Cycling the Arkansas Delta

Written n partnership with Memphis Current and Outdoors Inc

April 2020                              

Springtime is one of our most beautiful times of the year. The dogwoods and redwoods are starting to bloom, and the azaleas after that,” muses Joe Royer, president and co-founder of Outdoors Inc. “Springtime is when cyclists really thrive.”
For the past several decades, Joe Royer has been a staunch advocate for Memphis’ natural resources and parks, as well as a proponent for human-powered recreation.

Though Royer is an avid kayaker, canooer, climber and all- around outdoorsman, his most practiced sport is cycling.

The 71-year-old has cycled across the globe, riding in five different countries in the last year alone.

“The trails we have available to us aren’t just good options for Memphis—they can stand against any trails in the world,” explains Royer.

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Cycling in Crittenden

Written n partnership with Memphis Current and Outdoors Inc

July 2019                    

Across the River, our neighbors in Crittenden County are working with Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation to create a space for cyclists, joggers, photographers and nature-enthusiasts alike. Bordering the western banks of the Mississippi River, directly adjacent to the Memphis skyline, the Big River Park is a sprawling scene of gravel roads, flood plains and gorgeous river views. The park's gravel paths are marked with large granite stones that were reclaimed from the Frisco Bridge's original bridge support columns, which have since been reconstructed. Though the park is in early stages of development, founder of Outdoors Inc. Joe Royer and his wife Carol Lee understand the unrivaled potential the park has for Memphians across the river.

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