That Dam Night Run

A group of runners make there way across the dam.

The flat truck held a long load of lumber down the center of the bed. The lumber in turn, held a group of runners dressed in wicking t-shirts and shorts, prepared for the heat and humidity of an Arkansas July. Many of those runners yelled, cheered, hooted or hollered at me and Ashley as they sped by us, load after load, truck after truck. Why were we not on one of those transports? Because we … [Read more...]

Six Years of Wampoo Roadeo

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The Wampoo Roadeo is a fundraising bike ride to support the Marilyn Fulper Memorial Fund. Marilyn Fulper was an active bicycling advocate who was killed in 2010 after she was hit by an automobile when the driver ran a red light. Money from the fund has gone to support bicycle education, advocacy, and infrastructure in central Arkansas. Funded projects include four fix-it stations so far along the … [Read more...]

Three Days of Fatty Fest

Did we say they were moving fast?

Over the last several years, we've covered just about every Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series venue the cross country series has descended upon; Devil's Den, Slaughter Pen, and Burns Park to name a few. This year was our first trip to the largest mountain bike festival in the state, The Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival. We decided to go full immersion and attend all three days arriving … [Read more...]

Mighty Mite Memory Lane

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1984, Forest City Arkansas, was the start of something special. Of course, the sport of triathlon had been around for a few years. The true infancy of the sport of triathlon in the state of Arkansas started a year of so earlier than 1984. But the Mighty Mite came on the scene and its staying power is well known. The real male pioneers of the sport in Arkansas had names such as Robert Jacuzzi, Rick … [Read more...]

Family

Tribute float for Jon Kennedy at Fishers Ford Whitewater Park, Siloam Springs.

In life there is a family you're born into and then a family you choose. At a relatively young age I unwittingly chose a family. A family of outdoor enthusiasts, passionate about their sport and protective of their playground. Paddlers, cyclists, climbers, anglers, hikers, backpackers, skaters, and everyone in between. As I've written about before, it's 'the stoke' that is common between all of … [Read more...]

End of Summer Daze lifestyle festival

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Fayettechill announces the End of Summer Daze lifestyle festival, August 22-24. End of Summer Daze was created out of love for the Ozark outdoor community. Fayettechill aims to create and share experiences for all that want to enjoy the Ozarks, so we created a 3­day camping festival to make sure everyone has the chance to make the most out of their final Summer days. The purpose of this … [Read more...]

We Lost a Hero

Riding in Central Arkansas Cyclofemme 2013.

(This is probably the most personal post we've ever done, please allow us a moment to unload) We do a lot of hero worshiping these days. famous sports figures, TV and movie personalities, the occasional politician but these aren't the people who really keep our individual worlds turning. Like the multiple pedal strokes it takes to keep our wheels spinning and our bikes moving forward, there are … [Read more...]

Pedaling For Progress

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Well, here I am at ArkansasOutside! That may be a bit of a surprise for folks who know me through my own JBarCycling blog, but Joe Jacobs asked me if I could fill in for him for an interview with Congressional candidate Pat Hays in advance of his Pedaling For Progress fund-raising event this Saturday, July 19. I agreed to do so as a favor to both Joe and Pat, as both are friends and Joe was … [Read more...]

Zombies Don’t Wear Headlamps

See?....Zombies.

Ashley: What's that up ahead? Is it a person? Is it coming toward us or away from us? Mindy: It's a zombie. Ashley: Shut up! Me: It's okay Ashley, zombies don't wear headlamps, it can't be a zombie. Zombies don't wear headlamps. Unless you count the blank zombie like stare and faltering perambulation of an endurance runner doing an overnight long run. The swaying, lumbering form in … [Read more...]

A New Crop of Trail Stewards

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It was going to be hot and I suspected that only a couple of us regulars would show up for the clean and ride. Clean and rides are what Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, a local International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter, call a trail work day. Usually, we show up, do some trail maintenance maybe a reroute or whatever is needed, then we have something to eat, maybe a quick beer to cut the … [Read more...]