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Old 04-24-11, 09:42 AM   #1
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Completed the Bike Ride Around Arkansas

Last week the Arkansas Bicycle Club held the third annual Bike Ride Around Arkansas. The tour ride was 6 days with one day added for many of us. We rode in the Southwest section of the state. There were a total of 12 participants with 9 riding the entire route.

Of interest was the fact we had three tour riders come in from other states to participate in this ride with us. They certainly added a lot to the tour and we thank them for attending. We had a rider from Illinois, a rider from Virginia and a rider from Texas.

We tried to pack as much into the six days as we could. It seemed to be a success and we hope to have more join us on our self supported tours in the future.

The next tour ride will be this fall. This ride will be mostly to remote or primitive campsites with many miles of forest service dirt and gravel roads. The tour will be 4 or 5 days. The final plans are not done.

I know these self supported rides are not cross country, but it is a lot of fun for many of us still working and can only get a week off at a time. Of course, most any tour ride is a fun ride.
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I may be interested in the fall tour, keep me posted!
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If I can get enough time off from work I'd love to go on this ride and meet some local touring folks. It would be great if we could get a large-scale organized ride around Arkansas like most neighboring states have.
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Why spring and fall only? I'd love to do this - but can only take off during summer. . .
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Why spring and fall only? I'd love to do this - but can only take off during summer. . .
Good question, and one I get from the riders in this area. The answer is that my profession is a "Marine Surveyor", which basically means I inspect boats. By far, most of my work is during the summer months. Therefore, I plan these rides for when I can get away from work. I truly wish I could plan a good week long tour ride in the summer, but making a living really gets in the way.
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I may be interested in the fall tour, keep me posted!
I have you recorded in my folder for this ride and I will contact you as soon as I have a final plan. We always enjoy out of state visitors on these tour rides.
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