“Bike for the Cure XIX” is a 600 mile bicycle ride
from Pleasant Hill MO to Schaumburg IL for the
32nd Annual HDSA Convention (June 22-24, 2017).
In 1967, Marjorie Guthrie, the widow of famed
folksinger Woody Guthrie, founded the Committee
to Combat Huntington’s Disease, which evolved
into the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.
As in the prior 18rides, the purpose of the ride is
to heighten public awareness of Huntington’s Disease
and to raise funds for family services and research
towards a cure.
About the Route
The ride is divided into two main parts, half on trails
and half on pavement. The first day we will ride the
Rock Island Spur of the KATY Trail across Missouri.
Both are converted rails-to-trails bike paths. The KATY
Trail is the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-
Texas Railroad (shortened to KATY) and is the longest
continuous rains-to-trails bike path in the US. It was
opened in 1996 and expanded in 1999 and 2001. It follows
the Missouri River for almost 100 miles through some of
the most scenic areas in Missouri, paralleling Hwy 94,
the ‘Weinstrasse’ or ‘wine road.’ It is also part of the
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, an American
Discovery Trail, and a Millennium Legacy Trail.
We will ride Route 66 the full length of Illinois.
Route 66 was designated in 1928. John Steinbeck dubbed
it ‘The Mother Road’ in his iconic novel Grapes of Wrath.
It is also known as the ‘Will Rogers Highway.’ It heyday
was the 1940’s and 50’s before the advent of the
Interstate System. We will cross the Mississippi River
on the iconic Chain of Rocks Bridge (it has a 30 degree
bend in the middle) and head Northeast towards Chicago.
We will be riding all of the Illinois portion, which
Charlotte and Marie rode in the opposite direction in 2006
after the HDSA Convention in Milwaukee WI.
June 9 – Pleasant Hill to Windsor MO
June 10 – Clinton to Sedalia MO
June 11 – Sedalia to Booneville MO
June 12 – Booneville to Jefferson City MO
June 13 – Jefferson City to Hermann MO
June 14 – Hermann to Weldon Springs MO
June 15 – Weldon Springs to Machens MO
June 16 – St. Louis MO to Mt. Olive IL
June 17 – Mt. Olive to Springfield MO
June 18 – Springfield to Bloomington IL
June 19 – Bloomington to Pontiac IL
June 20 – Pontiac to Joliet IL
June 21 – Joliet to Chicago IL
June 22 – Chicago to Schaumburg IL