Sunday, April 29, 2018

Is this heaven? No it is Arkansas! Ozark Escape

The riding season has finally arrived. The weather for the weekend was forecast to be the best three days in a long time. Let's Ride. 

I could hardly contain myself on Thursday as the clock seemed stuck for several hours. I left the store around 2P, headed to the house, got my gear on and hit the road. Even taking my time and not slabbing it, I was sitting at the hotel in Harrison around 4:30PM. While checking in,  I met Barbara and Steve from Tulsa Oklahoma. They had seen the ride on the MSTA facebook page and decided to join us. I was glad they tagged along. 

I asked the kind lady behind the counter if she had seen Yeeha yet. She looked into her handy dandy computer and gave me the news that he did not have a room reserved. Well I knew he had signed up so that was rather odd. After I checked in, I gave him a call. The news was not very good. He had brought his RS up via his trailer and had already been to the hotel. The bad news was, some how the RS wanted to play dead (fell over) and broke one of the cases. Yeeha had already reloaded the RS on the trailer and was headed back to Ft Worth. He did say that he would go home get his RT and he would see us Friday before dinner. Now that is a dedicated dude right there

Another Rider named Bob joined us as well. He was from the Kansas City area. And that's all I got to say about that. (said in my best forrest gump voice). We headed over to the Neighbor's Mill for dinner. If you are ever in the area, this is a must. Great food and a cool environment. 

As with every trip on the bike, PIE is a must. The Mill did not disappoint. I took it to go and headed back to the hotel. We chatted a little longer, getting to know each other and had our dessert. It was not a late night, as we were all tired from the day. The weather looked to be great for our Friday ride. 

Friday morning came as my alarm went off around 6:30am. I looked out the window of my hotel room. I could feel the smile spread across my face. It was looking like a beautiful day was ahead. It had been a while since I had ridden in Arkansas and to say I was a little excited was a true understatement. 

We had breakfast at the Mill and then headed out. We spent the morning doing the Arkansas shuffle. First was 7, then to Jasper, over to 74 across to 123, then 16... yes we were hitting all of the cool stuff. We did Push Mountain twice and just enjoyed a FANTASTIC day in the saddle. 

The only thing missing was my beautiful pillion. I was hoping that she would get to ride with me over this weekend. However she missed the trip for a very good reason. It was Prom weekend and our girl Megan needed some mom help to be prepared

Friday evening saw the arrival of the DFW gang. Rick, Robert and Yeeha joined us. We went over and had a great dinner and just caught up. It had been a while since I had got to spend some time with the gang. I don't really miss North Texas (except for my wife and daughter) but I do miss my moto friends. This was a much needed fix. 

Saturday morning greeted us with sunshine and promises of a great day of riding. It would not disappoint. We had another rider join us today. Bill came over from the Fayettville area to ride with us. He and his wife Gayla are the presidents of the Arkansas MSTA chapter. Gayle could not make it but I look forward to riding with her as well. Bill rolled into town on Saturday morning. I met him for a quick cup of coffee while he had a little breakfast. 

After we got back to the hotel, and all of the introductions were complete, we hit the road. Today we rode around Bull Shoals, did the ferry thing, rode some fun roads in Missouri, enjoyed each others company and did another lap on Push Mountain. I forgot to mention lunch. We had some tasty pizza at Bush's Pizza on Bull Shoals. It was worth the wait!

Bill broke off and headed home as the rest of us headed back to Harrison. We enjoyed a nice steak dinner with a couple of adult beverages that evening. It was a great way to end the day. It was a day of telling stories, getting to know new friends and reconnecting with old ones. The weather was AMAZING! It stayed cool enough where the gear was nice to have on but not unbearable. If the weather would stay like this for the next 3 months, life would be so good! Yes I am greedy. 

Sunday is get away day. The DFW gang was headed back to Texas. Barbara and Steve headed back to Tulsa and I took the long way home to Joplin. We said our goodbyes and parted ways. I can't wait to ride with the DFW gang again real soon. 

Barbara, Steve and myself headed down to Granny Kitchen in Huntsville Arkansas. I had messaged a long time friend to see if he could join us for breakfast. I have known Paul for many years,  12+ and it is always great seeing him. The good news is, Jamie and I will get to see him more often as he lives in the Spingdale area. We will be neighbors soon. We enjoyed a good breakfast and even better conversation. This was a wonderful way to close out this weekend. After breakfast, I said my goodbyes to Barbara and Steve. I look forward to riding with them again real soon. Great people and we got to share some interesting stories. I am looking forward to being closer to Paul. We will get to spend more time together and get some riding in real soon. 

I took some fun roads home to Joplin. Love the fact that I can be home in a few hours from such great riding in Arkansas. I am really looking forward to Jamie joining me in NorthWest Arkansas. 

On a back road I was reminded of my days in Texas as a steer greeted me, as I was making my way home. Until next time everyone! Ride safe! - You can see all of the pictures here. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

11 Days until the Ozark Escape - April 26-29, 2018

Our trip to Arkansas is fast approaching. We have 6 bikes enrolled at this time. I rode some of the route this week. Its going to be a great weekend of riding. You can read all about it and sign up here

If you have any questions please contact me here

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Harrison Arkansas - Ozark Escape April 26-29, 2018

There has been a need to change our destination for the upcoming Ozark Escape ride. There was an issue with the Edelweiss Inn. Unfortunately the rooms had not been reserved as discussed with ownership, so we will need to make adjustments. Eureka Springs is playing host to the MidAmerica 02 Fest. That same weekend. ALL hotels are booked in Eureka Springs. This is the 18th gathering of BMW autos celebrating the 50th anniversary of the BMW 2002. So it is a packed house. The good news is we will be avoiding the crowd. The bad news is we need to call an audible. So what do we do? We adjust, we move on and most of all we HAVE FUN! Let's try this again. 

Harrison Arkansas - Ozark Escape
April 26 - 29, 2018

The following hotel has been set up to be our host
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
117 Highway 43 East

Harrison Arkansas

***Ask for the "Bikers Rate" and you will get the room for $98.99 per night.**

This location has been reserved and is ready to take our reservations. This location is centrally located and lends itself to getting to the good roads "quicker" than riding from the Eureka Springs area. 

April 26 - Thursday

This is a day to get to the event. Rick Butler will be leading a ride from the North Texas / DFW area. Stay tuned for more details about starting location and routes. 

April 27 - Friday

Breakfast at the Ozark Cafe in Jasper to start the day. We will then take on Mt Judea, 123 then stop for a quick break at Sand Gap. We will get back on the road and wind our way over to 16 to Witt Springs before finishing our morning in the quaint town of Mountain View. We will have lunch at PJ's Rainbow Cafe. After getting our fill we get to tackle one of the best roads in Arkansas. That is right folks... we will do Push Mountain, AR14 before heading back to Harrison. Dinner will not be a planned event. 

April 28 - Saturday

You will have the choice to ride the area or make your way to beautiful Eureka Springs to spend your Saturday

If you want to ride the route can be downloaded here. We will start off the day with breakfast in Harrison at theNeighborhood Diner. Then over to Peel's Ferry before having lunch at Bush's Pizza in Bull Shoals. Push Mountain will again be on the agenda before making our way back to Harrison around 4pm. This will give everyone plenty of time to get cleaned up and ready for dinner. Tentative plans are for dinner to be at 6:30PM. Stay tuned for more details. We will be eating at Colton's Steakhouse right by the hotel. 

April 29 - Sunday
The ride home. All good things come to an end!
REMEMBER to ask for the "Biker Rate" This will allow you to get the room for $98.99 per night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Harrison. 

Want to join the ride? Click here to sign up! Don't Delay!