BigDog/SamCorrero-Mississippi Hill Country

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BigDogAdventures, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    How me and Sam meet for the first time and ride together has a story. So grab a cup of coffee.
    As of November of 2010---Sam has only one route for his Mississippi Hill Country ride---with
    a future return loop promised later on. I didn't want to go down there till I had both routes and could make a
    nice 2 day loop ride out of it.

    Mark Sampson left---Sam Correro Right

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    I hated to bug him--but e-mailed him to see if he actually had the other route ready.
    What you see here is the maps of the South to North route available on his website.
    I still needed the other route.
    I also got an invite to ride it with him--but timelines never worked out.
    So he sent me a rollchart that really wasn't ready for prime time to ride another route
    North to South---so now I have both. But the one was just a rollchart.
    I didn't know if I could convert the rollchart to a gps route---but did.

    So I just head down there with the routes in my gps and sent an e-mail to Sam saying I was
    leaving the next day to ride the routes and I would be riding right by his house, which is right
    on the route. So...........he calls me and says don't come to his house ?????? I've moved he said !!!!!

    He then diverts me to his new residence in Mississippi which is right on the Mississippi, Tennesee
    border South of Pickwick Dam state park and Counce, Tennessee. He says we'll ride a brand new route and use a handwritten
    rollchart that nobody has yet-------how cool is that !!!! When I get to his house he hands me the hand written rollchart
    and I convert it to a gps route in a bout 5 minutes to Sam's amazement.
    He then tells me I'm the navigator tomorrow----------OK !!!

    Then I get a Mississippi Hill Country sticker which I immediately put me and Dingleweed's name on.

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    Here's the handwritten rollchart he hands me.
    GPS coordinates---all hand written.

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    So I get to see all of his handy work--and where he keeps all his precious maps and rollcharts.
    There are stacks of these thing--as he sells lots of them.

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    So I decide to help myself to one--surely he won't miss one !!!!!
    Well---since I have ridden all of his routes I put it back.

    See that hat I'm wearing ??? "The Man--The Myth--The Legend"
    Yeh ---I stole that from him too !!!!

    I'm just kidding of course--that was a gift to me from HF or High Five on Adventure rider.
    But---it really should be worn by Sam no doubt.
    Sam wouldn't take it anyway---said he never wore hats.

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    Friday morning 11-12-10 Sam hauls us to the start of the ride in Paris, Mississippi----population 17.

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    Sam's riding a new Yamaha XT250 and I'm on my Yamaha WR250R.
    I proudly put my Mississippi Hill Country sticker on my rear fender---and another on my side panel.

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    We had departed in the dark and on our way to the start the sun almost has risen over the horizon as we
    stop to take a break at these Indian Mounds.

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    More to come--later--going riding :D :D
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  2. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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  3. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    sams a good guy and an icon.

    you can find a video interview with him if you follow the link in my sig.
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  4. LeeU

    LeeU Been here awhile

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    Mark--

    I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:lurk


    LeeU:D
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  5. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    Not only did you meet Tatman, but you got a tour of the Tatcave. Then you go riding with Tatman.

    Yep, I'm subscribed.
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  6. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Looking forward to another on of your excellent adventures :thumb

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  7. ThumperDRZ

    ThumperDRZ Bouncing off Rocks!

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    I was on the lookout for this.....:nod

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    SRMN8R Down & Out

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    I'm in!

    I always enjoy a Big Dog adventure!

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  9. ozarkrider

    ozarkrider Discombobulated Sociopath

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    Da Big Dog does it again.

    I'm in!!!!!!!!



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  10. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    All ya'll need is gaspipe with ya'll. Never done the Mississippi portion of the TAT. Should be a neat trip on a new trail. Looking forward to the report and pictures. Sam doesn't get near enuff credit for what he has worked so hard to create for us. Hard to believe it's been over 10 years since I started out with the Arkansas Map and Rollchart on my then DR350SE.
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  11. Reconstructed

    Reconstructed Been here awhile

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    Gotta watch this one.
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  12. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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  13. BigDogAdventures

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    Glad to see everybody here---I hope to give some insight to you what makes Sam tick on this short but sweet ride

    Me and Sam unload in Paris, Mississippi to start riding South on his new route and would end up the day in Gluckstadt, Mississippi.

    Sam only had the time to ride a few hours today---and I finished the rest alone. But I had spent an afternoon and evening with him already and was starting to get a feel for who Sam Corerro is. And when I got back to his house 2 days later, I would get to know him even better.

    After Sam gave me his hand written rollchart he gave me some Mississippi Hill Country stickers and I proudly displayed them on my Yamaha WR250R.

    Can't ride without stickers.
    I placed it proudly next to my Hells Canyon and Motorcycle Jazz.com stickers I got earlier this year on a ride
    with my buddy Scott Stevenson----AKA---"Dingleweeds".

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    It's a beautiful crisp morning in Mississpi--just right for riding.
    I have to admit I felt so odd or out of place leading Sam this morning on his own route-----I wanted him to lead but he would have none of that and off we went.

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    I was using my gps for navigation but brought Sam's maps and rollcharts in case I have a digital mal-function !!!
    Sam carried no navigation and didn't have the route memorized--he depended on me to do it all.

    Here is Sam riding up to me at a turn---I waited for him at any major turn--he is riding his Yamaha XT250. Sam is not very tall at all---I'm sure my bike would have way to tall for him.

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    I think he was amazed how I breezed thru turn after turn without any hesitation.
    I learned a lot about Sam---one........he's a very simple man. Likes things simple and he's very old school too.
    Loves old movies and things the old way. He putts around like me---driving the speed limit and letting everybody in a hurry
    and all caught up in the modern dizzying world just pass him by.
    He's a gentleman too---has a nice girlfriend...and I was impressed with their obvious respect and love for each other.


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    Sam and his girlfriend had identical XT250's and identical 4-wheelers to enjoy the trails together with.

    I was really enjoying this ride and Sam loved hearing me say so---he loves people enjoying his routes he has laid out.

    This one in dry weather was very easy---but relaxing and scenic--not many people wherever we rode.

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    Like I said---Sam is a simple man and rode in blue jeans and a sweater.
    This man puts on no aires---at all.

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    We rode thru many burned areas----I should have asked---but I didn't know if they were accidental fires or prescribed burns.

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    Sam Correrro

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    If your never been to Mississippi you've probably never heard of the plant Kudzoo.
    The stuff grows everywhere and suffocates all other plants and even trees.
    It's usually a bright green--but after a frost in this area it kills it out for the winter to a brown color.

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    I'ts kind of earie looking stuff---and I can remember a trip me and my wife took in about 1987 to the East coast on my
    BMWK75S. We were riding in the dark in Mississippi and was going to camp and ran into some of this eerie looking stuff
    in the dark and it gave me and my wife the creeps.

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    It was near here that Sam had to leave me as he some things he had to do.
    I would be left alone to ride all the way to Gluckstadt, Mississippi on his North to South route and then
    ride North the next day to Batesville, Mississippi on a
    different route----then on to his house where we would finish getting
    better aquainted and where I'd spend the night again.

    My gps would be my guidance----but I brought his maps in case my gps quit.
    This is the first time I've carried his maps with me. I've always depended on my gps.

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  14. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Sam is truly a great guy! It's been a few years since I've rode with him, can't wait to ride with him again some day. :clap
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  15. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Looks like a great ride Mark! Coffee's ready.
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  16. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Looking forward to more. :lurk
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  17. BackRoadNomad

    BackRoadNomad Wandering around

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    the following is a parody and is meant to be non-serious. All of us like Mark, have enjoyed his exploits and look forward to more. I consider Mark to be a good friend.

    Mark, you’ve taken us along on many adventures! We inmates have “ridden along” with you so many times that we all suffer with a chronic case of “Monkey Butt”. We’ve drank beer with you in Mexico, warmed our backsides by the old wood stove at the store in Oark, AR, we’ve been Orange with envy as you followed Vinny the Snake and his two-smoke buddies from Kitty Hawk, SC, riding your KTM nine-fiddy, our passports got stamped twice; once when you rode the Continental Divide with gaspipe, then again when you rode from Arizona to Canada with another riding buddy, you’ve shown us many county roads and trails that we didn’t even know existed, our butts and feet got soaked in Missouri as we crossed creeks and fell down in the green slime as we went through those low-water crossings on the TAT, we learned that Mr. Dice was responsible for the design of some of those Swinging Bridges, we’ve laughed along with you at “Little Dog’s" many antics, scouting out the deep mudholes, the depth of the snow, got caught up in some cactus and then got tipsy while drinking beer with you and the guys.

    We all felt your pain when we saw what leaking gasoline had done to your foot. You’ve given us GPS routes for many places you’ve been and we’ll ride the routes as soon as we all learn how to work our GPS units. You’ve let us get to know your son Marty, your wife Debbie and your loyal pet, Jo Jo. Because of you, we all now have or lust after a WR250R, a Garmin 276C, a Big Agnes, a Jet-Boil, a roll of waterproof paper attached to our handlebars, with a new black Sharpie, we have penciled in Mexico on our rear fender and Canada on our front fenders and run Kenda 760’s on our bikes…just like you do. We’ve all felt empathy for Little Dog when you would take off on another adventure to God-knows-where and leave him “on the porch”. We’ve all felt the loneliness that Jo Jo experienced as you left so often and shared in his excitement as you would return back home, but not before buzzing up and down your road a few times to signal “Honey, I’m home”.

    With baited breath, a lubed chain and a freshly oiled K&N filter, we have looked forward to the completion of your Mississippi Hill County adventure with Sam Correo. Some of us know Sam, have spoken with him on the phone; but you…you get to meet up with him in person and take over his hand-made, yet unfinished route chart and lead him through some beautiful Mississippi countryside that he had mapped out in advance.

    We were all right beside you …until we saw that Sam had softened you up with sleep accommodations that would rival any five star hotel.

    Here’s an excerpt from “Mark’s Webpage” ...read it at http://www.bigdogadventures.com/MississippiHillCountry.htm

    "Sam was glad to see me and we had another great visit.
    We discussed so many things---he told me he spent a hard summer re-doing rollcharts for Oregon and other states
    and will be busy laying out new routes in Wyoming and other places I have forgotten he told me.
    He re-routed the Colorado portion of the TAT quite a bit for the new rollcharts.
    This was my bed for the night--almost as good as a BigAgnes sleeping bag on a freezing night.
    One thing that initially just floored me was when Sam told me his age--he's 71 years old.
    I was looking at him and trying to guess his age--and was thinking 59---my age.
    He's a very spry fellow he is. And he has lot's of plans for more of his adventures.
    Me and him are friends now and I hope to see him more--we are planning some things
    and I hope it works out."
    Good Night ZZZZZzzzzZZZzzzzzzz



    Does Sam know, like we do, that you hang your socks out to dry on a ceiling fan, that you use the shower curtain rod to drape your riding shirt and trousers across to drip-dry without wrinkles setting in? Did Sam see you turn your boots upside down on his furnace floor vents to wick out the water from the insoles? Did Sam notice any flatulence smells lingering in the bedroom after you slept ever-so-snugly on the memory foam pillow. Did Sam notice the five empty Coors beer cans you tossed on the floor while trying to do your best LeBraun James three-point shots in the wastepaper can over by the in-room laptop?
    No Jet-Boil oatmeal the next morning, huh Mark? Sam probably fixed you a country ham breakfast, fresh laid scrambled eggs, ho-made biscuits and red-eye gravy and you chased it down with fresh ground…not instant Maxwell gourmet coffee in a china cup no less.

    Oh, the humanity! Will we now read weekly ride reports from BigDog entitled “BigDog and his furry best buddy, Jo Jo slab the interstates looking for a Stuckey’s or Bob’s Big Boy?” Will we see videos of you straddling the Road King you bought with Jo Jo riding along secure in his magnetic tank bag? Will we ever see your 23,000 mile WR250R again in the high desert. Will we read that inmate, FishFund, bought it from you and is planning a tour of the Alps on it next spring?

    The Mississippi Hill Country ride report was a fun read Mark. Now we all want to go to northern Mississippi, look up Sam and ride the backroads.
    Oh, and by the way, Sam Correo, if he really is 71 years old he should be the poster boy for the adage “Riding motorcycles will keep you young!”

    ThunderDog
    let's ride the Hoosier National Forest again
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  18. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    thunderdog
    Thanks for the smiles and laughs this morning reading your message to Mark. Fantastic job. :clap :clap :clap
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  19. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Hey Brian----I bet the snow is flying up your way.
    Glad to have you along.

    Hi Charles,
    ThunderDog (Charles) is a great friend ---and is the person who sent the little toy "LittleDog" to me for X-mas many years ago. I'll always cherish my Little Dog toy.

    Your words above really touched me Charles---you really covered a lot about me and my travels----you had me laughing and crying at the same time.
    :rofl :cry

    Hi Jeff---got your RallyAlp all nice and cozy in the garage---just been diddling with this and that on it--got some heated grips ordered for it and some tires--can't wait to get it out for a big ride.
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  20. BigDogAdventures

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    More Day One
    Heading South on Sam's Mississippi Hill Country route

    I'm riding alone now as Sam had some things to do.

    I rode South alone and really enjoyed the ride thru more Cudzu----some of it was still pretty
    green, as that area had obviously avoided the frost.

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    Found this poor guy in the middle of the road.
    An armadillo that had a bad day.

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    I bet I ran into 4 or 5 of these---then down the road I'd found a warning that the bridge was out in 1,500 ft.---then
    500 ft.--------then I'd find a bridge that had obviously been finished for quite awhile.
    I told Sam about those when I got back to his house and he told me it would sometimes be months before
    the road closed signs were removed after a bridge repair or replacement.
    I always continue on anyway--as I can usually cross anyway.

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    I think the next few picture were in the town of Carrolton, Mississippi.
    Found this neat lilttle house on the square across from the court house.
    See the sign above the door ??
    It says..........Pickett Fence.
    When I was a boy we had a pickett fence in front of our house---I'll never forget that fence.
    I'd ride my bicycle beside it and rattle the fence with a stick making all kinds of noise with
    baseball cards or better yet a balloon thumping away in my spokes.

    You young fellows probably have no idea what I'm talking about.
    When I was little we would use a clothespin and tie balloons or baseball cards to the frame of the bike so they would
    rub the spokes and sound like a motor. In my hometown all the kids did that.
    We probably used up 50 million dollars worth of valuable baseball cards.

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    This town looked like the 50's----and I couldn't resist sitting across from the court house on a bench and
    just watch the world go by.

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    It was real dry out----but I'd find the occasional mudhole.
    I rode on many, many roads that would be impassable if wet.
    Quite a few sandy sections might cause some scary moments if I was riding a bigger heavier bike.
    I rarely ran into anybody out here.

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    These 2 trees were growing out of solid rock----I showed Sam this picture and he laughed and said........"that's right
    where I broke my cameral a while back".

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    You've heard me say it before----nothing better than good ole' dirt.

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    Sand doesn't bother me as long as I'm on something smaller than my 950.
    I can't get the nerve up to wack the throttle of it in deep sand.

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    Now these people got it made.
    A baketball court--loafing chair---outdoor hot water---outdoor barbecue grill and a pool.

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    I came across this neat place out in the middle of nowhere---the sign below says it some kind of religous retreat.
    With hotsprings ?????? I'm guessing it used to be a hot spring resort ???

    I just couldn't find much info about this place on the net----it has some civil war significance tho.

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    Can't go thru Mississippi without seeing some cotton fields.

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    This field was harvested when I came by here again on my return route.

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    If you can't really tell how big this bale of cotton is---it's about the size of a semi trailer and about 10 ft. tall.

    Nothing like this around my Southern Illinois home.

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    The sun is going down---I worried I'd make it to Gluckstadt in the dark.
    And wouldn't have traveling with a big group----but I had just one person to please and moved along quite quickly.
    Well----------2 people-----me and my shadow !!!!

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    I came to the end of Sam's Southbound route and as you can see have
    500ft. till the end.

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    Statistics for the day after getting to Gluckstadt, Mississippi where I holed up at the not so Super 8.
    We hauled to Paris, Mississipi to start the day--so didn't start riding till 3 hours after hauling down there.

    Sam had went back home--and I'd have to ride the Northbound route---and then ride back to his house.
    I didn't think I'd have enough daylight tomorrow to get to his house---but that story is coming.

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