Annual Alfalfa Bill Century Bicycle Ride
This year there are 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 route is for the beginning rider or for someone who wants to get in a little extra. It takes you around the beautiful campus of Murray State College, named after “Alfalfa” Bill Murray. 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. Please check in with us at the Chickasaw Information Center.
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 Road 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. Please check in with us at the Chickasaw Information Center. This highway is narrow, please ride in single file until you reach town. 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.]
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 pleased 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. Please check in with us at the Chickasaw Information Center. This highway is narrow, so please ride in single file until you reach town. 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. Please check in with us at the Chickasaw Information Center. This highway is narrow, so please ride in single file until you reach town. 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 (100-mile):
First Leg: You will follow the same route north Hwy 377/99 out of Tishomingo as the twenty, thirty, and 46-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, turn at the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge – go all the way to the end and take the loop, come back out the way you entered. Travel back toward Tishomingo and Pennington Creek Park. When you get back to Tishomingo stop by Pennington Park 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 Tishomingo where you will report in that you have completed your ride at the Chickasaw Information Center.
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.
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.]