The Alfalfa Bill Century Bike Ride | Tishomingo, Oklahoma

The Thirty-First

Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride

      

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

 
   

 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.

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.  You will continue north for about 7  miles  and then turn east (right) onto Blue River Road.  When you get to Bullard Chapel Road you will turn south (right) and travel to Hwy. 78.  At that intersection you will turn west (right) and ride back to Tishomingo.   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 some otter were spotted recently 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 an after-ride visit 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 for ten miles and then turns east (right) onto Hwy. 7. The ride continues east to Wiley Road where you turn south (right) and ride until where it joins Hwy. 48A.  You ride south on 48A until you reach Milburn where you’ll turn west (right) on Hwy. 78 and continue back to Tishomingo.

This is a mostly level ride but you’ll ride past some  interesting rock formations.  You’ll cross Blue River twice.  At the first crossing you can get off the highway and visit a beautiful secton of the river.  Also on the south side (right hand) of the road there are restrooms.

Forty-Six Mile Ride:  

You will follow the same route north on Hwy. 377 out of Tishomingo as the twenty- and thirty-mile  riders but you’ll continue east on Hwy. 7 to Wapanucka.  Here you’ll turn south (right) on Hwy. 48 and ride until you get to Coleman where you’ll turn west (right) on Hwy. 48A  all the way to Milburn where you’ll turn west (right) on Hwy. 78 and ride back to Tishomingo.  

This ride has a few moderate hills but nothing too challenging.  It will take you through some very nice rural areas with a great variety of scenery.   You’ll cross Blue River twice [see thirty-mile description].  


The Century Ride:  

You will follow the same route north out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 377 as the twenty-, thirty,- and 46-mile riders. You will share the same route with  the forty-six milers through Wapanucka, Coleman, and Milburn 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.  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.    

For the second leg of the Century head southwest out of Tishomingo on Hwy. 377.  You’ll cross the Washita River just south of town where you will meet your first challenging hill, “Teller Mountain.”  After that it is smooth sailing down to Linn Road where you will head east (left) and then south as the road turns. Whe you reach Hwy. 199 turn east (left) and continue east on that highway through Cumberland Bottom where you see how the forest is beginning to mend itself after the devastating flood of 2015 turned that region into a “ghost forest.” Just east of that area is historic Fort Washita.  Originally built in the 1840s to protect the Five Civilized tribes from the Comanches and other hostile plains tribes, it has been partially restored  by the Oklahoma Historical Society.  It is worth a visit.   Continuing on east on Hwy. 199 you’ll encounter a series of rolling hills.  Challenging, but luckily not very high.  When you reach Hwy. 78 turn north  (left).  You’ll ride up to Nida where you will turn west (left) onto Hwy. 22.  This is through very rural country skirting alongside the wildlife refuge.   Here you will meet your last challenge-the Seven Hills.”  But, they are easier going west than they are going east.  Take comfort in that.  You’ll stay on Hwy. 22 to where it joins Hwy. 78.  Turn west (left) and head back to Tishomingo.  At the High School turn south (left) onto Refuge Road.  At Pecan Bottom Road turn right and follow that loop.  It will bring you back to Main Street on Muldrow Road.  Turn west (left) and return down Main Street to the Ride Headquarters.    

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 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. 

Or, go to www.signmeup.com/121744  

 For more information call: (580) 371-3358 (Ask for Fran), or e-mail her:   franmorrell@tishomingo.com   After Oct. 10 registration is $30.00.


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Registration Form


Name (Print)____________________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________________________

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State_____________________________________________________________________________

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

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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  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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