Europe the United Kingdom have been watching this six-part series at it aired, but we yanks didn’t get a look at the BBC2’s “Hairy Bikers Route 66” until one kind soul uploaded the second episode a few days ago.
The episode begins in mid-Missouri and goes west to Tulsa and Cherokee Nation country in Oklahoma.
The segment at the Elbow Inn in Devil’s Elbow, Missouri, turned out to be bittersweet, as the longtime operators of the bar and restaurant recently lost their lease. The Route 66 establishment’s owners pledge to keep it as a bar but will take it back to its 1950s Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop appearance.
This is my first full look at the “Hairy Bikers” show, and I found it delightful. It’s part travelogue, part cultural immersion, part history and part cooking show. There’s nothing quite like it on television.
That remains the only episode on YouTube so far, but I will keep an eye out for others.
UPDATE 9/25/2019: A reader tracked down the first episode, which is below:
UPDATE 10/1/2019: Here is Episode 3, which goes from central Oklahoma to the Texas Panhandle.
UPDATE 10/18/2019: I’ve tracked down Episode 4, which goes from Amarillo to Albuquerque; and Episode 5.
UPDATE 10/25/2019: The last episode of “Hairy Bikers Route 66” was just placed online. It was an enjoyable journey, with adventures to places off the beaten path.
(Image from the BBC of the Hairy Bikers at Gay Parita Station in Paris Springs, Missouri)