David Johnson's Travel Blog
Bicycle Trip 1999
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego 2003
Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
Nomadic 2005
Bicycle Trip 2009
Bicycle Trip 2010
Nomadic 2010
Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
04/18  Release the Cows!
04/19  Need A List
04/20  Million Dollar Water
04/23  Peoria IL
04/24  Navigating the Grid
04/25  I'm in a flat land
04/26  Ghetto in the Fields
04/27  The Katy Trail
04/30  Hermann MO
05/01  Hermann to Jefferson City
05/02  The Mushroom Hunters
05/03  Enter the Ozarks
05/04  Ha Ha Tonka
05/09  Bennett Springs State Park
05/10  Barbed Wire and Mansions
05/11  Hello Arkansas
05/16  Up the Mountain
05/17  Muddy Roads
05/21  The Ouachita Trail...
05/22  whip-a-ree
05/23  Mena
05/24  Oklahoma
05/25  Farm to Market to Paris
05/29  Caddo National Grasslands
05/30  Salt Palace and Alligators
05/31  Highways
06/01  Waco
06/06  Waco Mammoth Site
06/07  10 Liters
06/08  Mayonnaise or Mustard
06/10  Llano
06/11  Enchanted Rock and Old Tunnel
06/12  High Fences
06/13  Kickapoo Cavern
06/14  Del Rio
06/19  Into the Desert
06/20  Cold and Wet
06/21  Bicycler Bottleneck
06/22  Chisos Mountains
06/23  Chisos Mountain Lodge
06/24  Terlingua
06/25  Alpine
06/27  Friday Night Light
06/28  Dust Devils
07/02  Crops in the Desert
07/03  Armpit of America
07/04  City of Rocks
07/10  Gila National Forest
07/11  Peanut Butter
07/12  Last of the Washboards
07/13  Quemado
07/17  El Malpais
07/18  Last Desert Stretch
07/19  Farmington
07/24  Colorful Colorado
07/25  Between a Rock and a High Place
07/26  Cinnamon Pass
07/27  3250 Miles
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015
Chickens and Pheasants 2016
Biking About 2016
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017



tl;dr: The birds woke me up. Early. I spent the day on remote forest roads drinking local water.

The birds woke me up. I figured dawn was approaching. I check my phone. 1:30 AM. Most obnoxious birds ever. Whip-a-ree whip-a-ree whip-a-ree all night long. And though I wrote three bars, it was a continuous stream of obnoxious. I can only assume this bird makes as much noise inhaling as exhaling. I put in my earplugs. That worked until one landed right above the shelter and let 'er rip. WHIP-A-REE WHIP-A-REE WHIP-A-REE.

I followed the Ouachita Trail for several miles to the next road, where a trail sign indicated that what I thought was several miles was barely a mile and a half. I guess all that pushing my bike over downed trees made it seem further. I have no regrets about abandoning the Ouachita Trail. Possibly I could enjoy hiking it, but mountain bike touring is just impossible.

I traveled on forest roads most of the day until 4 PM, when I came to Highway 270. Up to this busy highway I had met only four vehicles in total. Two of those were on a brief stint on Highway 27, and the other two were near the very small town of Ions Creek.

There are almost no houses on these roads, and most of those are abandoned. I guess folks moved from the neighborhood, and now there's country. Even if I was so inclined, there wasn't even much opportunity for begging water, so I filled up at various creeks. For the first time ever I decided to use those little water purification pills. I've read about how nasty they make the water, but it wasn't that bad.

By afternoon I started feeling my coffee deficit. I'll live.

When the mountain road I'd been following finally dumped me out onto Highway 270, I decided that I had had my fill of the Ouachitas.


good morning Ouachitas

''reliable water''

more downed trees on Ouachita Trail

tight fit

Gladstone Forest Road

dog in middle of nowhere

abandoned house

very abandoned


no idea

there's that trail again

exit the Ouachitas

round baling

contact me at le@liverworks.com
< 2014-05-21 The Ouachita Trail... 2014-05-23 Mena >