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Fueled by gravel and mountain biking, and a pursuit of the outdoors, Bentonville , Arkansas has become known in recent years for so much more than being the home of Walmart.
On the latest episode of The Road Less Eaten , host Biju Thomas rolls into this Northwest Arkansas hub for a look at what is making this city a thriving destination for food, culture, and of course bikes.
Biju kicks things off from the Coler Cafe with Gary Vernon, the director of trail innovation at the Runway Group. Bentonville owes so much to his efforts. He moved to the area in 2003 to work for Walmart’s environmental division and began building trails. Let’s just say things escalated from there.
Inside the Coler Cafe is Airship Coffee, a watering hole started by Mark Bray. This shop is nestled in the heart of the Coler Preserve. Located a mile away from any parking lot, it serves as a testament to the thriving bike and pedestrian trail network of Bentonville.
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Biju then gets a taste of Bentonville’s famous mountain bike trails — or gets a taste of Gary Vernon sending the hardest trails he helped build, at least.Afterwards, they head to the Preacher’s Son, a church converted into a restaurant. It’s an extension of the same vision […]