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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 2010, 5:45 pm Thread Starter
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Trip to SW Missouri Northern Arkansas

Planning a camping trip this summer to SW Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Would appreciate your knowledgeable tips about roads not to miss, great campgrounds, one of a kind bars, and good eats.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 2010, 6:55 pm
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Try this:

That whole area is nice. You might enjoy Eureka Springs.


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You are in for quite a trip my friend! Hwy 7 is wonderful and the pigtail runs down the western side of the state starting in Fayatteville? AK seems to take very good care of their roads and you have some nice elevation changes when you get near the redneck grand canyon.

The difference between AK biking and the blue ridge is that the AK cycling has broader sweepers that seem to go on for ever. The tail of the dragon area is tighter turnwise but overall better. Just one rider's humble opinion. I'd ride either in a heartbeat and hope to do them both this summer.

Lots of smokeys out there patrolling so mount a detector if you haven't.

Wishing you tons of fun,


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This months Road Runner Magazine has a nice clover leaf tour in northern Arkansas

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Call Harrison, Ar chamber of commerce, they have a brochure w/ several rides on it, 'Jasper Disaster' 'Bull Shoals Dam, Peels Ferry Route ect.

Watch the 10 mph curves on the Pig Trail.
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Last weekend riding in that motorcycle playground..

1. It rained. It rained a lot.... but I rode the ride and did the route and was rewarded by magnificent roads and scenery. Perhaps the best technical riding roads I've ever encountered when the clouds broke and the sun shone.

2. The people of the Ozarks are friendly and helpful, even as the flood waters are rising.... and the waters are rising still. My record for rainy Ozarks vacations remains intact.

3. Dieting in the Ozarks is hard to do.

4. Even the best rain gear eventually gives up the ghost in the face of heavy thunderstorms. At times I rode thru 8-10" deep water as the roads became rapids.

Roads were sometimes flooded to a depth of 6 or more feet, causing rerouting - often substantial rerouting.

Route - Hermann - Thayer road - wonderful route. Route 160 West to Branson - nice. All riding in Arkansas was great - there were no bad roads in that Northwest/Northcentral area I rode. Route 142 East out of Thayer is a rollercoaster... until it ends at a flooded section (See above). Route 160 East out of West Plains is perhaps my favorite section as it eventually ends up at Doniphan. Wow - I was exhausted with sore knees at the end of that section. Route 21 North is nice, but not as nice at the Hermann - Thayer road.

I WILL return - perhaps this fall. Magnificent countryside and top notch roads.

Thanks to every single person who opened my eyes to this great riding region - it's all good.


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