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Old 12-04-2012, 04:12 PM   #16
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Yes, but let's look at it this way so that maybe we can find the 'better' portion to ride in. On the eastern edge we have the Miss. river, on the north we have the Mighty MO which drains the Great Plains, and on the west we roll into those plains. In the middle of the Salem Plateau is Taum Sauk Mtn. which is our highest point.

Somewhere on that map is a line and above that line all the rivers drain north into the Missouri River, south of that line they go into the White River Valley. The White River starts in Fayetteville and goes east along the MoArk state lines.

The farther south you go on that map the better the riding gets, until you hit the Arkansas river.
I'm not arguing that Arkansas is some good riding. It's my backyard.

However, there is some killer riding in Missouri. MO-19 through The Wild/Scenic Rivers area from Thayer to Hermann rocks. Nice riding just west of Hermann, in the counties along the Osage River. Etc, Etc...
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:57 AM   #17
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Check out HWY 125 running south out of Missouri in to Arkansas via Harper's Ferry.
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Hwy 125 is a fun ride. Good road, not much traffic. Plus, the ferry ride across Bull Shoals Lake is interesting.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:28 AM   #18
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H125 is one of the great roads. I live a few miles off it just north of Ark. The ferry down there is great fun to ride for lots of riders on day trips from Harrison. All the bikers stop at the beer/pizza place on the Missouri side.

By the way it's called Peel Ferry.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:45 AM   #19
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You are already getting some great suggestions here many of which I would only double. I just came back in late October from 8 days in the area you won't be disappointed. A friend who used to lead dual sport tours in the area sent me a couple day trip tank bag maps which were outstanding routes. I'd be happy to make you copies of the paved routes. These were incredible rides though I will say they are all day rides. Don't know what you ride I ride a GSA , but my travel buddy was on a 990adv. We passed one gas staion and ended up siphoning from my tank to get him to mountain view. Just sayen if you see gas get gas. I'm sure there is plenty there I didn't see, but it sounds like you will be traveling like we were, and once you get away from the towns it can be a spell before you get to the next town with out leaving your route. Absolutely some of the best riding in the lower 48.

PM your address if you want those routes. I'm traveling for a week, but I'll get them out when I return
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:49 PM   #20
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More and more to chew on. It sounds like I almost can't go wrong in the area.

I'm chomping at the bit to get down there and will have plenty of time to decide where to base my stay. Keep the suggestions coming!

Unfortunately the snow is ready to fly up here this weekend and it looks like the Tiger is probably down for the winter. Once the ice builds up on the road up to the county road, its usually there until the spring.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:10 PM   #21
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Hey Divide Wee,

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:38 AM   #22
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Whatever you do stay away from the Hellhole that is Branson.
The National Tiger Museum is just north of Branson. It is a worth while stop and the ride is awesome if you're coming up HWY 30 from the south. I'd recommend blowing through Branson though.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:13 AM   #23
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The National Tiger Museum is just north of Branson. It is a worth while stop and the ride is awesome if you're coming up HWY 30 from the south. I'd recommend blowing through Branson though.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:50 AM   #24
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A few miles south of Eureka Springs is the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. They rescue big cats and usually have 20-30 you can walk around and see.

http://www.turpentinecreek.org/

You might not be interested in this sort of thing, but I thought the place was very interesting.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:34 AM   #25
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You want Twisty?

Try this little ride from Jasper out on 74 to Mt. Judea. Then hop on 123 going south and return on HWY 7 just north of Sand Gap. I have never seen much traffic on this road and it is plenty twisty.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:14 AM   #26
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Try this little ride from Jasper out on 74 to Mt. Judea. Then hop on 123 going south and return on HWY 7 just north of Sand Gap. I have never seen much traffic on this road and it is plenty twisty.
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You're going to find that just about all the roads around Mt. Judea are pretty good — 7 and 123 are fantastic!
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:36 PM   #27
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You're going to find that just about all the roads around Mt. Judea are pretty good — 7 and 123 are fantastic!
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That is great riding. Been mapping the dirt roads and trails with a spot. Check out the Gene Rush Area. Great views.
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