OptOutside – Where there’s a Will….

Enjoying the outdoors is still pretty simple even on a soaking wet day like today. All it takes is a raincoat, a decent pair of shoes and a sense of adventure. Lisa and I decided to go for a hike, donning the appropriate gear we headed out to Pinnacle Mountain State Park.The Rocky Valley Trail combined with the East Quarry Trail would give us some pretty views and a short hike before heading … [Read more...]

The Beginner Bike Buyers Guide

Last year we posted an article on the pros and cons of buying a bike from a big box store. Many of the comments we received had to do with a fear of intimidation. To quote one commenter, "Women, those with lower budgets, people who are overweight, many do not feel welcome in a shop that has a $5000 road bike lit up and enshrined on the wall…." It is unfortunate that this happens, but you can't … [Read more...]

New Traditions, the end of Black Friday

After gorging ourselves on Thanksgiving meals, watching football, drinking, tip-toeing around family issues, etc., the American tradition is to get up incredibly early the next morning and go stand in line at a local big box store in preparation of participating in a stampede leading to a credit card shredding frenzy of holiday spending. In fact, many actually look forward to this celebration of … [Read more...]

Halloween Hauntings

It's pretty well known that around the Arkansas Outside International offices, strategically centered here in the middle of the state, Halloween reigns supreme. We tend to outdo the rest of the street in spooky yard art, we usually throw a ridiculous party and we tend to drag it out into November with the Day of the Dead celebration. If you are so inclined to scare yourself silly, the Arkansas … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Party

This weekend I attended a party and a bike race broke out. Okay it was actually billed as a bike race, but I've been to this annual event and it always feels more like a party to me...a crazy, muddy, inappropriate dress up party. One of those parties where you never know what to expect, like a Bruce Willis movie. This party had no thieves posing as terrorists, no coke snortin' douche bags, no … [Read more...]

AHTD to Hold “30 Crossing” Public Involvement Meeting in North Little Rock

 Below is the news release concerning the public meeting tonight on the AHTD plan to widen I-30 across the Arkansas River. As a promoter of the outdoor lifestyle in Arkansas, Arkansas Outside has some serious issues with this plan. Please come to the meeting, read about alternative ideas at the bottom of this post and be informed.LITTLE ROCK (10-16) – The Arkansas State Highway and … [Read more...]

The Governor and Cycling

With less than a year in office, Governor Asa Hutchinson has suddenly rolled into the local cycling scene. I first met Governor Hutchinson during the last Governor's race. I happened to be at Mount Magazine Lodge working with some of the park staff when then candidate Hutchinson was there having lunch. He came over to our table while we were eating to introduce himself. Ever the politician, he … [Read more...]

New Arkansas Mountain Biking Guide

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is all in on mountain biking in the Natural State. Not only did they send yours truly to Sin City to attend Interbike and tell everyone about our great state, they gave me this awesome brochure to share with folks. … [Read more...]

Where the Magic Happens

 Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a bicycle nut advocate. I spend a lot of time talking about the importance of bikes as a transportation solution. I talk about bicycling as a tourism and economic generator. I talk about the health benefits of cycling, the joy of sharing a ride with friends and family. Then there is mountain biking, getting out into the woods, exploring, getting to know … [Read more...]

Dennis Moore Trail Closed

We just got word of this through the Ozark Off Road Cyclists: OORC - IMPORTANT NOTICE: Dennis Moore Trail is CLOSEDHey Everyone,We sincerely regret having to make this announcement...To all that have come to know and love the Dennis Moore Trail, we are sad to say it is now CLOSED - effective immediately.Built by Dennis Moore and company roughly 20 years ago, the trail passes … [Read more...]