The "B Rock" swimming hole included a rock to jump off of, a rope swing and a laddered tree to jump out of.

The Sandtown Shuffle – Photo Essay

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Last Spring we attended the first Sandtown Shuffle and had an incredible time. So much so that when Bobby and Amy Finster came up with a Fall Edition, we signed up. This time we decided to share photos of just about everything except the bikes to give you an idea of the beauty of Independence, Sharp, and Izard Counties north of Batesville.

Friday night with the full moon rising, it was a beautiful evening around the campfire.
Friday night with the full moon rising, it was a beautiful evening around the campfire.

 

We were greeted with a cool Saturday morning for the ride start.
We were greeted with a cool Saturday morning for the ride start.

 

Saturday morning at the Two Momma's Kitchen. Pancakes and coffee before our ride.
Saturday morning at the Two Momma’s Kitchen. Pancakes and coffee before our ride.

 

It was certainly a Fall theme despite the seasonally warm temps during the day.
It was certainly a Fall theme despite the seasonally warm temps during the day.

 

One of our goals was to stop at the Flat Rock Glory Hole. It didn't disappoint.
One of our goals was to stop at the Flat Rock Glory Hole. It didn’t disappoint.

One of the better ideas we have had at the Sandtown Shuffle events is to stick around for the music and food. This year we were again entertained by Luke Stroud and his take on Jerry Lee Lewis and other Rockabilly icons. The taco bar was also a big hit. After another evening enjoyed on the lawn of the Dirt Church, we camped another night. Those of us who stayed enjoyed a personal gravel ride tour of a few of the swimming holes in the area.

The "A Rock" swimming hole.
The “A Rock” swimming hole.

 

The bluffs above A Rock.
The bluffs above A Rock.
The "B Rock" swimming hole included a rock to jump off of, a rope swing and a laddered tree to jump out of.
The “B Rock” swimming hole included a rock to jump off of, a rope swing, and a laddered tree to jump out of.

We rode about 17 miles, enjoying the cool morning before getting packed up to head back to Little Rock. This area is only about 2 hours from central Arkansas and well worth a weekend trip. The word is that Bobby and Amy are being asked to organize more events in the area so watch for more opportunities to enjoy Batesville, Evening Shade, Cave City, and Sandtown.

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