Previously: The Continental Divide Trail - New Mexico

2011 Ozark Highlands Trail, Arkansas


Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
With limited time (until the 14th of June) to enjoy some of the Ozark Highlands Trail I started at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center near the US64 Bridge over the Buffalo River this morning. My friend John or Mother Nature's Son and his wife Sale took me here on their way home from a dude ranch vacation in Colorado. I saw fish and soft-shell turtles swimming in the clear, lazy meanders in the river from the cliffs high above. At the Collier Homestead, I saw two Black Bear cubs and heard their mother calling them with quiet, deep, long "ub ub" sounds. A doe and fawn were wading in Calf Creek. Bugs and birds sang all day.
Camp: Arnold Bend, Buffalo River
Mile: 4
Book: A Sand County Almanac, by Aldo Leopold
Weather: Sunny, hot, humid


Thursday, June 9th, 2011
A swim in the Buffalo River at Woolum was much appreciated at mid day. Ticks both large and small climbed up me by the dozen: Every break included a search and destroy mission. I saw fish and Great Blue Herons in the river and tributaries. I read a magazine of short stories.
Camp: Near Stack Rock
Mile: 28
Weather: Sunny, hot, humid


Friday, June 10th, 2011
I saw a year old Mule Deer buck and a ringneck snake.
Camp: Richland Creek Campground, where I swam twice
Mile: 38
Weather: Sunny, hot, humid

Northern Water Snake

Saturday, June 11th, 2011
I saw 3 box turtles and 2 cottontail rabbits. At the next ford of Richland Creek a northern water snake had most of his body hidden under a rock in the stream, but with his head just above water. He stayed in this position through most of my snack, water, and swimming break. The ticks were uncountable. I picked dozens off my legs every few minutes. I also had formed small poison ivy rashes on my legs. It was so humid and hot that by 9am my sweat had soaked through my camera bag and the outside of the camera was wet. My shirt sleeves were so worn out and ripped that I tore them off.
Camp: 5 miles from Highway 7
Mile: 53
Weather: Sunny, hot, humid in the morning, thunder and rain in the afternoon


Sunday - Tuesday, June 12th - 14th, 2011
I walked out to Scenic Highway 7 and Miss Cindy and Miss Sharon came and found me. We drove a few miles down Highway 7 to their place. It was a wildlife lovers paradise, with a pond full of turtles, frogs, and fish, and huge lawns full of deer and birds. Large flocks of brilliant yellow American Goldfinches Spinus tristus, as well as cardinals and bluejays, all in their spring mating colors, came to feed at the sunflower seeds they set out. I enjoyed all the conversations with Ed, Cindy, and Sharon.
Camp: Miss Cindy's Place
Mile: 58
Weather: Sunny, hot, humid

Ringneck Snake

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Ace and I drove west on Interstate Freeway40 through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and into New Mexico.
Motel: Tucumcari
Weather: Sunny, hot, humid

Snake Skin

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Ace and I continued to Chama, New Mexico.
Motel: Cumbres Suites
Weather: Sunny, hot

Snake Track

The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
I read a GDMBR map tonight. 6 sheets cover the US with one more to ride to Banff in Canada. Both maps and a mile by mile description are included. An odometer is recommended for navigation. Latitudes and longitudes are available from the ACA website for all points discussed in the mile by mile description. Paragraphs cover history and natural history, etcetera. The USFS and BLM large scale maps I would want to buy and carry are listed. There are elevation and annual temperature profiles and much other useful information. In short, the Adventure Cycling Association maps are well done and worth using if I bike this route at some future date. A set costs about $100.

Some Locations along the Ozark Highlands Trail

Place Latitude Longitude Elevation Date & Time Comment
BuffaloRiverCliffsView 35.980851 -92.769603 214 2011-06-08T15:36:21Z  
CollierHomestead 35.975124 -92.767701 255 2011-06-08T15:58:54Z  
+BRTRoad 35.969241 -92.768555 181 2011-06-08T17:09:09Z  
ArnoldHomestead 35.973437 -92.774692 187 2011-06-08T17:33:28Z  
ArnoldBend&OldCemetary 35.976613 -92.779800 192 2011-06-08T17:42:23Z  
+BRT ArnoldBendRoad 35.977068 -92.784230 203 2011-06-08T17:50:44Z  
+BRT NewArnoldCemetaryRoad 35.976571 -92.785109 203 2011-06-08T17:52:51Z  
NewArnoldCemetary 35.977511 -92.790060 214 2011-06-08T18:03:01Z  
Arnold Bend Camp 35.979557 -92.791554   2011-06-08T19:51:08Z  
SlayBranchCemetary 35.958724 -92.838774 178 2011-06-09T14:24:46Z  
BurntConcreteBlockHouses 35.957042 -92.867812 273 2011-06-09T15:57:32Z  
EulaFord 35.900151 -92.895875 228 2011-06-09T22:29:13Z  
+FR1201 1205 35.838014 -92.953917 596 2011-06-10T14:09:57Z  
RichlandCreekCampground 35.797275 -92.934262 330 2011-06-10T23:24:29Z  
+FR1203Co32 OHT 35.749420 -92.978350 330 2011-06-10T23:27:13Z  
OHTRichlandCreek 35.763810 -92.987380 330 2011-06-10T23:28:57Z  
FairviewCampground+7OHT 35.738750 -93.093760 447 2011-06-11T17:42:02Z  
Place Latitude Longitude Elevation Date & Time Comment

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