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Old 10-27-2011, 05:24 PM   #61
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Made me want to look Devils Well up... interesting PDF's

http://www.nps.gov/ozar/planyourvisit/devils-well.htm
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:57 PM   #62
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Here is the artist rendering of the sign I'm making for the spring:





Now, don't anybody go getting no wrong ideas about this name. Its Studad's land, so I reckon he can name it whatever he wants. Its not named after anyone in particular.....simply in honor of "several stupd dogs" as seen on the signpost back at Ashley Creek Horse Company. I guess if BigDog had been with us, he may well have named it "BigDog Spring".....since he was the real inspiration for our mission.

And if anybody's to be insulted, then its probably me. I pondered this very reality, as the three of us sat around the campfire the previous night. Mark was obviously the Old Dog of the bunch, while Studad was the Young Dog. I realized that made me the monkey in the middle.....I must be the Stupid Dog of the pack! At least, I know I've been called worse a few times. Ok....maybe a lot. But I digress.

I'm hoping BigDog finds this sign to be equally inspirational to him, as the whole idea of "spring hunting" became for me. If it weren't for him, I'd never had visited this amazing ranch and tasted this fabulous fresh water. If you ever have the good fortune to visit this spring, maybe you'll be lucky enough to find it looking like this:





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Old 10-27-2011, 08:29 PM   #63
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The Final Chapter

Somewhere way down in this holler is where we found Stupid Dog Spring.





It took some riding through overgrown, seldom used, old ranch roads, with some real bushwhacking for good measure.





And this was as far as we could get our nervous beasts:





The spring was located just inside those trees, only 10 paces into the forest. After our celebratory drinks and long mingling about, we returned to the bikes to find a problem. Studad's horse had thrown a shoe....and was still bleeding out.





Told you we had been bushwacking a good ways! Now this is where things didn't go as they should have. Somehow in that 3,000 cubic inches of saddlebag that Studad has strapped to his horse, there are no spare tubes or even an itty bitty tire patch kit. I'm quick to begin happily digging through my saddle bag when Stu says, "no need, I've got a pump...see"





While he seems calm, I find it distressing. For, I wasn't reaching for my tools or spares, I was digging out my hammock! The Rules say "self-sufficiency". And, we were miles from civilization, stranded in Heaven, with no chance of a cell signal. I had enough food to hold-out at least 2 more days.....while Studad hiked his way out to find the cavalry.

Instead, he whips out an electric compressor. Suddenly, we have to leave in a hurry. Make a run for the border, because his tire won't hold pressure. The only thing we're gonna be stopping to smell from here on out, is a burning air compressor.

Ride it like you stole it.....you're running out of air!!








But he didn't get so very far:








This becomes a familiar scene that plays out several times on the way to the closest town.

I wasn't having any problems with my tire.





Needless to say, this ended our fine day sooner than either of us would have preferred. Hey Studad: CARRY SPARES next time.

As we limped into Mountain View, Missouri, and parked at a safe-house, the most unbelieeeeevable event occurred in ALL my years of riding. Something that you probably won't even believe yourself, after hearing about it.

I dismounted my bike, turned on my phone, and sent a text message to my Ducati friend, Kevin.....whom I abandoned at the Potosi rally Saturday morning. I had pretty much left my phone turned off since departing Potosi. Never knew where I was headed, nor where I might end up. I was maybe a couple hundred miles from the rally sight, with hundreds of road options in-between.

Within mere minutes of hitting Send, Mr. Ducati rides past our location on the highway, sees our bikes, and turns in to greet us.





We crossed paths at the same exact spot within 4 minutes of each other! He had spent the last two days hanging around the rally, then meandering aimlessly back toward Oklahoma on no particular route. Seriously, what are the chances?

Kevin and I bid farewell to Studad, and raced away toward the Arkansas border. We had a long way to go, and a short time to get there. The sun was already hanging low in the sky. We had to ride many a twisty road in the dark, tucked up behind a truck for "deer" protection.

Famished and tired, we forced to make a minor pitstop, well after darkness:





This recharged our batteries, and sustained us to the finish. We rolled into Rancho Highfive about 11:00 pm.


What a great trip this was! I can't thank BigDog enough for resurrecting my weekend mid-stream. Its always an honor to ride the range with a Real American Legend! A finer man, you will never meet out on the trail.

Studad....your hospitality really warmed my heart. Super thanks for all the great fun. Let's go plant that sign soon!

The spirit of dualsporting is like the wind,
Try as you might, you cannot capture it;
but, if one can just give it a go,
it may enter your heart and capture your soul.

Highfive


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Old 10-27-2011, 09:47 PM   #64
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Hey Mark just found this great report.
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Hey Mark just found this great report.

Hey Dennis----hows that 800 Triumph doing for ya---get a new tent yet ?????


High Five---good finish up-----------like you, I can't still believe the coincidence of you running into Mr. Ducati again----what were the chances----nice to have company on the ride home.
Great riding with you HighFive.

I'll be off to Arkansas tomorrow for about 9 days-----first I'll ride the TART (TransArkansasTrail)---then just
sniff my way back

Leaves will be peaking and I just can't pass that up.

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Old 10-28-2011, 11:08 AM   #66
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Hay Big Dog, what's this 'Arkansas Trail" you are going to ride ? I live way west from all this & am really interested in riding these areas next fall. How do find these rides??? Thanks. LOVE IT! Keep up the good works.
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:20 AM   #67
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Some Rockers on the trail

Hey Big Dog here are some of our picks from when we met up with you guys, Mike, Keith and I are with the STL Rockers and were out checking out the culvert when you guys rode up....I like your bike HighFive...I was on its twin.
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:40 PM   #68
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Hey Dennis----hows that 800 Triumph doing for ya---get a new tent yet ?????


High Five---good finish up-----------like you, I can't still believe the coincidence of you running into Mr. Ducati again----what were the chances----nice to have company on the ride home.
Great riding with you HighFive.

I'll be off to Arkansas tomorrow for about 9 days-----first I'll ride the TART (TransArkansasTrail)---then just
sniff my way back

Leaves will be peaking and I just can't pass that up.

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No Mark Im waiting for them darn things to go on sale I need something a little taller and a little more water proof. Thanks for the the pictures and the ride reports I always enjoy your travels the Tiger is a great machine, you need to get you one.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:54 PM   #69
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You guys had me at "pilgrimage". Thanks for sharing... it made me go back and watch the BigDog Alaska DVD again!!
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Hay Big Dog, what's this 'Arkansas Trail" you are going to ride ? I live way west from all this & am really interested in riding these areas next fall. How do find these rides??? Thanks. LOVE IT! Keep up the good works.
It's called the TART-----TransArkansasTrail. This was laid out and first ridden by DRZCharlie.

I'll give you the link to his ride report----and it has the gps file also.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...highlight=TART

And there is an ongoing ride report of it going on here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...0#post17177120

This is where I'm headed tomorrow.

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By god---I need to watch it again too---glad you enjoyed it.

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It's called the TART-----TransArkansasTrail. This was laid out and first ridden by DRZCharlie.

I'll give you the link to his ride report----and it has the gps file also.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...highlight=TART

And there is an ongoing ride report of it going on here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...0#post17177120

This is where I'm headed tomorrow.

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THANKS ! Will look at these. You going to make a DVD outta this trip? I have a couple of your DVDs. love'm. Thanks again. Have fun. It hit 12 degs up here in the mountains last night.Already aborted a 5 day ride because of snow. Think I'll try this Missouri ride next fall. Maybe Arkansas too. Man, that's different country.Looks neat. AWFUL pretty country.Keep up the good works.
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