2022 route guide

Big BAM is a fully supported ride with a host of luxury amenities and daily baggage transfer along with full SAG support along the route. We have tent and room services provided by Pork Belly Ventures for you to stay in overnight or we have partnered with various hotels in each town for you to stay at.

We will have numerous activities you can participate in in each town. As we get closer to the event, we will start posting the schedule for each town on this page. Stay tuned for more details!

joplin

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Cycling in Joplin offers rides through charming historic neighborhoods and on city park trails. Plenty of rolling rural routes is north of Joplin, while the south is challenging climbs of the Ozark foothills. Through the heart of Joplin’s downtown and heritage neighborhoods, cyclists follow the original route of the Mother Road, a part of US Bike Route 66.

Things To Do

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Join Joplin on June 12 for a concert at the campground's stage to celebrate the beginning of the ride with several local artists. 

  • 7:00-7:45 Smith Brothers

  • 7:55-8:40 Zane Grimes

  • 8:50-9:30 Smith Brothers

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Lodging

  • Joplin La Quinta

  • Residence Inn

  • TownePlace Suites

  •  Hampton Inn

  • Hilton Garden Inn

  • Fairfield Inn

For all Joplin lodging information, visit VisitJoplinMO.com.

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willard

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Home to the Historic Frisco Highline Railroad, Willard is a community defined by its focus on rural traditions, family, education, and service to its citizens. Willard is recognized for its green spaces, beautiful parks, and fantastic schools, and the city’s pride is reflected by generations of people who come back every year for two big events: the annual Independence Day Celebration and the Veterans Day Parade. Although its railroad days are over, the 35-mile Frisco Highline Trail provides miles of historic scenery and unlimited opportunities for new experiences. As the second-longest rail-to-trail project in Missouri, visitors can use the Willard trailhead as a place to start their next adventure while imagining a time when President Harry S. Truman used the route for his ‘whistle stop’ campaign or the time when bank robbers used old railway pump cars to make their getaway. Willard is known as the home of politician John Ashcroft and two former Olympian athletes. The latter led to the naming of a portion of US 160 as Olympian Boulevard.

 

Visitors destined for Willard come to see small-town America spring to life every day along the Highline Trail.

Things To Do

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Join Willard, Missouri Life magazine, and Big BAM for a concert to celebrate the beginning of the ride. Adam Webster of Branson, MO, will be performing live with a musical tribute to John Lennon.

  • Monday, June 13, 2022

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Lodging

  • La Quinta Inn

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lebanon

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With 37 miles of Route 66 to explore, Lebanon has more than you can do in one day. Here in the Heart of Route 66, tour the free Route 66 Museum and gift shop at the Lebanon-Laclede County Library. Photograph the iconic neon sign at the Munger Moss Motel. Perhaps the most unique piece in Lebanon’s history is the magnetic water. A worker, digging new city water well in 1889, found that his tools could pick up nails. The water had magnetized them. Bathing in the magnetic waters was said to have healing powers, and visitors came to bathe and drink.

Things To Do

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Lodging

For all Lebanon lodging information, visit VisitLebanonMo.org/p/stay.

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Waynesville

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Pulaski County is excited to welcome the return of Big Bam riders to the Waynesville City Park, which lies along the banks of the Roubidoux River. This spacious park offers plenty of shade, camping areas, a walking trail, a splash park, and easy access to the river for a quick dip to cool off.

One block from the park is downtown Waynesville. “Must do’s” are the Downtown Historic Walking Tour, selfies at the 8-foot Route 66 Shield, and the Waynesville interactive mural. A visit to the National Park Service Trail of Tears Memorial to learn more about the tragic tale of the Cherokee. The Roubidoux Spring features a boardwalk and underwater cave.

Area eateries offer up International flavors of German and Asian fare. Try out the Sauerkraut pizza or the delicious fresh ground burgers.

 

Learn about special offers and things to do in Waynesville by following their blog here.

Float Trip

Get together with one of our local outfitters and float down the river for a couple of hours. Liberty Life Park Campground will be providing a shuttle to and from the park for float trips at their gorgeous location at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so make sure to get your reservations as soon as possible! Bring one (or two) of your friends and rent a canoe, or if you would prefer to go at your own speed, rent a one-person kayak!

  • Cost: $50 per canoe (2 people) add a 3rd for $5. (3 people max)

  • OR $25 for a one-person kayak.

  • Float trips will be approximately 2 hours long.

  • What to bring:  River shoes, sunscreen and water!

  • What is provided:  Shuttle to and from the Waynesville Basecamp, Life vest, vessel and a great time!

Lodging

  • Holiday Inn Express

  • All Towne Suite, St. Robert

  • Baymont Inn & Suites, St. Robert 

  • Comfort Inn, St. Robert 

  • Fairfield Inn, St. Robert

For all Waynesville lodging information, visit VisitPulaskiCounty.org/places-to-stay/.

If you have booked a stay at one of the hotels, shuttle service to and from basecamp and the hotel is available through Simply Fast Courier Service for the $5 with Big BAM special rate.

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rolla

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Nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks, the wonderful City of Rolla awaits you. This town will surprise and delight you with its colorful history lessons and vivid reminder of “how things were”. Take a step back in time and experience Rolla’s fascinating history or “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”! Broadway talent can be found right here in Rolla. Ozark Actor’s Theatre and Missouri S&T’s Leach Theatre are wonderful venues to explore the performing arts. From orchestras to comedians, illusionists to acrobats, the options are endless. If galleries and museums are your forte, we invite you to visit area galleries and art exhibits. Rolla offers a wonderful variety of recreational opportunities. 

Things To Do

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Lodging

  • Hampton Inn

For all Rolla lodging information, visit VisitRolla.com/stay/.

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Cuba is also known as “Route 66 Mural City” for its many murals. Each mural portrays an intriguing scene from Cuba’s heritage, from dramatic Civil War battles to a mysterious stopover by Amelia Earhart. Taking Route 19, visitors can travel south to scenic areas known for excellent camping resorts, floating liveries, and natural views on the Meramec River and the Huzzah and Courtois Creeks. The Cuba area offers a wide variety of antiques, art galleries, a music theater, wineries, and much more.

Lodging

  • The Wagon Wheel has 16 rooms. 

  • Cuba Super 8

  • Days Inn & Suites 

  • Cuba Inn

For all Cuba lodging information, visit VisitCubaMo.com/places-to-stay/.

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Eureka’s moment in history came in the early 1880s when the Missouri Pacific Railroad builders, coming around the bend from the east, looked westward at the level land and screamed “Eureka” out of pure joy. The name stuck. Eureka provides a stunning array of citywide nature trails, paths, and waterways located throughout more than 164 acres of parks and public land, including Route 66 State Park and four conservation areas. 

 

Check out Twin Rivers Canoe Rentals, where you can float, kayak, canoe, or raft down the scenic Meramec River. Visitors can choose from a full-day or half-day float that shows them the beauty along the river. While modern-day explorers might prefer the death-defying heights of some of the country’s fastest rollercoasters at Six Flags, located two minutes from Eureka’s Old Town Business District, others may seek a bonfire and campsite at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. You may also want to hike through Rockwood Reservation.

Things To Do

Join the City of Eureka, Missouri Life Magazine, and Big BAM for a Block Party in the park to celebrate the end of the ride. A great band will entertain the crowd while concertgoers enjoy food from various food trucks. There will be a kid’s area with games, activities, vendors, and more. Bring your chairs/blankets, your friends, and your family, and enjoy this great event.

  • Saturday, June 18, 2022

  • 6-10 p.m. 

  • Central Avenue Spur (394 South Central Avenue)

  • Parking for this event is available at Geggie Elementary. 

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Lodging

  • Holiday Inn at 6 Flags 

  • KOA campground

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Big BAM Sponsors

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