Route 66 Mother Road Bike Tour draws out nearly 100 cyclists

Route 66 Mother Road Bike Tour draws out nearly 100 cyclists
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Nearly 100 bicyclists battled the rainy weather this morning to tour the Mother Road.

Beginning in Carthage, MO, participants in the Route 66 Mother Road Bike Tour chose between five different routes, ranging from 15 to 100 miles.

Some went as far as Baxter Springs, KS.

All registration proceeds go to the Joplin Trails Coalition, which is working to complete the 16-mile Ruby Jack Trail from Carthage to Carl Junction, MO.

Riders say the tour provided a unique way to experience historic Route 66.

“Getting to see it on a bike, that’s a whole different way,” said Mike Cook, bicyclist. “You’re not going so fast and you’re kind of seeing the scenery and things going on.”

“You can look on both sides and see what’s going on around you, and just take in different parts of Route 66 that you would not see driving a car,” said Douglas Egelston, Joplin Trails Coalition member.

The Joplin Trails Coalition will hold another Route 66 bike tour in the spring.