See beauty along Cane River Lake during the Cane River Plantation Ride

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The fifth Annual Cane River Plantation Ride, hosted by Bike Natchitoches, will be Saturday, May 5 starting at 8:15 a.m. The ride consists of three routes that cover land steeped in the history of Natchitoches Parish and offers many views of Cane River Lake.

There is a 15-mile ride that will start and finish at Oakland Plantation, a 25-mile ride that will follow the same route as the 15-mile, but will continue towards Magnolia Plantation, and a 62-mile ride that will follow the same route as the 25-mile, but will include scenery of the Kisatchie National Forest and the Long Leaf Vista Trail. Registration fees per ride are $35 and $20 for those 17 and younger and $5 per extra rider. The 2K family run/walk is free and will be on the Cane River Creole National Historical Park premises.

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Signup begins at 7:15 a.m. at Oakland Plantation. Event shirts and gift bags are guaranteed if you register online by April 30. Lunch will be served to all participants at 10:30 a.m. For map of routes, visit www.bikenatchitoches.org and click the “events” link on the left-hand side. To register online, visit www.bikereg.com

Bike Natchitoches is offering a free “warm-up” ride Friday, May 4 before the Annual Plantation Ride Saturday, May 5. The free ride will interest history buffs, as it highlights two historical sites.

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 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 20 miles, with hills, and for experienced riders. After light refreshments and another program, the group will return to Los Adaes. Los Adaes will open at 8:30 a.m. The initial ride and return trip will start after the programs and should be over by 12:30 or 1 p.m.