Six overnight stays, along a 300 mile route, await participants in the second annual bicycle across Missouri ride the week of June 12th. It’s called the Big Bam; and will travel through the southern tier of counties in the Green Hills Region.
Bicyclists depart St. Joseph on the 12th , traveling a pre-determined route that mostly avoids U-S Highway 36, en route to Hannibal on June 17th. Music and other entertainment, along with food vendors and local attractions, await visitors to the towns along the route. Over 20 bands are to scheduled to perform at various stops.
Cities preparing for overnight stays, from west to east, are St. Joseph, Hamilton, Chillicothe, Brookfield, Macon, and Shelbina. The bicycle route ranges from 44 to 59 miles per day. Specifically, camping for the bicyclists will be available at Heritage Parkin St. Joseph June 11th; the steam engine show grounds of Hamilton June 12th; Simpson Park in Chillicothe June 13th; Image Road and Highway 11 at Brookfield June 14th; Macon County Expo Center June 15th, Shelbina Lake June 16th; concluding at Mark Twain Cave of Hannibal on the 17th.
Participants pay a fee to ride the Big Bam for the whole week, or with a daily pass, they can travel a portion of the route. Camping and bag transport are included in the sign-up fee.
Details are found at the web site: www.bigbamride.com
Last year, the Big BAM traveled through the northern tier of Green Hills counties: Harrison, Mercer, and Putnam. It reportedly had over one thousand bicyclists in late June201.