American Bottoms Cruise

Columbia, Illinois

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This ride consists of two parts, each very different from the other. The west half tours the straight, wide-open roads that run through a vast Mississippi River floodplain (and super-fertile farming territory) called the American Bottoms. The east half follows a series of twisting, hilly roads through the wooded bluffs about 400 feet above the floodplain. If the village of Valmeyer seems especially quiet, there’s good reason for it: The towns-people, by and large, have left the village. In 1993, after getting hit with two severe floods in quick succession, 90 percent of the town’s buildings were damaged beyond repair. As a result, the Valmeyer residents decided to pull up stakes and move their town out of the floodplain to a spot 2 miles up the river bluff.
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Road Biking Illinois

by Ted Villaire (Falcon Guides)

This ride consists of two parts, each very different from the other. The west half tours the straight, wide-open roads that run through a vast Mississippi River floodplain (and super-fertile farming territory) called the American Bottoms. The east half follows a series of twisting, hilly roads through the wooded bluffs about 400 feet above the floodplain.

If the village of Valmeyer seems especially quiet, there’s good reason for it: The towns-people, by and large, have left the village. In 1993, after getting hit with two severe floods in quick succession, 90 percent of the town’s buildings were damaged beyond repair. As a result, the Valmeyer residents decided to pull up stakes and move their town out of the floodplain to a spot 2 miles up the river bluff.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Columbia
Distance: 41.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Local Maps: USGS Columbia quad
Driving Directions: Directions to American Bottoms Cruise

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May 2018