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Old 07-11-2010, 03:30 PM   #16
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Thanks for posting. My brother and I were talking about your planning thread yesterday, we want to do a similar route this fall. I live in plano as well, we should get together for a beer or food or something.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:59 PM   #17
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Day 2 – Being Stupid



Plan was to go to Mt Magazine and then ride to Jasper and Camp at “Dogwood Springs @ Jasper Resort” . Tent space was available. Got up by 6. For some reason I switched on the bike and forgot to switch it off. By 8:30 we were ready to go completely saddled up. I sat on the bike and tried to start the bike. It didn’t, then I realized not switching off the ignition. The battery was dead.

It was July 4th and a Sunday . I had no other option than to call the rental service. He asked me to do couple of things but bike didn’t start. He said will try to arrange some one to come and get it re-charged.

Meanwhile I called up the resort owner Catty and she said she would come with her husband and get the battery charged. After 10-15 they both came. By this time I got a call from rental service saying that he has send some one and will come over in half an hour. So I said Catty will wait for them.

He arrived pretty soon. Remove the tank and got the battery up. By this time it was already 11:30. We went back to Mena, had Brunch, and fueled up. It was 12:30 by then.



I was trying to set the route in GPS to Mt Magazine. But it couldn’t find it. Reason was I was setting the City as Magazine, which was wrong. Then I set the route to Magazine, Hyw 10.





We rode through Y City- BooneVille(71 and 23) to magazine. Now instead of Continuing on Hwy 10 then join 309 and go north from Havana. I went south by taking Co Rd 28. How I did this is I Post Magazine I set the route to Havana and street name Cr Rd 28. As per the initial route which a1fa gave I knew that I had to ride thru Co Rd 28 to join 309 and then reach Havana. I didn’t realize that I was coming on a different route. Heights of stupidity.


Just a few miles before I took south towards Co Rd 28. The moment we entered Co Rd 28 there was no pavement. I went some more distance it was the same conditions. We decided to go for some more distance and see, I didn’t want to go back all the way and take a different route. After and mile the vistas completely changed it was like we were riding inside a forest through a hill. I was quite difficult to handle the bike with a road tire and with a pillion and lot of small boulders.



We kept going, there were no signs of vehicles / people or houses around. I was just praying not to get a puncture. Some sections were steep and so had to be extra careful. I was going only 15-20 because of road condition. We rode around 10 miles almost same scene. Soon we started seeing houses and farms. As we neared one farm house, I could see two dogs running towards us barking. Time to run  I was not sure to speed up or to stop to avoid a bite. I deiced to speed up a bit, luckily we escaped with out any dog bite



Half a mile post that we reached the road-It was Hyw 80. Now again didn’t knew which way to go, because still I was not able to search Mt Magazine.I didn’t had a map with me, just had print outs of google map routes. This time I rode towards east and reached Danville. Till then couldn’t find any one to stop by and ask the route. We fueled up from there.

One thing we noticed in the trip is people were so friendly where ever we met. Every one came by as talked. Now I remember when I stopped for fuel and I was not able to operate it on a old station. One lady came out of her car and helped me fuel up. Here also one Old chap talked to us. He too was a rider, so was easy to connect. He told the route to Mt Magazine. This time I was able to find Mt Magazine in GPS when I set the city to Ozark . It was already 5:30 by now. We reached Mt Magazine by 6:30. Lot of bikers on the way.

Correct Route



The one I took



The climb up was awesome, some decent curves. By the time we reached there the visitor info center was closed. We went a looked the Camping area. There was a board saying its full. We came back to the visitor info parking area. I was thinking to camp some where close to ride to Jasper which is another 100 + miles. While I was seeing the route in Google maps – a range officer came. He asked If we are facing any issues with bike. Because We looked lost and tiered because of the all the drama we had whole day.



I said bike is fine, and asked him if there is any play to camp. To our surprise he was also a bike. We talked for some time about bikes and he said he used to ride a lot while he was in college. He advised not to ride to jasper since finding a place to camp at night will be difficult. He told us the route to Over flow camping area in the Mt magazine park itself.

He said he will come over there and tell us some good routes to ride next day. We went to overflow area – there were two tents already there , but place seems to be great. We were about to pick our spot, then he came back and said he has a place for us in the main camping area. Wow awesome. We followed him and showed us the spot. It was proper camping setup.












He said he will come back after some time with the maps and routes. We put up the tent and waited for him. Then we thought will go for a short ride to see the places around.

We came back by 8:30- He had left a Arkansas Map and some routes which he took out a print from his yahoo mail box. I was surprised to see this. He was soo helpful, didn’t expect that. Now we were hungry. He had told us there is a restaurant in the near my lodge and there are some vending machines too. We decided to walk. It was a never ending walk. Lodge was quite far from the camping area. By the time we reached the lodge it was 9:15. We went in happily thinking to have some food. By the lady over there said they close by 9 and are not taking any more ppl. Damn – now only option was vending machine. Bought some snacks and drinks and walked back.













A walk back in the dark to the camping area. There are 10-12 cabins and all of them have awesome view to the valley. We reached back and crashed for the day. All in all day with lot of twist and turns 
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:09 PM   #18
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Thanks for posting. My brother and I were talking about your planning thread yesterday, we want to do a similar route this fall. I live in plano as well, we should get together for a beer or food or something.
Sure. But I am not sure how much of a help I will be.
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Old 07-14-2010, 05:43 AM   #19
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Thanks for sharing your great ride report and pictures with us. Arkansas is a great place to get lost and stay lost in. Many fine roads.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:38 PM   #20
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Thanks for sharing your great ride report and pictures with us. Arkansas is a great place to get lost and stay lost in. Many fine roads.
Yeah true. I have been to onlu 3 us states, TX,GA and Arkansas - without any doubt this is the best state so far i have seen. I am not sure if its the best of all :) . Any ways I just love it -
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:26 PM   #21
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Wish I'd seen this before your trip.

Indian Highway in OK is curvy, scenic, and has very little traffic.

OK 259 from Three Sticks to the Talimena Drive is nice. This bisects the Talimena Drive, which isn't nice.

I love the Ouachitas. They are my home. The Ozarks have better pavement. Jasper has awesome roads in every direction.

Northern NM and SW CO have really great riding also-for 4 months a year.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:46 PM   #22
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Great RR!

The next federal holiday you can take advantage of is Labor Day in about 6 weeks. Recommend you repeat the process, but this time go south and pick up some of those Hill Country routes suggested in the other thread. Same time frame, distance, etc. - so you have the logistics cold.
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:03 AM   #23
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nice report and pics. i am from that area and it is really interesting to read a report about touring there from a foreign perspective!
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