Bike Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: July 21, 2022
We bicycled 7.5 miles on this former section of Route 66 which included 2.1 miles of biking over and back on the bridge. The bridge makes a 30 degree turn halfway across the mighty Mississippi River. The bridge is 60 feet above the river giving us great views in both directions including seeing the skyline of St. Louis, Missouri to the south. The two water intake towers for the nearby pumping station are clearly seen in the middle of the river. Lots of nostalgic history and Route 66 signs and photos are in the bridge and on the Missouri entrance. Built in 1929, the bridge was a Route 66 landmark for 30 years. Now it is a beautiful bike trail connecting Illinois and Missouri. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1980, Director John Carpenter used the bridge for filming part of his sci-fi classic, “Escape From New York”. This really was a fun ride with outstanding views.