Ride the Fault Line Tour Visits NEARK
For the fifth year in a row, the Ride the Fault Line bicycle tour visited the region on Monday and Tuesday. This year's four-state tour started Sunday in Sikeston, with the riders spending that night at Malden High School. Tuesday morning they began to roll south through the peach orchards of Southest Missouri, with an early rest stop at Campbell. Around 8 a.m. the riders began to arrive at their second rest stop of the day, in front of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum in Piggott.
This marks the fifth straight year the local museum has served as a rest stop for the tour, although the course has changed several times.
Greeted by staff members, during the break many of the riders took the opportunity to visit and tour the museum. Others grabbed drinks and snacks, and continued on their way along U.S. 49 south with the next stop scheduled in Rector.
Arriving sporadically at Rector Memorial Park, a few of the cyclists gathered for conversation, hydration and snacks. On hand to greet the cyclists were Mayor Teresa Roofe, Alderman Lark Sigsby, Kay Huggins and Rev. Mace Straubel from Rector United Methodist Church.
Once again this year, the bicycling group hails from various parts of the country with Kansas being the state with the most riders participating. The tour also features a variety of bikes, including several tandem and recombanant styles.
Of the many stories shared, one of the most interesting concerned a Kansas honeymoon couple, Phil and Lisa. The couple met in college, were outdoor enthusiasts then, married last year, and saved their money for this 400 mile overland adventure, Riding the Fault Line.
Monday evening the riders were scheduled to spend the night in the Paragould Community Center, and on Tuesday they were slated to head back east to Kennett to bed-down for the night at the middle school.
The riders are scheduled to be making their way back north from Kennett today, Wednesday, June 14, and are slated to gather for the night in New Madrid. Thursday morning they'll make the short ride from New Madrid to the Dorena-Hickman ferry near East Prairie, which will take them across the Mississippi River to Hickman, Ky.
On Friday the riders will have three optional courses, with destinations at the Discovery Park of America near Union Tenn., Belmont State Park or Reelfoot Lake State Park. They will gather that evening at Fulton County High School, and will make the return ride to Sikeston on Saturday.
Those wanting additional information on the ride may visit their website at http://ridethefault.com/