RideAbout65.2 – Day 21 – McAlester, Oklahoma to Conway, Arkansas


Total distance: 256.61 mi
Download file: Day21.gpx


Today’s Mileage: 257 miles

Total Trip Mileage so far: 5645 miles


From McAlester, OK to Conway, AR via the Talimena Scenic Drive from Talimena State Park to Mena, AR as recommended by Pat.  Then from Mena, AR to Conway, AK via Highways 270,28, and 60.  One of the best ride days of the trip – from the first mile in the morning until the last mile into Conroy, AR – outstanding road.  The Scenic Drive was twisty with elevation changes and all things fun – the ride from Mena to Conroy was just pure, pleasant backroads of the most relaxing kind.  It was nice after coming across the flatlands the day before.

I stopped to rest in Parks, AR at the Parks Grocery and Grill.  Nice folks inside – when I reached in the cooler to get a drink, the lady said, “don’t take those in the front, they aren’t cold yet, get one in the back”.  It just doesn’t get much better than that.  Not to mention the convenient shade tree out front to sit under.

In Conway, AR – Yelp said I would get good BBQ at the Whole Hog Café – looking at the parking lot I figured all those people wouldn’t be there unless it was good.  Correct! It was really good – a great end to the day.

Video link below.


Talimena Scenic Drive

Talimena Scenic Drive




Tom Carter
Franklin, Tennessee

Mechanical Engineering Consultant

Motorcycle Rider/ Racer/ Tester

Husband/ Dad/ Grandfather/ Great-Grandfather

Planet Earth Arrival 1947

First rode a motorcycle around 1958

Still riding today…