Al’s Place is a low cost inn for bicyclists as they ride along the TransAmerica Trail. It is located in downtown Farmington, Missouri, in the upstairs of the old historic St. Francois County jail house. The person that Al’s Place is named after is Al Dziewa. His family owns Long John Silvers and A&W. He was a bicyclist who competed in races. In 2003, he developed cancer and he passed away in 2005. Al was a great inspiration to many people in the community, and he is remembered best for mentoring young adults and for his enthusiasm about bicycling.
The TransAmerica Trail was established for Adventure Cycling’s celebration of the U.S. bicentennial in 1976. At that time, the organization was called Bikecentennial, a name many old-timers still associate with the TransAm Trail. This is still the greatest and most used route crossing America. This classic ride offers everything you would expect from a transcontinental crossing. You’ll encounter all kinds of scenery and terrain, including ocean coastline, lush forests, high desert, mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, sweeping vistas, expansive plains, fertile farmlands, rolling hills, and wide rivers. You’ll pass through small, out-of-the-way towns in America that still serve up some of the best home-cooked meals and fresh-baked pies.