Biking Virtually, Route 66

The Conqueror Virtual Challenges: Route 66, Chicago to LA, USA, 2280 miles
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June 1, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles.

Conway, Missouri, United States. Team Total 486 miles. 21% complete. “There are Two Conway’s on Route 66. The second one is located in Texas.” Conway.

May 31, 2020. Scenic hay field loop. Partially new. 8 miles. Pre-breakfast ride. Heading into the part of year when early morning is the only time to do anything useful outside.

Lebanon, Missouri, United States. Team Total 475 miles. 20% complete. I’m getting the idea that Route 66 is big in these parts. Roadside America, Lebanon, Missouri: Route 66 Museum. Plus, the Visit Lebanon site has a Route 66 page that lists three sites original to Route 66 – motel, market, and inn – and two placed dedicated to 66 – the museum and a park with three Route 66 murals.

May 30, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles.

May 29, 2020. Red Barn Loop, 10 miles. Tired. Legs had no zip. No obvious reason, just not my day.

Rolla, Missouri, United States. Team Total 419 miles. 18% complete. West side of town.

May 28 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles.

Rolla, Missouri, United States. Team Total 405 miles. 17% complete. The city in “The Middle Of Everywhere” has a mini-Stonehenge, built to show off the stone carving capacity of the local university. Roadside America: Stubby Stonehenge.

May 27, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles. Brief rain squall. Knee recovering from yesterday’s sprint.

Cuba, Missouri, United States. Team Total 392 miles. 17% complete. Still in Cuba, MO. Must be on the other side of town. The map says we are in Fanning, MO, where Route 66 is named Missouri Supplemental Route ZZ, Wikipedia: Fanning, Missouri. “In the 1950’s The Missouri Dept. of Transportation acquired many more routes-mostly abandoned portions of highway and some county roads. … The plan was that no farm, home or business would be more than 2 miles from a state highway.” Quora: Why are roads in Missouri named with letters instead of numbers? “Of the 26 letters of the alphabet, six of them are conspicuously absent from Missouri road signs.” MoDOT: I’d like to buy a vowel.

May 26, 2020. Proof of Concept, there & back. 5 miles. Short, sharp ride between a late Zoom meeting & too dark to ride. Light, steady rain. Had dual effect of cooling the air & motivating me to go faster in order to get home sooner.

Cuba, Missouri, United States. Team Total 384 miles. 16% complete. “Today Viva Cuba maintains 14 murals and Cuba is known as ‘Route 66 Mural City’.” Viva Cuba. “The ‘Uptown Cuba Historic District’ is listed on the National Register of Historic Places … ‘ “Viva Cuba’s Outdoor Mural Project’ … they tell Cuba’s history from 1857 and its link to US 66.” Route 66 Sights in Cuba. No streetview available.

May 25, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles.

Bourbon, Missouri, United States. Team Total 376 miles. 16% complete. “The barrel of whiskey was hauled to the construction project, and the Irishmen could go to “Bourbon” whenever they wanted a drink. Turner’s store came to be called the “Bourbon” store, and the railroad workers soon called the entire area Bourbon.

When a post office was established in September 1853, the name was given as “Bourbon in the village of St. Cloud “. The town was never located at the proposed village, but was built further west where the steam engines could stop and start where there was no grade. Virtually Bourbon: History.

May 24, 2020. Three barn loop. 10 miles. Went further afield for new scenery. Rolling. Given the way I bike, that means plodding uphill and crawling downhill. I’m neither a strong rider for the ups, nor a blazing descender for the downs. Not clear which way I am slower. OTOH, wasn’t hard, just slow. So, progress.

Sullivan, Missouri, United States. Team Total 365 miles. 16% complete. The Virtual Chalenge program sent a postcard. I’d pick Meramec Caverns or the Rt. 66 Hydrant Mural Project (more hydrant info), over a museum that idolizes a bank robber. Chacun & all that.

May 23, 2020. Coke sign route, there & back. 9 miles. Wind at your back on the way home = Superstar!

Union, Missouri, United States. Team Total 351 miles. 15% complete. Now in the Ozark mountains. So I assume since yesterday was Pacific, Missouri – Gateway to the Ozarks. Legends of America. Streetview wonky. I get the idea. More access road.

May 22, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles. Windy.

Pacific, Missouri, United States. Team Total 337 miles. 14% complete. Mileage jump from team member updating miles. “The silica mining caves in Pacific were exposed to the outside world in 1932 when the sandstone bluffs were excavated for the widening of Route 66.” Roadside America: Route 66 Mining Caves. Includes memorials for deceased children and for fallen military personnel, with statuettes of kids in the cave remnants. That’ll trip the Weird-O-Meter. State 2 of 8.

May 21, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles.

Mount Olive, Illinois, USA. Team Total 249 miles. 10% complete. Map parsing indicates that the photo was taken off the back of the Google Map vehicle going north. I am headed south. Mount Olive says there are 37 places in the world named Mount Olive, 26 of them in America. Also, Australia (4), Jamaica (3), New Zealand (2), South Africa (1), and Canada (1). There are 21 cities named Mount Olive, 18 in America, 3 in Jamaica. Remember when we had to look this stuff up in an encyclopedia? In the snow? Uphill? Both ways?

May 20, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles.

Litchfield, Illinois, USA. Team Total 238 miles. 10% complete. “Our Historic Route 66 display features Bob Waldmire maps and drawings, an original Route 66 road sign, a gas pump, an old automobile and much more, including a flip-chart with pictures, then and now, of businesses along this area of the ‘Mother Road.’ “ Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center: Museum History. Highway off to right in photo.

May 19, 2020. Red Barn Loop, 10 miles.

Waggoner, Illinois, USA. Team Total 227 miles. ?% complete. Since my phone is a brick at the moment, app not available. Desktop version doesn’t give %, that I can find. OTOH, no 10% award yet and math says we are juuuuust under 10%, 227/2280. “It was named for George Waggoner who was one of the first settlers in the area. He came from Kentucky.” The Route 66: All about Waggoner, Illinois Cute main street pic over there.

May 16, 2020. Red Barn Loop, 10 miles.

Divernon, Illinois, USA. Team Total 209 miles. 9% complete. The village of Divernon is gamifying the census response. “Congratulations, Divernon for moving up from 17th place to 13th place in the last week!! Let’s do even better this week! … Also, congratulations Rochester for remaining number one for the second week in a row for Sangamon County in the percentage of households who have responded to the census! Rochester is number 5 and Sherman is number 6 in all of Illinois – among 1,300 cities, towns and villages! That is a significant achievement that we all can be proud of!” Plus a table that gives the top 26 in “Response Rates – the percentage of households responding by city/village in Sangamon County.” Village of Divernon: home page. Quoted May 16, 2020. Page likely to change over time.

May 15, 2020. Red Barn Loop, 10 miles.

Springfield, Illinois, USA. Team Total 193 miles. 8% complete. Heading south on North Peoria Road. East Joles Avenue is the cross street. Got a digital postcard for arriving in Springfield. Route 66 News: Site of Shea’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum back up for sale.

May 14, 2020

Roadside Attraction

Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles.

Williamsville, Illinois, USA. Team Total 179 miles. 8% complete. The village of Williamsville has a Route 66 Webcam.

May 13, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles. Wind at our back more often that not. Getting warm enough that wind in our faces had a cooling effecting. Saying this to make a point of noting when bread lands butter side up.

Lincoln, Illinois, USA. Team Total 168 miles. 7% complete. South of town next to Logan Correctional Center. “Lincoln is also the only city in the world named for and christened by Abraham Lincoln before he became President.” City of Lincoln: Welcome. No streetview available. Because prison?

May 12, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles.

Atlanta, Illinois, USA. Team Total 156 miles. 7% complete.”Abraham Lincoln frequently visited close friends in Atlanta, while riding the 8th Judicial Circuit as a young prairie lawyer.” Illinois Route 66:Atlanta Community Profile & Itinerary. The second entry on the menu for the civic page of Atlanta, Illinois, is City of Atlanta: Route 66 Attractions. Not the tourist site, the civic site, the one for city services etc.

May 11, 2020. Short Farmhouse loop. 8 miles. For weeks the skies have been bright & beautiful. Clearer than I though possible for Alabama. Alas, not today. Partially reopen equals more cars on the road. Dome of the sky still blue; looking washed out along the horizon. No visible smog, just less color and crispness.

McLean, Illinois, USA. Team Total 144 miles. 6% complete. Next to the Thaddeus Stubblefield Grove Nature Preserve south of Bloomington.

State – Miles
Illinois – 301
Missouri – 317
Kansas – 13
Oklahoma – 432
Texas – 186
New Mexico – 487
Arizona – 401
California – 314
TOTAL – 2,448
Travel Guide to Historic Route 66: The Mother Road

This “alignment” of Route 66 totals 2,448 miles instead of our 2280 miles. Gives the general idea. Gonna be at this for a while, even with a team.

May 10, 2020. Red Barn Loop, 10 miles. Spent 3 miles following a family out with horse & wagon. Fun to listen to the clip-clip & watch the horses in the fields run up to their fencelines, “Dude, do you know that thing is following you?”.

Bloomington, Illinois, USA. Team Total 133 miles. 6% complete. Rolling along next to the Highland Park Golf Course in the middle of town. Jumped from Chicago to here because doing as Team. Never get the mileage done by myself, even in their maximum time of a year & half. Red dot shows where program estimates we should be by now. Rest of team from Georgia. Hence the peach. State 1 of 8.

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Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“The highway winds from the shores of Lake Michigan across the agricultural fields of Illinois, to the rolling hills of the Missouri Ozarks, through the mining towns of Kansas, across Oklahoma where the woodlands of the East meet the open plains of the West, to the open ranch lands of Texas, the enchanted mesa lands of New Mexico and Arizona, to the Mojave Desert, and finally to the “land of milk and honey” – the metropolis of Los Angeles and the shores of the Pacific Ocean.” National Park Service: Route 66 Overview

“Route 66 got ‘realigned’ (re-routed) many times throughout its existence. These changes created multiple Route 66 alignments over time … The most famous alignment will be the one that was named Route 66 in 1926. But it is typically also the most difficult to retrace today as it is the most interrupted into dead-end sections, reclaimed by nature (many of the oldest alignments were never even paved). ” Historic Route 66 Overview: Which Route 66 alignment do I pick?

Medal and award images from The Conqueror Virtual Challenges. Screenshots courtesy of The Conqueror Virtual Challenges & Google Streetview/Maps.


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