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Arkansas...By the Book

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The stats…

3 bikes, two GL1800’s pulling trailers and my new used GS1150.

My fuel cost 118.67

1936 miles…

Saturday…

Waco to Russellville…428 miles including 104 miles of HWY 7

Sunday

Russellville to Harrison 85 miles of HWY 7 (drop the trailers) then ride the
Peel’s Ferry Route…110 miles 378 curves and a cool ferry ride.

Best road… 160 in Missouri

Monday morning

Push Mountain Route…146 miles 342 curves

Monday Afternoon

The Jasper Disaster Route…56 miles 316 curves

Best road… Hwy 74

Tuesday morning…

Eureka Springs Backroad Route…132 miles 571 curves…

Best road 221…High speed sweeper city that dead ends in gravel if you
miss the turn to Eureka Springs. Back track onto a single lane 221 where
we think we saw the only elk of the trip…A calf crossing the road.

Tuesday afternoon…

A short route I pieced together from the ride guide.

50 miles …

Best road… HWY 123 and Hwy 74

This short ride should be in the ride guide. This section of 123 is outstanding.

Wednesday…

Bull Shoals Dam Route…100 miles 326 curves

A three hour ride that we modified to 187 miles and last all day with
several extended stops because Thurday we would be headed home

Thursday…

Harrison to Mena to Waco…550 miles 13.5 hours…

Best road… HWY 23

My longest day in the saddle for sure…
 
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Now for the pics…

The GS up early and ready to go…


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First stop breakfast…

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First gas stop…Glen says lets get this show on the road!!

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Don making sure the cooler is operational…

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Russellville…that was quick…GS unloaded and ready to sleep...

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Goldwings sleep with their head under the covers…

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First scenic overlook on HWY 7 on the way to Harrison...

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Another overlook…

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And the view…

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Those dang wing riders will stop anywhere…

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Oh, they are waiting on a Ferry…

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Glen say’s about time he showed up…

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Out on the water…

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The GS reminds me he can’t swim…

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Glen…”I hate gravel parking lots”

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Dark skies and a sign…

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Don and Glen in Boxley Valley…

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The official placard…

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The Cabin fron the placard…

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Inside the Cabin…

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I like these signs…

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The GS at an unofficial overlook…

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The view…

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After a while these are redundant…

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Rock ledge roadside park…

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From under the ledge…

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The Family Budget Inn in Harrison…business was booming…

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Hwy 7 at Jasper…

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Bull Shoals Dam…

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Bull Shoals Dam…Overlook, restrooms, air conditioning, souvenir shop and museum.

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There’s a bridge down there somewhere…

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Don say’s “let’s take a closer look”…

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A closer look…

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The White River…18 miles downstream of Bull Shoals Dam…

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Don and Glen enjoying the air conditioning…the wind off the water was very cool…

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Another official sign…

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Along the Buffalo River…

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Me standing next to another official sign…

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On the way home…another placard…

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And the overlook…

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Me standing on a rock ledge…

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Don passed out when I told him we 350 miles from home and it was almost 1pm…

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First rest stop back in Texas…

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A nice rest stop could have been a lot nicer with a few hours of work…

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Glen’s bike at the last rest stop before we made it back into Waco…

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Probably won't be your last trip to Arkansas. ;-) How in the heck did ya'll count the curves? I'm always having so much fun that I forget the count after about 10 of them. Plus the scenery. Thanks for sharing.
 
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He didnt count there is a free book you can pick up at
lots of places

Good ride report

Love that state kind of miss living there

We call 221 the Rock house road ride as if you take rock house road it
drops you back off in ES That road is some fun.
 
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Super report and great pix! I barely recognized that ferry - as it was monsoon when I rode it last year. Need to get back to Arkansas!
 
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