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post #21 of 85 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 11:11 AM
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I've ridden Push Mtn road twice, years ago and a few years between even. And the first time I was on my GL1500 so that almost doesn't count. I have enjoyed a lot of other roads there for sure and the time I was there on the 15, I kept riding west the morning I had to get going for home because the roads were just so good up there in the north west area of the state. Ended up being more than 800 miles home that day but I didn't regret a thing. I guess since I rode Push Mtn the same direction both times I need to get back there and ride it each direction again. I do love the roads in western NC and eastern TN and that's closer for me as well. What to do?
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post #22 of 85 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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I've ridden Push Mtn road twice, years ago and a few years between even. And the first time I was on my GL1500 so that almost doesn't count. I have enjoyed a lot of other roads there for sure and the time I was there on the 15, I kept riding west the morning I had to get going for home because the roads were just so good up there in the north west area of the state. Ended up being more than 800 miles home that day but I didn't regret a thing. I guess since I rode Push Mtn the same direction both times I need to get back there and ride it each direction again. I do love the roads in western NC and eastern TN and that's closer for me as well. What to do?
I know, decisions, decisions?

I don't really mean this the way it sounds, but when you get retired you can do it all! well, maybe a little ...

I have plans to attend the Spring Darkside Ride In. There are some great roads in that area as well.

But, one thing we have in Arkansas. A guy can get out on one of our very good rural twisty roads and not see another vehicle for miles. Or like donniejoe stated, you might see a pickup truck or two. In my book, that is the ticket!!
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Vaguely remember it that way too. It's just that it's a bunch farther and the closer roads are too good not to repeat and repeat also. But yes, I am looking forward to retirement and riding every good road in AR for sure.
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I ran up 7 and 123 to Mt. Judea yesterday. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the temps were in the 70's. I then ran 74 to Jasper, then 7 south back to Russellville. The roads were all good and ready to ride. There is one construction zone still active, near Pelsor. It will be completed in 60 days I'd guess. No reason to avoid 7 now.

The blackberry cobbler and ice cream is still good at the Cliff House.
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I ran up 7 and 123 to Mt. Judea yesterday. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the temps were in the 70's. I then ran 74 to Jasper, then 7 south back to Russellville. The roads were all good and ready to ride. There is one construction zone still active, near Pelsor. It will be completed in 60 days I'd guess. No reason to avoid 7 now.

The blackberry cobbler and ice cream is still good at the Cliff House.
Thank you!!! been wondering if they did a bunch of road treatment after our last little bit of snow. Sounds like not!!

Looks like I may run up that way tomorrow. Right now my plan is to run highway 21, 43 up to Harrison, then 7, 74 and 123 back. Will report back here on what I see.

Hopefully, more good road conditions.

Trying to decide if I want to try the lower part of 123 to find out if it is any better?
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I was through those areas about a month ago. It was great no matter which way you turn. There is some construction on Hwy 7 in several locations to widen and resurface. Dealing with the road snakes is just a way of life. Just know what they are when you see them and before you commit to a path through them.
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My wife and I made it to Oark for lunch and a piece of peanut �� butter pie and then ate blackened snapper at the Cliff House yesterday (Saturday). Had another great quick NW Arkansas trip.
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Thank you!!! been wondering if they did a bunch of road treatment after our last little bit of snow. Sounds like not!!

Looks like I may run up that way tomorrow. Right now my plan is to run highway 21, 43 up to Harrison, then 7, 74 and 123 back. Will report back here on what I see.

Hopefully, more good road conditions.

Trying to decide if I want to try the lower part of 123 to find out if it is any better?
16 between Brashears and Deer is great. 21 North from Clarksville to 16 is good too. I'd like to know about 123 between Lamar and Pelsor. Just looking from 7 there was still a bunch of chipped stone on it.
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Route for today. Will report further after I've had something to eat.

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Wow, first day of Spring and it was 85 degrees in northern Arkansas. I managed to get in 303 miles for the day.

All the roads on the route in the previous post are good. No winter maintenance stuff to get in the way of having a good time!

Did not see a single deer, although I did have a near miss with a kamikaze squirrel up on highway 21.

Saw several vehicles with boats loaded on the roof. I guess with Spring Break in full swing they are taking advantage of the nice weather on some of our rivers. Because of that kind of stuff, I wanted to stay off the roads that are more heavily traveled.

On the way back from Harrison, I had full intention of taking the lower section of highway 123. But when I saw all the gravel mentioned by @donniejoe I found myself taking a left turn on highway 16 rather than a right on 123.

Really enjoyed the day. Blue sky, very little wind, nice temps and very little traffic.

Guess we will just have to wait on a report regarding the lower section of highway 123.
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