Best Day Ever, Part Four — Buffalo National River

Immediately after we left the Parker-Hickman Farmstead, we reached the Buffalo River. The road crossed the river on a drive-through ford. It had rained for the past three days, and the water was moving fast. Tim stopped at the edge and viewed the situation. I figured the worst that could happen was a soaking and a long, wet walk back to civilization. It was Tim’s truck, so I let him make the decision.

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After about 10 minutes, he decided to go for it. The ride was uneventful even though the water came up to the doors.

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Scenery in the valley.

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There were several roads we could have taken. The one Tim chose doesn’t appear on the map — for good reason. For the next half hour we climbed steadily upward on a track that was somewhat bumpy. Here’s some video I took on one stretch that will give you some idea of what it was like.

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We finally arrived at the top. We stopped to pick up all the stuff that had bounced onto the floor and to take a look at the view. See that valley way down there? That’s where we’d just come from.

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And here’s the road we came on.

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2 Responses to Best Day Ever, Part Four — Buffalo National River

  1. TimS says:

    Had I known the condition of the road I probably wouldn’t have attempted it. But as it turned out, it was great fun and no damage done. Had we taken the safer route we would have lost about an hour, altering the rest of our trip…

  2. Roger says:

    I had a riot. It wasn’t my truck.

    And I was impressed by your driving skills. If I’d been driving, the truck might still be on the road and we might still be walking.

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