An effort is being made to establish a bike route on and near highway 36 from Hannibal to St. Joseph.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to organizer David Fiedler:

David Fiedler

Fiedler is working with the Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance whose primary goal is to improve the educational and cultural experiences of those traveling in the area.  “This group wants to promote northern Missouri as a destination for people who are interested in historic tourism and all the natural attractions this area has to offer,” said Fielder,” They have done a lot with that including an auto tour.  As a cyclist, it seemed to me that a bike route could also be valuable to this effort because there are a lot of people that will go places to ride their bike.”

This prompted Fiedler to set out on a ride with three friends on a preliminary route across the area.  The cyclist knew that adjustments would likely be made along the way.  “Most of what we’ve come up with is pretty good,” said Fiedler,” We’ve seen low traffic roads, beautiful scenery, and, of course, lots of interesting things along the route.  A couple of areas we may want to change where the pavement is bad, traffic is faster than we had expected, or there’s no shoulder.”

The group made an overnight stop in Chillicothe on Wednesday.  While there, they visited with members of the Green Hills Trail Association who offered advice and comment regarding area roads that might be of interested to the riders.

Fiedler is expected to arrive back home in St. Louis on Friday and begin work on setting the official route.  Once those final decisions have been made, a map will be posted at the Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance website located at http://americangeniushighway.com/.