Missouri Tag-o-Rama

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by xathor, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    Just checking in on the game... I know where it is, when I can get back on the bike, I'll snag it if it's still around...and yes, I rode nearly past it on the 15th. :baldy
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  2. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    Grab. Stovall's Grove. Wildwood, MO.
  3. RAGBrian

    RAGBrian jonesing for a ride

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    New drop. Bridge in the background. Taken a week ago today, the water may have gone down by now. :eekers

    Bonus points if you get: the same angle; a buddy's F650 CS in the picture, or from the *parking lot of the bird sanctuary* that we couldn't ride to because the road in to the parking lot was wet...
  4. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Glad you grabbed it. I was thinking Stovall's Grove was too easy, but it sat a while, so maybe not..
    I think I know where the new tag is, but it'll be a month before I'm back on a bike, maybe two. Never should have had ankle surgery in April! :baldy:baldy:baldy
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  5. justdirtyfun

    justdirtyfun Been here awhile

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    So this tag was virtually in my backyard. The Clark bridge going into Alton with Riverland conservation area to the right of the picture.
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    We were able to travel down the flooded roads with the water down. People were out fishing, paddling and sightseeing on a beautiful evening. This is the Audubon center.
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    We have been adding native plants to our yard and recognized a few out front here.
    The outdoor beauty theme is carried on with our drop photo.
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  6. GotFog

    GotFog Been here awhile

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    Old and new
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  7. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    We use to dirt bike ride there, park right at the building.............before it was the "park" it is today. Dam I'm old.
  8. GotFog

    GotFog Been here awhile

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    Lol. I hear you....
    Park was empty today. One could of been the only biker on the property. What a great moto-park.

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  9. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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    So as a SW Missourian, just where is that old mine located???
  10. GotFog

    GotFog Been here awhile

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    It is a stand alone State Park, on the north side of St Joe State Park. Near Leadington or Park Hills

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  11. GotFog

    GotFog Been here awhile

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    bump
  12. Noodles12

    Noodles12 Adventurer

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    Finally, the tag. KIMG2981.jpg
  13. Noodles12

    Noodles12 Adventurer

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    And the drop. Narrative to follow when I get some time. KIMG3001.jpg
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  14. GotFog

    GotFog Been here awhile

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    Yes!


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  15. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    I think I know where that is. Dead end road? Pine Street? I see you have property in Black, is it about 10 miles from there? I'm riding out of Reynolds now for the next couple days, but I'm not planning to go that direction. Or I'd snag it. (if it's where I think it is)
  16. Noodles12

    Noodles12 Adventurer

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    Yes Sieg, dead end road, Pine Street, and about 10 miles from Black. Maybe I should have used my photo at the Ulysses Grant statue/monument as it may have been a little less known? Then again, not too many places down there you aren't familiar with. I assume you were riding out of Link's when I swung through there Friday afternoon to visit a buddy staying in the cabin down by the shop. My official clues were (sorry have been too busy to post): located in a SE Missouri county named for a former Missouri governor; maybe a half mile down a tree named street in the town with the county courthouse. Interesting fact: water wheel was used in early 1900s to generate electricity in the town but the lights were dim.

    I'd like to mention a few things about the Missouri Mines tag for the younger riders. That photo is the Federal lead mill. The lead mining in the Old Lead Belt that started in the 1700s officially ended in 1972 with closure of the Federal mine and mill which was the last of many mines in the area. Bonne Terre had closed earlier in 1962. Before 1972 they were mostly shut down as they had been moving mine equipment to the Viburnum Trend mining area (where the MTRA riding area is) since they sunk the first shaft in about 1958. Anyway, my point is that people were riding the Flat River area long before St. Joe State Park was established and the accommodations were built. About where the sign is in the last tag was an awesome face of cliff hills to climb. This area is now under the Bob Ward Highway 32 bypass. My dad and his racing and riding buddies started coming to the Flat River area in 1971. He started bringing me and my brother in 1978 or 1979 twice a year in April and October. With no facilities and a rock pile to look for to turn on the road down to the sand flats, we camped on the flats and bathed in the lake. The guys would park their vans in a circle out on the flats with their headlights on, get on the bikes and flat track at midnight in an oval under the lights. I absolutely love riding there still (only during the week when nobody is there so we can hit third or fourth gear in the woods and jump the tops of the hills without worrying about oncoming riders) but that place is a skeleton of what it used to be. There were no boundaries. We rode everything over the dam to the north and up around the mill and cliff hills. We ripped the power line cut to Farmington jumping the tops of the hills. We could ride the entire west side of Pimville Road (the entrance road from Hwy. 32) that has never been open as a park to motorcycles. It was fantastic but as good as it was, we only spent one day and night there because we went to Sugar Bowl (Leadwood chat pile and flats) for a day and one night and to the Landfill hill outside Desloge along the Big River for one day and night. The landfill hill was one of those big, beautiful, monster chat hills that were beloved by the locals and those of us that love to hill climb. Back home in central Illinois in the early 90s the bike dealers would all tell my friends when they wanted 500cc bikes that none of them needed anything bigger than a 250. I told them they obviously had never been to Flat River or they would never say that unless they wanted to get smoked across the sand flats and watch the big bores climb the chat hills. Racing in the Flat River Grand Prix back in the day starting on Main Street downtown and racing through town and across the river into the woods was an amazing experience. I still love the Flat River area and consider St. Joe as my home track since I know it like the back of my hand but I miss those giant chat hills dearly and the hang time from 80-100 foot drop away jumps off the top.

    Sorry, no easy to get to digital photos of the cliff hills or landfill hill but here are two of the National Pile in Park Hills in 2005-2006 right before they tore it down and one I took of my buddy at the Sugar Bowl in Leadwood about the same time frame. Sorry if off topic but I figured it's related to the tag of the mine sign and lead mill and thought it would be interesting to dirt bikers.
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  17. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Don't worry I bet I'm the only one that know that mill. Being a dead end road and private property it's unlikely anyone else has every gone by it. That's why I didn't want to give it away. GREAT TAG! BTW.

    While we're talking old times, I knew the mill was there because I used to ride that road when it wasn't a dead end. It used to go through to Peola RD. Went right through a pig farm.

    Sugar bowl! :rofl Been there, done that...............a hundred times, and everything you did at Flat River too. We use to set up a flagman and jump like your last photo.

    Yeah, "Links off road resort" that toyhauler with the red truck was our rig, heading home tomorrow. Layed out a 75 mile two track (read some "no track") loop today. We used quads and just putted, I figure anything we can get a quad through should be "big bike friendly". So it'll make a nice ADV ride sometime.
  18. jowannab

    jowannab Been here awhile

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    Cleaned out the attic and found this pin. It brought back many memories. At this race there was a couple of guys signing up people for a new motorcycle club, MTRA. 29 years later I'm still a member. By the way I remember the chat hills. The hills were so steep people were going back down and trying a second time. The hills weren't as bad as dodging the guys coming back down. pin.jpg
  19. Scrat Attack

    Scrat Attack n00b

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    Pretty cool stuff there Captain Noodles! Good memories of sugar bowl. I sure miss flying off the edge of the hills.
  20. 2degreesout

    2degreesout Been here awhile

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    Is that Seth Enslow?