Plains, Trains & Bike Chains

September 28th, 2019

The Plains Peanut Festival featuring President Jimmy Carter is one of the highlights of every year in Georgia. For years it has included a popular 5k for which President Carter hands out the awards, a parade, food and more. And now it includes bicycle rides that showcase some of the beauty and history that our area has to offer.

 

As a special bonus, those riding from Georgia Veterans State Park or from Americus will even get to ride the vintage SAM Shortline train back to your car! Just bring your bike on board when the train departs Plains around 2:00. (Note that regular price for the terrific train ride is $36, so this is truly a great deal!)

 

We encourage riders of all levels and skills to join us. The only requirements are that you register and wear a helmet.

This year we are offering two opportunities:

1. The Big One. (See the route here.)

Starting at Georgia Veterans State Park (Lake Blackshear), ride your bike 45 miles through beautiful Georgia countryside through Americus and onto historic Plains. We'll mark the roads, provide a support vehicle, and have a rest stop in Americus at the new Americus Train Depot.

Arrive in Plains by 11:00 to be in in time for Presiden't Carter's speech that kicks off the parade down Main Street. We'll even give you a ticket for free world-famous peanut butter ice cream! Spend some time at the festival and then take the SAM Shortline train all the way back to your car at Georgia Veterans State Park, all included.

 

     Check-in time: 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.

            Start time: 7:30 a.m.

     Train departs: 2:00 p.m.

      Train arrives: 4:45 p.m.

Starting location: GA Veterans State Park Depot

                                 2459 U.S. Highway 280 W; Cordele, GA

                      Cost: $39  - Register Here 

2. The Americus-Plains Special (See the route here.)

Starting at the new Americus Train Depot, ride your bike 14 miles to the historic and exciting Plains Peanut Festival. We'll mark the roads, provide a support vehicle for emergencies, and give you a ticket for a free world-famous peanut butter ice cream!

 

Arrive in Plains by 11:00 to be in in time for President Carter's speech that kicks off the parade down Main Street. We'll even give you a ticket for free world-famous peanut butter ice cream! Spend some time at the festival and then take the SAM Shortline train all the way back to your car in Americus, all included.

 

     Check-in time: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

            Start time: 9:00 a.m.

     Train departs: 2:00 p.m.

      Train arrives: 2:45 p.m.

Starting location: Americus Train Depot

                                329 S Jackson St, Americus, GA

                      Cost: $29  - Register Here

See the full schedule of events for the Peanut Festival on their website here:

http://plainsgeorgia2.com/events/#festival

Questions about the rides? Just email us at: sumtercycling2020@gmail.com.

 

Sumter County, GA

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