Major Route Change: Great Rivers South Route in Missouri | Adventure Cycling Association

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Over the years, we had been hearing some concerns about the growing traffic issues in Missouri through the Ozark Mountains, mostly due to a lack of shoulders and more trucks hauling ore. The issue rose to the top when a Life Member contacted us. He had been riding the Northern Tier and changed his route to come to Missoula, expressly for the purpose of sharing his unnerving experience on State Route 185 between Sullivan and Potosi, Missouri. Not only was he frightened by the actual route, but he encountered a sign that indicated a high number of fatalities on that stretch of highway.

We took this as our final cue and began the process of changing the route.

There is now an entirely new route beginning just east of Sullivan all the way to Cherokee Pass. Unfortunately, we still use a 6-mile stretch of SR 185 east of Sullivan by dint of there being no other paved roads that go through in the area. However, the new route is slightly more direct and about 50 miles shorter, and safer.

The roads used in the new route continue to be narrow and in places have windy, short steep climbs with limited sight distances. This is the nature of the roads through the mountains across Missouri. Also unavoidable is an 11-mile stretch of rumble strips on SR 47 and 21.

A bonus of the new routing is it now intersects the TransAmerica Trail at Farmington, the bicycle travelers destination of some renown in Missouri, with their converted jailhouse hostel, Al’s Place.

MoBikeFed comment: Many thanks to the Adventure Cycling Association for creating and maintaining these wonderful bicycle touring routes across the U.S.

This sounds like a major upgrade to the Great Rivers South Route through Missouri. Please visit the ACA web site to order maps for this route and to find about more about the Great Rivers South Route.

You can see an overview of Great Rivers South and ACA's other national bicycle touring routes here:

https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route...

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