In 2017, the second annual Root River Bluff & Valley Bicycle Tour will stay the night in Peterson on July 6 and Rushford on July 7, before spending a final night in Preston on July 8. Last year, about 50 bicyclists joined the inaugural road ride through the Root River Valley towns, with stays in Whalan, Harmony and Houston. This year’s ride hopes to bring 100 bicyclists or more to enjoy the local foods, history, and scenery of bluff country along the Root River!
The 2017 bicycle tour will be a 3-day loop tour beginning and ending in Peterson. Bicyclists meet the evening of July 6 for a Peterson packet-pickup-party in preparation for the bicycle adventure beginning Friday morning, July 7.
This tour is best suited for cyclist who are comfortable riding their bicycles on bike friendly roads, with some major hills to climb (8+ grade), as the route meanders in and around the Root River State Trail system and the Historic Bluff Country National Scenic Byway. Mileage ranges between 50 to 68 miles each day (century options are available upon request) on paved roads with some chance to ride on the paved trail.
Day 1 (July 7) – From Peterson, journey up to the Fremont’s historic general store, then over Vinegar Hill Pass to Money Creek and into Houston before circling around to Rushford, an overnight stop.
Day 2 (July 8) – After enjoying Rushford, the tour heads southwest through Amish farmlands, still cultivated by horses, to Harmony. After enjoying Harmony’s hospitality, it’s on to Preston for an overnight. Check out the National
Trout Center and take part in a dinner party and evening of fun.
Day 3 (July 9) – With a hearty Preston breakfast, the tour makes its way north on the Root River Trail up to Fountain, for a morning break; then it’s off through Bucksnort Pass and down to Lanesboro. Back on the Root River Trail the tour visits Whalan before returning to Peterson.