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Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Skeptical about Bike Route 66
« on: January 12, 2013, 11:03:31 pm »
I love Route 66! I did most of it when I ran from Huntington Beach, CA to New York in 2010. I have switched it up and gotten into bicycle touring and on my second long ride this year I decided to ride from Boston back home to Huntington Beach and riding all of Route 66 since I didn't do the California or Illinois sections on my run. I was 21 days and 1,200 miles in when on October 25th  about 60 miles south of Chicago (right past Wiimington) on I53, I was struck from behind by a pickup truck. SOmeone mentioned that there isn't a shoulder a that road and that is correct. No shoulder and the guy said he didn't see me, he was going about 60. I ended up with a broken ankle, broken rib and 9 broken vertebra. I was fortunate there was no spinal damage and no internal injuries.

Route 66 is so cool and I am going to go back out and finish the ride, but I would say that there are sections where I will be willing to go off the original path to ride safer roads. Most of the rest of 66 seemed much safer. Of course I was running it and always going against traffic. It is a different beast on a bike and now, a bit more sketchy when I hear someone coming up from behind.

Bicycle Route 66 / Re: Has anyone ridden any parts of route 66?
« on: May 10, 2012, 09:50:00 am »
I ran most of route 66 on my run across America in 2010
Route 66 was amazing and I have TONS of great pictures. Running and riding is NOT permitted on the interstate in CA. At least that was my experience. It IS permitted in the rest of the states that 66 goes through, which is good since many sections of the mother road are not intact. I love to talk about it if anyone has any questions. I feel like I became very intimate with it only cover about 25 miles a day on my feet.
I am now planning an epic bike tour of some sort. Cycling sure gives you more freedom to see more things, but to be honest, it moves a little too fast sometimes for my liking :)

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