ROUTE 66 REGATTA 152 MILES • Hwy 49; Rtes 96, 39, 32, 123, V, F, 266
PICK THIS ROUTE up at the Kansas border heading into Joplin on Historic Route 66. The Mother Road passes through Joplin, Webb City, and Carthage and continues all the way to Springfield. The well-traveled route is full of Historic Route 66 buildings and landmarks. While in Joplin, be sure to check out all the new bikes at Hideout Harley-Davidson. You’ll always find someone eady to talk shop. Take Highway 49 north out of Joplin to Webb City. Take a right on Broadway Street, and follow it as it turns into Route HH, which leads you to East Main Street in Carterville. Make a left on North Pine Street and a right onto Old 66 Boulevard. Old 66 Boulevard crosses over I-44, where it turns left and curves right along the outer road. You’ll pass the 66 Drive-In Theatre on [ 68 ] 2016 Missouri Motorcycle Guide
your way into Carthage. Right after the drivein, the road merges with West Oak Street and continues on through the city. In keeping with the Route 66 theme, make a left onto Garrison Avenue and a right onto East Central Avenue. Follow Route 96, veering slightly left. It’s a straight shot with open roads to Route 39 and a loop around Stockton Lake. The lake is a popular destination for sailing. Located close to the northwestern edge of the Ozarks Plateau, where rugged Aux-Arcs hills give way to the Great Plains, it’s a windy, but gorgeous ride. Make a right onto Route 32 in Stockton. In Fair Play, turn right again onto Route 123, and continue to Walnut Grove. Take Route V to Ash Grove, and get on Route F. Follow Route F to Route 266, where you make a right to get back on Route 96 and head back to Joplin.
COURTESY OF JOPLIN
Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site