2017 Buffalo Headwaters Challenge

12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge

Sitting and waiting at 4:30 pm on a Friday at my brother’s home, I look at my watch again as if it will help move either time or my brother’s arse quicker. The marauder is packed and the bikes loaded, I just need his bag of bones in the vehicle. The traffic in Northwest Arkansas is about to explode. Hwy 49 is about to turn into full-fledged fury road. With road construction and wheel taco-ing barriers, you are left to fend

2nd Annual Ozark Hillbilly 10 Mile Backroad National Championship

The 2nd Annual Ozark Hillbilly 10 Mile Backroad National Championship

On an unusually pleasant January day, the town of Oark, Arkansas grew ten fold as city folk from all over the country started to appear. Sporting attire unlike the local fashion of advantage camo, these folks were wearing colors that could be seen from miles away. These were hardbodies ready for the Arkansas death march. This was the 2nd Annual Ozark Hillbilly 10 Mile Backroad National

Lost Valley Arkansas Trail Waterfalls And Caves

lost valley arkansas trail and cave waterfalls

The Lost Valley Arkansas system of trails, waterfalls, and caves make for a unique display. Lost Valley is a very easy location to get to and is surrounded by numerous natural features. Located in the larger Boxley Valley, visitors will likely see Elk from the roadside as they graze near the Buffalo National River.

Richland Creek And The Sandstone Castle

Located on the eastern side of the Ozark National Forest sits a relatively modern campground for those that wish to set up camp near amenities. But we are not here to talk about modernized camping, we are here to talk about going back to the Paleozoic Era where cave dwelling takes hold

Devil’s Den State Park

Surrounded by the natural beauty of oak and hickory in the Ozark National Forest of Northwest Arkansas, Devils’ Den State park offers a natural playground for people of all ages. There are mountain bike trails that offer a beautiful and flowing ride across a forest valley overlooking Lee Creek. The trails aren’t technical for most of it and can be managed even by beginner skill levels. There are a couple of spots to watch for along the creeks where water can create slick rocks as

Our Team Slowly Drops Out

I kept seeing photos of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu for the last decade or more of my life. The photos all looked like a photoshopped job as if to say that I would be disappointed if I ever actually made it to Machu Picchu. Well I made it, and those photos are bullshit, but in the sense that this place is way better than anything that a camera could ever hope to capture. The problem is getting to Machu Picchu. It’s not as simple as you think and it shouldn’t be done in a rush. It makes the journey perfect for the adventurous.

A Short Hike To Hurricane Creek

We were packed up and ready to hike the Hurricane Creek stretch along the Ozark Highlands Trail. We parked at the abandoned building with a sign for Ozark Highland Trail parking, crossed the single lane bridge to the dirt road, and looked for the trail marker which was easy to find. It was a short two day excursion of around thirteen miles from the Haw Creek area to Chancel.

The annual Buffalo Headwaters Challenge put on by the OORC (Ozark Off-Road Cyclist) was graced with mid 60 degree weather and a big turnout.  Mountain bikers from all over the state as well as Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas turned up at the Headwaters School in Red Star, Arkansas.  This was the 11th official challenge but its roots date back much further.

For those that have not made it to Big Bend National Park, it is the least visited National Park in the country and this is due to the fact that there is nothing touristy near it or on the way to it. It is a better part of a million acres and joined to another massive Big Bend Ranch State Park. Across the Rio