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Camp at the Talimena State Park , lead them back and forth on the Talimena DR , two round trips and they will be broken in . Dusty
I would not do a group ride on a first "touring ride". Living in central Kansas I would probably suggest an in state route in fairly rural areas so not much traffic to deal with or a technically difficult road. That said, I would soon introduce the rider to NW Arkansas. GliderJohn
Holy s**t I didn't know there was a Lum & Abner museum! I gotta go there! Sometimes you can learn some really worthwhile stuff on this forum! Thanks! I do nearly ALL my riding in NW ark & SW Mo. anymore. These guys got sick of my photos a long time ago.
Really? I've ridden with this same bunch of guys almost every Tuesday evening for years and had a pretty good idea of their riding abilities, but two of them had never been on any ride longer than a day trip. Those Tuesday dinner rides sometimes cover a 100 miles. How much more would I need to know before I take them to Arkansas?
I definitely agree that there is a learning curve involved when flatlanders get into the mountains on a bike for the first time. When the four of us ride together, I always end up in the lead. That's the way they like it, probably because I have a lot more years of riding experience than they do. So it was pretty easy for me to show them lines and control their speed, and I did take it easy on them the first couple days. The quickest pace on the trip was on the Talimena as we headed home the last day and there was no Ricky Racer stuff then either. Just a bit more brisk than we had been doing previously. I've always lived in north Texas and it's not Kansas flat, but it's pretty boring when it comes to riding roads, so I'm not the fastest rider in the mountains by any means. But 57 years of riding with a fair amount of travel have made me a pretty safe rider. When I visit some of my friends that live in the east Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia area they often run off and leave me because I'm not willing to run their pace in those mountains. They know those roads and I don't. I always manage to catch up when they stop though.
looks like a Talimena ride.I had to look up L&A.
I'd be nervous taking greenies to ride the ozarks. A few flatlanders were airlifted out of NWA from the rat raid one year. Some of those Arkansas corners will sneak up on 'ya.
On the way back, probably take the ferry to Washington, and take the "Going-to-the-Sun" back.
I don't consider the BRP too terribly technical with a maximum speed limit of 45mph
You're right, Chuck. Many great roads in and around Western NC, but I find myself going back to the BRP every time. That's probably because I tend to stay in an area where there are a couple of places to jump on to take us to so many of those great roads. You must be a real road burner to call it boring! You know what we've got around here. I will be heading to Northwestern and North Central PA in late September, hidn45. First time up there. Will be doing some dual sport fire road riding on my TW and also some road riding to carve the canyon you speak of on my S2 Thunderbolt. Can't wait!
You must be a real road burner to call it boring!
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