Cyclists Ride Route 66 to Raise Money for Area Trails

Cyclists Ride Route 66 to Raise Money for Area Trails
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Cyclists set off early this morning for the annual mother road bicycle tour.

Riders took off from Leggett and Platt in Carthage and headed west through Carterville, to cities like Joplin, Galena and as far as Baxter springs.

The ride featured various courses along old Route 66, a 15 mile loop, 66 mile course, and even a 100 mile route.

A least a hundred and fifty bicyclists pre-registered for today’s event.

“I think this is our biggest turnout that we’ve had in ten years. So the word is getting out that this is a great ride. And people are responding so that’s very exciting,” says Joplin Trails Coalition Vice President Bob Herbst.

The Joplin Trails Coalition hopes to raise about three to four thousand dollars for area trail maintenance. Especially the group needs funds for gravel, pesticides, and insurance to cover work along the Carthage portion of the Ruby Jack Trail.