Route Notes: You can find full details on the Arkansas High Country Route here from the excellent Adventure Cycling Association. The full shebang is 1171.8 miles, but can be broken up into three smaller loops (Northwest, Central, South), with options for singletrack on the south loop. This short series covers my trip out on the Northwest loop, which took two days and some change.
Additional important notes:
- 50% gravel, 50% pavement
- Climbs and descents with grades frequently in the 17-21% range
- ~19,000 feet total climbing in 250 miles
- "A minimum of 37mm tires with some tread is highly recommended." - Thoughts on this later.