CannonRide - Ozark Adventure Tour (OZAT) (MO/AR)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Thanks for the tip! I added a waypoint for it in the GPX. It is right on the track.

    I wonder how many of us had had injuries or close calls with hard luggage and legs/ankles. I'll bet a lot. :D
  2. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    No hard bag/soft bag injury for me. Although I did sell my Zegas and got a set of Magadan's I really like.

    I was stopped waiting for a few guys to get up the hill and I just fell over.

    Crack!
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  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Day 4 - Continued

    On to Oark
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    This was my immediate destination. I planned for this to be my breakfast stop. Of course, with the backtracking on Cave Mountain I was later than I anticipated.
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    I like this place. I've been here a few times before. My Tenere takes 93 octane. Around these rural areas you are lucky to find 91 or even 89. This was an 87 stop. No harm done, but I like to top off with higher octane when I get a chance.
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    When I first pulled these pictures up for this post, I was vividly reminded of how much pain I was in while I was there. When on foot, I limped along very slowly having to keep the foot on my bad leg aimed in a certain direction. It was tough getting on and off the bike. When I was riding, my leg rested comfortably. I just couldn't apply any leg power to lift and shift my bottom on the seat. Even with an Airhawk, that shifting around means a lot for comfort and rest. This means I wasn't standing on the pegs either. By the way, in anticipation of trying to wrestle a big bike on sometimes rugged paths I put my Tenere seat in the low position. That was a good move.

    Whenever I have breakfast here I make it a point to have the biscuits and gravy.
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    I found out after I ordered they just ran out of biscuits. Darn it. I had been looking forward to that all morning.
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    So now I'm in significant pain, frustrated with an injury and having to backtrack, AND without the breakfast I anticipated. Gosh darn it! :D [​IMG]

    A sign they had there on one of my previous visits. Still relevant.
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    The guy at the register gave me an Oark Café sticker for my bike. They get A LOT of motorcycle traffic. I think I first came through here on the Trans-America Trail.
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    I left a CannonCard (sticker) on the door. :D
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  4. BornAgain

    BornAgain Been here awhile

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    Cannonshot my hat - helmet's off to you, you've got some good riding skills. I don't think I could have done that with a broken leg.
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  5. c-zulu

    c-zulu Resident Bark Burner

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  6. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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    Yay! A CannonReport! :clap

    Hi from DownHere Brian :wave

    Shane
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  7. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Day 4 - Continued

    Heading over to White Rock Mountain.
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    Nice paved ride along the Mulberry River.
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    Back into the hills.
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    Cass Job Corps Center.
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    On a previous trip I had to push this rock off the road so I could get through. :evil
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    A saw can be handy if the road is blocked. I never had to use mine.
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    This scenic wayside looks like a CCC project from the old days. What a great spot.
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    Just after I pulled in here a loaded log truck came by on the road. Nice that I missed that encounter.
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    The view over to the road on the next mountain.
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    On one of my trips through here I rode up on a rattlesnake on the road followed a few minutes later by a bear on the road.
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    CCC built cottages/buildings at White Rock. I stayed in one of these for some event around here a few years ago.
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    There is a nice overlook you can walk out to on a rocky point. I wasn't walking anywhere - especially since I had been there before. :D
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    That rocky point is the overlook as seen from a road further down the line. Great views of the area.
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  8. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Maybe it wasn't too smart, but I figured if I was making out OK with it I would just keep going. I think I improved my riding after I was injured because I was concentrating pretty hard on it in the difficult sections. :D

    Yep . . . soft bags are a good idea. :D

    Hi Shane! Good to hear from you. Hope life is good down under!
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  9. Cannonshot

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    Day 4 - Continued

    On to Natural Dam and another water crossing. Then on to Ozark.
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    Another forest products outfit back in the hills.
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    Part of Lake Fort Smith. Nice park here. Water supply and flood control.
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    Part of the original dam. About 15 years ago they put in a bigger dam downstream.
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    Nice visitor center.
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    Funny how that wind is coming upslope from the valley.
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    Tourist tower.
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    Winslow has a railroad tunnel running under it. Kind of interesting history. They were once a stage stop on the Butterfield line. An excursion railroad still runs through here.

    Gunfighter John Joshua Webb died here during a smallpox epidemic. Webb made his way from Iowa to Dodge City where he rode posses and hung out with Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Masterson once deputized him to help track down train robbers. During the railroad wars in Royal Gorge (see my big bike Colorado report) Masterson hired Webb as a hired gun. Webb once partnered with Doc Holliday running a saloon. Shortly after being appointed Marshal of Las Vegas NM, he joined Hoodoo Brown and the boys in the Dodge City Gang doing stage coach robberies. Webb got charged with capping some guy when he was Marshal. People thought is was a set-up for money deal. Two guys tried to break Webb out of jail. One killed a jailer. The guy that killed the jailer got arrested when he was running with Billy the Kid. A second shoot out jailbreak failed. Webb got life in the big house. Webb and some buddies chiseled through the rock wall and escaped. Webb changed his name, got a job here with the railroad, and died of the pox in 1882.

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    Some anarchist named Kevin Carson is from here. He has some unusual views.

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    Devil's Den State Park is pretty cool. CCC project. Nice set of switchbacks getting down to the river from the high ground.
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    Natural Dam is a natural dam. Another astonishing coincidence. It looks like a shelf of rock is pushed up here.
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    Gas and a restaurant here at Natural Dam.
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    Here is a place to make a choice. Do you go for the river crossing further up the track or take the go-around that starts here?
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    Too much water to cross on the bike today.
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    You can take a look at Cove Creek (feeds into this river) on your way to Natural Dam. This is how it looks when the water is crossable.
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    This is how the low water bridge looks on Cove Creek.
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    This is how the big crossing looks at Lee Creek. I'd take a good look at that water near the east side.
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    Overview of the two crossings.
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  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Day 4 - Continued

    On to Ozark and the end of Day 4.

    Another one of those nice looking old schools.
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    The interstate goes through a tunnel. I put the route over the top of the mountain.
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    When you cross this spot the tunnel is directly beneath you.
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    Back through Winslow. Someone had these displays in their yard.
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    I mentioned that they expanded the Lake Fort Smith reservoir about 15 years ago. This is part of the new lake behind the new dam.
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    Below the dam. There is a school here.
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    Water intake.
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    Trans-America Trail riders know this road.
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    Sheriff's Youth Camp.
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    The Sonic Drive-In in Ozark. During the television show "The Simple Life" Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie worked here. I don't think I ever watched the show.
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    Butterball Turkey is in town.
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    There is a big navigation project in place on the Arkansas River. Locks and dams, etc.
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    This is Arkansas wine country as well. Who knew? I had a stop waypointed but skipped it.

    Railroad depot.
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    Old jail.
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    Big bridge in town.
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    They are proud of how scenic it is when it is lit at night.
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    When I headed out of town in the morning I ended up getting breakfast at Sonic since not much else was open at that time. I didn't see no Paris and Nicole there either.
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    Motel in Ozark. Stats for the day. Notice that moving average of 30 mph for the day - and that is with some highway sections. I still exceeded my 270 average goal.
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  11. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    glad you're enjoying the country. I think arguably Ark has the best motorcycle roads in the country. They are a long day away from me, b ut they are my go-to roads when I need the fix.

    stay safe.
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  12. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    Great RR but I think if I could ride with a broken leg I would have headed home. Did you have any idea that it was broke or just figured you would work around what you needed to do till it was better?
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  13. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Hey Brian,
    I remember you saying you didn't get the picture of you with the beatles when
    you passed thru Walnut Ridge.
    Well lucky me the guy that did the sculptor was next door at his ice cream shop and took my picture.
    He is an artist and a steel fabricator--------the ice cream shop is just a side line he said.
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    Here is me and the guy that made the sculptor----what a nice and interesting guy he was.
    And his ice cream cone hit the spot.

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  14. Bug Dr.

    Bug Dr. Extroverted Loner

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    Just finished page two.....I'm a little behind. I'm sure you will teach me something about the hills I grew up around and still live in. Have really enjoyed your previous RRs. I have no doubt that this one will give me new places to explore in my backyard that I never knew existed.
    Mike
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  15. BornAgain

    BornAgain Been here awhile

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    The Fab Five :lol3 never knew there were five Beatles. Cannonshot if I remember correctly that last leg of the road up White Rock Mountain to the cabins was pretty steep a real white knuckle ride. Does the caretaker still live on site?
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  16. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Leave it to BigDog, showing the Brits the way!

    Nice update Cannonshot!
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  17. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Perfect Mark! Exactly what I envisioned. I'm glad you were the first to actually get the shot. I hope to see many more do the same thing - kind of an OZAT tradition!
  18. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Thanks. The pavement rides are great and they do a good job promoting them for motorcycle tourism.

    I knew I had a painful injury but thought that things were still intact - perhaps a bad sprain. If I had known at that time that I had an actual break, I would have gone for treatment. Kind of an odd situation where I thought I could ride through a sprain in a boot with compression and support. By the way, the boot did a fantastic job and compares well with the aircast boot I have to wear now for six weeks. I went to get checked out when I got home and was surprised (and disappointed) to find out I had a break in the fibula.

    Thanks Mike. Hope you enjoy the report and seeing some things familiar to you.

    The ride up there was fine and scenic as well. There are a couple of tougher spots ahead though. I saw someone up there doing camp host kind of work so I assume someone is still on site. A great spot to camp when on a bike trip.

    Thanks.
  19. Knightwork

    Knightwork Have Coffe Cup--Can Travel

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    Y'all are doing a great job --keep it up --giving me a reason to get Mrs. Knightwork to go with me on a few trips for purely "medicinal purposes".

    or maybe a get away for a week or at least some long weekends.

    we have to try her new Russell pillon seat out---break it in right---
    amazing that she has not rode with me in over 30 years and fell back into it like she never quit. It is a dream having her on the back, she handles the dirt and gravel roads with me hardly knowing she is on the bike with me.

    get it finished out and I will see if we can meet on it sometime and share a good Bourbon, I'll bring something appropriate

    KW
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  20. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Uh-oh. This current storm might put a little water in the creeks for a bit. I think Mark is on a stop-over DS event for a few days.

    From what I am reading, the creeks are at generally lower levels during the summer except for events like this. Probably no problem crossings during the summer.

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