Bikes and Blues is an annual event held early in the morning on the day of the Blind Willie McTell Music Festival. The riders chose to navigate either a 30-mile Statesboro Blues loop or a 50-mile Broke Down Engine Blues loop. The loops were named for two of Blind Willie McTell’s well known songs. 2020 marks the 4th year the cycle event combined with the festival. Hometown Warren and the Thomson-McDuffie Convention and Visitors Bureau partner for the bikes and blues ride.
Check in for the May 2nd cycle tour will begin at 8:00 am, the ride begins at 9:00 am. The 50 mile riders should arrive back at the festival site in time for the festival grounds to open at 11:00 am. The one-day blues music festival pays homage to the legacy of McDuffie County native Blind Willie McTell. He was an early 20th Century pioneer on the 12-string guitar and sang and played in a wide variety of musical styles. He was author of songs including “Statesboro Blues.”
“The Bikes and Blues ride gives people in rural Georgia the opportunity to participate in a bike ride and introduces people to Blind Willie and to McDuffie and Warren counties” said Jeffrey Fowler, president of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and manager of Hometown Warrenton Inc.
- Statesboro Blues: 30 miles Cycle through the less-traveled roads of McDuffie and Warren Counties. Stop a while at Wrightsboro Methodist Church, part of the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia Trail. Lots of photo ops, and we’ll have snacks for a pick-me-up and facilities for rest & comfort. You should have plenty of time to ride this route and catch the openers at the festival.
- Broke Down Engine Blues: 50 miles Let’s just hope your engine doesn’t break down on this challenging route. We’ve picked some spots along the way for you to stop, replenish, and enjoy the scenery. We hope you have a little time to catch some nice scenery before jumping back into the saddle to make it back to the festival for the opening act.
**Please note that this is a bicycle ride NOT a motorcycle ride**