2015 Ride to the U.S. Bicycle Route System Tour (RUSBRST)

Announcing the 3rd 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. I tend to average about 12 MPH when touring.

FAIR-WEATHER: This ride continues my tradition of attempting to ensure enjoyable weather for my first multi-day ride of the season. RUSBRST is planned as a long weekend, requiring only one day off work for most people. Generally, it’s a go if there’s little to no chance of rain, overnight lows above 40F and daytime highs around 60F or higher.


WHEN: RUSBRST 2015 is set for Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th, weather permitting (see FAIR-WEATHER above). The 2015 inclement weather dates are: FRI-SAT-SUN 4/10-11-12 and SAT-SUN-MON 5/9-10-11. 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 along the route.

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 the last 17 miles into 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, restaurants, and a grocery store.

Distance: 74 miles

Overnight in Fair Grove

Overnight in Fair Grove (RUSBRST 2014)


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 country back roads through Missouri’s largest Amish settlement before stopping for 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


Signup for the ride by joining on the RUSBRST event page.

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