French Connection Cycling Odyssey 3 - Gulf Coast

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Bryson City, NC

End Location

New Orleans, LA

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Timberline Adventures

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This 11-day ride is the final segment of the 32-day French Connection Cycling Odyssey, which runs from Quebec to New Orleans, mostly along Route 11.  Segment three features well maintained, gently rolling roads to carry us ever farther south - through North Carolina,  Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi to reach our final destination - New Orleans.

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Timberline Adventures

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October 2 - 12, 2019

This is the final segment of our French Connection Cycling Odyssey. The tour covers 672 scenic miles in 11 days.


  • Experience rural southern hospitality at its best as you ride through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi before reaching our final destination - New Orleans
  • Ride miles of well maintained, gently rolling roads - across undulating prairie, rolling mountains, winding river valleys and bayous 
  • Experience the varied geography in the state of Alabama;  deep forests to open prairie, mountain rock outcrops, and water.  
  • Stay at quaint inns and B&Bs, and sample local cuisine along the way
  • Celebrate your accomplishment in vibrant New Orleans, the melting pot of French, African and American cultures with round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music and spicy, singular cuisine


Day 1:  Orientation

Day 2 (85 miles): Bryson City, NC to Madisonville, TN

Day 3 (70 miles): Madisonville, TN to Chattanooga, TN

Day 4 (85 miles): Chattanooga, TN to Reese City, AL

Day 5 (62 miles): Reese City, AL to Birmingham, AL

Day 6 (55 miles): Birmingham, AL to Alpine Hills, AL

Day 7 (70 miles):  Alpine Hills, AL to Livingstone, AL

Day 8 (85 miles): Livingstone, AL to Laurel, MS

Day 9 (70 miles): Laurel, MS to Poplarville, MS

Day 10 (62 miles):  Poplarville, MS to Slidell, LA

Day 11 (35 miles): Slidell, LA to New Orleans


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