For the fall 2015 sidecar gathering for the Ok-Ark-La-Tex area, we are planning to pitch-in with the Rich Mountain Rendezvous scheduled for September 17-20, 2015
at Queen Wilhelmina State Park along the Ok/Ark border near Mena, Arkansas: http://rmr4casa.com/
....This Rally does require you to register.
Looking fwd to another joint venture of the TURD's and Freinds of TURD's. The Rich Mountain Rendezvous, scheduled for September 17-20, 2015
, is the annual fundraiser for the local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) group - registration includes a t-shirt & several meals: http://rmr4casa.com/
Pre-Register by August 15th to reserve a t-shirt of your choice of size.
We have attended, in whole or part, all but one of these gatherings since 1999. Insight into the journey and rally can be seen in these pics from
2011: http://www.sidecar.com/mbbs22/forums/th ... =8&start=1
2012: http://www.sidecar.com/mbbs22/forums/th ... =2&start=1
and I rode up on our CRF/KLX 250's
Queen Wilhelmina State Park is on top of Rich Mountain at +/-2600 feet about 13 miles West of Mena, Arkansas on AR88/OK1 which is the Talimena National Scenic Byway: http://www.talimenascenicdrive.com/
Additionally, there are some good unpaved USFS and Polk County roads to the East and South of the park.
The Lodge and Restaurant have been closed for renovations for the past couple of years, but are scheduled to re-open prior to the Rendezvous. There are only 38 rooms in the Lodge and it's quite popular on the weekends - so please contact the Park early if you would like a room at the Lodge: http://www.queenwilhelmina.com/
or (800) 264-2877. The next closest motels are down in Mena - various options can be found here: http://visitmena.com/stay/
Also contact the Park directly should you need to reserve an RV site.
As more fully discussed on the Rendezvous site, there is a large area for tent camping (no hook-ups) that can be paid at pre-registration or to the rallymaster on-site: http://rmr4casa.com/your-rendezvous/camping-options/
Temperatures are generally 10* cooler at the park than down in Mena due to the elevation and camping can be very pleasant in late September; however, the campground is on the highest peak in the area which exposes it to clouds, fog & storms. We plan to bring our tent this year.
We'll post more info & details as the plans develop for group rides and lunch meet-ups.