The Alfalfa Bill Century Bike Ride | Tishomingo, Oklahoma

The Twenty-Seventh

Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride

      

The 2013 ride on October 19th happened.  It was a beautiful day for riding.  We had a good mix of 10 mile, 20 mile, 30 mile, and 46 mile riders.  Twelve riders started, and  completed, the century.  They said it was the best century route we have had yet.   

We gots lots of compliments on the cookies, on the pink shirts and on the friendliness of the volunteers at the rest stops.  

The 2014 ride will be on October 18.  It will start in  Pennington Park, 
Tishomingo, OK.  Put it on your calendar.

Find your picture(s) among the 2013 riders in the ride album in the menu above, and contact us.  We'll add your name.

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


The 2013 Alfalfa Bill Century Ride

 The Alfalfa Bill Century Ride is the ride where 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---even is it is 6 p.m. before you get in.   That is why at least half of our riders each year have been here before.

We have five route options this year:  All five rides are on paved, rural, lightly traveled 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.

Ten-Mile Fun Ride: 

This scenic ride takes you on a level, blacktopped, tree-lined road out to the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge and the Cumberland Pool of Lake Texoma. The ride includes a nice view of the lake when you get to Goose Pen Pond turn around.  Along the route notice the historical markers of an early Chickasaw school and a cemetery for early settlers.  You can also take a short side trip on the Craven Nature Trail.  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. You might see deer, wild  turkeys, raccoons, cottontails, and all kinds of song and shore birds on this ride. The forty-five and century riders will finish up on this same route.  Even if you are planning on riding the twenty- or the thirty-mile ride 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.  You will head east out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 377.  You will continue east on past where the ten milers turn off  for about 2 1/2 miles and then  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.]

Thirty-Mile Ride:  

This scenic ride heads west out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 78/22 to Ravia.  You'll turn right [north] on Hwy. 1 and ride  to Hwy. 7.  You will then head east.  This will take you through the hamlet of Reagan and through the middle of the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery.  At Hwy. 377/99 you will turn right [south] and ride to Tishomingo and Pennington Park.     

Forty-Five Mile Ride:  

You will follow the same route as the thirty milers To Ravia, north up Hwy. 1, and east on Hwy. 7 until you reach Hwy. 377.  There you will turn right [south] for 2.8 miles and then turn left [east] on Blue River Road until it meets Bullard Chapel Road.  There you will turn right [south] and ride down this rural, green-pastured road to Hwy. 78.  You'll turn right [west] and ride until you reach Refuge Road where you will turn left [south].  Tishomingo High School is on the sw side of this intersection. The ten-mile riders and the century riders will ride this same section down to the Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge and back.  It is a beautiful ride.  When you return to Hwy. 78 you will turn left [west] and head through town to Capitol Street and Pennington Park where you started the ride.

The Century Ride:  

You will follow the same route out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 22/78 as the thirty-mile riders and forty-five mile riders.  You'll turn right [north] on Hwy.1 at Ravia, 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 rid  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 turn left [east]  and ride to Coleman.  You'll pass through the small community of Fillmore. All that remains of the Fillmore School is a concrete staircase that once provided access to their playground and in the past was a frequent resting place for Alfalfa Bill bike riders. At Coleman turn right [south] onto Hwy. 48 and ride to the junction of Hwy. 48 and Hwy. 22 where you turn right [west] and ride to Nida.  Continue west on Hwy. 22 to the Butcher Pen turnoff [left]. Butcher Pen/Bee are very old communities that date back to the early days of Chickasaw settlement.   At the Butcher Pen Baptist Church turn and re-trace your route out to Hwy. 22.  Turn left [north] and stay on Hwy. 22 [over the most challenging hills on the ride] until you reach Hwy. 78.  You will turn right [east] for one mile and then turn left [north] on Bullard Chapel Road.  Turn left [west] on Blue River Road and travel to Hwy. 377 where you turn left [south].  At Sixth St. in Tishomingo you will turn left [east] and ride to Chisholm St.  Turn right[south] to Hwy. 78.  Turn left and then immediately right [SE] down Refuge Road to the Refuge Headquarters.    Return up the same road to Hwy. 78 and turn left[west] to Capitol Street and Pennington Park.  The route is a little convoluted this year but it keeps you fairly close to Tishomingo and takes you to a couple of places the century riders have never been to before.

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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, 2013 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   45-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__________________________________________

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