This is our 10th year! The Arkansas 500 is a Dual-Sport Motorcycle ride that spans three days (April 9-11, 2021) and travels over 500 miles of back roads in the Natural State. Arkansas offers the most diverse sites and experiences for dual-sport riders in the Midwest, including beautiful wooded forest, large hill climbs, incredible water crossings, and more back roads that can be ridden in 10 years! Get on your bike and ride the 10th Annual Arkansas 500 April 9-11, 2021, with like-minded people out for a great weekend. The Arkansas 500 is a dual-sport ride benefiting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a 28-year-old non-profit big cat sanctuary. All (100%) of the profit from this backcountry dual-sport ride will go directly to help the animals. Thank you for participating. A $175 donation through PayPal, a signed waiver, and a filled-out rider survey gets you all signed up. Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and dinner, and Sunday breakfast are all included and once again, we will have Chef Vic on hand doing the cooking. You are responsible for your own lunch on the trail. Maybe you can talk your group leader into pulling over for lunch? Camping fees are provided (bring all your own gear). If you do not want to camp in a tent, get a cabin (AirBNB, VRBO, Byrds Adventure Center phone # (479-667-4066). If you want a cabin, reserve it now!!! Activities: Riding, Fish-storytelling, practical jokes, eating, and maybe some sleeping are some of the common activities. 2021 COVID-19 Changes: Hey everyone riding this April 9-11, I have some news as to the format changes from prior years. I will update it as we get closer to the event date. 1. This year the ride will be held at Byrds Adventure Center on highway 215. 2. Prior to the ride, a digital survey will be coming your way by email. Keep an eye out for it because I need the information to host a good event. Please fill it out promptly. Thank you. 3. There are two different types of campsites: Those for RVs and those for tent camping. It is important to use a tent camping site unless you are bringing an RV. This is a fundraiser. This change will cut expenses and make more money for the animals. 4. There will be no rider meetings to meet COVID-19 state regulations. 5. There can be no buffet for food so chef Vic will plate every meal and hand it to you through the concessions window. All condiments will be in a single serving size. This includes coffee too. Sorry, state regs. Changes might/will be forthcoming. Check the forum often. 6. This is not a change, but a reminder: The Tracks will be sent out one week before the ride. 7. Social distancing will be totally up to each rider. We have found a way to have this event, help us keep it safe for everyone. Respect each campsite/group of riders' privacy in this matter. Don't approach them without an invite. 8. To keep foodservice safe, I will personally go around the campsites one by one and release them to go get their meal. It will be random, so be patient. Registration will include those riders who could not make the changed event date last year and emailed me a request to push their money to this year, plus those of you who sign up this year. Dates are not flexible (for COVID). Refunds are by request and friendly. Just ask by email. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY After you register, check this forum, post #3, for your name. If you see your name in post #3, you are registered. In March I will send out a survey to get shirt sizes. If you need a campsite with electricity let me know. There are only 18 available this year and they are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ride Itinerary 2021 Arkansas 500 Ride Itinerary Thursday, April 8 Early Bird Ride and Eats – Two and a half-hour ride starting at 2 PM. “Eat at your campsite” dinner Thursday, April 8 @ 6:30 – Byrds Adventure Center. Pick up your plate at the catering window. PS: this is for your pandemic safety. Friday, April 9: There is no breakfast Friday Morning – Bring your own. Coffee will be available by 7 am. All Riders be ready at 8:30 am sharp. After a brief rider meeting (and photo), it is kickstands up! This year the ride will be stationary, at Byrds Adventure Center, and start and finish at the same location each day. Through the years, we have moved to a different location each day, but this year we will set up camp only once! You will have your truck, gear, and camping stuff with you each evening. Dinner at 6:30 each evening and is catered. I will post the menu just before the ride. There is a shower house on site. The campsite fee is included in your donation to TCWR, but feel free to drop a donation in the jar. If you need electricity and other amenities email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are only 27 sites with electricity for us. Tent camping is unlimited. Gas is less than five miles away at Turner Bend. Saturday, October 3 Coffee – 7 AM Breakfast: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM: Full hot breakfast. Make it snappy, we have a long day ahead! Kickstands up by 8:00 – 8:30 am! This will be a long, hard day for sure! Eat to ride, not ride to eat! You will arrive back where you started, Byrds Adventure Center, in time to enjoy camp, enjoy a great catered Prime Rib Dinner (6:30 pm) with a campfire (if you can still walk). Sunday, October 4 Coffee 7:00 AM Coffee 7:30 am – 8:30 am. Hot Breakfast Kickstands up at 9:00 am. Lunch – Up to you. Arrive back at Byrds Adventure Center by 4 PM.