The Portland Alley Pedalfest takes place on September 12-13 at Riverside Park in Iola, Kansas. Here is an overview of the route options for Sunday, September 13, 2015.
On Sunday, riders will be free to choose from a number of self-guided and self-supported routes through Allen County. Route maps will be provided. All routes begin and end at Riverside Park in Iola. These routes include:
- Ghost Town Tour — Featuring stops at Geneva Cemetery, Neosho Falls (the most famous ghost town in Kansas), and Piqua, featuring the majestic St. Martins’s Cathedral.
- Lehigh Portland Trail Tours — Local riders will be offering tours of the Lehigh Portland Trails, a new trail system under construction in Iola, featuring both wide easy paths and challenging singletrack, as well as spectacular views of the Quarry Lake from 40-foot bluffs, and Ozark-like terrain along Elm Creek. You’re welcome to hike or bike the trails (cyclocross, hybrid, or mountain bike recommended for the singletrack).
- Mildred Loop — Visit the small community of Mildred, home to the ruins of the Great Western Portland Cement Company, as well as the charming Mildred Store, an old-fashioned country general store that sells everything from groceries to hardware, along with great hand-made deli sandwiches.
- Mixed-Terrain Challenge — A ride that features several types of terrain, including singletrack, rail-trail, gravel roads, dirt roads, and pavement. This ride will test both your bike-handling skills and your stamina! Trail-capable bike recommended.
- Tour of Allen County — This route takes riders on a tour of most of the communities of Allen County — Iola, Humboldt, Elsmore, Savonburg, Moran, Mildred, La Harpe, and Gas. The route is completely paved (except for the section on the Southwind Rail Trail).
For details of each route, click through to the ride narrative pages, where you can also access route maps and GPS tracks that you can download to your GPS cyclocomputer or cell phone.
These routes are self-guided and self-supported. Be sure to take everything you need for a self-supported ride — water, snacks, a patch kit and pump, etc. A cell phone with navigation maps is recommended. There may be a few refuel opportunities along these routes, but they are mostly rural and remote.
In addition to these routes, all of the Bike Allen County Routes are also available to ride, offering various distances and surface options.