From the bloggers at Roadtreking:
While planning our trip to the Southwestern United States, we knew the journey was to be enjoyed. It seemed like the logical thing was to drive rather quickly to St. Louis and then meander our way west.
We had already visited all the states east of the Mississippi in our Roadtrek, now was the time to visit the west. We thought following old Route 66 to the Grand Canyon would be a great adventure.
So we started researching the route – which today is a variety of minor roads and frontage roads near the interstate highways that replaced it. Many places it has “Historic Route 66 signs.”
The route changed over the years, especially in the St. Louis area. One of the St. Louis realignments was over a bridge named the Chain of Rocks Bridge. This bridge was unique because it had a 22-degree bend in the middle of it. It was built in 1929 and saw its last car in 1970.
But it was reborn in 1998 as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge and now is part of a network of bike trails in the St. Louis area. As bicyclists, we thought that riding across the Mississippi would be a wonderful start to our Route 66 adventure. At 5,353 feet it may be the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in the world.
To read Roadtreking’s feature about the unique and historic Chain of Rocks bridge, click here.