A 35-mile trek through the country

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Day Two of the London Rib and Jazz Fest, Saturday, Aug. 2, will feature an activity that will justify taking that second helping of ribs: A bike ride.


There’s nothing like a long bike ride, some 35 miles, to burn calories, speed up metabolism and generally make a bicyclist hungry for a meal. The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails (FMCPT) are happy to provide such an event.


The ride will depart from the site of the Rib and Jazz Fest on Second Street between Main and Oak streets. Riders will proceed to Brighton in a ersatz recreation of the fabled automobile excursion, the London to Brighton Run of British fame.


But the tour does not end there. It will proceed through the bucolic environs of Clark and Madison counties and return to the festival site for a total of 35 miles.


For pre-registration go online at: www.fmcpt.com, or forms are available at the London Coffee Peddler on South Main Street in London.


Those who pre-register before July 26 receive a discounted fee of $20.


To register the day of the ride, the fee is $25.


Refreshments will be included at the rest stops in Brighton and South Charleston.


Riders will depart around 9 a.m. in order to get back to the popular Rib & Jazz Fest to enjoy the great food and entertainment.


A free secure bike corral is available for riders to use during the festival.


Visit the FMCPT website for ride information, registration, and maps: http://www.fmcpt.com. With more than 150 members, FMCPT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers supporting the Madison County Park District and the City of London.


Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.


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