Category: Great Rides

Route 66 through MM, KS, OK, TX, NM and part of AZ (Long way home from the BBQ run)


Distance: approx 3000 miles
Time: 5-8 Days

This ride is a multi-day extension of the Iron-Butt BBQ Run, that covers the lower mid-west of Historic Route-66.  It really is the long way home from Kansas City, MO:  Continuing east to south St Louis in order to travel westward through Missouri, south east Kansas, Oklahoma, north Texas, New Mexico, and most of Arizona (Flagstaff).  The north across the Navajo Reservation into Utah.   Last took this trip in  July 2015, in 5 days.


Leg 1 (1,070 miles): Follow the Iron-Butt BBQ Run to Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque in Kansas City, MO


Leg 2 (267 miles): Arthur Bryant’s to Ted Drewes’ Custard stand


  1. Starting at Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque (1727 Brooklyn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64127)
  2. Take Brooklyn Ave to I-70 East
  3. Follow I-70 East to Columbia (about 2 Hours)… If you did he all nighter to Arthur Bryant’s, you may want to get a hotel in Columbia and have Mid-America Harley change out your oil.
  4. Continue on I-70 E to Exit 128A (Jefferson City)
  5. Follow US-54 W/US-63 S to US-50 E
  6. US-50 E to I-44 E
  7. Exit 284A (Jamieson Ave)
  8. Jamieson Ave to Chippewa St (Old RT 66)
  9. Ted Drewes’ Frozen Custard stand is at 6726 Chippewa St, St Louis, MO 63109


Leg 3 (120 Miles): Drewes’ to Devils Elbow (Exit 169 I-44)


Note: Essentially RT 66 was replaced with I-44; get yourself a good RT 66 guide and map

  1. Follow I-44 taking the parts of Old Rt 66 that interest you. Stops to be sure and see:
    • Meramec Caverns (Stanton)
    • Bourbon, MO – Water Tower
    • Carr Phillips 66 Station in Cuba, MO
    • Fanning 66 Outpost World’s (largest rocking chair; if you’re into kitsch)

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Iron-Butt BBQ Run:


Distance: 1,070 miles
Time: 16 Hours + stops

Great 1000 mile Iron-Butt. Start with Dinner at Pat’s BBQ, in South Salt Lake, UT; then, ride straight through to Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque in Kansas City, MO for some great burnt ends.


pats-bbq         Arthur Bryant

Iron-ButtBBQRun Map

  1. Start with an early 5:00PM dinner at Pat’s BBQ (155 West Commonwealth Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84115) making sure to hit the road by 6:00PM.
  2. Take the 21st South Freeway to I-80 East; stay on I-80 all night; you will reach Lincoln NB in the morning.
  3. Take exit 397 to merge onto US-77 S/Homestead Expy toward NE-2/Beatrice/Nebraska City.
  4. Take NE-2 to I-29 South at the Nebraska/Iowa border
  5. Continue on I-29 until US-71; exit Left to US-71, follow signs to Interstate 70 E (Saint Louis)
    Exit I-70 (US-71) at Exit 3B (Brooklyn Ave); Right on Brooklyn Ave.
  6. Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque will be on your Left (1727 Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64127); you should arrive just in time for the first burnt ends of the day.