The thermometer was expected to dip down into the 40s this week. You can expect that and other signs of fall to begin creeping in.

The seasonal change will also have you thinking about outdoor opportunities you need to plan before the chill sets in.

Here's one:  The second annual Butler County ½ Century Bicycle Ride is set for Saturday, Sept. 30, beginning at the City Park in David City. Registration is set for 7 a.m.

Riding some of the most scenic hills in eastern Nebraska is the fun part, but the ride is about much more than bicycles, scenery, fresh air and exercise. The inaugural ride in 2016 drew 50 riders, and organizers expect to double that number this year.

The non-competitive ride is a fundraiser, with 100 percent of the registration proceeds going to organizations that strengthen the families and youth of Butler County. The ride theme is “Riding for The Community.”

Proceeds will benefit Blue Valley Community Action (BVCA), the coalition Butler Believes in Youth and Community (BBYC), and the Butler County TeamMates program. Volunteers from all three organizations are pitching in to help with the ride.

Beginning at the City Park in David City, the tour has two routes: a 22-mile round trip to Brainard, and a 57-mile loop through Abie, Prague (Czechland Lake) and Brainard. The tours end at the park in David City.

The 57-mile route includes hills in the heart of the Bohemian Alps, where riders will see the late summer scenery. The 22-mile route is less challenging. If you haven’t been riding your bike much, there’s still time to get in shape for these rides. Cyclists should also ensure their bicycles are tuned up to avoid any breakdowns on the road.

Rider safety is the ride’s top priority. Helmets are required. The route will be well marked and caution signs will be in place to alert motorists. Volunteers will provide food and water at designated stops along with a roving vehicle to assist cyclists and to provide greater visibility.

Get involved

Registration for the ride is $35. Riders under 16 can ride for free with donation of 1 full size personal hygiene product the day of event. The products help supply the Butler County Food Pantry.  Adult riders can  reserve a ride T-shirt if they register by Sept. 13. 

For more information: contact the Butler County ½ Century Bicycle Ride by email: butlercountyhalfcentury@gmail.com; check out the ride’s Facebook page, or visit the website at butlercountyhalfcenturybicycleride.org

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