Let’s Ride: Mountain Biking in the State Parks of Arkansas

Arkansas State Parks has been a proponent of mountain biking in the state since the 1980's. This Summer, come by the Capitol on a hot day and check out the history of mountain biking in Arkansas State Parks, from the full rigid days of the 80's to the high-tech carbon mountain bikes and gravel grinders. Come check it out and then check out an Arkansas State Park trail. Here is what the … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on Bicycling – AY Mag

Arkansas Tourism Director shares some thoughts on bicycling in Arkansas. It's a great reminder of just how we got here and where we might go. Fast forward a couple of generations – and Arkansas’s bicycling scene has changed dramatically. A Jonesboro subdivision consumed our beloved Woods Run and that AMF plant closed at the end of 1980. Yet our state’s cycling community has experienced … [Read more...]

Boyle Revival

Back in the 1930's under the direction of President Roosevelt, the Civilian Conservation Corps was formed. The "Tree Army" as it was referred to provided work and taught skills to depression era men across the United States. Some of the most endearing places they worked later became national, state and city parks. In Arkansas the cabins, lodges, dams and trails they created are preserved in places … [Read more...]

Smoke-N-Suds 2013

Cyclocross races are always worth the trip, whether just across town or halfway across the state, I'm never disappointed by the action of one of my favorite spectator sports on two wheels. We began writing about cyclocross two years ago but of course, the history of the sport goes back a little farther. Historical accounts say cyclocross or cyclo-cross or cx started back in 1901, the … [Read more...]

Riding down the road…

...didn't always mean riding in a car. Lisa knows that I love maps and she came across this one earlier today. It's a circa 1901 map of California Roads for Cyclers.  It was obviously paid for through advertising by various bike shops, suppliers and builders, plus at least one hotel in San Jose. Can you imagine what it was like to go on a ride back then. I was actually born at an unmarked … [Read more...]

Detour Destinations – Indian Rockhouse Cave

Lisa and I have developed a practice of finding short hikes that can break up long drives. It's become a ritual on drives from Little Rock to Eureka Springs. We try to plan out our lunches to coincide with the hike, normally between 3 or 4 miles total. This started a couple of years ago with a stop at Pedestal Rocks  just off Scenic Highway 7 near Pelsor, Arkansas. On the way home we stopped again … [Read more...]

An Outside Dad

I don't believe that my love of the outdoors came naturally, it was more of a nurture thing I think. Before you scientists begin disagreeing with me or start up that whole nature vs. nurture argument, I remind you that I am no scientist but I know me. I'm a little nerdy and can spend hours in front of a computer, I've been known to veg out in front of a television and am well versed in Star … [Read more...]

Major

Last night I attended a local high school production at the Clinton Presidential Library commemorating the Negro Baseball Leagues and integration in Major League Baseball. It was a nice tribute that mentioned other Black sports heroes like Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson and boxer Joe Louis. I couldn't help but notice that they missed the very first Black-American World Champion. In 1899, 37 … [Read more...]

Turner Bend Turns 100

The following story was just released by Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism: Jill M. Rohrbach, travel writer Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism The Turner Bend store — set amid the changing shape of a lush landscape influenced by rippling waters, lost highways and throngs of exuberant floaters — is turning 100. Standing at the junction of Arkansas 23 and the Mulberry River, the … [Read more...]

Traveling Back in Time, To The Future…Maybe

Sorry about that, I just channeled an 80's comedy/science fiction movie. On the other hand, it is kind of true. This past weekend I had the chance to visit some of my old stomping grounds, New Orleans. I was tagging along on one of my wife's business trips. We had the opportunity to stay in a wonderful old hotel in the French Quarter. She had business things to take care of on two of the days so … [Read more...]