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Old 08-07-2017, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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The drive up from I40 was so impressive, its like the switch is turned as you turn north and the mountains appear, it may be in part due to the way I49 is laid out and flows over the hills and valleys at a perspective that offers incredible views of that area too.
I-40 runs adjacent to the Arkansas River, so it is in a "river valley" for the entire trip. As you headed north on I-49, you exited the river valley and got into the Ozarks.

If you are driving south on I-49 next time, pay attention to the horizon near Rudy. In the far distance, you can see the Ouachita Mountains to the south.

One problem people who just "drive thru" Arkansas have with perception is that the major interstates (I-49 being the sole exception) follow the low-lands and historic "easy travel" routes, so they miss the scenery. I have friends in Texas who are very surprised that Arkansas even has "hill country" or mountains, because the freeways by-pass that scenery for the most part.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:18 PM
 
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I-40 runs adjacent to the Arkansas River, so it is in a "river valley" for the entire trip. As you headed north on I-49, you exited the river valley and got into the Ozarks.

If you are driving south on I-49 next time, pay attention to the horizon near Rudy. In the far distance, you can see the Ouachita Mountains to the south.

One problem people who just "drive thru" Arkansas have with perception is that the major interstates (I-49 being the sole exception) follow the low-lands and historic "easy travel" routes, so they miss the scenery. I have friends in Texas who are very surprised that Arkansas even has "hill country" or mountains, because the freeways by-pass that scenery for the most part.
It's nice when you have the time to take old Highway 71 up through Mountainburg and Winslow instead of speeding along on I-49. Just not when the weather is bad.
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