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post #11 of 29 Old 02-21-2013, 04:56 PM
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Post Maintenance Day, Bentonville Arkansas

I just bought a 2012 Glee and wondered if anyone would like to spend a morning and afternoon on a Farkle Day in Bentonville.

Probably put on an Eastern Beaver box, maybe some heated grips, center stand, run wires for a J&M CB...possibilities are as large as our imagination.

I got plenty of tools and a sizeable garage...if there is interest we'll schedule a sunny day soon.

Bring your own projects!

Target weekend is March 16th.
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post #12 of 29 Old 02-22-2013, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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I may join in if the dates work out although I have nothing to do to my bike right now. Sounds fun though. I know one other guy in NE AR that may be interested riding a 2012 Vee

That is around 3 hours one way for me though.......
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post #13 of 29 Old 02-22-2013, 11:53 AM
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Favorite Rides in North Central AR

With family in Mountain Home, we'll visit more often and for longer stays now that we're retired. My recollections of that part of the state date back to canoeing on the Buffalo River in the '90's. Beautiful natural geography, views, terrain and from what I recall some great rural roads. Can any of you recommend favorite routes for day trips around Mountain Home? Not just the roads, but interesting destinations, food, whatever you've found memorable and worth repeating?

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post #14 of 29 Old 02-22-2013, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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oh boy, where to start

Gravel or stick to pavement?

Either way push mountain is a great afternoon ride close to mountain home. Its hard to beat. Also Hwy 5 would be a great return route.

If you are up for a day ride then head over to Oark for a bite to eat. Take Hwy 215 west out of Oark (or into it). Thats one of my favorite roads in the state. If you are up for gravel take gravel roads out or Oark. Its a must to stop and eat. Great people and great food and save room for there Amazing apple pie..... or buttermilk...... or peanut butter.......

A few riders stop from time to time.

If you have time hwy 23 the pig trail is a good ride to Eureka Springs

Hwy 7 from Harrison is a great ride that takes you through Jasper. You must stop and eat at the Cafe there in town. Cant miss it and will probable be bikes everywhere. The Excaliburger is my favorite! Two grilled cheese sandwiches are the buns for the burger. Ride through boxely valley and see the Elk while you are there.

The Mountain View area has great roads and Blanchard Springs makes a good stop and good camping if you like to camp.

The list is never ending.
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post #15 of 29 Old 02-22-2013, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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PM me when you in AR if you would like
We can make a day or weekend out of it.

I ride a DL1000 and my wife on a KLR650 (at least until we can afford a DL650)
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post #16 of 29 Old 02-22-2013, 02:22 PM
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oh boy, where to start

Gravel or stick to pavement?

Either way push mountain is a great afternoon ride close to mountain home. Its hard to beat. Also Hwy 5 would be a great return route.

If you are up for a day ride then head over to Oark for a bite to eat. Take Hwy 215 west out of Oark (or into it). Thats one of my favorite roads in the state. If you are up for gravel take gravel roads out or Oark. Its a must to stop and eat. Great people and great food and save room for there Amazing apple pie..... or buttermilk...... or peanut butter.......

A few riders stop from time to time.

If you have time hwy 23 the pig trail is a good ride to Eureka Springs

Hwy 7 from Harrison is a great ride that takes you through Jasper. You must stop and eat at the Cafe there in town. Cant miss it and will probable be bikes everywhere. The Excaliburger is my favorite! Two grilled cheese sandwiches are the buns for the burger. Ride through boxely valley and see the Elk while you are there.

The Mountain View area has great roads and Blanchard Springs makes a good stop and good camping if you like to camp.

The list is never ending.
I see from your profile that you're in central Arkansas. I used to spend a lot of time in Little Rock on business but have never been on the roads between there an Mountain Home. I did have lunch several times at Cotham's Merchantile in Scott. That's what Cracker Barrel always wanted to be!

Thank-you very much for the tips. From what I'd seen canoeing, Arkansas looked like a motorcyclist's heaven. You've confirmed it. Mom lives just a few blocks off Hwy 5 in Mountain Home and I've heard her talk about Push Mountain, Mountain View and Eureka Springs, but really need a biker's perspective and recommendations. You sure delivered that! Not sure yet whether we'll get down in the spring this year since the wife just had knee surgery, but we'll certainly be down in the fall. ttyl.

Dave

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post #17 of 29 Old 02-22-2013, 05:25 PM
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Its nice to see some activity on this thread.

I'll keep trying to get a Farkle day organized, but maybe we ought to just plan on a RTE as soon as the weather improves just a little.

Ozark Cafe would be just fine as it is about 2 hours from my place and makes a good lunch stop.

Also if anyone is interested, there's an organized ride out of Harrison in May - it should include GPS routes and suggested lunch stop - dinner at night for about $35 total:
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05-10-2013 to 05-12-2013

Nice to hear from you...
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post #18 of 29 Old 02-24-2013, 07:17 PM
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It is good to see some activity here. I'll second everything Arkansas said about riding in the natural state. I live in North Central Arkansas, about 40 miles east of Mt. Home. Anyone wanting info about the rides and roads in the area, pm me.

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I'm in north/central Louisiana about 50 miles south of El Dorado and am in the process of arranging a 5-6 day trip from Benton, AR. in mid to late May. So far, it will be my friend from Benton and myself. We're looking at renting a cabin at the Ozark foothills as a base and taking daily rides(weather permitting) on those loops and returning to the cabin in the evening for cleanup and food. We chose the cabin as a base so that we can take rides without all the extra luggage needed on extended range trips. I've searched online and found some fabulous cabin choices all around the foothills and further north. Some can accomodate as many as 8 people but wouldn't reccomend that. Rates are based on double occupancy and each additional person is usually only an extra $15 per night so if 4 people share a cabin, the rate per night goes down dramatically PLUS many offer a discount of a free 6th night. Interested?

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post #20 of 29 Old 02-25-2013, 02:58 AM
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It is good to see some activity here. I'll second everything Arkansas said about riding in the natural state. I live in North Central Arkansas, about 40 miles east of Mt. Home. Anyone wanting info about the rides and roads in the area, pm me.

Barry

My friend from Benton and his recently deceased wife, took a 3 day trip with my Sweetheart and I last May from Benton to Eureka Springs, over to Harrison for lodging. We rode a couple of those loops and had a blast. Now that I have my Wee set up better for comfort and performance, I'm looking to do a trip up your way for 5 to 6 days. Maybe we can meet up for a ride with you during May. Game?

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'94 Kawasaki KLX250 modded to 340cc's
'00 Yamaha YZ426F
'94 Yamaha 125 scooter
'05 Vespa E4 scooter
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