Slap 2012

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by DrLewall, May 19, 2012.

  1. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    Post your SLAP ride reports here..so far, so good, sorta..some injuries, but mostly fun..:clap

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  2. Redburn

    Redburn Been here awhile

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  3. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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    Did ya even get to ride before that happened?:huh


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  4. Redburn

    Redburn Been here awhile

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    Me and Dean had been riding about 2 hours when it happened. long enough to make it a fun ambulance ride out.
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  5. Celtazon

    Celtazon Enigma

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    It was great seeing everyone again and meeting some new folk.
    I had several great rides on my short stay and even found the single track I was looking for!!!
    To my new riding companion, YEEEHAW dat waz F U N!

    ...and again, I would like to take a moment and apologize for my behavior...again.

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    Jason drove up on this. Impressive.
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    I too encountered one of these and commenced to growling.
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    Name That Bubbly Burn:
    Hint: Part of a bike branded me while moving my riding companions rear wheel over to negotiate some messychit.
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    Ye ol WR looking over the edge. She decided not to jump in the end and off we went for more rocky fun.
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  6. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    I can report I had a great ride with 4 other guys on the Natural Damn route. Will post the little video I made on Pannell Rd. when I get a chance to upload it. I made it home with around 215 miles on the day.

    Got involved with the Gus/Magoo search and rescue but trail got really bad. I was going in ahead of the search and rescue guys to take in some water to them, and wasn't sure I was even on the right trail still. I turned around and rode back up some crap I wasn't sure I could and was 1. Impressed how the DR went back up, and 2. Was thinking why in the hell anybody would ride down in there for fun?

    Oh yeah, John fell down twice on the F800 but he did charge across Lee Creek and back when no one else wanted to see how deep it was, so I guess it balanced out.

    I also saw a black bear just below the lodge road. First one I ever saw, it ran across the road.
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  7. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    As Elvis said..the mayhem continues..envolves Magoo, toyman, zecatfish, dragon43, mountinmoto and Crawford County Search and Rescue! Stay tuned!

    oh, there are PIX! :clap
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  8. mossycreek

    mossycreek Been here awhile

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    Sounds like i missed out on an eventfull day.
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  9. protondecay123

    protondecay123 Been here awhile

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    First off a few pictures of the crowd in the lodge last night. Funny how I woke up this morning with my eyes burning, short of breath. I ran outside and got some fresh air and it cleared very soon. Wondering what happened soon it came on me " Acute Methane Poisoning" Not as lethal as carbon monoxide. But seriously there is no energy crisis. There is a huge untouched reserve of gas energy walking around us every day! Enough rant.

    The acoustic Pink Floyd Serenade last night was excellent!! Thanks to the minstrels!!

    Toyman in the foreground. Can't wait to hear what kind of mischief he got into.

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    Zecat in the foreground coming up with a waypoint for me to make it up to Big Piney Overlook. It's beautiful up there.

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    Mossy and the gang reflecting on that legendary KTM reliability in the middle of BFE ( or rather BFAr)

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    Met my fellow Super Tenere owner Flying W at Cass and we proceeded to what we call Pine Mountain Vista. We did have a stall getting through some water, but nothing got dropped or muddy.

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    Yours Truly at said vista.

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    We then headed over to Big Piney Overlook and Long Pool. That swimming area was happening!!. I see why people head over there to camp off the TAT. It's a wonderful swimming hole. Interestingly, we ran into about a half a dozen of Arkansas's finest from the Game and Fish on ATV's at the Overlook. Officer Pratt was kind enough to take a picture with us both. Unfortunately we don't have any photos from the swimming hole. If you stop to park you have to pay, so we just rolled through very slowly.

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    We then headed up to Deer and had a very late lunch at the Deer Cafe which was okay. Finally made it to beautiful Limestone Valley without denting up my skid plate. Stopped by Cave Mountain Cave but the Freddy's have shut it down because of the White Nose Bat Fungus.

    It was really nice to meet everyone. Big shout out to Zecatfish for the waypoint and letting me ride his bike. Thanks again to the organizers and other attendees for a wonderful event. !!:clap
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  10. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    Home safe and sound!

    Had GREAT ride with Elvis70 (Darren), nnickles (Nate), CopperJohn (John) and Farscape (Jody). Good riders, everyone one of them! My hat REALLY goes off to Elvis, nnickles, and CopperJohn for riding those heavy bikes out through some pretty rough stuff. Great job, guys! Of course Farscape cheated: He rode a KTM!!! :D

    Hadn't ridden Warloop Road since about 1999. They've worked on it quite a bit. You guys would have really liked the "old" Warloop.

    First time on Pannell. It's the bomb! Great little trail with some fun stuff thrown in for good measure.

    Was really glad I stayed with Elvis' ride. (Seriously thought about going on Newner's ride at the last moment.) However, stuck with Elvis n' crew and had a grand time. Plus, had a chance to put Scrapper (my new WR250R) to a bit of a test on the uphill run at Pannell. It did GREAT! Next is gearing!

    Alas, Scrapper didn't come out completely unscathed: The two bolts that hold the seat in place vibrated loose and fell out "somewhere". No biggie... but something I'll need to check often I reckon'.

    In all, getting to meet some of the crazies that haunt advrider.com was cool. Too bad I couldn't go on everybody's ride... sounds like most of them had a lot of fun!

    The Grillmeisters out did themselves on the burgers n' dogs on Friday night. Tonight we had homemade beef stew, homemade coleslaw, cornbread and peach and blueberry cobbler!

    I didn't take a single pic. (Shame on me.) However, I think Elvis and John took plenty of our ride and others shot pics of the overall event as well as their chosen rides that I'm sure will get posted.

    Special thanks and a BIG appreciation for those that have the responsibility of organizing and putting SLAP on. I know I'll miss many that helped for lack of knowing, but for sure involved were: DrLewall and Toyman.

    Hopefully Doc will step in and post the names of all those that helped put this on so us attendees that came and enjoyed the fruits of their labor can offer up a sincere THANK YOU.

    Gonna' try to make again in 2013!


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  11. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    Where? Have you started another link?
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  12. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    oh hell no..no other link..the pix will come when the guys who have them get home from SLAP! duh :huh
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  13. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    Wow... I was hoping for more pics n' reports! Guess everybody's sore or sumpthin'??? :rofl

    FWIW: I was the Official Old Fart of our group. Yup, had a bunch of snot-nosed kids riding with me. I think Nate was 36, Elvis 41, Jody 46, and John was soon to be 50? Humph... punk kids. :lol3

    BTW: I'm feeling great! No soreness or otherwise!

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  14. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Elvis you should turn in your Man Card....

    Now for the good stuff.....


    I rode to SLAP on the XTique, its my version of a frankenbike.
    IT was 180 mile ride up from Greenbrier, Ar for me. I had to make a little detour here and there checking out some forest roads that people was having a hard time finding/following over around treat on the Big Piney.
    So FSR1842 is closed, FSR1003 is closed, you can no longer access Billy Jack Ford on 1802 from Fort Douglas, seems that the land owners gated and blocked all access through there. I got word going out to a friend at the Forestry department to investigate it and see if we can get them opened back up. But I'm off topic here. So lets get to the reporting.

    I stopped at the typical point for me, Hector and gassed up.
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    I sen a trio on KTM 990's riding the TAT while I was there but I was busy leaving out and forgo'd the pictures.
    I started out on the TAT from Hector, and shock of Horrors they paved :eek11/2 of Granny Gap II I wasn't sure I was on the correct road at first.

    I actually pressed XTique into service in a whirlwind of repairs etc at the last minute. I wasn't going to go to SLAP this year and so left myself little time to get ready.
    Here it is at the Big Piney OverLook on Treat road.
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    There is not a camera made that an do justice to the awesome view from here. Its so Close to the TAT (about a mile north) and yet no one on it knows what they're missing in this.
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    So I continued on down to Treat to see what had changed,
    Not a lot of water in the creeks down there right now, its been a dry year.
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    A left turn across the bridge, brings you to the Page cabin.
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    It was built on the site of the Post Office that was here in 1901.
    What has changed in a 100 year? Now we can't ever close a government office. :cry
    This is a "Stile" Rock.
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    It was moved to this location by hand from several miles away, and a Stile Rock was used by LAdies to allow them to get on and off their Horses.

    So onward I go, and I missed something in route. 1842 turned into 1821 and its a dead end way up in the woods. I found it personally. :lol3
    I had to shimmy under this tree twice because of that too.
    Swiss Army knife to the rescue. I cut the limbs etc that was in my way to get under it.
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    Well after finding the road I wanted was not there anymore. Behind a locked gate I think, I met a farmer with a front endloader grading the road just before this and he didn't want to visit or seem friendly in the least so I was not about to ask to cut across his place.
    So I ran treat road north and came back down 1802 thinking I was enjoy the ride and cut back up the Big Piney to Fort Douglas, well that as WRONG. There had been recent logging along the creek.
    Where 1802 crosses the Big Piney is known as Billy Jack Ford, and typically its DEEP and swift. But not today.
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    Here is where the actual ford is. Its rough and the few times I've been able to cross here, I've walked the bike across.
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    So after checking the GPS and looking around a bit thinking I just missed a road in the terrain change from floods and logging I backed up a bit and found the missing road behind a locked gate and some really large trees laid along the edge of the road so they was serious about not wanting people to pass. :cry

    I lost half an hour going back up and around to 123 to get to Fort Douglas.
    Then I started up the Big Piney with intentions of riding City Road around to Gobbler Gap on the TAT and then on to White rock.... Well at this time it 3pm and I didn't want to miss supper so I just kicked it in the butt and headed that way and skipped the pictures.
    I arrived about 5pm.
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    more to come later.....:deal

    Just a hint... Magoo
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  15. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  16. Vinduroman

    Vinduroman Been here awhile

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    Off to a great start, ZFish!

    OUCH! You were shootin' pics at the exact moment to catch Magoo in an... um... "awkward" position. Was this the fall that caused the pulled muscle? If so, we may need to frame it and send it to him?? :evil

    Looking forward to the continuation of your report!

    BTW: Nice meeting you at SLAP.

    This is gonna' be good readin' about all the stuff I didn't get to do and seein' pics of stuff I didn't get to see!

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  17. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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  18. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    I am waiting for the report from those who were envolved so that I can add what I was doing at that time..I can not wait! :D
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  19. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    The pictures:

    ::::: Click on the first picture, it is a link to the whole album. :::::

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    My version of what happened will be in my next post. This is all pictures.

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    The rest of the pictures are in the linked album which is the first picture, just click the first picture.


    Friday a group decided to go for a short easy ride to try to hook up with a previous ride mad by some of them coming in from a different direction and blocked off by a big wash. Right close and no big deal.

    On the way there I stopped and got some local info but when we headed in, we went another way. I was in over my head on soft stuff - logging roads - steep descents & what not.....

    Eventually we ran out of places to go so we retraced our steps, decided it was late & so split up and went is different directions.

    Saturday different rides were heading out & when things got quiet, Magoo & I decided to putter around & see if we could find the route that eluded us Friday. Lucky for us, The Toyman, Zecat, & Mountain Moto decided they would go also.

    We went they way the local knowledge said to go ....... Not to bad.... Then real bad...... Stopped & looked and no one said"NO!!!!!!!!" into the depths of the hollow we headed. We bounced over boulders for days on end , many hundreds of miles into the depths of 'Dliverence' plummeted... About a ½ mile with no rest point, turn around point, no stopping point, we collapsed at the bottom with a choice of ways to continue.

    Scouts to the left, scouts to the right, the 2 old men sit & rest & wait...
    Rut Row, nothing is looking good. Trying to go up what we had just come down did not appeal to anyone.

    To the right, :CHARGE."

    Not good.

    Advance.

    Not good!!!

    Advance

    Not Good !!!!!!!!!

    All fall down except the real riders..... ( Translation, Dragon & Magoo fall down. )

    End of the line = scouts out.... They come back, lie to us and we drag our poor tired bodies back on the bikes and "Charge."

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    End of the line = scouts out.... They come back, lie to us and we drag our poor tired bodies back on the bikes and "Charge."

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    End of the line = scouts out.... They come back, lie to us and we drag our poor tired bodies back on the bikes and "Charge."

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    End of the line = scouts out.... They come back, lie to us and we drag our poor tired bodies back on the bikes and "Charge."

    With much encouragement and pushing and holding up, keeping limbs away from the 'geriatric' two...
    We get into a real mess.
    Magoo is not doing well & then falls hard. Is found crawling along. Mountain Moto stays with him and Magoo gets up and using a staff, marches on.
    ZeCat goes ballistic when we get to the rock garden & he quits having fun.....
    Heck, I quit having fun hours ago....
    Magoo just marches on... Well maybe 'hobbles' is a better description.

    I have my response down pat. I sit on the bike with my head on the useless junk ( GPS etc. ) on my front bar and pant. I get reall good at this......

    Scouts out.
    Scouts in.
    They don't even bother to lie.
    It's going get worse & no end in sight.

    Water is becoming an issue.

    ZeCat is sent out to keep going until he is really out & to get water & to see if we can get out with our lack of skills. ( He gets out and starts help moving. )

    Scot comes back & lies his heart out to get me to try to go again.

    The Toyman is hop scotching his & Magoo's bike, Scott is scouting and I sit & pant a lot.

    Bill & Scott keep my upright and moving, Red&Black is smoking, clutch is going away & it is getting more bad again.

    "Unbelievable"........

    Scott geyts out, leaves a short voice mail for Colleen and finds us water at the first occupied house and comes back into the depths of Hades to bring ot to Tim ( Magoo ) and Gus ( Dragon43 ) & Bill (The Toyman ) who has been moving two bikes along.

    Magoo is still marching up the mountain. If he stops, he is stuck & so refuses to stop.

    Pain, agony, crying, wailing & knashing of teeth follows and then we are up to the top. Electronic contact is made and instead iof waiting magoo mounts up, we all do and then find that the sheriff wants a word with us. We ride to out meeting with authorities......

    While waiting wqe wonder how long we will be in jail as we find that a rescue was started, Rut Row !!!!, fire trucks, EMT's helicopter, Rut Row X 42.....

    I'll leave all that to those that were there. It happened not where we were.
    We made nice with the Washington County Sheriff's Deputies and then rode to White Rock where we learned the rest of the story.

    I appreciate all the efforts made to help us...
    Thank you.....

    We got out on our own, the 5 of us but it was a group effort and the steadfastness of Terry, Bill & Scott will not be forgot.

    This old man is going to not going to go down into that kind of a hole again....

    Oh, about 8 miles of being in the hole, about 23 miles all told. You can have all the fun you can stand without putting in a lot of miles...

    Adventure, terror in retrospect... :eek1
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  20. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    CopperJohn took all the photos on our trip to Natural Damn. Here is the one video I shot. The little rock ledge on Pannell Road. Erosion below it is making it a deeper drop. I usually ride off of it but go around comiing up. I went around both ways this time wanting to keep my oil plug on my DR intact. This is FARSCAPE on his KTM 520, and then Vinduroman on his new WR 250R. The little 250 was impressive as he bounced past me going up Pannell at speeds I would probably get a pinch flat on my much heavier DR.

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