Adventure Cycling Association's Bicycle Route 66 map set - Review - Route 66 News

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I’m no cycling aficionado, but I’ll confidently say the Bicycle Route 66 map series from the nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association will be absolutely indispensable for any cyclist considering travel on the Mother Road.

The maps aren’t just a bunch of GPS waypoints slapped on paper. They show two years of research and field work by the association, and are chock-full of useful information and well-considered inclusions even non-cyclists will appreciate.

I took a lot of notes while examining the maps:

— The six-map set is printed on No. 2 plastic paper that won’t tear. Each map is as follows: Chicago to St. Louis; St. Louis to Joplin, Missouri; Joplin to Adrian, Texas; Adrian to Gallup, New Mexico; Gallup to Oatman, Arizona; and Oatman to Santa Monica, California.

— Bicycle Route 66 is 2,493 miles, about 50 miles longer than the original path of Route 66. The path doesn’t strictly follow Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, but “as much as practical.” Purists may quibble with parts of the bicycle route, but one of the aims is to get participants to their destination, not risk life and limb in crowded urban areas.

MoBikeFed comment: The Adventure Cycling Association's Bicycle Route 66 was announced about a year ago. The maps are a primary source of information about the route.

Find the maps and more information about the ACA Bicycle Route 66 route here:

A new guidebook by Bob Robinson, "Bicycling Guide to Route 66" is also available now:

More information about statewide and national bicycle touring routes in Missouri: