Arkansas Ride Reports

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

  1. kendall_smith

    kendall_smith Motion-Activated

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    It’s a NF road (not sure on the number) that parallels Spirit’s Creek and comes out on the southern end at highway 215 where it’s still gravel.

    I’m reluctant to post that because the Forest Service will probably now go run a bulldozer down it and dump 6” depth of gravel so that I can drive my motor home down it. Lol! At least that’s what they’re doing on a lot of the other “fun” roads in the area.
  2. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    That's the nature of Arkansas riding. I've seen apparently well maintained roads get that bad in sections. The bikes weren't the problem. Seen experienced riders in 1200gsa's, klr's, and dr's ride through that stuff. Seen noobs drop bikes in there too. In all cases, someone was leading the ride. I never had a problem, even on my dr650. @kendall_smith, I would have followed you back when I had my Dr and when I get another d/s, I'll follow you if I get the chance.
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  3. TypeSH

    TypeSH Been here awhile

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    I've led "friends" with KLR's and 690's into Mill Creek and Frog Bayou and they promptly ride circles around me. These are fun places to ride but can beat you up and spit you out if you don't bring your A-game, no matter the size of bike.
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  4. mdawg12

    mdawg12 Old and Slow

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    I totally understand! I got myself in a situation like this a couple of years ago at SLAP. The last time I rode the trail we were going on it would have been a challenge but doable on KLR's and DR's. I did the best I could to describe what that we were going to get into and that I didn't know current conditions and what we would find. Even as I told this to the group, they wanted to go anyway. When we got on the trail it had been overridden by ATV's, washed out and was a lot worse than I could have imagined. I think it took us something like 6 hours to go 10 miles or so.

    Kendall, in fact, was the one that happened along and was a tremendous help getting everyone out.

    I'm like Kendall when it comes to leading groups. I hesitate to volunteer riders anymore that I have to guess at skill levels. The bike they are riding is not what tells you the abilities. I've had KLR riders that could blow me away on single track when I was riding the KTM, and riders on the latest and greatest KTM that couldn't deal with limited off road.

    In an ideal situation you where you have time to pre plan and pre ride it would help, but at a lot of these events there ends up being more riders than ride leaders and your just trying to help out.
  5. kendall_smith

    kendall_smith Motion-Activated

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    Funny that you mention that day at SLAP, Mike. I remember at camp that morning people were walking around asking if there were any locals that wanted to lead rides. I kind of “hid out” hoping that no one would approach me and it actually worked out. Bullet dodged, or so I thought. When David and I happened upon your group we just couldn’t bear the thought of taking off and leaving you guys stranded, so we turned around and did everything we could to try to help the group out.

    I’m not a big rally guy most of the time. I was approached by our club and sort of volunteered to organize the Rally at the Rock a little over 3 years ago when they found out that I like to DS ride when I’m not riding single track. Ever since then, we have sort of struggled to find the balance between providing a challenge for riders without providing too much of a challenge. I’ve come to realize that that is not a skill set that I possess, hence the passing of the torch to Rob this year.

    I think I’ll stick with what I said earlier, and that will be a new self-imposed policy of only leading easy rides when there are unfamiliar riders involved.
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  6. Valentino Magoo

    Valentino Magoo Like a speeding slug

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    Kendall, don't beat yourself up. I've heard you give enough pre-ride instructions to know that you are VERY clear and your warnings so vibrant it makes me thinks of the warnings all over the McDonald's Coffee cup. If I burn myself, it's on me.

    Frog Bayou ate my lunch years ago, and my hands were on the bars that pointed the way down there.

    Keep leading, brother, you are good at it and it IS appreciated!
  7. BigDeal

    BigDeal oh yeah.

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    That's kind of a bold call to make from someone in Iowa that was not there.. We made it pretty clear that our goal was to put riders on the difficulty of ride they wanted. They wanted it, got <4 miles of it, and then had enough. You were not there and have no idea what you are talking about blaming Kendall or saying what the riders thought or felt about it. We gave very, verry good descriptions of the tracks we laid out. Nearly everyone stayed on the 7 tracks we rated E (everyone/easier) we laid out. Some riders wanted more and they got it. Some handled it easily some got better at picking up their bikes. I really enjoy pushing my limits personally and riding with an experienced rider who knows the area is one of the best times to do it.

    Rob
  8. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Your right I shouldn't have piped in at all. I wasn't there but would have liked to be.
    It was simply a observation on my part as I watched the guy wit the camera that he was struggling.

    Sorry!
  9. Scribe

    Scribe £Bob£

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    Hey! I resent that. At least I looked good doing it.
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  10. like2lean

    like2lean Been here awhile

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    Yeah, got to tread lightly there, I would never blame anyone who was kind enough, and brave enough to lead ANY ride anywhere. I've found this to be a tough issue for many riders who aren't already part of a group. It's hard to break in or find compatible people to ride with, even at rallies trying to do just that. I totally understand why, no one wants to be stuck babysitting someone who over estimates their ability, or under estimates the terrain. ADV guys want to find their limits, and they should, just not at the expense of other riders. I don't know the answer, I lost my "once in lifetime" ride bro to stomach cancer so I ride solo now and try finding new light DS guys at some of the AR rides, but it aint easy!
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  11. guavadude

    guavadude Dirt Nap Enthusiast

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder
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  12. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    We tried to find Lost Corner, Arkansas today. I think maybe I should have taken the lead. Ended up in Clinton. Rode some good twisties anyway. Had an ok lunch. IMG_20171104_111705.jpg IMG_20171104_120114.jpg IMG_20171104_120202.jpg IMG_20171104_122448.jpg
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  13. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    Anyone else been doing any riding lately?
    Yesterday my buddy called and said he was going out to England for pie. Did I want to go. You know me. Went. England is the place my family came off the farm from. So we met at a Chic-fil-a that was super busy and headed out via two lane. I like this road here.
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    I took us by the cemetery there in England, to pay my respects to my grandparents. Had trouble finding their headstone but finally found it. Noticed while looking that the bikes looked pretty sweet.
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    We realized that the place for pie was actually in Keo, so after a stop for gas at a station where the Indian behind the counter told me he didn't have a bathroom, we made it to our lunch destination.
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  14. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    We pulled in and parked next to a handicap spot. I moved my bike so that a handicapped driver would be able to actually get out of their vehicle. Did not want to end up in that jerk parking thread, you know the one I mean.
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    Apparently this place was from the stone age, because they did not take plastic. Fortunately I had some legal tender in my pocket which I had not yet managed to put into the candy machine at work.
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    We had BLTs and pie. They brought the pie out first. No pics of the food because I'm against taking pics of food. But it was good. The pie was great. I did not mind their cash only policy.
    We left there and I had one more stop, since we were down that way. We went by the old family farmstead. There's nothing left there anymore except the two rows of trees my granddad planted along the driveway. Honestly, I don't know why the current owners never plowed up the old driveway or where the house used to be. One of these days, I 'spect they will.
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    After that, we headed up to his place in Cabot to deliver pie. Then over to his sister's to dispose of a dead chicken. Then I went home. My wife asked what I'd been doing all day. I told her "nothing', to which she kinda pouted, so I actually told her what I did until her eyes glazed over. She didn't want to see any pics.

    About time to get serious about finding all my cold weather gear.
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  15. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Land of NOD Ride

    Scotty, Zak, and I hooked up with Bo this weekend to ride the Land of NOD (North of Dover). Love to ride that area and after the Long Pool Camp-n-Ride I have been wanting to get back there. Bo was accommdating as usual and laid out a track and was good enough to lead us around on Saturday. Scotty & Zak got a cabin at Macks Pines and planned to ride the LP track on Sunday.

    I drove in early in the morning as I just got back from a business trip to Denver Friday night. We met at the TAT Shack and took off heading west from there. First stop was Pilot Knob.

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    One of the highlights for me was Strawberry Bluff. I have been wanting to check it out for some time as I stumbled across it on Google Earth laying out a track but had never made it there. I did not know there was a town named Strawberry in that general vacinity until I drove thru it on the way to the TAT Shack. It was worth the wait. Here are a few photos of it.

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    There was a crevice in the rock formation that went all the way down. Amazing! Scotty is looking down into it here.

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    Bo is expounding on some topic as we all listened intensely.

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    There is a hiking trail along the bluff in that direction.

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    Close to the end of our ride we went to the Arch that is just past Buzzards Roost. It was getting late and we would soon lose our light so we did not stop there. Bo got a good photo of Scotty on top of the Arch.

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    Great day for riding and a great group to ride with. I had a ball. Looking forward to the ABFR after Thanksgiving. Here is a video of some of the less traveled trails south of Hwy 123.


  16. Bonafide Bob

    Bonafide Bob Been here awhile

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    Great pictures and video, thanks for posting them.
    I sure would like to ride that trail.
    Bob

  17. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid

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    What a ride, thanks Bo for being the best guide and showing off The Land Of Nod. Tim, the video kicks but on the big screen! I loved the “bull dogin”! Funny, especially after told me about it. [​IMG]
    Good group ride, thanks guys!
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    Hey Bo! That Strawberry Bluff was a perfect fall stop. Jaw dropping beautiful.
    Phone is now almost dead. More to come..



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  18. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid

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    [​IMG]Tim on top of Strawberry.
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    After a long great day of riding Zak and I met WildernessRider Donnie at Low Gap. I ordered the scallops and as you can see, they sure were tasty.


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  19. Bonafide Bob

    Bonafide Bob Been here awhile

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    You guys sure are lucky to have such a great place to ride.
    Bob
  20. ScottyXR

    ScottyXR Just a Kid

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    True, right out the front door. Wish you were closer.