Jamie and I had set a goal this year to do more camping on the motorcycle in 2016. We retired our 10 year old REI half dome tent and bought a new larger Kelty tent. The Half dome was an awesome tent and we hope that this tent will give us another 10 years of memories. We decided to get the Kelty Discovery 4 tent. It is designed for 4 people where our half dome tent was designed for only 2. The size and weight are almost the same so we are excited to have more room.
We posted a quick over night trip on Facebook and instagram to see if anyone wanted to join us a on a quick trip to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. The lodge is newly renovated and it afforded us a place to eat that was near by the camp sites. The bathrooms and showers are also very good. It is a nice place to get away.
Fred, Randy and Rob joined us. It was a good sized group. We started the journey by meeting up at the local Starbucks on Saturday morning. The gang all showed up around 7:30. We enjoyed our coffee and even got to meet a couple that also rode and enjoyed traveling. I can't remember their names, but did give them the address to the blog, so hopefully they check it out and post a comment. Jamie and I thought they were very interesting and would be fun to hang out with. I love this about the motorcycle. People are always friendly and wanting to chat about the journeys.
We headed out and the weather could not have been better. it was a little chilly, but the sun came out and the day was beautiful. We took the long way to the camp site including a nice ride down the Talimena Scenic Parkway. The road on the Oklahoma side is not very good but Arkansas saves the day as usual. We arrived around 1:30. We set up camp and then headed to the lodge for a nice lunch. The camping at the lodge is good and the area is very nice.
Jamie and I went for a little ride after lunch. We went into Mena as we had to get another air mattress as we forgot one. We also rode around looking to find some wine. We were out of luck in the wine department. We have to remember that some of Arkansas is very very dry.
We had dinner at the lodge and watched a few minutes of the March Madness games. We then set out for camp as Fred was building an excellent fire. The wind was blowing, so we did not stay out as long as we wanted. The night was good. It was windy, but the temps only dropped to the mid 40's so it was nice sleeping weather.
We got up early on Easter morning. The sun was out, the wind was clam and it was a great morning. This changed quickly. We knew some weather was approaching so we wanted to make sure to break camp before it arrived. We went down for breakfast. We watched as the front moved in, the wind started to blow hard and the temperatures dropped a good 20 degrees.
We got off the hill just in time. It was warmer in Mena and it was a very ride into Idabel Ok. We stopped and had dinner at the Catfish King. It has always been a favorite of ours. As always the fish was good and the conversation even better.
Jamie and I got home around 4pm. We logged 550 miles and enjoyed our weekend of camping. Now we just need to plan a longer trip. We sure love the moto camping thing. Let's Ride! - Click here to see all of the pictures.