year and hopefully make it an annual ride.
The ride is attracting riders from all over the state of Missouri as well as
other states.
One of the riders from last year, Mark Scrivner, posted on the
committee’s facebook page the comment, “Absolutely riding this one! It
was so well done last year.” Stephanie Kelly wrote on the facebook
page that the ride was fun and “fun at the end.” The committee
members heard comments like this from many of the riders last year as
well as from the many volunteers that supported the SAG stops.
For more information about the ride, check out
www.cyclecrossroads.com and check out the facebook page,
cyclecrossroads.