Arkansas Ride Reports

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

  1. Spanky15

    Spanky15 Dirt Slider

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    That is a lot more water at that low crossing than a week or so ago!! :huh Where did it rain....?
  2. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Hey Jay! Glad to see you posting up. Bike is lookin awesome. Looks like you added some padding to that seat. I thought you were riding a Husky but I couldn't remember for sure. Glad to see you are ready to do some more riding. It takes a while to get comfortable when you are not used to that kind of riding. Once you do it won't be nearly as much work. Lookin forward to hooking up with you and riding some in the future. Take care. :norton
  3. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Cool!
  4. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Boy oh boy! looks like I have a lot of territory I need to see. so far I have only commuted and circled wedington.
  5. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    What is the route for the last ride of the year?
  6. Scribe

    Scribe £Bob£

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    Another Husky rider! Now I don't feel so lonely and weird …
  7. Valentino Magoo

    Valentino Magoo Like a speeding slug

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    Mouth and I took a quick ride down to Natural Dam for lunch via Pannell Rd. On the way back we came up Freedom Road to Bunyard and went over the I-540 Hopper Tunnel. Best done in the winter when you can see the highway. It started off very misty (we got wet), and the slab was slick. Once we got on gravel, all was good. Not much for "vistas" given the fog, but temps were perfect.
    Matt sure can ride that big monster.

    A few shots are below, but you can check out the slide set (17 photos) HERE

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    This ledge ran along the road quite a ways. Never noticed it before (probably because of the trees).
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    Pannell was a little rutted, but the muck had dried out, mostly.
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    We carefully planned a way down the ledge, keep left, keep left. Matt said "f-it", went down the center like a champ. I whimped and went around.
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    More ruts.
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    Hurry up, take my picture...
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    Lee Creek was way, way down, crossing was not an issue.
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  8. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Nice report Magoo and Matt! Glad someone got out. I am so sore I can't hardly get out of bed.....ugh..
  9. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    Thanks Mike, we had fun, I am glad to hear you are home and on the uphill side of things... patience buddy.
    nothing wrong with spending some time in the bed when its needed.

    :evil

  10. mdawg12

    mdawg12 Old and Slow

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    Great ride. Any chance you can share that route for my GPS? I'd like to ride it. Parnell road looks fun. :clap
  11. Valentino Magoo

    Valentino Magoo Like a speeding slug

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    Sure. I posted a link to the GPX file on AR Slap Trax thread. You can get to the post with the GPS file for today's route HERE. The GPX file is at the bottom of the post. That thread has TONS of great routes that Doc (and others) have posted over the years for the SLAP ADV rally. You should check out the reports on that SLAP trax thread for other routes to Pannell Rd too. We went thru Lee Creek, which is not for whimps like me if there is even average levels of water. Also, there is a section on Pannell Road that would be nasty as all getout if it was really wet. Two trucks were in this V-shaped chute when we came down, so we went around on a trail thru the woods.

    FYI, apostle2 posted a nice ride report from SLAP 2010 that included the below video. The potentially rough-when wet stuff is from 2:00 to 3:30 in the video. The clay "trench" at the 3:00 mark is considerably deeper now than in 2010, I wouldn't want to be driving up it (northbound, opposite the way the video is shot) when wet.
    You can see his whole report HERE

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  12. mdawg12

    mdawg12 Old and Slow

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    Thanks! Got it. Looks like a fun ride. Not sure I need to tackle that solo though. Next time you all head that way holler.
  13. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Nice ride Magoo. I did sneek up to Oark and eat Saturday. Mostly dirt on the way up. I like this time of year when the leaves are off the trees, you can see all sorts of things to investigate .
  14. Navaho

    Navaho Long timer

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    I've been so busy since this ride, I haven't had time to post my pics from my October adventure in NWA. I guess that's the punishment for taking 10 days off.

    Lucky for me, I was able to make the trip while the temps were still decent and the Fall colors in full swing. The day started off with a quick run from Smith Mtn to Ponca and back to the cabin. One of only two days I spent any time on the 950SM.

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    The real fun started the next day on the new-to-me 450EXC. All the same roads I've ridden before but now a lot more interesting on a lighter cycle.

    Steep switchbacks on Smith Mtn Rd

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    View of Red Rock Pt from CR41 near Mt Judea

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    Cave Creek crossing at Bass

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    First time riding through Gene Rush WMA (CR260) near Cave Creek

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    Intersection of CR260 & CR34

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    CR34 (I think). Heading South toward Dickey Junction


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    View of Hwy 74 at Bass from CR34

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    Another CR34 vista

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    Richland Creek Crossing at Eula

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    Richland Creek X-ing on CR14 South of Woolum Campground. This one caught me by surprise. About 18" deep in the middle but it sure didn't look it from this angle.

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    Not too far down the road I had to deal with another green-slime-covered river crossing at Woolum Campground, the Buffalo River. Made the wise decision to walk the bike across, and I'm glad I did. It wasn't very deep but slick as grease and loose. :eek1

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    How fitting to see the beasts for which this river was named roaming on the other side

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  15. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Great pictures, Thanks !!! :clap:clap
  16. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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    +1 :clap:clap:clap
  17. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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  18. Navaho

    Navaho Long timer

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    Sorry we didn't hook up O'leary. I'll be back again next Spring.

    Yeah, the weather was nice, although a little cool the first few days. 2nd day on the dual sport started out on CR55 near Mt. Judea

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    Heading South on CR55

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    About halfway down CR55 is Ricketts Cemetary Rd. Very cool place for a hike and quite popular with the rock climbing enthusiasts.

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    Overlook on CR55 (next road South of Ricketts Cemetary Rd)

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    This is what I was hoping to find more of - old quad trail. Found this near the Hurricane Creek Wilderness area off CR31

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    Always wanted to try out NF-1821 (old 1842) from Treat going West to 1802. According to TroyWolf, it was doable: " Yup! According to my Spring 2012 tracks, I rode that exactly. I rode it on my BMW F800GS, so it's definitely doable on a motorcycle.... "

    So off I go. Can't be to bad if an F800 can make it. This is where 1821 leaves Treat Road

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    Nice ole jeep road but now reduced to quad-width

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    Still looking pretty easy up to the first creek x-ing. Good place to tighten up a loose chain.

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    Then the trail started to veer away from the map with no sign at all of where the old road once ran. This Garmin map must be ancient data.

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    Only about another mile to 1802, so I kept on. Things changed quickly, and I was starting to realize that this wasn't the same road Troy was thinking of. Still doable on a bike though.

    Creek # 2

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    Creek # 3

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    After the 4th creek crossing, I could see that I was maybe 1/2 mile from 1802 BUT it was a steep and rocky uphill climb, and there were huge downed trees in the way as far as I could see. Not having a chainsaw nor a trials bike, my only choice was to turn around. Besides, it was getting late, and I could hear a cold beer and bowl of gumbo calling me back to camp.

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    Day 3 is in the books. More to come tomorrow.
  19. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Wow ! great ride report and pictures. Thanks for sharing.
  20. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Ditto again.... :clap