Two Day Ozark Routes - Critique and Suggestions?

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  1. JamesRRS

    JamesRRS Been here awhile

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    This is plan for Day 1 based on Butler Motorcycle Maps and stringing together the most yellow (best) routes. Start and stopping in Harrison AR. Any locals suggest any changes? Special places along the way to see? Day two will make a loop to the north into MO.

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    ~James

    ps. if anyone wants these routes for Garmin or Google PM me.
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  3. VmaxChuck

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    Yes, don't miss getting a burger at the Oark Cafe......food is awesome. Don't be frightened by what the outside looks like either! :beer
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  4. mouthfulloflake

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    I actually prefer the food at Catalpa cafe ( a mile down the road)
    but if you are on a weekend, they are typically BOTH busy and slow.
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  5. JamesRRS

    JamesRRS Been here awhile

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    I'm from WV, hillbilly stuff doesn't faze me.
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    That's just the kind of info I'm looking for. Many thanks.

    ~James

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    Be sure to post a couple of pics of your adventure!
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    Look up Hawksbill Krag. If you are able to hike 3 miles with about 400 ft of elevation change over some rough terrain there is a terrific view. I took my out of shape wife a few weeks ago and she was very unhappy by the time we got back to the road.
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    3 weeks ago a son and I did the highest place on the Appalachian trail at Roan mtn TN/NC with over 2000 ft gain and a much better view on top. Hows that for a "story topper"?:lol2
    Some riders use Mountain View as there hub to ride AR & MO in various directions. The NW quadrant of AR and the lower southern band of MO are the best riding by far. Generally speaking, if you get as far SE as say, Searcy you have left the mtn riding area. The States both have good material designed for riders-look at those routes too.
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    I like to do the hike to Hawksbill, I've seen many pics of it. But I don't think the guy I'm riding with will be into it and we are maximizing our short time as it is. I've completely re routed day 2, I'll post that map later. Day 1 is about as good as I can get for the time we have.

    We have a few rocks to hike up in WV..
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  12. LukeDM

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    You need to stop and eat at the Cliff House Inn just south of Jasper. Great home cooked food with an even better view.

    Both the Oark Cafe and Catalpa Cafe are great. Oark has one of the best burgers I've ever eaten. However, the Catalpa Cafe was awesome. He cooks great meals on Friday and Saturday nights. Lunch and breakfast are great too. It was with me going back multiple times. Don't know if you plan to ride on gravel or not, but there's only one paved road into Catalpa. The gravel roads are very well maintained though.
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    I'll be coming up 103 and turning left on to 215 but I'll take the quick out and back to Catalpa/Oark. I'm penciling in Cliff House for post ride dinner on day 1. Thanks for suggestions.

    Does there tend to be a lot of traffic and police presence on these roads? This will be mid week but it's a holiday week.

    ~James
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    I was there over memorial day weekend this year and was surprised at how deserted the forest was. Never saw a single cop while in the national forest.
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    Save room for pie. Best ive eaten anywhere.
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    Pie will be had.
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    batavia-capps.png Drop down through Batavia and skip that Harrison traffic.
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