The Alfalfa Bill Century Bike Ride | Tishomingo, Oklahoma

The Thirty-Second

Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride


 We had a good ride on October 21, 2017,  with over eighty riders participating.  We had riders from Oklahoma,  Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas.  Thirteen people completed the century.  

Stop the presses!  

When the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce heard that the Alfalfa Bill ride was going to be discontinued they offered to take it over.  The ride has come full circle.  It was the chamber that first sponsored the ride thirty-two years ago.  So, the ride will continue.


Contact  Jordyn Frazier, Director of the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce, if you have questions: 580-371-2175, 504 West Main, Suite 102, Tishomingo, Ok 73460

https://johnstoncountyokchamber.com/


  

 We always have five route options.  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. 

Some of the things this ride is known for: 

  • You will get lots of personal attention on this ride, 
  • There are no ride deadlines.  Take as long as you want/need-our sag riders will stay out there with you---with water, drink supplements, fruit, pickles, Alfalfa Bill Power Cookies, repair support, and encouragement, until every rider gets back. 
  • Our long-sleeve t-shirts with a new design and color every year.  
  • Our famous "Alfalfa Bill  homemade power cookies.  Fran is still going to bake the cookies.

Ten-Mile Fun Ride: 

This is one of our oldest routes.  It is for the beginning rider or for someone who wants to get in a little extra.  It takes you out to the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge and the Cumberland Pool of Lake Texoma.  

The ride includes a nice view of the lake with observation scopes when you get to the former  Refuge Headquarters.  Along the way there are historical markers of a pre-statehood Chickasaw school and a cemetery for early settlers.

The Refuge is located on the historic Washita Farms site.  The old headquarters area has an arboretum,  and a bird observation platform.  

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 north out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 377/99.  At  Blue River Roadl you will turn east (right) and travel to Bullard Chapel Road.  At that intersection you will turn south (right) and ride until it ends at Hwy. 78.  There you turn west (right)  and return to Tishomingo. Check in at the Chickasaw Welcome Center.  This region has some rocky soil that was not suitable for row crops so it became an area for dairy farming.  You’ll see some very nice country scenery, and sometimes otter are spotted  at Rock Quarry Pond Close to the road.  

[The Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area is a beautiful location to visit.  The entry is at the intersection of Bullard Chapel Road and Blue River Road but you do need to have an Oklahoma hunting or fishing license to enter the area.  It is a very easy two-mile ride on down to Blue River which is beautiful.   It is well worth a visit after you finish your ride if you don’t want to take the time during your ride.]

Thirty-Mile Ride:  

This scenic ride heads north out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 377/99 to Hwy. 7. Those of you who have ridden this section of road before will be please to discover the newly added paved shoulder for the last portion of this section.  At the new intersection you turn east (right) onto Hwy. 7.  The ride  continues on Hwy. 7 until it reaches Wiley Road.  You turn south (right) and ride to Hwy. 48A.  You continue south through Milburn until you  reach Hwy. 78.  You turn west (right) and return to Tishomingo and check in at the Chickasaw Welcome Center.  

The portions of this ride along Hwy. 7 and Wiley Road will take you through some very rural country with beautiful scenery.

Forty-Six Mile Ride:  

You will follow the same route north Hwy. 377/99 out of Tishomingo as the twenty, thirty, and 100-mile riders. You will turn east (right) at Hwy. 7 and ride to Wapanucka. Turn south (right) onto Hwy. 48 down to Coleman and turn west (right) onto Hwy. 48A and follow 48A back to Milburn to where it ends at Hwy. 78.  Turn west (right) onto Hwy. 78 and continue on it back to Tishomingo and the Chickasaw Welcome Center.    

This ride has a few moderate hills but nothing too challenging. It has one great downhill on Hwy. 7 It will take you through some very nice rural areas with a great variety of scenery.   


The Century Ride:  

First Leg:  You will follow the same route north out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 377 as the ten, twenty,  thirty,- and 46-mile riders. You will share the same route with  the forty-six milers through Wapanucka, Coleman.  At Coleman you will continue on Hwy. 48 to Hwy. 22.  Turn west (right) onto Hwy. 22 and follow it all the way to Hwy. 78.  Turn west (left) onto Hwy. 78 and return to Tishomingo.  When you get back to Tishomingo stop by the ride headquarters on Main Street at the Welcome Center  and let us know you are planning to continue on the Century so that our sag drivers will know how many riders to be watching for.  It is a long route and riders will be spread out.  It is easy to miss someone if you get behind us and we don’t know to look for you.    

 Second Leg: For the second leg of the Century head west out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 22/78 until you reach the Hwy. 1 intersection in Ravia.  Turn north (right) onto Hwy. 1 and continue north until you reach Hwy. 7.  Turn east (right) and stay on Hwy. 7 through Reagan and the grounds of the National Fish Hatchery where they are where they are carrying out breeding programs for  alligator snapping turtles and alligator gar to return those species to their original habitats in Oklahoma’s rivers and streams.  When you reach Hwy. 377 turn south (right) for three miles until you come to Blue River Road.  Turn west (left) on Blue River Road until it intersects with Bullard Chapel Road.  Turn south(right) on Bullard Chapel Road and ride to Hwy. 78 where you’ll turn west (right) and return to the Welcome Center in Tishomingo where you will report in that you have completed your ride.  

Congratulations, you have gone through a lot of beautiful country and have finished 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].  


Ride colors-White-10 miles; Red-20 miles; Yellow-30 miles; Green-46 miles; Orange-100 miles

            

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, especially on a long bike ride.

                                                                


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 Johnston County Chamber of Commerce recreational and youth leadership programs.)


To pre-register, mail the registration form below with a $35.00 check or money order
by October 6, 2018 to :  Jordyn Frazier, Director, Johnston County Chamber of Commerce (JCCC) 504 West Main
Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460. Make your check payable to the: Johnston County Chamber of Commerce (JCCC). 

 For more information call: (580) 371-2175 (Ask for Jordyn), or e-mail her:   johnstoncountychamber@gmail.com. After Oct. 10 registration is $40.00.


Mail Registration to:  Jordyn Frazier, 504 West Main, Tishomingo, OK  73460.   Make your check payable to the: Johnston County Chamber of Commerce       (580)371-2175 

New registration form:

https://johnstoncountyokchamber.com/event/alfalfa-bill-century-bicycle-ride-2/




Maps of the Ride Area

    

  


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