Fall SWAP MEET

Our Swap meet earlier this year was a great success so we thought to have another one.

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FALL SWAP MEET
Come see if there is anything you can't live without or try to get rid of those things you most definitely can live without. We'll have some refreshments on hand and food available as well. Feel free to roll your bike around with a for sale sign but in order to set up a table send us a message here on fB or at highrollercyclery@gmail.com

We will be raffling a Burley Flatbed trailer at 1pm!
https://burley.com/product/flatbed/

$3 for a 10'x10' spot
$12 for a 10'x10' spot with table provided (RSVP by 10/24/2018)
No tents will be for rent so bring your own if you would like one
Come see if there is anything you can't live without or try to get rid of those things you most definitely can live without. We'll have some refreshments on hand and food available as well. Feel free to roll your bike around with a for sale sign but in order to set up a table send us a message here or on fB or at highrollercyclery@gmail.com

We will be raffling a Burley Flatbed trailer at 1pm!
https://burley.com/product/flatbed/
Raffle tickets also get you a free beverage you can enjoy as you browse the goods.


$3 for a 10'x10' spot
$12 for a 10'x10' spot with table provided (RSVP by 10/24/2018)
No tents will be for rent so bring your own if you would like one

If you want to join us for a nice easy ride that morning you can

 (this place is not actually on the ride)

(this place is not actually on the ride)

This will be a short casual ride so if you're a beginner or just want a nice chill ride with friendly faces then show up at Airship coffee with a smile as we get rolling at 8 am sharp. You might want to get there a few minutes early to enjoy some of Airship’s offering. The ride will end at the shop for the swap meet so you might need to make proper arrangements if you plan to exhibit and join the ride too.


If you consider yourself a coffee connoisseur and you haven't had Airship coffee yet then you're in for a treat. Jeremy will have a few cups of Bharundi ready for those who want to try it!

Trout Campout

Earlier this year we hosted a Swift Campout Summer Solstice Bike-Overnight event. We had a great time and look forward to the next one.

 Awkward and authentic picture from our last campout

Awkward and authentic picture from our last campout

In the meantime, we have had a few people ask for a multi day trip so why not have a beautiful fall trip with some fishes, fires, and friends! We are just want to throw the dates at you and let you know the general itinerary so you can plan accordingly.

Tentatively

DAY ONE
Day 1 we plan to roll out from our Fayetteville location at 10a.m. and ride to our Rogers location. We hope to roll toward the White river sometime close to 1p.m. The route will be road and gravel. For Friday night We will reserve a bunk house at Ozark Cabins and RV that Sleeps 8.

https://www.ozarkcabinseurekasprings.com/accomodations

Because we have to have a 2 day rental anyone who wants to come Saturday instead is welcome to use our spot and or we can use this as a back up stay for day 2 if the weather looks bad. We plan to have a fire and enjoy a quiet fall evening before the next day’s ride.


If you plan on fishing be aware that AR and MO have different licenses and you are responsible for getting these if you do not already have them. Be aware that you need a trout stamp too. The fines are pretty hefty if you are caught fishing without a license by a game warden.

AR License Here

MO License Here


 The first Awkward Trout B ever caught.

The first Awkward Trout B ever caught.

DAY TWO

The trout are normally active in the morning and depending on the generation schedule we might have time for a little dawn fishing!

We have a casual ride to Roaring River with some fishing holes along the way. There is a potential beer stop along the way so be ready for that. Only a few spots are open at the State Park but we may just camp along the river if that's what people prefer. This night is going to be camping not a cabin so be sure to prepare for that.

 Most of the roads we travel will be gravel so look forward to some good views

Most of the roads we travel will be gravel so look forward to some good views

DAY THREE

We can fish a bit in the morning if anyone wants. Roaring River SP is only open in one zone on the day we are there so most fishing would likely be below the state park in the national forest. To get home we can either ride as a group back to Highroller or each can do their own thing in groups. If all goes well though we will head back with full bellies and fond memories!

THE ROUTE

The roads are mostly gravel with some steepish sections so plan your bike and gear accordingly. If you need anything done to your bike or anything ordered in terms of gear please call the shop so we can get you all squared away before the event. Its only a month away!

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28041322

Comment with questions and suggestions.

Thanks For Reading,

Branton

Pedal to Paddle on the Illinois River

A week or so ago I decided to take the kids to the river.

 Just before we saw our first catfish of the day.

Just before we saw our first catfish of the day.

If you would have told me six years ago that I would someday be into canoeing, camping, and fishing by bicycle I would not have believed you. Back then I was pretty far into the cyclocross scene. I spent all my free time planning cross courses, practicing dismounts, and waiting with bated breath for the next episode of behind the barriers to come out.   

 The perch were plentiful.

The perch were plentiful.

MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED

I guess it makes sense really. My first truly great experiences involving cycling came to me by way of the hikenbike excursions that my scout troop did when I was a kid. We would meet as a group and then ride to some point of interest where we could run amuck for a while before riding back to the start. Eventually we worked up to the point of strapping on our back packs filled with enough for an overnight. As we set out for the camp I felt like the world was my playground. I believed I could go anywhere as far as my legs could pedal.

Things move a bit more slowly now. I can’t remember the last time I “turned the pedals in anger”. I still enjoy the aspect of a physical challenge and believe me, just because you are going slowly doesn’t mean it’s easy. Here is a little story of one of my most recent trips that my family has come to call a pedal and paddle.

 Finally on the way down to the car after out "long" climb up

Finally on the way down to the car after out "long" climb up

A week or so ago I decided to take the kids to the river. It was just me and the kids so it took a little more time than normal to load up the boat, my bike, the trail-a-bike, and the Burley trailer. I threw together a quick lunch and did a double check that I had all the life jackets, paddles, fishing gear, water, minnow nets, and countless other things(don’t worry I still forgot plenty of stuff).

We are so fortunate to live in an area that has so many recreational activities close by. Within twenty minutes I was unloading the canoe at the HWY 16 bridge over the Illinois river near Savoy.

Another quick drive and we parked the car at the expected take out. As I set up the train (that’s what we call our setup - my bike pulling the trail-a-bike pulling the Burley trailer) the kids looked around, threw rocks and prepared the bags. In about ten minutes we were ready to roll. The ride back to the boat was only 4 miles on dirt roads but 2.5 of it was up hill. Let me tell you, the normal definition of uphill does not apply when you are pulling 150 pounds of humans and gear.

Once we got back to the canoe I locked up the bikes and we loaded up the gear. It was noted by the youngest that quite a few ants had taken up residence in the gunnels of the canoe. The crew mutinied and refused to board until I had completely removed and double checked that there were no ants in the vessel.  Snacks are key in an adventure like this. I know this and came prepared, the crew was content to eat granola bars on the bank while I worked.

 Tree

Tree

 Bluff

Bluff

The actual float was a blast. We floated about 4 miles and stopped many times for swimming, fishing, lunch, etc. My oldest is a very comfortable in the boat and she is getting the hang of actually paddling in some type of constructive manner. The youngest is typically on net duty trying to scoop up unsuspecting minnows.

The scenery on this part of the river is highlighted by some really beautiful sycamore trees, long low sandstone bluffs, and a few abandoned vintage Volkswagon vans.  A big blue heron accompanied us for the better part of the trip and we even managed to catch a few fish along the way. Surprisingly we did not encounter a single snake and saw very few turtles.

 Always something to see on the banks

Always something to see on the banks

When we arrived at the take out the kids played while I schlepped all the gear and canoe up to the car again. Once we were loaded we drove back to Fayetteville stopping to pick up the bikes along the way. Quick outings like this (okay, it still took the better part of 6 hours) are what I love to do these days and with a little planning they are pretty easy to execute as well.