Natchez Trace

April 17 – 26, 2020

A great route for both experienced and new cyclists…

Why the Trace in April is great:

  • 444 miles of smooth roads
  • light motorized traffic
  • beautiful spring scenery
  • abundant bike signage
  • wonderfully hospitable hosts

What you won’t see on the Trace:

  • semi trucks
  • stop signs
  • traffic lights
  • billboards
  • utility poles

Natchez Trace

April 17 – 26, 2020

A great route for both experienced and new cyclists…

Why the Trace in April is great:

  • 444 miles of smooth roads
  • light motorized traffic
  • beautiful spring scenery
  • abundant bike signage
  • wonderfully hospitable hosts

What you won’t see on the Trace:

  • semi trucks
  • stop signs
  • traffic lights
  • billboards
  • utility poles

The Perfect Spring Ride

The Natchez Trace ride has grown to be a fan favorite Bike Adventure. It has all the components of a perfect Fuller Center ride…great routes, great church hosts, and great build days!

Schedule

4:00 – 9:00 PM: Riders arrive at church host in Nashville

If you would like to drive to Nashville and leave a car at our church host, you are welcome to do so. The Bike Adventure arranges transportation from Natchez back to Nashville on the Sunday departure day, and your Trip Leader will be in touch with how you can reserve a spot on that shuttle.

For folks taking other forms of transportation to the ride’s start, the ride’s support vehicle will be shuttling people from transportation hubs to the church in Nashville on Friday night. 

Dinner is not provided this evening, but there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from!

9:00 PM: A brief introduction with the group all together for the first time

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:00 AM – Breakfast

8:00 – 11:30 AM – Orientation

12:00 PM – Circle-up and Ride #1

Afternoon – Showers, snacks, and free time

unloading

Shady Grove is always an amazing host! These folks take us in like family, and are always excited to welcome us in and be a part of our journey and mission of affordable housing. 

Dinner – Provided by Shady Grove United Methodist Church

RIDE DAY 2 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

8:00 AM – Breakfast provided by Shady Grove United Methodist

9:00 AM – Church service

 10:30 AM – Circle-up and ride

Afternoon -Showers at the Welcome Center and Fire Department

Dinner – Provided by the Collinwood United Methodist Church

RIDE DAY 3 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

Afternoon: Showers at local high school and free time

Dinner: Cooked by Dinner Team

RIDE DAY 4 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

Lunch: Upon arrival, provided by church

Afternoon: Showers in the church and free time

Dinner: Provided by the Parkway Baptist Church

HOUSTON BUILD DAY – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:00 AM: Breakfast provided by Parkway Baptist Church

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Build Day with the Houston Fuller Center for Housing (lunch provided by the Parkway Baptist Church)

After working – Showers and free time in the church

Dinner – Community BBQ meal provided by Parkway Baptist

Evening Service – We get to participate in Parkway Baptist’s evening service, and will do a presentation about the work of the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. The Pastor at this church is also the Director of the Fuller Center Covenant Partner that we are building with.

RIDE DAY 5 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

Afternoon – Showers and free time in the church

This church is in downtown Kosciusko, and we are walking distance from the main square.

Dinner – Provided by the First United Methodist Church

RIDE DAY 6 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Breakfast – Provided by the Church

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

Afternoon – Showers and free time at Tougaloo College

Tougaloo 2

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.

Dinner – Hosted by the President of Tougaloo College, at her home!

RIDE DAY 7 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:00 AM: Circle-up and Ride

Afternoon – Showers and free time at the church

Check out the river-walk for amazing views of the Mississippi River, the reason for the Natchez Trace!

Dinner – Provided by the Jefferson Street United Methodist Church

DEPARTURE DAY

The Bike Adventure arranges transportation from Natchez back to Nashville on the Sunday departure day of the ride. Many folks choose to drive to the start, leaving their cars at our Nashville church for the week. If this is how you choose to get to and from the ride, we promise to get you back to your car on Sunday afternoon. 

For people who would rather flying or renting a car from the end of the ride, we can drop you off at the Jackson, MS airport on Sunday morning. If flying out of Memphis is your best option, we can drop you there on Sunday, but cannot support a Sunday morning flight departure.

You can also consider carpooling with another rider(s), which you can coordinate through your ride’s Facebook group that we set up.

Detailed information about all transportation logistics will be emailed to riders as the ride draws nearer. With any questions ahead of time, email [email protected]

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