The Skullcrusher Legend: Cossatot River Half Marathon

The planning began during the heat of a summer afternoon while looking forward to the cool mornings of autumn. A group of runner friends, anticipating the arrival of fall trail runs, planned a weekend long trip to run the half marathon at Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area in southwest Arkansas. Cabins were rented, menus were planned, carpools were formed, and on the Friday before the race … [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...]

There’s a New Species of Badger in the Canyon:  Blow Outs, Big Rocks, and Mojo Nixon

There are road trips and then there are Epic road trips.  In my 48 years on Earth, I’ve never experienced an Epic road trip until the past weekend.  Months in planning, a group of six Team Honey Badger Irregulars set out in a wagon train of two to the great plains of the Texas Panhandle. Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park.  The reason: run trails.The trip started out smoothly enough … [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...]

Arkansas Trail Runs are Legen-waitforit-dary

The Arkansas Traveller 100 Mile Trail Run is over for this  year. This epic run, arguably the highpoint of many an Arkansas runner's year, is the culmination of months if not years of training, nutrition and gear experiments and hard work.  A good trail run doesn't have to be 100 miles long to be legendary. Here's a list of favorite trail runs Arkansas Outside has participated in and a list of … [Read more...]

Bike Mounted Park Rangers

When you were a kid, did you dream of being a park ranger—or do you just think the hat is cool. (Apparently, the flat hat protects them from the hot sun.) It's not every day you are labelled a (Volunteer) Park Ranger and taken on a tour of a vast area of American wilderness, so that within a few weeks you can lead guided walks in it. But that is one of the privileges of joining the Volunteer Park … [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...]

The Bigfoot Challenge

Leave no trace, Bigfoot's been doing it for years! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has been teaching us how to limit our impact on natural areas for years, too. Like Bigfoot, we should leave no evidence behind when we're enjoying front or backcountry areas.The Bigfoot Challenge is an easy way to practice responsibility in the outdoors by committing to:Teach a child or a … [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...]