Hard Truths and #LoveLittleRock

Yesterday, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Little Rock Mayor Stodola along with the city of Little Rock jumped into (actually out of) the Amazon Headquarter 2 (H2) fray with a creative breakup letter. The letter, printed in the Washington Post, is an interesting public relation move that is already getting a great deal of attention in national media. The tongue-in-cheek attitude of the … [Read more...]

Karl “Kiwi” Whitcombe // Back on the Bike and Giving Back | FLY Racing

I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a friend of ours. Kiwi, as we know him, showed up in our world last Fall. A project was in place to reroute and connect all the mountain bike and hiking trails in the northwest corner of Boyle Park. I had been working on designing the new routes when another friend, Paul Norris, introduced me to this guy with a different accent. I had planned a … [Read more...]

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail | Travel Arkansas Blog

The natural diversity of central Arkansas is amazing. From the rocky summit of Pinnacle Mountain in the west to the wetlands of Fourche Creek south of town, Little Rock has endless outdoor recreation opportunities. An often overlooked urban water trail is available to paddle in Little Rock.  Fourche Creek flows for around 25 miles through the southern part of the city. “I’ve had the opportunity … [Read more...]

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Taking a Date Climbing | Outside Online

Interested in a climbing date in central Arkansas? Check out Friday Cheap Date Night at Little Rock Climbing Center. That said, it is really obvious to spot the awkward first dates taking place. Typically, the duo is wearing rental harnesses, flat rental shoes with socks, and in some cases, helmets. If the date is going well, there is a lot of banter and positive encouragement taking place. The … [Read more...]

The Value of Experience | RKP

More on a local bicycle manufacturer. And then there are guys like Tony Karklins. The Little Rock, Arkansas, based former bike retailer is the man who brought Orbea to the U.S. I remember seeing one of their bikes in the late 1990s and wondering why they hadn’t made an effort to sell bikes in the U.S., so when Karklins started bringing them in, the brand’s penetration was immediate. Just consider … [Read more...]

Wild Women Wednesday Might Be Your New Favorite Outdoor Activity | Little Rock Soiree Magazine

One of the great, regular outdoor events in central Arkansas. Check out Wild Women Wednesday. It's called Wild Women Wednesday and it's part of the Women's Hiking Winter Series at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Every week, local ladies are invited to join park interpreters and Central Arkansas Master Naturalists members (CAMN) as they take to one of the Pinnacle trails.CAMN is an organization that … [Read more...]

Trail Party At Boyle Park – JBar Cycling

A couple of days of bicycle advocacy so good it brought JBar Cycling out of semi-retirement. To get involved in the next big work day go to this event page. Also stay turned for an upcoming CATA membership meeting where you can learn about all the dirt related cycling advocacy currently happening in central Arkansas. After a standing room only crowd at last Thursday's BACA meeting, and a huge … [Read more...]

Time for Cyclocross!

Here in Central Arkansas, the weather is getting cooler and the cycling community is gearing up for cyclocross season.  For those of you unfamiliar with this discipline, cyclocross, or “Cross” for short, is a form of bicycle racing consisting of many laps on a short (1.5-2 mile) course featuring wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the … [Read more...]

The Impossible Dream – The Big Dam Bridge is 10 Years Old

Imagine thinking that 5 years after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, a public space would open up on top of a federally managed dam. It was a time when most federal facilities were made off limits to the public. Fences had been put up. tours ended, the country was hunkering down, protecting itself from another attack. It is easy to think of this project being cancelled, no one would … [Read more...]

The MS150- It’s More Than a Ride

Our dear friend Sarah, who was my first mountain biking partner other than my husband, our frequent cycling companion, and singer of bad TV theme songs is also the Development Director for Special Events  for the Arkansas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year she asked us to be involved in the MS150 ride. We owe her a debt of gratitude for introducing us to this incredible … [Read more...]