2015 Apple Butter Makin’ Days Festival Bike Tour

Apple Butter Makin’ Days Bike Tour

October 9 – 11, 2015

Join us for the Apple Butter Makin’ Days bicycle tour. The ABMD tour is a 3-day, 2-night self-supported bicycle tour in beautiful southwest Missouri. The ride begins and ends in Springfield, Missouri, with overnight stops in Walnut Grove and Mt. Vernon. This bicycle tour is created and led by David Rice and Greg Hoffman.


Finalized daily routes, GPS Downloads, Cue Sheets:

ABMD Tour Full Route

ABMD Tour Day 1
ABMD Tour Day 2
ABMD Tour Day 3


Day 1, Friday, October 9th: The ride begins and ends at McDaniel Park, although you can start and end anywhere along the route. We’ll start riding from the park at 8:00.  We’ll ride out of Springfield on paved bicycle trails and low-traffic bike routes to country roads northwest of the city. With rest stops about every 10 – 12 miles and a longer stop for lunch at Smith’s Restaurant in Bolivar (riders buy/bring their own lunch), we’ll ride about 60 miles, making the first day the longest riding day. Dinner and camping will be at 7Cs Winery in Walnut Grove. Everyone carries their own food and gear on their bikes. There is no cost to camp overnight at 7Cs. Gifts, snacks (bottled water, soda, cheese, crackers, summer sausage, chips), wine, and beer are available for purchase from 7Cs Winery. Riders bring their own food for dinner and breakfast at 7Cs. There are no services (convenience stores, restaurants) in the area, so come prepared! 7Cs does provide a grill and charcoal.

Day 2, Saturday, October 10th: After a well-deserved good night’s sleep in the great outdoors, we’ll have breakfast and pack the bikes before we begin our ride to the Apple Butter Makin’ Days festival in Mt. Vernon. Today’s ride will be 40 miles with rest stops every 10 – 12 miles with a lunch stop along the way. We’ll arrive in Mt. Vernon by mid-afternoon, giving everyone plenty of time to enjoy the festival. Overnight accommodations will be camping on the lawn of the Center Street Suites. A wide variety of food is available for purchase at the festival. There is a $20 charge paid directly to Center Street Suites to camp on the lawn and use their shower. This is also includes secured bike parking, and sleeping in the attic if it rains.

Day 3, Sunday, October 11th: The final day begins more leisurely since the riding begins in the afternoon. Riders can enjoy a full breakfast at the Center St. Bed and Breakfast for an additional $10.  After breakfast, there will be time to enjoy the festival and have lunch before we start our ride at 1:00. Today’s ride will be 42 miles and we will be back to McDaniel Park before the sun sets at 6:30.


The only cost is $20 to Center St. Suites for camping on their lawn Saturday night, and if you want breakfast there on Sunday morning, it’s an additional $10. Other than that, it’s just a group of cyclists on a weekend ride together (ie. Everyone’s responsible for themselves!).

Additional Information:

  • This is a long-distance road ride that includes riding with automobile traffic on some shoulder-less roads. The route is designed to be as bicycle-friendly as possible, but on a ride of this distance, it is not possible to avoid all traffic and associated risks. You must be comfortable riding on roads with automobile traffic.
  • This ride is considered to be an INTERMEDIATE level tour. It is rated as intermediate due to its length of 40 – 60 miles per day and some hilly sections. There are a few hills that are up to 2 miles long, generally at a grade of 6% or less. Some shorter climbs may be steeper. It is fine for experienced riders new to touring, but it is not for beginner riders. If you’re not sure, post a question and the community will help you decide if this ride is for you.
  • Most of the route is paved, although there may be some dirt/gravel roads.
  • No Showers available at 7Cs, but there is running water and bathrooms. Showers will be available at Center Street Suites (included in the $20 camping fee).


More information and ride signup here on the Facebook event page.


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