Announcing the 2nd annual Ride to the “U.S. Bicycle Route System” Tour (RUSBRST), a 3-day self-contained, self-supported, self-paced, fair-weather bike tour of the country surrounding Springfield, Missouri. The idea behind this ride is to have fun traveling by bicycle from your neck of the woods to see America and beyond.  We’ll ride on local roads, city bicycle routes, and dedicated bicycle trails to connect to Bicycle Route 76 (BR76), part of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). This ride is open to beginner and experienced bicycle tourists who are prepared, willing, and able. While this is a great ride for those new to self-contained bicycle touring, it is not a beginner bike ride! There is no cost to join the ride; everyone pays their own way.

SELF-CONTAINED: You carry everything you need on your bike in panniers or a trailer. See my packing list here.

SELF-SUPPORTED: It’s just us, our bikes and gear, and the road. No SAG support.

SELF-PACED: Ride at your own pace. From past experience, I’ll average about 25 MPH… okay, that’s only on the downhill sections!  Last year, I averaged 11.0, 10.5, and 9.8 MPH on days 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

FAIR-WEATHER: This ride continues my tradition of attempting to ensure enjoyable riding weather for the first multi-day ride of the season. RUSBRST is planned as a long weekend, requiring only one day off work for most people. My job is usually flexible enough to change that one day by a week or two with a few days’ notice. Generally, it’s a go if there’s little to no chance of rain, overnight lows above freezing and daytime highs above 60F.


WHEN: RUSBRST 2014 is set for Saturday, April 5th through Monday, April 7th, weather permitting (see FAIR-WEATHER above). The 2014 inclement weather dates are April 12-14 or May 3-5. Updates will be posted here and on the RUSBRST event page.

ROUTE: The 3-day ride begins and ends near Highlandville, Missouri, although you can easily start and end at other points.

DAY 1 takes us into Springfield via local roads, City of Springfield bicycle routes and Ozark Greenways’ paved South Creek Trail, before heading back to the country on the Frisco Highline Trail to Willard. From there, we ride on low-traffic roads to Ash Grove and Walnut Grove, where we pick up Adventure Cycling’s TransAmerica Trail (BR76) into Fair Grove. This section of BR76 is a two-lane highway with no shoulder, but traffic is relatively low. Services (food, drinks, restrooms) are available along the route in Nixa, Springfield, Ash Grove, Walnut Grove, and Fair Grove. The longest stretch without services is 24 miles, from Walnut Grove to Fair Grove. Map, cue sheet, and GPS downloads are available here.

: Free camping, with hot showers, at the Wommack Mill Pavilion in Fair Grove.

Services within walking distance include a convenience store, Subway, and a grocery store.

Distance: 74 miles

Overnight in Fair Grove, Missouri

Overnight in Fair Grove, Missouri


DAY 2 continues on BR76 from Fair Grove to Hartville. Services are available in Fair Grove, Marshfield, and Hartville. The longest stretch without services is 23 miles, from Marshfield to Hartville. Map, cue sheet, and GPS downloads are available here.

Overnight: Free camping on the courthouse lawn in Hartville. No showers, but decent restrooms inside the courthouse building are available to cyclists until midnight. Services include Subway, convenience store, grocery store, and a café.

Distance: 43 miles

Camping on Courthouse Lawn, Hartville

Camping on Courthouse Lawn, Hartville




DAY 3 leaves BR76 for the country back roads through Missouri’s largest Amish settlement before stopping for BBQ lunch on the Square in Seymour. From Seymour, we head back toward Highlandville on mostly rural roads (including 5 or 6 miles of dirt and gravel). Services are available in Hartville, Seymour, Fordland, Rogersville, and Ozark. The longest stretch without services is 21 miles from Hartville to Seymour. Map, cue sheet, and GPS downloads are available here.

Distance: 65 miles


Riding in Amish country

Riding in Amish country


Sign up for the ride by joining on the RUSBRST event page.






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  1. […] May of this year, I did a 3 day, non-supported, ride with a friend.  Details of that ride are at 2014 RUSBRST Ride.  I will try to post pictures and perhaps and entry about that ride in more details.  I really […]

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