Easily negotiated, relaxing route that features interesting historical locations and rural byways across sprawling prairielands. The best time to go is late June through October to avoid potentially severe thunderstorms in spring and especially cold riding conditions in other months.
Approximately 200 miles
Starbucks at 2107 South 4th St, Leavenworth, KS.
Ruby’s Landing, 102 E Atchison St, Atchison, KS, (913) 367-7829. Family style restaurant located next to the Missouri River.
Scenery (3 out of 5)
Rolling prairie, expansive river, and lake views. The late 19th and early 20th-century architecture of Atchison, KS, and St. Joseph, MO, is a visual delight.
Traffic (3 out of 5)Moderate to light traffic except in the Kansas City metro area.
Difficulty (1 out of 5)
Not a technically challenging route. Summers can be quite hot, so hydration is particularly important in those months.
Road Conditions (3 out of 5)
Although generally in good shape, road conditions vary on the more rural sections of the route.
Points of Interest
Frontier Army Museum
Exhibits and artifacts on the Army’s role in protecting westward bound settlers.
Weston Bend State Park
Panoramic views of a big bend in the Missouri River.
Pony Express National Museum
The eastern terminus of the original Pony Express route.
Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Former home of Amelia’s grandparents, Judge Alfred Otis and Amelia Harres Otis.
A flood-control reservoir and recreational lake constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers that offers numerous outdoor recreational activities.