Plains, Trains & Bike Chains

September 24, 2022

Plains, Trains and Bike Chains is an annual event highlighting the historical town of Plains, the SAM Shortline train, and the beautiful scenic country roads that this part of Georgia has to offer. It is scheduled to occur the weekend of the big Plains Peanut Festival. Proceeds benefit local cycling initiatives in Sumter County. 

Event Details

  • Ride your bicycle to Plains from GA Veterans State Park or Americus along a scenic route showcasing the beauty and history of this area.   

  • Explore historic downtown Plains, the Peanut Festival and the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park!

  • Enjoy lunch and famous peanut butter ice cream!  

  • Take the SAM Shortline train back to your starting point in Americus or at Georgia Veterans State Park.  

  • Alternately return to your start using our van/trailer or by making your own arrangements. 

Included in your registration:

  • Fully supported ride with route markings, rest stops, support vehicle for emergencies

  • A ride back to your starting point, either by van/trailer or on the vintage SAM Shortline 

  • Lunch in Plains

  • Event t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by September 9)

  • Plains' famous peanut butter ice cream!​


We encourage riders of all levels and skills to join us. The only requirements are that you register and wear a helmet. The train and our van/trailer can accommodate standard bicycles / e-bikes only, not tricycles, recumbent bikes, tandems, etc.



1. The Big One – 45 miles (See the route here.)

Starting at Georgia Veterans State Park Depot

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


     7:00 -- Check-in begins

     7:30 -- Start time

     12:30 -- Van/trailer departure for 1:30 arrival (optional)

     1:15 -- Begin loading train in Plains (1:45 departure)    

     4:30 -- Train arrives back to Georgia Veterans               


     Cost: $49




2. The Americus-Plains Special – 14 miles (See the route here.)

Starting at the Americus Train Depot

329 S Jackson St, Americus, GA


     8:30 -- Check-in begins

     9:00 -- Start time

     12:30 -- Van/trailer departure for 1:00 arrival (optional)

     1:15 -- Begin loading train in Plains (1:45 departure)    

     3:15 -- Train arrives back to Americus Train Depot 


     Cost: $39

Questions about the rides? Just email us at:

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Rider Recommendations from USA Cycling

Before attending a cycling event:

  • Know how COVID-19 spreads

  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19

  • Don’t travel if you are sick or are with someone who is sick

  • Determine if you are at higher risk for severe illness and if you are, don’t travel

  • Consider the possible risks you might encounter during travel

  • Consider who you are traveling back to and what risk you might be exposing them to. Is anyone considered high risk that you will be returning to? 


Traveling to and attending event:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or alcohol based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)

  • Avoid close contact with others (maintain 6’ social distancing) 

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes 

  • Clean and disinfect everything 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands