Today’s destination was city of Springfield, Missouri a trip of 426 km (264 miles),
- Meramec Caverns, Stanton
- Route 66 Mural City, Cuba
- Missouri Hick BBQ Cuba
- Fanning 66 Outpost, Fanning
- Devil’s Elbow
We kicked off the day by visiting Bourbeuse Valley Harley-Davidson it wasn’t too far from wher our motel was. To get there we made sure we navigated onto Highway 100 which was once the 1926-1930 Route 66 alignment. That short section of road was fantastic riding. A lot on long sweeping curves going in opposite directions. I nearly turned around and rode it again.
Trying to ride Route 66 can present it’s own challenges as we found out again today, one sign we missed and we ended up riding about 16km (10 miles) before having to back track. The next two times we veered off Route 66 was due to either lack of signge or the signage was missing. Out of the 426km we did today we spent maybe 150km of it on the interstate. One good thing about the interstate you can open that throttle up and move at a good pace.
One of our touristy things for the day was a visit to the Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri. They are a truly amazing natural wonder, if you are ever in the area call in and do the tour.
From the caverns we headed to Missouri Hick BBQ Cuba, Missouri. You pull up outside and you can smell the meats being smoked. The pulled pork sandwich is my go to meal here. Mind you I’ve only been twice now, it hasn’t disappointed me so far.
A bit further down the road is Fanning Outpost, it once laid claim to the world’s largest rocking chair. Another person elsewhere in the U.S.A. has now taken that crown. It’s worth stopping at the Outpost just to see all the things they sell.