If you’re looking for a 328-mile bicycle ride, you could try Historic Route 66. The Adventure Cycling Association, based in Montana, has published a map, Bicycle Route 66. Since the road was decommissioned as an official highway in 1974, it’s now a good road for biking, says Jen Milyko, the assistant director of routes and mapping for the Adventure Cycling Association. “Now the old Route 66 is perfect for cyclists, because it carries a lot less traffic and is at a slower pace,” she said.
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In Illinois, the route goes through a lot of rural areas, but it also goes right through the historic Route 66 towns.
The map covers all eight states and 2,500 miles of Historic Route 66. In Illinois, it’s 328 miles on Historic Route 66 from East St. Louis to Chicago.
Staying on Route 66 can be complicated, and there are certain detours for bicyclists to avoid interstate highway segments, but Milyko says the map is easy to follow. She says riding Route 66 is something bike riders are eager to do.