Arkansas Ride Reports

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

  1. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Yeah Eddie whats up with that. You get down here and just ditch the locals eh? Glad you had fun, Pannel is a handful on a small bike. You guys are just too good for us ole guys...(me).
  2. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Been here awhile

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    I have to take the blame for putting these guys through Pannell on those bikes. I had ridden it once following a track from DRZ Charlie (thanks!). It was in 2011, and I rode down it on my F800GS with a couple of other guys. We didn't struggle too much, and it was a blast.

    So...this past weekend I'm riding with a group of 5 and 2 guys are on Vstroms with road tires. I says, "we should hit Pannell road--it's a great dualsport road". Oops. I think my memory of rough roads is kind of like women who deliver a baby then want to get pregnant again. WTF?! I knew going up would be slightly more difficult, but my memory of Pannell wasn't that it was really that difficult--unless muddy.

    So it was probably a bad idea to take those guys through there, BUT, as is usual, I'm sure it will be a highlight of the trip. Those 2 guys get new punches on their man cards for riding those bikes up Pannell. We had to pick them up a once or twice, and one rider twisted a knee (sorry!), but it did not kill us. Therefore, Pannell made us stronger! :clap

    The gang on top of Possom Creek Rd
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    A dam fine photo
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    Cover of the next BMW magazine?
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    We found some tacky mud on the way down in Missouri
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    RustyJug runs a fantastic BBQ joint up in Eldorado Springs, MO! We enjoyed his company while dining, too!
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    Rumor has it there will be Vstrom helmet cam of Pannell Rd in the near future! I will post a link when it is available.
  3. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Been here awhile

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    I can't speak for Eddie, and I thought about contacting some of you guys, but the problem was we were kind of making this trip up as we went. In fact, route plans and even which towns to stay in overnight changed twice during the ride. It would have been difficult to connect with somebody down there not knowing if, when, and where we'd be at any given destination.

    I bet you guys got out and enjoyed some riding in that amazing weather, though!
  4. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Charlie, as Troy mentioned this trip was in constant flux. Originally we planned on going east out of KC but because of weather we changed the plans 12 hours before we left. Once we got to Eureka Springs the plan was to go to Hot Springs. We ended up in Fort Smith instead. Nothing went as planned after Friday.

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  5. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Been here awhile

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  6. bohawk

    bohawk Been here awhile

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    After completing my domestic chores Sunday morning, I replaced my countershaft sprocket and then took off around 1:30 toward the Pilot Rock area northwest of Dover. Turned north off of Jake’s Creek Rd on to a trail marked 93713D but shows up as 1826 on Google Earth and BaseCamp. This is the beginning of a climb of over 1000’ in about a mile and a half just after crossing Little Sulfur Creek.
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    There’s ANO’s cooling tower roughly 20 miles away with Mt. Nebo off to the right.
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    On one of the leveler areas there was a stretch of gooey mud that about got the better of me.
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    My new Dunlop 606 Camo-knobby pulled me through, though.
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    After the long climb the trail is pretty easy going for the next mile or so.
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    It comes out on Pilot Rock Rd just west of Pilot Knob. Straight across Pilot Rock Rd was my goal for the day – 93210A. I had never been down this trail so I figured this was a good time to try it. I did not make it to the end.
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    This is part of the area a tornado tore through a while back. I am pretty sure that wadded-up piece of metal roof came from one of the chicken houses that got hit 3.25 air miles (using Google Earth’s ruler) to the southwest. There are no other structures between here and there. The trail goes right through the middle of that mess.
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    I was able to go around the first tree but that put me here. Now, I have not mastered log hopping so I was not gonna be able to get over this one without some assistance. Fortunately, the uprooted tree to the right had pulled up a bunch of rocks with its roots. So I made a ramp.
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    Unfortunately, I missed the rock on the other side and high-centered.
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    However, the back tire had just enough bite to get up on the rocks and over I went to the next obstacle.
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    Went around the uprooted part of that one and came to two more. I was beginning to wonder how bad I wanted to see where this trail went but I decided to keep going. I made it over the base of the first tree but my windscreen would not clear the second one without laying the bike over.
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    I had worked up a pretty good sweat by now and it was getting late so I decided to save the rest for another day, tucked my tail and headed back to Pilot Rock Rd.

    Before I got there I took a detour to this little water hole. It was like a miniature swamp. Even had a cypress tree. I figured there might be a gator in there, too, that might be looking for a mid-winter snack to hold him over until spring so I did not linger. Neat little ecosystem.
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    Retracing my tracks meant I had to tackle all of the downed trees again. I was not sure if my back tire or this tree was gonna catch on fire first with all the spinning I was doing but I finely made it over without smoking either one. Youtube has some good log hopping videos that make this look like a toothpick. They made me feel pretty pitiful. I have a blown down pine tree in my pasture I probably need to practice on.
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    I crossed Pilot Rock Rd and continued retracing my tracks on 93713D (alias 1826) toward Jakes Creek Rd.
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    I came to a small sign indicating an ATV trail took off to the left so I decided to check it out. It was not a very good trail at first and was very steep in places.
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    The trail gradually got better as I approached a logged area. It looked like they had done selective cutting here and possibly left these trees as seeders for the next generation.
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    The sky was cloudless and about as blue as it can get. A great day to ride.
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    The moon was out but this one was not near as funny to see as the one I mentioned in my last ride report.
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    I continued down the mountain.
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    Came out on Jakes Creek Rd. and then headed my trusty steed back to the barn.
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  7. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Been here awhile

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    Cool, bohawk! I wondered where that ATV trail off 1826 went. Here are a couple of my photos of FS1826 from spring 2012. Part had just been graded when we went through--lucky it was not wet.
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    I liked this little meadow that is along the way on 1826:

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  8. begeberg

    begeberg That'll leave a mark..

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    Me and a couple buddies are doing a guys trip to Arkansas this year in May. Can't make the SLAP ride however.

    We will be on dual sports and looking for a nice 3 bedroom cabin or house to rent where there is good riding. Any thoughts or advice? PMs work but I can check back in this thread as well.
  9. Illinois

    Illinois Adventurer

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    Awesome ride-report/ pics Bohawk thanks for sharing. You Arkies are truely blessed to have riding like that close to home. :ricky
  10. begeberg

    begeberg That'll leave a mark..

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    For the PM responses for places to stay, you guys are awesome!!
  11. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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  12. scotty69

    scotty69 Been here awhile

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    Great report Bohawk! Looks like a lot of fun!
  13. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    Great reports n' pics, guys. I'm on a six day work week schedule until the end of March. With all the other stuff going on... my riding has taken it on the nose. (Other than a short ride here/there.) Your ride report "Fixes" are helping me through this!!

    V-man
  14. rboett

    rboett posser noob 205

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    great ride reports.:clap

    Just changed my location from WI to NWA. :clap

    Picked up my GSA from Bob at BMW Bentonville Friday, took my first (short) NWA ride north and east out of Bentonville, ended up in MO for a bit, I could tell, because of all the liqour stores on the border:lol3.

    took like 62, 90,
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    Ended up on the north shore of Beaver Lake, then back to 62 , just about 2 hours of riding is all.

    You guys have some great pavement here, I did find a road 'KK',, I think I was in MO, reminded me of how they label county roads in WI with the double letter,

    I may have to put some TKC's on and get back in the dirt a bit, maybe get a lighter dirt bike to play and get my dirt skills up..

    Coming back into Rodgers I saw a Sheriff's car (looked like some kind a muscle car) with red dirt all over it. Guess they go off in the dirt too.

    So, watch for a FF in dirty HiViz on a GS ADV, give me the salute if you see me. I may go out tomorrow for a short bit, my back is kinda blown from moving boxes. sux.
  15. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    FWIW, HWY 90 from KK west to Noel is an awesome ride.
  16. scotty69

    scotty69 Been here awhile

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    I love that road, even on the honda with 606's on it. Fun, Fun, Fun...
  17. scotty69

    scotty69 Been here awhile

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    I am on a ski trip with some friends. This is year 15. Colorado is awesome in winter too!
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    First we warm up our beer drinking bodies on an easy run, much like we do on bikes. Start slow them become one with the bike.
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    Our group has a saying,"we gonna eat black diamonds for breakfast". This photo does a fair job of showing how steep it gets! Too much for me on a bike even without snow!
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    By noon we are ready for double black diamonds through the trees. Please don't do this your first time out. I started skiing at the ripe age of two and can conquer anything partially same.
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    After libations, a hot tub, then a shower we head to x games! Did u see the sled stunts! Wholly sh!t
    I am humbled again by the Rockies.
  18. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    That looks like some kind of fun Scotty! Reminds me of my skiing days some 10-15 years removed. It's a Colorado Rocky Mountain High just being up in those mountains. Never ski'd Aspen. Keystone and Winter Park mostly. Those were the days! :norton
  19. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    I took off yesterday morning for Lake Francis after Charlie called and said every bailed on the ride he had laid out. I hadn;t been over to Lake Francis since JaiDee, Charlie, 10Cup and myself rode over there several years ago now on a ride to Webbers Falls Lock & Dam. Didn't have a route so I just kind of meandered over there with the use of Scotty's Montana that he let me borrow while he is livin it up in Colorado. Worked pretty well. Charlies route went to Devils Den and went south almost to Natural Dam which I rode to a couple of weekends ago. I lost my Spot GPS device when I was down there last and I wanted to make one last ditch effort to search for it. Rodney, the owner of the Sunshine Cafe there said that noone had turned it in. I was wearing it on my armband and I had taken it off and laid it on my bike along with my jackets when I went into the Cafe to eat. It started raining when I was eating and I ran out and grabbed my jackets but I forgot about the Spot and I presume it fell off right there and someone picked it up but I am not sure where I had laid it on my bike. I met NaturalDamRider who lives just a mile up the hill from the Cafe and we jawed for over an hour while the rain was coming down. Great guy! Hope you all get a chance to meet him. I think he might join us on some of our camping events this year. Rides a VStrom, a DRZ650, and has some kind of 200cc bike.

    So anyway this is kind of a two rides in one report. I got some photos and video from both rides to post in this report. I did cross the abandoned bridge on Chamber Springs road over the Illinois and the first part of Fire Tower Road. I think this is pretty kewl although I have posted it a number of times.

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    Next stop Lake Francis. Had a little trouble getting to it as one route I took thru town had a train blocking the road across the tracks that didn't look like it was going to move any time soon so I had to loop around thru town to get to the spillway.

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    From up on top level with the spillway.

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    Remember "No Cervesa" when visiting here. Lots of photos from different vantage points.

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    Then I worked worked my over to Natural Dam eventually down Liberty Hill Rd. The funny thing about Lake Francis is that I stopped and talked to a couple of people and they both said when I asked them "It ain't a lake anymore". I am not sure what that means but that is what they said.

    This is what Natural Dam looked like a couple of weeks ago.

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    I didn't get any photos of lunch yesterday but I had breakfast there last time. The biscuits and gravy were great.

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    Rained on me most of the way home that weekend. Stayed dry and warm except for my gloves got wet and my hands were cold. Stopped at my daughters house on Hwy 112 just north of the bypass around Fayetteville to warm up my hands. Then as I was coming into Elm Springs just past the 30 MPH sign I see the local po po going the other direction. After I went by him I saw him turn around and I knew I was had. He pulled me over and said I was doing 49 in a 30. I said sorry, I just didn't get slowed down in time. While he was checking my record in the car I pulled out my camera and took a photo of him. When he came back he said "What is with the picture taking" and I told him I figured if he was videoing me I would take a picture of him. Not really! I told him that I was going to post it on this blog. He let me go without a ticket and told me to slow it down.

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    Yesterday after I left the Cafe I rode along Hwy 59 for about 5-6 miles looking for my Spot but "no joy". As I was looking I see a rider coming from the other direction and it was NaturalDamRider. We chatted for a bit along the road and then we both headed for home. He was riding his VStrom and had been over in Oklahoma riding. Thats it for me. See ya all down the road. :norton
  20. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    A wise man once told me a long time ago, if God had meant for Arkies to ski, he would have made chicken shit white. :lol3