The 2024 Dick Russell Memorial Ozarks Rally Mountain View AR May 8th- 12th

Well, better late than never - right? I'm finally getting around to posting about this year's rally. What a great time we had with some fantastic weather for riding. After the past couple of rainy / foggy rallies, we were due some sunny days.
Our first day's route took us to lunch in Calico Rock at the Printing Press Cafe - a really cool place to visit - via a trip on Arkansas 341 - aka Push Mountain Road (also "The Sidewinder") with a rest stop at the biker friendly 341 Market - also a trip up and over the Norfork Dam on the North Fork of the White River - very scenic. After lunch, it was up and over for a run down a very twisty section of Arkansas Highway 9, then back to Mountain View. One of our group had the misfortune of picking up a screw in his rear tire, and our highly qualified pit crew was on it - getting the tire dis-mounted and calling around the area to find a shop that could repair the punctured tube. An excellent evening meal was enjoyed by the group at Angler's Inn nearby.
Friday, after a breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant, repairs on the flat tire were completed, bike was re-assembled, and the group was off - headed for lunch at the Ozark Cafe in Jasper - along the way, riding the section of Arkansas 123 known as the "Arkansas Dragon"- a fun stretch of road. Friday evening's meal was pizza which was consumed during our "campfire "session at the park. A bonus event on Friday night was the presence of the Aurora Borealis - yeah, way down in Arkansas!
Saturday's route took us North along the scenic and twisty Arkansas 14 through Yellville and Summit, then over to AR 178 past the Ranger boat factory, through the town of Bull Shoals to the visitor center at Bull Shoals dam where the group enjoyed a scenic and educational rest stop. The visitor center contains educational displays about the dam, the area, and the wildlife in and around the lake, also some educational displays about the construction of the dam. Lunch was had at the nearby Beacon Point restaurant - a biker friendly, and rather quaint little restaurant along the route. We returned to Mountain View by dropping south at Midway, then a short ride on Arkansas 412 to the southern edge of Mountain Home, where we picked up AR 210, which took us back to Arkansas Highway 5 to Mountain View, with a rest stop along the way at Calico Rock. ( I sincerely hope everyone in the group enjoyed this route, as I spent much of Friday evening working it out and pitching it to our fearless leader. ) Saturday evening's meal was at Mi Pueblito restaurant in Mountain View (our traditional venue for the last meal of the rally) followed by a return to the campfire circle and the awards ceremony.
According to my odometer, we rode a total of 485 miles during the rally. What a great time!