2nd Annual Rally @ the Rock Post-Event Ride Reports

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  1. kendall_smith

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    It looks like we have another great rally in the history books as of today! The Razorback Riders would like to thank everyone for coming out and participating in what is becoming one of the highlight events that we put on each year.

    The last count I heard was 52 registered participants, but I think we probably ended up with more than that by the time it was all said and done. Despite the growing number of attendees, it seemed that the general consensus in the campground was that everyone got into the riding that they were looking for.

    Post up your pics and ride reports in this thread so we can see how everybody's weekend went. Also, if anyone has any comments/concerns/ideas/etc. feel free to share them here and we can take them into consideration for next year's event.

    I'll try to get my pics and report up in the next couple of days myself.
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  2. BigDeal

    BigDeal oh yeah.

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    61 was the final count. That's not counting Razorback Rider members that attended.

    Are there any Tack requests? distance, difficulty, someplace you want to go or something you want to see... Ask and you'll probably get it.

    One thing I was thinking for next year was some Sunday tracks. I noticed several people left for home Sunday morning and thought if we put together a few short ones then people might get another ride in before the drive home. They could also be used for late arrivals on Friday afternoon. Those would be easy to put together and probably 20-40 miles.

    I had a great time with everyone I rode with. I look forward to seeing you all next year.
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  3. jengel451

    jengel451 1 Cool MotherF#$cker

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    Was a great time. Friday's single track ride led by John was awesome. I was completely knackered and my son had a great time on the little bike as well. As it was my first time to Arkansas, I have to say, we'll be back.
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  4. Shooter1

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    Myself and three others had a great time. We rode the 149 mile (figure 8?) DS loop Friday. When you get 4 riders together with about the same ability and step it up a notch, (we did ride safely though), it was a blast. Coming from a Kansas rider where the terrain is as flat and straight as it gets, the twists, turns, elevation changes and curves were EPIC!! There was a couple of fairly gnarly climbs on this loop unfortunately right after we stopped at a small store/cafe to eat. It took my stomach a few miles to recover from that but it was all good.

    The 2nd day we planned to ride single track but needed a guide. We were linked up with David for our leader. He began to assess our level of competence, or incompetence in my case and concluded we were a bunch of old gut-shot hare scramble/enduro riders that on a good day might be able to still carry a C-Vet pace. David scratches his chin and says, "we don't really have any C-level stuff down here, just A and B". About then my life just passed before my eyes and I hoped to just make it thru the day and not get hurt. I think he took us on some of the easiest stuff he had but it was still plenty challenging if you've never ridden it before. There were a few snotty up and down hill sections but we all made it thru unscathed. I got hung up on a log once but never crashed all day so I felt pretty good about it. There was a time or three that I wished I was on my 300 pinger but my 450 represented itself well. I think we did about 46-ish total miles. David stopped a few times and told us some history of the area and some old homesteads we found. He was a good tour guide.

    I thought it was great that you had club members that were willing to lead rides and basically structure them the way the group wanted it. This enables a person that doesn't GPS to participate. Nice touch. The food was great Sat night. The cheesy cauliflower casserole was killer and the brownies were the best.

    I did bail after dinner Sat night to head home. As mentioned above, a short DS track that would enable you to ride and maybe get on the road home by 2-ish PM might have been good. I didn't take any pics but a couple others in my group did. If I can get my hands on them I'll post them.

    All in all, a great time, with great people. I haven't had that much fun in a long time.
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  5. BigDeal

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    For those that want to be in the know on our other 2 annual events. We just started a White Rock Enduro FB group page https://www.facebook.com/RazorbackRiders/
    and we have had the WUDI Fun Ride FB page for a while now. The WUDI ride is a less organized ride we do that's main focus is single track. if you wantt to come and ride our single track this is the evet for you. But if you want to come and ride dual sport you can use some of the same tracks from the Rally At the Rock. There probably won't be DS guides for that event either but maybe. It costs less than the RATR. The FB page for that is https://www.facebook.com/groups/785148928224053/ both should have working links on our website as it gets closer to the events http://razorbackriders.org/

    and here is the FB page for the Rally at the Rock. we will post info on there as well as in the rally forum for next year's event https://www.facebook.com/groups/225359791191850/
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  6. ClintG

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    It was a fun time for sure! I dont have much off road experience at all but after this weekend, I feel much more confident.
    Met some really nice folks and hope to go back next year. Thanks!
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  7. pprO.R.A.

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    We had a great time, with good hospitality from the RR club. You put on a great event, Thank You and a big thanks to Kendall Smith for guiding us through the little bike west track to Frog Bayou. You were great with giving us options and supporting us with the bike and body breaking that occurred later in the ride. This particular ride was advertised as the most challenging track offered and it proved to be fun but it surely got our attention. We all voted to come in from the north "hardest" way via Temple Hill cemetary access.
    SAM_0296.JPG Sorry for the pic quality on some of these.
    SAM_0301.JPG Once we made our way to the Bayou we discovered DF from our crew had a crack in his left side engine case and I forgot my trail pack JB weld. So we tried bubble gum and surgical tape, which did not work.:baldy
    SAM_0307.JPG SAM_0310.JPG Then the other riders had to ride back to camp to get the required supplies to fix the case, during which ST had a pretty bad high side crash into a ravine that ultimately left him with 5 broken ribs. Kendall might have pics of that one as I was not on that recon ride because I stayed back with DF. So after an hour and a half wait we finally got the case mended and Kendall suggested we go out the Bidwell exit because it was "easier". It turned out that way was much more difficult as there were some major snotty hill climbs with loose rock and big climbs that went on forever. Near the bottom I got bounced off my line and smashed into some boulders that broke my left radiator and all my coolant left my bike right there. I still had the hardest part of 4 more hill climbs to get out, it was about 3 or 4 miles to top out. After letting my bike cool and trying to dump water from my camelback into the bike (which ran right back out on the ground) I finally topped out on Bidwell Rd. and rode another couple of miles before deciding to stop and wait for the guys to go get a truck to haul me back before I blew my mule up totally, From where I busted my radiator it was 23 miles back to camp.
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  8. pprO.R.A.

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    Sorry I ran out of room for the pics on the ^^^ above post. Can't really tell from this pic on the radiator but it gushed out just as fast as it went in.
    SAM_0312.JPG So out of the four of us we had 1 bike out of commission, 1 bike with a band aid repair, and 1 rider thoroughly injured. But a good time was had by all. Our big goal to get to Frog came with a price to pay the moto gODs. :photogWe will be back and many thanks to Kendall for your guide services we would not have found the Frog without you with all turns and small trails along side the road that had to be navigated.
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  9. BigDeal

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    Glad you all had fun and really glad to hear that some broken ribs, a cracked motor case, and a busted radiator did not cause you to hate life and the challenge of the ride. Last year Kendal and I were trying to lay that track out and I broke a rib but we were in a different place trying to get around the several trees that had fallen over the road/trail.

    We tried to have a variety of rides from easy gravel and some pavement to the really gnarly, and to describe those tracks the best we could. Our main goal for these last 2 rallies has been to put riders on the level and kind of ride they are looking for. For those skilled riders that want a challenge know we have it, for those looking to improve their off road skills with challenging sections mixed in to a more moderate ride, or for those that want a very scenic, nontechnical, fun & twisty ride we have that too. As I mentioned above: put in a request for next year and we'll probably do it. Especially if you make that request early and give us plenty of time.

    I had a lot of fun on the Catalpa and back RAR2016 ride. We took the difficult more gnarly way and lost a couple people on the first hill. They decided to go back to camp and join in on another ride. We lost another when a big nail went through his tire and his tubeless system. He borrowed a tube and headed back to camp. I think everyone went down once or twice in the mud or rocks but we all loved it. The riders with me said this was exactly the kind of challenge and ride they were hoping for here in AR. On the way back we differed from the track and hit some fun roads and trail.

    We also had a great ride on Friday hitting 150 miles. Natural Dam is a cool thing to see. There was heavy fog in the morning or we would have been treated to some spectacular views but the riding in the fog was kind of cool too (at times literally cool).
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  10. TypeSH

    TypeSH Been here awhile

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    ^^ I think you mean Bidville Rd. not Bidwell. Frog Bayou is no joke right now because of all the erosion from the spring rains. Last year I made it through at least ten times with no drops but two weeks ago I dropped it 5 times, once over the handlebars in a sink hole.
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    It was nice meeting you" Clipboard Rob". I was curious about that Catalpa ride, the gnarly way you went sounds fun. What kind of bikes were you guys on, and can you do it with minimal slab? We might look into that one on the next trip, as we really like riding some gnar to be rewarded with lunch and PIE.
    BTW you guys have a neat club set up down there,,very envious that we are so far away to get to NW Ark.
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  12. pprO.R.A.

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    Yeah TypeSH after my post I realized that I botched the name "Bidville Rd." You are right about the erosion on either side of the Frog, even Kendal made mention of it's bad condition recently. Also if you drop your bike in one of those sink holes at speed it could be really bad. I don't know if you remember me but we were set up to get together and ride the area towards the west of Mulberry Mtn. spring of 2015 but if I remember it was raining pretty good that weekend so we scrapped the ride.
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  13. BigDeal

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    There was very little pavement. I was on my WR250R, there were DRZ's and the Kawasaki that is basically a drz, and a 650 something-or-other probably a Honda. It was slimy and slick. There were plenty of rocks too but if it were not so slick it would not have been as rough going. But that's the fun part in my book.

    I enjoy our club a lot. Good people, good riding, and good times at camp.
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  14. pprO.R.A.

    pprO.R.A. Hipster Dufass

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    Sounds cool, is Catalpa just east of Oark,and you can get there by a mix of trails?
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    Man! I'm sorry to hear that it ended up being 5 broken ribs. I'm not surprised one bit though since I had a front row seat to the crash. It's one thing to fall over, but to drop 8-10 feet before you hit anything is another! He took it like a champ though and even rode back to camp despite the injury, so hopefully he's back out riding as soon as possible.

    You'll have to give the Frog another try someday and show it who's boss! To be honest, those were some of the slickest conditions I've seen down there and I've been there when it's below freezing and there are icicles hanging from everything.
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  16. pprO.R.A.

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    Hey Kendall, yeah that was some gnar for sure. ST toughed it out like a trooper,,he could not sleep that night and could only sit in lawn chair in the trailer and watch us snore. BTW thanks again.
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    On the 5 hour trip home we joked around and came to the conclusion that we came to ride dirtbikes in beautiful Ark, but wound up crashing bikes in Ark.
    Don't get me wrong ,we had a blast but it will be a memory we will talk about for years with laughter.
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  18. OLEARY

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    I was able to get out and ride Saturday in my first Rally @ da Rock! Had a great time on the Catalpa track. Rob (BigDeal) lead the way and did a great job. There were only 6 of us after the first little bit, I would have swore we started out with more like 10. Rob, you forgot to mention the 300 2T in your group. Thats OK, I was so far back you probably didn't even know I was there. Man, you guys are fast. I couldn't keep up with any of you. Good group of guys, wish I could have gotten to know everyone a little better but I was beat after all was said and done. Have a few photos to share.

    This is the first stop waiting to see who wanted to continue on and who thought they should try another ride.

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    I was in the rear and this fella on the KLR slid off the road and I stopped and helped him drag his bike up onto the road and helped him right it. This is when we were taking a break after all the exercise. This fella was a real trooper. He had his share of mishaps but it did not deter him in the least. I couldn't keep up with him on the trail. I'm the slow old guy I guess.

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    Another rest stop on the Blue Loop I believe. Man I hate those bag worms. They are a real blight on nature.

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    Then it was time to fix a flat on Beech Grove Road. Fella on the XR had a rear go flat with a Tubliss setup. Pulled a nail out that went straight in that was about 4 inches long. Got the inner tube as well so he had to use Robs 21" tube and take out the Tubliss inner tube. Had a group of several side by sides pull up on us but they were content to just wait it out and shoot the bull. One of the gents had an electric air compressor and after several tries and finally patching the new tube the tire was inflated. XR headed back to camp not really trusting the patch and he said he had another Tubliss setup back at camp.

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    Next still I got was on the way back to camp at the overlook on East Flygap.

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    Quite a view from there. Rob pointed out that small green spot on the left is the Mullberry Mountain Campground. I didn't know that.

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    That is it for photos. Thanks to Rob for doing a great job of leading and for everyone involved in putting this event together. I had a great time and the weather Saturday was absolutely perfect. I will be back next year when I can stay longer. Here is some video such as it is that I took of the first leg of our ride from camp to West Flygap.

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  19. Scribe

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    Frog is ugly nowadays. Tough sledding. Loving the reports though. I was thinking about you guys on my 17 hour slog back from Moab.
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  20. pprO.R.A.

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    Nice report Oleary, wish I could have said hello and meet you . I have always enjoyed your ride reports. But we started on our journey pretty early.
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