Event Details

The Route

April 6 – 15, 2018

We’ll begin our adventure with an optional Build Day and mandatory arrival on Friday evening in Nashville. Saturday morning we will have a brief Orientation, then embark on our journey towards Natchez, riding the 37 miles to Duck River, TN. We’ll roll into our final destination one week later, meeting the Mississippi River in Natchez, MS.

The Natchez Trace is a great route for both experienced and new cyclists…

  • The entire parkway is a designated bike route, very well marked with many signs.
  • The maximum speed limit for cars is 50 mph, commercial traffic is not allowed, and motorized traffic in general is very light.
  • There are NO stop lights or stop signs!
  • The scenery is amazing and you will not see any utility poles, billboards, and large buildings … just beautiful forests, creeks, and vistas.
  • This time of year spring is bursting forth with entire fields of flowers: yellows, whites, blues and reds.

About Tougaloo College

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A celebratory police-escort and ride into Tougaloo College to meet its President, Beverly Hogan, is the perfect end to a beautiful trip!

The visit to Tougaloo College has become one of the highlights of this event. The Fuller Center’s founder, Millard Fuller, was a self-made millionaire who gave away his wealth and sought a new direction in life in the early 1960’s.

On his journey — before he ever dreamed of building homes — he served as a fundraiser for the historically African-American Tougaloo College and created a scholarship. Fifty years later, we are privileged to count Tougaloo among our friends and are continuously amazed at the love and warm welcome they give us upon our arrival.

The Schedule

Overall, we’ll have six biking days, with an average of 67 miles a day. Take a look at the schedule below to learn more about the daily mileage.

FridayApril 6Build/ArrivalOptional Build Day in Nashville, all riders arrive by 9pm
SaturdayApril 737 milesOrientation, then bike to Duck River, TN
SundayApril 855 milesChurch in Duck River, then bike to Collinwood, TN
MondayApril 990 milesBike to Saltillo, MS
TuesdayApril 1042 milesBike to Houston, MS
WednesdayApril 11Build DayBuild Day
ThursdayApril 1276 milesBike to Kosciusko, MS
FridayApril 1362 milesBike to Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS
SaturdayApril 14103 milesBike to Natchez, MS
SundayApril 15DepartureRiders Depart (FCBA arranges cars for drive back to Nashville)
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 Ride Logistics

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Riders working as a team to unload the support trailer.

Preparing for your ride

Arrival in Nashville:

Arrive no later than at 9:00pm on Friday, April 6th. If you need to arrive outside of that time frame please contact Connor at bike@fullercenter.org as soon as possible.

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Three generations riding the Natchez Trace with us together!

Basic Orientation Schedule:
Thursday: 
  • Riders may arrive at church in the evening, details TBD

Friday:

  • Optional Build Day
  • Dinner will be on your own–you can either plan to eat before you arrive, or we will help arrange transportation to local restaurants for those who need it!
  • By 9:00pm: All riders arrive!
  • 9:00pm: We will have an optional showing of the documentary film called Briars in the Cotton Patch
Saturday:  Orientation with all riders, then a short trip to Duck River, TN.

Sunday: Attend church in Duck River, then set course for our next Build Day in Houston, MS!

Cyclists helping to re-roof a house on one of our Spring Ride projects.

Shipping your bike:

If you need to ship your bike please let Connor know (bike@fullercenter.org).  Have it shipped to our office at the following address, with arrival no later than April 2nd!  For tips on packing and shipping check here: Ways to Ship Your Bike.

The Fuller Center for Housing
Attn: Bike Adventure
701 S Martin Luther King Blvd
Americus, GA 31719

Departure from Natchez:

We will leave Natchez early in the morning on Sunday, April 15th and plan to arrive back in Nashville by 4:00pm.

If you are scheduling a flight, bus or train out of Natchez, we can drop you off at the airport or bus/train station in the morning on Sunday, April 15th before we depart.  There will be a transportation form sent to you ahead of the ride in which you can communicate your travel plans and if you need a ride from the support team.
Want more?

If you have any questions never hesitate to contact us at bike@fullercenter.org … and don’t forget to check out our 2018 Summer Adventures!

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