RIDE THE OZARKS RALLY KICKS OFF
OCT. 6TH IN HARRISON, ARKANSAS


Mark your calendar for Oct. 6-9, 2016 to join in the fun at the Ride The Ozarks Rally in Harrison, AR  Harrison, a friendly, small town located in north central Arkansas, is ground zero for the city's first-ever "Ride The Ozarks" motorcycle rally in downtown Harrison. Live music, beer garden, vendors, great rides planned. Don't miss it! Get all the event details here: http://www.harrisonarkansas.org



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ROUTE 66 FESTIVAL BIKE SHOW WINNERS

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Charity Bike Show Winners Announced



Best of Show Winner Lloyd Rathgeber is presented his trophy and Eureka Springs Getaway Package, by the reigning Mrs. Cruise The Ozarks Karen Johnson, at the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Charity Bike Show.

Cruise The Ozarks recently announced results of the 2016 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Charity Bike Show. Cruise The Ozarks was selected to organize and judge this year's bike show, which was held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 in downtown Springfield, MO, during the 'Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.'

A total of 45 motorcycle owners competed in 10 classes in the charity bike show. Here are the First Place and Second Place winners in each class, starting with the winner of the 'Best of Show' award.

Best of Show:

Lloyd Rathgeber

Vintage Metric:

1st Place - Bob Church
2nd Place - Tim Pierce

Vintage American:

1st Place - Jeff Schmitt
2nd Place - Richard Chambers

Custom One-of-a-Kind:

1st Place - Darrel Buford
2nd Place - David Fiddick

Production Custom:

1st Place - Jack Frakes
2nd Place - Randy Fender

Sport Bike:

1st Place - John Sack

American Cruiser:

1st Place - Gary Van Dyke
2nd Place - Robert Durbin

Metric Cruiser:

1st Place - Darrel Buford
2nd Place - Michael Baker

American Touring:

1st Place - Lloyd Rathgeber
2nd Place - Pat Biggs

Metric Touring:

1st Place - Bill Bradam

Trikes:

1st Place - Levern Shell
2nd Place - Charles Stark

Best of Show winner Lloyd Rathgeber was presented his trophy by the reigning Mrs. Cruise The Ozarks Karen Johnson. He also received the 'Best of Show' prize consisting of a $400 Eureka Springs Getaway Package.

The motorcycle-friendly Eureka Springs businesses who helped contribute to make the winner's prize possible include a 2-night lodging gift from Best Western Eureka Inn; free dining gift certificates from The Cathouse Lounge, The Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern, and Myrtie Mae's Restaurant; plus gift cards from Eureka Springs Harley-Davidson. The total value of this Best of Show package was $400. Cruise The Ozarks also distributed copies of the 2016 Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce 'Visitor Guides' to entrants and visitors at the bike show from their booth situated in Motorcycle Village.

This year's festival was estimated to attract 35,000 - 40,000 visitors.

Cruise The Ozarks is proud to salute the winners, as well as all the participants in the 2016 charity bike show.

Proceeds from the bike show were donated to support the mission of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

"We had great fun and fellowship at this year's show," said David Bell, publisher of both the Cruise The Ozarks' Rider's Guide and the website CruiseTheOzarks.com. "I hope everyone will mark their calendar now to attend the 2017 Charity Bike Show at next year's Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. We'll be there with a bigger and better show than ever before," he promised.

Click here for more photos of winners in the 2016 Charity Bike Show

Welcome to Cruise the Ozarks, where you'll find the best motorcycle riding in the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks! Plan your next Ozarks motorcycle ride with us!

The Ozark Mountains are THE motorcycle riding spot between the Rockies and the Smoky Mountains - especially northern Arkansas and southern Missouri... with hundreds of miles of great cruising roads. Our goal at Cruise the Ozarks is to help you make the most of your Ozarks riding experience. Take a look at our new ride maps showing you the cool motorcycle riding in the Ozarks. If you are looking for motorcycle destinations in Arkansas and in Missouri, these motorcycle ride maps show which roads to explore, especially if you have limited time to spend in the Ozarks. Come experience the great roads in Arkansas and Missouri with Cruise The Ozarks today!


Cruise The Ozarks is your first stop for planning your next motorcycle ride in the Ozarks!


Our new issue of 'Cruise The Ozarks Rider's Guide 2016/2017' is now printed and distributed across 5 states, in and around Arkansas & Missouri. Our readers keep telling us how much they really like our new features.

Once again, we are so very appreciative of the great advertisers and sponsors who helped us reach our goal to make this issue of 'Cruise The Ozarks' our biggest and best issue ever! New ride maps. More roads and places to explore. More things to do when you tour the top roads in Arkansas and Missouri. Must-stop destinations and the best motorcycle rallies to attend.

Yeah we have to admit it: Because we live here in one of the most beautiful parts of the United States, we're biased ...but we feel this small slice of the vast region known as 'The Ozarks' is one of the top riding spots in the nation. Once you've ridden here, we think you'll agree. We've planned this new issue to help you make the most of your motorcycle ride to and through the Ozarks and help provide you a great overview of what the Ozarks has to offer.

Of course there are plenty of other wonderful roads besides the ones recommended in our rider's guide. May we suggest DeLorme's fine Atlas and Gazetteer to fully explore the Ozarks if you want to take to the back roads - read that meaning our famous gravel roads. And, be sure to contact us after your ride and e-mail us a picture of you and your riding group for us to post in our "Rider's Gallery".

Exploring Route 66 History in Missouri


We passed through Lebanon, MO recently on our way to northern Missouri, Iowa and Illinois to distribute extra copies of our printed rider's guide 'Cruise The Ozarks' -- and while we were in town, we discovered some really nice Route 66 must-stop spots in this historic town. We wanted to share what we found with you. Click here to check out these Route 66 photos we captured. Route 66 still holds our imagination, and draws riders from across the USA as well as from overseas. We'll be adding a new ride map next issue which details stops along Route 66 in Southwestern Missouri you should definitely visit.

Announcing: Our 2016-2017 Issue #8 is now available for free download!
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CRUISE THE OZARKS: The Early Issues 
A compilation of the early issues of David Bell's Cruise the Ozarks magazine is now available as a paperback book. It is a book full of the stuff you want to know about when you are riding through the Ozark Mountains.

Here's what one reviewer had to say about David's new motorcycle rider's guide of the Ozarks:

"This is not only a great guide for motorcyclists but also has a lot of information about where to stay, what to do and where to eat for anyone visiting the Ozarks."

That's what we like to hear because that's what Cruise the Ozarks is all about!

To order this beautiful 4-color paperback book (which makes a terrific gift, by the way!) , click here and order your copy today! Don't delay. Get your own personal copy of "CRUISE THE OZARKS: The Early Issues" now!

Featured Rides Revisited:

Over the years David Bell, publisher of Cruise The Ozarks rider's guide magazine and website, has written and photographed for RoadBike, Rider, and Ride Texas motorcycle magazines, as well as other general interest publications.

David has also condensed them and placed them here on this website for your enjoyment, and to give you a look at the best areas to explore while you will be riding across the Ozarks.

"I hope you, the reader, enjoy these previews, or have a great time re-living your own previous Ozarks riding experiences," Bell said recently. "My goal is to share with readers what I love about the Ozarks." Click here and enjoy!


Mount Magazine for Fun Why Mount Magazine is such a magnificent ride: In fact, the 10 miles from Havana, on AR 10 up AR 309 to the state park. This issue of Rider Magazine published a piece I produced called "The Peak to Peak Run" and it describes a wonderful ride between the two highest peaks in Arkansas, Magazine, and Rich Mountain, home of the Queen Wilhelmina State Park over on the famous Talimena Scenic Drive. Click on the picture below to go to Rider Magazine website page featuring the article to get more info on that ride.

Geology of the Ozarks: What Makes The Ozarks So Special For Motorcycle Riders?

The geology of the Ozarks produces twisty, serpentine highways and roads and is what makes the area a veritable riders' haven, To understand the geological make up of the Ozarks, you need only look at the mountain tops; flat, mostly all the same elevation. In the distant past, this area sat at the bottom of a vast inland sea. It was later uplifted, producing a plateau with the highest point above mean level - Mt. Magazine - between the Rocky Mountains and the Smokies, not necessarily the highest point above sea level. Over the years wind, rain and rivers carved the ridges, hollows and valleys along which many of the winding highways, roads and hiking trails follow even today.

We have a long riding season in the Ozarks and all those extra days provide for more great riding than rain delays. But you will want to have rain gear with you in case you have to "ride on anyway". Check out the current weather over Berryville and the rest of the Ozarks HERE! Scroll down to the middle the weather page for a radar image.

The sponsors of this website are listed because they are motorcycle friendly and solicit your business. Lodging, cafes and restaurants, watering holes and other sponsoring businesses have been selected to help make your stay enjoyable... both on the road exploring and back relaxing after a day of riding. Please support these folks who welcome you to Cruise the Ozarks.

We will be updating our list of our favorite riders' groups very shortly. Stay tuned...


Another Big 'Thank You' To All Our Great Sponsors!

It's exciting to hear that 'Cruise The Ozarks' is getting rave reviews from our 80,000+ readers who are actively seeking out the best motorcycle routes in the Ozarks! We owe our success to all of our great motorcycle-friendly sponsors who help support motorcycle riding in the Ozarks.

'Cruise The Ozarks Rider's Guide' is available for free at all high-traffic Arkansas Visitor Welcome Centers located around the state, as well as bike shops and motorcycle clubs scattered throughout Arkansas and in numerous places in Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Eastern Iowa. Many bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts, cabins and campgrounds across the Ozarks graciously allow us prime space to stock and hand out copies of our free rider's guide to motorcycle riders eager to explore the best of the Ozarks roads.

Yes, it's true that riders from all over the U.S. come here to enjoy the Bikes, Blues and BBQ party event each September in Fayetteville, Arkansas ... but bottomline, BB & BBQ is just one exciting 4-day excursion into the Ozarks. On the other hand our rider's guide -- detailing the best of Arkansas and Missouri rides, places to go and see, things to do, and so much more -- focuses on where to ride in the Ozarks all season long, from those chilly March days to those splendid Autumn rides late in the year.

We strive to let you know about all the unique, one-of-a-kind places you can experience here. Please tell our terrific sponsors that you saw their ad, and please tell them 'Thank You!' for helping to support motorcycle riding here in the Ozarks. You can rest assured that our sponsors and advertisers are indeed 'Biker-Friendly' and ready to serve you and show you a great time throughout the entire motorcycle riding season.

If you would like to advertise your business on Cruise the Ozarks, please contact us by emailing Steve Johnson at: advertising@cruisetheozarks.com

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