Arkansas Ride Reports

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

  1. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Full days of work - Friday -- It's only cold, if you think about it...


    Let's try something new this time, shall we? Please press play - enjoy the music by Portishead - Chase the tear - and read on...


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    The weather forcast for Friday: sunny and high 59s.
    Reality: overcast, rain and low 40s.

    Why chase the tear? The higher we got up on Mt. Magazine the more tears did I drop.. It was so cold that my heated vest was burning me, instead of heating me -- it could just not keep up.

    We took the scenic route from Conway to Mt. Magazine -- cutting through Petit Jean, and beautiful townships such as New Neely, Centerville, Lone Pine, Belleville and finally into Havana, Arkansas. :huh

    There was nothing Havana about it. It was freezing cold -- 40s and wind chill. The ride up the mountain was superb! I was truly missing my Sprint. 'though there was plenty of road salt and sand (as always) to add to the excitement.

    Once we got to the top I heard something sputtering up the mountain. A glance below and it was a Moto Guzzi with a trailer.. :patch . The gentelman just zoomed by:

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    Hey, he must be another inmate; Wave... He must've been so cold he could not raise his hands. :evil

    Next order of business was to take the obligatory pictures with a sign.

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    Cold, much? I was so cold that I was shivering.. :cry

    The scenery alone was worth the cold, and the long trip.

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    We slowly (think fast) made it to the Lodge and got hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate, chease dip, and stuffed mushrooms.. Everything was delicious; and then they brought out the main meal.. fried chicken wraps and delicious soup..

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    WITH BACON!!! OMG!! Loved it. The food was very reasonably priced. Good wait stuff too.

    We spent an hour chit-chatting at the lodge and enjoying the scenery through the huge looking-glass... Ah.. the warmth..

    Too bad they jacked the prices so high for a nights stay. A working man could barely afford this place; and besides it is booked months in advance. :huh I am strongly opposed to this -- but the standard is very high at the hotel, and it reflects the price and availability.

    Next, we moved on to photo-shootout. I'm still learning, so please excuse me:

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    I love the side-profile shots. There is something amazing about them.

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    I have proceeded to take the GS all the way to the ege, but then I noticed this big curb at the bottom of the stairs.. Yeah eff-that.. On the way back........ Sorry grass :cry It was slippery, but the GS triumphantly made it to the top. Thread lightly sometimes. This picture is another one of my favorites. It shows how little we are compared to the rest of the nature.

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    On the way back we took the Spring Lake Road away from Mt. Magazine.

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    The rest of the way was pretty uneventful. I did make a wrong turn and we ended up about 10 miles away from Dardanelle. Doh! We wanted to ride up to Mt. Nebo but both of us had things to do at 5...

    In Dardanelle we did see two ADV bikes, a TW200 and a Tiger1050.. I honked..

    We made it home by 5PM. All was good. All was well.

    Thanks for riding with us...
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  2. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Nice report! Cold SOB out there still. She is a lot more photogenic than you are...just sayin
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  3. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  4. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Yes, even with the helmet on!
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  5. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Man I got cold just reading your report! Glad you all had a fun day though. SOME DAY I'm sure it'll warm up. I did find some extra heat at the WM sporting goods dept the other day. Called "warm hands or hot hands" had the little patches you can put in your boots too. Haven't tried them but I'm thinking it might be good to have some packed away on the bike in case you get in a long cold run like you had. Just say'n.

    Good report!
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  6. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    I know that this in no way compares with Alpha's or anybody elses' ride report on here, but it was a great ride for me. About six weeks ago I had a little accident on my DR and I broke my ankle (see face plant). Almost two weeks ago my doctor cleared me to ditch my crutches and start to walk on my cast, and he gave me a little boot to put over it. After a few days I got so I could actually walk again, so of course I had to fire up my Triumph and ride in first gear in front of my house. Then today I went to Conway to go shopping at Tractor Supply with my wife. Naturally this took several hours. After all that standing my foot felt remarkably good, almost normal, except with a cast arround it. So...

    As soon as we came home, I put my gear on, that is, my jacket, one boot and my non-ruined helmet, fired up the Triumph, and rode off. My sweetheart just waved. Rode down the mile of dirt to the highway, then after checking that there were no cars, got on the highway and put the hammer down, with clumsy slow motion shifts in between. Man, it felt so good to feel that wind, haven't felt it in six weeks. Then I pulled off into a neighborhood about two miles down the road and just cruised around. Traffic was extremely light and I kept it at a slow cruise in third gear. Did that for about half an hour. Then I headed home, with another slightly speedy part of it thrown in. When I pulled back in, I guess my wife had been a little worried, because she mistook my triumphant whoop for a yell of pain. After I reassured her that I was OK, I put my gear up as usual and just sat there and felt great. What a little blast! Sorry I didn't get in any pics haha.

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  7. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Back in the saddle again! Anytime you walk errrr hobble away from an accident it is a good ride.
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  8. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    Charlie, that's so true! I'm still feeling the buzz. Before this accident I had really turned into a year-round rider. The last few weeks I've been like a crack head jonesing for his stuff.
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  9. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

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    Great ride report A1fa. Nice pictures!!!!
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  10. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    It's called, "Theropy"! :thumb
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  11. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Hmmmm, is Theropy like therapy? Just askin
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  12. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Yes.
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  13. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    to most, who AINT SO FUCKIN ANAL! :rofl
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  14. RipperFox

    RipperFox ExplosiveOrdnanceDisposal

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    So did I read that right? Charlies getting anal theropy?
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  15. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Yes. :bluduh :rofl
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  16. 10Cup

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    The Dizzer (DRZ Charlie) and myself decided we'd hit the road Friday since it was so warm out. We planned to meet up in Huntsville at 9am so I was on the road at 7:45 and had a nice Sun rise to start off the day as I headed for I 540 and South.
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    It was pretty brisk out still and the R² was feeling pretty frisky too, by the time I entered the interstate I looked down so see 75mph and joined in the morning commute with no problem. Staking out my 10 foot space and looking out for any kamikaze's that might be looking to take up my 10 feet at the same time I was in it...a few miles down the road I take my exit and gladly headed down 412 toward Huntsville.
    Even beat the Dizzer to the Shell station, our meeting place.

    We both had our morning cup and and were soon off, anxious for what the day had in store for us as we had a 275 mile route planned and it would take all day.
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    It was dusty and traction was hard to find today but great riding boy was it nice to have the Sun shinning for a change.

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    Mid morning we stopped for a break and noted an old School house near by. I know this has been posted before but others but wanted to show everyone this neat old building again. I managed to get across the small creek that ran along in front of it and then found this as I neared the building.

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    I look down and sure enough......... a marker...1935

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    Cool old school, the blackboard is still up on the wall too.

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    When I get back to the bikes Charlie is taking a few layers off as it was warming up pretty good by now.

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    So we saddle up and head for Oark to do lunch.

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    Then onward we go. I had told Charlie that we had a "double dipper" water crossing coming up this afternoon and also one of the most beautiful roads in all of Arkansas to navigate. But before we get to that we had some other nice vistas too. Our friends at the forest service were doing some controlled burns today but the smoke wasn't too bad thankfully.
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    So we come to the "double dipper" water crossing. We plan to make a run for the little island and then jump off that and try to make to the road on the other side..........what a plan...

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    Charlie decides to check and see how deep it is first..........:poser
    Or maybe it was "Well Pilgrim......I can PEE farther than most streams are wide.......

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    I take the plunge first and the plan is a good one, I make it across dismount and take a picture of Charlie getting ready to make his try.

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    About the time Charlie is getting ready along comes a 4-wheeler with a guy and gal on it and they come across first. I decide to get a little video....notice Charlie is already make'n tracks to the "island" while we wait for this darn 4-wheeler to get gone.....

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    So we all make it just fine and are having a great time. We head on to what I call the "Beautiful Road" here are some shots of it.

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    Notice the water dripping down right in front of Charlie

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    By the way Charlie says hi........seems he has been "away" for a while :evil

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    More shots along this road

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    OK, we're outta here and head to Parthenon....

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    Where we even had cell service....better check in.

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    After that we rode for another couple of hours and ended up getting ourselves good and tired.

    We run up on this old house and Charlie stops, says that is an old "Craftsman House" sold by Sears and each had it's own number etc.
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    Very interesting. Saw a documentary on TV just last week about old man Sears. He was way ahead of his time, Henry Ford even came to look at his Chicago factory prior to starting the first ever "assembly line" for manufacturing.


    So when we hit 412 again we split and each headed for home. In all a great day....

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    Our route.......

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    I know Charlie has some more pictures and will properly "defend" himself soon (in five days) :amazon

    That is gents..till next time. :thumb
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  17. NateLePain

    NateLePain Long timer

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    Great RR's. Most of my miles are to work and back. Thankfully, the roads are twisty and scenery is beautiful. We are fortunate to live in a state that offers such variety.

    nlp
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  18. DrLewall

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    I could have gone with you guys!!! I was in SPD and FYV yesterday on the XR runnin pavement..and what little dirt I did run, the XR Xcelled! I was nice out wasn't it...awesome pix and you'll hafta show me where that "Beautiful Road" is..maybe next time?
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  19. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Great ride & report.

    Would love to get up to that area sometime, looks like a real nice loop.
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  20. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

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    10cup,
    Thanks for the great ride report and pictures.
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