2013 ARKANSAS 500 April 12-14

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by scotty69, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I wanted to say that Scotty, Tanya et al did a wonderful job. Additionally I wanted to say that O'leary went far above and beyond when he laid out Day 2. I have been riding in NWA for a long time now and that route was by far one of the best I've ridden here. Kudo's

    Day one and two

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    Some of my crew (sorry for the wonky picture), I had so many KLR's I thought I was going to have to do the doohickey fix and get a milk crate to compete.

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    Day 1 - Ten minutes after leaving TC doing the trail into Mcllroy Forest and then riding into the Madison County Wildlife Management Area (forgive the longish & unedited video, I haven't learned how to edit yet).

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  2. Earlevet

    Earlevet ADVEarl

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  3. The Toyman

    The Toyman Handy not Handsome

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  4. Earlevet

    Earlevet ADVEarl

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    It was a great time! My favorite part was getting to hear you tell Charlie that you had not said "kickstand" all day..... not 1 minute later Charlie takes off with his kickstand down :rofl
  5. The Toyman

    The Toyman Handy not Handsome

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    He just did that to make me feel better :1drink
  6. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Thanks for posting pictures for us bums that didn't make it. This whole work thing is getting in the way of fun time. A few more weeks / projects and I'll be caught up. Maybe then !
  7. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I was laughing so hard at myself I was crying....sheesh
  8. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Seeing some of the videos made me want to post one of early on Day 1. I will post a real ride report this evening. That was a great video of the Buffalo River Crossing. You gotta love that canoe coming thru while Charlies posse is crossing. :norton

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  9. ktmdude2002

    ktmdude2002 Lost in transition

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    It is always refreshing to meet people who have true passion in their life. Our hosts were exemplary in that respect. Scotty, many heartfelt thanks for putting on an event such as this and especially to Tanya for putting up with the loud, obnoxious trail rats that invaded her home on Monday evening. Many don't realize the time and man hours that are required unless they have done it themselves in the past.

    Brad, Stewart, Dave, John, Matt, Donnie, Earl and anyone else I can't remember....thanks for being easy on the noob! I'm sure there will be many more AR 500s in my future. If I can figure out how to get my pics & video posted from Picassa I'll add them later.

    btw Brad, Michelle needs to be fired....I don't care how hot she sounds. :cromag
  10. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    Big thanks to Scott and Tanya and the Turpentine crew for the great time and good vibes. Seriously one of the best weekends of my life.

    HUGE shout out to red team leaders Devro, and the Memphis twins Ken and Paul for letting me hang with the racer red team. I learned so much and had a blast.

    I'm going to post on Facebook about the Turpentine Wildlife Center and try to drum up some more donations. That's a noble, awesome thing Scott's doing out there and learning about the cats was a highlight for sure.

    Mucho Gracias from Tejas!
  11. B-Nice

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    Guavadude!!!!! You rocked that 800.... The ride was super awesome but what was more incredible is the friendships we made along the way.

    Thanks Scott for organizing such an event. Also thanks to those who contributed to the amazing routes... so much diversity in topography, views, and style of riding. KUDOS!
  12. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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  13. sdd04

    sdd04 Long timer

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    Perhaps a browser issue. It sends me to Google+ and the video. Sure looks like you all had a great time in my back yard. I just need to figure out 2 things. One, how to be home next year instead of Virginia like I am now, and 2nd, how to replicate the route without gps. Perhaps I just need to buy a gps lol.

    Next time we head to the preserve, think we'll have to introduce ourselves as we stop in there at least once a year when we get visitors. Didn't know there was a motorcycle connection there. As you all know now, it's a great place to visit. Bet that bear is bigger than the last time I saw him.. And then there is the caroling after feeding.... Awesome!
  14. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Started off Day 1 at Turpentine Creek headed to Mullberry Mountain with 12 of us in all. Slapped some Yammi Blue tape on the back of everyones helmet and off we went. Started off pretty cool and stayed that way until about noon. Stopped at Marble for fuel as one of the guys tank had leaked fuel out of it overnight. Got as far as the Old Hwy 412 Bridge when we realized we were missin some folk. Turned back and found the fella out of gas north of Hwy 127. Luckily I had a couple of MSR bottles of fuel in my Sweet Cheeks and that got us to Marble. Toyman came up on us as we were putting the MSR fuel in and told me there was fuel just up the hill from the bridge on Hwy 412 but we got our signals crossed and I thought he said turn left on 412 and I guess it was supposed to be right. That is how we ended up in Marble.

    One of the water crossings not too far from Turpentine Creek. I must have splashed a bit when I crossed and got water on my lense. Stopped for a break and checked out the creek.

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    Next stop the bridge on the Kings River. There were a couple of canoes there floating the Kings. Not sure if they were putting in or coming out.

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    Another crossing of the Kings River at a low water bridge close to Marble.

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    Crossed 412 and on up Madison 1500 and on to the bridge crossing War Eagle Creek. I thought this little water crossing was kinda kewl.

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    The bridge we are on is the old bridge. The new bridge on the highway is downstream.

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    This is when we realized we were short some riders and turned back to see what the problem was. We went on to Marble for fuel after everyone caught back up and thought we might as well eat something so as not to have to stop later on. This is another creek crossing on down the road.

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    Checking out the view from an clear ridge and some random photos along our route.

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    Eventually we get to East Fly Gap Road and the scenic overlook. We stopped to check out the scenery.

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    Looking down to Fly Gap Road from the scenic overlook.

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    More scenic views from Flygap Road and some of the Blues Brothers posse.

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    When we hit Hwy 23 we headed south to Turners Bend for fuel. Most everyone headed back to the campground at Mullberry Mountain after that. Myself and three other hardy souls headed to White Rock Mountain to ride the rest of the route. Except from Turners Bend we decided to ride it backwards from White Oak Mountain Rd to Flygap and Hwy 23. To do that I had to follow a track and for some reason the track I loaded was acting up. We rode WOMR and took a left and got into some lumbering area. We got back on track and ended up riding Ragtown Road to W Fly Gap and Hwy 23. Headed to camp after we hit 23 so that is pretty much all she wrote for Day 1. Got to camp about 5:30 or so and Scotty had some pulled pork sandwiches, cold slaw, potato chips, and liquid refreshments to bring life back to some weary travelers. It was some good eatin. I have a few videos of the day so check them out.

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    Day 2 to follow tomorrow so stay tuned. :norton
  15. scotty69

    scotty69 Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all of you for the kind words about me, my wife, and my team. I certainly will let all of them know your sentiments.

    Since Sunday at 4:55 pm, when we finished the 2013 Arkansas 500, I have not had a chance to even check emails, let alone post up. I spent Monday lifting a three story house, excavating the foundation on three sides, busting out the block walls, and preparing it for the new walls to be poured. Until dark I burnt brush and drank water to rehydrate my kidneys from the weekend. This morning, Tuesday, I woke at 6, drove to Russellville, AR and loaded furniture into my truck and trailer, drove to Rogers, AR to revive my Ma's lawn, then on to mi casa to read all of your post and relax.

    I will work on vids and pics tonight in hopes of writing tomorrow. I would like to take this time to thank some people for their help. First I would like to thank Craig...you know the guy who started Craig's List. If it were not for him I may be still dependent on four wheels...four wheelers. I bought my bike on Craig's List and have not looked back.

    I rode alone until some guy stopped by on a yella bike and told my son to have me check out the ADV Forums. Thanks DZRCharlie! Charlie did not stop there. After I rode with DZRCharlie, Doc, Toyman, Oleary, Tencup, and several others I can't name (some-timers) I was certainly hooked on two wheels...again. DZRCharlie offered to stop by and bless me with a pocket full of tracks/routes and a two hour private lesson (priceless)! Thanks Charlie, you gave me knowledge, which is power. The power to spend some time freeing my mind! (while not getting lost)! Thanks DZRCharlie for leading the yellow group.

    I would like to thank Oleary for his undying patience with me. He has helped me progress in my GPS skills (which need work yet), riding skills, and is always willing to lend a hand. Oleary is a fantastic rider and ride leader and continues to share his skills through his Camping Thread. Look it up if you dare. Oleary is fun to ride with and is always seeking that perfect ride or that great view and is eager to share with all of us. Thanks Oleary for leading the blue group, you enriched their lives as well. Oh, and thanks for the Day 2 track/route. 3.5 years of riding the Ozark Highlands and Day 2 was, by a truck load, the best ever! Maybe two big red dump truck loads..hahahahahahaha!

    I also would like to thank Devro for leading the Red Team. When Devro rides up he always makes me laugh. I don't stop until he leaves! Heck, I don't know if I'm laughing with him or at him...just kidding! Devro scours routes/tracks just like Oleary and DZRCharlie and always lends a helping hand through his vast knowledge of the Ozarks. Remember, Devro was riding the Re-tart-ed route (he made the 1100 mile route) for a week BEFORE he joined us with his brother, Bob, from Denver! What a hard ass he is! Thanks Devro!

    Other ride leaders emerged, Posey, Minton, ... heck, my brain just died...9:43 PM Tuesday. If I forgot your name, just know I know your face and will be looking for it next year! or sooner!

    Oh, I really want to thank every rider for their donation to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. I was able to get each and every one of you to donate to a nonprofit organization. How did that make you feel? I am a nonprofit fundraiser/social media guru (self proclaimed) and I hope I have inspired you to donate to one of your local nonprofits. If you cannot find a good one in your hometown, donate here:
    www.turpentinecreek.org

    FYI: we had 62 paid riders. Two canceled for personal reasons and did not want refunded and two broke down on the way here. Hillbilly math says 58 rode out on Friday. Let's see...62x60= $3,720. $3,720 - $918 expenses leaves $2,352 profit for Turpentine Creek! This donation is earmarked for the Habitat fund. These monies are used to build the big runs for our beloved animals. Thanks to all of the riders. "Together we can make a difference"(while grinning from ear to ear all day).
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    I will post photos and vids soon.....
  16. Dadayama

    Dadayama Constant Adventurer

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    I can not say enough about how much fun this last weekend was...!!!

    Scotty and his wonderful wife have taught me so much in what it means to be nice, great, hospitable, fun, people!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GREAT GREAT TIME!!!!!!

    and the campfires... the crazy wonderful friendly characters who attend are a testament to the wonderfulness of this activity. What a great group of riders!

    Will post what little pictures i have up soon... Did any one get any videos of the crazy water crossings? please post... and any video of the road by the river with the cliffs/bluffs on the other side???

    Thank you Scotty!

    and as always... BEWARE THE EVIL LEFT TESTICLE... and if you don't know what that means, you should stay up later and laugh your ass off around the campfire!
  17. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    Thanks for the awesome time. Everything was better than I remember. I didn't take many pics. This is one I like.

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  18. Scribe

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  19. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Woke up early Saturday, like 3 am. Hit the hay way too early but I was tuckered out and the tent was the only warm spot I could find. There was a bit of a breeze and there was only so much room around that campfire. Thats my story anyway. The posse got around about 8 am or so and we headed out. I think we were the second group out after Charlies. Headed down Flygap and turned north on Fleming Road. This was about the only road I did not preride and sure enough it had a barbed wire fence around it about halfway to Hwy 16. So we turned back. I didn't have cell service and so we beat feet backtracking to Flygap to alert the groups behind us that Fleming Road did not go thru. When we reached Flygap I still did not have cell service so up to the Overlook we went. I got ahold of Scotty and they were on their way to St. Paul for fuel I guess. We met the Texans on the way to the Overlook and made them aware of the situation. As it turned out I think only our group and the Texans were going that way. I think everyone else just went north on Hwy 23/16 to St. Pauls for fuel. It is a shame that road did not go thru cause it was a good one. Here is a video of some of it on the way back to Flygap,

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    Once we got lined out we backtracked on the route we rode on Day 1 until we intersected the Day 2 route and all was good. We let the Texans go ahead of us but we caught up with them again further down Flygap as one of the other groups that went to Hwy 16 came down Baldwin Creek Rd from St. Paul.

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    Jim from Nawlins and Dave from Big D were my shadow most of the day. This is Jim. Can't remember the handle, Duck something. That reminds me, I would like for all of the guys that rode with me to PM me and clue me in to your name and your handle so that I will know who you are in the future. I would greatly appreciate that. It was a pleasure riding with each and every one of you. This AR500 was the best group to date. You are to be commended.

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    They went that-a-way! Chip (Dirty Sanchez) from Baton Rouge closest on the left and Tennessee Bro on the right. Tennessee Bro followed me on a KTM 690 up on the overlook rock on Flygap Rd on Day 1. He looked a lot more in control than I did I remember that.

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    We crossed a newly constructed low water bridge on Mulberry Creek on the way to Oark.

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    Next stop Oark. It was about 11 am when we arrived and like yesterday a bit early for lunch but we stopped and ate as most of us needed fuel anyway. We sat out back and pretty much filled up the place. Scotty came by after we got there and said they were full so his group had to move on.

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    After we left Oark we turned notrh at Catalpa on Panther Creek Road. That is when we came up on the fallen tree. This just fell in the last week cause it wasn't down when Scotty and I rode it the Saturday before. One by one everyone made it under.

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    When we got to Hwy 123 we just naturally stopped in a line. It was a perfect opportunity to get a good group shot.

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    Next stop Haw Creek Falls. It is a good idea I think to stop at some picturesque spots to show the folks that are not from our area what natural beauty that Arkansas has. I don't do this enough on my own rides. It wasn't running quite as good as the week before but it was still quite a site.

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    Then up the road to our first really good water crossing of the day at Hurricane Creek.

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    I was really impressed with Tom's ability to adapt to the dirt and this was his first creek crossing of sorts. He purchased this DR650 three weeks prior and wanted to see what this dirt riding was all about as he is planning to ride the eastern portion of the TAT from Tennessee to Oklahoma in a few weeks. I was messin with him and told him that it was a good thing we went down the Fleming Road right away cause everything after that was cake.

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    Bob got bogged down a little bit but made it across without getting too wet.

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    Sorry about the camera in the way on the video. I forgot the video cam was on but I thought I would post it anyway. The title says Big Piney Creek Crossing but it is actually Hurricane Creek.

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    On down the Beautiful Road.

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    The rest of the Beautiful Road and Curtis Creek Road are videos.

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    We caught up with some GS Giants but it was kewl to take our time here and enjoy the scenery.

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    Dave (TypeSH) I believe blasting thru a creek below a bridge. I had to follow it looked like fun.

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    Stopped in Jasper for fuel and ran into JDUB from Iowa and his twin brother (Yuk! Yuk!) and another side kick. They were staying in a cabin in Jasper and said they were havin a whale of a good time. A few of our group left for camp at Jasper but the rest of us headed for the Buffalo River Crossing at Erbie Campground. It was still running pretty good. One really slick spot at the end of the bridge.

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    The road uphill was a bit muddy. One of the Cabot fellas got a bit sideways and we came up on one of the GS's that was bringing up the rear down by the side of the road waiting for help. We got him upright and on his way no worse for wear. Next stop Lovers Leap overlooking the Osage Creek.

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    Nearest in the photo is Tom from Cabot. He is a good ol boy! And funny! There were three riders from Cabot that all came up together and trailered their bikes. Tom, Greg, and I don't remember the other fellas name. Great guys! I hope to see them at the Lake Sylvia camping event in June. The two young gents farthest in the photo were assisting another fella on the ground below who they said was going to attempt to repel the cliff. That is a fer piece down like 600-700 feet I would say.

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    They had a rope tied to this tree. I am not sure I would trust my life to that setup.

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    This photo cracks me up! A couple of our group OKC gent and the other fella from Cabot looking down at the guy on the ground fixin to repel up.

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    That is about it for Day 2. Was makin tracks back up Possum Creek Road when I picked up a nail in my rear tire. That is two rear tire flats in a month. That is unusual for me. Needless to say it made a long day even longer.

    It was a memorable day for sure. Enjoyed every minute of it, except for fixin the flat. The hardy six of us I think came rolling into camp about dark. I sure did not feel like trying to set up a tent and get a sleeping bag aired up as whipped as I was so I left the bike and jumped in my truck and headed for home. Before I did tho I woofed down a couple each of the chicken and beef fajitas. Man that sure hit the spot.

    It was good to get in the hot tub at home and get a good nights rest. Up at 4 am and ready to head back for Day 3. More on that later. :norton
  20. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Very nice report. That was an awesome route. I believe they call it "The OLeary Trail" from what I hear. I definitely want to ride it again. Great work!