|We knew this
change would be controversial, but based on ever shifting circumstances, a decision
was made in early January to make the move. At first, even the
organizers were split on the decision, but after some research and thoughtful
debate, Hot Springs became the logical choice for the 2001 Curve Cowboy Reunion.
The CCR II Team feels that this move will allow us to build upon the success
of the original Curve Cowboy Reunion. Some of you will be disappointed with
this decision, and we hope it doesn't change your plans to attend. If it
does, we are deeply sorry and will miss you.
In the coming
weeks, we will be updating the CCR II web site with all the relevant
information, so please be patient and check back regularly. Thank you
for your understanding and support. We look forward to meeting all of
you in September.
The CCR II Team
Some of the key points that led to this change include:
- Spirit and Camaraderie
- Available facilities to better support a large group
- More route options from the Hot Springs area
- Easier access to the reunion location
- Non-riding activities for attendees
Spirit and Camaraderie
One concern for the reunion organizers was to avoid
the "us versus them" feeling that might arise from the lodging
limitations in Broken Bow. With most of last year's attendees located at
the Lakeview Lodge and the new attendees limited to either camping or
hotels/motels more than 10 miles away, we concerned with a negative impact to
the spirit of the CCR.
We hope that all agree that the spirit of the CCR is the camaraderie and
shared sense of family and not the location. The move to Hot Springs
offers a better opportunity to keep the group together and build upon the
spirit that is the CCR.
The Lakeview Lodge that hosted the first Curve Cowboy Reunion sold out in
the first few weeks following the event. This limits the lodging options to
camping at the Lakeview Campground or other hotel locations more than 10 miles from
the reunion site. Since we are expecting 100+ bikes attending the
reunion, we feel that we just outgrew the Lakeview Lodge.
Hot Springs offers a much larger selection of lodging options ranging from
Luxury Condos to Hotel and Motel Rooms to Camping within 4 miles of "CCR II Central".
The primary hotel site has parking to support the expected 100+ bikes and
banquet facilities to host the anything from an outdoor BBQ to full blown sit
down spread for the Saturday night shindig. More details on the lodging
options will be available soon on the CCR II web site Hotel
and Camping Information Pages.
For those of you worried about an economic impact to the Lakeview Lodge,
realize that September is the high season for the area and our departure won't
hurt one bit.
Riding route options from the Lakeview Lodge were limited to the Talimena
Skyline Drive, 50 miles to the north. Selecting Hot Springs for the
location of the 2001 Curve Cowboy Reunion opens up a whole set of day long
riding routes. These include the always beautiful Talimena Skyline Drive
(approx. 195 miles round trip), Arkansas' famous Pig Trail (approx. 300 miles
round trip), and Sceneic Byway 7 (approx. 325 miles round trip). Each of
these routes have several options that will allow you to ride as much or as
little of the route to suit your particular desires.
There will be no organized Group Ride for CCR II. This
would have been the case even if the location were still the Lakeview Lodge in
Broken Bow. With the number of bikes at over 100, the logistics for
organizing such a ride makes this much more difficult for the CCR II team to
coordinate. If you want to gather together for joint rides, please feel
free to organize your own group rides. More details on Suggested
Riding Routes will be available soon on the CCR II web site
The Lakeview Lodge in Broken Bow offers very limited access via US
259 from the North and South. US 259 is the area's primary thoroughfare for commercial traffic, particularly logging
traffic. Combined with the lodging limitations, many of the CCR
attendees would be required to travel between the Lakeview Lodge and Broken
Bow or Idabel on US 259. Our primary concern was for those who would be
traveling between the Lakeview Lodge and the alternate lodging
locations, especially for those returning from the CCR II evening
activities or after a long day of riding fairly challenging roads.
Hot Springs offers access from various major US Highways and
Interstates. Hot Springs is accessible from I-40 and Fort Smith via US
71 and US 270, Russellville from I-40 via Scenic Byway 7, Little Rock from
I-30 via US 70 or US 270, and Texarkana via I-30 and Scenic Byway 7 or US 59
and US 70. More details on reunion access will be available soon on the
CCR II web site Directions page. You can
also check the Area Maps and Along
the Way pages for additional travel information and ideas.
One complaint about the Broken Bow location
was the lack of activities for non-riders or people who just want to take a
break from riding. While the hardcore members of the group might think
this is a cop out, we want to make sure that we consider some of our members
that just want to hang out and play.
In case you just want to take it easy, Hot Springs offers many non-riding
activities to occupy your time. These include Jet Ski and Boat Rentals
on Lake Hamilton, Shopping in Historic Downtown Hot Springs, taking in the
view from the Hot Springs Mountain Tower, or a leisurely ride on any number of
the short trips on local roads through the Hot Springs National Park.