NW Ark/SW MO

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by acejones, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    Looking to do a ride up to NW Ark and SW MO in the spring. Probably in April. We'll be riding up from'NE Louisiana on a R1150R and a VStrom, so no dirt. How about some ideas about routes, sights, etc. ?

    Thanks
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  2. DrLewall

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    No DIRT???

    sure c'mon up..lottsa fun rides up here..hwy 123, peel ferry, push Mtn, Talihena..gosh, where do we start..
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  3. acejones

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    That's exactly what I'm asking; where do we start ?
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  4. DrLewall

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    depends on the route y'all are gonna do..you commin up thru the center of AR or up hwy 71 on the western edge..if you can do a loop and kinda give us an idea then we can kinda map it out for ya..
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  5. mouthfulloflake

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  6. acejones

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    Whether we come up the west side and loop back down the middle or vice versa is open to discussion. It probably doesn't matter much as we will start and end in the same place.
    The Barbeque place sounds pretty good. At this early stage I'm soliciting ideas for sights, roads, and also any pitfalls we should avoid. Any advice is good advice.
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  7. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    How many Days Ace?

    camping or lodging?


    how many miles per day do yall normally cover?
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  8. acejones

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    Probably 4-5 days, lodging, mileage usually about 200-350 day (sometimes up to 500), depending on where we are and where we're going.
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  9. DrLewall

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    let me ask this, do you guys have GPS and if so, would you like some preplanned routes? or will you use analog navigation?
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  10. mdawg12

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    You know asking what routes to take in NW AR and SW MO is like saying "I just got a $20,000 bonus - what do I spend it on?" :wings

    I think there are a couple of treads or posts some where buried here answering that same question. Sounds like we may ought to start a Pavement Routes Thread. Mad Maps has a lot of these marked but they charge for them.

    That's a good amount of time and sounds like you ride about like I do on distance per day. I'd get to the Hot Springs area, move over through Mena, on over and come up western side to Fayettevile. From there up to SW MO, over to Branson, out 160 and down to Mt. Home, back down to Jasper area and speed a couple days there. Then blast back home. Like Doc said there are plenty of people that can put together gpx files for those areas and different routes. Or just do it on Google maps. Let me know which one you want and I can start posting some that I like in those areas. :freaky
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  11. DrLewall

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    We got until April and in the mean time, I am going to build a GPS Thread for Arkansas Road Tours in the laying down tracks section..we can start setting the GPX files there for folks who wanna ride tarmac here.

    Anyone and everyone who has any GPX files for AR, put them in that thread and I will catalog them :thumb

    and maybe by april, acejones will have many to pick thru!


    EDIT: Ok, I got the thread started, now let the construction begin!
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  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I'd suggest basing out of Clarksville. It's the best jumpoff point to be able to hit all the good roads.
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  13. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    Then there is that "Dry County" thing....
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  14. acejones

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    Just keep adding info if ya'll will. Not keen on spending the night in any dry counties. We will us GPS, but probably in a macro sense. Google maps routes will be very useful.
    Thanks
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  15. Albie

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    Meh, 10 miles to a wet one. Besides, it's about the riding. You can get drunk at home.
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  16. acejones

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    I'm not interested in getting drunk at home or anywhere. I just enjoy having a drink with dinner, or a before dinner cocktail.
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  17. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    Then the 10+ miles Albie referenced will get you to Altus where you can have a drink at a restaurant.
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  18. bohawk

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    Russellville, at the junction of Hwy 7 and I-40 Exit 81 might be another good base. It is in a dry county, too, but they serve beer at Coltons and Ruby Tuesdays. These two eateries plus the Dixie Cafe, Cracker Barrel and Burger King are located within walking distance of at least 7 hotels/motels - Best Western, Ramada Inn, Fairfield Inn, LaQunita, Days Inn & Suites, Super 8 and Economy Inn.

    I live a few miles north of there, not far off of Hwy 7. If I am home during your visit, I am sure I can talk my V-Strom in to showing you some of the local roads, if you want some company.
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  19. arkansas adv

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    cross the peel ferry in the AR MO border

    The MO side of the ride back toward Branson is awesome
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  20. bohawk

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    Lodging in the Russellville/Clarksville area may be difficult to find in April. Entergy's Arkansas Nuclear One power plant will be having an outage on Unit 1 from late March to early May, which will suck up most of the hotel rooms in the area unless you make your reservations early.
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