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Riding dirt roads in Arkansas.
Riding dirt roads in Arkansas.
Good friends Kay Pratt and Connie Hamilton pause for a break.
Good friends Kay Pratt and Connie Hamilton pause for a break.
Our Friday ride crew, including two local boys who showed us lots of double track trails and water crossings.
Our Friday ride crew, including two local boys who showed us lots of double track trails and water crossings.
Kay and I visited Pivot Rock just outside of Eureka Springs.
Kay and I visited Pivot Rock just outside of Eureka Springs.
Me
Me
Kay Pratt shopping in downtown Eureka Springs.
Kay Pratt shopping in downtown Eureka Springs.
Kay and Connie listening to Hillbilly Dual Sport Ride founder Uncle Dave telling a tall riding tale.
Kay and Connie listening to Hillbilly Dual Sport Ride founder Uncle Dave telling a tall riding tale.
The OKC group eats at a local Pizza Hut after a fun day of riding.
The OKC group eats at a local Pizza Hut after a fun day of riding.
Kay Pratt dropped her bike - while it was standing still!
Kay Pratt dropped her bike – while it was standing still!
Kay Pratt on her Honda CRF-230L
Kay Pratt on her Honda CRF-230L
Our Friday ride group contemplating a wide river crossing.
Our Friday ride group contemplating a wide river crossing.
The girls from our Friday ride.
The girls from our Friday ride.
Meet Mr Wheelie King.  This guy can ride a wheelie like nobody's business.  Standing up, backwards, for miles at a time.  Amazing.
Meet Mr Wheelie King. This guy can ride a wheelie like nobody’s business. Standing up, backwards, for miles at a time. Amazing.
Our local host showed us lots of cool riding trails.
Our local host showed us lots of cool riding trails.
Me again.
Me again.
Kay and Connie geared up to ride.
Kay and Connie geared up to ride.
Ed and Cindy Jones smooching during a break in  the action.
Ed and Cindy Jones smooching during a break in the action.

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.

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A front tire gets changed in the hotel parking lot during the 2009 Hillbilly Dual Sport Ride.
A front tire gets changed in the hotel parking lot during the 2009 Hillbilly Dual Sport Ride.