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« Reply #30 on: July 15, 2017, 09:15:08 AM »

Great report Cathy. Sounds like it was a great trip.
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« Reply #31 on: July 15, 2017, 02:10:17 PM »

Cathy - isn't Vicksburg battleground neat. You are right though, car would be better. I'm not a civil war buff by any means, but have been to a couple battlegrounds. They are interesting, and I always learn something. If one is neAr I will make a stop.
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« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2017, 03:53:15 PM »

We had a fantastic trip to Arkansas!

Weather:  Hot & Humid  We thought we might hit rain and were actually hoping for rain.  Total rain: 20 drops

You will notice on the bikes no wind screens.  We both wanted to try on this trip to see if we liked this way.  We both LOVED IT.  Having clean air made a huge difference.  I have an extra screen I will cut down and finish to make look better.  Pete is ordering a shorty for his.   The luxury of having this air made this ride totally tolerable

Day One

Rode through Missouri roads to Arkansas. Along the way we stopped at Grand Gulf St Park.  Interesting place, a collapsed exposed cave system.  Neat topography.   I’ve never rode Push Mt so we stayed in Mt Home, AR.  Nice place called Red Rock.  Older motel with nice pool.  Very clean.  For $65 a night we were pleased.

Grand Gulf

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Crossing Norfolk Lake

19990344_10212221693471035_2525985124836356961_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

Day Two

Started the day on Push Mt Rd and ended on the Pig Trail with about 10,000 twisties in between!  Push Mt was nice but my favorite today was Hwy 74 between Jasper and Hwy 23.  It was 40 miles of crooked and steep!

Headed towards Push Mt (it’s in background)

20031615_10212241558527649_8115928732244703128_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

Chimney Bluff over the White River

20108641_10212241559807681_3482748107212891660_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

Ozark Cafe  - A great lunch spot if in area

19894553_10212228442879766_3396700527238248790_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

Neat roadside park on Hwy 74

20046648_10212241561327719_2321864308201581729_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

Terra Studios - This was our third visit to this artist colony in the middle of nowhere Arkansas.  We love it, obvs!

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19990316_10212232225974341_5582408699117251397_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

Pig Trail - To me the Pig Trail is not a bucket list road.  I don’t get it… it was on our way to where we were spending the night so we rode it.   The road surface on the south side of Turner’s Bend was AWFUL!

19990271_10212241561447722_2243990317524042951_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

G0020414 by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

20106335_10212231187508380_6999028800435584124_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

We stayed in Ozark, AR at another road side motel.  I originally wanted to stay at Mt Magazine but at 250 a night I decided small town :-)  Glad we did as I had my favorite meal of the trip at Rivertowne BBQ.  I went in with wanting ribs but saw a smoked bologna sandwich on the menu.  I love bologna sandwiches… when it came out, LOL!  It was huge and incredibly good.

19961578_10212232116171596_9075440967729653559_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

We had breakfast at Southern Grill, another place I highly recommend.  The place we stayed was called the Ozark Inn, not the prettiest of places but was clean.  Even had an old fashion room key ;-)

Day Three

This trip was planned around Pete’s birthday. His birthday is Bastille Day.  We always said we would celebrate one day in Paris!  Well check that off the bucket list!!

20108131_10212240757987636_7707002123691772011_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

After Paris we headed to Mt Magazine, Arkansas highest point.  Along the way we stopped at Cove Lake.  Let me say that the road up the north side and down the south side of Mt Magazine puts the Pig Trail to shame.  I could ride back and forth on that road all day long.   


Get your leg up and over ole gal…  (had a tunnel bag on the bike)

20232253_10214067069213375_3607923308486153364_o by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

View to south of Mt Magazine - was foggy as we were there pretty early.

20228377_10212237015374073_4792262484815635602_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

View to north - fog was lifting as we were leaving

20156094_10212250217344114_4843743748434621741_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

I would HIGHLY recommend Mt Magazine lodge even with the high price of their rooms.  It’s probably one of the swankiest St Park lodges I’ve seen.

After Mt Magazine we rode Scenic 7 into Hot Springs.  Let me say the road was spectacular however… the road surface was CRAP!  The last twenty miles into Hot Springs, I thought my front tire was square,  It wore me the hell out!   I was never so happy to get to the spa and get into the mineral thermal baths!  If you go to Hot Springs, do the Quapaw Spa.    We stayed at The Waters.  A cute deco boutique hotel.  It was an old office building they turned into a hotel.   Oh if you like beer make sure you check out Superior Bathhouse Brewery.  The beer is made with the thermal waters…  The Bees Kneez was my fav!

Day Four

Our longest day so we were on the road by 7am to beat the heat!  The roads were very nice today!  Easy riding up Ark 9 into Mt View.  The roads in and out of Mt View were 40 miles of crooked and steep!  Endedour day in Eminence, MO.  Stayed at Eagle Bluff above the Jack’s Fork.  We got in early enough to chill and enjoy nature! We were so hot and tired food was just an afterthought.  So we split a Limearita and had gas station cheese burgers. (which were actually very good)

20155623_10212260312236480_6358819547193807779_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr

20108263_10212251196368589_934386555853402432_n by Maggie-STL, on Flickr





Day Five  Heading Home

With 105 heat index called for, we were on the road so we would be home by noon.  Mission accomplished but we got in some great Missouri roads along the way.

Morning over the Current River

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We just love going to Arkansas. We are so lucky it’s close by.  The riding there is just as fun as anywhere we’ve been in my humble opinion.   The roads are not overcrowded which makes it so enjoyable.
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« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2017, 10:08:08 PM »

Great pics! looks like you had a good time
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« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2017, 10:55:20 PM »

Great pics! looks like you had a good time

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« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2017, 02:05:15 AM »

Great pics and ride report Maggie. 
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« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2017, 03:24:34 AM »

Looks amazing.
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« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2017, 03:57:09 AM »

Nice pics guys. Thanks for sharing them.  I love the few roadside picnic areas left.

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« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2017, 05:19:57 PM »

Makes me look forward to retirement ... which my bank manager tells me is still a little ways off.
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