Biking Historic Route 66 in AZ

Get Your Bike Travel Fix on Route 66
Adventure Cycling’s planned 2,400-mile bicycle-friendly route will revitalize the “Main Street of America” — this time with touring cyclists
Missoula, Montana Adventure Cycling Association today announced that its next long-distance cycling route will be Bicycle Route 66. Embracing the spirit of “The Mother Road,” the new route will follow the famous corridor… According to the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, there are over 200 miles of the original Route remaining in Arizona today and 70+ miles of wide-shouldered road is maintained by the Arizona Department of Transportation http://www.azbikeped.org/images/Map2009_v12%20_0409_side1.pdf 

The Route is also designated as a National Scenic Byway (see map; and highlights by segment:  Topock to Ash Fork  and Ash Fork to Lupton ; also see “Historic US 66 Signing in Arizona” at ).  
I’ve had numerous inquiries from cyclists planning to ride Route 66.  Clubs and individuals have posted their rides and journeys on the web (see a sampling at:  http://www.luffman.us/route66/ 
As Michael Wallis has said, “Arizona is one of the Route 66 states where tourists can gorge themselves with attractions” (p. 179) including these places along the corridor:  Oatman – Kingman – Hackberry – Valentine – Truxton – Peach Springs (not far from “Radiator Springs”) – Grand Canyon Caverns – Seligman – Ash Fork – Williams – Bellemont (highest altitude along the entire Route) – Flagstaff – Winona (Don’t Forget!) – (“Standing on the Corner” in) Winslow – Joseph City – Holbrook – Petrified Forest National Park – Lupton
We look forward to working with you to establish a US Bike route along the corridor in the future.
Best,
Michael N. Sanders
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program
Multimodal Planning Division
Arizona Department of Transportation
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