The Big BAM route winds through the best rural roads in Missouri combining beautiful sights and small town hospitality. With an average mileage of around 56 per day the route can be challenging but is always rewarding.
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It may be the ride of the year. It may be the ride of your life. It’s Big BAM 2017, June 10-16. We’ll start with a pre-ride party in historic Weston next to the Missouri river near where Lewis and Clark camped on their westward journey. Then the riding begins on June 11 heading east to our final destination of another historic town, Louisiana, on the Mississippi river.
From Weston, we’ll head into Jesse James country and stay overnight at the Jesse James Park and Amphitheatre in Kearney. June 12 we’ll ride through Watkin’s Mill State Park and after crossing the Missouri river we’ll wind up in Lexington, camping next to the Civil War battlefield of the Anderson House State Historic Site.
On June 13 we ride across the rolling countryside and end at the Missouri Valley College in Marshall. Next day, June 14, we’ll cross back over the Missouri river at Glasgow and then spend the night at Rothwell park in Moberly. On June 15, we’ll get to ride through a covered bridge and Mark Twain’s birthplace at Mark Twain Lake where we’ll camp next to the Clarence Cannon Dam. Then our last day’s ride will take us on into Louisiana and a grand finale party alongside the Mississippi!
That’s six days of riding across some beautiful pristine countryside. We’ll stay on hard-surfaced roads with minimal traffic. And don’t forget the parties at each of the seven overnight towns where we will have a concert and festival every night.
Riding in a team or want to get one together. For the 2017 Big BAM we are offering a team discount to teams of 4 or more riders. Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.