Central Arkansas ride planning and whatever else thread

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Mister D, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. jojofett

    jojofett Hi, I'm Armando but most folks call me Joe

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    That's funny I'm planning a Hot Springs to Mena and back.
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  2. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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  3. Gort

    Gort Been here awhile

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    Great picture Tom. Are those

    Fred Flintstone brakes? My 701 came with Brembos.
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  4. crownhorse

    crownhorse Been here awhile

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    why yes they are
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  5. crownhorse

    crownhorse Been here awhile

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  6. jay547

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    Trying to talk Lisa into doing this...
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  7. arkansawyer

    arkansawyer Long timer

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    Did you go through Chula, the community with a one room school?
  8. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    Sounds like fun.

    Are you talking riding Mena - Hot Springs, spending the night, then riding back? OR, two rides: One out of Mena one of the days, riding out of Hot Springs the other?

    V-man
  9. DualSportDispatch

    DualSportDispatch Been here awhile

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    Our group is leaving Mena on Saturday morning and riding to Hot Springs. We'll stay the night in Hot Springs and then return to Mena on Sunday 5/31. More details at this link: https://www.twtex.com/forums/thread...s-loop-sat-sun-5-30-5-31.124163/#post-1689132

    .gpx file and google map linked above - will be adjusted if I can figure out which route # or FS road this "million dollar hwy" is on. There are several routes between Big Brushy and Story, AR. I'm just looking for the one with most elevation change, scenery, and curvey dirt!


    637 to 149 looks nice, but on Google Earth this looks decidedly like two-track dirt. No 6 mi asphalt section. Same with slightly northern track (86). Still looking...

    EDIT: A little google sleuthing turned up this. Perhaps worth checking out.

    "In Scott and Yell Counties, AR, paralleling AR 28, there is Forest Service Road 776. The strange thing about this road is it is paved, has a center stripe, highway signing, and modern bridges. It appears to have been built pre-1970. It begins at 28 and goes about 10 miles or so. Then, it comes to a "T" on a regular gravel forest service road. About a mile before this terminus, FS road 776A turns off to the right. This road goes about 2 or 3 miles, and crosses a typical Forest Service paved ford and turns into a very narrow gravel road. There are no signs of civilization along this road, not even any visible houses. This is the only road like this in the Ouachita National Forest that I am aware of. On some older official AHTD highway maps (mid 80's), this road is marked. I checked my collection of old maps, and it doesn't seem to ever have been a state highway. This road is a real gem, as it is almost completely grown up with weeds at some points. It obviously was built for a reason. My question is why was it built? It just seems strange for a road to parallel a state highway, branch off, and abruptly end. It seems a bit fishy to me. Any ideas???

    Here is the beginning of the road at AR 28: Head east to see the rest of the road. Google shows it as CR 22 and CR 622 and the "Million Dollar Highway" and parts as CR 970. FS 770A is shown as CR 610. Next time I'm in Arkansas I'll drive this road again and maybe even get a video."
  10. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the explanation, DSDispatch.
  11. DualSportDispatch

    DualSportDispatch Been here awhile

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    Come on out! We ride at a very reasonable pace. My wife has a tee-shirt that says, "I'm not ride or die. I have questions." That about sums up her riding style.
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  12. jojofett

    jojofett Hi, I'm Armando but most folks call me Joe

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    Sometime in June. With an overnight in Mena.
  13. jojofett

    jojofett Hi, I'm Armando but most folks call me Joe

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    No, but I will next time.
  14. crownhorse

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    i'm interested in june ride to mena
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  15. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    My son and I ride a lot of the same trails since we live close to them. There are some mildly challenging areas, but also lots of gravel roads to ride or bail out onto. I would say it’s all rideable on something like a DR 650 if you’re a decent rider. I would prefer something lighter though.
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    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    Hi ruhilio:

    Try this link. There are some ride reports from the trail scouts as well a video illustrating some of the single track.

    https://www.facebook.com/Arkansas-D...8Dwgzuaav4hmy_OO8uRnObS6J9a-Cgc9c4jYCq_fpYeTs

    Having ridden Arkansas Dirt Rider's dual sports in the past, I would say you will need to have a good dual sport bike (NOT a heavy "adv" bike) and at least ride at an upper "Novice" or lower "Intermediate" skill level to handle some of the sections without issues. Typically, there are "ride-around's" for the "hero" sections, but that isn't always the case at organized dual sport rides.

    Hope this helps.

    V-man
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  20. arkansawyer

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    Perfect weather this weekend and a few days beyond. Anyone going riding?