Ft Smith is just over 4 hours drive; I've done it a number of times in the past. Easy, esp now that 71 is probably complete most of the way. When you reach the AR border, it becomes a normal 4 lane highway with some stoplights, but it's not bad.
Joplin is about exactly halfway, the course there isn't bad, not too hard to get to off the highway (you gotta do some funky moves to stay on 71 south anyway, either get on I-44 a bit or take business 71 through Joplin) and McClelland Park is in extreme south Joplin.
Is the Alma course 9 or 18? I have a bit of history with that area, it would be nice to be there under MY terms again :twisted:
thanks for the heads-up, Tom.