Just finished up a 4-day trip to Arkansas with selkins. The plan was to meet in Talihina, OK, ride the Talimena Trail over into Arkansas, then ride twisties and forest roads by day and camp by night. Add 1 part 1150GSA, 1 part 650GS, and 1 bottle of gin, and everything was lined up for a memorable trip. I'm not the wordiest guy in the world, so I'll do the brief reconstruction of the trip, throw in my 100+ pictures, and let selkins fill in a few missing spots when he gets back to Minneapolis tomorrow night. Day 1 Left the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in the morning heading north, cut over through Whitewright, TX for breakfast at CJ's. There was a group of Cobra's and assorted other "American exotics" out for a breakfast run this morning: After breakfast, it was on into Oklahoma, where I gassed up in Sawyer. Asked the lady at the register what the best way was to get to Talihina: Attendant: head straight north from here, take a couple of roads, and you'll be there. Me: Looks like on the map if I go east, then north, I'll be on 259 which is a scenic route...wouldn't that be better? Attendant: oh no, that road is really twisty, I'd go north. Headed east toward 259 and came across this plane parked on the side of the road: Looks like an Amtrak logo on the tail but I'm not sure...whatever the make/model, it didn't bring in enough customers as the shop was closed. Headed east and cut up through Glover to catch 259 at Broken Bow...headed north and even though it was labeled as a scenic road on the map, I found myself getting bored. I stopped near Bethel and asked a couple running a roadside bait/beer/gas shop whether it would be more scenic to cut across on 144 and go the back way into Talihina: Couple: you on a motorcycle? Me: yeah Couple: then you definitely shouldn't take the back way, that road turns into dirt about 1/2 there. Me: any mud? Couple: don't know, it hasn't rained but it's definitely dirty and rough. Left them and promptly cut off on 144 looking for dirt. First I had to slog my way through this: Before I reached this: Rode dirt most of the way to Honobia, then it was onto the Indian Hwy, where I found a sign that became a frequent site on our trip: Why haven't I ridden in this state before :huh Dropped down into Talihina and met up with selkins...grabbed some grub at Big Al's Steakhouse before hitting the Talimena Trail. We chose to stock up for the night on the Oklahoma side before routing east Finished up the Talimena Trail (overcast and misty so no amazing photos...although it really is a must-see road in AR) and started thinking about a stopping place for the night. selkins took the helm and found us an amazing spot on National Forest land right near Cedar Creek, AR off Hwy 28. Getting to the campsite was a little bit of a challenge as we got to ride a rocky stretch of road for about 100 yards to reach the spot - here's a shot of the road the next morning: But a great spot, a great fire (Scott's the master firemaker), and celebration of a great first day of riding: Day 2 was the closest thing to riding Nirvana I've ever experienced in my life...twisties...big breakfast...twisties...forest roads...ATV trails...mud...rocks...more twisties...BBQ...more twisties...pie...dirt...more twisties...and camping. Stay tuned - I'll get those photos (there's a ton) up soon.