Cyclists pair up after chance meeting on Katy Trail

Tatsuya Yamazawa, left, and Steven Plummer continue on their trip after filling up water bottles in Hartsburg. Both are on a cross-country journey for different reasons and passed through north Jefferson City on Monday.

Tatsuya Yamazawa, left, and Steven Plummer continue on their trip after filling up water bottles in Hartsburg. Both are on a cross-country journey for different reasons and passed through north Jefferson City on Monday. Photo by Julie Smith.

Two men from a world apart, geographically and culturally, have found a common link to draw attention to their respective passions.

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One man, Tatsuya Yamazawa, from Shizuoka, Japan, has multiple reasons for riding cross-country. First, he’s trying to raise money for disaster relief in Japan; second, he hopes to encourage tourism in his country. He wants to get people involved along the way by either riding his tandem bicycle with him or riding alongside him.

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