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Day 6 – Harrison, AR Motorcycle Ride: Bull Shoals & Mountain View Ride Combined (207 miles)

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Today is day 6 of our Harrison, AR motorcycle ride. It rained last night and was still sprinkling this morning at 6:00. The roads were still really wet. The rain was to move out of the area by this morning. I was a little concerned about riding twisty wet roads that none of us had ridden before. We left a little later this morning, sometime before 9:00, hoping the roads would dry some. There were a few clouds lingering around and it was a bit cooler because of the rain but the roads were dry, for the most part. The sun soon was out and the temperature climbed into the mid-80’s by the end of the ride.

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Ivan, Larry C. Alfred & Larry T at Bull Shoals Dam

I combined the Bull Shoals and Mountain View rides. Because we had so many issues with the GPS miss-routing us on the earlier day’s rides I came up with a backup plan. Combining old and new school, I wrote the directions on a piece of paper for Janet to refer to and verify where the GPS was directing us. This worked really well. The GPS did try to take us on a different route on a couple of occasions. We just ignored the GPS and rode the ride as I had planned it.

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White River down stream from Bull Shoals Dam

On the Bull Shoals ride we rode Hwy 65/412/62 to Bellefonte where we turned left onto Hwy 412/62. Hwy 412/62 goes to Yelleville. Just before Yelleville we turned left on Hwy 202. Hwy 202 took us to Flippin where we took Hwy 178 to Bull Shoals Dam.

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James Gaston Visitor Center from Bull Shoals Dam

The ride to Bull Shoals Dam we rode through beautiful scenic farm land, across Crooked Creek to Bull Shoals Dam. At the dam we stopped to stretch our legs and take some scenic pictures. Just above the dam was the Bull Shoals-White River State Park James Gaston Visitors Center. We rode up there to tour the center and use the facilities… The Visitor Center had many interesting displays about the history and ecology of the lake. From the observation deck there was a nice view of Bull Shoals Dam, Bull Shoals Lake and the White River. Great photo opts.

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Stream by the Country Kitchen Restaurant in Yellville

We continued down Hwy 178 to Hwy 126 back to Hwy 412/62 at Gassville. From Gassvile we rode to Yellville where we ate lunch at the Country Kitchen. After lunch we took a few pictures of the stream by the County Kitchen and then walked down to a biker gift shop that was closed. We did get a picture of Larry C. on his dream machine.

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Larry C. on his dream machine…

From Yellville we turned left on Hwy 14 and rode to Mountain View, riding through Harriet, Big Flat and Fifty Six.

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In Mountain View we stopped for ice cream. Larry C. can never pass up a chance to eat ice cream. It was a nice break. We need to come back and explore Mountain View some other time when we have more time, as it looked to be an interesting little town with a quaint and charming historic square with unique shops and places to eat.

From Mountain View we turned right onto Hwy 66 to Leslie. At Leslie we turned right onto Hwy 65 which took us back to Harrison and the end of our ride.

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Today ended our time in Harrison. In the pasted three days we have ridden some of the most scenic motorcycle roads in the Arkansas and enjoyed meeting some very friendly and interesting people along the way. My one regret is that I did not plan more stops on our rides. We hope to return one day and spend more time exploring the area.

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Stuck behind a logging truck.

Tomorrow we will say goodbye to our riding friends, Larry C, Larry T, Shirley T and Alfred. They will be heading home to Alabama and Georgia. Too bad we can’t ride together more often.

If you want to follow us on the other days of our trip click the links below…

Ride introduction…
Day 1 – Georgetown, TX to Bowie, TX via scenic FM 4. (250 miles)
Day 2 – Bowie, TX to Wewoka, OK to Holden, OK  (193 miles)
Day 3 – Holden, OK to Harrison, AR  (263 miles)
Day 4 – Ride 1 out of Harrison, AR  
Day 5 – Ride 2 out of Harrison, AR  (120 miles)
Day 7 – Harrison, AR to Jessieville, AR (149 miles)
Day 8, 9 & 10 – Jessieville, AR to Scroggins, TX to home

Day 3 Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007

187 Miles – Terlingua, Santa Elena Canyon, Chisos Basin, Boquillas Canyon, Terlingua (all in Big Bend)

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Santa Elena Canyon in background from Burro Mesa Pour-off

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Day 3 Route

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Today was a full day in Big Bend. The day started off cool and over cast but the sun soon was out and it was rather warm (hot) when we were near the river (lower elevation). Big Bend is just starting to bloom so we took lots of pictures of flowers. The blooms probably would have been better next week but they were still nice. Our first stop was at the Nail Ranch. Not a ranch any more just the remains of what was the home. It was a chance to stretch our legs a bit and take pictures. From there we rode to the Burro Mesa Pour-off. Took many pictures of the blooming cactus. Janet got this neat picture (see above) of bikes with Santa Elena Canyon in the background. The air was cool and crisp and it felt great. From there it was on to the Castolon Visitor Center where we took a rest stop and got a snack since it was a while before we would be eating lunch. From there it was on to Santa Elena Canyon and it was already hot there. Janet and I have never been there when it wasn’t hot. It was hot but the views were worth it. We took our time there and took lots more pictures. There was a couple canoeing up the Canyon. It looked like fun and I’m sure they got to see even more of the canyon. From there it was on to Chisos Basin and cooler temperatures (higher elevation… 5401 feet) to eat lunch. On the way we stopped at Mule Ears Viewpoint. The ride up to Chisos Basin is really pretty but steep with tight curves. It is a stark contrast to the scenery below. At 4500 feet the first tall trees begin to appear. Higher up you see junipers, small oaks and pinyon pines. Arizona pine, Douglas fir, Arizona cypress, quaking aspen and bigtooth maple are the last remnants of the ice age… Chiso basin is my favorite part of Big Bend. I had originally tried to get reservations at the Chisos Basin Lodge for this trip but you need to make reservations about a year in advance… so we ended up staying in Terlingua instead.

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The motley crew at Santa Elena Canyon. Shirley, Larry T, Gary, Larry C, Jo, Janet & Ivan

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Rio Grande at Boquillas Canyon

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Boquillas Canyon

After lunch we rode to Panther Junction for gas. Because of the 45 MPH speed limit inside the park and little to no wind we all got around 50 miles per gallon. It was getting quite hot by the time we rode to Boquillas Canyon. You have to hike about 0.7 miles to get to the canyon so the girls opted out because of the heat. The worst part of the hike was the first part up a steep path but was easier and cooler as we got down to the river and canyon. From there it was back to Panther Junction. When we got to Panther Junction the headquarters was closed but the restrooms were still open and there was cold water to drink from the fountain. From there we rode back to the Mission Lodge for a well deserved rest.

 

 

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Panther Junction

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Yucca at Chisos Basin with Mt. Casa Grande in background

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Curious Road Runner at Chisos Basin

Links to the other days of our ride…

Day 1 – 259 miles – Georgetown, Fredericksburg, Ozona
Day 2 – 257 miles – Ozona, Ft. Stockton, Alpine, Terlingua
Day 4 – 182 miles – Terlingua, Presidio, Marfa, Alpine
Day 5 – 188 miles – Alpine, Ft Davis, loop 166, Ft Stockton
Day 6 – 165 miles – Ft Stockton, Big Lake, San Angelo
Day 7 – 195 Miles – San Angelo, Llano, Georgetown

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