Approaching the end of August, one may fairly hope the worst of the summer heat is behind us. Fall isn’t too far ahead and it’s time to start thinking about those great rides to some of the many harvest festivals in the area.
This coming weekend has the Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run & Bike Show close to Mena Arkansas. Any excuse is good enough to ride this beautiful part of Arkansas. Arkansas folks are friendly and know how to put on a good party, so expect a good reception with good food and great entertainment.
And you’ve got to ride the Talimena scenic drive from Talihina Oklahoma to Mena Arkansas, or the other way if you prefer. The scenic route follows skyline drive north out of Mena and includes the Queen Wilhemina State Park lodge. It’s a little more than 60 miles one way, and will take just more than an hour and a half.
Mena is right at 100 miles from Texarkana, and it will take two hours of riding to get there. My experiences in that part of Arkansas have always been well worth the trip.
— Guy Wheatley