THE RIVER RUN 120 MILES • Hwys 24, 69; Rtes 10, 210, 291
[ 16 ] 2016 Missouri Motorcycle Guide
Continue east on Highway 24 to the town of Waverly, where Peters Orchards and Market serves healthy snacks and offers seasonal tours of the orchards. Stay on Highway 24, and head north to cross the Missouri and ride straight into Carrollton. Refuel your bike at your choice of gas stations, refuel your body at one of many dining establishments, and refuel your soul (and soles) by dangling your feet in the water at Carrollton Recreation Lake. Look for Route 10 just before you reach the center of town, and go west through Missouri farmland. That will take you to Route 210 and back to Independence. However, you can stay on Route 10 for an alternate adventure through Richmond and on to Excelsior Springs. It adds a few more miles to the tour, but it’s worth it for a stop at the Broadway Bar & Grill or Ray’s Diner. Jump on Highway 69 to Route 291, and head south through Liberty and back to Independence. Or spend the night at the historic Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs, and enjoy breakfast at the 88 at the Elms before heading out in the morning.
MISSOURI DIVISION OF TOURISM
IF YOU WERE TO GO west from this route’s starting point, you’d end up in the hustle and hubbub of Kansas City. We hear every thing’s up to date there. No matter. We’re taking the road less traveled. Start at Ron’s Roadhouse in Independence, where you’re likely to meet fellow bikers, many of whom will be starting or completing this popular route. Look around Independence on your way out. There’s a lot of history in this town, including the 1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home and Museum. Independence is also the hometown of Missouri’s only president, Harry S. Truman. Take Highway 24 out of Independence, and head east along the Missouri River. Follow the highway through the river towns along the southern edge of the river for half of the 120mile journey. Explore historic downtown Lexington. The bloody Civil War Battle of Lexington took place here, and the state historic site commemorates that conflict. There’s always something going on in Lexington and its surrounding wineries. Check VisitLexingtonMo.com to plan your tour around one of the city’s many festivals and fairs.
Ray’s Diner, Excelsior Springs