David Bell's new paperback book -- "Cruise The Ozarks Anthology 2017" -- is now available for instant purchase online! Get your copy today!

For a free peek inside this new paperback click here to preview it on Amazon.com. Click on the "Look Inside" button at the top of the book cover and see how this book will help you plan your next getaway trip to the Ozark Mountains!

Prepare For Your Ozarks Motorcycle Adventure!
Discover the simple beauty of riding your motorcycle through the Ozark Mountains with "Cruise The Ozarks Anthology 2017" by David Bell.

Research Before You Ride!
Enjoy touring the quaint Victorian village of Eureka Springs, the Dam Bridge Loop, the famous Pig Trail on Hwy. 23, travel the 215 to Oark, plus helpful, colorful maps to ensure you never get lost. Further, David Bell's book details riding trends, things to do in the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks, sights to see along the best rides in the Heart of the Ozarks, majestic views of the Roaring River Loop, as well as the majestic Arkansas Scenic Highway 7 that takes you right down the middle of the Ozarks region.

See What You've Been Missing!
One of the Top 5 motorcycle rallies in the nation -- Bikes, Blues & BBQ -- is documented for you so you'll be ready for what you'll experience with 400,000 of your closest friends!

Where to find the best back roads of the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks, and the best off-the-beaten paths to follow.


This book is a must if you've been wanting to explore the Ozarks on your bike. It's an easy way to plan your next trip to the Ozarks by having this beautifully illustrated guide at your fingertips. Click here to get your copy today!

The new Cruise The Ozarks Anthology 2017 brings together all the great stories published in Issue 1 through Issue 8 in a sturdy paperback format.

* Easy to use, order online fast
* Complete coverage of the best rides in the Ozark Mountains
* All the stories you love about Arkansas and Missouri roads
* Selected ride maps show you where to plan your rides

Why did David Bell publish this paperback book for his avid readers?

"I put this together so that I could share with others the places I love to ride in the Ozarks. I want others to enjoy this wonderful riding area as much as I do," he said.

"Inside these pages you'll find great places to ride to, great roads to ride on, and wonderful places to stop, get off your bike, and just enjoy the views."

Why did he start CTO back in 2011?

"I had written lots of stories for national motorcycle magazines about the Ozarks over the years. I wound up with lots of stories and photographs left over."

Bell has written for Rider Magazine, Ride Texas, RoadBike Magazine, as well as other general interest publications. The state of Arkansas has hired Bell to keep its own motorcycle vacation guide updated over the years.

But he wanted to reach riders directly. He wanted to share his photos and stories directly with other riders.

"My goal was to share my personal stories and pictures with riders who also wanted to cruise the Ozarks."

The first issue was centered on the quirky tourist town of Eureka Springs, but quickly he found readers were more interested in exploring all over the greater Ozarks region. So Bell changed the focus to an Ozarks-wide vision, and the rider's guide has grown every year since.

Readers contact David directly to tell him how much they enjoy his magazine.

"I think that readers realize this magazine is a labor of love, and that is who they want to get advice from about cruising the Ozarks... from an Ozarks' native who wants to share the area he loves."

He keeps it a high-quality glossy publication because he wants it to stand up to the competition.

"I want to be able to hold my head up when readers pick up my magazine alongside any other national motorcycle magazine," he said. "I want it to be something that they'll want to keep and not just throw away."

He has come across readers who have kept every issue; many have called to fill in voids in their collection.

"I think that is because they want to use it as a reference for planning their trips to the Ozarks."

This perfectbound paperback anthology has more than 112 pages of editorial content -- rides, destinations, select ride maps, and the history of the Ozarks in full-color splendor.

The "Cruise The Ozarks Anthology 2017" can be ordered online now at www.CreateSpace.com.

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To get your free peek inside David Bell's new paperback click here to preview "Cruise The Ozarks Anthology 2017" on Amazon.com. Click on the "Look Inside" button at the top of the book cover and see for yourself how this book will help you plan your next getaway trip to the Ozark Mountains! Get your copy today!


2017 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Bike Show Photos

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Veterans Day 2016 Message:

Veterans Day is a time to stop and reflect on the selfless service of our military service members, past and present, and to say "Thank You!" to veterans everywhere across our great nation.

David Bell and Steve Johnson of Cruise The Ozarks also wanted to personally thank veterans who are extra-special to us.

David Bell says:

"My dad was stationed in India during WW2 so he was not in combat. But that didn't matter to me as my brother and I were growing up. What I did know about dad's tour on the subcontinent was that he was issued two things that to any red blooded American kid were the coolest things ever: The Army Air Corps gave him a Thompson submachine gun and a Harley-Davidson FLW. So I come by my love of guns and motorcycles honestly.

"There's a family story about his time in India. It seems there was a cute nurse (not my mom) at the hospital on his base. He was riding his Harley and showing off for said nurse. He spun out in the gravel parking lot and came up with a case of road rash. The nurse spent the next hour pick the gravel out of his butt and thigh, and dressing his 'wound.' Needless to say he didn't receive a Purple Heart for his wounds.

"To all our vets, 'Thanks for your service!' You have made it possible for all of us to enjoy riding across this great country.

"Have a great Veterans Day celebration and know you are appreciated.

"Stay safe out there on the road."

Steve Johnson says:

"Riders who are Veterans hold a dear place in my heart. I must admit, I always get a little teary-eyed whenever I cross paths with someone in leathers or those wearing a ballcap that says "Vietnam Veteran" because I can't shake their hand quick enough and say, "Welcome Home."

"Their service is especially honorable because of the awful way far too many of them were treated when they came home from overseas. But today I honor all Veterans this Veterans Day; they are all special in my book.

"One of my greatest privileges in my life has been to serve in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Chief Petty Officer. It was an honor and privilege I don't talk about often, but the 22+ years I served our country made me appreciate how special this nation of ours actually is, and taught me that small things that appear to divide us as Americans are actually the freedoms military service members have always fought to defend.

"But it was my Dad who encouraged me to join the Navy after high school, and he helped set me on the path to serving my country. So I honor him this Veterans Day and give thanks to him for being a hero to me, my brothers and my Mom, for his honorable service in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

"Here's a photo of him when he was 17 and had left Illinois to fight a war overseas. Like most heroes, Dad really didn't talk about his war stories after he'd come home and taken the uniform off. He just went and did his duty and when he came home, he got on with his life raising me and my two brothers, building a life with my mother, and being a damn good role model for me as I grew up.

"He lived a good life and made me proud to follow in his footsteps by serving our country. He passed away from complications from Parkinson's Disease in November 2014, just a few days shy of that year's Veteran's Day celebrations in Iowa. He was laid to rest with full military honors at the Rock Island Arsenal Veterans Cemetery in Illinois. Thank you Dad for showing me the way to serve our country, and for your selfless service to our nation and to our family and community."




Coming up Oct. 28 - Oct. 30 -- Twin Lakes Thunder Rally, Mountain Home, Arkansas:

Will be held at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home, located in beautiful north-central Arkansas the last weekend of this month. Free admission. Public welcome, lots of family fun scheduled. Vendors, rides, live music and lots of games. Also: 'trick or treating' with bikers. Great time to see the Fall colors glowing in the Ozarks trees! Call for more information: (870) 424-3535, or click here to visit the Twin Lakes Thunder Rally Facebook event page.


HARRISON RIDE THE OZARKS RALLY BIG SUCCESS, CITY BUSY PLANNING NEXT YEAR'S RALLY

The 'Ride The Ozarks Rally' held Oct. 6-9, 2016 in Harrison, Arkansas, deemed a big success by city officials.  This motorcycle rally -- in the friendly, small town of Harrison, located at the junction of Hwy 65 and Hwy 412 in north central Arkansas -- was the city's first-ever "Ride The Ozarks" motorcycle rally. This celebration of motorcycling drew hundreds of riders to enjoy the live music, beer garden, vendors, and great rides in the Ozark Mountains. Activities were centered in downtown Harrison. You can check on all the event details about next year's event and riding your motorcycle in the Harrison area at this link: http://www.MotorcycleHarrison.com You can also follow them on their Facebook page by clicking here.

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ RALLY IN THE BOOKS
WITH RECORD CROWDS ACROSS OZARKS


As we were distributing copies of 'Cruise The Ozarks' Rider's Guides around the NW Arkansas area during the 2016 BB & BBQ - to get them into the hands of riders attending who live out of state - we noticed huge numbers of bikes and trikes in Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and Newton County. It seemed busier than in past years. Great weather helped with the big turnout. We're positive that attendance at this year's rally set a record. Riders were already making plans to attend next year's event at the end of September 2017. If you have any rally photos you'd like to share, send them to us so we can share on our Facebook page.


The Day Our Server Blew Up...

This summer we've had so many visitors to our website, www.CruiseTheOzarks.com, that on a recent Sunday morning our web host server went down. Ka-Blewy! Down for the count... and a message stating 'Bandwidth Exceeded' So many new readers in our audience; caught us asleep at the wheel. But no worries... our webhost techies got the problem fixed within a few hours, and we were up and running again. It was the first time we've ever had so many visitors to our website. The extra traffic shut down the server in its tracks! And, this time we have upped our data plan so that such an interruptions won't happen again.
We saw a 20%+ rise in page views in June 2016 compared to May 2016... and May was one of our biggest months of visitors ever! More important, July traffic is keeping pace with the extra page views we noticed we were getting in Jue. We're happy the word is getting out that CruiseTheOzarks.com is THE place to plan your Ozarks motorcycle adventure! Such website growth doesn't happen by accident. It happens because of great readers who tell their riding friends about us. We appreciate that. And, we will be better prepared for massive growth from those riders interested in planning their best-ever trip to and through the Ozarks this year!
Let us know if there are more stories or features or photos or videos... whatever it is ... that you'd like to see added to our website this coming year, and we'll do our level best to make that happen. Thank you for visiting CruiseTheOzarks.com in droves! We do appreciate it!


Updated: 19th-Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival weekend of June 24-25 deemed big success

Local organizations and business owners pitched in to make the 19th-annual Elk Festival in Jasper a big success this year. Read all about the festival in Jasper, Arkansas, and make plans now to attend the 20th-annual Elk Festival the last full weekend of June 2017.

Survey Results ...Thanks to All Who Participated

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our recents Readers Surveys, as your input helps us know what motorcycle riders want to know more about before they ever leave home for the Ozarks. Your responses help us deliver a better rider's guide and website, as well to help riders plan and enjoy their stay here even more.
We really enjoy hearing from our readers and we plan to have another survey drawing starting soon. If you have any ideas for things we need to improve on our website or in our rider's guide, please let us know. You can reach Steve Johnson at ---> advertising@cruisetheozarks.com with your ideas.

Ozark Road Photography

Riders on Ark. 27 Rider on Ark. 7 Why should riders on the Dragon get all the great shots of themselves carving the corners. The Dragon has Killboy (Darryl Cannon) and Arkansas has Joe at RidePics. He works on US 62 Seven miles west of Eureka Springs. Go to his site at www.ridepics.net and look up the date your roared by and order a picture. Help Joe keep out there doing what he loves to do.

Traffic Trouble

I don't think we have too many real speed traps in the Ozarks, but do be careful in small towns. They may get you if you speed. But we need to be courtious riders and be careful around these small burgs where people live, work, play and routinely go back and forth across the highway. It's just right to be considerate. BUT, sometimes some places may take advantage of visitors who come to the area and their officers try to squeeze a little more out of their pockets by unreasonably ticketing, not just riders, but cagers, too. If you've had an experience where you feel your were the victim of a genuine speed trap, email me and I'll post what I can. Please don't use this as an opportunity to rant and vent. Let's keep it civil and to the point.

Speaking of Highway Trouble...

Anyone encountered any other construction issues we should share? Email me.

 

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