Nov. 5: ‘Tour duh Sunken Lands’ Bicycle Tour in Tyronza

TYRONZA, Ark. – Registration continues for one of the region’s longest-running bicycle events, the eighth annual Tour duh Sunken Lands, which starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, from downtown Tyronza.

For riders wanting to sign up early, online registration for the event is handled by America’s number one bicycle club, the Memphis Hightailers.  Participants can also register on the day of the event at the Southern Tenant Farmer’s Museum, which is the starting line for the 50-mile “cultural cycling tour.”

Last year’s food stop additions enhanced what is already known as one of Arkansas’ top bicycle tour events.  The celebrated warming soup stop near the half-way point at the Painted House in Lepanto returns for this year.  While local restaurant Tyboogies closed earlier this year, the city of Tyronza will step in to provide a cookout for participants at the end of the ride.

The ride begins and ends at the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in downtown Tyronza at 10 a.m.  Registration is $50 per rider and includes admission to all the museums along the 50-mile path which serve as rest stops.

Once again, the world-renowned Johnny Cash Boyhood Home is among the tour stops.  Along with experiencing the unique geography of Poinsett and Mississippi counties which resulted from the nation’s greatest earthquake, riders can visit the A-State Heritage Site at Dyess Colony, the Painted House featured in the Lifetime movie of the John Grisham novel in Lepanto, the Marked Tree Area Museum and the Rivervale Siphons.

More information about the event is online now at AState.edu/TdSL.  Museum admissions, the post-ride meal, and tee-shirt are included in the registration fee.

Proceeds from the event benefit programs of the Sunken Lands Chamber of Commerce.

This ride together the League of American Bicyclists’ top club with the Arkansas Delta Byways Tourism Association’s “Boot Strap Award” winning event.  The tour received the honor at the 16th Annual Delta Awards after attracting riders from states as far away as Illinois in 2015.

To follow the ride on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/TourDuhSunkenLands.

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