favor YMCA’s Prairie 55 Art and Balloon Festival route
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[August 26, 2014]
On Saturday morning bicyclists arrived
at the YMCA sponsored Prairie 55 Bike Ride start site on Wyatt Ave.
starting about 8 a.m. There to sign in and welcome the riders at the
YMCA facility on Wyatt Ave. were Chris Cicci, sports and activity
director, and Jan Schacht, executive director.
Bike riders who arrived for the bike ride were Rick Hobler, Dale and
Susan Bassi, Denise Ismari and Michael Graves. Hobler arrived first
The bicyclists favored the shorter, family friendly festival route
of the Prairie 55 on Saturday morning, perhaps due to high heat and
humidity that made its arrival in time with the Art and Balloon
Festival this year.
Hobler said he would be riding the thirty-mile circuit. The other
riders said they planned on stopping at the Lincoln Depot.
A breakfast of bananas and granola bars was offered to riders before
they took off on the route.
The bicycle ride includes multiple lengths to choose from, including
an in town family friendly five-mile festival route, and 20 and
30-mile scenic countryside routes. “The country roads here are great
for this,” said Denise Ismari.
A few of the riders suggested that perhaps the YMCA could offer this
program in September, when the weather is less intense. Cicci
observed that the heat forecast may have kept more people from
participating. He said the YMCA may take those suggestions into
consideration for next year.
[By DEREK HURLEY]