The spring ride is coming soon. It is called the Bike Ride Around Arkansas and it will start on April 11, 2011. This will be the third year for this event, and it is growing each year. All the riders to date have been from the state, but this year it seems we may expand a bit.
Each spring and fall the Arkansas Bicycle Club has a BRAA, which is Bike Ride Around Arkansas. Somehow I have become the planner for this ride, so be it.
This year we will travel the Southwest section of the state. This is a self supported ride, which means you carry all you own camping gear on you bike. We will camp for 5 nights, hopefully at state or federal parks, but thing change during the ride, so be ready if we stealth camp for a night or two. Normally we have between 6 and 10 riders. We take care of each other. It is an adventure.
This year we will visit the only diamond mine in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is open to the public. We will also visit Old Washington, which is a small settlement in Southern Arkansas that was the capital of Arkansas during the Civil War. Other events from this small town was the invention of the Bowie Knife. Add to that is the fact that Davey Crockett and Sam Houston met in Old Washington and then traveled to Texas. I do believe the Battle of the Alamo was next. A lot of history.
Anyway, it is 6 days and 5 nights of self supported travel through the rolling hills of Southwest Arkansas in the spring.