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Cyclists to return to help Courtland mark Picnic in the Park

By Ronnie Thomas
rthomas@decaturdaily.com · 340-2438

COURTLAND — Courtland Historic Association officials have invited bicycle riders back to town Saturday to help the community celebrate Picnic in the Park.

D.D. Martin, an association member, said last year cyclists did a similar ride, but on a different date.

“We’re delighted to have them return because it will add a new dimension to Picnic in the Park,” she said. “They will start their ride at 8:30 a.m. from the library at 233 College St. and return for lunch. We are prepared to serve 50 cyclists on the porch of the Rudy McCarley Center next to the library, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.”

Marjorie Holderer, a cyclist with a Huntsville club, said she marked routes for two loops of 40-plus miles and 55 miles. She said convenience stores are along the routes.

She said that early on in the ride is a 12-mile stretch of rural county road that runs along the south side of the Tennessee River, and, despite rough pavement, is “just too pretty to leave out.” She advises riders to “take it easy and take in the scenery.”

Holderer said cyclists from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Florence will join others from across North Alabama for the event.

For more information, call Holderer at 883-9982 or e-mail her at mjholderer@knology.net.

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