Preview: Hairy Bikers – Route 66

Hairy Bikers Route 66. Photo: Twofour

The fourth leg of this epic adventure runs for 400 miles from Amarillo, Texas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, focusing on small, independently-owned restaurants and food producers who have achieved special recognition.

America is not just about endless chain restaurants and big name brands as we may expect – it has much more to offer, and our bikers are on a mission to discover it.

In Amarillo the bikers check out the Golden Café, the oldest burger joint in town and on route 66 – a real gem with a deep link into the local community. They visit the Big Texan, the ultimate cowboy emporium and one of the biggest tourist attraction on the mother road. Before leaving the lone star state they ride to Palo Duro Canyon, the second biggest canyon in the US, where they cook a mean chili con carne before exploring a ghost town.

In New Mexico, they spend time on a family farm learning more about small producers and the favorite local fruit – the chili – as well as helping to cook a small feast. Back on their bikes they explore Santa Fé, the oldest and highest capital in the US, and cook a stunning Carnitas and Mac & cheese meal by the iconic railway station. They celebrate good food with the local producers by making high quality chocolate and indulging in some must sought-after local cheese.

Finally, in Albuquerque, they cook a superb chili chocolate pie to celebrate their journey, and all the people they met along the way. For their last evening, they decide to join the locals and visit the local ballpark to watch the game and experience more of the real America.

Hairy Bikers: Route 66 – Thursday at 8.00pm on Thursday.