Monroe and Ralls counties are prepared on Thursday, June 15, to host up to 500-plus bicycle riders, who started making their way across Missouri on Saturday. Exactly how many riders will come through Monroe County on the way to Mark Twain Lake for an overnight stop is unknown because many participate in each day of the event.

Monroe and Ralls counties are prepared on Thursday, June 15, to host up to 500-plus bicycle riders, who started making their way across Missouri on Saturday. Exactly how many riders will come through Monroe County on the way to Mark Twain Lake for an overnight stop is unknown because many participate in each day of the event.

Riders will leave Moberly on Thursday morning, heading to Middle Grove, then to the Union Covered Bridge, and expected to ride through Paris between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Once they hit the Union Covered Bridge, riders will make their way to U.S. Highway 24, riding east toward Paris. They will enter the city via Business Route 24, turning north onto Main Street. The Paris Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the placement of signs along the route that will both direct the riders and welcome them to the area.

While in Paris, riders will find cooling stations and food. The Monroe Cancer Supporters are expected to staff a tent on the Monroe County Courthouse lawn, selling water and power bars to the riders.

Later in the afternoon, riders will overnight at the Warren G. See South Spillway at the Canon Dam on Mark Twain Lake. The Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce has lined up food and entertainment for the evening.

Events at the Warren G. See South Spillway get under way at 3 p.m. when the Matt Roberts Blues Band performs and the food vendors open for business. There will also be a beer garden that opens at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be performances by the Rose Ridge Band and the Kay Brothers. The event will end at 11 p.m.

After overnighting at Mark Twain Lake, on Friday morning, riders will head east for an approximately 49-mile ride to Louisiana for their final stop.