Arkansas Bicycle Club



2019 BRAA update

12 Mar 2019 8:37 AM | Anonymous

On March 11, 2019 I drove much of the proposed route for the 2019 BRAA, along with the assistance of Kenny Gober.  I think this will be a fun BRAA, even though it might be more challenging that I originally thought.  

The roads are not optimal for the first day, but we can manage.  Rumble strips will cause us to ride in the lane more than I wanted, but we can make it work.  We will end the day with some climbing up Crowley's Ridge.  Also, with the first day being Sunday, our cafe choices are almost none.  

The second day will be similar to the first, but we will find some better traveling choices.  There will be more hills than you would think for Eastern Arkansas, but not that bad.

The third day will be a challenge.  Mostly gravel roads with a few steep climbs.  The scenery is great.  This is a very short day in miles, but if we take our time on the gravel and really take in the great views and enjoy the National Forest, it will be a great day.

The fourth day will be our longest.  We will need to get rolling that morning to make it to the cafe in Elaine.  About 50 miles total.

The fifth day is all flat with mostly good shoulders on the main road.  We will most likely end up at a motel this night.

The sixth day is a flat 20 miles back to our cars after a good breakfast in Clarendon.  

Due to the area we are traveling we will need to prepare more meals in camp than usual, but there are grocery stores available to purchase food to prepare.

We have arranged, with the help of a friend that works in a bank at Brinkley, to park our cars are an old Walmart parking lot which is next door to a Kroger store.  Also, Pennie, our friend, did contact the Brinkley Police Department and they agreed to patrol our vehicles each night.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

John LInck    501-231-9350


  • 15 Mar 2019 9:48 AM | Anonymous
    The "gravel road day" may not appeal to some riders so i do have an alternate route planned for those that would rather stay on pavement. We can discuss that at the start of the ride. The total miles will be similar.
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  • 21 Mar 2019 6:44 PM | Anonymous
    We are about 10 days away from the start of the 2019 BRAA. As I was walking through the garage today I made myself take a look at my touring trike. As I suspected, the poor trike was still covered with mud from the last tour ride in February.

    There was no time like the present, so I got out the garden hose and a bucket of hot soapy water and started the process. After finishing the washing I found a brake out of whack, so I made that adjustment. Then the next step was to dry and oil the chain. Also, I had to make some adjustments on the panniers. Finally, I rolled the trike back to its storage space. I know there will be more adjustments etc. before the ride, but at least I have a good start on having the trike ready.

    John Linck
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