GS Giant's Adventure Summit, Gyspy Tour, MOA

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  1. Visian

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    This planning was made even more difficult by the short time available for route planning. The scorebook with all the various ways to bag points, and links to download the GPS data, was distributed just a week ahead of time.

    To keep things as even as possible between locals close to the event and riders from all over the country, we took some waypoints that Eddie provided from his years of travel in MO, added in a good number of our own and put out a list of nearly 100 possibilities for a visit.

    Whether you rode from 1,000 miles away or just 100, the idea was to ride your bike off the beaten path.

    And let me tell you, to do the MO FO Corners tour in 2.5 days required some *serious* path beating. :lol3
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  2. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Ian, you are right and it was GREAT!!!
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  3. ajayhawkfan

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    Saturday morning, July 22 I checked my route from Keokuk, Iowa to the SE corner of MO. It was almost 400 miles and had two Mississippi River ferry crossings. The route also cut through St. Louis in order to grab some BS points. Today looked to be long and HOT!

    The first BS Point stop was at the Canton Ferry. To get credit for the stop I needed a receipt and to get a receipt I needed to ride across the river. I was the only rider. The cost was $4.50.

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    The Canton Ferry is the longest continually operating ferry on the Mississippi, chartered since 1853. The current ferry was put into operation in 1994.

    Upstream of the Canton Ferry is Lock and Dam No. 20 on the Mississippi River.

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    The lock and dam opened in November, 1935 and is 2,369 (.45 of a mile) feet long. In 1904 the facility was placed in the National Register of Historic Places.

    After crossing the river I continued south on the IL side of the river and crossed back at Hannibal to get more BS Point with a picture of the Mark Twain Riverboat:

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    Dirty GS riders draw a crowd (or it could be the bike).

    Another way to earn points is visiting BMW Motorcycle shops. From Hannibal I headed to STL and Gateway BMW. They made me feel right at home.

    Next stop also in STL was the Big Shoe at Brown Shoe Company:

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    At STL I cross over the Mississippi River into IL in order to pick up an Adventure Detour. Adventure Detours are routes riders can take to the Rally and earn points. There were ADV Detours all over the country so no matter where the rider was comping from there were detours to take. All the tours were listed in the Scorecard and could be downloaded into you GPSr or printed as maps.

    The ADV Detour I chose started in a rural area south of STL and followed the Mississippi River to a Ferry across from Ste. Genevieve, MO. In order to receive credit for the detour I needed pictures along the old fort and a picture of my bike on the Ferry.

    The detour was great. It was fast and scenic with lots of history, everything I like.

    Much of the route was on the top of the Mississippi River Levies. The Mississippi River was on the right and fields on the left. This went on for miles.

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    First stop was Fort de Chartres.

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    The French had a fort in this site beginning in 1720. In 1750 they built a stone fort that inclosed a number of building including the power magazine that is the oldest building in IL.

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    This fort served as the French seat of government and its chief military installation in the Illinois Country. In 1763 France ceded much of its territory in North America, including Illinois, to Great Britain. British troops occupied the fort from 1765 until 1772, when encroachment by the Mississippi River caused a collapse of the south wall. Subsequently, the remaining walls and buildings fell into ruin.

    The site features a reconstruction of portions of the Fort de Chartres. The fort gate was built in the 1920s.

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    Portions of the fort's walls were reconstructed on original foundations in 1989.

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    The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

    After the fort I rode the Ste. Genevieve Ferry and required:

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    It was getting late I still had over 120 miles to the SE corner of MO. I would have to get that tomorrow. I thought about staying in Ste. Gen but they were have their county fair so I rode on to Cape Girardeau, MO for the night and I needed to get more miles behind me in order to make Oark by Sunday at 5:00.

    Before leaving Ste. Gen there was another opportunity for points, the Bolduc House:

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    The Bolduc House was the first authentically restored historic structure in Ste. Genevieve. Built in 1770 out near the river on the Le Grand Champ field by Louis Bolduc, a Canadian lead miner, merchant and planter. The house is of vertical log construction (English build logs home with horizontal log construction). After the great flood of 1783 the house was taken apart, and reassembled in its present location in 1784.

    As I crossed the street to take a picture a local stopped to ask "When are the aliens coming to take you home?" I guess I looked a little silly to him in all the gear and helmet in 100 degree weather.

    I hoped to get 400 miles in today. I ended up doing 340. Tomorrow, I will have to get the SE corner. I can't get the SW corner and to Oark in time. I'll spend time tonight rerouting.
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  4. Sunman

    Sunman Been here awhile

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    Keep going Eddie! Great Report!

    Consider looking me up on your next visit down to Austin!

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  5. ajayhawkfan

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    I'm going to be down in Oct (but not riding) to visit my daughter. Let's get together for dinner or drinks.
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  6. ajayhawkfan

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    Yesterday I did not get as far as I hoped by about 60-90 miles. I wanted to pick up the SE Corner of the MO-FO Tour but if that was not possible be a lot closer. The MO FO tours is all or none. If I don't pick up all the corners I get no credit. I need the SE Corner.

    I spend time working on routes. From Cape Girardeau, MO to the SE corner to the SW Corner to Oark (where I am to meet the Giants at 5:00) is 570 miles. It is even more if I stray from the route to pick up BS Points. That is too many miles on back roads to make it by 5:00. I check the miles from Cape to the SE Corner to Oark and it is 420 miles. I know that will be a full day of riding with very few breaks but I believe I can make it.

    Sunday starts off hot and stays hot all day. I leave Cape and head towards the SE Corner. It is Towosahgy State Historic Site. It is located in the Bootheel of Missouri. At one time the Bootheel was all swamp but has been channeled and drained and is now some of the richest agricultural land in Missouri. It can grow anything including cotton and rice and it is FLAT.

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    Towosahgy State Park is an area of Indian mounds that would have risen out of the swamp.

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    The site is a former fortified village and civil-ceremonial center for the Mississippian peoples who lived in southern Missouri between A.D. 1000 and A.D. 1400. There are 7 mounds visible with the temple mound being the largest seen in the center of the above picture.

    More information can be found here:

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  7. ajayhawkfan

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    Picture taken from the MO State Parks website.

    I have to travel so many miles today it prevents me from taking the time I normally would take to enjoy the parks and historic sites. I would have spent an hour or two at each site but only did a ride by.

    I turned my bike toward Oark. I still needed some BS Points so while heading east I looked for them near my planed route and saw Boze Mill. There is not much left of the mill but the dam and turbine.
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    The Devil Dick Boze story from "History of the Irish Wilderness" -

    During the Civil War and for a 3 year period after, bands of outlaws roamed the Ozarks. One such group, led by a man who rode with Quantrill, was Devil Dick Boze. His group had hideouts in the hills of the Eleven Point River and is thought to have used the Irish Wilderness as a hideout. Devil Dick Boze's relatives owned and operated Boze Mill on the Eleven Point River. By 1868, this group increased in number and daring to he point where the Oregon County court ordered a militia to be formed to track down his gang. Most fled to the Texas and Oklahoma territories, but Devil Dick chose to make his last stand and was gunned down by the Kansas 7th Militia in a fiery battle. The court awarded Captain Greer $1.50 to build his coffin. Devil Dick is buried in the Spring Creek Cemetery.

    Some say that Boze Mill is haunted by the ghost of Devil Dick Boze.

    The spring the powered the mill releases 12 to 14 million gallons a day:

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  8. ajayhawkfan

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    I continued west after Boze Mill and crossed this little spring fed creek. I stopped and soaked my head. The cold water felt so refreshing on this 100 degree day.

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    Next stop for me is Mammoth Springs, Arkansas.

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    Mammoth Spring is a National Natural Landmark. It is the largest spring in Arkansas and the second largest in the Ozarks (Big Springs in MO is the largest in the Ozarks and tied with two others as the largest in the US).

    The spring itself can't be seen. It is 70 feet below the surface of the pool above.

    The average discharge of the spring is 347 cubic feet per second. Here is how it is running now:

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    Note: 1 Cubic foot equals 7.48 gallons. The average discharge of 347 cubic feet per second is 2,579.74 or 154,784.4 Gallons a minute.

    To put that number in terms I understand, an Olympic swimming pool holds 660,430.1339 gallons. It would take 4.267 minutes for Mammoth Spring (at its average) to fill the pool.

    At Mammoth Springs, it is after 1:00 and I have traveled about 240 miles. I still have over 175 miles of the best twistiest, gravel and back country roads Arkansas has to offer. The scenery in Arkansas is beautiful around ever bend.

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    The only drawback is I'm pressed for time. I skip lunch and continue. Because of the time issue I don't take pictures for the rest of the trip to Oark.

    I arrive at the campgrounds a little after 5:00 on Sunday. The campground was full of riders. This is going to be fantastic! The GYPSY TOUR part of the event has started for me.

    At this time have completed 3 of the 4 corners of the MO-FO Tour and plan to grab the last corner when the Gypsy Tour breaks camp on Wednesday and rides to Sedalia for the BMW MOA Rally. I have also collected as many BS Points as possible (plus a few extras because it was so much fun).

    More about the Gypsy Tour and BMW MOA Rally in posts to come.
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  9. Newstar

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    Excellent ride report, Eddie! Can't wait to read the good stuff about the GT! That's my favorite part of the rally.
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  10. MizzouRider

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    Very cool. I've seen or ridden to most of what you've covered. I've never been up to the soldier in the field, but intend to get there. That does tick me off. I totally agree about the karma.
    I couldn't get time off for the GS Giant, or for that matter, the rally. I went over for a few hours on Saturday.
    It was sure hot. Hung out in the vendors buildings (A/C) and took off..
    Keep it coming, I'm interested how the group did off road down near Oark..:clap:clap

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  11. Visian

    Visian Look out!

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    not to step all over Eddie's most excellent report, but here are a few shots of the goin's ons at the GS Giant's Gypsy Tour.

    A little drinkin' and socializin'...
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    Swimmin' hole was cool...
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    And playin' around in the woods was the order of the day.
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  12. Kev95GS

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    Took 10 big GS's, 650 GS & a KLR 650 down into Frog Bayou & back ....
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  13. 1DzMotard

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    Sleeping GS! Have to love it when your in a sticky spot like this. The reward is telling the story, what, were, when, and why.
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  14. 2whelman

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    :clap another great ride Eddie, wish I could have made it this year.....
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  15. ajayhawkfan

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    Sorry I have fallen behind on my RR. Work is getting in the way and the drought it part of the problem.
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  16. MizzouRider

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    We've received about 2" of rain this week, but it's too little too late.
    Sad to see the crops and burned up pasture all around. Ponds dried up. Good luck getting thru this.
    Look forward to reading more when you get time.


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  17. Visian

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    That's OK, Eddie... we'll keep the fire lit.

    Here's the video proof, big pigs can ride the Frog Bayou (and thank Dog it hadn't rained)... :lol3

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  18. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    When I heard you all was at Frog bayou I was amazed you made it out. After seeing the route you took I can imagine it was a bit easier than our route out was at Slap this year.
    I'm waiting to read the rest of the stories....
    I'd like to get up there with xtique again and the CJ5 and see if I could open your route up a little.

    thanks fvor the report
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  19. ajayhawkfan

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    I did arrive with enough time to introduce myself to Ian Schmeisser (Visian), chief brain of the GS Giant. After introductions I went to set up my camp. Most everyone camped along the drought lowered Mulberry River near Oark, Arkansas.

    I had a couple of problems with camping. 1. Daytime temperatures were over 100 degrees, having camped many times in weather like that in the past I knew sleeping would not come easily to me. 2. In order to attend the Gypsy Tour I needed to be able to make some business calls and connect to the internet in the morning and in that area where they were camping had no cell coverage. I ended up roughing it in a cabin about 10 miles away at Mulberry Mountain Lodge.

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    Having AC and comfortable bed made my nights very comfortable. In addition the owners of the lodge shuttled me between the cabin and the campground at dinner so I could enjoy a few beers and not worry about getting back to the cabin.

    After I clean up in the little cabin I got dropped off at the campground around 6:00 to meet a lot of great people.

    That evening we were served BBQ with all the right trimmings.

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    That night there was a lot of BS and beer.

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    This meet and greet with food and beer went on late into the night and everyone had a good time.

    The three day Gypsy Tour got off to a great start.



    To the other GS Giants. Please don't hesitate to add your stories or pictures.

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  20. rgiroux

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    Great pics and story! :clap Looks like a whole lot of interesting stuff in MO! Sorry I missed the rally this year, and definitely sorry I missed these shenanigans! :lol3
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