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Two Hotels offering Discounts for the May 5th Ride

Two Hotels are offering discounts to riders.
Best Western for the Bike ride for $90
Comfort Suites $100.
The manager said this was a $20 discount from the Hotels. Both are just off of  I 49 at exit 138.  To get to the ride you will get back on I 49 and go south to exit 127. Turn left on to Hwy 494 and continue straight for approx 5 miles. You will see the Oakland Plantation house on the left, continue around the sharp curve and the entrance is on the left.

IHop is in walking distance from the hotels. Downtown Natchitoches is 5 miles.

I have asked if there is any specific way to ask for the discount. I guess just saying Bike Ride is enough. If it is anything else I will let you know. If you have any questions you can call me @ 318-471-3085. Looking forward to visiting with you.

 

Carey

FREE Warm-Up Ride Friday May 4th

Bike Natchitoches is offering a free “warm-up” ride Friday, May 4th before our Annual Plantation Ride Saturday May the 5th. The free ride will be of special interest to history buffs as it will highlight two historical sites of great interest.

The first, Los Adaes, founded in the early 1700s as a Franciscan Missionary and to protected the Spanish frontier from encroachment by the French from Fort St Jean Baptiste, located in Natchitoches.

The second, Fort Jesup was built in 1822 as a border outpost to protect the United States frontier, territory and settlers.
The ride will commence from Los Adaes after a short program. The ride to Ft Jesup and back is a challenging 20 miles (hills) and will be for experienced riders. Interested parties can drive to Ft Jesup.
After light refreshments and another program we will return to Los Adaes.
You will pass through the town of Robeline that has two antique shops that have items of interest for all ages.
Los Adaes will, open at 8:30. The initial ride and return trip will start after the programs and should be over by 12:30 or 1PM.
Registration is not required but we would like a head count. Please text 318-471-3085 if you plan to attend.

LOS ADAES STATE HISTORIC SITE
Address:
6354 Hwy. 485
Robeline, LA 71449
Directions:
From I-49, exit onto LA 6 west. Turn right onto LA 485 and follow the signs
Los Adaes, the symbol of New Spain in Louisiana, was once the capital of Texas and the scene of a unique cooperation among the French, the Spanish and the indigenous Native Americans. An area rich in archaeological finds, it thrives today as one of Louisiana’s most intriguing state Historic Sites
Los Adaes dates back to the early 1700s when a Franciscan missionary, Father Francisco Hidalgo, urged the French governor of Louisiana to establish a post near east Texas. The missionary’s objectives weren’t purely religious; he knew that such an action by the French would alert New Spain and cause the Spanish government to re-establish previously closed Spanish military posts and Franciscan missions. The founding of Natchitoches in 1714 by the Frenchman St. Denis and the subsequent construction there of Fort St. Jean Baptiste had the predicted effect. In 1716, the Spanish established six missions and one fort in east Texas.
In 1772, ten years after Louisiana was transferred to Spain, Los Adaes closed and the inhabitants moved to San Antonio. However, many of the 500 soldiers and family members soon left San Antonio and returned to Louisiana, where their descendants live today

FORT JESUP STATE HISTORIC SITE
Address:
32 Geoghagan Rd.
Many, LA 71449
Directions:
The site is located in Sabine Parish, just 30 minutes from Natchitoches and I-49, and six miles east of Many off LA 6 (formally the San Antonio Road).
Purchase Treaty of 1803 failed to clearly define the western boundary of Louisiana, which was also the western border of the country at that time, the United States claimed eastern Texas and Spain claimed western Louisiana. The ensuing dispute gave rise to the “Neutral Ground,” an area where the laws of neither nation were enforced. Soldiers and settlers were kept out and rogues of various stripes ruled the region
After the territorial boundary was finally fixed at the Sabine River by the Florida Purchase Treaty of 1819, the United States built Fort Jesup in 1822. Lieutenant Colonel Zachary Taylor established and commanded the garrison, which was originally called Cantonment Jesup in honor of Taylor’s good friend Brigadier General Thomas Sidney Jesup. Taylor’s troops managed to establish law and order in the Neutral Ground and Fort Jesup remained an important military post for nearly 25 years.
Soldiers at Fort Jesup performed many duties which opened the frontier to American settlers:
The soldiers of Fort Jesup saw thousands of settlers move into the province of Texas and then watched Texas become independent of Mexican authority. In 1845, half of the U.S. Army traveled through the Fort Jesup area en route to war with Mexico.
The fort was abandoned in 1846 when it was no longer needed as a border outpost.

2018 Annual Cane River Plantation Ride

5th Annual

2018 Cane River
Plantation Ride

Free 2K Family Fun Run/Walk

The Bike Natchitoches 5th Annual Cane River Plantation Ride on May 5, 2018, comprises three routes that cover land steeped in the history of Natchitoches Parish and offers numerous views of Cane River Lake.

  1. The 15 mile route will start and finish at the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (Oakland Plantation) in Bermuda, Louisiana. The tour will follow the Cane River National Heritage Trail and the Isle Brevelle Trail along Cane River Lake. It will pass several antebellum homes as well as Melrose Plantation and will cross Cane River Lake to the Isle Brevelle Trail by historical St. Augustine Catholic Church. It will continue to Cane RiverNational Historical Park.
  2. The 25 mile route will follow the same route as the 15 mile route plus continue on to Magnolia Plantation. The tour will cross the end of Cane River Lake and continue on to the Isle of Brevelle Trail to Cane River National Historical Park (Oakland Plantation).
  3. The metric century route will follow the same route as the 25 mile route and will add the beautiful, hilly forest scenery of the Kisatchie National Forest including the Long Leaf Vista Trail. It is a perfect blend of Louisiana plantation history and serene arboreal experience.
  4. A 2k family fun run/walk is free and will be held on the park premises. Registration for the 2K will also be held on site the morning of the event.
  5. Participants and families from any route are encouraged to tour the National Park at Oakland and Magnolia plantation at no extra fee. Melrose Plantation is offering a reduced fee for participants and families.
  6. The registration fee for any ride is $35.00 for participants 18 and older. Participants 17 years or younger and students have a registration fee of $20.00 for any ride.
  7. Late registration* and sign–in opens at 7:15 a.m. and the ride will start at 8:15 a.m. An event shirt and gift bag are guaranteed if registered on line by April 30. Free Lunch will be served to all precipitants starting at 10:30 AM.

Register on line @ www.bikereg.com

*Registration the day of the event will be $5.00 extra per participant.

For more information about the Bike Natchitoches Cane River Plantation Ride, contact Carey Blanchard at cblanchard3rd@gmail.com, 318-471-3085, or go to BikeNatchitoches.org.

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