Hwy 106 - Ellington to Houston + ADD NEW ROUTE
8 in Missouri Missouri65 Miles
on October 1, 2006
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The route is really easy to follow all you have to do is get to one of the two places you can start ... either get to Houston and head east or get to Ellington and head west. I've described the route starting in Ellington and heading west. Start in Ellington, head west on Route 106 to Summersville, MO. At Summersville, continue to head west, now on route 17 all the way to the route's endpoint Houston, MO.
On this route you will travel through Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The route takes you from Ellington, Mo to Houston, Mo and you should plan on taking a few detours if you would like to see more of the countryside. A trip north on Hwy 19 from Eminence will take you to beautiful Round Spring along the Current River. At Round Spring head back south on Hwy 19 - the views are completely different. On Hwy 106 about 8 miles west of Eminence be sure to take a break at Alley Springs - well worth the stop. In the spring the dogwoodredbud trees bloom profusely; during the summer it is shadycool; in the fall you'll observe leaves of red, gold, orange, and burgundy ... just beautiful. Note: Route 21 is a wonderful motorcycle road as well (you can find route 21 heading north or south out of Ellington). This ride can be done in one day; however you might prefer to make a two day trip in order to make it a leisurely ride. There are many things to see along the way. And many alternate routes - just get out a Missouri map and plot your way - most of the lettered (A,B,C, etc) county roads are excellent motorcycle roads (just be sure to check the map as some of them dead-end).
Leaving Ellington going west the road starts out through a valley but quickly climbs into Deer Run State Forest. The road will twist and wind along the ridge with numerous curves ranging from tight to sweeping with hills and trees on both sides of the road.
If you love fried chicken you'll want to stop at Hall's Restaurant in Eminence - on Sunday they have an excellent buffet at a reasonable price. Prefer a good BBQ sandwich? Head over to Eminence, turn right onto Hwy 19, make a right immediately after crossing the bridge and you'll find a unique BBQ. The building doesn't look like much on the outside, but you won't be disappointed with the BBQ or the decor of the interior. If you are into camping, there are campgrounds in Eminenceat Alley Springs and a couple of nice motels in Eminence. This is one of Missouri most popular floating areas.
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