We are somewhere between almost peak color and empty trees. This is a great time of year to take a drive through the Ozarks. For five years, I worked on a charity motorcycle event called the Cancer Road Challenge. It was a motorcycle poker run and show.
A key component of a poker run is a great route. Most years, committee member Emerson Goodwin made sure we had a very cool route that took you through winding, tree-canopied roads that you might not know about.
Last winter, I found these same routes to be breath-taking after the roads had cleared but the ice still covered each individual tree limb. Each one looked like it was wrapped in foil as they sparkled in the sunshine.
Since this weekend would be perfect for a drive, I’m sharing the routes with you. Our event was held at the Northwest Arkansas Community College so the routes begin and end there. You’ll find them fun whether you are on two, three, or four wheels.
And in case you are curious about the Cancer Road Challenge, it was part of the Cancer Challenge. The motorcycle event was discontinued a few years ago but the other Cancer Challenge events still go on. Since 1993, the Cancer Challenge has gifted out over $10 million in grant money to help our friends and neighbors who are struggling with the challenges of cancer. They also fund some prevention and early detection programs too. All the money stays local. They hold a run/walk, a golf tournament, a trap shoot, a tennis tournament, and a gala. In recent years, they have started the Teen Challenge and it raises money but more importantly, raises awareness about cancer. For more information on the Cancer Challenge or to make a donation, visit www.cancerchallenge.com.