Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride
The 2016 ride was October 22. The 2017 ride will be on October 21. It will start in Pennington Park,
Tishomingo, OK at 9 a.m. Put it on your calendar.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 580-371-3358, if you have questions.
We had a great ride last Saturday. The day was beautiful, and we had almost twice as many riders as last year. The 46-mile ride was the most popular but 19 riders completed the century, and we had quite a few riders on the 10-, 20-, and 30-mile rides.
This year we are going to ride some routes we haven’t been able to use in recent years. The Washita River bridge just south of Tishomingo has been replaced. Highway 199, after being submerged almost a year is no longer under Lake Texoma. Linn Road which had been badly damaged by oil drilling traffic has been completely replaced with a smooth six-inch concrete road and is wonderful to ride on. Also, for the twenty-mile riders, Bullard Chapel road and much of Blue River Road has been re-surfaced this summer.
We, as always, 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.
Some other things will stay the same on this ride. You will get lots of personal attention. There are no ride deadlines on our rides. 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.
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.
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.
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 [left] 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 further but you do need to have an Oklahoma hunting or fishing license to enter it. Again, it is well worth an after-ride visit if you don’t want to take the time during your 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. [A restored home maintained by the Chickasaw Nation also worth an after ride visit.]
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 through some beautiful wooded areas as you approach Milburn.
Forty-Six Mile Ride:
You will follow the same route east out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 78 and south [right] on Hwy. 22 as the thirty milers. but at Nida but you will continue on south, again on Hwy. 78, to Hwy. 199 where you will turn right [west]. This route will take you past historic Fort Washita. Originally built in the 1840s to protect the Five Civilized tribes from the Comanches and other hostile tribes, it has been partially restored by the Oklahoma Historical Society. It is worth a visit.
As you head on west you will drop into the Washita River valley where you will pass for a couple of miles through a “ghost forest.” Last year this whole region was innundated with flood waters up to the tree tops. It is an unusal experience. As you approach Little City you will turn right [north] onto the newly paved Linn Road. This very lightly traveled road is great for biking. It will take you to Hwy. 377 where you turn right [northeast] and follow that road back into Tishomingo. You’lll have a mile-long coast down off “Teller Mounain” and will cross the Washita River a second time just before you get back to Tishomingo.
The Century Ride:
You will follow the same route east out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 78 as the thirty-mile riders and forty-six mile riders. You will share this route with the forty-six milers all the way back to Tishomingo. When you get back to Tishomingo stop by the ride headquarters 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.
For the second leg of the Century head west out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 78 [the route will be clearly marked] to Ravia where you will turn right [north] on Hwy. 1. You will continue on Hwy. 1 up to Mill Creek where you will turn left [west] on Cyrus Harris Road. When you reach the end of Cyrus Harris Road you will then turn left [south] on Hwy. 177 following that route [again crossing over the Washita River] until you get to Dickson where you will turn left [east] on Hwy. 199 traveling through Mannsville. When you reach Hwy. 1 turn left [northeast]. The road will turn to the north as you pass through the tiny hamlet of Russett and then after crossing the Washita River a fourth time, again east. At Ravia you continue on east on Hwy. 78 back to Tishomingo and return to Pennington Park. Congratulations, you have gone through a lot of beautiful country and have finished 100 miles.
Ride colors-White-10 miles; Red-20 miles; Yellow-30 miles; Green-46 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, 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 Tishomingo Development Team's Eighth Period-the after school tutoring program, the Children's Summer Camp, and the Johnston County Youth Leadership Program.)
To pre-register, mail the registration form below with a $25.00 check or money order
by October 10, 2016 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: email@example.com After Oct. 10 registration is $30.00.
T-Shirt Size: [Circle one] S M L XL XXL
Route [Circle One] 10- mile ride 20- mile ride 30-mile ride 46-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If Under 18, Parent/Guardian's Signature__________________________________________
Maps of the Ride Area