Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 3

Week three of our trip down memory lane to 1978 includes the first day of Spring. We couldn't think of a better time to introduce you to weather averages in Arkansas from over 40 years ago. We checked the US Climate Data website and found some slight changes. The maximum average is up almost a full degree from back then while the minimum average is down only 1/10 of a degree. The mean average … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 2

Get caught up: Part 1 of the Series On to Part 2 There is still a great deal of relevance to this 40-year-old map/guide. First, a bike is still a bike, two wheels, a pedal/crank drive system, and an engine that burns fat. There are some old addresses and phone numbers that I have redacted as they now go to other places. INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW... This first image today is of the … [Read more...]

President Signs Bill Permanently Reauthorizing LWCF

This is a follow-up to an article we ran last September. (from media release) In a historic victory for public lands and close to home recreation, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was permanently reauthorized today as part of a sweeping public lands package signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. The legislation, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House … [Read more...]

Get a Dream Spot for Outdoor Recreation

Bella Vista, Arkansas is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. The Back 40 Trail System currently supports national events like the OZ Off-Road Ride. A new system called the 11Under Trail System is currently under construction and builders are working to make it even more exciting than the Back 40. At 50 miles in length, with incredible scenery and professional features, … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – Let’s Go Back 40 Years – Part 1

My offices at Arkansas State Parks have been going through a bit of upheaval recently. Things change over time and new positions are created, people take on new tasks, and sometimes we just need a move to get things cleaned out. A few bits of history were discovered during the ensuing chaos. Recently, someone, I have no idea who felt that my desk would be a promising repository for a bit of … [Read more...]

The 2019 Arkansas Cycling Guide

It's been 10 years since: Barack Obama became President, Circuit City Stores shut down (important because I spent 7 years there as a manager wearing the red jacket), Michael Jackson died, The Unemployment Rate hits 9.5% for the first time since August 1983, and, the first cycling guide produced by Arkansas Tourism since the 1970s hits the stands. That's right, it's been 10 … [Read more...]

This Climbing Film Will Not Win An Oscar…

...but it's a winner in our hearts. Even if you didn't watch the Oscars last night if you're an outdoor person you've probably heard that "Free Solo" won the documentary division. A film about big wall climbing out west. Of course, in Arkansas, we have some prime climbing spots along with some characters in the climbing community. Ghettohillbillies with make you want to get out and play on some … [Read more...]

Outdoor Adventures For Women

We are a women-owned company that offers exclusive outdoor adventures for women.  We encourage and provide outdoor adventures for women anywhere in the United States from backpacking, camping, kayaking and day hike adventure trips. Who we are Two women, two friends, ready for adventure and to inspire other women to join along. Mary Howze & Amanda Haley live in Arkansas but home is anywhere … [Read more...]

IMBA Announces Third Trail Lab Event – Bentonville

(from media release) Bentonville, Arkansas, Feb. 1, 2019 — The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to host its third Trail Labs event in Bentonville, April 1–3, 2019. Trail Labs are in-depth workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of great places to ride mountain bikes. Attendees will learn what it takes to create a model trail community and return home with … [Read more...]

2022 UCI World Cyclocross Championships in Fayetteville

Yes, our Fayetteville. Fayetteville, Arkansas. Home of the Razorbacks. And you read the other part right...WORLD CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS! Check out the video below. (from media release) FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Feb. 1, 2019) - The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced that the 2022 Cyclo-cross World Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas Jan. 29-30, 2022. This marks only the … [Read more...]