Well we are having to go to plan B for our moto vacation coming up in June.
It is not a bad change, just different. We started to call about the parks and the camping in WV and we were running into some serious dead ends. Most of the Civil War sites were very limited. Having to watch the opening of PA, WV, MD and VA was not working out well as everyone is on their own different time line.
So Jamie and I are headed to the Deals Gap area. Everything seems to be opening up and the camping is taking reservations as well. The riding is always good so it is a win-win. We will be taking the Jeep and Versys, so we can take all of our camping gear to stay for 8 days. It should be a great adventure. We will be staying at the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Resort. We have reserved our camp site and it looks like a go so stay tuned. If you want to join us or are around the area during the week of June 6-13, then look us up and maybe we can ride some together. Just let us know.
Nothing better than riding with friends and having lunch in a beautiful location.
Everyone rides a motorcycle for different reasons. One of the main reasons I enjoy riding is the emotional stress that is released when I hear the sound of the bike and feel the wind as I ride down a twisty scenic section of tarmac. During these challenging times of the pandemic and social distancing, I feel it is imperative that we take care of our emotional well being.
One afternoon at work, I looked outside and noticed a construction crew eating a sack lunch, practicing social distancing. What caught my attention was the way they were laughing and enjoying each others company. Then it hit me! Let’s do a sack lunch ride.
Jump ahead a few weeks, we are at our local departure lounge. 7 riders, everyone excited to get out and ride, to interact with like minded enthusiasts. Today we would be taking an easy ride down the famous Pig Trail in Northwest Arkansas. Not a long ride, but it would be good enough to shake off the cobwebs and to spend a little riding time with friends.
We enjoyed a nice ride through the countryside. The weather was fantastic and the roads had very little traffic on them. The perfect equation for a wonderful day of riding. We made our way down the pig trail. The picturesque scenery, the surface of the newly paved road and the feeling of freedom was overwhelming. Just what everyone needed in these trying times.
As we rolled into the Turner Bend Store, we noticed the store had a line, waiting to get inside. This was not surprising as this scene has become very familiar for all of us. What caught my eye was the smiles and the happiness that these folks were expressing. This area is a popular recreation spot for Kayaking, Canoeing, ATV’s and for camping. No one was frustrated about the line, they were just enjoying being out and enjoying life.
We all had brought our lunch so we did not have to wait in line. We walked a few yards to get up to the waterfall area. The sound of the waterfalls, mixed with the orchestra of motorcycles riding by made for a very enjoyable experience.
We enjoyed our sack lunch with the company of our friends. The conversation focused on motorcycles, the trips that people were planning and how great it was to get out on the bikes. No one mentioned the current challenging situation. It was so relaxing, so normal. It was a wonderful lunch.
We all broke up and headed our own ways to get home. Many took the long way home, some just headed home. It was a very casual way to end the lunch. Many smiles were shared and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the day.
As Jamie and I rode home, we had a great conversation about how we were so privileged to live in such a beautiful riding area. How we were so excited to be back on the bike, enjoying some time with our motorcycle friends. It was a much needed grounding. We know that things will return to some form of normal soon, however this ride was needed to remind us, that no matter what we have going on in life, the one consistent way to create joy, is to get out and ride!
I just completed uploading my latest video. This was my commute last week talking about the current world situation and how it impacts our great hobby. It also has some great moments from one of my favorite roads MO90. I am so lucky that I live this close to so many great roads. We hope you all are doing well and staying safe and healthy. Have a great night everyone.
Unfortunately due to current world events, the Ozark Great Escape Just For Fun Event has been cancelled for 2020. I apologize for this as I know that many of you had been anxiously awaiting this ride.
I spoke with the hotel coordinator Patsy and she has cancelled ALL the rooms associated with our event. I would recommend that you all call and verify that your reservation has been cancelled.
The good news is I am going to start planning the 2021 event. The event will stay in Eureka Springs. Stay tuned for more information.
Again – I am sorry to pull the plug, however I think it is the responsible thing to do. I put in a ton of work and we had a great group of 35+ riders signed up. It will be better next year. Thank you all for understanding and being supportive.
Hey everyone – we are 25 days out from our event and as you know, the day to day standing of COVID-19 is ever changing. I have cancelled the dinner on Saturday evening, however we would still have options with take out and delivery. Might have to do pizza at the hotel.
I am holding off as late as possible, however I am not very confident that this event will happen this year. I am hoping we see a change for the good in the next 7-10 days.
So hang in there. We have a generous cancellation policy at the hotel, so we will have plenty of time to cancel rooms if that is the course that we decide on.
Thank you all for hanging in there. We are in uncharted waters so we are all learning. Talk with you all soon.