Bicycle Tour Visits Piggott, NEARK

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Participants in the bicycle tour relax in front of the Piggott Community Center Sunday afternoon. Most of the riders "camped" on the gym floor of the center before heading to Paragould Monday morning.

Participants in the seven day "Ride the Fault Line" bicycle tour stopped in Piggott Sunday. The riders arrived at various intervals throughout the afternoon, after kicking-off the lengthy tour early that morning in Sikeston. The stop in Piggott included visits to the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center and the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum and Study Center. The riders were also treated to dinner at the First United Methodist Church. Sunday night some of the participants camped on the grounds of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum while the bulk of the bikers "camped" on the gym floor of the Piggott Community Center.

Monday morning they arose early for a breakfast at The Piggott Diner, and split into two groups. One group headed south on U.S. 49 for the next stop in Paragould, while others chose the more scenic--and physically taxing, route along the Crowley's Ridge Scenic By-Way. These riders headed west to McDougal and south on Highway 141 into Greene County. Monday evening they rendezvoused at the Paragould Community Center.

Early in the morning Tuesday, June 25 the riders headed out for Caruthersville where they were scheduled to spend the night. Wednesday the cyclists were scheduled to cross the Mississippi River and head north on the Great River Road to Samburg, where they'll again split into two groups. One 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.

The route will then take the riders to Tiptonville, Tenn. and on to Hickman, Ky. for their overnight stay Thursday. Friday morning they were slated to cross the Mississippi River on the Dorena-Hickman ferry and make their way to New Madrid for the final overnight stay.

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

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