The Mississippi River Trail, a road/bike trail that follows paved highways along the entire length of the river from Minnesota to New Orleans, includes a section through the rolling alluvial countryside of west Tennessee. One Memphis paddler, Joe Royer, an avid bicyclist as well, has popularized a workout that combines a cruise down the river with a bike ride on the MRT. Leaving a bicycle on the dock at downtown Memphis, he drives his boat to Meeman Shelby Forest, a state park on the river some twenty miles upstream of Memphis. He then paddles down to Memphis and the dock, riding his bike back up to Meeman Shelby Forest to get the car. Reasonably fit men and women take between three and four hours to complete the entire workout, which Joe has dubbed the "Mississippi River Challenge."
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