A list of things you are to find. Follow my clues to avoid a bind. A brief historian you will be, as new parts of Springfield you will see. Four to five clues will take you about three miles in. But great fun you will have, so it’s a win, win!
A few rules apply, but nothing too difficult you will agree. Because only two rules you must follow you see.
1. Under the Silo you must begin and end, and approximately three miles on your bike you will spend.
2. Search Ride for the Woof of It! And likes you will get. Document with pictures your adventure we require. Tagging Sylvan, Mother’s and 4 the Love of K9’s is also our desire.
Some call me a roadside attraction, others, “a spot in the road” or a brief travel distraction.
For your viewing pleasure or sight, you will find me down the street opposite your right.
But you don’t want to miss me because I’m a piece of Springfield history.
A picture with the Giant Hamburger is a must while you learn about the Mother Road, or bust.
Directly across from a piece of Springfield history I will be. A block long wall of glass & tile you will see.
A child on a bike you are sure to like.
And a sign that says Get your Kicks on 66,
So, take off your helmet and post a pic!
Now, snap that helmet back on to protect that mind. Because in this game you have two (to three) more places to find.
Roll up the block to New and hang a right. Head south, then left on State, in search of an Urban might.
I’m sure they won’t mind if you hover while you post a pic of what you discover.
Share with the world how the house at 823 sits in the middle of a city sea.
But supplies veggies near & far, spreading Roots and becoming quite the shining star.
Take State east, pausing at all the signs and lights. Hang a left at Main, or maybe it’s a right?
If you know downtown well, you will make the correct selection, for the last stop on this tour is known for chili perfection.
But before you reach your destination, there is a small detour on this little investigation.
While riding up Main, before you hit Mt. Vernon, don’t worry, there’s no turnin’.
Simply look to your right for another historical sight.
Along a brown fence line, you will find, Marker #9.
Headed back in the direction of Mother’s you should now be,
You will hit Walnut, just east of the Brewery.
You will have the desire to take a right, but roll across the street and take in the sight
Don’t forget to take a picture and post about the old airplane hangar, turned restaurant named after a “Ghost.”
I hope you have enjoyed this scavenger ride. Now head back to the event for more fun outside! We’ve got Hot Dogs, Cookie Dough, Batman, and so much more. Additional routes exist if you seek miles galore: 10-, 15-, & 20-mile options are to be had. There is even another scavenger adventure that is quite rad.
Nose Bumps (Bonus Stops)
Want a few bragging points for this adventure you just finished? Because you aren’t quite ready for the fun to diminish?
Or maybe a couple extra tenths of a mile are what you seek? Well, a few more stops will be easy to peek.
More pictures posted are always fun to see. Continue north on Main, passing Classic Rock Coffee.
Look for the Monarch on the left, and Heers on the right. Don’t miss the Whale straight ahead, just before the Brown Derby at the light.
At the corner of Grant & College, across from a bakery turned brewery, classic cars paint the wall and shine bright like 1950’s jewelry. Established in 1958, Bud’s Tire and Wheel, is another part of this historical ride and reel. Post a pic of you and your bike highlighting this Springfield icon, then prepare to finish this 3-mile bike-a-thon.
But, before you roll on past, look down to the left real fast. A marker on the Road you will see that tells a nearly 100-year-old story. As you continue west on College Street, one last look to your right will meet,
A replica of a car and an ode to Bonnie & Clyde,
A young couple who stole a car in Springfield and took it for a joy ride.
Last, but not least. . . .
I have a confession about this little history session.
I created four clues one Sunday morning in May, but as I rode the route, I discovered more to play.
And, since I was having a grand time creating new rhymes,
One last place you will travel on this ride. To the corner of College & Broadway you must glide.
Please take one last picture and post. Be sure to tag it #Hubcaps 66 Loves K9s the most!
Now, get your booties back up the street to check out all the vendors and treats.
Go enjoy the fun in the sun and share a few laughs all to help us raise money for the K9’s and their “staff.”
Even if your name isn’t Sandy, although not a rule, this tidbit will come in handy.
Ride back towards Mother’s and the K9 rally; turn right at Douglas and ride up this “back alley.”
Turn left at Walnut, and slide past the wall, looking for the Silo that reigns quite tall.
Post one last picture to all our pages; then head “inside” for more fun in stages.
And continue to Get your Kicks on Route 66.
The Blood Hound Route
A list of things you are to find. Follow my clues to avoid a bind. A brief historian you will be, as new parts of Springfield you will see. If you run the route based on my directions, you will have experienced riding perfection. Side streets you will take, but a few main roads you will cross. There is no GPS, so let the clues be your boss. Ten stops will take you about 17.5 miles out and about. But great fun you will have, so shout it out!
A few rules apply, but nothing too difficult you will agree. Because only two rules you must follow you see.
So, saddle up, clip in, and head on out for a ride that is sure to be a win!
Head south on Grant you should roll. Fastnight and Phelps Grove you need not go. But, presidents you must travel, and presidents you must cross. Choose a route that makes you the boss. Kimbrough and Holland are your friends, but Delmar eventually, dead ends. French Fries & Mac-N-Cheese are the first places you seek. And, if you run the route right, houses of pasta and burritos you should peek. Across National you must roll, as you continue toward your goal. Wave to Harry’s House as you ride east. Did you see any Fantastical Beasts? Up Bennett you must continue, because crossing Glenstone is now on the menu. Across from some apartments the Noodle will be, so make sure to take a selfie.
Give Me a Paw
A picture with a Bear is now desired. But the belt buckle of a Giant Chef in blue pants is first required. As you ride to these next two destinations, railroad tracks you must cross, and however you get there, again, you are the boss. Picture with the Giant Chef completed? Head southwest and you won’t be defeated. Wave to Team Taco on your left and Tie & Timber on your right. Tip your hat to the Picker of Cherries and give a big hello to all as you head toward the light. When you arrive at the Bear, in campus center you should be, if you ran the route right, you will be at approximately mile 7.3. If you ran it slightly different, and didn’t go up the WRONG WAY, 7.7 your GPS might also say.
Throw Me a Bone
Leave campus however you see fit, but a selfie with Jackie, bonus points you will get. Head North and East towards the Red Birds is your next expectation, while passing Walnut Street Inn towards new destinations. The Battle of Springfield, Marker #12, will be to your right, while Hammons Tower is at the light. Cross the path for Route 66 for your next pic. (FYI: Too fast on Sherman you should not fly. Red Bird hill is quite a doozy. Make sure your water bottle is snug in its koozie because out it might jump, if you hit the wrong bump.) Across Chestnut and halfway around the circle you must go, to the corner pizza place named Rocco’s. Avoid a collision on Division and play a little on Clay. Ride past Washington Park to Pacific. Turn left or go straight, the choice is yours; no need to be specific. In search of the Wonka of Springfield you are. Stop in and get yourself a bar. A picture of the historic bridge you should take, but other chances you will make.
Your next destination is an oldie, but a goodie. A cave and a lake it has still, and remnants of a skating rink sit up on the hill. To get there a junkyard you must pass, but first the World that sits in the grass. Riding through Baptist Bible College is a must, so back up Commercial, or bust. Around the circle and north you should roll. Under the trestle you now go. North on Washington, taking a right on High. Left on Summit, a church you should go by. Cruise across Kearney, but pause long at the light. Take a left on Talmage and pass the junkyard on your right. In the backdoor of Doling you have arrived. With a stagecoach to your left, the big hill you have survived. A bit down the hill you must travel. Watch out: There might be a bit of gravel. Look for the entrance to the park that white pillars do mark. Through the lot and down the hill you can ride, but arrive at the steps and walking you will abide. A picture of the cave sign is what we seek, but bats and critters, you may peek. Back up the hill the way you came, or take the other path. . . . it’s all the same. However, choosing the correct path is key, because a view of the old skating rink will be free.
It’s time to start your journey back to the party, but first, a few more stops on the other side of Kearney. On your left, two old wagons you will pass, while, most likely, chickens graze in the grass. The return route is at your discretion, but up Robberson and to the left of Lafayette Park was my direction. I CHASEd the railroad west, and I promise, that’s the route that is best. Because choosing these streets gives you a treat. A better view of the Jefferson Avenue Bridge is now in your rearview. I roared south on Lyon and past a Butterfly that is flyin’. Moon City is quite a creation and should definitely be a brief stop towards your next destination. Commercial Street is quite the gem, and from here, many things do stem. A local brewery, Queen City’s oldest bar, coffee, a Pizza House, and much more by far. Take a gander as you ride through. Maybe even stop for a tattoo. DO GOOD to select the right street, because this time of year, Drury Fountain can’t be beat.
To get to the fountain, a few twists and turns you must make. Earlier you rode Lyon, now Lynn, you must take. Do you go left or right that is the question, but heading towards Benton is the correct selection. The center of campus you need, so cutting across Benton is part of your deed. Riding the sidewalk, unfortunately is a must. To the Drury Fountain, or bust. If it’s running, dip your toes, or wet your face. But quickly, back on your bike, so you don’t lose your pace. Past Wiser Gym you must ride. Head south to the light, for it’s your guide.
West, then South you will fly. But first, Stone Chapel, then Central High. A picture of OUR Lady Liberty is part of today’s agenda. Up a few steps to show case all her glory and splenda. At the light, do not go right. Boonville & Chestnut is a busy intersection, but just know, you are headed in the right direction.
Next, as you stare DOWNTOWN, to the left you will see a 4 & a 7 in the local scenery. A picture should be posted. Tag Mother’s, Sylvan, and 4 The Love of K9s so you aren’t roasted. Between the two numbers you should go. Now, back on your bike to finish this show. With the Courthouse at your back, and the NewsLeader to your right, head down the hill and take flight.
Wave Bye Bye
Up the hill you now roam, across Olive, headed for “home.” One-fourth of the square you should travel. Past donuts and popcorn – do not unravel. (You are almost done; just a few more miles of fun.) Wave to the whale on your right and tip your hat to the Derby at the light. Avoid temptation and do not stop. Home base you are at, but finished, you are not. Please ride past the old bakery, now a brewery. Grant you have crossed. Route 66 has become your boss. West to the corner of College and Broadway is your final location. 66 silver hubcaps are your motivation. Snap a pic and tag the sites. Now head south up Broadway, and “home” for some great bites.
Go Night Night
To the party you are now going. Left on Walnut to keep the miles growing. Under the Silo you must return, and hopefully without any burn. We hope this ride you have liked, and we hope more routes today you will bike. If you ran this route the way it was selected, 17 to 18 miles you will have perfected. BUT…. If a few more spins of the tires are what you desire, then take my advice, and run the route twice. But this time, go in the opposite direction. Or, better yet. . . . take one of the other routes for your next selection.