Arkansas Ride Reports

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by 10Cup, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    You're getting dangerously good at this board stuff......:thumb
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  2. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    Well today me and Doc, JaiDee, Terrascout set out to ride to Natural Damn via the infamous Pannell road. That road was worth the trip.

    Here are the only photos I took with my cell phone. I had to take these, good camera or not. These were on Lee Creek road after leaving Natural Dam to head over the Bobby Hopper Tunnell, which was a let down, you can't see much. Doc didn't make it this far, he broke a chain early in the ride, made a roadside repair and headed back to Fayetteville.

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    This crossing is wide and the rocks are big, plentiful, and slick as snot. I wasn't brave enough to try to charge across without putting my feet down. We all went home with wet feet, some wetter than others. Terrascout crossed at the actual road where it was deeper and damn near made it but it died just short of the bank in thigh high water. Was a hoot.
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  3. 10Cup

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    JD!!! AGAIN??????? You guys are too brave for your own good! I have a ride report coming up and we had some mechanical difficulties too. Glad everyone is safe and hopefully now dry :thumb :clap
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  4. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    RUSH IN THE DUST

    Mike (10Cup) and I had planned this trip for a couple of months. Yesterday we took off to see the Ghost Town of Rush, Arkansas.

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    We met at highways 12 and 23 at Chana's Corner for some coffee and a warm up before leaving for Rush

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    From Chanas Corner we headed toward the general direction of Harrison via gravel. This was our first turn around dead end.

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    After wandering a bit we ended up just east of Harrison where we decided to fill up our bellies with some BBQ. I don't remember the name of the place but I think Mike took a picture.

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    We were hungry can you tell?

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    After lunch we rode through some great places. Including our first big water crossing.

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    It was slick but both of us made it ok.

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    After about an hour and a half we arrived at Rush. What a cool old place. It's truly great that they are preserving it.

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    Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't include some video of 10Cup coming down the stairs of the history walk. At least he didn't kill his engine...

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    We left Rush and headed toward Yellville, Ar. for the night. We ate here. Great food! and way cheap.

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    Once we were finished with our Breakfast we went out to the bikes. After I suited up I noticed that my dashboard was turning off when I hit the start button. I was thinking the battery was low, I was right. But, it did start. We then proceeded toward the Buffalo River and had another turn around. While I was turning around my bike quit and would not restart. Mike had a tow strap so we pull started the Dizzer. I was getting all kinds of crazy stuff going on. The instruments came and went, the headlight was like a firefly and I had no turn signals. We both started thinking "stator". Mike graciously followed me back on Tarmac and we tore the dizzer down and pulled the stator. I got on TT and got the diagnostic information I need and verified I have a fried stator....Argh.

    But, all in all the ride was great. Take some time and go to Rush, but do it slow.
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  5. sc-razor

    sc-razor Long timer

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    Good job guys:clap
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  6. terrascout

    terrascout Long timer

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    We were just talking about that Thursday, that someone in the group needed to have a tow strap or cord of some time just in case.
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  7. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    was that AFTER I broke a chain? :huh t'is a good idea tho
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  8. 10Cup

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    Rush Arkansas Ride Report 3/04/05/2010 DRZ Charlie and 10Cup
    Started out very cool and we stopped at the corner of Hwy 12/23 for a cup of Joe before heading on East toward Rush, Ar. which was our goal for today.
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    Once warned back up and revitalized we headed out once again, glad that we had electric jackets to keep the chill down.
    It wasn’t long before we were in the swing of it and soon forgot about the cool morning air. Our first of two water crossings of the day and glad to say we made them fine (unlike some we know….)
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    Mid morning we stopped for some fuel and a bathroom break, I had a couple of voice messages I had to return and then we were back in the saddle again.
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    We hit Harrison sometime around noon and the locals we quizzed said to try Roosters BBQ for lunch.. UMMMMM GOOD….mental note…..always listen to the locals.
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    With our bladders drained stomachs full, we again headed east via dirt as fast as we could get off the slab. Then along comes the second water crossing. This one reminded me of the infamous TN TAT water crossing with a thick coating of moss to invite in………. [​IMG]

    Dizzer says “I can do it” and off he goes…so like a good partner I choose to video the potential carnage… he slides a bit but…...HE MAKES IT!.
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    Now all I have to do is get across……….I’m thinking this could be nasty and I’ll probably get videoed on my can before I make it….
    Thankfully I did make it but felt the bike moving around a lot even though I went slowly…….glad to have that crossing behind we pressed on.
    Much later in the day, I think somewhere around 3:30 we hit rush and spot the old buildings.
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    HEY WATCHIT!!! Don’t scare me like that……….
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    Amazing when you consider that these buildings have been standing now for over a 100 years with rock foundations…….
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    There is a trail that winds around up the hill a bit and we decided to ride it cuz we’re too lazy to walk. This will prove to be a little challenging later……
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    Part of the steps down from the “history path”
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    These are the stairs down from this path we rode around, turn up the sound and listen to Charlie have words with his Dizzer….TURN UP THE SOUND...
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    Here he is looking back up at where he just came from thankful I’m sure to still be in one piece and no broken parts on his body or bike. Yeah I’m still laughing at him….
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    After getting through all the Rush sights we decided to try our 606’s out on the infamous “Push Mnt Rd” better known as Ar 341. Was fun but not as fun as it would be on bigger bikes.
    We pull into Yellville, Ar which was our destination for the evening, get some grub at the local buffet then get checked in.
    The ribs were great….
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    My Helmet and luggage....
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    The "view" from the bathroom window........I did not know what was out there yet but we would find out about 6am in the morning.... they had Roosters .......Man I had a flashback from the farm and also of Ring'n some necks....:huh
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    Hey Charlie............you sure this is HD?.....:D :D
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    Track file from the day with our loop around the "Push Mntn road"
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    Tired and now with full bellies again we were going to crash pretty early tonight.
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    Next morning at 0Rooster thirty......we're up and get around to find we had some frost...
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    We get packed, fire up the bikes and head back to the "Front Porch Buffet"

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    We sit down and I look out the window an see this guy...
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    Best $4.99 buffet I've had for a while though.
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    We're soon on our way and slab it back South to intercept our 154 mile route back toward Springdale. Roads looked good too.
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    Until they didn't............yeah that's the road way over there and it hasn't been traveled in a long while.
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    I turn around and climb back up out of the river bed when I notice Charlie dismount. I go back and he says she's dead, won't start. So out comes the tow strap and we drag the DRZ up on the road and get it running. Charlie says let's head for home and off we go.
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    We make it back OK, get the Dizzer where we can start looking at it and I notice one of Charlie's Neighbors checking us out.
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    I get back and parts are flying off the Dizzer

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    Can you say well done..........

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    I jump back on the R² and head for Rogers as Charlie heads for the internet to find parts.
    Fun trip, we definitely had an adventure and everyone made it home safe and (dry...:evil )
    Later Gents
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  9. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

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    Nice report, Thanks for all the good pics of Rush.
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  10. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    It's worth the trip. If you go and want more dirt consult with 10cup he can tell you were the map lied to us. More pavement than I intended but still a good trip.
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  11. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

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    When I was a kid we used to go into the mine and explore. It is my understanding that the mine is closed off now. Been over 20 years since I have been there.
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  12. tcourdin

    tcourdin Resident Spooner

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    Nice ride report! I've been wanting to make it to Rush. Pretty lucky Charlie made it home, thats a long drive to pick him up!

    I do find it a little strange you rented a room with only one bed though, I bet it was cozy.:D
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  13. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I got your cozy! :flip
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  14. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    10cup and Dizzy, way to go. Nice ride/report. :freaky
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  15. JaiDee

    JaiDee Petrolhead

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    OK, so I know it's been a long time since Doc, Elvis, Terrascout and I rode, but ya know I've been busy and besides, I'm a lazy layabout anyway, but here's a bit of a report on the debacle anyway.

    March 4th dawned with sunny blue skies, even if there was a bit of a nip in the air. Twas a good day to ride and promised to get nice and warm. Little did we know that the warm temperature would be greatly appreciated.

    Doc drove his jeep over to my house in F'ville with his "trusty", or is that rusty, XR on the trailer behind. Since Doc has been experimenting, trying to find the best setup for his bike, he decided to change out the front sprocket to a larger size to see if he could fine a good trail/highway compromise. Though the 16 tooth took some time to wiggle in to place, due to its large size and the small space available, it looked like it would work. Pushing the bike around the driveway resulted in an occasion squeal as the chain hit the case saver. Though we didn't suspect it at the time, in the end the wear which resulted would cause a catastrophic failure. More on that later.

    The meeting place was at the Weddington gas station near Elvis' house and as we all showed up we were excited to hit the saddle and have some fun. Doc, Elvis and Terrascout ready to ride...

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    An uneventful ride took us to Prairie Grove and shortly outside of town we hit the gravel. The roads were dry, too dry, and the dust was soon billowing as Elvis led the way, blasting along with narry a care in the world. We were spread out pretty good, trying not to eat more than a mouthfull of each others dust at a time. Things were going pretty well, we were enjoying the ride and scenery, when suddenly Doc, who was right behind Elvis, pulled to the side of the road. Terrascout pulled over, then did a u-turn back up the road 75 yeards or so. Doc had thrown a chain, he had seen it and was going back to retrieve it.

    Terrascout returned with the chain and after a short consult it was time to get to work...

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    Yep, that's the chain...

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    The chain's off, being repaired, lots of work going on and we hear what sounds like a bike in the distance. Who could that be? Oh yeah, Elvis.

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    Well, it's a good thing he came back, because as we all know, nothing gets done without some good supervision.

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    And you all know what happens with the right supervision too...

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    Uh, I think the chain is supposed to go through the tensioner.

    No worries, Doc needed some practice taking off and putting back on that master link. We all swore after watching the procedure that we'd be sure to get a chain tool put into our tool pouches. To be fair to Elvis, he did save the day as he had a master link that actually fit Doc's chain...somewhat. The master link Doc had with him, hanging off his bars, wasn't even close.

    After changing the front sprocket to a smaller size (that wouldn't make the chain rub on the case protector) and getting the chain on correctly, Doc decided he'd head back home to get his chain repaired more securely. We bade him a fond farewell and off we went again, once again with Elvis in the lead.

    Before long we found ourselves heading down Pannel Road. At the top a bulldozer had been working so the riding was pretty easy, though still fun because of the topography and occasional ruts in the mud. Fun, blasting riding! Eventually we met up with the dozer, which was still working, and got into the "real" Pannel Road. Oh yeah! Now that was fun. Makes Warloop look like a walk in the park and much, much longer. There were plenty of ledges and drop offs and I have to say Elvis and Terrascout were weaving and dodging their bigger bikes around like they'd been down there on a regular basis. I wouldn't say none of did a "dab" every now and then but we did have a ball going down. At the bottom I was pretty sweated up and we all wondered what it would be like to go up the road instead of down. Definitely a "Want to do" for all of us.

    Onward to a stop on ____ Creek for a bit of a rest. Terrascout figured this would be a good place to shed some clothes while Elvis tried to figure out where we were, so...

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    TS trying to be patient while Elvis figures out where we are...

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    As I was recording distinguished images for posterity, Elvis and Terrascout were conspiring as to how they could get me to walk out onto a log and get me to fall in. What I didn't know was that they already had a plan to get me wet within the next few hours. Bassy turd conspirators!

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    What's REALLY funny was that when Elvis started his bike it was in gear and just about went off the edge into the deep pool below. Now THAT would have been funny! As it was, quick thinking on his part saved him and off we went to our next stop for the obligatory photos at Natural Dam.

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    Onward we rode, partway back along the route we'd already taken, then off another way till we encountered Lee Creek. Unfortunately, I have few pictures, but...Terrascout stopped by the rushing waters for just a milisecond before plungin onward. The creek was running high and fast and I knew I was about to witness watery carnage any second as he bounced along over big, rounded and slippery rocks and the water got deeper. He kept going, keeping upright though before long he was wet to mid thigh. On the other side of the creek just before climbing out of the creek up an incline I saw bike and rider sink into a big hole. Terrascout emerged though and I was definitely impressed!

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    Crap! There was no way I was going to try that route!

    In the mean time, Elvis had gone further down the creek and scouted out a shallower route. As I rode toward him I was hoping he'd say something like "No way JaiDee, TS is gonna have to come back this way." Yeah, right. Didn't happen.

    Off goes Elvis, slowly and cautiously going across at this shallower crossing. What the crossing lacked in depth was more than made up for in mossy, slippery as snot on a rock rocks though. Good riding...

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    What's a person to do when the other guys are on the other side of the creek (rushing river filled with crocs is more like it!) motioning for you to come across. You've got to know that the last time I tried going across a similar "creek" I ended up taking a swim that I didn't care to repeat. Oh well, no guts, no glory.

    I proceeded slowly and admit I paddled all the way across. Did I say it was GD slick! Though I got stopped a couple of times, I eventually made it across...but of course as the water was above boot level, AND COLD, the first thing I did was to take off the boots and wring out my wool (ya gotta love wool...still warm when it's wet) socks. The irony in all this is that as I was riding a small trail back to the road I almost highsided the bike in one of the easiest sections of the day. I blame the wet feet. Thanks Terrascout!

    After our fun (yeah, in the end I have to admit it was fun) creek crossing the rest of the day was pretty uneventful. We beat it back towards Fayetteville riding the gravel and dirt about as fast as is possible. I lagged far behind Elvis and TS, neither caring for the copious amouts of dust being kicked up, nor for the possibility of rounding a corner meeting a local on his/her way home from work. I was getting tired and know that my reaction time slows as a result. Elvis and TS are too young to realize such limitations.

    All around it was a great day. Doc made it home safely. We had some good adventures and best of all, when I got home that hot shower felt SOOOO GOOD! Many thanks to Elvis, Terrascout and Doc for being good riding buddies and putting up with my moaning and groaning.

    -JD
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  16. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Great report JD...get that freakin house done so you can do more riding.
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  17. Mister D

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    Yes, great report JD. I can't wait to get out there myself.
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  18. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    this just cracks me up..go ahead and laff y'all...you too will suffer a senior moment in the near future...:roflbesides, it was Terrascouts fault..he routed the chain that way, NOT ME! BTW Elvis..I got your master link in my tool pack..

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  19. 10Cup

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    Great report JD, have to say though I would not have liked the "bath" you guys took, especially this time of year!!:huh Glad everyone made it home safely too.

    Doc, that broken chain might have saved you a cool damp "encounter"??

    Planning another trip soon as the weather warms up.......more later
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  20. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    LUCKY ME! :thumb
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