Fast America South - East

Summary

For the cyclist who cannot take 27 days off, but still wants to ride Fast America South, try our Fast America South - East. The third and final section of Fast America South covers 1112 miles in 10 cycling days. Cross the mighty Mississippi River America’s Deep South its hospitality as you ride from Fort Smith, AK to Savannah, GA.

Details

Fast America South - East begins as we head east out of Fort Smith AK. Arkansas offers gently rolling terrain as you ride along the Arkansas River Valley within sight of the Ozark Mountains and the Ozark National Forest. Once over the Arkansas River, the terrain becomes nearly dead flat as we ride across the basin of the Great Mississippi River. You will finally be in the east when you cross the Mississippi River at Helena, but you will definitely know you are in the south when you start to see kudzu (a voracious vine that covers everything in its path) and start to experience warm southern hospitality. Your first stop in the Deep South will be in Senatobia MS. After leaving Senatobia on your way to Aberdeen you will be on mostly quiet rural roads all the way to Georgia. But if you think the south is flat, you are in for an education. Although there are no mountains in Mississippi or Alabama, you'll have some of your most challenging climbing days before Georgia.

The Deep South doesn't get any deeper than in Alabama. Here cotton is king, the confederacy was born, and Jefferson Davis’s birthday is a holiday. If there’s a football coach fired or hired at the University of Alabama or Auburn, it takes up entire newscasts for 5 days...it might even preempt programming in prime time for a week! Your first taste of Bama will be a challenging climbing day and you'll finish by riding right through the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Although there are no significant individual climbs you will have one of the most challenging total elevation gain days as you ride to Prattville AL. On your last day in Alabama, you'll ride through Tuskegee, the home of the Tuskegee Airmen, and the campus of Tuskegee University. You will overnight in Columbus Georgia right next to the beautiful Chattahoochee River, a short walk from the historic downtown and the beautiful Riverfront. As you explore the area, you will realize you are nearing the end of your great journey. The next day you will depart Columbus on the river bike trail into Fort Benning. You will ride by the sniper school, Ranger training area, and heavy armor firing range. If you are lucky, there may be a demonstration going on as you pass by...just don't ride down range. The day into Perry, Georgia is relatively short so you may want to take a side trip to Andersonville, the site of the infamous Confederate Civil War concentration camp. All across Georgia you will see reminders of the Civil War as monuments, battlefields, and cemeteries recall the ravages of war, while white-pillared mansions tell a story of prosperity brought by cotton and river commerce. The terrain will start to level out as you near the coast. After your last night on the road in Vidalia Georgia, the sweet onion capital of the south, your emotions will be mixed as you prepare for your last day into Savannah. The terrain will be flat and gets even flatter as you ride to the tour’s final destination, and dip your wheels into the Atlantic Ocean at Tybee Island.

Join Us!

Register online for the ride of a lifetime. Make your commitment today. Then start your training and get ready for a bicycle ride you will never forget. Remember once you arrive at the ride start city, let America by Bicycle take care of all the details. You just ride your bike everyday and explore America. Get ready for real cycling adventure. Plan your cycling calendar now and don't miss the training window. America by Bicycle offers this tour every other year. Be sure to sign up in time for 2016 or you’ll have to wait until 2018!

You will need to show us you are training and physically ready for the challenge. Plan to ride an organized local century ride (higher mileage events are encouraged) no later than one month from the start of the event. Upon completion, send America by Bicycle a copy of your entry form and timecard.  If the event does not time or have an official timer, get a representative of the host organization to sign your enrollment form with your time. All participants must be able to complete a century in 6 hours riding time. If you cannot confirm your ability, you may not be allowed to participate on this event. Don’t hesitate calling the Ride Director with any questions.

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Trip Details

START / FINISH
Fort Smith, AR to Savannah, GA

DAYS
10 days

DATES
2017
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2018
Tuesday May 8 to Friday May 18

ITINERARY / MILEAGE

Day 0
Fort Smith, AR  0

Day 1
Conway, AR  122

Day 2
Brinkley, AR  102

Day 3
Senatobia, MS  112

Day 4
Aberdeen, MS  138

Day 5
Tuscaloosa, AL  110

Day 6
Prattville, AL  114

Day 7
Columbus, GA  113

Day 8
Perry, GA  96

Day 9
Vidalia, GA  101

Day 10
Savannah, GA  104

TOTAL MILEAGE
1112

DAILY MILEAGE
115+ per day average

MEALS
Breakfast and lunch included for all days except Day 0. Dinner is not included.

2018 PRICES
$2274 (Triple)
$2774 (Double)
$3274 (Single)

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