Regional Bike Tour to visit HPMEC

Thursday, June 6, 2013
This group of bike riders passed through Piggott Tuesday, April 13, 2010 as they made their way from Cape Girardeau to Helena. This contingent of cyclists also visited the local museums, and camped at Heritage Park, during their stay in Piggott. A larger group is expected to visit the city in late June as part of a regional bike tour. (file photo)

The upcoming "Ride the Fault Line" bicycle tour will include a stop at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center the last week of June. "Ride the Fault Line" is a new, seven-day bicycle tour which highlights a variety of locations across the region.

The tour kicks off with rider check-in at Sikeston, Mo. the morning of Saturday, June 22. Participants will have the chance to explore local history, and ride a shuttle to restaurants for dinner, including Lambert's, the "home of throwed rolls."

At dawn Sunday, June 23 the cyclists will depart Sikeston en route to Piggott. After making their way southwest to Malden, they'll pass along the edge of Crowley's Ridge and into Piggott where they're scheduled to make their first overnight stop.

Outdoor campers will be allowed to stay on the grounds of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, while indoor campers will spend the night at the Piggott Community Center.

Monday, June 24 the cyclists will split into two groups. Those desirous of flat terrain will head south, while the more adventurous will ride the Crowley's Ridge Parkway. That route will take the riders west to McDougal, then south on Highway 141 into Greene County. Later, both groups will meet at the Paragould Community Center.

At that location a shuttle will be provided to take riders to Crowley's Ridge State Park, where they can enjoy swimming, kayaking or relaxing on the beach. That evening there will also be a bluegrass concert in downtown Paragould for those who choose to attend.

Early in the morning of Tuesday, June 25 the riders will strike out across the Missouri Bootheel, arriving in Caruthersville where they'll spend the night. During their time in the city they'll have the chance to visit the riverfront and the nearby Lady Luke Casino, which is offering special musical entertainment.

Wednesday, June 26 the cyclists will cross the Mississippi River and head north on the Great River Road to Samburg, where they'll again split into two groups. One of those groups will follow the foothills while the others will keep to the lowlands, as they make their way to Reelfoot Lake where the group will camp at the National Guard Armory.

During their stay they'll have the chance to visit the nature exhibits at the state park visitor center, and take boat tours of bald eagle nesting sites. Local organizers are also planning a fish fry.

Early Thursday, June 27 the riders will head toward Tiptonville, to see the boyhood home of 1950's "rockabilly" star Carl Perkins. The cyclists will then return to the Great River Road, and will travel to the Civil War Battle of Island #10 marker for lunch.

Up next will be a visit to Hickman, Ky. where the cyclists will have the chance to visit the restored Fulton County Courthouse, the Warren Thomas Black History Museum and the Carnegie Library. Overnight accommodations will be at the Fulton County High School.

One of the high points of the tour will occur Friday morning, June 28, as the cyclists cross the Mississippi River on the Dorena-Hickman ferry. Back in Missouri, tour members will be able to view the forest boardwalk at the Big Oak Tree State Park before moving on to East Prairie for lunch. Friday afternoon will find the riders travelling toward New Madrid where a number of historic sites await inspection. The city park/community center will host the cyclists that evening.

"Ride the Fault Line" will wrap up for 2013 on Saturday morning, June 29, with a short return ride from New Madrid to Sikeston.

Interested participants may register online at www.ridethefault.com.

Those wanting additional information may contact Dr. Adam Long, director of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, through e-mail at adamlong@astate.edu or by phone at (870) 598-3487.

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