Yea, yea, this is not an Oklahoma ride, but a lot of Okies like to attend this ride, including me. My friends on ADVRIDER needed a place to host the GPS tracks for this years ride so here we are.
First off, this is not an organized ride of any sort. Just like my fall Clayton ride, this is just a bunch of like-minded dual sport riders getting together for a weekend, sharing some GPS tracks, and hitting the trails (or dirt roads in the case of the Hillbilly ride) to explore the countryside. My friend and fellow adventurer (and itinerant Jayhawk) Dave Hemphill is the guy who kind of puts this “ride” together. Uncle Dave as we fondly call him. Just like me, Dave likes riding with friends so he and a few friends started meeting in Eureka Springs, AR a few years ago to ride the dirt roads in the area. The “non-event” got bigger and bigger and in peak years upwards of 100+ dual sport riders would gather in the Bed and Breakfast capital of Arkansas for a weekend of riding, usually around the first weekend of April.
This year Dave decided to change things up a bit. First off, it is held April 9-11 rather than the first weekend of April. And the venue has changed, to Marble Falls, AR. Most folks are staying at a motorcycle hotel and campground named The Hub. This 50 room facility south of Harrison is geared around motorcyclists so should be quite fun. Dave wanted to offer new trails to ride so this new location should fit the bill.
Below are three of the suggested dual sport GPS tracks that were sent to me for this ride. I understand these are appropriate for any sized dual sport bike as long as there is no rain and mud. I haven’t ridden them myself. Download the tracks, book your reservations, and meet us in Arkansas for the weekend.
NOTE: There are three separate tracks in the GPS file. You can download the file, upload it to your GPS using Garmin Basecamp or comparable software, then pick the TRACKS from your GPS – NOT ROUTES. Routes are very hard to navigate when shared between different GPS units because each user may have different maps and different GPS units use different routing algorithms. TRACKS are much easier to follow and more accurate.
The south track has not been tested and not sure if it goes all the way through. Some backtracking along the Buffalo River may be necessary.
2015 Hillbilly Dual Sport Ride GPS tracks
(right click on the DOWNLOAD button and choose “save as” to download the GPX file that can be uploaded to your GPS)
Dozens of Oklahoman’s made the trip to Eureka Springs on April 4-7 for the 10th annual Hillbilly Dual Sport motorcycle ride. Originally started by our riding friend from Kansas, Uncle Dave, it has morphed into a mutli-state event that attracts riders from Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. Primarily a street and dirt road ride, this fun event usually features beautiful scenery, easy rides, and sometimes cold and wet weather.
This year we were lucky. The weather was a bit cool on Thursday, but the remainder of the weekend was clear, sunny, and warm. Dozens of riders showed up on everything from KTM 525’s to KLR’s to Triumph Tigers. Various groups went out for a ride each day, exploring the back roads in and around Eureka Springs. Our group ran into a local pair on 250 dirt bikes and had fun following them on local 2-track trails.
A bunch of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas riders are converging on Eureka Springs, AR for the 10th (?) annual Hillbilly Dual Sport Ride. This is a fun filled weekend of easy dual sport riding down gravel and dirt roads and a fair amount of pavement. Originally put on by “Uncle Dave” out of Kansas, this ride has grown into a big event with over 100 riders showing up for a good time. The host motel is the Ozark Swiss Inn 3601 E Van Buren phone 1-800-833-8450 or 479-253-6688. This is an informal dual sport ride that features everything from awesome paved twisties to fairly gnarly single track.
There are no registration fees, T shirts or BS just a bunch of dual sporters having fun and riding the great trails around Eureka Springs. There is a group get together in the evenings and lots of beer drinking and bench racing will take place. There are excellent restaurants and cafés in the area as well as many unique one of a kind places to eat out on the trail.
The fourth annual Winter Dual Sport ride is scheduled for January 21-23 in Talihina, Oklahoma. For this hard core three day ride each participant must be self-contained, with winter camping equipment, food, fuel for a fire, and warm clothes and sleeping gear. Riders will camp out each night regardless of the temperature, and ride dirt roads, logging trails and some rugged 2-track trails. This year the ride starts in the Talimena State Park and goes off-road over into Arkansas, then returning Sunday to the park. For more details click here.
Just back from spending the weekend in Eureka Springs with a very special passenger: my amazing 16-year-old daughter Summer. She, Danny, and I rode out of Oklahoma City Friday morning and spent most of the day in rain. We had a gorgeous day Saturday riding around in northwestern Arkansas, then meandered home today. This was Summer’s first multi-day outing on a bike. She seemed to love it. Not one single complaint — not even Friday in the pouring rain — unless you count her telling me to go faster in the Arkansas twisties. Ha! Summer obviously takes after me (not her mom, who is always telling me to slow down). She even thinks she wants a sportbike. We’ll see…