|11-27-2011, 08:25 PM||#1|
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Mentally? Out west...
Quick Ozarks Loops
A place to report on several visits to the Ozarks from Baton Rouge.
one in 2009
and one in 2010
This one following the RR from Thanksgiving 2011:
Plan was to trailer the bikes (one for me, one for my wife) from Baton Rouge to Russellville, then ride to Eureka Springs via SR123/Jasper then head west, spend a couple of days there and ride back south via Pig Trail, hook up with SR215 west, have lunch at Oark General Store and then 103 south plus highway back to Russellville. All pavement. Luxury accommodations when I travel with her.
Russellville to Jasper:
Thanksgiving day, early AM in Russellville, the beast:
Chilly morning to ride, down to about 44, but electric-heated vests and grips plus and hippo hands did the trick; this is already on 123:
Of all the road riding I've done in the Ozarks, this is just my 4th time around, 123 is so far the best
More on 123:
Hungry around lunch time, Jasper's Ozark Cafe did not disappoint on Thanksgiving day. We did not see one other motorcycle on Thanksgiving. No idea why. Maybe cold weather. Who knows. We had the whole 123 and the town of Jasper to ourselves.
For a donation, all you could eat at Ozark Cafe, to benefit the town:
The turkey was baked to perfection, very juicy, great stuffing, with chunks of dryer turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet tea...
|11-27-2011, 08:44 PM||#2|
Joined: Sep 2010
Jasper is a great town. Ozark cafe has the best strawberry cake I have ever had.
Have a great ride! Check out "The Barn on the Buffalo" for accommodations in Jasper. Not affiliated, just a fan.
|11-27-2011, 09:03 PM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Mentally? Out west...
Jasper to Eureka Springs
Our favorite signs:
Now on 74 going west, crossing the Buffalo River, then 103:
And back on 103 heading north and leaving the hills behind:
Eureka Springs. Wife looking at the strange shape of the sign for our hotel. Here's the bottom of the sign:
Here's the top:
After all, The Palace was a brothel in during the boom times at the turn of the century...neon sign and all, first neon west of the Mississippi...
Sweet Spring, one of four on Spring Street:
Start of Spring Street:
Luxury Thanksgiving Dinner at Grand Central:
Best wine we've had in a while, Caymus 2009 Cab:
Strolling around after dinner:
Sunrise on Spring Street:
Breakfast at Mud Street Cafe, a must if you are spending the night:
We did a little exploring north on 62 and found this, a must if you like architecture:
South on 23, but highlight was a fun little road, SR221, connecting Berryville to Eureka Springs. Worth the side trip if you like twisties. Here's sunsete on it:
More food, dinner this time at Tavern At Rogues Manor, a bit overpriced, but solid; great wine list too:
Next day was a wet day riding back to Russellville.
But we were looking forward to more food:
And again, the only motorcycles on the road...
Best homemade pies; try buttermilk:
Until the next visit!
|11-28-2011, 04:47 AM||#4|
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: Jennings, Louisiana
Winter time is one of the best times to explore Arkansas. My favorite times also. I started running up there through the fronts in my truck with KLR on the back several years ago (age thing lol ) . Then you have a few days of good weather before the next front hits. Then come back to Louisiana in the comfort of da Truck in the next weather pattern.
You have near everything to yourself. Just gotta get some of those hippo hands. Had some in the 80's but where they went to????????. Used to love to base motel at Marshal but that place has really died in the past years. Now it's Mena, Jasper or Mountain View. Enjoyed the pictures.
A '00 KLR 650 39,000 miles, A '07 1250S 77,000 actual, A '03 5.3L Chevy Truck 76,000 + '43 style dude , Simper Fi ;-)
|11-28-2011, 05:41 AM||#5|
Harden the phuck up
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: God's country, Western North Carolina
I love the Ozarks, thanks for taking us along. Very cool that you and SWMBO can get away like this!
|11-28-2011, 10:20 AM||#7|
Joined: Aug 2004
Great pics, glad you had a good time enjoying Thanksgiving in Beautifull NWA. I spent it (and am still here for a few more days) in Minnesota. (No riding).
|11-29-2011, 06:29 AM||#8|
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Franklin County MO
Thanks for the pictures and ride report, I love Arkansas its a very neat place to ride.
Sometimes it takes a whole tank of fuel before you can think straight!
|11-30-2011, 05:31 AM||#9|
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Brownsville, Texas
Makin me homesick
Traveling with you was always more fun when KJ was along. The accomodations and company were definitely better. You're makin me homesick. I'm gonna have to go back soon.
Excess in moderation
|12-05-2011, 11:37 AM||#11|
not saying what I mean
Joined: May 2007
Location: The City that Care Forgot
very cool, I do a run up there for 5-6 days every year, sometimes twice. For the sake of just plain motorcycle roads, imo, they are the best in the country.
In Jasper I can recommend the Arkansas House as a place to stay. I think Jasper is best suited for day rides, though I usually spend a couple of days in Clarksville, too.
so day 1 NO->Hope (190-49-Minden, then backroads), Day 2-3, Clarksville, Day 4-5, Jasper, Day 6 long day back via LR and Delta Country to I 55
I prefer Clarkesville to Russelville. I think Russelville has some of the most dangerous drivers in the country, really.
|12-05-2011, 07:36 PM||#12|
alky w/motorcycle problem
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: jaw ja
made to eureka springs this fall, best riding i've seen in ark so far. i gotta get back, try these rds
"if your not outta gas, your not lost" BDXMPL
"red bud has anyone ever told u you're bit of an ass" bmwblake
|12-05-2011, 11:09 PM||#13|
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: St. George, UT
Looks like fun!
Nice set-up for keeping the hands warm! Great food pics. Thanks.
RedRockRider - WR250R, TW200, Versys, Vulcan 900 LT, Zuma 125
Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George
|12-26-2011, 04:59 PM||#15|
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: denton, America
never get enough riding in north western arkansas
you would have a hard time finding a road w/o beautiful scenery
i've had the luxury of being invited to ride that area w/ some new friends, for the last few years
the roads, the food & the vistas...........
add good friends & the combination is almost impossible to beat!!
looks/sounds like your trip included the best of all, the above
oark, jasper, eureka springs.....WOW!!!!
there is a vista point/scenic overlook just south of jasper that will let you see for a while(attached photo)
on your next trip, try looking up/going up magazine mountain, the highest point in the state, just south of the big road & not far west of russellville
there is a beautiful lodge up there w/ an outstanding restaurant that is surrounded w/ huge windows
thanks for the pics & narative
you mentioned several places we have yet to visit
shiny side up
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,,it's about learning to ride in the rain."
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