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Talimena ride next month.

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I want to take a day and a half and leave DFW, head to ark, camp/hotel/cabin sat night, then Sunday ride Talimena and come back home. Who has ridden this route? Any suggestions? Planning on leaving the Sachse area around 2 on a Saturday to head up to Arkansas. I am planning on staying at CMA's Iron Mt. in a cabin sat night, then riding out from there.
 
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Just updated my request at work.

I was going to go to the one this weekend, but that looks like its gonna be washed out.
 
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That's a rough trip. I'll head out Thursday after work & back on Sunday. I'll follow the thread and meet you there.

I recommend the Butler map.

Yeah, I'll bring a knife to a gun fight. Why not?
 
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Yeeha! Stephen

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The entire scenic drive was closed when I was there last week.
The Association web site says partial closures, but we couldn't find a way up.

Might want to call the State Parks and get an update before you go. (I didn't and paid the price)

Rich Simmons photo from last week:

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See those tracks in the mud around the right side of the signs? :rider:

We'll be heading up on the 25th after work, but we're trailering and going further north.
 
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I see them, but consider me dense. That's a high ridge line road. I'd assume no flooding up there, though I've been known to be wrong. Pavement washed out in places?
 
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See those tracks in the mud around the right side of the signs?...
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I was there last Saturday and that is exactly what I did. I rode the entire length from Mena to Talihina and besides skirting the barriers on each end only one short section had some broken pavement with more barriers set up so ample warning. Was my first time riding it and the lack of traffic made it perfect.

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There are several Forrest service roads that will connect to trail also that were ride-able by Guzzi a few years ago. After all the rain, they may be very fun.
 
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We rode the Talimena Parkway back in April. Well worth the ride, beautiful scenery and very little traffic. Mena is an interesting little town to visit as well. The Skyline Cafe in Mena is a great place for breakfast or lunch.
 
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We're camping @ Mt Nebo SP then riding a loop north on Friday. Saturday either ride a different route north, or find a loop south.
 
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Cool...if we time it right we might get a good group going and grab some lunch during the ride. I'll be picking routes based on Butler so it should be good.

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Sorry I missed this with yall, and I just got back from a solo trip.

Stayed in Mena, and did the Scenic Drive about 5 times. Went west to 144 called "the Indian Trail", and did a trip to Hot Springs also.
 
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Yep, I am a CMA member, but I don't really know why you couldn't camp there.

cmausa.org is the main web site. Click on the green iron mountain logo button thing on the left side of the screen.
 
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Yep, I am a CMA member, but I don't really know why you couldn't camp there.

cmausa.org is the main web site. Click on the green iron mountain logo button thing on the left side of the screen.
Wish I woulda known that. I'm a CM, but not a member of CMA.
 
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