Bike the Byway planned for Saturday
Bike The Byway, a 47-mile ride through the picturesque hills and communities of Historic Hills Scenic Byway from Ottumwa to Bloomfield is set for Saturday.
Check in is 7-9 a.m. at Market on Main in Ottumwa.
Starting in Ottumwa, cyclists will roll onto the paved trail system and head south to Mary Street. A quick turn to the west and they’ll be headed to Blakesburg via Bluegrass Road. This winding road goes through scenic countryside and by the Air Power Museum.
In Blakesburg, a turn south will put cyclists on the official Historic Hills Scenic Byway roadway. Heading south, the views are killer and so are the hills.
Things will level out some going into Unionville. See the oldest church in Appanoose County before turning east and heading toward Drakesville.
The route has an optional 10 mile scenic loop at Lake Wapello State Park.
From Unionville to Drakesville, participants might share the road with an Amish buggy. From there, participants will roll into Bloomfield to relax on the courthouse lawn.
A shuttle service for bikes and riders will be provided at 7:30 a.m. from Bloomfield and again at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Hospitality stops with free water and restroom stops are provided. Several organizations plan to provide food and drink for purchase.
Two support vehicles will be traveling the route. Repair services will be available in three locations. Support phone numbers will be provided at registration.
Registration is $25. An optional T-shirt is available.
All profits from the event support local efforts to enhance visitor experiences along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway.