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    Highway 103 south from Oark is a good ride. Then you can go across to old highway 71 just for good old times or pick up the pig trail again at Ozark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragtoplvr View Post
    or pick up the pig trail again at Ozark.

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    We'll be on 23 in a few days on our way to Texas.

    I think Pete is planning on Oark and 23.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    We'll be on 23 in a few days on our way to Texas.

    I think Pete is planning on Oark and 23.
    Yup. 7 and 123 south to Clarksville then looping back up to Oark then 23 north and east to the Ponga and Jasper area. We’ll probably reach the rally midday Thursday unless we find another road demanding our attention
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Yup. 7 and 123 south to Clarksville then looping back up to Oark then 23 north and east to the Ponga and Jasper area. We’ll probably reach the rally midday Thursday unless we find another road demanding our attention
    It's easy to get distracted by good roads in NW Arkansas
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    Talimena Byway and squiggly lines north

    This route is a good long day's ride, 366 miles of country roads, and a great option for those riding from Dallas, TX and surrounds. Worth the short jaunt south of I-40 to ride the Talimena Scenic Byway...

    To see a better view of the road numbers, use the pull-down menu in the upper right of the map to select "Map"

    Note: there are some sweet dirt road alternatives to this route..."adventure detours" ....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    This route is a good long day's ride, 366 miles of country roads, and a great option for those riding from Dallas, TX and surrounds. Worth the short jaunt south of I-40 to ride the Talimena Scenic Byway...

    To see a better view of the road numbers, use the pull-down menu in the upper right of the map to select "Map"

    Note: there are some sweet dirt road alternatives to this route..."adventure detours" ....

    We took those roads today except we took 28 back west after going over Mt Magazine.
    Great view at the Mt Magazine Lodge.
    On our way to Texas.
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    To the rally

    Have not played with fancy route planning yet but I live about 40 miles nor of St Louis, I plan on crossing the River at Chester ( lots of Popeye stuff including statue that should be Coddiwomple worthy and a great smorgasbord if you are hungry) after crossing river go southwest

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    Not the fastest way from the Southeast

    If you're heading to the rally from the deep Southeast, and you haven't ridden the Natchez Trace yet, this route starts at the southern terminus of the Parkway, takes in a fair amount (it's going to Memphis, which is the wrong way), then through interesting parts of Arkansas, bypassing Little Rock and other urban areas.

    This ride is more of a guesstimate on my part, I've ridden most but not all of these roads, so consider it a starting point. It's nearly 700 miles at country road speeds, so I'd say it's a 2-day ride.

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    That's almost the route I've been considering, but instead of the southern portion of the Trace, I'll probably take US82 from Tuscaloosa (AL) until it intersects the route as you've mapped it, then heading on "your" route to Springfield.

    Some other options for your consideration:

    Option 1: Bail off the trace on US61 north. Take 61 north US49 and cross the Mississippi @ Helena/W Helena. Follow US49 to SR1, SR-1 to Jonesboro, AR where you'll pick up US63. Follow US63 North to US60, US60 West to Springfield. This route will take you very near Mr D's Restaurant (about 1 mile sout on US 61, south of Port Gibson), and you can go by the Crossroads and Ground Zero in Clarksdale, MS.

    Option 2: Stay on the trace to US49. Follow US 49 all the way to MS SR-1, then follow the route in Option 1 from Helena/W Helena to Springfield.

    Both options have numerous options for overnight lodging.

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    Route planning NoVA to Springfield.

    I'm looking forward to traveling to the rally and it looks like there's a lot of motorcycle worthy roads along the way through states I haven't spent much time in. I'd like to avoid the "slab" as much as possible, but I'm planning to travel alone and don't know if I'll wear myself out too much. I was planning to travel from NoVa to Louisville to Springfield. The way back will probably not go through Louisville. I'm guessing 2 days in each direction, staying far away from St Louis. Anyhow, how do you plan something like this? Slab it close to home and pick up the fun road somewhere along the way? Do all the fun stuff on the way there and slab it home?

    Someone told me to plan to "average 50 mph" on a long ride with fuel stops, pee stops, general motorcycle stuff you don't worry about in the car.

    How best to plan?
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    It seems like most rally goers take their time on the way to the rally and slab it home. Slabbing it home in two days on an Oilhead shouldn't be a problem. However, if you are taking backroads, site seeing, etc, you may want to allow more time for the ride to the rally. The 50 mph suggestion is reasonable. We may ride well above 50 mph, but stops for gas, food, res rooms or "piddling around" will bring the average down. Backroads on my Airhead I usually plan on a 45mph-50mph basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    We'll be on 23 in a few days on our way to Texas.

    I think Pete is planning on Oark and 23.
    There is a little bit of one-way construction traffic just South of Huntsville (on 23) that has an unmanned traffic light control.
    It's timed way too long! So be prepared to turn off the bike for a few minutes if you get caught in it.

    Yes the Oark Cafe is open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    It seems like most rally goers take their time on the way to the rally and slab it home. Slabbing it home in two days on an Oilhead shouldn't be a problem. However, if you are taking backroads, site seeing, etc, you may want to allow more time for the ride to the rally. The 50 mph suggestion is reasonable. We may ride well above 50 mph, but stops for gas, food, res rooms or "piddling around" will bring the average down. Backroads on my Airhead I usually plan on a 45mph-50mph basis.


    Thanks. I have planned a route of three days there, two days back. The second day back covers familiar territory (and sadly some of I81) but it should be doable. I'm not a huge fan of wide open throttle on the slab or the slab in general. But I should be able to make this work
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    It seems like most rally goers take their time on the way to the rally and slab it home. Slabbing it home in two days on an Oilhead shouldn't be a problem. However, if you are taking backroads, site seeing, etc, you may want to allow more time for the ride to the rally.
    Sixteen days to get there from Vermont, and probably five to get home. We don’t do slab.

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    We're 335 miles from the rally.
    Planning on two days to get there and six days to return home
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