Sisters on the Fly, the largest women’s outdoors group in the country, will embark May 12 on a cross-country trek across the entire length of historic Route 66.
Kicking off in Joliet, Illinois, a group of more than 300 members will take this famous rite of passage with hundreds more joining up at planned stops in 11 cities, including Springfield on May 18-19. The journey will culminate in a celebration at their final stop in Ventura, California June 2 where the Sisters will converge at the Pacific coast.
Founded in 1999 by real-life sisters, Maurrie Sussman and Rebecca Clarke, Sisters on the Fly has grown to nearly 6,000 members across the country and internationally, who have connected through their shared affinity for the outdoors, fly fishing, camping and, most importantly, fun.
Since the start, many of the Sisters have famously renovated and decorated vintage trailers, which they use to caravan to and from many of the group’s planned activities. While not a requirement, the vintage trailer caravans have become one of the SOTF trademarks and the Route 66 journey is no exception. More than 300 Sisters will tow and display their vintage trailers on portions of or the entire journey and will spend one to two nights in each city, taking in the sites and attractions of each while visiting with other Sisters and followers who stop by to say hello along the way.
The schedule for the month-long trip includes:
May 12-13 - Joliet, Illinois
May 14-15 - Springfield, Illinois
May 16-17 - St. Louis
May 18-19 - Springfield
May 20 - Kansas (city TBD)
May 20-21 - Claremore, Oklahoma
May 22-23 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 24-25 - Amarillo, Texas
May 26-31 - New Mexico and Arizona (cities TBD)
June 1 - Barstow, California
June 2-5 - Ventura, California
“This trip has been on our bucket list of adventures for many years,” said Maurrie Sussman, Sister #1 and co-founder of Sisters on the Fly. “Traveling with a group this size is a once-in-a lifetime experience and we are so excited about the participation, enthusiasm and hard work that our Sisters have put into making it a reality.”
One of the Sisters who will participate in the full trek is Lisa Mora, Sister #2348. Originally from Australia, Mora recently moved to Oregon and will be driving her 1953 Hudson Hornet with a 1956 Mercury trailer in tow. Mora is a vintage trailer enthusiast and publisher and editor of “Vintage Caravan Magazine.
At the end of the tour, Mora will give away the trailer used during the tour to a “Vintage Caravan Magazine” subscriber.
Sisters on the Fly is the largest outdoor women’s group in the United States with members in all 50 states, Canada, France and New Zealand. The membership-based community supports women in their efforts to experience the outdoors with a style, color and passion that’s unique to Sisters on the Fly. The organization fosters a network of more than 6,000 women and an impressive calendar of events that take place all over the country, year round.
“Sister-activities” include everything from fly fishing to horseback riding, camping, hiking, wine tasting and most famously, restoring and touring vintage campers. Above all, Sisters on the Fly offers a safe and supportive culture for women of all walks of life to come together and enjoy the great outdoors.
Learn more at www.sistersonthefly.com.
For more information about groups visiting Springfield, call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767 or 417-881-5300 or visit www.SpringfieldMO.org.