Editor, Commonwealth:

I recently had the pleasure of riding in the inaugural Greenwood Gravel Grind, a 60-mile bike ride through gravel roads in Leflore and Carroll counties.

What a great event. The organizers and sponsors did an amazing job, but it was the volunteers who made the day so special.

Everything from the check-in to the post-race party at Tallahatchie Flats was staffed by friendly, helpful people. The ride itself — over levees, hills and roads — was well-chosen for diverse scenic beauty. We even saw an alligator.

Law enforcement from the Greenwood Police Department and the Leflore County and Carroll County sheriff’s departments as well as others kept us safe on the rare areas of vehicle traffic. The stop at Acy’s Store, where hamburgers were cooked to order, was absolutely wonderful.

I have ridden the Bikes, Blues & Bayous ride a number of times. This ride is certainly destined to become just as successful. The Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce should be proud.

At a time when small towns are experiencing a number of challenges, Greenwood is establishing itself as a bicycling center. The hospitality and generosity of the whole town make this a destination for bikers and anyone else who enjoys a fine time.

J. Robert Carter Jr.

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