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Bikers to pay it forward after ride

by Jordan Thornsberry | June 18, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

Riding Ultimate Scenic Highways (R.U.S.H.) will be giving back to the Jefferson City community Monday with some volunteer work.

The group of 78 motorcyclists will meet at 4:15 p.m. Monday at Building Community Bridges, 213 E. Ashley St.

R.U.S.H. members will be putting together food packages, restocking shelves and assisting with landscaping projects.

"Whatever their needs are for about 31/2 hours, we are going to be jumping in," ride coordinator Tim Dano said. Community members are welcome to join the group in volunteering.

R.U.S.H. puts together a week-long historical and cultural backroads tour that kicks off every Father's Day weekend. This year, they're starting in Jefferson City, then heading to St. Joseph for two nights and finishing the tour in Lincoln, Nebraska.

"Our riders are very seasoned," Dano said. "We have riders that are 85 years old, down to 17 years old."

The group allows up to 150 riders per season, aiming to keep it more of a "family- oriented group."

On Monday, the group will be out all day, riding around the city and touring museums and the Missouri State Capitol building. Then at 4:15 p.m., members will come together to volunteer at Building Community Bridges.

This is the third year the R.U.S.H. group is volunteering throughout their tour.

"I look at it as paying it forward," Dano said. "To pay back, it opens your heart."

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