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Mena to Hot Springs 'n Back - A Dual Sport Loop

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You guys are awesome. I’d love to join you for the next attempt. But I’ll bring the little bike. Am I good for the rest of the loop?
You’ll be fine! Polk RD 70 probably isn’t very Big Bike Friendly! But you mentioned You were a Modest B Rider (moderate off-roader or something to that effect, so your probably Sand Bagging.. LOL!)
so you would probably Kill It and Be Smiling the Whole Time!
 

EETTU

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I made the whole ride on a 690 without a scratch and am below average rider compared to those I’ve ridden with on this site. The Mena to Hot Springs would have been less fun for me to ride on a bigger bike with my skill level. The 2nd day Hot Springs to Mena was big bike paradise I’m sure.
 

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Yeah, I'd love to do that route again on my 450. I suspect "Cherry Hill" would be a lot of fun on that bike. Aside from that section, the rest was fine on my Tiger 900.

Kinda bummed I didn't make the return route with y'all. Didn't think I had enough endurance to do the dirt + another 400 miles of pavement home.
 

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Yeah, I'd love to do that route again on my 450. I suspect "Cherry Hill" would be a lot of fun on that bike. Aside from that section, the rest was fine on my Tiger 900.

Kinda bummed I didn't make the return route with y'all. Didn't think I had enough endurance to do the dirt + another 400 miles of pavement home.
It was all I had to stay awake driving home to Houston. You made the right decision or would have needed to stay an extra night.
 

2WheelNut

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Yeah, I'd love to do that route again on my 450. I suspect "Cherry Hill" would be a lot of fun on that bike. Aside from that section, the rest was fine on my Tiger 900.

Kinda bummed I didn't make the return route with y'all. Didn't think I had enough endurance to do the dirt + another 400 miles of pavement home.
It is only about 270 from Mena, so not as bad as the 400 from Hot Springs.

Still, though, I can understand not wanting to take all that on.

Always a compromise as to whether or not to trailer. It kind of feels like more of an adventure when you ride from home but it takes more time and sometimes takes away from riding longer where you are going.

What's funny is I trailered on the Mena to Hot Springs ride but I just rode to the middle of Missouri for Adventure Palooza and ended up riding 800+ miles home after it was over.

I think I should have ridden to Mena and trailered to Missouri... but honestly, I have fun doing either so it's all good.
 
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Hi folks.

I just got back from riding your loop (but skipped that Polk 70 section without bothering to check it out). I really enjoyed it!! Thanks to the OP for the .gpx files. I loved it so much I just camped in the woods on the Southern part of the loop.

I’ll be watching if you put another group ride together.

Thanks for the advice!
 
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