Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 7

Get caught up with the first 6 parts of our #ThrowbackThursday #tbt series. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 In today's installment, the Arkansas State Bicycle Tour Map from 1978 continues taking us across the northern part of the state.  First, we visit the foothills of the Ozark Mountains near Lake Charles.  Today this area is known for three wonderful state parks. The starting … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 6

It's time to turn the page, or should we say guide. In the first 5 installments, we covered one side of the 1979 Arkansas State Bike Tours Map. Today, we get to the meat of the guide, maps, and information about various rides throughout the state. At the end of each article going forward will be a map of the state showing what part of the state the rides are in. The rest shows a small map with a … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 5

(Part 5 of our #ThrowbackThursday Series on the 1978 Arkansas State Bike Tours Map. Links to parts 1-4 are at the end of the article.) References, places to get a bike and places to enjoy them. Bicycle Dealers and Repair Shops Before the growth of local bike shops here and around the country, cyclists often got their bikes at early big box stores, auto part stores, and toy stores. As a kid, I … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 4

The saying goes, "the more things change, the more they stay the same." You can certainly see that in our 41-year-old bicycle map. Later this Spring, Arkansas will be opening a new bicycle route that will travel well over 1000 miles through the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains. The route will include paved roads, gravel roads, and options for singletrack riding. Going through large and small towns … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]