Missouri 2013 Swinging Bridges Ride **May 4-5***

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  1. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    Missouri 2013 Swinging Bridges Ride***May 4th - 5th***


    Tracks are here

    MO Swinging Bridges 2012 TRACKS.gpx




    Thumper has asked me to post up the details for the 6th annual ride. I've been on the first five, let's do it again!

    We'll run last year's route - I'm too stupid to figure out how to change 'em
    Tracks are here....

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=674934

    Start in St. Clair, MO like last year and run it same as the last couple years. See below for the Friday night Hotel info. Folks can leave their trucks there for the weekend if they are staying there on Friday night. Biscuits and gravy for breakfast in the morning to get you going.

    Make sure you have someone to ride with that has a GPS....also Self sufficiency is the Key to Success....tubes, tools, GPS, Maps, snorkels, etc.....

    Here's some historic info on the bridges:

    http://www.millercountymuseum.org/bridges.html

    For those of you coming from the west, you may want to consider making a hybrid from the 2008 route so you can get in the Creek roads in Warren County if you haven't riden them. Great fun, start in Wentzville MO area. We may be able to work up something on this in the next 3 months. Anybody good with Basecamp/Mapsource?

    Here's the previous year's rides...

    2008 Ride http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...light=Missouri

    2009 Ride http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...light=Missouri

    2010 Ride http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...light=swinging

    2011 Ride http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...light=swinging

    2012 Ride http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=758281

    Friday Night Hotel- May 3rd
    Budget Lodging
    866 S I-44 Outer Road
    St. Clair, MO
    636-629-1000

    Mention the ride when you make reservations.

    Saturday Night Hotel - May 4th
    Best Western. Phone number is 573-336-4299
    When you call them make sure you get $12 off if you mention the ride. You can cancel 24 hours in advance if you can't make the ride.

    For those that want to camp - here's the link http://www.layzday.com/

    There is also a primitive camp spot as a waypoint in the file.

    and ribs at the Elbow Inn :dg.

    Fuel Stops.....I would make sure you have a 130 mile range.

    Sunday you have to stop at the Church Picnic in St. Anthony. If you leave about 7:30am or so from the hotel....it works out to get there when they open at 11:00 am....Fried Chicken, Roast Beef, all the fixins, and Pie. Maybe even a train ride! Definitely worth the stop for some good eats

    Let's see who's in. I'll keep track.

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  2. toondebt11

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  3. Rordog

    Rordog Been here awhile

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    I'm in also and I have a room. Thank you Bill for posting it. Now if we can get Gary to ride along.
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  4. yard dog

    yard dog cheap but not free

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    Add my name to the list. I might break with tradition and ride something other than a KLR. Hint: it's red :D Ken
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  5. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    Red and NOT a KLR. I'll bite . . .Terra?
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    yard dog cheap but not free

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    Actually it's a Honda. I bought a CRF250L to replace my old XR250L on the farm.

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    It will be nice to actually touch both feet to the ground and a lot easier to pick up than a KLR :lol3 My nephew has been invited to join in on the fun on his DRZ. It is his first street legal bike and will be his first group ride outside of a closed course. I hope to get in some rides with him before May and school him on the rules. Ken
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    The dates have been marked and I'll be there with a smile on!:D
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  8. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Excellent! :thumb

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  9. thornstein

    thornstein Adventurer wannabe

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    Can't do it this year. Have enjoyed all the past rides but since it's been on the 5th of May I'm running a point deficit with my wife. Although she gave me a green light to miss last year's anniversary (the 5th) I found that it may not pay off in the long run when it comes to other things I like to get away with. The cost/benefit analysis isn't working on this one. :cry
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  10. Hazman27

    Hazman27 The Haz

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    do they make a red ktm?
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  11. BMW_BIKER_KEITH

    BMW_BIKER_KEITH Been here awhile

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    Hey Gary...! How are ya?

    Count me in... my 3rd one!

    I may have something else to ride besides the F800 this yr.

    Come on May !
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  12. vfrpilot

    vfrpilot Stress Relief Rider

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    What's the new ride? Something rugged?


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  13. BMW_BIKER_KEITH

    BMW_BIKER_KEITH Been here awhile

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    Still eyeballing some stuff Gary.
    Finally sold my Tahoe, so there's room in the garage for something!
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    had a great time last year :clap
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  16. yard dog

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    careful there Dirtfarmer, we may have to get out the rope again:ddog

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  17. Hazman27

    Hazman27 The Haz

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    I want to be "in", but I need to ride with someone who has a GPS, hazman27@yahoo.com

    Searching for a used loaded GPS. Next stop, pawn shop.

    will commit to "in" in a few days...
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  18. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    No problem, lots of rider to hook up with. Counting you as "in"

    YardDog, CRF250L was actually my first guess, but I thunk too hard I guess. Congrats on the new ride, I probably won't recognize you:deal They look like sweet little bikes
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  19. Scott in Missouri

    Scott in Missouri Been here awhile

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    The inside Scoop~
    I have been answering a few people about camping and the general ride so I wanted to add a little from my experience like last year. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Camping: Some camp and some don't, but both have fun and do the same ride. I think camping is more fun, but carrying the gear on my bike is a problem so I may hotel if it is cold enough for a sleeping bag...that simple. . <o:p></o:p>
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    Friday Night HoteL: If you don't know a lot of riders...You really need to consider coming Friday night. Everyone starts showing on Friday and usually sit and have dinner at a place next to the hotel...the trick is to sit by the other guys wearing riding gear and hats that say things like, "DRZ, Yamaha, MSR" or something like that. If you miss dinner and think you won't find anyone riding, just look in the parking lot at the 20 other dirt bikes and 20 trailers pulling dirt bikes and follow them. They are all nice guys and helpful too. <o:p></o:p>
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    Devils Elbow: I live here in Waynesville/St Robert. FYI- Devil's Elbow, MO is a town...the Elbow Inn is really more of a place to eat by a bridge...I don't go there and it is not really a great "representation" of our town. I think about 14 people probably live there, but it is an Icon in the area- Go see it, but we have a lot of new places to eat on the strip and would recommend you consider eating there.
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    Hotel Vs. Camping in St Robert: If you have a hotel you are set because most guys stay about 2 miles from the Elbow. If you want to camp there are a couple places like Lazy Days which is close too. Terry (owner of the Elbow Inn) has offered for any of us to camp for free behind the BBQ down by the river- Good luck sleeping with the music all night and you may be the type that spends too much time at the bar and destroys your riding ability too.<o:p></o:p>
    I live about 8 miles away in Waynesville and all of you (Yes 60-80) are welcome to camp at my place. I have a large field with a fire pit- (plenty of wood), a hose to wash off your bike and gear off with and you will be treated like family. Don't worry about rain either, you can sleep inside the shop too...it is better than it sounds...the shop has cable and a big screen so you will not be on a greasy floor. We have a bathroom and anything else you may need too. You will enjoy yourself, but no alcohol please.<o:p></o:p>
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    Note: If your bike is broken and you can limp it to my shop, I have all the tools you will need to fix it or you can store it inside and pick it up later. Flat tires, welder or a power washing...yep, you can do it here.<o:p></o:p>
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    Riding ability and Navigation: A lot of guys ask if they can make the ride...Seriously...there are about 20 different groups within the group. You will find a comfortable riding group and speed. As for getting lost... Farms rules apply, but my advice is to find a guy with a GPS on his bike and follow him.

    Bottom line- <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">This ride is great-</st1:City></st1:place> I have been on all but one (in Iraq that year) and do not plan to miss any. Come and enjoy the ride of the year up front.

    I'm in~<o:p></o:p>
    Scott<o:p></o:p>
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  20. TRZ Charlie

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    Count me in, I've tried to get there three years running and haven't been able to make it. Nothing is in the way this time
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