RIDE WITH THE KING
2nd Sunday in January; 2p EST; Greenville, Ga.
Believed to be the largest ELVIS'S BIRTHDAY RIDE in the world.
Three courses: 50, 35 or 18 miles.
Pavement surface is mixed: some rough county roads, some excellent state asphalt.
Automobile traffic is light. There will be dogs!
Jelly donuts for all.
Wear helmets, please!
Doug Mote, the original ride organizer, writes in 2008:
Elvis’ Birthday Ride began in 1989, when Scot Angus, Ron Cole, Glenn Kersey, Doug Mote and Pat Murphy were looking for a reason to ride on the first weekend of the new year. We declared a ride for that Sunday afternoon. The ride needed a name. It has always troubled the rest of us, that Glenn knew that Elvis’ birthday was that weekend. The name stuck.
The first year had the smallest number of riders: the five named above. Three times we have had 90 riders: 2005, 2008 & 2014. Five out of the last six years we have had sunny and very warm weather. But, take note: THIS RIDE GOES NO MATTER THE WEATHER CONDITIONS! In 1996, only the ride leader showed…there was three inches of snow on the ground. In 2002, there was rain until ride time and the temperatures never went over 43 degrees.
DIRECTIONS TO GREENVILLE, GA:
FROM AUBURN AND OPELIKA
I-85 North, some 40 miles, to GA exit 18. Turn right on GA HWY 109. East on GA 109 for 15.5 miles until the Greenville courthouse is in your way. Turn right onto Talbotton St. One block to parking on the left. About 55 miles total.
I-185 North 36 miles, to exit 46. Turn right on Upper Big Springs Rd. East for 0.33 miles unitl a church is in the middle of the road. Turn left on Knot Rd. Go east 0.25 miles. Cross railroad tracks. Now straight 1.8 miles to a stop sign. Go straight at stop sign. The road is now called Thrash Rd. 3 miles to another stop sign. Turn right onto GA HWY 109. In 10.8 miles the Greenville courthouse will be in your way. Turn right onto Talbotton St. One block to parking on left. Some 54 miles total.
--OR-- MORE SCENIC, BUT SLOW
Go to Pine Mountain and pick up GA HWY 18 N. Follow it for 16 miles until the Greenville courthouse is on your left. Go ¾ around the courthouse to Talbotton St. Parking one block on left.
FROM NEWNAN, ATLANTA, AND POINTS NORTH
From the Moreland exit on I-85, go south on US 29 & US Alt 27 for 3.1 miles. Follow US 27 south for 5 miles to Luthersville. Continue on US 27 S. Go 13.1 miles to the Greenville courthouse. Go ½ around courthouse to Talbotton St. One block to parking on the left. Some 21 miles from Moreland.
Review these directions ahead of time. The King is not known for proof reading.
VIRTUAL RIDERS MEETING
THE 15 MILE RIDE
THE 35 AND 50 MILE RIDES
…FINISHING THE 50 MILE RIDE
LONG LIVE THE KING!