Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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April 2, 2012

‘Park to Park’ bicycle ride April 28

ANDERSONVILLE — It's time to bring that old bike out of storage in the garage, knock off the dust, oil the chains, pump up the tires and check the brakes. Andersonville National Historic Site is partnering with the River Valley Regional Commission and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site to host the first Park-to-Park bicycle ride from Andersonville, through the city of Americus, to Plains on April 28 during National Park Week.

What better way to start off the warm season than with a bike ride through Sumter County to rejuvenate your passion for the open road? The ride will begin at the National Prisoner of War Museum parking lot located at Andersonville National Historic Site, continuing through historic downtown Americus and on to Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains.

Registration is 8-9 a.m. at Andersonville NHS; ride to Americus is 9-10:30 a.m.; 10:30-11 a.m. is rest stop in Americus, welcome by Mayor Barry Blount; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ride to Plains; 12:30 p.m. Welcome at Jimmy Carter NHS and After Party. Shuttles to Americus and Andersonville depart at 2 p.m.

The event is family friendly and free to the public. The total distance from

Andersonville to Plains is 32 miles; the hal- ride from Americus to Plains

is 17 miles. All participants are required to wear a helmet. Rest stops

will be provided along the way as well as a support vehicle for minor

mechanical issues and first aid. Participants are asked to register and

sign event waiver either in Andersonville or Americus (depending on full or

half-ride). There will be Support and Gear (SAG) stations with water, fruit

and snacks in Andersonville, Americus and Plains.

 

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