Arkansas Ride Reports

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

  1. ozarkrider

    ozarkrider Discombobulated Sociopath

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    I hear ya Charlie. I started on my bucket list shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.

    Still so much to see and do......
  2. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Last 4 posts are making me want to ride - sure wish it would warm up and dry out a little!
  3. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Albie, arkmozart, Jai Dee and I got out today for a romp in the warm weather. What a perfect day to ride.

    We met at the new Casey's in Elkins this morning and rolled about 10:30 Am. Arkwizard had to work and 10Cup's son came to visit so they both had to pass on todays ride. The temperature was perfect, the roads had some mud but nothing bad and they were tacky and that made for no dust.

    Our route today

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    I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked today because I am still messing with my helmet cam. I need to tip it up so that I get more landscape and less DRZ.

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    The riders today

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    ArkMozart (Marlin)

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    Jai Dee (sorry the picture got messed up)

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    We headed in the general direction of Low Gap so that we could eat lunch at the restaurant. Once again we were not disappointed. The food was great.

    I had 172 miles on the day.
  4. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Looking good.
  5. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Great day for a ride Charlie, thanks for sharing for us working stiffs
  6. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Yeah hated to miss the ride, had the Yammy all ready too. But family comes first around here so I figure we'll have plenty of opportunities to ride. Charlie the pictures from your camera are superb! Really good. Glad you guys got out to ride. Great report too.

    Did you say JD rode??? I thought it was dead or somth'n :D

    Till next time
  7. Arkwhizzy

    Arkwhizzy Arky by choice

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    Great pics Charlie, thanks for sharing.
  8. JaiDee

    JaiDee Petrolhead

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    Many thanks to Charlie, Albie and Marlin for a great ride Friday! The weather couldn't have been nicer and the road conditions were ideal, especially for a sweeper like myself. No dust! I haven't done much riding this year so it was especially nice to be able to ride the great route Charlie laid out with good scenery and lots of changes in altitude as we made out way to and from the Low Gap area.

    Unfortunately, I was lazy on the photos. My fall-back excuse is that I thought my two compatriots with the fancy schmantzy helmet mounted cameras would have enough frames for a full length documentary. However, one of them (the one with the high maintenance bike, color of a pumpkin) kept having throttle issues that kept the front wheel off the ground much of the time (lots of good sky shots I assume) and the other had a few turn around challenges. Nor really so much of a problem but what's a ride without a few good stretches of the truth?

    Spotted on the road...

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    Thanks again guys. Outstanding day!

    -JD
  9. JaiDee

    JaiDee Petrolhead

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    Too bad you were tied up with family affairs Mike. It would have been good to have shared my first ride of 2013 with you. I was happy to hear you were feeling well enough to get in a ride. Sounds like you've had more than your fair share of challenges lately. Next good weather let's hit the dirt.

    -JD
  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Hell, you took one more pic then I did. :lol3
  11. JaiDee

    JaiDee Petrolhead

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    Hey Charlie, how come that photo of me is out of focus? :rofl

    -JD
  12. Arkwhizzy

    Arkwhizzy Arky by choice

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    From the great pics, I'm real sorry I missed the ride. Work just gets in way of everything.
  13. bohawk

    bohawk Likes mechanical stuff

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    The sun came out Sunday afternoon so, after replacing my chain, I decided to take a ride up north to see what the 5.2” of rain we got yesterday did to the creeks. These first few shots are of part of my pasture during the rain Saturday. My pond only had a few inches of water in it before the rain started. It is not creek fed even though it looks like it in these pictures. It was overflowing after just a few hours of the deluge
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    This is the Illinois Bayou just north of Scottsville taken from the new Hwy 164 bridge.
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    This is the North Fork Illinois Bayou a few miles further north on the Granny Gap Rd bridge. There are actually four Illinois Bayous by name. The North Fork, Middle Fork and East Fork Illinois Bayous join to form the Illinois Bayou just north of Dover, which eventually dumps in to Lake Dardanelle at Russellville.
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    I then headed north on North Fork Rd with a couple of side trips over to the North Fork Illinois Bayou. The trail to the first one had lots of mud and mud holes. Had to ride through this one.
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    But was able to bypass most of this one.
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    Here are a couple of before and after pictures of what are normally easy crossings. Would not want to try either one of them this day.
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    I hiked down this hill a little ways to get a picture of this waterfall.
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    Seemed a lot steeper climbing back up.
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    Continued north on North Fork Rd. The water running across this low water bridge was deeper than I expected and moving pretty fast. Fortunately, the concrete was not slick.
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    I followed North Fork Rd north to Victor Rd and then headed west to Hwy 7. This is the North Fork Illinois Bayou at the Victor Rd bridge.
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    When I got to Hwy 7, the sun was directly ahead of me and the trees were glistening. I did not think to much about it at first but as I headed north on Hwy 7 to Pelsor, I realized there were a gazillion little icicles hanging from the trees. This is what it looked like along Hwy 123 when riding toward the sun.
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    And here is one of the frozen drips close up. It was about an inch long. I wonder how the air bubbles get in there?
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    The creeks feeding Indian Creek were flowing pretty good.
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    I had to take a break here on Indian Creek Rd to let my numb thumbs thaw out. My heated grips were keeping my fingers warm enough but I apparently do not keep my thumbs in firm contact with the grips. When I left Dover, the temp was 40F but since the icicles were showing no sign of melting, I figured it must be at least freezing up here in the mountains.
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    This is where Indian Creek (left) and Moccasin Creek (right) converge at the Treat low water bridge. I actually expected the water to be higher here after the amount of rain we had but perhaps there was not as much up here.
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    For those of you that have ridden on Treat Rd from here south, you know the road is well maintained and very wide so I was blasting along at 45 to 50 mph where I could. I came flying a around a curve and see a SUV stopped on the side of the road heading in the direction I was going. I then realized there is a woman running or waddling, actually, from behind the SUV trying to pull her pants up from around her knees as she tried to scurry out of my view. Did not work. “I see your hiney. It’s white and shiney!” I honked twice as went by and was laughing so hard I had to raise my visor to clear the fog. It never fails, you stop to take a leak and here comes somebody. It has happened to me more than once. Made me wish I had a GoPro or Contour.
  14. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Great pictures Bo. Wow, it's nice to see water in those creeks again.
  15. bohawk

    bohawk Likes mechanical stuff

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    We sure need the water. It just would have been nice to get it over a few days instead of a few hours but, after this summer, I said I would not complain anymore.
  16. r80rt

    r80rt Dirt road nomad

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    I'll be doing the Arkansas section of the TAT in May and I'll be camping in the White Rock area. Any advice on where to camp, or can I just pick a spot and go for it?
  17. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    I like to camp in remote pull off the road spots...lots of them down there. I normally go to a little spot around the corner from shores lake.
  18. r80rt

    r80rt Dirt road nomad

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    Excellent, That's what I wanted to hear, Thanks!
  19. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    No problem
    Whats TATanyway
  20. r80rt

    r80rt Dirt road nomad

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    The Trans America Trail, I wish I had time to do more than one state.
    http://www.transamtrail.com/