Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place to do it

We are a nation of achievers. That’s a good thing when it comes to growth, innovation and progress—after all, it wasn’t people sitting around fanning themselves and binge-watching television who put us on the moon or gave us smartphones. But it turns out that all this achievement may be taking a toll on our health. … Source: Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place … [Read more...]

Iron Bicycles and Buffalo Soldiers | Dirt Rag

An interesting article on early bicycle adoption by the U.S. military. It's also appropriate reading during Black History Month. A great story from Dirt Rag Magazine. In 1896, the bicycle was cutting-edge technology. European armies were quick to adopt this new invention. The first known use of the bicycle in combat occurred during the so-called “Jameson Raid,” preceding the Second Boer War … [Read more...]

OZ Trails

From the Oz Trails Blog. One of the great things about Arkansas (other than super-sweet trails), ALL YEAR RIDING! We are very fortunate to have year-round riding here in the Ozark Mountains. While we do experience cold temperatures in January/February, they usually don’t stick around very long. For example, it is 71 degrees as I type this! The forecast is in the 60’s for the rest of this week and … [Read more...]

Bikepacking the Arkansas Trans America Trail – Bikepacker

Proof we live in a state of adventure. Here is a great article on a bikepacking trip on the Arkansas portion of the Trans America Trail. In hindsight, it’s quite obvious I started my bikepacking trip on the Arkansas section of the Trans America Trail with a lot of misconceptions.  I began with misconceptions about the terrain and natural beauty of parts of the state, misconceptions about the … [Read more...]

Ten of the Best Places to Paddle on National Forests – National Forest Foundation

You would expect the nations first National River to show up on the list of the ten best places to paddle. In 2013, we posted a blog called “14 Best Places to Canoe and Kayak on National Forests.” Two years later, it’s still one of our most popular blogs. We thought we should add a few gems we missed and highlight some of the other best places to paddle on our National Forests. Source: Ten of … [Read more...]

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Taking a Date Climbing | Outside Online

Interested in a climbing date in central Arkansas? Check out Friday Cheap Date Night at Little Rock Climbing Center. That said, it is really obvious to spot the awkward first dates taking place. Typically, the duo is wearing rental harnesses, flat rental shoes with socks, and in some cases, helmets. If the date is going well, there is a lot of banter and positive encouragement taking place. The … [Read more...]

Weekend Plans: Buffalo River Bronze Backs | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media

Looks like they are finding out about us. Great article from Kayak Angler Magazine: Stunning limestone bluffs separate the river from the sky. The crystal clear stream is full of wild fish that fight like demons. I feel like I’m in a beer commercial on a high-mountain stream, but I’m fishing the Buffalo National River near St. Joe, Arkansas. Spend the day floating the Buffalo and you’ll … [Read more...]

University of Arkansas Earns Silver Level Bicycle Friendly University Award | University of Arkansas

Congrats to the University of Arkansas on their Silver Level Bicycle Friendly University Award. Obviously part of the top five best places to live ranking for the City of Fayetteville. “This designation as a Bicycle Friendly University is a great validation of recent efforts,” said Eric Boles, director of the Office for Sustainability. “Moving forward, the University of Arkansas will have … [Read more...]

Adventure Arkansas: 12th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge

Some local media coverage of the grand event. For this week’s Adventure Arkansas I traveled to Red Star, AR to the 12th Annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. The OORC or Ozark Off Road Cyclists is a non-profit organization who’s blazing trails and making a name for themselves around the country… The executive director of OORC, Brannon Pack, helped spear head the operation. Source: Adventure … [Read more...]

The Value of Experience | RKP

More on a local bicycle manufacturer. And then there are guys like Tony Karklins. The Little Rock, Arkansas, based former bike retailer is the man who brought Orbea to the U.S. I remember seeing one of their bikes in the late 1990s and wondering why they hadn’t made an effort to sell bikes in the U.S., so when Karklins started bringing them in, the brand’s penetration was immediate. Just consider … [Read more...]