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

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(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...]

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...]

Finding Your Center

AO Friend Tammy demonstrates how she mixes Yoga and Stand Up Paddle boarding on Lake Dardanelle.

A couple of weeks back I was unfurling my yoga mat at the back of the room when I heard a familiar name. Knowing, or trying to get to know a lot of people in the outdoor sport community, often means that wherever athletes gather, I know someone. Low and behold I was working on perfecting my chatarunga and finding my center with none other than 3 Bridges Marathon organizer Jacob Wells. It's not … [Read more...]

It’s Festival Time in Northwest Arkansas

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Arkansans do love our festivals. We have festivals to celebrate our tasty foods like watermelons, tomatoes, beans, rice, wine, chili and of course barbecue, our wildlife including ducks, butterflies, eagles, bass and catfish and our beautiful music, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and the blues. Whether we're celebrating a season, a place or a history, Arkansas does know how to throw a … [Read more...]

There be dragons here

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Last weekend I fully expected to go do a little mountain biking on a new nearby trail with a friend. The plan included some trail maintenance and enjoying a day in the woods. But it rained, and then...it rained. For days before the weekend and even during the early hours of  the weekend it poured on the trail. Early Saturday morning I reluctantly called off the ride. Lisa was recruited for the … [Read more...]

Primal Challenge – More Mud

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Standing  around me are people of all shapes and sizes, wearing numbered bibs just like me. In front of us the digital clock is ticking away. The closer it gets to 10:30, the more everyone begins to stir, like cattle before a storm. I don’t know why, but I start to get that bubbling feeling in the pit of my stomach, like an engine of nerves and adrenaline beginning to rev up. Above me, a buzzing … [Read more...]

Ode to the Dogs in Friendship, Arkansas

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Now, Texas dogs will cut down a 20 mph cyclist like an antelope. Yessir. Lusting for the hyper-oxygenated blood from an engorged calf those Texas dogs calculate the angle like a blue-chip defensive back under the Friday Night Lights and they’ll come after you. And if they can catch you, they’ll eat you down to your teeth, hair and eyeballs and floss their teeth with the sweaty lycra you … [Read more...]

Mayfest in the Mountains

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As the evening sun shone bright in the western sky, I reclined in a pale green Adirondack chair, refreshing beverage in hand, soaking in the the soothing sound of Fayetteville based singer/songwriter Gable Bradley performing on the small stage below the stone tower at Hazel Valley Ranch. The smooth style of the Springsteen sound-alike balladeer was almost as relaxing as the late afternoon hammock … [Read more...]

The Inaugural Arkansas Bicycle/Pedestrian Summit

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Arkansas' 1st statewide bicycle and pedestrian summit will be held in Little Rock this weekend, May 9-11th. The event is being hosted by Bike/Walk Arkansas, the newly formed state coalition for bicyclists and pedestrians. The coalition was formed from regional and city bike and pedestrian coalitions from around the state. The goal is to affect change at the state level to make Arkansas more … [Read more...]