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Old 04-12-2013, 06:16 PM   #16
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I agree the Ozarks are better riding than the Ouachitas. If you wind up around here give me a call.
What weekend?
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:19 PM   #17
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Bubba's BBQ in Eureka Springs. Get the pork shoulder sandwich.

And of course you have to stop by the Oark Cafe for a greasy burger and some buttermilk pie.
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Here is a link http://tinyurl.com/arkansas-mecca

The route also includes "lunch" stop at Oark Cafe, in Oark, Arkansas... Popular TAT stop.
Looks like some very good riding. I'm always impressed when I look at an Arkansas map.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:20 PM   #18
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Agreed.

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Russellville would be the logical place to hub for riding in AR/SWMO. Plenty of hotels and restaurants and the riding is phenomenal in just about every direction.

Jap shops in Russellville, HD shops in Ft. Smith/Conway/LR/Rogers, BMW shop in Bentonville, KTM shop in LR/Fayetteville.

Inmates are concentrated around LR/Conway and Fayetteville, if you get in a bind, don't hesitate to holler for help. Lots of folks will be happy to lend a hand.

You probably already know this but Butler Maps has put together a "Road" map for Arkansas. Of course we gave 'em a hard time but would you expect less... Below is the link to the ADV thread, with some ordering info and local input.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=766421

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Not a lot of good BBQ in the NWA area IMO. Rivertown BBQ in Ozark is about the best I've found.
Don't tell me I have to go to KC for decent BBQ.








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Old 04-13-2013, 06:23 PM   #19
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Same for Central AR. Whole Hog in Conway is my favorite but still not as good as I found in East TX.

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We have a Whole Hog here. Good stuff. Unfortunately I moved to the opposite side of town.

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They say you can find great BBQ in Memphis, but I say hell with that... You don't have to leave Conway to find good BBQ. There are two places here in town that are good. Jurgen if you do happen to come through Central Arkansas, I'll take you to a very good place - my treat.
I think we will be sticking mainly to the Northwest. And then I'm looping up to Omaha for my niece's HS graduation.-- This was a more "interesting" ride than crossing Kansas twice.

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Are you talking about Scholl Bros in Paris? Never had tried it. We went there Monday and they were closed.

We like Rivertowne too.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:24 PM   #20
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I agree the Ozarks are better riding than the Ouachitas. If you wind up around here give me a call.
What weekend?

We will be there mid week. The week after Mother's day.
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:41 PM   #21
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Fat Boy's BBQ exit 78 I-30 at Caddo Valley.
McClard's on Albert Pike in Hot Springs. Iconic old diner. I prefer the tamale spread to their bbq.

Get off at the first Arkadelphia exit and head up hwy 8. Right on Brushy Creek Road over to Skyline Drive across the DeGray dam over to hwy7. Turn back S on 7 for a few hundred yards and turn on hwy 283 at the fish net. Follow 283 straight through Caney where you will be on hwy128. 128 has a stop sign at hwy84. Turn right and go about a mile. 128 (Jack Mountain Rd) turns left at the bottom of the hill just past the creek. 128 has a really nice view of Hot Springs as you come down. Right on hwy290, left back on 128(Carpenter Dam Rd). This will take you to the MLK expressway, or 'the bypass' to the locals. Right on MLK to its end, left on hwy 70. Exit and go through Gulpha Gorge back to hwy 7.
This will eliminate the mess that is Central Avenue, but if you want to see bathhouse row turn left on hwy290 and rejoin 7.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:33 PM   #22
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Ribcage BBQ on highway 7. If you come into Hot Springs from the South it will be on the right just past the first traffic light across from the Hess station. Doesn't look like much but the food is great.
Bubba's catfish is right there also. Same thing, unimpressive looking but great food.

If you wind up riding my route, please be careful on Brushy Creek. It is super curvy, has blind corners and rises, and none of the turns are marked. It was dirt about a decade ago. My favorite local road on the hawk gt.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:59 AM   #23
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This is about 2-3 days worth of riding... unforgetable, and you will hit all the known spots... There are a lot of hidden roads, but for tourists.. this is the mecca route:


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Cool. Saved to my GPS.

I'll be in NW AR on Monday (late), Tuesday, and possibly Wed, depending. If ya'll are around, give me a holler at 901-237-1007. Call/Text/PM, whatever.

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Old 04-29-2013, 04:14 AM   #24
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Cool. Saved to my GPS.

I'll be in NW AR on Monday (late), Tuesday, and possibly Wed, depending. If ya'll are around, give me a holler at 901-237-1007. Call/Text/PM, whatever.

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:13 AM   #25
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Hi Jamie!

bring your rain coat!


Looks like clear skies until Thursday.

Sorry Jurgen, if I've hijacked your thread.

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Old 05-07-2013, 06:47 PM   #26
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Looks like clear skies until Thursday.

Sorry Jurgen, if I've hijacked your thread.

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No problem at all Jamie.

(I am cool if this becomes a general Ride Arkansas thread if their isn't one already)
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:45 AM   #27
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So, when is Jurgen going to invade us here in AR? Might be an opportunity to score a free beer or meal for him
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:55 AM   #28
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Not sure of your route, but you can do SA to eureaka springs in a long day, but personally I hate to rush when on vacation. Some inexpensive lodging can be had at Bob Sandlin state park by pittsburgh. That will get you in position to do the Talimena parkway which leads straight into Mena, Ar on the east side.

Eureaka springs is a good place to stay, as is Branson, MO, and not a bad road anywhere. Branson will have some cheap lodging and plenty of dining choices.

Roads like the pig trail (23 out of ft smith), 27, 341 (push mountain road) 16, and countless others would take a week to do.

Dang, I need to get up there myself.
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"Mid-week after Mothers' Day" ... why not just stay for SLAP?


I, like several others, will be at camp as early as Wednesday the 15th.
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