or to anyone coming here to ride in the near future. A friend of mine was riding up in N. Arkansas yesterday, and encountered a police roadblock/checkpoint on Hwy 123. They were checking licenses, insurance, registration, tires, etc. Evey vehicle, bike or cage, was being stopped and checked. The checkpoint was set up about 3 miles north of the Hwy 7 intersection. For those of you who aren't familiar with the roads in this state, Hwy 123 is a very popular motorcycle route up in the Ozarks. 70 miles of twisties if you run the entire length. Its also a very technical route in many sections that will kill you very quickly if you do something stupid, which is apparently what has been happening on a frequent basis lately. The cops at the checkpoint told my friend that they've been averaging 2motorcycle deaths a week up there since late april, and better than 10 serious crashes a week that require evacuation/hospitalization. Three people died last weekend alone. The cops said that the vast majority of them involved the rider loosing control of their bike..... Another problem the cops pointed out to my friend is that it takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get an accident victim to the hospital from this part of the state, and that a few of the riders may have survived if they could have gotten to a hospital sooner. Anyway, if you are riding here, watch out! The cops also told my buddy that they planned to do this much more often this summer on all the more popular routes here in Arkansas, and were going to be much more strict about bikers speeding, etc. A classic case of dumbshit riders screwing up everything for the rest of us! Regards, H.C.D.