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 firstname.lastname@example.org