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    TX-OK-AR Z8 2-Day Road Trip

    For the weekend of Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, the TX-OK Zachtergang has planned a 2-day Spring road trip from the DFW area to Oklahoma, Arkansas and back, for some spirited driving in beautiful wooded and mountainous areas, not to mention a few other interesting stops, and plenty of “congregating.”


    In general, we depart from various parts of DFW on Friday, spend Friday night in Broken Bow in South-East Oklahoma, and take the long way to Mena, Arkansas, where we spend Saturday night at a resort. Anyone (with a Z8) is welcome to join or drop out anywhere along the way. Non-Z8 owners will only be invited with the unanimous consent of the Z8 owners.


    Here’s the detail itinerary (subject to change, based on whatever advice we get from any of you)


    4/25, Fri morning: A group of Z8s depart from our house in Richardson, Tx at 11:00am sharp. If you get there early enough, there will be a hot breakfast waiting. Roadie coffee too!


    4/25 Fri late morning & afternoon: We will drive a scenic route towards North-East Texas, including a scenic route along the south side of the Red River going very near "Injun Territory" (some of which is now south of the current day river!) before crossing into Oklahoma near Idabel, OK. We may stop in the Red River Museum in Idabel before continuing on to Broken Bow, where I have made surplus reservations at the Best Western Hotel & Suites. In Broken Bow, we will have time to go the local winery Girls Gone Wine (yeow!), and take a tour around the park at Beaver Bend Lake, and afterwards we will end up at the Choctaw Casino. Put everything on 8 black.


    4/25 Fri evening: We will have a “nothing fancy” (catfish?) group dinner in Broken Bow at the Choctaw Casino, late enough (about 8:00) for some late joiners who are coming up from Dallas later Friday afternoon. This evening will be a good time to check tire pressure and get gas at the local Conoco.

    4/26 Sat morning: The convoy of Z8s will depart Broken Bow for the Ouachita Mountain area at 10:00am. Lots of twists and turns, not unlike the route we took to Leakey, Texas last spring. We will stop in Talihina, Oklahoma for a short break and a cup of coffee. Then we will go up onNurburgring-like Oklahoma Park Rd. #1. This is an amazing piece of asphalt - a scenic spine-road along the top of the mountains that is most enjoyable for spirited driving.

    4/26 Sat afternoon: As we approach the Mountain Resort in Mena, Arkansas, we will loop down from the mountain to a lower road in the North valley and stop at the “semi-famous” State Line Tavern exactly straddling the OK-AR border. Don’t knock over any of the Harley-Davidsons. Think "Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure”, but a different cross section of riders - some of them might not have tattoos, might have all their teeth - and be a MD of JD.


    4/26 Sat late afternoon: We will make a short (and careful) drive on to the Mena Mountain Resort, in Mena Arkansas. The proprietors say that the Porsche Club visitors were nice. We'll “raise the bar” and show them that BMW Z8 owners are VERY nice.


    4/26 Sat later afternoon: We take a tour of the Studebaker Antique Auto Museum, in Mena Arkansas. This is an old Esso station that has been converted into a historic auto museum - it’s a little oasis of automotive nostalgia that will take you back in time, I guarantee it.


    4/26 Sat evening: We have a nice dinner party at the Mena Mountain Resort, including a birthday celebration for a couple of the gals. This is not a restaurant - this is a B&B type resort, so this will be a specially prepared meal. If you're going, in addition to reservations, we'll need your menu selection choices sometime in mid-April.


    4/27 Sun morning: We'll have a hot breakfast, and then we will head South towards Diamond Crater State Park in Murpheesboro, AR. This is the only diamond mine in the USA. There is a special rule at Diamond Crater: finder’s - keeper’s. Bring your garden spade. Or Dynamite.


    4/27 Sunday afternoon: When we leave Diamond Crater, we will head towards gay Paris (TX). Plan on a photo-op at their version of Le Tour Eiffel (looks like a converted oil derrick). We‘ve booked a late lunch private party at the country French restaurant (Bois d’Arc) at ~3:00pm. They are normally closed at this time - so we will have the whole place to ourselves.


    4/27 Late Sunday late afternoon: From Paris, we will complete the drive home. Some of us will head for I-30, maybe others towards Bonham, Texas, and all of us and generally towards the Dallas area.




    MAP: Please take a look at the map I’ve attached It shows us returning through Texarkana, but we may skip that for a more direct route that will take a bit less time and have a more scenic crossing point over the Red River and back into civilization.


    SCHEDULE: We'll need to know by the end of March if any additional Z8 owners want to join us - rooms are going fast.



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    I'm am looking forward to the trip.
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    Last Chance to Sign Up - We had 9 Z8's signed up for this trip, but now we are down to 8 due to a cancellation.
    There's something poetic about 8 Z8s, but the more the merrier.
    I'm canceling the extra reservation if I don't get any takers by Tuesday night.

    Updated Agenda...

    Friday April 25
    - Meet at Peck Place 10:00am
    - Depart for Injun Territory 11:00
    - Rest Stop at Main Square in Cooper, TX 12:30
    - Cruise South Side of Red River 1:00-2:30
    - Arrive in Broken Bow, OK 4:00
    - Cruise Park Roads Around Broken Bow Lake 5:00
    - Wine Tasting at "Girls Gone Wine" Winery 6:00
    - Dinner at "Greatfill Head" Pizzeria 7:30
    - Hang Out at "Choctaw Casino" 9:00
    - Best Western Hotel (check in anytime after 4:00)
    Saturday April 26
    - Light Breakfast at Best Western Hotel 9:00
    - Head for Ouachita Mountains 10:00
    - Lunch at "Pam's Hateful Hussie Diner" in Talihina OK 1:00
    - Drive Along Ridge of Mountain Range 2:00-3:00
    - Hang Out at "State Line" Bar with Bikers 3:00
    - Check Into "Mountain Inn Resort in Mena AR 4:00
    - Tour Brodix NASCAR Engine Manufacturer's Museum 5:00
    - Dinner Party at the Resort 8:00
    Sunday, April 27
    - Breakfast at Resort 8:00
    - Head to Diamond Crater State Park in Murfeesboro, AR 9:00
    - Arrive at Diamond Mine (Keep What You Find) 10:30
    - Drive back South West 12:00
    - Rest Stop at Texarkana Courthouse on AR-TX State Line 1:30
    - Dine at Bois d'Arc French Restaurant in Paris TX 3:00
    - Head Back to DFW 4:30

    Expecting lots of fine "top down" cruising.
    Routineer

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    Sounds like fun. I would come meet you as I live in Little Rock but I will have just returned Saturday morning from a flight from Dubai. I think after 22 hours traveling I should probably not drive too far.

    That being said I know your agenda is set (and sounds great by the way) but you should know the National 2002fest is going on in Eureka Springs Arkansas this weekend. They will stay north of I40 for the most part. It would have been cool to see multiple Z8's alongside a hundred or so 2002's.
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    TX-OK-AR Road Trip

    The road trip was a total success.

    On Friday, after a "fuel stop" at Jalapeno's restaurant in Cooper, Tx, we totally nailed it on the farm-to-market roads up by the Red River, with zero traffic, sweepers we could take at 100, and straights where we saw 125+. Beaver Bend lake was beautiful - we parked on the dam and got a passing hog-driver to stop and take pictures for us. Girls Gone Wine winery was quite fun even though the girls stayed under control, and the pizza at Greatful Head was downright psychedelic. Choctaw Casino was OK if you like slots, and great if you like country music.


    On Saturday, we got gas and headed to Pam's Hateful Hussie Diner in Talinina, OK, which scored high on tasty calories. After burgers and such, we met a nice Hamburger (from Hamburg, Germany) on the Park Road 1 ridge road along the mountain top, and he helped us by taking some group photos for us. The State Line Bar was slow (it was early, even for OK-AR bar flys). The Mena Mountain Inn was most accommodating and is highly recommended. We had the entire upstairs, including a huge living area. The Martinis and Cosmos were flowing freely. Dinner was great, and we had some fun with gag gifts for the two birthday girls. We ended up in the resort's game room playing the jukebox, shuffleboard and billiards.

    On Sunday, sausage, eggs, biscuits and cream gravy got us moving. The storms chased us to the Diamond Crater State Park in Murpheesboro AR. Nobody found a diamond in a half hour of looking (not so much digging), so it was on to more vehicular lawbreaking on Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas back roads, until we rendezvoused at a French Restaurant called Bois d'Arc in Paris (Texas).

    6 amazing cars, 10 great friends, no drama, and lots of good times for remembering.


                       
    Routineer

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    Wow, looks like an awesome trip, bravo!
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    Day 1 - Fun & Games

    This is a long overdue post on this expertly and delightfully planned trip by Paul and Betty Peck. I have about 100 beautiful sorted photos shot with my Sony RX-100. I have tried to upload 5 from iPhoto, each about 6.3MB. It will probably fail. Hate this stuff. I am sure it has to do with some rule I am breaking, or you can't download from iPhoto or something. All the attachments show as loaded below.

    Sure enough, it did not work. Did I mention I hate this stuff. This is why I procastinate. Even after all the sorting, deleting and adjusting, it takes me 3 times as long to distribute. And don't tell me about iCloud. I have set it up twice now, both don't work, and the only thing I get is a message on my computer to log into an iCloud account via an email I never used.

    If there is a secret trick I should use in iPhoto (maybe about a display setting or something) let me know. I have cropped many of these and they still look great. This is one fantastic small camera. Posting just sucks a rock.

    Did I mention I hate this stuff.
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    Put a duplicate set of the images on a thumb drive, then transfer to your desktop so you don't loose them from iPhoto, then just upload them using the uploader here. It can't pull them in from within an iPhoto library, that's why you want to put copies on your desktop. Upload instructions here - http://www.bmwz8.us/forum/showthread.php?t=30
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    Day 1 - Fun & Games

    Again, a huge shout out to Paul and Betty Peck, who put together a rewarding and really fun trip. For those of us in TX it began with 3 Z8's - Paul and Betty, Ron Wall and Janice Warman in the red car and me. The birds were flying, the cows were grazing. We played passing games, and I couldn't resist a selfie. We drove through old, grand homes in Cooper, TX, parked in the town square and consulted the locals for the best lunch place. We then crossed the Red River and met up with Cindy and Jeff Morris (She was promised diamonds and dinner in Paris for making this her birthday trip), then back to TX, then back to OK. It seems the road crosses the Red River a lot, so we saw a lot of bridges. There were also the standard crazy attempts to get better pictures than Andrew (did not work). The trees got bigger, and we ended up in Broken Bow, OK, where we met up with our other Okie (Richard Armstrong in his Alpina) and our last Texans, Dennis Slechta and Shelley Ruddick. So then there were 6, and the celebration began at Girls Gone Wild. After a wobbly walk across the highway, the evening was spent with beer, pizza and spirited conversation at the Gratefill Head Pizzaria, before ending the night at the Choctaw Casino.
                                                                                   
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    Wow, simply stunning, thanks for sharing!
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    Day 2 - RoadSharks

    6 Z8’s headed northeast for the Ouachita National Forest, and more importantly, twisty, lightly traveled roads. After lunch at Pam’s Hateful Hussy Diner we drove along the top of the ridge road. Then we dove down and hung out at the OK-AR State Line Bar, not exactly for your “Marmalade Café” crowd. We spent the rest of the afternoon driving the AR mountains, before checking into the Mena Mountain Inn Resort, where we had our own private second floor balcony party room for cocktails, before a sumptuous birthday dinner celebration and a night of honky-tonkin’ in our own private club.
                                                                                                         
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    Day 3 – Storm Chasing, Diamonds and Paris

    With storms looming, we raced back to Texas, but not before stopping at the Diamond Crater State Park in Murfreesboro, AR, and digging (in vain) in the rough. By day’s end we were all happy to end up in Paris (TX, that is) for a perfect dinner at the Bois d’Arc French Restaurant, before hightailing it back to Dallas and Tulsa. No tickets, no bugs to scrape off. Just 3 days of glorious flying on a luxurious rollercoaster.
                                                     
    Charles Guerin
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    Wow, great drive and great shots, thank you for sharing!!
    Andrew Macpherson

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    Looks like a grand time for all! Great shots, looks like fun.
    Thanks,
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