More than 600 participate in Biking Across Kansas

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CLEARWATER, Kan. (KAKE) -

The week-long bicycle tour is underway from western to eastern Kansas.

The Biking Across Kansas bicycle tour started over the weekend with an early start on Friday for those wanting to cross the Colorado border. The regular start was on Saturday in Johnson City.

"Riding a bicycle is just one of those experiences that are very rewarding. They teach you a lot. You have to endure. You have to be persistent," said Don Lind, rider from Hutchinson.

About 660 bicycle riders are taking on the challenge of riding more than 550 miles from the Colorado to Missouri border.

"You get to see the beautiful High Plains. You get to see the incredible Flint Hills. The Red Hills, we rode through a couple of days ago. You get to see some amazing museums in small towns. You cannot imagine," said Wayne Byrd, rider from Overland Park.

Many come back year after year to reconnect with the beauty of the Sunflower State and reunite with old friends.

"Some of my best friends, I've met them on this ride. So, yeah, it's a pretty neat deal," said Michael Thorp, rider from Topeka.

To learn more about Riding Across Kansas, click here.

To view the route for 2018, click here