Arkansas Ride Reports

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

  1. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Good stuff Charles and Marlin! It sure was a great day to be out and about. I haven't been to the Chester Cafe in a long time. Prolly cause they are not open on Saturdays and some folks have to work during the week. Great photos, thanks for posting! Happiness is seein Charlie and Albie in your rear veiw mirror. LOL :norton
  2. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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  3. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Got out for a few hours yesterday afternoon up into Missouri which I am know to do when I only have an afternoon to kill. The low water bridge at Camp Tilden crossing the Big Sugar is now complete. Looking good if you like a modern looking low water bridge that will last a century.

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    There is a horse campgrounds called Ponderosa Trails Campground southeast of Pinveville. I did not know what a Coggins was but I looked it up and it is a test for horses. Coggins is not a disease, but rather the test performed for equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV). Most horse owners are more familiar with the term 'Coggins' than the disease it tests for because state regulations require a negative Coggins certificate before a horse can participate in a show or be transported out of state. I saw this sign and had to find out what it meant.

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    Crossed the old bridge crossing Mikes Creek just before you get to Powell.

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    Rode on down the Mikes Creek for a ways on my way to Washburn where I got fuel. I switched the fuel tank on my bike back to the stock 2 gallon so fuel stops need to be more frequent now. More water in Mikes Creek than I have seen in a while.

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    On my way to Washburn on Missouri Uu I came across this. I stopped and turned around and looked down into the ravine below to see if there was a vehicle down there cause I wasn't sure how recent it had taken place. No vehicle, just some saplings sheared off. Looked like a bad accident happened here tho.

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    Thats all I got from a short Satruday afternoon ride. Later. :norton
  4. 10Cup

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    Nice report Tim, interesting about the equine test too! Yeah I'd have hated to take the ride down the ditch that that cage did. Bet the pucker factor was way up about then :lol3
  5. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Thanks for sharing the pictures Tim. Why did you pull the big tank? Going to try more single track?

    Hey Mike I think I saw you last last Thursday by Lake Ft Smith. The waitress at Chester said we just missed you.
  6. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Kind of reminded me of back in AberDabber when I left the highway doin about 100 mph with my old mans Olds. Went from one ditch to another until I finally slowed down enough to gain control. Luckily the ditches are much shallower around there. The ditch in the picture dropped about 50 feet. :norton

    Yeh kind of! Since I have two bikes, I thought I would make one more of a trail bike and the other the adventure bike. Since that one has the suspension modified by Go Race and the Scotts steering dampener I thought it made more sense to make that one the trail bike. I really need a little bigger tank tho like a 3 gal IMS tank. :norton
  7. 10Cup

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    Hi Charlie, yeah I thought that was you and Albie wasn't sure who the third guy was. I see in your excellent ride report and pic's that it was Marlin. I was kind of disappointed in the chow at Chester, guess Grandmas has me spoiled. Was good to get the WR out and ride again too.
  8. 10Cup

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    Whoa, didn't know about that one. But then back then we were all 10' tall and bullet proof right!:eek1
  9. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    Nice pics n' ride reportin' OLEARY!!

    I too, wouldn't mind the 3.1 tank that retains all the OEM plastic... but so far my stock tank hasn't been an issue. However, I'm gettin' a hankerin' to start learning the trails down around Talimena State Park... so a 3.1 would be a nice thing, me thinks?

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  10. Mister D

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    I see a lot of those kind of road "signs" as a UPS guy. They're always fascinating and a good reminder that driving is pretty dangerous. Good on you for checking to see if the vehicle was down there.
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    Not much of a ride but kind of a milestone for me. My Bonneville has been out of commission for about two years. Long story. Yesterday I got it back. So today was the first day I've had it available to use at my discretion. So I rode it across town to meet some friends at the movies.

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    Then I rode over to my dad's, where I had left my DR650 yesterday, and did a little light maintenance. Took a pic of my "stable". Glad to have a choice now.

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    On the way home I managed to get a grab in a game of photo tag (a capitol building), then get a new item for someone else to find, which was a school for the deaf.

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    Then I zoomed home at highway speeds. It felt good to have few more horses. :ricky
  12. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Nice Duane. Bet your glad to get her going again.
  13. bohawk

    bohawk Likes mechanical stuff

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    As I cruise through the Ozarks north of Dover, I often see a trail taking off of the one I am on that I figure needs exploring someday. So today I decided to start that exploring on Adams Mountain Road north of Scottsville. It is also known as FS1328 and PO72 (Pope County). I was starting on the south end and planned on taking every trail that went to the east. I did not get to all of them.
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    The first one started off nice enough.
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    But then I started running in to a bunch of this stuff with little sign of previous traffic so I turned around.
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    The second trail was pretty decent but it dead-ended after a mile or so.

    The third one was much more promising since it was actually a numbered road &#8211; FS 1328B.
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    The trail eventually forked so I took the one to the right.
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    It was fairly easy going until it started meandering through some young pines. There was a short stretch with big rocks and then ruts and mud as it started going downhill.
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    I was heading pretty much south now and eventually came out here on Mill Creek. I had been here before. The water was deep but the bottom was fairly smooth.
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    After crossing the creek I came out on FS 1322. Continuing south on 1322 put me on Granny Gap Road but first I had a bunch of these to get through.
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    I followed Granny Gap Rd back to Adams Mountain Rd and retraced my tracks to the fork I took at the end of FS 1328B. So this time I went left at the fork and had to ride through this mess.
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    Just kidding. That is what it looked like off to the right of the trail.
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    The trail started heading down Adams Mountain. Except for a few steep places, it had a heavy layer of pine needles that felt like I was riding on a carpet.
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    Once again I came out on Mill Creek.
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    If I continued to follow the trail downstream I knew I would come out on Granny Gap Rd again. Another trail had come in from my left (north) a short distance back so I turned around to see where it went.

    This was a little creek that dumped in to Mill Creek just out of sight to the right.
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    Uh-oh. It may be hard to see in this picture but the trail began a long, steep climb just after crossing the little creek.
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    Now, I have gotten a bit smarter lately when I come to this steep stuff. Instead of just going for it or turning around I have been getting off and walking up or down it first to see if I think it is something I can handle. No need in inflicting any unnecessary abuse to the ole DR or myself when I am out here by myself. So this is what it looked like as I walked up the trail. The first two are looking down and the third is looking up.
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    Unfortunately, I have not gotten much smarter in my evaluation and I figured this was doable. The fact that it was wet and there were lots of loose rocks did not seem to affect my decision making. So off I went, well sort of. I had cleverly stopped on some loose rocks and I killed the poor DR several times trying to get going again without flipping it over. Most of the ascent was in the washed out rut because the trail was too narrow and/or sloped too much to stay out of it. Luck on my part and the DR&#8217;s torque got me to the top or what I thought was the top. The DR is barely visible in this picture.
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    It turned out the climb was far from over but the worst part was behind me.
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    It was a relief to get back to this kind of stuff.
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    When I finally did get to the top, I took a short trail to a clearing and found this, which I think might be an old well.
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    Back on the trail again I come to the mother of all mud holes, at least on this trail, anyway.
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    I was not turning back now, though. I eased around the left side of it and about half way through I find two batches of frog eggs. A little warm weather in February and the frogs are making babies.
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    After this it was pretty easy going and I eventually came out on Adams Mtn Rd. There were still plenty of trails left to check out but they will have to wait. I had had enough exploring for today so I headed back to Dover.
  14. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Wow, great stuff Bo. All I managed to do yesterday was go to the gym. I like your work out routine a lot more than mine.
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    Thanks, Charlie. It was definitely a work out with hiking up the hill first and then wrestling the DR up it.
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    That looks like a heckuva lot of fun, Bo.
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    TroyWolf Student in the art of less

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    GREAT STUFF, bohawk! Man I love your ride reports. I referenced this report for a ride some of us KC boys are doing end of April.

    Thanks!
  18. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    What I want to know is how do you keep that bike so clean. Did you stop and wash it off in Mill Creek? LOL You always have the cleanest bike. Great ride my friend and great report. :norton
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    bohawk Likes mechanical stuff

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    It was a bunch of fun, Duane. Glad you got your Triumph going again. If I could convince my wife I "needed" 3 bikes, I would get one of those.

    Thanks for the compliment. Sometimes I think I ramble on too much. I do not think I am that talkative in person. There are lots of neat trails like that around here. Since I live so close to them it is easy to go out for a few hours and ride 'em. I just need to figure out how to link them all together for others to enjoy.

    I was thinking it looked awful clean when I looked at that picture, too, but I can assure you it was not. I am pretty sure it was still wet from the last water hole I went through.
  20. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    ...and the worst of times, as the old story begins.

    (NOTE: This ride report takes place in OK and AR... but there is no OK RR thread... so here it is. Deal with it. :D )

    Dateline: Monday, Feburary 11, 2013.

    Last week I had decided that I was going to take a day off, saddle up my WR250R, and get out and enjoy this superb weather. My intention was to once again hit "my" mountains and continue to exploring to see what is still available to ride... and what additional losses there have been. I also hoped to re-find some old trail loops that I used to enjoy a bunch... if they still existed, either wiped out by the loggers or lost to Ma Nature. I was pumped about today.

    I was unloaded and riding by 9 AM. The temp was BRISK, baby! BRISK! But it felt SOOOO good to be feeling the sting of the cold air aboard a woods bike. Love riding in colder weather!

    I started off taking an alternate route into the range rather than the one I typically take on this side of the mountains. It's a long, and sometimes a bit steep, climb up to the first ridge. Wow... it was EXCELLENT... as good as it used to be. As best I recall, it's been about 8 years since I've ridden this particular access road? Anyway... it just kept gettin' gooder n' gooder. The climb culminated in a series of stair steps.

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    Looking back down the hill, I again enjoyed the same rock formations that I discovered when I first started riding this area back in 1979. (My lands has it really been 34 years???)

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    Once up top of the first ridge, I begin to explore to see if I could find one of my "loops" that I used to enjoy. The neat thing about this area, are the old log trails have been left to lay for a number of years... so they are more like trails than old log roads. Here's a couple of pics to help illustrate:

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    Not only did I retrace my old loop... but I found some new stuff too! Eventually, I popped out of the woods and hit one of the main access roads. This road skirts the north slope of the ridge, and offers some pretty cool views such as these:

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    Then it was back to old log roads that had been left to lay. Fortunately, the ATV crowd has been using these, and thus they are more open now then "back when". (I used to be the one to come down through here and trim back the "face slappers" so I could ride the trails without having to dodge such all the time!)

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    Yeah, I know... it's a tough job charting trails n' routes and doing all this exploring... but someone has to do it... right? Below is another pic of what I had to endure today...


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    Seein' as I was getting back to my off roading roots today, I had decided today I would pack my lunch just in case I was still out in the woods when me ol' tummy said it was time to eat. I used to eat this way all the time. Frankly, the REAL MANLY type woods rider will provide such sustanence for himself instead of stopping at some sissie cafe and dining in a heated and comfy eating establishment. Pshaw on that! THIS is the type of dining that REAL WOODS RIDIN' MEN eat:


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    Of course, it was far from lunch time, so after packing things away, it was off again to continue the day! My next destination was to drop off the "backside" of the range to see if the one and only outlet was still open and not gated shut, as it has been. The dozer has been through here since I was last down this way... however the carnage wasn't too bad, and of course, the superb views still remained.


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    Looking back up the access road, I realized that this HAD made it more do-able for Honey Buns. It's previous condition was just a mite rough for her tastes.


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    Once down toward the outlet, I decided to see what was still open into the hollow. Sure 'nuf, the old trail still existed, and a couple of older sizemograph trails looked "do-able" for a time when I wanted to get more adventurous. Here's a trio of pics from that trail...

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    Good news: The gate was open, and looks like it had been for quite some time. HOPEFULLY, the "powers that be" have realized the key location of this outlet and will LEAVE it open. (If not... I know a way around it... but it's a bit rough for Honey Buns.)

    Once I had connected the OK portion with the AR portion... it was time to see if some of my other "connectors" were still in place, especially a favorite connector I've used hosting several group rides. Well, the good news was it CAN be connected via my favorite... but the bad news is that it's been dozed and is a muddy hill that would NOT be fun going back up... plus it's bar-ditched and "officially" closed. Like I said... today was the best of times... and the worst of times. Oh well, can't have it all. At least I still have some excellent riding nearby! I also checked out several old connectors that I recalled. Some I could recognize, some no way (logging, skidding, dozing!)... but they DID lead to the same places... so I guess they were my "old" trails recycled!

    Eventually, I was close to Waldron. Hey... seein' as I'm within striking distance... it would be shame to not try the Char-Broiler... right? (The Beanie Weanies can wait... I can be a REAL MAN some other day!) So I did.

    Had me a Chicken Fried Steak lunch special: Huge chicken fried steak and a pile of mashed potatos, both smuthered in white gravy, and Texas Toast. Didn't take food porn pic... but here's the place:

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    Lunch done... it was one of those "where to next?" deals. I could somewhat reverse course, or hit a connector I know about and climb up to The Ridge and ride it back toward OK. The former would allow me to check out some more things I wanted to see... the latter would commit me all the way back to the OK line... for there's no practical deviations once up on The Ridge.

    I decided to reverse my course and explore some more.

    As I made a couple or so of the few paved miles of the day, I decided to stop by an old abandoned general store at a place called "Oliver". 31 years ago, I fixed a flat here on one of my scoots. It was a sure'nuf general store/cafe at the time... including a gas pump. Anyway... amazing the changes times make. No comparison between what I was riding then, and what I was riding today.

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    I'm glad I decided to explore some more on the same basic route, because this time I popped out the woods at Bates, AR on the hope that maybe the closed general store was open again. (Seems like its been closed forever.)

    Eureka! It's back open!

    I went inside, had a cup of coffee, talked with the little cook, as well as BS'd with some the locals. It felt like "home". I have used this place MANY times when hosting rides. The little cook knows me by sight! Sometimes 20 people in our group would descend upon them. I would have to call ahead with a head count so they could make sure they had ample supplies to feed the surge that I would bring in. Shoot... I've even used the old store this one replaced! The old store was an old rock general store named "The Do Drop In" (or something like that). The old store had lots of character. Alas, it burned to the ground, and this prefab sheet metal affair replaced it. I think I have a pic of the original one "somewhere" in my trail bike pic collection. So, the Bates Store is back in business... but no gas this time around. This means a much closer and more ideal eatery option.

    Here's a pic of the store just bustlin' with business!

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    Visit over, I saddled up and headed back into the woods and soon it was time to see if I could reconnect another of my favorite loops I used to ride. It's been several years, and the place has changed a bunch. There was a gentle climb, just as I recalled, but more open now. It had been lightly dozed. Once up on the first shelf, I came to a fork junction I remembered. Here's a pic at the fork junction looking back down toward the climb...


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    The road to the left I sort of remembered...


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    But the one heading up the hill I really couldn't remember where it went...


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    It was about then that I noticed a single set of motorcycle tracks on the hill trail. Hmmm. There's only one other guy I know that grew to know these mountains better than I did: Ol' DW. I'd be willing to put good money on that being his set of tracks! Studying the set of tracks for a moment, I could see that they came DOWN the hill trail and turned onto the left fork. Well... if it's ol' DW's tracks... then those tire tracks GO somewhere... because he hates dead ends as much as I do. Let's saddle up and see where it goes!

    The climb was long, and pretty rocky. Lotsa' fun! It leveled out and appeared to peter out. I stopped, and got off the bike to have a look see.

    Ah HAH! There the go the tire tracks! Right into the woods... and once out in the woods on single track some blue streamers marked the way. I fired up and headed into the woods. I went in there a ways, but then stopped to think this over. I was really, REALLY wanting to follow the trail to see where it came out, because I KNOW it will connect "somewhere" (both mine and DW's trails we cut ALWAYS connect somewhere... 'cause we both hate dead ends!) However, I had already ridden well over 100 miles and was beginning to feel the miles. Plus, this would be slow going for ?? miles... and I was now beginning to have a time issue.

    Alas, this needs to be done another day, unfortunately. At least, though, it's given me something to really be pumped about and to return to "my" mountains to discover where this connects.

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    Backtracking back down to the fork junction, I now knew that the left fork would connect SOMEWHERE... for that's the direction ol' DW's tracks headed. Sure enough, the old trail I used to ride years ago is now almost obscure... but by following DW's tire tracks... I found the outlet... and connected a LOOP! Like I said... this was the best of times!

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    And here we are looking back toward the more established trail...


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    Time was getting short. I had one more thing I wanted to explore: High Top trail.

    Up until the gas boom hit several years ago, High Top Trail was the Piece de Resistance of "my" mountains. It was a long trail that climbed up and over High Top mountain... then continued east, genearlly following the ridge, for many miles to connect with the crossover road. High Top Trail was gnarly... nasty... and foul spirited... and went on and on... but it was a SUPERB and challenging ride. On my more "technical" guided trail rides I used to offer, I have watched some VERY talented riders spode-out bigtime in places like "The Rock Pile"... and "Evil Knievel Hill"... and other such infamous locations on High Top Trail. Lands me, it was the trail we all loved to hate.

    Then the gas boom hit. I recall being sickened to see that the start of High Top Trail looked was made into a gravel road. The rigs where drilling, the semi's traveling up and down, money was being made. The carnage to the landscape and the loss of High Top Trai was sickening. I never tried to ride it again.

    Until today.

    Today, I would go see the damage first hand. The gas boom is over. The drilling is finished, the wells are now capped and piped, and have been for years. The roads are being minimally maintained. Slowly, ever so slowly, Ma Nature is reclaiming the evil work of the gas drillers (i.e. the smooth roads).

    The ride up to High Top was a bit melancholy, I must admit... but it was not near as smooth as it used to look! In fact... it was almost fun. But the losses... oh the losses.

    Once up on top, I shot the last pic of the day for old times sake. My WR is sitting on what used to be an old abandoned wagon trail (and further in became single track) and rougher than a sailor's vocabulary. Old High Top Trail ran east past this location for many more miles.

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    I went ahead and rode the deteriorating road out to the last gas well. Frankly, I couldn't recognize a thing. Haven't a clue what happened (or even WHERE) "The Rock Pile" was... thought I "sort of" could recognize where "Evil Knievel Hill" used to be. Wow... amazing what a dozer can do!

    With that, I turned around, and started heading for the truck. I was a good 30 minutes away from that goal taking the most direct route. I was loaded and heading out to meet Honey Buns for Chinese food by 5 PM.

    All totaled, I rode 144.3 miles. Of those 144.3 miles, maybe 10-12 miles were paved, some 30 miles of forest road... and the rest old log roads of varying condition as well as some two track and single track.

    Yup, it was the best of times (all the stuff I re-discoved and re-connected, as well as the new stuff I found), it was the
    worst of times (the logging areas, the loss of High Top Trail, and such).

    However, the good far outweighed the bad.

    I shall return!!!

    V-man