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Old 12-05-2014, 03:47 PM   #1
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Christmas break ride?

I've got a few extra days off this year for Christmas break, and I'm thinking about heading south (from southern WI) to do some riding. I wanna load up the truck and head towards Kentucky (or that direction, south far enough to not freeze). I would be taking the DRZ and looking for dirt, gravel, or interesting little roads.
So, first question - anyone have any good areas or tracks I should be checking out?
Second question - anybody wanna go along?
I am open to getting a room and doing day rides from there, or doing a 3 day loop, depending on time, place, area, etc.
Dates would be Dec 23rd through the 28th, or Dec 31st through the 4th.
Let me know if your interested in joining in!
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:52 PM   #2
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Check for snow cover ahead of time.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:18 PM   #3
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I've got a few extra days off this year for Christmas break, and I'm thinking about heading south (from southern WI) to do some riding. I wanna load up the truck and head towards Kentucky (or that direction, south far enough to not freeze). I would be taking the DRZ and looking for dirt, gravel, or interesting little roads.
So, first question - anyone have any good areas or tracks I should be checking out?
Second question - anybody wanna go along?
I am open to getting a room and doing day rides from there, or doing a 3 day loop, depending on time, place, area, etc.
Dates would be Dec 23rd through the 28th, or Dec 31st through the 4th.
Let me know if your interested in joining in!
FBR--Don't assume that southern Kentucky will be warm in late December. You're not that far south. Temps can vary from 50 degree highs to 10 degree lows--or worse. You could hit snow, sleet or any of the nasty stuff. Also, almost all roads in northern and western Kentucky are paved. There some rock roads but they are few and far between. Cannonshot is correct about the roads and riding areas in southeastern Kentucky. Lots of gravel and off road trails. On the other hand, the paved secondary roads throughout the state can be a lot of fun to ride. Check the weather closely before heading south.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I plan on taking my heated gear, so anything above freezing would be rideable, assuming the roads are not icy.
After a little research I am thinking about changing plans to southern MO, and ride around the Mark Twain National Forest. There looks to be a bunch of good roads and trails in that area, and cheap lodging. Anyone know the area?
Google says average temps of 50 in Dec. 50 would be great, but I realize thats the high for the day.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:25 PM   #5
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=344281

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=343755

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=660955
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:43 PM   #6
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I'm about ready to say F it too and head to AK on the trailer. Then ride south from there.

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Old 12-06-2014, 07:09 AM   #7
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So if someone is interested do you have room on your trailer for another bike? I just happen to have the week in between Christmas and new years off this year.
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:21 AM   #8
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Yep, I can get 2 bikes in the back of my truck. We can split gas and room costs if it works out time and weather wise.

Thanks Cannonshot, the tracks look great!
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:47 PM   #9
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I was thinking a little further south, Arkansas. Wanna?
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:52 PM   #10
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That's funny [like a bunny]. I have been researching southern MO and AR and thinking that this would be easier if there was a Cannonshot at work down there. This DrLewall was the answer to that question, I think. And Cannonshot HAS been at work in AR! I got some studying to do tomorrow.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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I was thinking a little further south, Arkansas. Wanna?
Possibly, I'm going over a few of Cannons tracks in MO. I only have 5 days including the drive down, so I don't wanna hold anyone up. The Mark Twain NF is looking really promising though. Depending on the weather of course.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:28 PM   #12
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I started with looking at Mark Twain, then Ozark NF and also Ouachita NF. I am not familiar with any of these NF parks but I have worked in the area of MO where Mark Twain is. Historically the weather is not much different than it is here. That is why I was looking further south. I am still looking at Cannonshot and DrLewall tracks and have not committed yet.
Anything souther is better than here.
If the price of gasoline holds [or drops] that will make this a little nicer.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:24 AM   #13
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Look at Mena Arkansas area, pig trail, etc in the north and west areas. Lots of good roads to hit, BUT the weather can/will be a problem. Go to KeyWest.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:27 PM   #14
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Go to KeyWest.
Best advice yet!

Decided to go to Viburnum, MO. Not sure how the weather will be, but gotta be better than WI. Cold I can deal with, but snow and ice could be a problem. I found a cheap motel, and got an extra day off work, and miles and miles of NF roads to explore, so I'm getting pretty excited now. If the weather is too crappy, I will just tour around in my truck. Gotta make the best of it, right?
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:08 AM   #15
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pm sieg and look up Pucky Huddle breakfast run.

He knows that area very well.
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