View Full Version : Caveman BBQ - Richland, MO

SoCal LabRat
07-23-2006, 09:20 AM
Our local WOW chapter planned a ride from the Kansas City, MO area to Richland, MO - approximately 175 miles one way. The hook is this restaurant is in an actual cave! But more on that later.

The day began with temps in the mid-60s and grayish overcast. The weather forecast called for sunny skies with highs in the mid-80s. I just don't think it gets any better than that! We gathered at the QuikTrip in Belton, MO to gas up and form into groups. We had 11 bikes (picked up one more on the road), so with 6 in the first group and 5 in the second, we got underway about 8:45 am.

Gas stops are usually not worthy of bringing out the camera. However, our first stop (Lowrey City) brought an unexpected (unearthly?) visitor. This guy has apparently eschewed his former 2-wheeler for a 3-wheeler with a bit more power. Bicycles, schmicycles...
Here's a closer view:

Interestingly, the lady who brought him over was from France, and she and her mother and daughter wanted to get pictures of him sitting on the GW Trike. We couldn't pass that up!

Shortly after this stop, we headed off the four-lane hwy 13 and meandered over to Hwy 83, a two-lane windy road with gorgeous scenery. We slowed down briefly after we encountered 3 deer including one adorable tiny little guy that we scared into the roadside bushes. Apparently we were not the only ones reveling in the cool morning on the country roads!

After one more fuel stop in Camdenton, MO we turned on to Hwy 7 that took us to Richland, and the gravel entrance to Caveman BBQ. The sign is small and about 20 feet above ground, difficult to notice (apparently! ha!) Little did I know we would have 3 miles of this to get to the parking area...

All the bikes survived the ride, though we had bikes and eyes coated in a layer of white dust by the time we parked. Once you park in the designated area, a van will then transport you to the restaurant. The road is a narrow, one-lane winding gravel lane. This answers the question "How come the van has no side mirrors?".

Here is a picture I got of the van bringing another bunch of guests:

He drops us off and in the elevator we go, up to the restaurant. Here is a shot of the interior of the restaurant:

It had stuffed (taxidermy!) animals (a cougar, wild turkeys, fox) placed around the dining room, plastic bats suspended from the ceiling, small water fountains, and assorted other things (like the deadbeat diners who refuse to pay for their meal)...

The food was good (especially the brisket and sausage) and it kept this group of bikers quiet for at least a short time.

H and I broke off from the group to spend a bit of time in the area looking for his dad's headstone. After one wrong turn on I-44, we turned around and headed in the other direction, only to encounter a lane closure (from 2 lanes to 1) headed west. This brought traffic to a standstill. At least it wasn't 100+ degrees, so 0-10 mph at a pop, we creeped towards our exit. This gave some of our road neighbors an opportunity to get pictures of me with their cell phone cameras. I plan to google images and see if I end up somewhere in cyberspace (besides here, of course). You gotta love something this simple that makes folks smile.

Here's what captured their attention:

The ride home was uneventful except for peering into the lowering sunset. 30 miles outside of KC, a cloud moved between us and gave us a little relief and breathtaking view.

All in all a great day, 420 miles, good food, good company, no drops. :thumbsup:

07-23-2006, 09:31 AM
very nice.... that restaurant trip looks awesome. Wow. Another stateside trip to plan for my experience days. :D

07-23-2006, 09:58 AM
Teri...what an awesome ride...the restaurant looks great...glad to hear the food was good...I don't know bout that gravel road...I am not very fond of GRAVEL, maybe with some more miles under my belt I will hate it less, who knows. Thanx for sharing your trip so I could ride with you by computer...lol...had so much to do yesterday I just did not get to ride...the pictures were great....

SoCal LabRat
07-23-2006, 10:03 AM
Forgot to mention, when H and I were in the van on the ride back to the parking area, the driver asked which direction we came in from. He pointed out that if we went out the other way, we'd have only about 1/2 mile of gravel (1/2 of that was paved) until you get to Hwy W, which takes you out to Hwy 7 right next to I-44!

Doh! :awcrap[1]

07-23-2006, 10:36 AM
Great pics! And you caught the sunset through the clouds that I didn't stop to catch- I'm going to steal that one!

And now I know what that freakin' sign looks like and where it is!

Sorry we missed you guys- the 'cave' looks pretty awesome. We'll have to try this one again sometimes. Must be closer to us- we meandered a lot and ended up at 386 or whatever.

Time to go- short ride today!

SoCal LabRat
07-23-2006, 11:01 AM
Stop to catch? I had the camera in my left hand, and was going 80 mph at the time. :lol2:

Lucky shot, cause I didn't show the two I tried to get of the Niangua branch of lake of the Ozarks. Lots of sky in those!

Missy B
07-23-2006, 11:37 AM
Dang, that restaurant idea is COOL!! Thanks for sharing your day trip with us Teri! Very neat!!! Cool pics!

I just love your helmet hair. :mrgreen:

07-23-2006, 05:43 PM
Very cool Teri. Looks like someplace I'd love to ride around. Thaks for the pics, you look fabalous with your new hair..

07-23-2006, 06:10 PM
Nice write up and pics!! I would love to ride to eat in a cave...what an awesome idea! I don't know about the gravel road though. I'd probably just parked my bike on the road and walked the 3 miles. LOL (did I mention I HATE gravel!)

07-23-2006, 11:31 PM
Beautiful country out there. I used to play Jr. High basketball against Richland.

07-24-2006, 08:41 AM
Very cool! Gravel roads are an intersting ride.

Thanks for sharing, makes me want to travel all around the country riding the roads everyone else rides!