Sunday, July 02, 2006

No Rain just great riding on Day #2.

After the weather we had on the previous day, the sun was greeted with many smiles. I had planned a 250 Mile day of great arkansas roads and lunch at Mt Nebo. This was not on the original plan, but Paul mentioned it and we are so glad that he did. It was a fabulous day.

Day break at camp.. wow the sun does shine in Arkansas..

We all met up at the lodge and had breakfast before heading down the beautiful 14 miles of twisty road to Mena fo gas. After that we had a last minute "Ride your own ride" pep talk and off we went.

getting gas for the days ride ahead.

I think one of the best things about these trips is the friendships built while on them. We all had a great time and I think some friendships were made. We stopped at a small town subway and got lunch before heading up to Mt Nebo. The road up there is some of the most technical riding that I have ever done. Deals gap had nothing on these switchbacks. We all made it safe and sound and the view was awesome. Again thanks to Paul for sharing this little spot with us.

Subway stop for lunch before heading up to Mt Nebo

Mt Nebo was beautiful. If they would not have put a nuclear power plant down in the valley the view would have been breath taking.


Thanks again Paul, you always know of the coolest places.

We can't take Dave anywhere.. Thank GOD Rob was there to save the day.

Who says that guys that ride motorcycles are sexy?? This group might prove otherwise..

I hate heights, but this was a great shot..

We rode up about a mile further to see the other side of the valley. We came across a nice lady that took a group photo. She must have taken 8 pictures as we all wanted her to take one. She was very nice and not too bad to look at either.

The gang, what a fun time we had

Robs new bike..

Paul beautiful Bonnie...

Our pretty picture taker.

Here are a couple of pictures of the wonderful roads, as we headed back to camp. It was a warm ride back to camp, but not all bad.




We got back to camp and everyone freshened up and then I started to cook. It was not a huge spread just hamburgers and brats, but everyone seemed to get thier fill and a good time was had by all. Tom from Houston was a little late as he wanted to ride the skyway one more time before he left. That was a great idea. As he might be moving and might not get another chance.

We should have cooked this guy ..

Sitting around enjoying our stories of the bear.

Pete made some dutch oven cobbler, that was mighty tasty.

The Bear Story..

Sitting around the camp site, all of the group decided to give me and Jamie a hard time about the bear that we saw. Earlier in the day we were coming up from Mena to the lodge, Jamie and I rounded a corner and to our right was a bear. Not 20 yards from us, this beautiful bear stood up we spooked him and he ran off. When we all got back to the camp ground Jamie and I were so excited to tell everyone about the bear. The problem is no one else saw the bear so they started to kid us about making the bear up. Hence all of the bear refrences in these posts. hehehe

Day 3 and back to big D !

We got up and had a nice breakfast, then headed back to town. We stopped at a few of the lookouts as it was a great view compared to the fog and rain that we saw on the first day riding up. It was a great trip and I think I can speak for everyone that we all had a great time.

Dave and his trophy..

The views are awesome up there, when you can see them.

Jamie and Traci were a big help as they drove the truck with all of the big tents and food.

Dave and Traci thought it was easier to lay the bike on its side to get off at one stop, hence the broken turn signal.

Check out that dragon fly I killed..

The group and the bikes at one scenic spot.

Till next time everyone stay safe and remember that the next tip is right around the corner.

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