Missouri 4 Corners Ride

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by M@gneto, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    Guys, A fellow adventure rider posed an idea to me and we were wondering if there would be any interest in riding all the way around Missouri next spring. I was thinking about the 4th weekend of the 4th month, starting in the southeast corner of Missouri and spending 4 days riding around the state (crossing into every border state). The ride would be about 400 miles each day and prefereably on a 400cc or less bike. If we went counter-clockwise, we would end up around Hannibal the first night, the northwest corner the second, southwest the third and then if there was interest, back to the southeast corner. I looked up KOA campgrounds and didn't see one in Hannibal, but the other 3 corners all have one, so I'm assuming arrangements could be made for a group rate (plus KOAs have shower facilities).
    My idea is to show up Thursday evening the 19th of April and ride Friday, Saturday and Sunday (then Monday for those who can stay an extra day).
    Any interest?
    Mag
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  2. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I don't have anything less than 650cc!!
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  3. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Are you talking black top or gravel? If gravel, I believe 400 miles each day would be very hard to accomplish.
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  4. lfs225

    lfs225 Too old less bold

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    I'm interested if I can ride my Super Tenere. I live in Southeast Missouri (Cape Girardeau) and if this would be the starting and ending point I can offer a place to camp. House and property has five acres. Not set up for camping but three acres flat and shady and mowed. So easy access for bikes. House can sleep a few but if this draws a crowd, I'm out of space.

    Gravel roads are no problem but 400 miles/day on just gravel will be difficult. I could help layout a route from Cape to St. Louis on blacktops and/or some gravel. If another rider from the Hannibal area could take it from St. Louis to NE corner and then on to the North Central and then so on around the state. With each rider adding their part.

    I could also help with the return from West Plains back to Cape.
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  5. sieg

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    I'm intrested but as others said 400 is a big day on gravel or even 2 lane when traveling in a group. IMHO
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  6. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    I'm definitely interested, but it'd be on a 750 or 900cc airhead with street tires. I ride gravel all the time, but would be left in the dust if this is a dual sport ride.
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  7. dwthump

    dwthump Been here awhile

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    I'd be interested but I'm on a KLR650. Gravel doesn't bother me at all but 400 miles/day on the KLR would be painful, let alone setting up camp afterwards, (gettin' old I guess!). I've done 400 mile rides before and it's a long ass day.

    Is it possible to find two routes, one for small roads and a bit of gravel for the big bikes and a more TAT type of route for the real enduros. I think the D/S loop could take a lot longer though.

    Darren
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  8. eemsreno

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    I'm sure going to be watching where this goes, I ride N. Mo. all the time, Dirt, Gravel, more miles the better. Super Tenere all the way
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  9. begeberg

    begeberg That'll leave a mark..

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    To the Swinging Bridges ride... Out.
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  10. geno_rocket

    geno_rocket Been here awhile

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    Great idea, but....I am on a klx400 and can say that 400 miles in a day, gravel or paved on that bike would be impossible for me. Also, as someone mentioned, that is right near the Swinging Bridges ride. Perhaps a shorter route or more days in the fall?
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    Dito on the SWB, its too fun to miss and right in the same time frame
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  12. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    I have thought of doing a 4 corners ride....as a SS1000! :evil You know...get that first one done and out of the way!

    As for a 4 day ride, I agree that 400 would be maximum for a paved route. Still haven't ridden on Swingin' Bridges yet, so I want to do that if it works with my current work schedule (3-4 weeks on the road).

    If I get the CB360 rebuilt and running, I got the "400cc or less" requirement in the bag! :lol3
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  13. RayAlazzurra

    RayAlazzurra Stuck in the Eighties

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    A number of years ago the St. Louis Post Dispatch had an article about old monuments that were built at each of the 4 corners of Missouri. At least one of them on old US 61 is still standing:


    I do not know if the other 3 still exist. US 71 has been rerouted a couple of times since the 1920's. This will require research and exploration. We are just the right people for the job.

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  14. lfs225

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    GREAT idea. I have been to the arch on old hwy. 61 below Steele, MO. I was unaware that the four corners each had something. I have been to the northeast corner on hwy. 61 and do not remember anything and out the southwest corner on hwy. 60. But maybe I just wasn't looking. Let's all do some research.
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  15. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    Tracking on all concerns. I'm also a Swinging Bridges guy (at least last year). I understand 400 miles is a lot, but it was the only way I figured we could make it all the way around the state in 4 days or less. My plan was for hard top, especially since 400 miles is already a long day on a small bike.
    The cc size and everything else was really just a suggestion. Of course, everyone is welcome, riding whatever you have. My thought was to pick 4 points and you get there however you want. Maybe some of the guys who live near one of the corners can suggest some alternate routes.
    Initial thought was to start in southeast Missouri and get to Hannibal that day. next day, go to Rock Port. Third day, down past Joplin. 4th day (optional), head back to the bootheel. I wanted to hit all the neighboring states along the way, so I have a tentative route laid out, but it is the destination we'll be shooting for and everyone can get there any way he or she choses.
    I know it's close to other ride times, I was just trying to stick with the "4" theme and I though a pavement run might be a good way to blow the cob webs out of those machines.
    Always open to suggestions and really appreciate all the comments and suggestions so far.
    If there is a date that works better for everyone, I'm certainly open. Going to need a lot of help setting this whole thing up anyway.
    Hopefully that helps. Just "Run what you brung" and we'll all have some fun.
    Mag
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  16. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    Great lfs,
    Appreciate any help you can give, especially a place to camp. Any chance we can get a bond fire going that night?
    Mag
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  17. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    That's good info, Ray. I'll start doing some research on it too.
    Any chance you got your name from a Cagiva? I happen to have a mid 80s Alazzurra. "Blue Wing" if I remember my Italian well enough.
    Mag
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