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Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by kendall_smith, Oct 17, 2016.
So I learned. Asked Rob where Kenall was and he said he headed for the Frog early. Was riding thru there a few weeks back. Not seen it so eroded. From the heavy rains I guess. Did you cross this? I thought this was pretty unique! One of these days we will cross paths, lookin forward to it.
no it is a few miles of road. but worth it.
Oleary, I did forget to mention the KTM... not used to dual sporting with a 2 stroke in the mix I guess.
No Tim I personally did not cross that one ,that is the eastern more track that my buddy crashed on. When leaving FROG we went right and that has it's share of carnage as well.
Hey Tim! I think your photo is in the same place, although all of the stacked up logs were gone by Saturday when we went through there. It looked a lot more like your picture when I went through there several weeks ago.
When we went through it looked like this:
He made it all the way across, but lost momentum on the uphill (left side of picture) and toppled over. Unfortunately he fell all the way down to that culvert where I think he landed square on his ribs and then slid off to where that board is sitting in the picture. It was a pretty scary moment because I only caught the whole thing out of the corner of my eye. I think he got the wind knocked out of him and the pain initially was unbearable because all we could hear was some awful moaning coming from the ravine.
Luckily he was able to ride and he made it back to camp without any more problems other than being in a lot of pain.
I didn't take as many pictures as I usually do, but here's a link to my photos from the weekend- https://kendallsmith.smugmug.com/2016-10-14-Rally-the-Rock
Friday's ride was super foggy and all of the views along the way were covered in fog to the point you couldn't see anything. pprO.R.A.'s ride report from Saturday pretty much covered that day's ride and Sunday we just made a run over to Catalpa for some lunch, so there wasn't much to report on from that, so I guess I'm off the hook for doing a big ride report for the weekend!
Hopefully everyone else will keep the photos and stories from the weekend coming.
Hey Kendall, I looked through your smug mug photos of the event, is there a way for me to download a couple of photos from your SM page or can you send them to me?
That is actually a different place than the photo I posted. David and I crossed that several weeks ago as well. David dropped his bike at the top of the uphill as well but just dismounted at that point. I surveyed the situation and I thought that that plywood was going to be a traction problem so I moved it out of the way and cleaned the crossing. Of course I had an advantage with the 3hunny. Bummer on falling into the gulley. Hate to see anyone get hurt.
Great photos BTW. I do not think I have ever seen Natural Dam that dry. Good stuff!
You should be able to download any photos you want directly from that gallery. There's several buttons at the lower right of the photos and I think one of them is a download button. Let me know if that doesn't work and I can send you an email or something.
I was kind of wondering about that the more I looked at the two photos. That photo you posted did look familiar, so I think I may have crossed it last time I went into that area. I specifically remember the "hillbilly engineering" of the stacked logs and wondering how much I could trust it.
Natural Dam was doing a good job that day as it wasn't letting much more than a trickle of water out!
I thought that was Natural Dam in those pic's but I have never seen it that dry.
Natural Dam was low.
Here's a couple.
We (4 of us) got in about 350 miles of mostly gravel. I've wandered around down there a bunch before but this was the first time for following tracks laid out. Really maximizes the fun factor. Great job guys! I really enjoyed it.
Oops, put this in the original thread originall.
Another thing remembered since first posting was the monster fog Fri night. We took a side trip over WR Mt on our way back from Oark. Thick soupy fog set in and we had to slow way down. Added just the right amount of anxiety to make the ride feel like a real adventure. It was 7:00 before we rolled back into camp. Thanks for saving us some sammiches!
Hey Kendall, while looking at your smug link I noticed you guys want to the "Dairy Dream ". Where is that located?
That's over in Mountainburg near the Natural Dam. They make loose meat burgers that are pretty darn good. If you're super hungry you might want to order a couple of them though, since they are pretty small.
they also closed right after the Rally weekend for the winter. So you'll have to wait for spring. (at least that's what the sign said)
Here is another video of a trail north of Hwy 215 west of Oark that Rob lead us to that was a little off of our published track but was a fun ride. At least until I hit the slick spot. Nothing serious.
Nice video Oleary,that was an overgrown trail. I have been taken out by those rutted swamp sections as most people in this thread have too.
Here is some video of the Med Bike west loop. (Correction) this is Pannell Road
Hers is some more of the Med Bike East. This was at the end of the day. Even though I was wore out and sitting on this stretch; it was real pretty.