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Old 07-27-2015, 12:29 PM   #1
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+++ NO GO +++ NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - 8-9-10-11 October 2015

Due to the responses and availability of participants or more accurately, non-participants) - I give up. Never mind. Terminate the drill.


DATE IS AGREED: 8-9-10-11 October 2015.

Good day, all.

Some previous years, I have been privileged to attend the EPIC ride, in Arkansas, organized elsewhere in this forum. Enjoyed it immensely.

I am informed there is no EPIC ride planned this year - so I am proposing the following.

A road-ride weekend, based from a hotel / motel in NW Arkansas. Clarksville is good, but open to other suggestions as well.

Figure arrive Thursday, ride Friday and Saturday, depart Sunday.

Candidate dates:
24-27 Sept
1-4 October
8-11 October


If interested, post-up ...... we can settle dates and locations herein.
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

I've been going up for the last ~10 years and always shoot for late Oct, early Nov, depending on the leaf reports.

For a base, I like Dogwood Springs in Jasper. You're then in the middle of some of the best roads and not far from other good ones.

The Hub is another cool place to stay and Prime Rib night is not to be missed.

If you drink, you have to bring it or run up to Harrison to purchase, Jasper is dry...
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:11 PM   #3
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

OK, I found you!

Yep, I'm interested!

The Hub is where the FZ1 guys are staying on their 9/19 ride.

I've never done one of the Arkansas rides... sounds good to me!

I could ride there, maybe we could find a trailer and bring 2 or 3 bikes with us... what ever works... trailering would be a first for me... but if I did, my sweetheart may want to go as well... I'll have to run it by her...

Sounds like a good weekend!
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:15 PM   #4
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

I did a Mena, Taihena, Hot Springs ride a couple weeks back. It was fantastic. I'd love to see whats further up north this time..
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:01 PM   #5
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

OK, found the thread. Thanks Neil. I have to wait what's going on at work to see what the rest of they year is going to be like for me as far as days off, etc. Normally I can plan the whole year at the beginning but there's been a tossup so when it normalizes I'll find out. Arkansas last year was a blast with very little rain and a lot of great riding, would love to go again.

EDIT: Sept 26-27 are the Street Machine Nationals in Springfield, MO. Just sayin'. For those of us that also like hot rods. Guess I'm not a diehard motorcycle rider if I also have other interests. Oct 2-4 are the Good Guys Nationals in Ft Worth. Nothing going on the next weekend. I'm just ribbin' ya.
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Old 07-27-2015, 07:44 PM   #6
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The wife is good with the idea. Would be nice to use location for the "HQ" that is near some touristy spots to keep her occupied...
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:45 AM   #7
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

We seen to have sufficient interest - great.

Let's over the next several weeks let's:

1) collect followers;

2) have a poll to find out WHEN (which weekend) <-- NOTE THAT WE HAVE NOT AT THIS TIME SELECTED A WEEKEND, SO PLEASE STAY ON THE LIST

3) After we know 'when' - and therefore 'who' - we can have another discussion or poll to decide 'where'.

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Old 07-28-2015, 09:52 AM   #8
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

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The wife is good with the idea. Would be nice to use location for the "HQ" that is near some touristy spots to keep her occupied...
You know, that ain't a bad idea. Day ride, then back to get cleaned up, have dinner, etc.

So another variable is "non-riding spouses or not."

Must channel the Statistics Geek now - multivariant analysis - linear equations and solution space - dates - locations - guests - attendees......
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

And, of course, when dealing with spouses, fuzzy logic techniques...
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

Hey Neil! Don't know if I can swing it for schedule, etc. But maybe I'd be in. Be good to see ya. Either of the first dates might work. The third date I'd have a conflict. But I'm only a maybe, so don't plan around me. I haven't done much more riding than just around town for a while, so not sure what all I'd even have to do to prepare myself and the bike for an all weekend kind of thing. But I've been saying I need an AR trip again. So maybe this'd be the one! And Neil, you'd be welcome for a stop over at my house in Dallas if you wanted to break the trip down into two legs heading back to H-town.
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Interested. Clarksville / Mena would be of interest.
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

My wife is a school teacher so won't be coming along though if love to take her riding where we did last year.

I'm interested but as stated earlier I have no idea if I can get any time off yet. Will hopefully know in a few weeks.

BTW Neil, last November I suffered a spiral fracture to my right tibia and also broke the fibula. After being surgically repaired and physical therapy I'm back to riding again. Yes it was on a motorcycle, at slow speed in a parking lot. Not glamorous by any means.

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Old 07-30-2015, 11:46 AM   #14
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

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last November I suffered a spiral fracture to my right tibia and also broke the fibula. After being surgically repaired and physical therapy I'm back to riding again. Yes it was on a motorcycle, at slow speed in a parking lot. Not glamorous by any means.
Well, ouch. The good news it, it's your right leg - and you really don't need to use the rear brake, anyway.....

Glad it's healed.
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

BMW Riders Association is having their 2016 Annual Rally based out of Harrison, AR Oct 1-4. You don't have to be a member. You don't even have to own a BMW. Plenty of motorcycle-loving folk, usually have some fine motorcycles on display, plenty of motorcycle-specific vendors. Lots of room for camping with music, food, and beverages at night. Would be a good spot to base from. Check out the webpage for details.
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Thanks, it's in my calendar.
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

There's always Eureka Springs. I've done a couple of rally's from there, touristy spot along with close proximity to the great Arkansas roads as well as those in Southern Missouri. Either way, I'll keep an eye on this thread to see if I can make it...
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

Hmm... I've been craving AR for a few years now. Can't really commit yet, but I will be watching this thread with interest.
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

I am heading up there in early Sept, to spend the remainder of the year working at my riding ranch. If anyone cares to swing by, shoot me a PM. I am located up on top of the mountain that sits directly behind Boxley Valley Church. You would take Hwy 21 towards Kingston, then turn South on Newton Co road #9 (dirt road that goes South down to Redstar), and go 4 miles in. My place is on the left, it sits directly across from, and runs for a mile beyond the Sweeden Creek Nature Preserve. I have over 1600 acres, and that adjoins my brothers 700 acre parcel. Plenty of fun logging roads to ride, and beautiful wilderness forest waiting to be explored. Then there are all those great Newton County dirt roads, and asphalt twisties to enjoy. One of the best things about riding in Newton Co is that they do not require vehicles using the dirt roads to be licensed. Of course this a concession to all the local ranchers who use their tractors & 4 wheelers as primary transportation around the farm, but anyone can ride a plated dirt bike all over the County if you like, so long as you stick to the dirt roads.
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Re: NW Arkansas - Road Ride (non-Epic) - late Sept / early October 2015

Neil, the ZRXOA will be in ES the 14-18 no need for a ZRX be plenty of well routed trips as we have been going there 2 times a year for 15 years and have several members who
live in the area or used to live in the area who know the roads and eateries very well.

Generally several wives along that do the tourist shuffle in the area while we play in the streets
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