Missouri native hiking (!) entire length of Route 66 | thesalemnewsonline.com

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At 78 years old, Dr. Meredith Eberhart, better known by the trail name Nimblewill Nomad, is currently hiking the entirety of old Route 66 by foot from Chicago to Santa Monica. . . .

“I have had a fascination with Route 66 since my childhood,” Nimblewill says. “Something about it calls to me. It starts at the lakefront in Chicago and depending on what alignment you’re on is around 2,300 miles long. The path takes you through eight states. It starts in Illinois, through Missouri, it clips the corner of Kansas, goes down to Oklahoma, Texas panhandle, New Mexico, Arizona and into California. The amount of diverse ecosystems in amazing, lush terrain, farm communities, forests, mountains deserts. Its America’s main street.”

A Missouri native, Nimblewill grew up in Russellville outside of Jefferson City.

MoBikeFed comment: Many cyclists ride Route 66 every year--even more so since Adventure Cycling Association mapped the route recently:

http://mobikefed.org/content/2009/12/missouri-bicycle-maps-and-routes#ro...

But not many hike it!

Find out more about Eberhart and the reasons he hikes long-distance routes, including the Appalacian Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and many others--on his web site:

http://mobikefed.org/content/2009/12/missouri-bicycle-maps-and-routes#ro...

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