Arkansas Ride Reports

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  1. bohawk

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    Tim, Scotty and Zak.......had fun leading y'all around Saturday. Glad you liked the tour.

    Sorry about my brake light being on during the whole ride. I noticed it before I left the house but did not figure out what the problem was until I got home. The switch on the front brake lever had gotten pulled loose, probably during one of my off trail excursions riding the single track at Brock Creek the previous weekend.

    Bob.....I have attached the track we rode. If you look at it on Basecamp, the trail in Tim's video is from points 6056 - 6416. It used to be an ATV trail but for some reason the Forest Service has put up one of those skinny, brown posts at the bottom of the trail with an ATV sticker on it and a diagonal line through it. For the rest of us, it says "Stay On The Trail". If you follow the track on around to the arch and back down the mountain, it gets really rocky and somewhat steep from 6931 - 7026.

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  2. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Brake light on-better to see you with my dear!
  3. Bonafide Bob

    Bonafide Bob Been here awhile

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    I have considered buying a place in the area.;-)
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    Bo,
    thanks for the track.
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  5. like2lean

    like2lean Been here awhile

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    Would you consider that trac as "small bike gnarly" or "small bike less gnarly" on the ABFR scale? Btw are you guys doing that ride this year?
  6. OLEARY

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    The ARA is doing the ABFR this year. Meeting at the TAT Shack. Heading out at 9 am Friday morn. The track we rode a week ago Saturday is probably more like the "small bike less gnarly". For more info search Facebook for ARA Adventure Riders of Arkansas or better yet here is a link to it.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/512869425465801/

    I debated about posting this video of last Saturdays ride because it is not all that exciting. Just steep and rocky downhill from the Arch to Indian Creek Road. Here it is just the same.

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  7. bohawk

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    The only part of that track that might be considered small bike gnarly is the last 2/3's or so of it in Tim's above video. Steep, rutted and rocky with lots of leaves hiding rocks just waiting to deflect your front tire and send you tumbling.

    The less gnarly track I came up with this year has a few tough spots and one creek crossing that might be a bit deep. This is what it looked like about 2 weeks ago. All 8 of us made it across. We have not had any significant rain since then so hopefully it won't be as deep. Might want to bring an extra pair of socks, though.

    I have attached the Black Friday Less Gnarly Small Bike track. It is a mix of forestry roads and trails with lunch in Hector at the convenience store. They make burgers and other stuff......nothing fancy.

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  8. wfopete

    wfopete Suffer Fools; Gladly!

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    The ABFAR Gnarly route will have a little more gnarly s/t this year. The ARA is hosting this years ABFAR as a Toys for Tots and a club fund raiser. So, the ABFAR is a $23 ride with $10 of that going to Toys for Tots. Gnarly route riders will have a gas/lunch stop at Moccasin Gap pavilion and offer a burger lunch for $5. Weather looks to be great. Kickstands up at 9:00am...hopefully. We produced 25 limited edition decals for this year's ride.

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  9. Wookazoid

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    Some of us flatlanders from NE Arkansas are coming over for the ride. I may need help jetting my bike for the higher elevations over there since we live at 300 ft.

    Greg
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    wfopete Suffer Fools; Gladly!

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    I went out today to pre run some virgin trail that will be part of the ABFAR Gnarly route. While I was at it I decided to climb "that hill" that claimed several riders last year. I had not climbed the hill since last year's ABFAR and as I approached it I thought: No problem, I got this. My XR250 had 12 psi in it's trial tire and the hill was covered in pine needles and leaves. I thought traction would be a issue so I didn't climb up on the seat/tank junction much as I should have. I also forgot how critical line selection is on this hill. First gear and a handful of throttle later found that I misjudged several things. The XR found big traction, the front end shot skyward and I hit the eject button knowing the bike would be coming down hard and fast. But that didn't happen. When I stopped rolling I looked up at the XR standing on it's rear wheel; it's right fork leg against a tree trunk and the rear fender folded out at a 45 degree angle. I was going to take a picture of the XR standing up against the tree but fuel was coming out the gas cap vent line at a fairly high rate so I needed to act fast. I didn't have much choice but to pull on the handle bar end and hope I could guide the XR a bit before gravity did the rest. Unfortunately upon impact, the clutch perch died. I took inventory, assessed my mistakes, made another run and cleared the hill...barely.

    Should be a great gnarly ride but if you come you'll need your A game a few times.
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  11. like2lean

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    We had a fantastic ride, perfect day, great people, and Arkansas mountain trails...doesn't get any better. Thanks so much to all organizers and Bo for leading our ride and helping everyone where needed. On the trail, in the water, broken down, Bo knows bikes. It was great meeting all of you and hope to see you again!
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  12. jay547

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    I did a little solo Arkansas ride yesterday. I drove my truck over to Alma, unloaded and rode out from there. My route consisted of Warloop Rd, Locke Rd, Bliss Ridge Rd, Mineral Hill Rd, and Shores Lake Rd to Turner's Bend for a gas stop. Then I went back along White Rock Mountain Rd, Hurricane Creek Rd, Bidville Rd, and 71 back to Alma. About 120 miles total. Here's a few pic's.


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    I was there on a dual sport ride yesterday.
    Beautiful area!

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  15. Shawnee Bill

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    Looks like you had a great day!

    Can I ask where you parked in Alma?
  16. jay547

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    Wal-mart. It was an excellent ride. I will definitely do it again.

    I took a wrong turn just after getting on Warloop. I ended up following an old road/trail along the north side of Warloop Creek for about a mile. I came to a dead end at an old collapsed house with about twenty junk cars around it. It was weird and even a little scary.

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  17. Shawnee Bill

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    Thanks, I have often thought of doing a park and ride from a Wal-Mart about there, seems to have worked out really well!
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    Hahaha, I have been to this station, too. I asked him to use the restroom, he asked, "Number 1 or number 2?" I told him #1 and he let me, lol. I definitely wouldn't call it a public restroom though. Also, nice CB1100, I've got a 2013 that I ride around there as well.
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  19. bohawk

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    2017 ARA BLACK FRIDAY RIDE

    Well, the ARA had another successful Black Friday ride last uh…..Friday. Once again, we had three rides set up - gnarly small bike, less-gnarly small bike and big bike. $10 of the ride fee went to Toys for Tots. Pete created the gnarly track and led it. I made the tracks for the less-gnarly small bike and big bike rides and led the less-gnarly one. David (Dingo) led the big bike ride. Here is Pete addressing the 32 or so attendees.
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    We then split up into ride-specific groups with 12 each in the gnarly and less-gnarly small bike groups and 8 doing the big bike ride. The less-gnarly riders/bikes in descending motor size were:

    Scott - Suzuki DR650
    Zach - Suzuki DR650
    Conrad - Kawasaki KLR 650
    Rick - KTM 500
    Tommy - KTM 500
    Bo (me) - Husky 500
    Tom - Husky 500
    Neil - KTM 350
    Andy - Yamaha WR250R
    Brian - Yamaha WR250R
    Jim - CSC RX3(?) 250
    Michael - Honda CRF150

    I am kind of pitiful when it comes to remembering names so I hope I got everyone’s correct as well as their bike. Please feel free to correct me, if I got something wrong.

    I took lots of video with my GoPro looking backwards from my helmet. Unfortunately, I mostly got video of the trees and sky as it was aimed to high when I was standing, which was most of the time I had it on. If I can salvage any, I will post it later.

    Even though this was the less-gnarly ride, it had some gnarl in it to make sure no one fell asleep on their bike. Here we are after successfully making it down a rocky downhill section.
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    The next challenge was the North Fork Illinois Bayou crossing that I had alerted everyone to during the pre-ride brief. I had been across it a couple of weeks prior to this and the level was no lower. I went across first to show it could be done. Tommy went next and his bike objected to the cold water and stalled about 4/5 or maybe it was 5/6 of the way across, just to throw a little apprehension into the rest of the crew. I waded in to give him a hand and found out how cold it was. I do not have a picture of it so it is possible it did not happen. The others followed with varying degrees of success. I just stayed in the water to take pictures and help as needed since my boots were already full.

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    Andy used the feet up technique like I do.
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    Rick said it was the deepest water he had ever ridden through, which was probably the case for most everyone.
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    Scott’s DR stalled about where Tommy’s KTM did. Tommy and I started helping him push it out but he was able to start it and walk it out under its own power.
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    Jim’s CSC looked like it was fixing to leave him a little further out but it got its second wind and chugged ashore.
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    Conrad’s KLR did what KLR’s do and plodded across without issue.
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    Tom eased across on the Husky with no drama.
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    Zach attacked the crossing and got the biggest splash award.
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    Michael used the skiing technique on the little Honda. It got him ashore but then promptly died.
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    Neil, his dad, used a similar technique on his KTM.
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    Michael’s Honda had died when it got to shore. Seems it took a little time for the water in the air box to get through the air filter to the motor. They pulled the spark plug and cranked the water out of the cylinder. The little Honda was so excited to get going again it reared up on its back tire and it took three guys to get it back down.
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    A few miles later, we got another opportunity for a break. Conrad found that his KLR had a flat front tire. Replacing a tube apparently requires a lot of adult supervision. Scott, Zach, Tom, Michael, Neil and Rick kept an eye on Andy and Conrad as they tackled the task.
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    Next stop was Hector for lunch and fuel for those that needed it.
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    I have no idea what Jim was explaining to Conrad and Brian. Looks pretty technical, though.
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    Maybe it had something to do with racing karts, which he and Brian both do. I snatched these two pictures out of videos of Brian at Daytona and Michigan Int'l Speedway.
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    After lunch we began the 40 mile trek back to the TAT Shak. The dust was not too bad..........up front.
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    It was not long before we had an opportunity to wash it off the bikes when we crossed the East Fork Illinois Bayou. It was not as deep as the North Fork crossing but the rocks were a lot bigger. Tommy, Brian and Rick got across before I could get pictures of them but here is everyone else.

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    Zach, who tried to run over me and then hit my butt with a big rock he spun up. I got even with him a little while later.
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    The next challenge was a hill climb that was a little on the gnarly side due to leaves, loose rocks and a tight switchback, which all made it difficult to maintain momentum. These two pictures of Michael and Neil don’t show how steep it was. I was surprised how seemingly easy the Honda 150 chugged up the hill.
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    A short distance up the trail there was one more climb. It was short but tough and Zach ended up cooking the clutch on the mighty DR. That’s what happens when you throw boulders at the ride leader. He and Andy decided to head back down to the forestry road. I passed my royal duty as ride leader to Tommy so the rest of the group could carry on and I headed back down the trail to help Zach and Andy.

    We got back down to the forestry road, which was fairly level and fired up the DR to see if the clutch had cooled enough to work. I gave Zach a shove and off he went……….until he got to a very slight rise and that was it.
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    I asked Andy to tow him on to the highway while I hauled hiney home to get my truck and trailer. About an hour and 20 minutes later, I was back. Zach and the DR were still there when I got back in near darkness. It was almost just the DR as Zach saw a bear cross the highway into the woods just before I drove up. I would have hated to drive up and find a bear on the DR wearing Zach's helmet.

    We loaded up the DR, got sandwiches at Subway in Dover and then headed to the TAT Shak. Ken, his wife Irene, Devro, Otto and Jeff were there and had a campfire going. So we backed the trailer up to the fire for a bench and joined them.

    Saturday morning, an adjustment of the clutch free-play got the DR going again so Zach headed home under his own power.

    Hope everyone enjoyed the ride. I enjoyed riding with you and showing y'all new to riding in this area some of what is around here.

    THE END
  20. OLEARY

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    Great ride report Bo! Looks like a good time was had by all. Sorry I missed the water crossing! Not! Man that was a deep one!