Roger Kramer in St Louis published a letter supporting the creation of a bike sidepath along U.S. Route 66 through Macoupin and Montgomery Counties in southern Illinois.
The historic and iconic Route 66 begins in Chicago, IL and, like the song says, passes through St. Louis. That prompted the question from me: How would one bike from Chicago to St. Louis?
It turns out the League of Illinois Bicyclists publishes a very handy Route 66 guide to promote cycling along this National Scenic Byway down the length of Illinois. The guide is published in a downloadable booklet, with each segment showing a 50 to 60 mile segment of the route, cue sheets, and a list of convenience stores, restaurants, lodging, camping, bike shops and Amtrak stations near this cycling route. It looks very handy for anybody planning a bike trip from Chicago to St. Louis.
Actually, if I were doing a trip on the Route 66 Trail -- and I plan to do that someday -- I would consider going from St. Louis to Chicago. The wind generally blows from the south or the west, so the ride would be easier going north than going south.