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Arkansas Trip - June 2019

Jarrett

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I had the itch to go ride somewhere before it got to hot this year. Initially, I was looking at Colorado, but the logistics didn't work out. So I decided to call my buddy @Donniejoe to see if he had interest in showing my around his nice state, and as luck would have it, he did. So, I decided to do a quick four day trip from DFW to NW Arkansas and back. Sunday before the trip, I was telling another local buddy about it and he said he had nothing to do and wanted to go.

He and I left on Saturday morning and met up at Buc-ee's in Terrell. From there were took all the back roads we could find headed Northeast:
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From there we rode up to Hot Springs and stayed the night. Turns out we picked the same motel as the Monguls 1% biker gang as they were having a multi-state gathering. They pretty much took over the place and we laid low. We ate Rocky's Corner and it was good food. We got sandwiches, but wish we had gotten the pizza after seeing some come out.

The next morning we rode up to meet @Donniejoe and got the good stuff started.

EDIT - Bummer... turns out a lot of my pics are too big and won't load, so I can't really put together a report. I'll post the pics I can for folks that want to see:
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The highlight of the trip was seeing a bear on Talimena Scenic Byway. This isn't my pic as I was too slow getting my camera out, but looked just like this.
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Thanks again for showing us around, Donnie. I think you could start a tour service up there. It was my favorite motorcycle trip to date.

I was bummed my Oark pics were too big to load. That was a good burger and pie.

And you sure can make that Gold Wing fly. I've got an itch for one after watching you lean it over in the corners, take down gravel roads and across water crossings :)
 
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Nice pix, and nice route. A couple of tips about loading pix....

If you use a hosting site and just put the link on TWT instead of the actual picture, size restrictions will cease to be an issue. Many here use Smugmug for free, as has been discussed in a recent thread. I use Flickr. I'm sure there are others as well.

If you want to continue doing direct uploads to TWT, you can always compress your pictures before loading. There are various ways to do so; I use a free tool called Photo Compressor Lite. It will compress your pictures up to about 90%. While a highly compressed picture isn't much good for wedding photos or gigantic blowups, you really won't be able to see much difference to the picture as presented on this page.
 

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You know ,kind of joke on me and my generation . Course the things I've heard about it certainly do not appeal to me for sure
 

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You know ,kind of joke on me and my generation . Course the things I've heard about it certainly do not appeal to me for sure
It's ok, younger people ask, "What is an Internet Forum?" and are actually serious.

For my kids, Facebook is for old people. They use instagram, snapchat and large group message apps.

Personally...I'll use any and all forms of communication that work. Facebook is just another tool.
 

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Looking at your routes, you came SOOOO... close to a really great ride!

Where you run Hwy 7 North of Russellville, there is Hwy 27 and Old Hwy 27. Hwy 27 has recently been repaved and is super smooth and twisty running NE up toward Marshall. Old Hwy 27 runs South from that V on Hwy 16. The top third is new pavement, the middle third is hard packed gravel, and the bottom third is older but still excellent pavement. It is narrow and winds through the woods.
 
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Looking at your routes, you came SOOOO... close to a really great ride!

Where you run Hwy 7 North of Russellville, there is Hwy 27 and Old Hwy 27. Hwy 27 has recently been repaved and is super smooth and twisty running NE up toward Marshall. Old Hwy 27 runs South from that V on Hwy 16. The top third is new pavement, the middle third is hard packed gravel, and the bottom third is older but still excellent pavement. It is narrow and winds through the woods.
If we would have had another day I would have taken them up 27 and 14 to Push Mountain Road, then over to Melbourne for a ride down 9 back towards Mountain View. You can also take the road through Snowball to get
Marshall. It’s just as good as 27 and has even less traffic.

I didn’t take old 27 because I was on my Goldwing and we had a Harley cruiser in our group. I like to take Old 27 to get up to 16, then run up Falling Water road and Richland road up to Bass. Those roads are nice gravel with incredible water scenery.

Here’s some recent photos from Bass, Richland Creek and Falling Water.



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I heard there were bears and big foots on the parkway. I never seen either, looks like I still haven’t.
I didn't realize how special of an event it was to see a bear until I called Donnie to tell him about it. Apparently, it is a rare sighting up there.

It made my whole day. I pulled into the garage at home 6 hours after seeing it. My daughter walked out into the garage as I was pulling my helmet off and asked how the trip went. The first thing out of my mouth as the helmet came off was, "I saw a bear!" :D
 

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You should have seen Mike's Harley after 11 miles on the gravel, whew. It needed a bath.
I wrote "wash me" in the dust on the back of his bags when we got to the Lodge :rofl:

He was cussing me during the ride, but afterward, that was the part of the trip he talked about the most :)

My Garmin sent us down this section of gravel road. It was fantastic on my ADV bike, not so much on a Harley apparently:

 
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You should have seen Mike's Harley after 11 miles on the gravel, whew. It needed a bath.
I wrote "wash me" in the dust on the back of his bags when we got to the Lodge :rofl:

He was cussing me during the ride, but afterward, that was the part of the trip he talked about the most :)

My Garmin sent us down this section of gravel road. It was fantastic on my ADV bike, not so much on a Harley apparently:

A new conversion ?
 
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