I spent yesterday morning on a detour between my Aunt and Uncles in Dallas and my old friend Jesse and his family in SW Arkansas. It was a suggestion from PNWSTOG member Dan Mancini that once lived in the greater Dallas area. He said this was a “must do”. Well, he was right!
The road is Ok 1 and heads east from the sleepy little town of Talimena across the state line to Mena Arkansas. Its about 50 or so miles long that runs the ridge line of the Staircase mountains. Both sides of the road have numerous pull outs for vista views cause it’s the tallest ridge around. On that Monday morning, in those 54 miles, I passed 2 cars, 1 truck, a dozen Harleys and 1 RV (the last mile just outside Mena). The 20 and 30mph curves were glorious. I was later told by my friend Jesse that the Staircase mountains was the setting for the 1969 and 2010 movies “Rooster Cockburn”. As I make my way east, I’ll be hitting more civil war sights and this area has it. Enjoy the pics and if you are in the area, ride it, you won’t be disappointed!