RideAbout65.4 – Day 2 – Forrest City to Fort Smith via the “Pig Trail”


Total distance: 323.4 mi
Download file: Day-2.gpx


Today’s Mileage: 323 miles

Total Trip Mileage so far: 579 miles


Day 2 and it is off to find some back roads in Arkansas – I had read that there was a road called the “Pig Trail” that was supposedly the Arkansas equivalent of Tennessee’s Tail of the Dragon.  Since the Pig Trail runs north and south and starts up around Harrison, I cut cross country to the north west to the start of it.  When I finished it looked like I would be in position to spend the night at Fort Smith.  It was a nice, pleasant ride over to Harrison although the faint tones of banjo music seemed to get louder as I neared the start of the Pig Trail (Hwy 23).   The Pig Trail was certainly a nice road and extreme scenic with very little traffic…but equivalent to TofD?  Nope, nowhere near as intense – more of a relaxed version.   But it was certainly a good start to the trip and gave me a chance to see how the KTM handled a “Ducati” road.  Mr KTM handled it just fine, its a keeper.

It was late when I finished up so I jumped on I-40 for a few miles to get into Fort Smith for the night.  I am thinking that this trip I will make use of occasional stretches of interstate to avoid taking extra hours just to stay on backroads – that will give me more time for the good stuff.  And as I head west, even the back roads are straight and flat in places.

Tomorrow I plan a return visit to the Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum near Chandler, OK and to ride a section of old Route 66.



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…