The Alfalfa Bill Century Bike Ride | Tishomingo, Oklahoma

The Twenty-Eighth

Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride

      

The 2014 ride was on October 18.  It started in  Pennington Park, 

Tishomingo, OK at 9 a.m.  It was a beautiful day.  The 2015 ride will be on October 24.  Put it on your calendar.


Contact  franmorrell@tishomingo.com, 580-371-3358, if you have questions.


The 2014 Alfalfa Bill Century Ride Guide

We have five route options this year:  All the rides are on paved, rural roads.  All routes are designated on the highways by brightly painted arrows. Abundant rest stops and sag wagons will be available on all the routes. 

 You will get lots of personal attention. Our sag riders will stay out there with you---with water, drink supplements, fruit, Alfalfa Bill power cookies, repair support, and encouragement until every rider gets back. 

Ten-Mile Fun Ride: 

This popular ride takes you out to the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge and the Cumberland Pool of Lake Texoma.  It is a great ride for the beginning rider, or those who do not want a strenuous ride.

The ride includes a nice view of the lake with observation scopes when you get to the Refuge Headquarters.  Along the way there are historical markers of a pre-statehood Chickasaw school and a cemetery for early settlers. [If you like, you can take a short offroad ride on the Craven Nature Trail down to a large, wooden observation walkway at Dick’s Pond.]  

 The Refuge is located on the  historic Washita Farms site.  The Headquarters area has an arboretum, a visitors' center, a bird observation tower, and a museum of sharecropper life on the Washita Farms prior to  Lake Texoma's construction in the 1940s. 

On this ride you might see deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, cottontails, and all kinds of song and shore birds.  Even if you are riding one of the longer rides this beautiful area is worth a visit while you are in town.

Twenty-Mile Ride: 

This ride provides a great variety of scenery for a relatively short ride over mostly flat terrain.  You will head east out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 78.  You will continue east for about 2 1/2 milest  past where the ten milers have turned off and then you'll turn north on  Bullard Chapel Road. At the entrance to the Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area you turn west onto Blue River Road.  This region was an area of dairy farming in the 1940s and 1950s, and you might still see a few holsteins.  At Hwy. 377, you'll turn left [back south] toward Tishomingo and Pennington Park.  

[The Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area is a beautiful location to visit.  The road into the area is only a couple of miles but you do need to have an Oklahoma hunting or fishing license to enter it.  Again, will worth at after-ride visit.]

Thirty-Mile Ride:  

This scenic ride heads east out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 78 but you’ll turn south (right)  on H. 22 skirting the east edge of the Cumberland Pool of the lake.  At Nida you’ll turn back north (left)  on Hwy. 78, travel through the hamlet of Emet where the historic White House of the Chickasaw Nation is located.  You’ll keep traveling north through Milburn and then west back toward Tishomingo and Pennington Park.  This ride has a series of moderate  hills on Hwy.  22  but before reaching Nida moves out onto the Twelve-Mile Prairie, and then returns to wooded areas as you approach Milburn.  

Forty-Seven Mile Ride:  

You will follow the same route east out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 78 and south on Hwy. 22 as the thirty milers. but at Nida but you will travel on south on Hwy. 78 until you turn west (right) on Hwy.199.  This route will take you past the historic and partially restored Fort Washita established in 1842 to protect that frontier from raids by Commanches and other plains tribes.  [The fort is well worth a visit while you are in the vicinity.  Remember this is not a race and you can take your time and enjoy the places of historic and scenic interest along your ride route.]  

After leaving the fort continue on Hwy. 199 west across the bridge and Cumberland Cut through “Oil Field Bottom” to the eastern edge of Little City.  There you will turn north (right) onto Linn Road and continue following it when it turns west all the way to Hwy. 377 where you will turn north (right) and head back across “ Teller Mountain”  through the Washita River bottom to Tishomingo and Pennington Park.  Both Hwy. 22 and Hwy. 199 have some moderate hills but coming from the south you start on top of Teller Mountain and enjoy a mile long + coast to  the Washita River.

The Century Ride:  

You will follow the same route east out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 78/22 as the thirty-mile riders and forty-seven mile riders.  When you finish the first forty-seven mile leg you’ll be back in Tishomingo. You’ll head west on Hwy. 22 out to Ravia where you’ll turn right [north] on Hwy.1, and then right [east[ on Hwy. 7.  At Hwy. 377 you'll turn left [north] 1.8 miles until you will come to Hwy. 7 again heading on east.  You'll ride  through rugged, boulder-strewn country until you cross Blue River and head into forest and pastureland. When you reach Wiley Road you will turn right [south] through another rugged, granite region to what once was the  Chickasaw freedmen community of Sardis where several descendants of the freedmen still own their tribal allotments.

 At Wiley Corner where Wiley Road meets Hwy.48A you’ll continue straight ahead (south) to Milburn.    At Milburn you will turn right (west) onto Hwy. 78 and follow it back To Tishomingo and Pennington Park.  According to our calculations this ride is exactly 100 miles.  

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Ride colors-White-10 miles; Red-20 miles; Green-30 miles; Yellow-47 miles; Orange-100 miles

            This ride has always been the “Alfalfa Bill Century Ride” with a full 100-mile ride for those who want to accomplish that bicycling milestone, whether for the first or the 100th time.  The ride is not a race so the only prize is a sense of achievement [and your picture posted on this website for the next year].  


Alfalfa Bill "Power" Cookies:

 As always, our famous, homemade,  Alfalfa Bill "power" cookies will be served at all the rest stops along with fruit, water, and pickles.  If you have never tasted these "alfalfa bill ride" cookies you don't know how good a cookie can taste, or how much fun a bicycle ride can be.

                                                                


Power Cookie Recipe-for making your own.

 

The Tee Shirt:

Another Alfalfa Bill Ride tradition that makes this ride just a little different is a quality,  long-sleeved, tee shirt.  It will be provided to all pre-registered riders and is available on a first-come, first-served basis the morning of the ride.  [We'll even mail you your shirt free if you register and then can't make the ride. We told you that we try to make this an extra-special ride.  

(Monies from the Alfalfa Bill ride go to support the Tishomingo Development Team's Eighth Period-the after school tutoring program,  the Children's Summer Camp, the Johnston County Youth Leadership Program.)


To pre-register, mail the registration form below with a $25.00 check or money order
by October 4, 2014 to :  Fran Morrell, Tishomingo Development Team, 106 So. Byrd,
Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460. Make your check payable to the: Tishomingo Development Team.  For more information call: (580) 371-3358 (Ask for Fran), or e-mail her:   franmorrell@tishomingo.com
   After Oct. 4 registration is $30.00.


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Registration Form


Name (Print)____________________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________________________

         City______________________________________________________________________________

         
State_____________________________________________________________________________

         Zip_______________

T-Shirt Size:  [Circle one]         S   M    L     XL     XXL                   

Telephone                                               E-Mail_____________________________

Route [Circle One]   10- mile ride      20- mile ride  30-mile ride   47-mile ride     Century Ride       

Mail Registration to:  Fran Morrell, 106 South Byrd, Tishomingo, OK  73460.   Make your check payable to the: Tishomingo Development Team.       (580)371-3358  franmorrell@tishomingo.com


Disclaimer: Neither the Tishomingo Development Team nor any other individual or organization assumes any responsibility for any damages, injury or other problems which arise directly or indirectly from anyone's participation in this event.


Rider's Signature___________________________________________

If Under 18, Parent/Guardian's Signature__________________________________________

Maps of the Ride Area

    

  


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