Annual Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride

Registration is now open for the 34th Annual Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride! Download the paper registration form HERE to mail in or visit https://www.bikereg.com/alfalfa-bill-century-bicycle-ride for online access!

There will be six route options this year! All the rides are on paved, rural roads (with the exception of a short patch of dirt road on the 64-mile route). We are in Southern Oklahoma – please expect some rolling hills. All routes are designated on the roadways by brightly painted arrows. Abundant rest stops and sag wagons will be available on all 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.

*2020 Routes*

Ten-Mile Fun Ride (White Arrows): (RidewithGPS)
This route is for the beginning rider or for someone who wants to get in a little extra.  It takes you by the beautiful campus of Murray State College, named in honor of Alfalfa Bill Murray. You will begin at Main and Capitol Street in Tishomingo and head east. You will turn south (right) at Byrd Street and continue until you come to 24th Street, turn east (left). You will pass by the Johnston County EMS and Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma and come to a T. Here you will turn south (right) and follow Muldrow for several miles. This road turns into Cottonwood/Pecan Bottom Road. Continue until you come to a T, Refuge Road. Here you will turn south (right) and bike for one mile to the Craven Trail Loop (rest stop here). (If you would like additional mileage, continue into the Refuge to see the Visitor Center, old HQ, and the Cumberland Pool of Lake Texoma.) Turn around and head back the way you came, only you will continue Refuge Road until you come to a T at HWY 78 by Tishomingo Public School (on your left). Head west (left), then turn north (right) at 6th Street. While riding this street you will be travelling through the Chickasaw Nation campus that includes several developments. Ride until you come to a T at Kemp Street and turn left (south). When you come to the stop light at Main Street, turn right (west) and check-in with us to end your ride at the Chickasaw Information Center. 

[If you would like some extra mileage, take a ride through campus before turning onto 24th Street. You will then head out to the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. 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.  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 (Yellow Arrows): (RidewithGPS)
This ride provides a great variety of scenery for a relatively short ride. You will head east from the Chickasaw Information Center out of town toward Tishomingo Public School. Continue until Bullard Chapel Road and turn north (left). Travel for several miles until you come to a stop sign at Harbert Road, turn west (left). Once you pass Blessing Gravel, the road will turn to the right and will become S. Prairie Road. Turn west (left) at Blue River Road and follow it until you come to HWY 377. Turn south (left) and follow the highway until you reach the stoplight at Main Street. Turn west (right) and head toward the Information Center. Turn south (left) there and head down Capitol. Turn west (left) before you cross the bridge on W. 12th Street. When this T’s, bare right and follow until you reach Murray Avenue. Turn north (right) and follow until the T. (You will have passed Tishomingo Cemetery and come to the MSC campus.) Turn west (left) and follow until the stop sign at Byrd Street. Turn south (left) and ride to the stoplight. Turn east (left) and check back in with us at the Chickasaw Information Center.

Thirty-Mile Ride (Green Arrows): (RidewithGPS)
This ride provides a great variety of scenery. You will head east from the Chickasaw Information Center out of town toward Tishomingo Public School. Continue until Bullard Chapel Road and turn north (left). Travel for several miles until you come to a stop sign at Harbert Road, turn west (left). Once you pass Blessing Gravel, the road will turn to the right and will become S. Prairie Road. Turn west (left) at Blue River Road and follow it until you come to HWY 377. Turn south (left) and follow the highway until you reach the stoplight at Main Street. Turn east (left) and once again head down Main Street. This time you will turn south (right) at the stoplight at Byrd Street. Follow Byrd until you come to 24th Street (Murray State College is on your right), turn east (left). You will pass by the Johnston County EMS and Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma and come to a T. Here you will turn south (right) and follow Muldrow for several miles. This road turns into Cottonwood/Pecan Bottom Road. Continue until you come to a T, Refuge Road. Here you will turn south (right) and bike for one mile to the Craven Trail Loop (rest stop here). (If you would like additional mileage, continue into the Refuge to see the Visitor Center, old HQ, and the Cumberland Pool of Lake Texoma.) Turn around and head back the way you came, only you will continue Refuge Road until you come to a T at HWY 78 by Tishomingo Public School (on your left). Head west (left), and check-in with us to end your ride at the Chickasaw Information Center. 

Forty-Seven Mile Ride (Orange Arrows): (RidewithGPS)
This ride provides a great variety of scenery. You will head east from the Chickasaw Information Center out of town toward Tishomingo Public School. Continue until Bullard Chapel Road and turn north (left). Travel for several miles until you come to a stop sign at Harbert Road, turn west (left). Once you pass Blessing Gravel, the road will turn to the right and will become S. Prairie Road. Turn west (left) at Blue River Road and follow it until you come to HWY 377. Turn north (right) and proceed until the HWY 7 turnoff left (west). Make the turn and follow for several miles, by the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery and through the tiny town of Reagan. Eventually you will come to a T at HWY 1. Turn south (left) and follow until you reach the town of Ravia. At the stop sign, turn east (left) and about a mile down you will come to a T. You will go right on HWY 377/99 and immediately turn back left onto Ray Branum/Good Spring Road. Follow this road until Parkway Street and turn south (right). Following this road will take you through Pennington Creek Park. Head up Capitol Street and turn right (east) just after you cross the bridge onto W. 12th Street. At the stop sign, turn right and continue down 12th (there is quite a hill there by the stop sign). Ride until you reach Byrd Street. At the stop sign, turn north (left) and at the stop sign, turn east (right). Ride Main Street until you reach the turnoff for the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. Turn south (right) and go into the area. To accomplish the 47 miles, turn around at Craven Trail Loop. (If you would like additional mileage, continue into the Refuge to see the Visitor Center, old HQ, and the Cumberland Pool of Lake Texoma.) Head back north out of the Refuge and when you reach Main Street at the stop sign, turn west (left) for a moment, then you will turn north (right) onto N. Chisolm Avenue next to Cousin’s Food Depot. This will take you down 6th Street, which is the campus of the Chickasaw Nation and includes several great facilities that benefit our community. You will also pass by the Tishomingo Elementary School. Continue on 6th Street until you reach the Kemp Street stop sign that intersects with HWY 377. Turn south (left) and ride until you reach the stoplight at Main. Turn west (right) and check-in with us to end your ride at the Chickasaw Information Center.

Sixty-Four Mile Ride (Pink Arrows): (RidewithGPS)

This ride has the fewest number of turns, the greatest number of Oklahoma counties, a small section of dirt road, and will help you reach your 100km goal! From the Chickasaw Nation Information Center, ride east until you reach the stoplight at Kemp Street, then turn north (left) and proceed up HWY 377 for several miles. There is an incline that will get you nice and warm for the rest of the ride! At the intersection of HWY and Blue River Road, take the brief left to continue straight onto Log Cabin Road. Turn west (left) at HWY 7 and follow to the T. You will pass by the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery and through the tiny town of Reagan, Oklahoma. When you reach the T at the intersection of HWY 7 & 1, turn north (right) and follow the highway to the town of Mill Creek, home of the Bullfrogs. Once you have passed the school and a small gas station, turn west (left) at the post office onto Old Mill Creek Road. Much of this road is paved (on the Johnston County side) but will turn into a dirt road (on the Murray County side) for a short bit. Follow this country road for several miles until you reach a T at the intersection of HWY 177. Turn south (left) and follow until you reach the town of Dickson, in Carter County, OK. At the stop light, turn east (left). There will be some good size hills between Dickson and the town of Mannsville. Keep riding east through Mannsville and a mile or so past it is a turn northeast (left) that will put you on HWY 1. Follow this highway through Ravia and back to end your ride at the Chickasaw Information Center in Tishomingo. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

The Century Ride (100-mile)(Red Arrows): (RidewithGPS)
The 100-mile ride has few turns in comparison to others, visits 3-Oklahoma counties, a national park, and the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy the beautiful scenery! From the Chickasaw Information Center, proceed east down Main Street and onto HWY 78. You will see others turn left on Bullard Chapel Road for shorter rides, but you will continue on the highway through the town of Milburn. Past the Urgent Care two blocks, there is a turn north (left) onto HWY 48A. Eventually this road will turn into State HWY 7d. Continue until it intersects with HWY 7 and turn west (left). Eventually you will come to a T at the intersection of highways 7 & 377. Turn south (left) for a short ride until you see a turn to the west (right) to get back on HWY 7. You will follow this highway for several miles, passing by the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery and through the tiny town of Reagan, OK. Continue until you reach a T at the intersection of highways 7 and 1. [At this point is the time to decide if you would like to finish 100-miles or cut the ride short. (If you wish to complete a shorter ride, head south (left) and make your way to Ravia and back to Tishomingo, about 15 miles.]

To continue the 100-mile route, turn north (right) and follow HWY 1 to the town of Mill Creek, home of the Bullfrogs. Continue on this highway for several miles. You will pass over railroad tracks at US Silica, by Stinson Materials, and our new wind farms in Johnston and Murray Counties. There will be a turnoff west (left) to jump back on HWY 7. Follow this road to the city of Sulphur in Murray County. There will be several hills between the turnoff and Sulphur. Entering Sulphur, you will pass by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf. When you reach the stop sign at the intersection of HWY 1 & 177, turn south (left) and ride until you reach a stop sign. Proceed south (straight) into the Chickasaw Recreation Area, a national park. You will follow this road for 23 miles until you reach the town of Dickson in Carter County, OK. At the stop light, turn east (left). There will be some good size hills between Dickson and the town of Mannsville. Keep riding east through Mannsville and a mile or so past it is a turn northeast (left) that will put you on HWY 1. Follow this highway through Ravia and toward Tishomingo. At the stop sign at HWY 1 & 377/99, turn right and immediately turn back left onto Ray Branum/Good Spring Road. Follow this road until Parkway Street and turn south (right). Following this road will take you through Pennington Creek Park. Head up Capitol Street and turn right (east) just after you cross the bridge onto W. 12th Street. At the stop sign, turn right and continue down 12th (there is quite a hill there by the stop sign). Ride until you reach Byrd Street. At the stop sign, turn north (left) and at the stop light, turn east (right). Ride Main Street until you reach the turnoff for the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. Turn south (right) and go into the area. To accomplish your mileage, turn around at Craven Trail Loop. (If you would like additional mileage, continue into the Refuge to see the Visitor Center, old HQ, and the Cumberland Pool of Lake Texoma.) Head back north out of the Refuge and when you reach Main Street at the stop sign, turn west (left) and check-in with us to end your ride at the Chickasaw Information Center.

[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 Harbert Road but you do need to have an Oklahoma hunting or fishing license or conservation pass 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.]

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!

Alfalfa Bill “Power” Cookies:
As always the 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.

The T-Shirt:
Another Alfalfa Bill Ride tradition that makes this ride just a little different is a quality,  long-sleeved t-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.]

33rd Annual Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride

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