Route 66 News

From Oklahoma to Santa Monica by bicycle

The Daily Oklahoman has a story about Greg Merkel, a recent high-school graduate who lives in Edmond, Okla., who decided to bicycle on Route 66 westward to Santa Monica.

Luckily, he met a German in Clinton, Okla., who also was cycling the route. Together, they made it all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

“The hardest day was going up to Santa Fe which was uphill,” Merkel said. “I don’t know how high the winds were, but we had to pedal going downhill.” […]

Merkel returned home on a train after riding his bike 1,795 miles.

He said he would like to attempt a cross-country journey again.

“I think it’s the best way to travel. You’re exercising constantly; you’re seeing different places, and you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight,” he said.