"...organization and logistics were outstanding!"
"...good air-conditoned place to spend each night."
"...shower vendor was great and kept the cleanest showers I've ever seen on a bike trip."
"...with the heat the opportunities to swim were an added plus."
"Liked the transportation provided to get around in each overnight town."
"Being able to sample a selection of freshly baked cakes at the Coulson home in Hickman was just the
'icing on the tour cake', so to speak!"
"Availability of indoor camping made the trip for me."
"Layover days mean less work setting up and tearing down every day".
"Travelling bike shop was reassuring although I did not need to use it".
History and tours
"The historical presenters were excellent!"
"I really enjoyed the historical significance of the routes".
"...took the time to explore the sites and historical offerings-we often pass on that on other rides."
"A good array of cultural and historical stops. Hickman provided excellent entertainment and tours!"
"Enjoyed seeing beautiful and historic Columbus-Belmont state park and the river overlook."
"Who knew there was a "mini-Epcot" science center in rural Tennessee??"
"....were pleasantly surprised at the points of interest and historical information provided."
"...locals were eager to answer questions about the history of the area and farm practices we saw."
Route marking and maps
"The routes were were chosen with rider safety in mind."
"The road markings were the best I've ever seen, maps of the nightly stops were extremely helpful-"
"Excellent attention to highlighting safety issues with prominent on-road markings. A+++"
"The BEST course markings I've ever experienced on a tour! Someone who rides marked the course!."
"...riding 60 miles with basically NO traffic. "
Cycling tour through Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky-join us in 2023!
MIDWEST CYCLOTOURING bicycle tours presents: Ride the Fault Line
Staff and Support
"The ride had an extremely good "vibe"-staff being very friendly and efficient, with nothing to get stressed about."
"...staff were all very friendly. The bike ride seemed very laid back."
"...staff was so approachable, helpful, and accommodating."
"...excellent, informed, visible, helpful in all respects."
"..sociable, knowledeable, accommodating."
"The attention to detail the organizers were able to do was incredible. Very impressed."
"....clearly organized by bicyclists!"
"Well planned, communicated, and executed!"
"Tour director obviously knows a lot about how to manage a week-long ride."
"The meals provided were wonderful, especially the steak and chicken the last night-yum!"
"Rest stops well-supplied with a good assortment of snacks, even using whole-wheat bread instead of white for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches."
"The breakfasts provided were tops."
"...and the root beer floats at the rest stops were a surprising and welcome treat!"
7 DAYS 4 STATES UNLIMITED FUN!
-Enjoy our new format! Stay at each stop longer. Only three overnight sites with exciting route choices at each one!
-Fewer setups/teardowns means more time for cycling fun!
-Alternate G~R~A~V~E~L routes some days!
-Shorter daily mileages mean you're not exhausted at the end of the route-no more 73-miles-into-a-headwind-days!! Long, sometimes boring, flat routes have been replaced with shorter rides with more widely varied terrain.
As always, the RTFL bicycle tour allows you to:
-Enjoy more than just cycling-embark on a memorable adventure! Educational speakers and tours let you learn about the areas you're riding through.
-Pedal low-traffic roads through mostly flat terrain-with some occasional moderate hills just to keep things interesting!
-Customize your tour to fit your personal riding style with layover days and optional routes from which to choose.
Your registration fee offers great value and includes:
-Outdoor tent camping or indoor, air-conditioned floor sleeping.
-A list of recommended motels if camping's not your thing!
-Hot showers each night and the final afternoon.
-Incredible "southern hospitality" from our host communities.
-Well-spaced water/snack stops along each day's route.
-Detailed color maps of the route, campsites, and towns.
-Informative speakers and educational history tours.
-Experienced, professional staff supports you every mile!
Event canceled for June 2022 due to ongoing pandemic uncertainties and tornado damage along the route.
We plan to be back in June 2023!!