We planned to meet in Rogers, Arkansas some of Mike’s college buddies from his University of Arkansas graduate school days. We would not have otherwise ridden the roads described in this route, and the roads AR-127 and AR-12 turned out to be super fun riding with no traffic, good surface and plenty of curves to make it interesting. AR-12’s traffic did get busy the closer we got to Rogers though. We ate at Las Palmas, a Mexican restaurant in Rogers. It was a cut above most Mexican restaurants. There are plenty of gas stations in Rogers so you can fill up there and have enough gas to get you back to Harrison. We headed back to Harrison a different way by riding “Race Track Road”, AR-221. This 9 mile road has virtually no traffic and fun race track type curves so one can ride it pretty quickly if desired. We only rode it one way, but in past years we have ridden it up and back, and that is what I recommend. Taking AR-302 to get to AR-221 was no fun since AR-302 is just a slow back road without scenery. Here is the route map to get to Rogers from Alpena, AR. The detailed route description is shown below the map:
Parkers RV Park, Harrison, AK→Rogers, AK 76 mi (1 hr 35 min)
Left onto US-412 W/ US-62 W/ US-65 N Go 1.5 mi
Right onto US-412 W/ US-62 W 6.6 mi
Left onto US-412 W Go 29.4 mi
Right onto AR-127 W Go 4.8 mi
Right onto AR-23 N Go 7.9 mi
Left onto AR-12 W Go 1.1 mi
Straight onto AR-127 W Go 8.5 mi
Right onto AR-12 W/ E Hwy 12 Go 15.3 mi
Left onto N 2nd St at stoplight Go 0.5 mi
Right onto W Poplar St Go 381 ft
Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant will be on left
Heading back to Harrison from Rogers (~90 mi total)
From heading east on W Poplar St towards S 2nd St Go 32 ft
Left onto S 2nd St Go 0.5 mi
Right onto E Locust St/ AR-12 E Go 0.4 mi
E Locust St turns left and becomes AS-12 E/ Prairie Ck Dr Go 14.9 mi
Left onto AR-127 E Go 8.5 mi to stop sign.
Straight onto AR-12 E Go 1.1 mi
Left onto AR-23 N Go 10.1 mi to stop sign at Land-O-Nod Inn in Eureka Spgs (35 mi to here)
Right onto E Van Buren/ US-62 Go 1.7 mi
At Blue sign that says “Red Bud Valley Resort & Chapel →”
Right at first paved road onto Rock House Rd /Co Rd 302 Go 6.6 mi
See sign that says “Kings river Outfitters”
Left onto AR-221 N Go 9.1 mi
Continue to follow AR-221 N for ~ 2 mi into Berryville.
Right onto US-62 E. There will be gas stations on this road.
Right onto AR-21 S/ High St Go 17.5 mi (Alternately you can take US-62 all the way back to Harrison, but AR-21 is much more fun and worth the extra miles.)
Left onto US-412 E to stop sign Go 21 mi.
Right in Alpena at stoplight onto US-412 E/ US-62 E/ US-65 S. Go 6.3 mi
Right onto US-412 E/ US-62 E/ US-65 S Go 1.5 mi
Right into Parkers RV