Arkansas!!!!

  • August 29, 2014 · 5:00 PM

Arkansas....leave Friday afternoon August 29th, spend the night in Joplin MO, then head out all day Saturday and Sunday riding through southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas.  Ride home Monday morning (labor day). 

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  • Stephanie Kidder (.

    Don't mean to bring this back up.... what part of Arkansas? I live southeast of little rock now... wanna join you for some next year.. if u wanna hit new roads, I can offer my place to a couple of you :-)

    November 9

    • Gary V.

      Stephanie: I've only been on one Arkansas trip so my info is limited. But my rough guess would be that we didn't go much further south in Arkansas than Russellville or Hot Springs (both close to Little Rock). We also rode in northern Missouri but probably not any further north than Springfield. Overall it was a large enough area to do 730 miles between Saturday and Sunday.

      November 10

    • Gary V.

      Stephanie: That should say we rode in southern Missouri not northern Missouri.

      November 18

  • Gary V.

    Did anyone take any pictures during the trip?

    1 · September 3

    • Dennis S.

      No problem. BTW, I did not intend to cover up your 300. Next time I'll take more pictures.

      September 5

    • Gary V.

      Dennis - No pictures of the Ninja 300 - no problem. I had it half covered up with my jacket and other gear anyway.

      September 5

  • Dick D.

    It was a great ride; Just in did a great job finding great roads and we all made it back safely!
    (Gary--it was great riding with you, I hope you'll join us again often!)

    September 2

    • Dennis S.

      Gary - It was good riding with you. I hope I didn't slow you down too much.

      September 2

    • Gary V.

      Dennis - Not a chance of that. I was quite happy to follow you during a couple of sessions. It was hard work to just keep you in sight so no worries about slowing me down.

      September 3

  • Dick D.

    Well said--I like that! I copied that for a future quote!!

    September 2

    • Gary V.

      Dick - I don't know if it feels that way on a larger bike, but on a small bike it sure does.

      September 2

  • Gary V.

    I described the trip to a couple of buddies of mine like this - one part race track, one part roller coaster, one part sky diving and one part Olympic bob sledding blended together with steroids, cocaine and gun powder. I think that pretty well sums up the intensity.

    September 2

  • Stephanie Kidder (.

    Glad you all are safe!! Travel back safely if ur not already back yet.... :-)

    September 1

  • Bob

    Good trip with a couple "minor" exceptions. lol

    September 1

  • Dennis S.

    Great roads and a great ride.

    1 · September 1

  • Dennis S.

    Great roads and a great ride.

    September 1

  • Gary V.

    Hey Guys: What a trip.! The roads in Arkansas certainly lived up to their pre-event publicity. This was a real highlight of my motorcycling adventures. I can't wait to do it again. Thanks for making me feel welcome!

    1 · September 1

  • Dick D.

    Unless it's raining pitchforks & axe handles--literally--I'll be riding to Joplin this afternoon.

    1 · August 29

  • Gary V.

    Bob / Dennis / Dick: My plan at this point is to keep an eye on the weather and push back my departure time from early tomorrow morning until later in the day. I think I'll also drive down and tow the bike. That'll give me the most accurate picture of the weather and also keep me dry on the way down there and back. If the weather on Saturday turns out to be worse than expected, it gives me the options to head home rather than sit in the hotel while waiting it out.

    August 28

    • Bob

      Justin said he is joining you and Dick for the ride down. Still a Friday decision for me, and it is totally based on the weather along the route to Joplin on Friday, and the weather along the route back to Omaha on Sunday. I could care less about the weather during the actual ride....a little rain here and there might actually be fun and cool us off.

      August 28

    • Dennis S.

      Bob and Gary -- Whatever you decide, keep us posted so we know what your plans are.

      August 29

  • Dick D.

    Ive been wet before. It's just water.

    1 · August 26

    • Dennis S.

      Sorry Bob. My post was supposed to be after Gary's, but thunderstorms are definitely a different story than just rain.

      August 28

    • Bob

      No worries Dennis! The only thing I am mad at is the weather. lol

      1 · August 28

  • Bob

    Who's staying with who? I haven't reserved rooms because I am waiting to see if a friend is able to go or not. We will share a room if he is able to make it, if not, is there anyone else open?

    July 30

    • Gary V.

      Bob - Have you determined if you're returning to Omaha on Sunday or Monday?

      August 25

    • Bob

      Yep, I have to head back on Sunday, I was planning on riding about a half day Sunday then break off and take a more direct route towards home. I figured since we are already down south in Russelleville, we will be working our way back northwest anyways.

      August 25

  • Bob

    I think we are all set for next weekend. I believe Justin was interested in riding down with Dick and Dennis, sounds like Gary will be leaving early and meeting everyone in Joplin. I am leaving early too and will meet everyone in Joplin. Gary, when you get a chance will you ship me your phone number so I can get a hold of you in Joplin Friday night? Should be a good weekend of riding!

    August 22

  • Dick D.

    I'm fine staying in Joplin again on Sunday

    August 18

    • Bob

      Ran into Justin Tabor yesterday, he said he is coming too.

      August 21

    • Dick D.

      Great news--haven't ridden w. Justin since March!

      August 21

  • Dick D.

    Dennis & I are rooming together; I think Justin may join us & crash on the floor. If no one trailers--maybe stay at Mountain Home Sunday--or closer if everyone wants a shorter day on Monday.

    July 30

    • Dick D.

      No set times--probably breakfast at 7:30, rolling by 8-8:30, stop late afternoon. We've occasionally ridden into early evening, but that's kind of rare. Plan on 3-400 miles on Sat & Sun.

      July 31

    • Bob

      Dick, have we decided on a Sunday night location? Are we going to try and make it back to Joplin?

      August 4

  • Bob

    I think labor day weekend is going to work, not sure about riding down or using a trailer yet. Has anyone checked the hotel availability yet?

    July 20

    • Bob

      Hah...I just saw your comment about room for one bike. No worries!

      July 26

    • Gary V.

      Bob - My tow vehicle is an STi with a big hood scoop and rear wing. Cars like that can be a magnet for trouble.

      July 26

  • Dick D.

    I made a reservation--one room--at the Quality Inn in Russellville for Saturday 8/30. I think there are probably PLENTY of options in Russellville.

    July 23

    • Bob

      So, Joplin Friday, Russellville Saturday, have we decided where on Sunday? Preferably as close to home as possible, getting back early Monday would be nice.

      July 23

    • Bob

      Although, if a couple of us trailer down, I suppose we will have to stay Sunday night the same place we stay Friday night. lol

      July 23

  • Dick D.

    Dennis & I are thinking Friday 8/29 in Joplin; Saturday 8/30 in E. Springs (or Harrison, Mountain Home, etc.)-Maybe 8/21 in Theodosia MO and then home on 9/1. Who's in?

    July 20

    • Dennis S.

      Yep, that'll work. Is a route in the works or do you have one in mind?

      July 21

  • Gary V.

    Dick - Are you thinking of leaving after work on Friday or earlier in the day? Are you riding down or is somebody towing?

    July 20

    • Dick D.

      Usually I 29

      July 20

    • Gary V.

      Dick - I'd probably take Friday off and start the ride early in the day on the Ninja 300. I'd take the slow route down Highway 73/75 to Topeka and then head over to KC to visit a buddy of mine. I'd leave KC later in the afternoon and head to Joplin. I'd meet you guys in Joplin.

      July 20

  • Gary V.

    Dick - How much gear do you take for a weekend on the bike? Do you just bungee a bag to the tail of the bike? (Obviously I don't have any experience with overnight trips on a bike.)

    July 20

    • Dick D.

      I'll take a tank bag and a tail pack. You'll probably want rain gear--a pair of jeans & sneakers so you can change out of your riding gear-- t-shirts, underwear etc. Don't forget any prescription drugs you take, cell phone charger, tool kit if you have one.

      July 20

    • Gary V.

      Dick - I've got some soft saddlebags for the Ninja 300. I'll just have to get those mounted. Those plus a tail bag should go a long ways towards my storage requirements.

      July 20

  • Eric

    I'm out. Planning on hitting the BS rally there Sept. 5-7. Have fun and ride safe, see some of you down there at the rally.

    July 19

  • Gary V.

    Labor Day weekend might work for me and I'd be interested in doing the Arkansas trip. I'd also be interested in being part of the slower "B" group.

    As you firm up details will you post dates, hotels, etc.?

    Getting hotels on Labor Day weekend might be a challenge.

    Gary

    July 18

  • Kao

    Remember Bull Shoals rally is on Sept 5/6 which means we would be leaving either on the 3rd or 4th. Just saying you might get a little beat up coming back on the 1st and leaving again on the 3rd.

    July 18

  • Dick D.

    hmm--could do Labor Day without even taking a vacation day...down Friday night, back on Monday---

    July 17

    • Dennis S.

      That sounds pretty good to me.

      July 18

  • Bob

    Okay...looking at either the weekend of August 16th, or the weekend of 30th (which is labor day weekend). Thoughts?

    July 17

  • Bob

    Looking like it might have to be in August.....hopefully it isn't too hot. Maybe start kicking around some August dates that people are open.

    July 9

  • Eric

    So...any more progress on this?

    June 23, 2014

    • Bob

      Not yet, talking to a couple people who are trying to nail down open dates. Hopefully will know soon.

      June 24, 2014

  • Bob

    3 skilled riders went down last year in Arkansas, the technical difficulty is greater than the Loess hills ride by a long shot. This will be a fast group, especially if the ride is only a day and a half instead of 2 full days, which it is looking more likely.

    June 17, 2014

    • Bob

      Justin T. was saying maybe leave Friday morning, ride half a day Friday on the good roads, then all day Saturday, come back Sunday.

      June 18, 2014

    • Eric

      Ah ok

      June 19, 2014

  • Eric

    Keep in mind you'll want new or close to new rubber - we'll likely average around 300 miles a day and the roads are tight and technical with rough chipseal so you'll have accelerated wear and dealers are few and far between. Also please write/print your information (name, dob, emergency contact, health and auto insurance info, etc.) and keep it on you in case of a wreck.

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • Eric

    10th-13th or 24th-27th are all I've got open. Either way, if you need them I've still got the routes we did last year on Google.

    June 12, 2014

    • Dennis S.

      I think I could make 24th-27th work.

      June 12, 2014

    • Stephanie Kidder (.

      Im open to both. But i think if my 600gsxr is ready ill be taking that. :-)

      June 12, 2014

  • Gary V.

    Bob - I can't make it in July due to work commitments. But I'd be interested in an August or September trip (once again depending upon work commitments).

    Gary

    June 11, 2014

  • Bob

    Sorry, my description was kind of confusing...by 2 day ride I meant full days of riding, using Thursday night to get there and Sunday morning to get home. If people can only do 1 day of riding, that's okay too.

    June 11, 2014

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