Arkansas Ride Reports

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

  1. jtwest

    jtwest Redneck Adventererer

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    Oh I get it... No its ok I understand. GII KLRs are better than GIs. They must hold there crates better...
  2. Navaho

    Navaho Long timer

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    Stopped by there a couple of weekends ago. Definitely the best food in AR I've ever had. Probably in the top 5 buffets I've ever had anywhere. And this was on a Sunday in AR......with a live band playing!! :clap
  3. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Been a long spring, been chomping at the bit to get in a long ride. Was off Friday so off to Mena I go. Took my time heading down to Mena. Mostly side and Forest Service roads. Stopped by the Fourche Lafave River off of Hwy 28, debris high up in the trees and fence rows. The force of nature is awe inspiring and scary at the same time. A few weeks after the flood we were down helping with the clean up. A guy told us the estimated rain fall was 17 inches and a wall of water 35 feet high came through the narrowest point. wow.
    The plan was a friend would come down Friday night, spent the night at Mena and hit the "k" trail Saturday morning. That's when I found my camera that I thought I'd left at home.

    Took the long way to hit the southern end of the K trail just to check out this bridge again, After close inspection I wouldn't take anything to heavy.
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    We then got into Oklahoma and got on FS 6025 which is the Kiamichi "K"
    trail. We would be on the same trail for the next 70 or so miles.
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    The trail is split into three sections divided by hwy 259, the Indian hwy and hwy 271. It also get progressively more difficult going from east to west. That's why it's so fun....if your into that type of thing.
    Looking at the trail ahead. What's the worst that can happen ?
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    Ok, maybe... Brought lots of water for the ride. The just in case.
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    Time for a break anyway. Btw, this is what happens when you follow to close. Had to let my bike slide into a rut to keep from sliding back down the hill.
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    He was almost to fast for me to....catch...I mean help. my bad.
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    Slabbed it back through Clayton , Wilburton, Poteau, Ft. Smith and home.

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    I logged 501.4 miles for the weekend. It was 84 miles between Mena and Clayton. The "K" trail was 70 ish (forgot to write down the mileage). It took four hours to make the 84 miles. Bring plenty of water, I kept my tire pressure high. Lots of opportunities for a pinch flat. Might be timely info with the July camp outcoming up.
  4. ericdb7g

    ericdb7g Been here awhile

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    I'm planning on going to Mena for the camping trip. I think I'd like to try that route!
  5. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Oleary has planned on using the K trail. Will have to decide if we want to split into two groups. One continue taking the Western section, the other taking off after the middle section.
  6. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Great stuff Craig. Is where your bike napped the worst of the K trail or did you encounter more?
  7. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Thanks for the great report and pic's Craig. How do you like the new bike? Looks like you had the right equipment for the ride. :thumb
  8. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Good stuff Craig! Seeing those pics of the K trail's got me stoked! Bet you were wishing you were on your WR. I imagine you felt like a stupid shart goblin :lol3
  9. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Luckily that wasn't my bike.:evil. That was my evil friend who talked me into test riding the Husky in the first place bike....$$$$. He was in a wreck a few years ago. Just now getting serious back into it. The Husky did real well even with mediocre tires. The thing that keeps messing me up is thinking that I took the Beemer up the trail. I remember thinking it wasn't the smartest thing I've ever done. Guess I can add that to the list with the rest of them.
    The west section of the K trail has a lot of sections like that.... plus silt, sippy holes and mega ruts.... something to love for everyone. Not un -doable but enough of a challange for me to make it interesting.
    Hope Scribe don't dice me for my way lose use of syntax and grammer and puncuation oh, and spelling. "t"
  10. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Looks like fun! I can see why you like the KTrail so much. Looking forward to preriding it this weekend and the actual ride the next weekend. Awesome! :norton
  11. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    I may need to go again this weekend.....just to make sure nothing has changed since last weekend.....so we'll know for sure for the next weekend.
    I plan to go back this fall too. Hope the trees have pretty colors this year.
  12. Thumpstart92

    Thumpstart92 Been here awhile

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    Those mountains do seem to move kinda fast. You can't let them out run you:D
  13. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Tim, Mike, Albie and me hatched a plan at JT's yesterday evening and rode a short route in the cool of the morning. We rode to Wedington Woods and Fire Tower road and then towards the hiking path at Round Top Mountain.

    We ended up with a pretty decent route and had about 75 to 80% gravel. It was coolish this morning so it was perfect for riding. The dust was bad. This was my first time back in the saddle since my crash in Wisconsin. It felt good to be back on the bike.

    Our route

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    Toward the end of the ride my voltmeter was fluctuating from 5.6 volts to 14.4 volts. I guess I need another freakin stator. Fortunately I have one in reserve and will have the pleasure (not) of replacing my fifth stator in as many years. Damn this sucks. Suzuki should be shot for the design of the stator system in the DRZ.

    We all met at my place and took off about 9:00 am.

    We had some nice pavement

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    and some nice gravel

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    Yep, that skinny guy is Mike...

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    We stopped in Lincoln at Burgerland for an early lunch. Good stuff! Tim and Mike were pouting I think

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    The waitresses were young but cute

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    Three of us got the hamburger steak special

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    Tim opted for the burger.

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    I wonder if hamburger gives Albie gas?

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    Not much more to add. I got home ok but my headlamp and signals quit working due to low voltage. Freakin DRZ stators!
  14. 10Cup

    10Cup Long timer

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    Good to see you back riding Charlie. Nice report too thanks for sharing. Hope your back to 100% soon.
  15. njoytheride

    njoytheride NJOYN' THE JOURNEY

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    Nice report Charlie. I like the rides and the food. Glad your riding again. Wish I was tough.
  16. bigjimmyk3

    bigjimmyk3 Adventurer

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    Looks like a great route, and it looks like you did the little out and back off of Fire Tower Road (the one that ends at the horses-only gate). I seem to remember there being a downhill ramp somewhere along the way...
    I just got a DL1000 so I need to head over and check it out myself.
  17. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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  18. ericdb7g

    ericdb7g Been here awhile

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    Today my friend David and I took off from Neosho, MO on our KLR's at about 8 AM. We traveled down JJ highway across a big bluff, Pine Log Rd off of JJ Hwy (a must if you are near Longview, MO), U Hwy to Flag Springs, Roaring River, and then.... some gnarly trails out at the Big M conservation area. The trip ended at Noel, MO after hitting the famous Hwy 90.

    Here's the route: ( I didn't think to start recording until around Rocky Comfort, MO)
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    Here's the big bluff on JJ Hwy about 5 miles east of Longview:
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    After the bluff we rode Pine Log Rd east to U. I didn't get any pictures, but it's an EXCELLENT backroad to take if you are in the area.

    This is Hwy U on the way to Flag Springs:
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    We took backroads down to Roaring River and headed east into the Big M park area. There are some GNARLY trails out there. I dumped my bike twice at low speed. That's where these next two pics are from. It doesn't look steep, but trust me, it's crazy.
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    Here's the topo map of the Big M trails: (from android app BackCountry Navigator)
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    After leaving Big M, we crossed this "Road Closed" sign from the opposite direction, whoops :)
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    Headed back to Washburn and ate some food. Then took Hwy 90 back to Noel. I almost forgot I wasn't driving a sportbike, but I gotta say these Michelin T63 tires hook up GREAT on pavement as well as dirt. Hopefully I can finish off those chicken strips before too long-
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    Had a good day riding for sure!

    I would have invited you guys to come along, but it was kind of a spur of the moment decision to go ride. Well, this is my first ride report ever, hope you enjoyed!
  19. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    fantastic!

    thanks for the android link also, I will look into that.
  20. ericdb7g

    ericdb7g Been here awhile

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    Thanks!

    It's a paid app (BackCountry Navigator), but the trial (which is what I used) is good for a few weeks. I use the US Forestry Service 2013 Topo map inside the app, and have it saved to my device in case I lose service.