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Two big bicycle events to roll across Route 66 in Missouri, Oklahoma

Two big bicycle events to roll across Route 66 in Missouri, Oklahoma

Two large bicycle events are set for hundreds of miles of Route 66 in Missouri and Oklahoma in 2018, and Joplin, Missouri, plays a vital role in both. The annual Oklahoma Freewheel, after beginning in June 10 in the eastern…

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Bicycle Across Missouri will ride Route 66 in 2018

Bicycle Across Missouri will ride Route 66 in 2018

The annual Bicycle Across Missouri event, aka Big BAM, will travel 304 miles from Joplin to Eureka for its 2018 event, it was announced this week. The ride begins June 18 in Joplin and ends June 22 in Eureka, according…

McLean County in Illinois extends Route 66 Bike Trail

McLean County in Illinois extends Route 66 Bike Trail

The board of McLean County, Illinois, this week voted to extend the Route 66 Bike Trail another 3.25 miles from Shirley, Illinois, to the hamlet of Funks Grove. The current trail runs from Towanda, Illinois, through the Bloomington-Normal metro area…

Coates Cyclery in Pomona to close after 83 years

Coates Cyclery in Pomona to close after 83 years

The Coates Cyclery bicycle shop in Pomona, California, will close at the end of February after a staggering 83 years in business. The shop, at 760 E. Foothill Blvd. (Route 66), features a distinctive freestanding neon sign that was erected in the…

Woman cycles Route 66 in 23 days

Woman cycles Route 66 in 23 days

A  Pennsylvania native recently cycled the entire 2,451-mile length of Route 66 in 23 days, averaging more than 100 miles a day in the process. Danielle Girdano reputedly is a world record for cycling Route 66, but I’ve found nothing in…

Survey indicates how bicycle tourism may affect Route 66

Survey indicates how bicycle tourism may affect Route 66

The Adventure Cycling Association — which produced a fine map series on how to cycle on the Route 66 — recently released some findings of a biennial survey. With some light editing, I decided to highlight data that’s most relevant…

Illinois Route 66 gets $2.16 million for trails

Illinois Route 66 gets $2.16 million for trails

The Illinois Department of Transportation on Wednesday awarded $2.16 million in grants for bicycle and walking trails along Route 66 in Williamsville and McLean County. The two projects were part of 33 statewide that received grants from the Illinois Transportation…

Illinois county seeks another expansion of Route 66 bicycle trail

McLean County, Illinois, is seeking a federal grant to help add seven miles to a Route 66 bicycle trail outside of the Bloomington-Normal metro area. According to WJBC radio: The McLean County Board is expected to apply for federal funds…

Route 66 hostel opens in Joplin

Route 66 hostel opens in Joplin

Joplin 66 Hostel, which is catering to travelers along the Mother Road, opened a few weeks ago in Duenweg, Missouri, an eastern suburb of Joplin. The hostel is located at 6863 Newman Road (map here), a short distance north of…

Book review: “Bicycling Guide to Route 66”

Book review: “Bicycling Guide to Route 66”

At first glance, Bob Robinson’s “Bicycling Guide to Route 66” appears to be a budget-priced version of the Adventure Cycling Association’s “Bicycle Route 66” map series, as the book uses the ACA’s route. But the “Bicycling Guide to Route 66”…

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