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PHOTO GALLERY: Bikers embark on two-day journey

Sunday, May 24, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
The Pedaler's Jamboree, pegged as Missouri's first bike-powered music and camping festival, kicked off Saturday morning in Columbia's Flat Branch Park. Participants could choose between a 60- or 75-mile bike ride back and forth to Boonville.

Bicyclists of all skill levels gathered Saturday morning at Flat Branch Park to kick of the Pedaler's Jamboree, a 60-mile round-trip bike ride to Boonville with stops along the way for live music shows.

Nick Smith, left, and Justin Neely inspect Neely's bicycle before they embark for Boonville. The bike ride followed the Katy Trail and featured stops along the way for various live bands and entertainment.
Kevin and Sandy Collins, who regularly participate in cross-country biking, said they were looking forward to Pedaler's Jamboree because it would be a less taxing experience than their usual rides. "It's fun to do something physical and not throw up afterward," Sandy said.
Participants in the Pedaler's Jamboree dropped off camping gear, food and clothing to be delivered to Boonville upon their arrival at Kemper Park after the 30-mile ride from Columbia.
The Pedaler's Jamboree brought biking enthusiasts throughout Columbia and mid-Missouri together at Flat Branch Park.
A participant in the Pedaler's Jamboree rides along Flat Branch Creek in Columbia. The event drew bikers young and old for the ride to Boonville's Kemper Park, where Springfield, Mo., band Big Smith was scheduled to perform as the headline attraction Saturday night.
From left, Cale Littrell, 6, James Rioux, 4, and Pearl Zwingle, 4, hang out at Flat Branch Park before the bikers departed for Boonville.
From left, Nick Stiles, Jared Wylan and Tom Chapline fill up the truck ready to transport Pedaler's Jamboree participants' bags and camping gear to Kemper Park in Boonville.

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