The weather was fantastic. Over the 5 days, we got 1 or 2 sprinkles, but it was hardly enough to even get us wet. Otherwise, it was sunny and around 50 degrees in the morning, warming up to the upper 70s to lower 80s during the day.
The roads in northern Arkansas are fantastic. It hardly matters which road you take, as they are all very well maintained, picturesque, and very twisty. The yellow curve warning signs are consistent, and it doesnt take long to set a pace you are comfortable with and enjoy the roller coaster. I highly recommend the Ozarks. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
A couple of months ago, I bought new camping gear for the motorcycle. I did a 1-night shake down ride a few weeks ago and I was itching to go somewhere farther and longer. My friend Mike and I started kicking around the idea of going to Arkansas. Turns out that the ST-owners were having a shin dig at Lake Dardenelle State Park near the Ozark Mountains. I asked Mike if they would allow an FJR to join the group and the reply was no problem.
So on Thursday, we left Lafayette, LA at about 12:00 noon. Mikes 2004 ST1300 is very nice all setup for touring with plenty of farkles.
I bought my 2005 FJR 7 months ago and have put 9,000 miles on it since then. Not too shabby for a weekender.
Before long, we are on the slab heading North fast. VERY fast (thank goodness for radar detectors). Mike made arrangements for us to stay in Hot Springs with his friend Gary. We just need to make 1 quick stop before we get there.
Then, its just a couple more miles to Garys. What a nice place nestled on the edge of Lake Hamilton.
Ellie welcomed us instantly.
After a couple of brewskies, we headed for dinner. Thats me, Garys wife Gay, and Gary.
Swiss and mushroom burger damn good.
Then it was back home for an early night.
Gary rides a 2004 FJR and as luck would have it, he was able to join us for the weekend.
As we get ready to head out, Ellie will be keeping an eye on things.
So I proclaimed Gary, take me to the mountains! And off we went. Nice looking bunch of bikes.
At our first stop, I get a sneak peak of where we are going.
We rode up the roller coaster to Petit Jean State Park and stopped at the Cedar Falls trail.
We are in good shape all we have is mental problems.
So down the trail we go…
The creek is running nicely this morning.
Soon we start to hear the waterfall, and its got huge flow today.
We get closer and sit a while to enjoy it. Mike decides to walk behind the fall and feel its power.
We walked back to the bikes, geared back up, and rode to Dardenelle, Arkansas for some vittles (or lunch if you are a Yankee).
Chicken Berry Salad for everyone. I treated myself to vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce. I am living like a king.
Then we rode over to Mt. Nebo State Park. The views there are spectacular.
I walked over to the other side of the vista its all good.
I caught Mike contemplating the meaning of life. He promised to share it with us whenever he figures it out.
On the other side of the mountain, the view is just as nice.
Hey Gary, are we having fun yet? Uh… that would be affirmative good buddy.
Then its a short ride to Lake Dardenelle State Park, home sweet home.
Once I settle in, I do a little bike watching. The ST1300 and the FJR are very similar bikes.
Somebodys been Dragon Slaying…
This one is gorgeous my favorite ST color by far.
Mr. Dinky brought the kitchen with him.
This guy rode down from the Twin Cities towing this wicked looking 1-wheel trailer.
Gary and I werent the only non-ST riders. Bug Doctor rides this brand new RT
This GT Beemer is a sweet looking ride. Id like to ride one of those one day.
Making new friends with adult beverages it dont get much better than this.
Italian was on the menu for dinner.
Then it was more telling lies around the fire. Bug Doctor, with all due respect, your fire making skills could use a little help he he.
My friend Gus (aka Loki) showed up about this time on his Nighthawk. He detoured on his way home from the Blue Ridge Parkway and it was nice to see him. Loki brought his laptop, so later in the evening; we watched a movie on his side case.
The next morning after breakfast, Loki packed up and headed south to go home. Mike, Gary, Griff, and I took off for the twisties.
Spring is in full bloom now and I can hardly control myself. In the valleys, the wildflowers produce a rainbow of color. Higher up, the dogwoods are peaking. What a treat.
A 1,000 miles of this. Can you say hell yeah!!!
At one stop, I decided to play around with my camera and take some high speed shots. Now lets see, what high speed can I shoot?
I like this shot of Mike.
After more roller coaster, we stop for lunch at the Ozark Café in Jasper, AR.
This is a town that time forgot.
After lunch, Gary and Griff split off and took the quicker way back to the camp. Mike and I were still itching to explore, so we headed West. Or was it East? Maybe it was South….
Edited by hppants, 09 April 2012 - 01:40 PM.