How many of you out there are motorcycle riders or have been? My husband and I started riding about 2 &1/2 years ago and we love it! As a kid I had ridden with my dad on his just the usual take-the-kid-around-the-block-at-a-slow-speed. I thought it was fun.
Now as an adult I’m LOVING the riding. A lot of people ask if I ride my “own” bike or plan to and I tell them that nope – I like riding on the back of ours so that I can hug my husband and watch all that there is to see on the way. He has to worry about the driving. (yes, true, not all fair, but he likes the hugs, too!) And I am now getting more adept at taking photos from the bike!
Well, that was all a long explanation for this post! I want to share with you one of my favorite weekends each end of summer/start of fall: Bikes, Blues and Bar-B-Q in Fayetteville, AR! This was our 3rd year to attend and it just gets better each year! Their official site is here and their Facebook site is here!
So we started out spending the night in Siloam Springs, AR at the Hampton Inn, one of favorite hotels and oddly enough the #2 Hampton Inn in the country! They left us these cute ducks in our room on Thursday night, too.
We came in Wednesday night so we could spend some time with local friends of ours. Then Thursday officially kicked off the rally. It is usually the quietest day of the rally. We spent the time checking out Baum Motorcycle Village at Baum Stadium where they have all types of vendors. You can sign up to test ride a Harley there, too. We usually have to get at least one shirt from the rally and it is a good place to find them. We also made our way to the Washington County Fairgrounds were they have the BBQ competition and a lot of the camping – people with tents and campers/RVs. They also have events like lawn mower pulls, midget wrestling, and pig races. And we did our usual stop (again, one of my favorites) at Buffalo Wild Wings in Tonitown, AR.
Friday was the day to explore. There are several ride routes that are posted for riders to take and they also have poker runs on Friday and Saturday. You can explore Pea Ridge Battlefield/National Military Park – a neat drive thru for being on a bike. You can go to Eureka Springs, too. And a favorite is also War Eagle Mill in Rogers, AR where you can get all kinds of wheat products, flour, baking mixes, dishes and even enjoy a homemade meal in their third floor restaurant/museum. Here are some favorites from our trip to the mill this year.
Another must see is the Harley dealership in Rogers, AR – Pig Trail Harley- Davidson. There are plenty of things to see and buy there, too. It is almost as large as the Baum Stadium group.And when you are there look for the buffalo head on the motorcycle at the front door!
We saw this little guy as he parked beside us when we arrived!
So if you want to have some fun at a friendly bike rally with tons of activities (including a good number of weddings on the main stage) you must attend this bike rally. With reportedly over 40,000 people attending and just getting larger there is plenty of people watching to do!! Dickson Street is the main event. They have stages, beer garden, and vendors all along the street. On Friday and Saturday the street is closed for many blocks and they have a constant flow of bikes as well as a parade of bikes on Saturday.
And another favorite that we found this year is Hog Haus Brewing on Dickson Street. We liked it so much that we went twice. They’ve got a really cool bar on both floors and if you get lucky you can sit out on the balcony and watch all the revelry!
We’ve already made our reservations for next year – as the hotels sell out quick. But if you are a risk-taker then you can wait until the week before and find some that other people are giving up because they can’t make it. We like our #2 Hampton the best so we’ll stick with it!
Hope to see our riding friends there next year! Drop me a message if you might want to go or already have plans to go!