Hellbender Part Two on Travels with Harley

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Last week we left you wondering whether Jim and I would end up taking the Hellbender Tour after cancelling our reservations because of Jim’s project.

Needless to say, we decided to do the Hellbender Tour and took the Ultra and the Road King Classic for a demo ride. Both bikes rode really nice. After we picked up our riding packets, we decided to have a bite at the main Cavern. Because we had to do payroll and pack for the trip we didn’t get to leave until the following Monday missing part of the route, which took the 275 registered riders through Missouri to Arkansas. Our route took us directly to Arkansas.

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We left I-44 at Rolla and took 63 south. Stopping for lunch in Cabool, MO, we saw a sign for the Corner Cafe. A lunch buffet with homemade meatloaf and scratch made chicken tenders convinced me that their Steak fingers would be wonderful and, and as Jim always says, I was right.

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Our original reservation stay that we had to cancel in Mountain View had no open rooms and so I booked at the “Inn at Mountain View” Bed and Breakfast. What a wonderful Inn. Located on the square, the wraparound porch was perfect for rocking and smoking cigars and conversing. Local musicians gather in the square in the evenings and play music with a vendor across the square from the Inn selling the best Butter Pecan ice cream.

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I can’t say enough about the Ozark Folk Center. Artisans and Crafters are preserving our heritage in blacksmithing, quilting, printing, woodworking, and anything you can imagine. Bluegrass music played live with handmade mandolins and dulcimers. We were treated to a great meal of pulled pork, salads, and pasta by the parks department and a wonderful concert by Harmony in the evening. The next morning we met up with Steve and Matt at the lodge restaurant for a breakfast with biscuits so good that Jim had to compliment the cook.

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Tuesday it was on to Hot Springs and the Arlington Hotel with a great welcome from the Landers Harley Davidson. Nevertheless, before we could reach our destination we had to attempt the Arkansas Dragon. Rumor had it that it was not for the faint of heart and rumor was correct. I had the opportunity to play with our GoPro Hero3 Black camera on the dragon. Part of the ride I had the camera on mounted on the side of my helmet and then on Friday, I mounted it on the front of Jim’s helmet for a bit. It is amazing how easy it is to control the camera with the phone app and I’m always learning new aspects of it. I’m going to be more than prepared when we begin our, “Travels with Harley,” Video Road trips.
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During lunch, I discovered that I could transfer photos to my phone, and reduce the size. There is nothing better than enjoying great food and playing with my camera. It just keeps getting better! Sadly, my learning process is often slow so, although I should have tried mounting the camera low on the bike to really get the feel of the curves, that will have to be next time.

Don’t forget to check out next week’s blog for the final chapter of the Hellbender Ride on, “Travels with Harley. “