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FOUR WHEELS MOVE THE BODY.

TWO WHEELS MOVE THE SOUL. No one really knows who first said those words, but their truth continues to echo at bike rallies and motorcycle clubs everywhere. Missouri has some great roads upon which to transport your soul. Last year, we introduced twenty of those routes in our inaugural edition of the Missouri Motorcycle Guide. This year, we’ve upped the offering to thirty. You’ll find a few old favorites and several new trips that open roads to the best of Missouri— from exciting terrain to beautiful vistas to some of the most entertaining and delicious stops you can make on your soulful journey. The Missouri Division of Tourism, several area visitors bureaus, and motorcycle dealerships have contributed the best of the best and extended open invitations to get out and see all the Show-Me State has to offer. Remember: just because we call it a motorcycle guide doesn’t mean these day trips and tours aren’t suitable for other vehicles. Drop the roof on your ragtop or load the brood in your Wagon Queen Family Truckster station wagon. Either way, it’s quite the ride. Enjoy!

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VROOOM WITH A VIEW

Get your motor running and wind your way through the pure Ozark mountain valleys and passes. Kick back by the lake, take in a show or keep the ride going on a classic wooden rollercoaster. Then recharge as you enjoy our hospitality and decide what the next day holds in Branson.

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NORTHWEST REGION The Great Northwest............................................ 8 The Green Hills..................................................... 10 The Pony Express..................................................12 The River Run....................................................... 16 NORTHEAST REGION The Far Country................................................... 18 The Mark Twain Adventure................................20 Northern River Road............................................ 22 CENTRAL REGION Callaway Getway.................................................24 Cuba Route 66 Mural City..................................26 Historic Missouri Wine Country.........................30 Loop the Lake...................................................... 32 Mid-MO Motor.....................................................36 Missouri River Bluff ............................................38 The MOMG Thrill Ride.........................................42 Pulaski County USA's Scenic Crazy 8................46 St Charles Harley-Davidson...............................48 Truman Lake Loop............................................... 52

SOUTHWEST REGION Bennett Spring Triangle......................................56 Gateway to the Ozarks.......................................58 The Lucas Oil Loop..............................................60 Peel Ferry Route..................................................62 Ride the Real Ozarks...........................................64 Route 66 Regatta.................................................68 Table Rock Tour.................................................... 70 SOUTHEAST REGION The Bootheel........................................................ 72 Grape Escape....................................................... 74 Iron Towns............................................................ 76 Ozark Scenic Riverways...................................... 78 Southern Missouri...............................................80 Southern River Road...........................................82

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THE GREAT NORTHWEST 106 MILES • Hwy 136; Rtes 148, 246, 46, C

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Worth County Lake. Or, if you’re interested in total body immersion, dive into the Grant City Pool, open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Take Route 46 east out of Grant City to Allendale, where you’ll connect to Route C south. Just when you start thinking this is the straightest road you’ve ever been on, it’ll throw you a couple of sharp turns that take you to the banks of East Fork Grand River. Follow Route C into Albany, and sit down for a slice of pie at Poppa’s Family Restaurant. Take Highway 136 west out of Albany to the town of Stanberry. Highway 136 turns right on West Fourth Street and proceeds west until the town of Conception, where it turns back to the north. At Ravenwood, the highway turns back west, over the Platte River and into Maryville. Now that you’re back, stay awhile. Grab a brew and listen to some live music at The Pub. Or have a burger and watch the game at Carson’s Sports Grille.

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NO, YOU WON’T NEED your snowshoes for this route, unless you go in the dead of winter. Then, we make no guarantees. This route resides in the extreme northwest portion of the state—ergo its name—and nearly kisses the Missouri-Iowa border at its northernmost point. Start in Maryville, the county seat of Nodaway County and home of Northwest Missouri State University. You’re going to end here, too, so we’ll tell you about all the hot spots in a bit. From Maryville, head north on Route 148. It’s a fairly straight ride through the Missouri prairie. You might find yourself channeling the spirits of the American Indians who once rode horseback through this land. At Hopkins, turn east on Route 246. It’ll cut sharply south before turning back east just before Sheridan. If you enjoy a road with more turns, you’re about to get your wish. At Grant City, take a few minutes to cool your toes in

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POINTS OF INTEREST 1. The Pub, Maryville 2. Carson’s Sports Grille, Maryville 4. Grant City Pool COURTESY OF ALBANY

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3. Worth County Lake 5. Poppa’s Family Restaurant, Albany

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THE GREEN HILLS 101 MILES • Hwy 136; Rtes 149, 6

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Take Highway 136 east out of Bethany. Watch out when you approach Ravanna. The town’s first well has been preserved in its original location—the middle of the highway. Past Unionville, the route takes a sharp southern tack onto Route 149. South of Martinsville, don’t let the scenic terrain distract you from the tight turns in the road. Just past Novenger, turn east onto Route 6, and follow it over the Chariton River into Kirksville.

TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY

IN THE FIRST WEEK of August 1862, the American Civil War came to Kirksville. Casualties ran high for Confederate troops in the Battle of Kirksville, the destination of this picturesque route near the Missouri-Iowa border. The route starts at Bethany, the county seat of Harrison County and goes through Princeton—the birthplace of Martha “Calamity Jane” Cannary—Ravanna, Unionville, and Novinger before crossing the Chariton River into Kirksville.

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Thousand Hills StatePark, Kirksville


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4. Putnam County Historical Society Museum, Unionville 5. Ruth W. Towne Museum and Visitors Center, Kirksville 6. DuKum Inn Bar and Grille, Kirksville

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THE PONY EXPRESS 112 MILES • I-29; Hwys 169, 69; Rtes 116, 6

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Nevada to arrive in Sacramento, California, ten days later. Your Pony Express ride won’t be quite that extensive or time-consuming, but you’ll enjoy a lot of history and adventure as you cruise the smooth plains and wooded scenery of northwest Missouri. Take Highway 169 east out of St. Joseph. You’ll travel southeast for about eighteen miles. Turn east onto Route 116 for another eighteen miles. Turn north on Highway 69. Alongside Interstate 35, you’ll pass Wallace State Park and drive through Cameron and Winston. Highway 69 makes a sharp left on the other side of Winston. If you get to Altamont, you missed it. In about a mile, you’ll come to Route 6 on your left. Take it west all the way back to St. Joe. Visit StJoMo.com or call 800-785-0360 for more information on the region.

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AT 5 pmon April 3, 1860, the first westbound rider on the Pony Express left St. Joseph to travel through Kansas and what is now known as Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and

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POINTS OF INTEREST 1. The Pony Express National Museum, St. Joseph 2. The Jesse James Home, St. Joseph

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3. The Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph 4. The Patee House Museum, St. Joseph 5. Wallace State Park 6. Pony Express Lake Conservation Area

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7. Nelly’s Mexican Food, St. Joseph 8. Boudreaux’s Louisiana Seafood, St. Joseph

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THE RIVER RUN 120 MILES • Hwys 24, 69; Rtes 10, 210, 291

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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.

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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.

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THE FAR COUNTRY 120 MILES • Hwys 63, 136; Rtes 81, 16, 6

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IF YOUR QUEST is to reach the reachable star, this route—on the state’s far northeast corner—should top your list. The trail starts in Kirksville, nicknamed Missouri’s North Star, home to two universities and the site of a major battle in the American Civil War. Confederate soldiers executed in the city were buried in a mass grave at Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery, a few blocks west of Kirksville’s Square. Before you ride or after you finish, be sure to stop in the Wooden Nickel Restaurant for a great meal. For more information, go to VisitKirksville.com. From Kirksville, head north on Highway 63 to the town of Lancaster. In 1869, Howard R. Hughes Sr.—the father of the eccentric fil maker and millionaire Howard Hughes Jr.— was born in Lancaster. He would attend military school in Mexico, Missouri, before finding fortune as a tool inventor. At Lancaster, catch Highway 136 east to [ 18 ] 2016 Missouri Motorcycle Guide

Memphis, Missouri. Drop in at Keith’s Café for everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to T-bone steaks. You’ll also want to go to MemphisMoChamber.com to check the schedule for community events, such as the Scotland County Antique Fair, August 24 through 28. Continue on Highway 136 east out of Memphis to Kahoka. At Kahoka, catch Route 81 south to Canton. This scenic town located right on the west bank of the Mississippi River has a lot to offer visitors, whether it’s dining, antique shopping, or exploring. The Buckin’ Bull Saloon serves up cold beverages, sandwiches, pool, and pizza Wednesday through Saturday. If you want to cook your own, most of the city parks in Canton have barbecue grills for public use. A complete list is available at ShowMeCantonMo.com. In Canton, look for Route 16 and take that east to New Court, where it meets Route 6. Follow Route 6 back to Kirksville.

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THE MARK TWAIN ADVENTURE 225 MILES • Hwys 54, 79, 107, 154, 19, 161; Rtes N, T, V, A,W, J, UU, Z, F

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adventure, take Route A back to New London, where you can head back to Hannibal. If you’re hungry for more, turn back down Route J to Perry. This time, head east on Highway 154 to Route 19, then south to rejoin Highway 154 east. On the north side of Bowling Green, take Route UU to Louisiana, Missouri, to complete the second loop. From Louisiana, return to Hannibal on the Great River Road (Highway 79) or finish the last loop in your Mark Twain Adventure. Take Route UU or Highway 54 back to Bowling Green, and turn south onto Highway 161. At Ashley, turn left onto Route Z, and enjoy the easy curves that lead to Elsberry. You’ve done it! You’ve completed your own Mark Twain Adventure. Enjoy the scenic ride back to Hannibal on the Great River Road. Once there, drop into the Visitors Bureau and tour the historic downtown. Nearby, fi ish off with a burger and beer at the Mark Twain Brewing Company.

COURTESY OF MARK TWAIN BREWERY

AT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED miles, this route can be broken into shorter trips, because you’re going to want to come back to Hannibal over and over again. Take Highway 79 south out of Hannibal. Turn right on Route N at Saverton and continue straight onto Route T. Turn left on Route T, and then turn right onto Route V into New London. Take Route A west out of New London. Catch Route J north, and turn left on Route W on the edge of Monroe City. From Monroe City, take I-24 south to Highway 107. This will take you to Florida, Missouri, birthplace of Mark Twain and the state park named for him. South of Twain’s birthplace museum, take Highway 154 east to Perry. For a better tour of the lake, turn north on Route J at Perry. Sweeping turns will take you to the Clarence Cannon Dam. Continuing on Route J will bring you back to Route A. If you’ve had enough

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NORTHERN RIVER ROAD 43 MILES • Rte 79

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weekend in October for the annual Folklife Festival. Hannibal is best known for being the boyhood home of Mark Twain and the inspiration behind such literary creations as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. You’ll take Route 79 all the way on this trip, beginning in Hannibal and ending in Clarksville. About ten miles south of Hannibal, near the dam at Saverston, pause to look to the skies for the bald eagles that migrate to the high bluffs. Pike County is one of the largest winter migration areas for bald eagles. Continue south on 79 to Louisiana, Missouri, home to what the State Department of Natural Resources has called the most intact Victorian streetscape in the state. Downtown Louisiana is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Georgia Street Historical District, noteworthy for its antebellum homes. A walking tour is available for download at Louisiana-Mo.com. Stop near Clarksville at Lookout Point and Sky Lift Hill at Lock and Dam No. 24. This is one of the highest points along the river and offers an unmatched view of the Mississippi and the river valley.

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HERE’S A CHANCE to capture a bit of Americana right in your own backyard. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway—2,069 miles running between Minnesota and Louisiana and hugging the Mississippi River all the way—is almost as mythical as its east-to-west cousin, Route 66. It has been called one of the greatest motorcycle routes in North America. This route offers a sampling of the greater road with a forty-three-mile adventure from Hannibal to Clarksville. Settlers from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia who moved to the area following the Louisiana Purchase called it the Little Dixie Region. The Missouri Department of Conversation has recognized the Little Dixie Highway for offering the most outstanding locale for nature tourism in the state. And local residents call the road from Hannibal to Clarksville the Fifty Miles of Art Corridor in recognition of the many fine artists, crafts people, and artisans who call the area home. Historic homes, great family restaurants, a riverboat cruise, museums, and more make Hannibal a good place to spend the night before or after your ride. Visit during the third

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4. Lock and Dam No. 22, Saverton

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CALLAWAY GETAWAY 123 MILES • I-70; Hwys 54, 94; Rtes EE, B, J, D, O, C

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and on to the Little Dixie Lake at Millersburg. While in Millersburg, check out Ranch House BBQ before crossing I-70 and hanging a sharp left to Route DD. Follow it to Route E, then go east on Route E through Hatton to Auxvasse, where you’ll want to take a break at the Auxvasse Bar and Grill. Take Route B east out of Auxvasse to Route A, then south on Route A to Route Z back into Fulton. For an interesting side trip, take I-70 to Williamsburg and go back in time at Crane’s Country Story, the Crane Museum, and Marlene’s Restaurant. Back in Fulton, be sure to check out Backer Auto World, National Churchill Museum, and all the shops and restaurants in the historic Brick District. Hungry? Fulton’s Post Office Bar and Grill and the Thirsty Hog are popular with motorcyclists, visitors, and locals alike. Central Missouri Meat and Sausage, just off Highway 54, offers locally sourced, high quality meats and hand crafted brats, summer sausages, snack sticks, and an in-market dining option. For more information, go to VisitFulton .com, e-mail info@VisitFulton.com, or call 573-642-7692.

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DRIVE THROUGH the Missouri River valley’s rolling green hills, pastureland, and prairies—all in one county. Head east out of Fulton on Route O. You can top your tank at the C&C Store before catching Route D south to Portland. The Riverfront Bar and Grill in Portland is the first of many dining possibilities as you turn west on Highway 94 a.k.a. the South Callaway Burger Trail, which also includes the Mokane Bar & Grill and P4 Pub & Grub in Tebbetts. If you’re still hungry, stop by Nick’s Family Restaurant, located in the Jefferson City Memorial Airport, for some of the best pan-fried chicken and country ham you’ve ever eaten. At Highway 54, head north to Holts Summit where you can take a break at Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant. From Holts Summit, head north on AC, through the town of Lake Mykee, and on to New Bloomfield where you’ll catch MM west to Route J. Drive carefully; the police in this small town don’t think highly of speeders. Go north on J to the village of Guthrie, and look for the Heart of Nashville restaurant, where your meal is often accompanied by live music. Keep north on J, past Serenity Valley Winery

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CUBA ROUTE 66 MURAL CITY 83.9 MILES • Rtes 19, 68, 8, KK, ZZ

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the sparkling waters are so clear you can actually watch fish be lured to your bait. Even if you don’t have your fishing gear, the park is a great drive-through, and there are plenty of scenic spots perfect for a picnic. Admission to the park is five dollars per vehicle If you’re in a hurry, you can continue on Route 8 back to Steelville and take Route 19 back into Cuba. If you’re still hungry for the open road, take Route 8 into St. James and link up with Route KK just south of Interstate 44. The ride from St. James to Cuba will take you through some of Missouri’s finest wine country. The scenic route features some nice tight turns and hills and is the perfect way to end this ride. Plan to stop for pictures in Rosati, the Little Italy of the Ozarks. Route KK leads into Route ZZ. Take a quick left turn, and drop in at Fanning 66 Outpost, home of the Route 66 Red Rocker. Then hop on Historic Route 66 (Route ZZ) east back into Cuba.

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DECLARE YOUR FREEDOM, and take to the open road on an unspoiled, natural trip through the southern central part of the state. On this eclectic ride, you’ll enjoy art, wine, barbecue, and history. You’ll start and end your ride in Cuba, Missouri, a popular stop on Route 66 most famous for the Wagon Wheel Motel. Head south on Route 19 to Steelville, nicknamed the Floating Capital of Missouri because of three nearby rivers. Several area businesses offer canoe, raft, and inner tube rentals. From Steelville, proceed south on Route 19. At Cherryville, the highway takes a southwest turn, past Sligo and the Indian Trail State Forest, and joins with Route 68 in Salem. Before you leave Salem, plan on getting a cup or cone of ice cream at Scoops Central on Main Street. Head north on Route 68 to Route 8. Turn right on Route 8 to go to Meramec Spring Park, one of four Missouri trout parks where

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HISTORIC MISSOURI WINE COUNTRY 17 MILES • Rte 94

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Southern classic paired with beer, bourbon, or wine at the Trail Smokehouse—open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Wine Country Gardens in Defiance sits on forty-two acres of beautiful rolling hills that overlook the Missouri River Valley. The Gardens serves delicious food in addition to offering a large selection of domestic and foreign wines. Its landscaping was featured in Better Homes and Gardens. The road southwest to Augusta is fairly undemanding and incredibly beautiful. The highway kisses the bank of the Big Muddy before turning westward into a bit more challenging drive. At Augusta, you’ll want to take lots of time to visit all the vineyards and wineries. Remember this is a short route, so take your time. The final three wineries lie back on the road between Augusta and Dutzow. Remember: drink responsibly when riding.

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THIS ROUTE IS quite a bit shorter than the others in this guide. But once you see what the trail holds, we think you’ll be stopping a lot along the way, making for an eventful— and delicious—trip through the state’s historic wine country. This one’s easy to follow; just take Route 94 the whole way. The hills, turns, and beautiful vistas make it a must! The route begins in Defiance, just thirty-eight miles west of St. Louis, where the wineries and unique dining experiences may make you want to delay your start until after lunchtime. The Katy Trail runs through Defiance, so you’re likely to encounter the other form of biker on your journey. The Defiance Roadhouse is known as a pit stop for bikers with great food, St. Louis branded beer, a covered patio, and a horseshoe pit. Don’t miss the resident squirrels! For an amazing barbecue experience, get a

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LOOP THE LAKE 82 MILES • Hwy 54; Rtes 5, W

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want to pull over and take pictures. Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to stop for lunch. Or pack a basket and picnic lakeside. At Versailles, turn east onto Route W to begin your southward trek back to the lake. Take your time. There’s a lot to enjoy in the hills and turns before arriving at Bagnell Dam at the northeast corner of the lake. Ride across the dam and onto the strip where you’ll find The Leather Man right across the street from the giant Indian. Once you link up to Business 54, there is a plethora of restaurants and bars, many with outdoor seating and live music, so you can extend your day long into the Missouri night.

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THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS is a biker’s paradise. Just ask anyone who has attended the annual BikeFest where more than two hundred bars and restaurants offer up more than fifty live music venues. Whether you’re in town in September for the BikeFest, or you just want to enjoy the scenic winding roads of this eighty-two-mile route from Camdenton to Versailles, you’ll find plenty of places to rest, relax, and enjoy a good meal. You’ll want to start early. From Camdenton, head north on Route 5. This is the “wow” side of the lake, with lots of places where you’ll

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MID-MO MOTOR 157 MILES • Hwys 24, 40; Rtes E, 124, 240, 3, 41

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129. Take 129 to Salisbury, turn left onto Highway 24, and enjoy the ride to the Grande River, through Brunswick and DeWitt. At DeWitt, turn south on Route 41. You’ll go over the Missouri River at Miami, Missouri, then straight south about fifteen miles to Marshall. Route 41 turns back east just outside of the Marshall city limits. If you have friends who took the shortcut, you’ll catch them here and ride into the beautiful town of Arrow Rock, where the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places. If you’ve timed it right, you might be able to catch a play at the Lyceum Theatre, one of Missouri’s oldest professional regional theaters. Turn south onto Santa Fe Road, through Blackwater (don’t miss Bucksnort Trading Company), and on to Boonville, where you can try your luck at the Isle of Capri Casino. The route to Columbia takes you by Warm Springs Ranch, where the Budweiser Clydesdale horses are born and raised. A trip back over the Missouri River on the Boonslick Bridge takes you to Highway 40, through New Franklin, Rocheport, Midway, and a short drive on I-70 back to Columbia.

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HERE’S A TRAIL that’s a bit more flex ble than the others. You can take the full 157mile journey through beautiful mid-Missouri scenery, or you can take a shortcut across the Boonslick Loop. Head north out of Columbia on Highway E (the Stadium Boulevard exit off I-70) to the town of Harrisburg. Turn west onto Route 124, and follow it straight on to Route 240 just outside Fayette. Check out Hawgs and Heifers Bar, or go on into Fayette and enjoy the Main Street Bar and Grill, Harmonica Mike’s, and the Brickhouse. Back on Route 124, you’ll have about five miles to decide whether to take the shorter route or lock in the long haul.

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MISSOURI RIVER BLUFFS 170 MILES • Hwy 50, 63; Rtes 100, 47, 94,

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from Central Dairy Ice Cream. There’s plenty more to discover at attractions such as the Governor’s Mansion and Cole County Historical Society Museum, along with panoramic views of the city from the pedestrian/bike path attached to the Highway 54 Missouri River Bridge. From Jefferson City, take Highway 50 east. Just past where the highway crosses the Osage River, you can choose either Route A or Route 100. Route A sticks closer to the banks of the Missouri River and eventually doubles back to Route 100 just west of Chamois. Continue on Route 100 through Gasconade to Hermann. At Washington, cross the Missouri River on Route 47, then it’s back west along Route 94 on the Missouri’s north bank. Take Highway 63/54 back into Jeff City. Dinner at Spectator’s Bar and Grill and a nightcap at Twin Bridges are the perfect way to end the evening before resting your head at one of the many convenient hotels.

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THIS LONG LAP of Missouri wine country follows the Katy Trail for much of its length, making it accessible for hiking. Missouri River Bluffs traces the Missouri River, passing through historic Jefferson City, Chamois, Hermann, New Haven, Washington, and others. When you arrive in Jefferson City, begin your day exploring the history of Missouri’s capital. Head to the quaint, tree-lined streets of downtown for a coffee and breakfast from Coffee Zone. Explore the lush grounds surrounding the Missouri State Capitol and check out the famous Thomas Hart Benton murals or the State Museum inside the dome. Take a tour to learn what life was like behind the walls of the Missouri State Penitentiary tour. Then venture over to the museum to see artifacts handcrafted by inmates along with other prison memorabilia. Keep the jail theme going, and grab a bite at Prison Brews Microbrewery. Leave room for dessert with a special treat

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• Hundreds of Germanic/European flavored wurst, wine, bacon, beer and brats • Indoor and outside deli seating • In-house craft beer and wurst sodas • German food and Amish-made food gifts 234 East First Street, Hermann, MO 573-486-2266 • www.hermannwursthaus.com

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THE MOMG THRILL RIDE 136.8 MILES • Hwys 50, 63; Rtes 89, 133, 52, 17, 42, 28, D, P, HH, U

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then left—as you head down to Owensville. If you’re ready for a break, Owensville boasts four parks within the city limits. Owensville’s Memorial Park has a new water park. Two other parks, Memorial and Bushman, both have barbecue grills for a perfect picnic. From Owensville, catch Route 42 west through the towns of Canaan and Belle and over the Gasconade River to Vienna. Continue on Route 42 west through the gentle hills of Missouri farmland to Iberia. If you continue on Route 42, you’ll come out at Osage Beach on the Lake of the Ozarks. Turn right on Route 17, and follow it to Tuscumbia. From the bridge going into Tuscumbia, you’ll get a beautiful view of the Osage River. If you want to go right down to the water, turn left at the three-way stop, and follow Route HH. Then head back over the river, this time connecting with Route 52 west, through St. Elizabeth to Meta, where you’ll connect with Route 133. Take Route 133 to Highway 63, and turn right to ride down the gently sloping hill into the beautiful German enclave of Westphalia. Continue south on Highway 63 to Route U. It’s a sharp left, and you’ll want to make sure the vehicles behind you are slowing down. Power through the curves through Rich Fountain and north back to Linn.

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THE REWARD at the far western side of this thrilling ride is the most beautiful view of the Osage River you’ll find without riding the river itself. This roller coaster circuit— with twists and turns and hills throughout— takes you through Maries, Osage, Miller, and Gasconade Counties (MOMG), though not necessarily in that order. MOMG just looks so much better than GOMM. You can start this route from any number of towns along the way—Vienna, Iberia, Tuscumbia, Westphalia, Owensville—but for purposes of convenience, we’re starting at twelve o’clock and working our way clockwise. Feel free to improvise. Linn is located about ten miles east of Jefferson City on Highway 50. Home of the State Technical College of Missouri, Linn also boasts a number of eateries and bars to check out as you start or finish your ride. You could just head east on Highway 50 out of Linn, but what fun would that be? Take Route 89 south for a scenic ride and a hairpin turn you won’t want to miss. At Route D, turn left for some more curves and turns along the bank of the Gasconade River. At Mount Sterling, jump back on Highway 50 for a few short miles to the junction of Routes K and P. Take Route P south, and look sharp for two ninety-degree turns—first right,


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ARE YOU PREPARED

FOR A CURVE

IN THE ROAD? HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT SAFETY POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND: Get properly licensed.

Motorcyclists must complete and pass a written test and a riding test before obtaining a Class M license or endorsement.

Learn the basics.

Motorcycle safety courses are an excellent way to learn basic vehicle control and crash-avoidance skills.

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Use turn signals for every turn or lane change even if you don’t think anyone will see it. Combine hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to yourself.

Never ride impaired. Increase visibility.

Use reflective tape and stickers & position yourself in the lane where you will be most visible to other drivers.

To learn more and locate an approved safety course near you, visit www.mmsp.org.

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PULASKI COUNTY USA’S SCENIC CRAZY 8 82 MILES • I-44; Rtes 28, 133, 17, 7, D, Z, J, T

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Head west out of Waynesville on Historic Route 66, and turn north on Route T to Route 133, which leads you west into Richland. Swing by the Chopper Shop, or enjoy a scrumptious tenderloin sandwich at the Burger Stand. Take Route 7 south out of Richland to Roadhouse Bar & Grille, home of great BOGO Burgers and weekends full of live music. The Pulaski County Shrine Club located near Buckhorn is home for the annual FORR Mid America Freedom Rally, which is attended by thousands of bike enthusiasts every year. Route 66 east will return you to St. Robert and dinner at the infamous Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ Pit. Stop at the Pulaski County Visitors Center, where the staff can help you find more local fun. Check out the PulaskiCountyUSA.com website for additional rides, including the Route 66 Adventure, available as an audio download to your smartphone.

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GET READY for a day filled with scenic beauty, plenty of Ozark curves, open road, and a feeling of peace. Take Historic Route 66 E/Route Z out of St. Robert and head east on Route Z—a.k.a. Old Route 66—through Devil’s Elbow. At Route J, catch I-44 for a short trip to Jerome where you’ll catch Route D north to the junction of Highway 28. Turn right on Route 28, and take it into Dixon. A quick diversion south on Route 28 will lead you to a million-dollar view and a delicious menu by Chef Kyle at Di Trapani’s Italian Bistro. Dixon, the first of three towns that lay along the Frisco Railroad, features murals located throughout the town and a hidden gem, Homeplate Bar & Grill. Open the throttle along Route 133 west out of Dixon, to Route 17. The twists and turns lead you through Crocker and into Waynesville, the home of Hoppers Pub and sixty-six different beers on tap.

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ST. CHARLES HARLEY-DAVIDSON 99.4 MILES • A number of back roads and side streets through St. Charles

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Turn right on Route V. Continue straight onto Route JJ. Turn left on Highway 79. Turn left on Broadway Avenue. Broadway Flowers & Fountain is on the right. Head east on Broadway. Turn right on Highway 79. Turn right on Route C. Turn left on Route OO. Turn left onto Jordan Road. Continue straight onto Route Y. Turn right onto St. Paul Road. Dog Prairie Tavern is on the left. Head south on St. Paul Road. Turn left on Hackman Road. Turn right on Route 79. Turn right on Interstate 70. Exit onto Cave Springs Road/Truman Boulevard. Turn left on Truman Boulevard Turn right on West Clay, back to St. Charles Harley-Davidson.

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START AT St. Charles Harley-Davidson at 3808 West Clay Street. • Head northwest on West Clay Street. • Turn right onto Harry S. Truman Boulevard. • Turn left onto Route 370. • Take Exit 1B onto Salt River Road. • Turn right onto Route 79. • Turn left onto Route M. • Turn right onto Route P. • Turn right onto Mette Road. • Turn left onto Route MM. • Turn left onto Route C. • Turn right onto Highway 61. • Turn left onto Old Cap Au Gris Road. • Turn right onto South Lincoln Drive. • At the stop light, turn left onto Cherry Street. Mustang Sally’s is located on the corner of Main and Cherry Streets. • Head north, up the hill, on Main Street. • Turn right on Route 47. • Turn left on Highway 61.

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TRUMAN LAKE LOOP 82 MILES • Rtes 7, 13, 82, 83, UU, Z

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including fishing and swimming Before you reach the turn onto Route UU for the park, you can choose to take a left on Route Z for the alternate route, bypassing Clinton. But don’t make your decision in haste. With the largest town square in Missouri and a variety of excellent restaurants, Clinton is waiting to be explored. Take a left at the intersection in Clinton to jump onto Route 13 south. Continue on Route 13 for about twenty-five miles. Check out the awesome selection of cheese at the Osceola Cheese Company on your way through Osceola. Then turn left onto Route 82 going east. Follow the highway until it intersects with Route 83, and turn left. Route 83 will take you all the way back to Warsaw and Route 7 where you began. A great time to ride this loop is the third week of October during Warsaw’s Heritage Days. Not only will you be able to appreciate the festivities, but also the spectacular Ozark fall colors. The entire loop is surrounded by state wildlife and conservation areas loaded with hiking trails, camping, and scenic views.

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TOUR THE AREA and loop around Truman Lake, a hot spot for tourists and locals alike, with boating, camping, ATV riding, and fishing. On this route, you’ll have at least eight chances to wade into Truman Lake. Visit Drake Harbor, or stroll around the thriving lake town of Warsaw, and discover a new favorite haunt. Perched high on a bluff, the Truman Dam Visitors Center has a stunning view of the lake and dam as well as a wealth of natural history exhibits. The Truman Lake Loop offers an alternative route to cut this ride into a half day’s trip by crossing the Osage River along Route Z. The alternate route—approximately fifty-three miles—puts you on Route 82 but is more challenging for riders, with tight turns and a few switchbacks thrown in. Beginning in Warsaw, head west on Route 7 toward Clinton. Throughout the ride and especially along Harry S. Truman State Park, a slight detour along Route UU, you’ll see western Ozark landscape: dry, open oak woodlands with bands of rocky prairies that are abundant with wildflowers and native grasses. The park also has a marina and outdoor activities,

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An Elk and MotorcycleFriendly Establishment

EXPLORE EMINENCE

Saddle up the horses or rev up the Harley and come on down. Ride, hike, float the river, explore historical sites, caves, springs and falls, play golf on our nearby 9-hole course and fly through the treetops on the zip line. You won’t run out of inexpensive fun things to do in Shannon County. And because you’ll need a nice, clean, safe place to rest between your daytime adventures, why not give Shady Lane Cabins & Motel a try? You’ll find us nestled in a beautiful park-like setting just a stone’s throw from the Jacks Fork River on scenic Highway 19 in Eminence, Missouri.

ShadyLaneCabins.com | 573-226-3893

We serve award winning Ruby’s Ice Cream, home-made right at The Soda Fountain. We proudly serve 12 of our 35 original flavors at a time! Bringing back the old and creating the new, to assure you that there is something everybody will like! • Shakes • Malts • Sundaes • Old-fashioned soda • Banana splits We serve fine dining during lunch hours, and feature two meals every day! 105 E Main | Steelville, MO | 573-775-2800 See our concert schedule on our website

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Get Your Ride On Around Truman Lake

One of the best parts of riding in southern Benton County is taking the loop around Missouri’s largest lake. Bluffs, farmland, Ozark foothills, unique restaurants, a river city, and three-milelong bridges make this route fun for all riders.

Why the Truman Lake Route is The One to Ride:

Warsaw – Take in great food and outstanding views and right on the Osage River (Lake of Ozarks). Camping – There is plenty of places to camp around Truman Lake and the US Army Corps Campgrounds and lots of private spots for everything from tents to fully equipped RV parks. Truman Lake Loop – Missouri’s largest lake has plenty of places to fish, stop, and rest. Rolling Ozark Foothills – Enjoy bluffs, open roads, straightaways, and hills that are not too high. Wildlife – Look for turkeys, deer, bald eagles, and a variety of critters on your loop. Accessible – Right off Highway 65 or Highway 13, it’s easy to get on the loop and off.

See Page 52 for the route. Find out more at the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce at www.warsawchamberofcommerce.com or Benton County Tourism at www.visitbentoncomo.com.

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BENNETT SPRING TRIANGLE 48 MILES • Rtes 64, K, P

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Life’s Top 200 Towns for Sportsmen, not once but three times. You’ll find out why as you head out of town on Route 64. Just twelve miles out of town, you’ll come upon Bennett Spring State Park, famous for its restful atmosphere, trout fishing, and stunning wildflo ers. If you have the time, plan to picnic, fish, or canoe on its tranquil waters. Camping at the park is also available. From Bennett Spring, follow Route 64 to Route K, which eventually turns into Route P. Watch out for “peg scrapers” on this part of the route, as Routes K and P aren’t maintained as well as Route 64. Route P passes through the small towns of Windyville, Cedar Ridge, and Long Lane. Just south of Long Lane, you’ll catch Route 32, which will take you back to Lebanon. The Bennett Spring Triangle is very popular with bikers and has been highlighted by MotorcycleRoads.com for its high elevation points and scenic views.

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DON’T WORRY, you won’t disappear. Unless, of course, you want to. Unlike the other famous triangle off the coast of Florida, no one has vanished while exploring this powerful attraction. Sure, some have wandered off course to chase an elusive trout or two. But they always come back. Eventually. The triangle begins in Lebanon, right off Interstate 44 at Exit 129. Lebanon is a hub for Route 66 enthusiasts, as the Mother Road used to run right through town. Check out the Route 66 Museum in the Lebanon Laclede County Public Library, just a quarter-mile from the interstate. If you time your visit right, you’ll get to enjoy one of the fairs or festivals for which Lebanon is known. You can check out the schedule at LebanonMissouri.com. And top off your tank before you leave town. As you continue on this route, gas stations get harder to find Lebanon has also made the list of Outdoor

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GATEWAY TO THE OZARKS 179 MILES • Bus Rte 71; Rtes 86, 76, 112, 37, 90, 43

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going straight. Route 76 becomes Route 112, and you’ll want to follow it all the way to Roaring River State Park, which has more than fifty picnic areas and two covered shelters complete with outdoor grills, picnic tables, and power outlets to recharge phones. Leaving Roaring River, stay on Route 112 for a few short miles until you reach Seligman. In Seligman, take Route 37 north to Washburn, then turn west on Route 90. This stretch of the route should have enough turns and hills to hold your attention all the way through Noel to the junction of Route 43. Take Route 43 north to Loma Linda, where you’ll catch Route 86 for the ride back into Joplin. Plan on staying overnight in a bed-andbreakfast or one of two dozen hotels. Mother Road enthusiasts will want to explore Joplin’s historic past along Route 66. The perfect Joplin experience would be to pair this route with the Route 66 Regatta on page 68 of this motorcycle guide.

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BIKERS REFER TO THEM as the Rolling Hills of the Ozarks. A geologist teaches that the hills result from the late Paleozoic geological time, when South America collided with North America and the existing deep ocean basin was uplifted to create the scenic Ozark plateau. This Gateway to the Ozarks skirts the borders of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. From Joplin, head south on Business Route 71 to Neosho. If you feel like a game of Nine Ball or a cold beverage, check out Buck’s. For fine dining and an eclectic menu, sit down at Leah’s Borrowed Table. At Neosho, catch Route 86 and ride it through the hills and curves of the Missouri countryside to Wheaton. Just south of Wheaton, you’ll catch Route 76 all the way to Cassville. Check out the Texas-style barbecue at the family-owned, family-run, and family-friendly BBQ Station. At junction Routes 76 and 37, you’ll keep

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THE LUCAS OIL LOOP 111.5 MILES • Hwys 54, 65; Rtes 83, 7, 5

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see the Lucas Oil Speedway, a three-eighthsmile, semi-banked oval track that is one of the country’s most highly regarded dirt racing venues. Plan your trip ahead of time, and take in a race, or pitch a tent for free camping. Get information and race schedules at LucasOilSpeedway.com. Back on Highway 54, head west to Route 83 and turn north for a beautiful trip up to Truman Lake. Just south of Warsaw, you’ll catch Highway 65 for a short run that will connect you to Route 7, which heads back east through Edwards and Climax Springs. Be sure to check out Moonies Bar and Grill for a great time and good food. Or head for the waterfront and Sharkbite Bar & Grill. Follow Route 7 east until it connects with Route 5, and then take Route 5 south back into Camdenton.

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THIS SCENIC LOOP starts and ends in Camdenton, but for a more fun experience, you might want to stop short of Camdenton at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri’s favorite summer vacation destination. Take Highway 54 west out of Camdenton. You won’t get far before you come to Ha Ha Tonka State Park. It’s worth a brief detour to explore the ruins of a turn-of-the-twentieth-century castle built high on a bluff overlooking Ha Ha Tonka Spring. The park offers visitors boating, swimming, fishing, and a fifteen-mile hiking trail that leads to sinkholes, caves, and the aforementioned castle. Back on Highway 54, continue west through Macks Creek. Keep an eye on the speedometer as you cruise through; until 1995, Macks Creek was one of the most infamous speed traps in the country. In Wheatland, you’ll

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PEEL FERRY ROUTE 113 MILES • Hwys 65, 160; Rtes 7, 14, 268, 125, 76

IF YOU haven’t experienced the Peel Ferry Route, you haven’t experienced the most unique route in the Ozarks. The Peel Ferry was developed when the White River was dammed to make Bull Shoals Lake. The lake now covers Arkansas Route 125 leading into Missouri. To compensate for the road loss, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department created the ferry to transport vehicles across the lake into Missouri. There is no charge for the ferry ride. Just pull up to the landing, wait for the ferry to arrive (about every twenty minutes), and enjoy a ride across the lake. The route takes you on a wonderful ride through the Missouri countryside before arriving in Forsyth and Branson. Take Scenic Highway 7 north out of Harrison, Arkansas. At High[ 62 ] 2016 Missouri Motorcycle Guide

way 14, turn east for a very short distance to Arkansas Route 268 North. Route 268 North intersects with Arkansas Route 125 where it passes the Corps of Engineers Park on the right side. Route 125 deadends at the Peel Ferry Crossing. Relax, and let the ferry captain do the driving as you cross the lake. On the Missouri side of the lake, take Missouri Route 125 to Highway 160 and turn west. Highway 160 intersects Missouri Route 76 just east of Forsyth. Take Missouri Route 76 through Branson, taking time to enjoy the many restaurants, attractions, and shows of this popular Ozarks town. Then take Highway 65 back to Harrison. Visit MotorcycleArkansas.com for more great rides.

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RIDE THE REAL OZARKS 233 MILES • Hwys 160, 181, 14, 95, 76 125; Rtes PP, H

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Continue on Highway 95 to the junction of Highway 5. Turn right for a straight shot through Wasola, and take a left on Highway 95 when it resumes just north of Wasola. Highway 95 ends at Highway 160. If you’re ready to call it quits, turn left and go back to Theodosia. Want more? Turn right on Highway 160 and head into the hills. At Rueter, turn north onto Highway 125. This route takes you to the Hercules-Glade Wilderness Area. Proceed north on Highway 125 to the junction of Highway 76. Turn right on Highway 76 through the mountains to the town of Ava. Catch Highway 14 north-northwest through the Ozark foothills to Sparta. Take Highway 125 south out of Sparta and roll through Oldfield, Chadwick, Garrison, and Bradleyville. On the other side of Bradleyville, you’ll cross Highway 76 and re-trek some of the same road, this time going in the other direction. At Rueter, take Highway 160 east back into Theodosia and enjoy the real Ozarks.

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WHERE IN THE HELL is Theodosia? Amid picturesque views and encircled by forest, lakes, rivers, and caves, Theodosia is nestled right in the heart of the Ozarks. Full of twists and turns, this route takes you on a journey like no other in an area rich with history, beauty, and amazing fishing. In fact, Theodosia is the Bass Capital of Missouri. Take Highway 160 east, over the amazing ten-span bridge crossing Bull Shoals Lake, and on to Tecumseh. Just east of Gainesville, take Highway 181 north. While exploring the winding landscape of Highway 181, take the opportunity to experience a variety of unique stops throughout the area, including many mills where you can step into history. At the Caney Mountain Conservation Area, where the firs wildlife management plan was designed, you’ll find abundant wildlife and rugged landscape On Highway 181, north of Dora, catch Highway 14 to its junction with Highway 95 and turn left onto Highway 95.

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Cookie’s Restaurant Stop by Cookies Restaurant for a delicious meal and indulge in our famous desserts including homemade creme pies, decadent carrot cake, and so much more. We cater to motorcyclists, and love to hear them riding our scenic roads, to come enjoy the view at Bull Shoals Lake. We are open 7 days a week with a full menu! For resort information please visit our website at tmrbullshoals.net or call us at 417-273-4444

Theodosia Marina Resort Come enjoy our part of the beautiful Ozarks! • Feed the fish • Pick out a unique t-shirt • Rent a boat at full-service marina

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ROUTE 66 REGATTA 152 MILES • Hwy 49; Rtes 96, 39, 32, 123, V, F, 266

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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.

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TABLE ROCK TOUR 110 MILES • Hwys 65, 160; Rtes 13, 76, EE, 39, 248, 112, F, 86

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Highway 160 and turns left. Go west to Route 13 and follow it to Reeds Spring, a quaint Ozarks town nestled in the hills and a perfect place to take a break. For a shorter trip, take Route 13 through Kimberling City, where the Cruise-Inn & Throttle Down is a hot spot for bikers. A quick left on Route 86 will take you back to Branson. To take the entire lake loop, make a right onto Route 76 from Highway 160 and cross over the lake in Cape Fair. Go right on Route EE, and continue west. Turn right onto Route 39, and follow it a short time until it intersects with Route 248. Go west on Route 248, and get ready for some wicked curves before you get to the forest and arrive at Cassville, home to some great diners. If you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to make it a rest stop. Route 112 takes you south into Roaring River State Park. Take a left onto Route F, and enjoy more curves as you come to Route 86. A right on Route 86 takes you past Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and back into Branson.

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MENTION TO ANYONE outside the state that you live in Missouri, and chances are they’ll ask you how far you are from Branson. The town is just that well known. Branson is a popular getaway for families, retirees, and bikers who make the annual pilgrimage to the Ozark Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Rally each June. Part of the popularity is that there’s always something going on. Mornings may be spent, fishing pole in hand, on Table Rock or Taneycomo Lakes. During the afternoons, you might lose yourself in the past at Silver Dollar City or search for bargains at the hundreds of outlet stores that line 76 Country Boulevard. At night, enjoy the music and entertainment that has made the area famous. Plan to start or end your ride with a couple of nights in this Ozarks mecca. This route will introduce you to some of the most scenic twists and turns of the Ozark Mountains. Watch for heavy fog in the valleys if you ride before noon, especially in the early spring. Take Highway 65 northwest out of Branson. In about ten miles, the road meets up with


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THE BOOTHEEL 138 MILES • Hwys 61, 62; Rtes 25, 74

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got the time, bring a hearty appetite to this memorable stop. Once you reach New Madrid, stop and explore the small museum that commemorates the 1811 earthquake and the famous fault line. The admission price includes a documentary on the 1811 quake as well as displays of American Indian artifacts. After exiting New Madrid, make a right onto Highway 62. It’s a straight, flat, open road until you reach Malden, where the route turns north following Route 25. Sixteen miles up the road in Dexter, Fiddler’s Fish House is known for its spicy catfish and hush puppies Learn about the history of our nation’s military newspaper at the Stars and Stripes Museum and Library in Bloomfield Make a right turn in Dutchtown to get on Route 74, and take the leisurely trip north back to Cape Girardeau.

SARAH HERRERA COURTSEY LAMBERT’S CAFE

THE BOOTHEEL TOUR gives you an excellent chance to explore Missouri’s southeastern tip. Now full of cotton fields, the Missouri Bootheel was once a vast swampland. Settlers cleared and converted the area over the years, and today it boasts some of the most productive and fertile land in the country. This route is probably best taken during the harvest season when the crops are mature. Be aware of strong gusts of wind—and earthquakes. The Bootheel run passes through the port town of New Madrid, infamous for the New Madrid Fault and the earthquake that made the Mississippi River run backward in 1811. Chances are, you’ll be able to complete your trip without the earth moving. From Cape Girardeau, take Highway 61 south to New Madrid. The highway passes through Sikeston, best known for Lambert’s Café, “Home of the Throwed Rolls.” If you’ve

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THE GRAPE ESCAPE 47 MILES • Rtes OO, F, B, 32

Ste. Genevieve Area

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Make your way onto Route OO to start this ride. Hit Route F and proceed for a short three miles before finding Twin Oaks, your first winery on the Route du Vin. Take Sand Creek Road to visit Sand Creek Winery, or branch off onto Laws Road, just a few minutes from Twin Oaks, to stop by Papa’s Vineyard. To continue the tour, get back on Route F for another ten miles before coming to the next winery. Take another branch off of Route F. There are long, smooth curves on Route F, but once it merges with Route B, the curves are more pronounced. This leg of the trip will take you to the Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, where you can tour the grounds and enjoy some delicious food. The sanctuary has a resort if you want to plan an exotic and luxurious retreat. Route B skirts I-55 before hitting Route 32. Take a left to continue the loop, and head back to Farmington. Route 32 meanders through creeks and nature areas to rejoin Route OO in Farmington. Hawn State Park and the Pickle Springs Natural Area are great stops if you like clear-bottomed streams, peace, and quiet.

NINA FURSTENAU

JUST ONE HOUR SOUTH of St. Louis, at the eastern edge of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, you will discover Farmington. Surrounded by nine of Missouri’s most scenic state parks, challenging golf courses, hiking trails, and award-winning vineyards and wineries, Farmington is the perfect destination. There are ten wineries within twenty minutes of Farmington, and this route passes by all of them. It also coincides with the Route du Vin Ste. Genevieve Missouri Wine Trail. Southeast Missouri is one of the most beautiful regions of the Midwest, with rolling hills, green grasses, and spectacular fall colors. Either on your way into Farmington or on your trip out, St. Joe State Park is a great beginning or ending. You could spend all day in Farmington alone, but a visit to the Factory is a must. Developed from a seventy-five-yea -old garment building, the Factory was renovated into a destination for shopping and great food. There are more than 45,000 square feet in the mall and more than sixty specialty shops, artist and dance studios, amazing eateries, a walking track, and tourist center.

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IRON TOWNS 142 MILES • Rtes 8, 19, 49, 21

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Take a break from the road at the scenic viewpoint, right off of Route 21, a few miles before Belleview and Elephant Rocks State Park. Route 21 curves east along the park and then takes a sharp right where it intersects with Route NN. After the turn, you’ll hit Pilot Knob, Ironton, and Arcadia, where the road crosses Route 72. The tri-town area is a great place to stretch your legs, grab a bite, or soak up some history. After Arcadia, Route 21 curves to the west and skirts a few conservation areas and Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park before meeting up with Route 49 and heading north through the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest. Be prepared for long stretches and winding roads through a canopy of trees. Some small towns along the way provide places to gas up. Once you leave the forest, take Route 19 in Cherryville to get back to Steelville. After a long day’s ride navigating the forest, reward yourself with an ice cream cone, a float, or any other tasty treat from the Soda Fountain in Steelville.

EVAN WOOD

THIS LOOP—which takes you along Routes 8, 21, 49, and 19—would make a great sidetrip for the Cuba Route 66 Mural City route on page 26 of this guide. The best parts of this route are the long stretches of beautiful country, the twisting roads of the Mark Twain National Forest, and the rich history of mining. Reconnect with nature and enjoy the scenic rivers, lakes, creeks, and rolling pastures— some of eastern Missouri’s prettiest—while following the twists and turns of this ride. Beginning in Steelville, meander your way east down Route 8 until you reach Potosi. The road goes through downtown Potosi before intersecting with Route 21 where you’ll turn right and head south across Big River. Don’t miss the chance to get a look at some of the beautiful antebellum homes and historic architecture in Potosi. From there, continue along Route 21, passing through Caledonia. A few good places to eat are Caledonia BarBQ Co. and the Music Kitchen.

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OZARK SCENIC RIVERWAYS 92 MILES • Rtes 106, 21, 72, A, 19

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At Rocky Falls Shut-In, nine miles southeast of Eminence on Highway NN off Route 106, the clear waterfall bubbles into an Ozark Mountain waterhole, creating the perfect place to take a break. Route 106 crosses the Current River and skirts the Current River Conservation Area into Ellington. Take Route 21 north toward Centerville. Turn left onto Route 72 before you get to town, and continue along the winding route all the way into Bunker. From there, keep going west on Route A until you reach Route 19. Be especially mindful of sharp, unbanked curves on Route A. From here, you can go north along Route 19, hit Route KK to take a ride across the Akers Ferry, and cruise through Summersville for a longer loop. Or just continue down Route 19 to return to Eminence.

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THIS ROUTE TAKES YOU into the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, full of breathtaking natural beauty and historic landmarks. The area is populated with clear, spring-fed streams, crystalline rivers, and lush forest. Be sure to bring your hiking boots because the natural landmarks beg to be explored. While the roads are well paved, they can become tight twists, so be alert as this tour follows part of the famous Ozark Hellbender motorcycle route. The area has a lot of campsites available. MotorcycleRoads.com calls a variant of this route the “Jessie James Getaway,” named for the outlaw’s train robbery at Gad’s Hill and subsequent chase through the area. The roads are everything you could ask for—sweeping, winding, hilly—and include some serious twists and turns. And Alley Spring Mill in Eminence is not to be missed.

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SOUTHERN MISSOURI 148 MILES • Hwy 160; Rtes 21, 142, 17

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trip, consider floating on the Current River in Doniphan and making a weekend of it. Route 21 makes large, sweeping turns before it reaches the right turn onto Route 142. Route 142 passes through the small town of Gatewood and into Thayer. While in Thayer, spend some time at the gorgeous Grand Gulf State Park. The 130-foot chasm formed after almost three-quarters of a mile of cavern roof collapsed. Sometimes called the Little Grand Canyon, the area includes overlooks, hiking trails, and places to enjoy a picnic. The Country Cottage Café is a good place to get some food while you’re exploring the area. Hop onto Route 17 in Lanton to return to West Plains.

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THIS RUN has all the best ingredients: low traffic, smooth roads, sweepers, hairpin turns, and hills. The Southern Missouri scenic route is remote, so be sure to keep your tank topped whenever passing through one of the bigger towns. In West Plains, take Highway 160 east toward Doniphan and the Current River. This curvy highway is filled with hills and twisting roads that travel through parts of the Mark Twain National Forest. Highway 160 crosses the Eleven Point River after forty-five miles. If you’re an angler, this is a good place to stop and wet a line. Highway 160 takes a left into Doniphan. Keep going straight at the Corner Café before diverting to town to get onto Route 21. For a fun side

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SOUTHERN RIVER ROAD 92 MILES • Hwy 61; Rtes H, C, CC

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tion in the Mississippi River near the winery, if you have a taste for red and white French hybrid wines. Follow Route C south until you cross Blue Shawnee Creek. Keep straight on Route C as it turns into Route CC, and pass over Muddy Shawnee Creek. It’s a peaceful, winding ride to the intersection of Route CC and Highway 61, the southernmost point of the trip. Make a left onto Highway 61. The west side of the loop shows off the rolling hills of the uplands. Stop in Old Appleton for a taste of downhome southern Missouri, and visit the historic truss bridge on Main Street, a great place to take a refreshing dip on a hot day. After the original bridge flooded, the community restored it as a national historic place. Today, the bridge is open to pedestrian traffic and is a recreation spot for locals and visitors. Next on the journey up Highway 61 is Perryville, a great pit stop with all the amenities you need to refuel or grab some grub. After Perryville, the highway will take you back to St. Mary, then on to Ste. Genevieve.

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STE. GENEVIEVE is known for being the oldest European settlement west of the Mississippi. Taking a tour of any of its historic French colonial homes is worth a stop at the beginning or end of your ride along the Southern River Road. The area is well-known for its wineries. The route itself winds along the southern Missouri area of the Mississippi River toward the big college town of Cape Girardeau. After you explore Ste. Genevieve, head south on Highway 61 along the Great River Road. In about ten miles and after crossing a branch of the Mississippi River, you will find St. Mary. The highway travels through the town and intersects with Route H. Make a left onto Route H. This leg of the route showcases the lowlands of the Mississippi River. Approximately seven miles down the road, Route H meets Route 51. Make a left and an immediate right to get onto Route C. This road continues all the way to Altenburg. Be sure to visit the Tower Rock Winery, named after the ninety-foot-high rock forma-

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• Tortuguero National Park: take a guided cruise through the canals to view wildlife and a guided walk through the rainforest. • Arenal: tour a pineapple plantation; sightsee in La Fortuna; visit Natura Park, Tabacón Hot Springs, and the Arenal volcano. • Sarchi Village: see artists in their workshops making the famous oxcarts in the center of Costa Rican handcrafts. • Monteverde: visit the Sky Walk hanging bridges, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest, Trapiche family-owned farm and enjoy a homemade lunch and farewell dinner.

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