The Fast America South Ride is an event for cyclists who want to see the U.S.A. fast! For the cyclist who cannot take 27 days off, but still wants to ride Fast America South, try our Fast America South - East. The third and final section of Fast America South covers 1112 miles in 10 cycling days. Cross the mighty Mississippi River, experience America’s Deep South its hospitality as you ride from Fort Smith, AK to Savannah, GA.
The third section of the Fast America South begins as we head east out of Fort Smith AK. Arkansas offers gently rolling terrain as you ride along the Arkansas River Valley within sight of the Ozark Mountains and the Ozark National Forest.
Once over the Arkansas River, the terrain becomes nearly dead flat as we ride across the basin of the Great Mississippi River. You will finally be in the east when you cross the Mississippi River at Helena, but you will definitely know you are in the south when you start to see kudzu (a voracious vine that covers everything in its path) and start to experience warm southern hospitality.
Your first stop in the Deep South will be in Senatobia MS. After leaving Senatobia on your way to Aberdeen you will be on mostly quiet rural roads all the way to Georgia. But if you think the south is flat, you are in for an education. Although there are no mountains in Mississippi or Alabama, you'll have some of your most challenging climbing days before Georgia.
The Deep South doesn't get any deeper than in Alabama. Here cotton is king, the confederacy was born, and Jefferson Davis’s birthday is a holiday. If there’s a football coach fired or hired at the University of Alabama or Auburn, it takes up entire newscasts for 5 days...it might even preempt programming in prime time for a week!
Your first taste of Bama will be a challenging climbing day and you'll finish by riding right through the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Although there are no significant individual climbs you will have one of the most challenging total elevation gain days as you ride to Prattville AL. On your last day in Alabama, you'll ride through Tuskegee, the home of the Tuskegee Airmen, and the campus of Tuskegee University. You will overnight in Columbus Georgia right next to the beautiful Chattahoochee River, a short walk from the historic downtown and the beautiful Riverfront. As you explore the area, you will realize you are nearing the end of your great journey.
The next day you will depart Columbus on the river bike trail into Fort Benning. You will ride by the sniper school, Ranger training area, and heavy armor firing range. If you are lucky, there may be a demonstration going on as you pass by...just don't ride down range. The day into Perry, Georgia is relatively short so you may want to take a side trip to Andersonville, the site of the infamous Confederate Civil War concentration camp. All across Georgia you will see reminders of the Civil War as monuments, battlefields, and cemeteries recall the ravages of war, while white-pillared mansions tell a story of prosperity brought by cotton and river commerce. The terrain will start to level out as you near the coast. After your last night on the road in Vidalia Georgia, the sweet onion capital of the south, your emotions will be mixed as you prepare for your last day into Savannah. The terrain will be flat and gets even flatter as you ride to the tour’s final destination, and dip your wheels into the Atlantic Ocean at Tybee Island.