Born to Be Wild

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River to River Motorcycle Cruise

Hey bikers, get your motor running, and head out on the highway. Highway 6, that is. Historic US 6 is America’s longest highway, and it travels right across some of the most interesting and scenic sections of Iowa. We’ll also be eating at some of Iowa’s best “mom & pop’s” as we Just Say NO to chain restaurants.  We will be starting our cruise in Council Bluffs on Friday, June 13th (with a pre party the night before) and heading across the historic White Pole Road, including a stop to the heart rendering 60+ ton Freedom Rock, created by artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson as a tribute to our veterans and the fallen from all of our past wars, before we hit our overnight stop, Newton for the wild and crazy Thunder Nites (Free admission!).   

Saturday we will cruise through the Amana Colonies on our way to Davenport to join the legendary Rally on the River for their 20th Anniversary Event.  Thousands of motorcycles and vendors, a Rally Girl contest, along with local and big name music acts make this a premiere event.

Rally in the River admission for motorcycles arriving before 5 PM is free.  


Motels have blocked rooms for us at special rates, and all we ask is a $20 voluntary donation to join.

Come join us on a Route 6 adventure, and see the Iowa you’ve missed from the interstate. Visit us at for more information

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State of the “6” 2013

Joe Lewis's 1930 Model A Coupe rolls past our very first Hostoric Route 6 sign to be erected 08/23/2012

Hello, members, partners, and affiliates,

2013 was a banner year for Historic Route 6 in Iowa, and we are excited to share the news, but before we get started, let’s jump back in time for a moment … At the beginning of 2012, there were no signs along Historic 6, and no attention paid to these seemingly innocuous county roads. By the end of 2012, we were able to erect 16 signs between Davenport and Wilton, and County Road F58 once again reclaimed its status as “Historic Route 6”. We made newspapers and television news with our achievement, and by “our” I mean just that. This could not have happened without your help and support.

We didn’t rest on our laurels in 2013. By the end of 2012, we assembled a team of volunteers across the state, and began looking at the next “lost corridor” of Historic 6 – County Road F29, between Ladora and Grinnell. Bypassed in 1956, this beautiful, twisty, hilly specimen of traveling enjoyment serves Victor, Carnforth and Brooklyn, Iowa. With the help of the Ruritan Club, The Grinnell Vintage Auto Club, Casey’s General Store, grants, and private donations, we were able to sign all of this road, and then continue our way to the west end of Poweshiek County!

That’s right, the communities spoke, and now any current stretch of 6 that is true to the original alignment will get signed. Thanks to the Iowa City/Coralville Convention & Visitor Bureau, the original alignment into and through Iowa City now has signs. The cities of West Liberty, Anita, Newton and Grinnell have also purchased signs. We now have over 80 signs up across Iowa. All of Cass County and the cities of Ladora, Atlantic, Stuart and Adair are planning for signs as well. Our goal is to have all of Iowa signed by mid 2014.

The signs are only part of the story – this year, we received some statewide and national publicity. Our Facebook and web pages attracted some very important visitors. American Collectors Insurance nominated us along with seven other very worthy scenic roads, and we won the vote for not one but two episodes of American Detours!

The American Detours crew came all the way from New Jersey to Iowa in order to film Historic US 6 – our own little romantic highway. These episodes will be viewable online in March 2014 at We are also working on an arrangement with Iowa Public Television (IPTV) for broadcast across Iowa as well.

Speaking of IPTV, the documentary by Fourth Wall Films is coming along nicely. We have achieved the funding necessary, including a major grant from Humanities Iowa to enable completion of the documentary film “River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6” by September 2014. The book is on schedule for 2014 as well. A brochure with a map and businesses and attractions is also in the works.

But the publicity doesn’t end there! This year, we put on the largest of our River to River Cruises ever. With over 200 classic cars participating from five states, and many passengers dressed in period attire, we made a tremendous splash across Iowa. Our favorite highway was the subject of numerous newspaper articles, radio and TV interviews across the state. We joined with nearly every Convention & Visitors Bureau on Highway 6 across Iowa, and they delivered.

We also can now enter into reciprocal arrangements with Chambers. We had greetings from mayors, streets set aside for festivities, and many, many spectators. For 2014, we are adding a motorcycle cruise as well. We are getting your highway, your towns, and your businesses into the public eye, and again, by “we”, I mean you and our team. We gratefully acknowledge and thank you for your support, and we hope you will continue to do so in the coming years. Remember that we are member supported. You make this possible. Thank you!

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Cruising the Ones!

The streets of Downtown Davenport will be filled with classic cars October 9th 2014 as the Route 6  River to River retro Road Trip once again rolls out of Davenport, located along the mighty Mississippi river. It is not necessary to do the whole trip to take part in the cruise the ones event, you just need a car you think is cool enough to fit in. No mini-vans, no SUVs. If you don’t have a cool car, you are still welcome to watch as we set out to make history, with the largest gathering of classic cars ever gathered on the one ways of Davenport. Participants can meet at the Florian Keen Parking Lot, located at 209 S Gaines St, Davenport, Iowa, around 5 PM. The cruise will run from 6 PM to 8 PM, later, if you are having fun. Of course, if you really want to be hip and cool, you’ll need to join us for the River to River Retro Road Trip across Iowa on Historic US 6. Get all your details here:

See Iowa as you've never seen it before!

See Iowa as you’ve never seen it before!

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