SLAP 2013 - May 17-19 @ Byrd's Adventure Center Ozark, AR

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  1. jgas

    jgas Stoogely Adventurerer

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    I shall register the really old fashioned way: Do nothing, show up, and attempt to bum electricity from someone else! I'll bring my little propane heater just in case I get caught plugging my cord into the biggest fanciest trailer in the campground. Been caught before but they never think to just take my cord, thereby insuring that there's no real downside for the theft. Who cares who yells "Electricty Thief" in a crowded campground?.

    Ok, truth is my little ugly 5x10 trailer made in the 1950s with my raggedy bikes makes the moneyed elite feel sorry for me and they usually just donate some electricty. Or I just show on a bike so overloaded with camping gear, no truck or trailer, and they invite me inside their fancy motorcoach. They don't want to feel guilty watching me unpack 500lbs of camping gear from a 290lb bike and set it up, but they also don't really want to offer help. Perhaps they simply don't want to feel obligated to dig my unmarked grave if I'm found dead in my cold tent in the morning? Do they think that charity is better than digging with a shovel for a dead stranger anytime? I hope so.

    Ah, the wonder of the charity of others more fortunate! One of the mysteries of the universe I suppose. Perhaps it may all be explained in the afterlife.

    Or I could stay in a hotel. Anyone got a spare peice of floor in a hotel that you booked for 2 when you really knew that you had 6? I'll sleep in the tub, no whining from me. Just please don't do what I'm beginning to think has been done on purpose, turn on the cold shower, turn off the bathroom lights, and leave quickly and jump back in your warm bed before I can see who you are. I hate getting blasted in the face by a cold shower stream and then having to pack up a wet sleeping bag before the morning ride starts. Small price to pay for bumming a free hotel room I guess. No vindictiveness here! No need to watch your back!

    Who's leading the "Hero" singletrack loops? I need to talk to you whoever you are.

    Jeff.
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  2. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    I'm sure I'll be leading something like that. What's your question?
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  3. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    SLAP2013 will have a band on Saturday night. No, it won't be a drunk Polack singing Lady Gaga accompanied by acoustic guitars... we hope.:freaky

    Stay tuned for details.
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  4. C-Rad

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    Question about tire choices for the SLAP. I will be on a 2011 KLR. I just got a Michelin T63 rear tire. Gonna mount it today. depnding on how long it last i may be still on it for the SLAP. I did just find a deal and got 4 off road MX tires for 20 bucks off craiglist. I am more interested in dirt riding trail etc... Would it be wise to put on strictly dirt MX tires. They are not DOT and not sure if getting to the trails requires some paved riding. Dont figure it would matter much if it is just some quick jaunts on pavement to get to the trails. Plan on trailoring the bike up so I would be putting these tires on just for the SLAP.
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  5. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    The T63s will be fine. If they still have tread by May, then don't bother changing them. That's 4 months from now though...
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  6. C-Rad

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    No doubt the T-63s would be great. I have only changed the rear to the T63. I figure the front will need changed by the time the rally is here. "If" the rear lasts Ill keep it on. If they both need to be swapped by the time of the rally I was thinkin of putting on the MX tires. Might do this regardless. During the rally, Im more concerned with how much pavement I may have to be on to get to the trails or is it dirt from the start to wherever, or will I have to take some pavement to get to wherever some of these group rides are. I have never been to Byrds or white rock area. I am really interested in the trail stuff. I know the area has great paved routes but I figure I can hit the pavement anytime.

    Thanks
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  7. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    You really don't have to hit much pavement at all as most of the trails around the entire area are interconnected and there are certainly places to start within a mile or two of pavement to get you to others. There are also trails that start right at Byrds that can lead you to the same places with nothing more than crossing a paved road. It will just depend on who you're following and where they want to go.

    The only place you might like to go that would involve any pavement at all would be the Oark Cafe to get some pie, and that's only about 10 miles from Byrds :ricky
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  8. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    Going to miss the ride into White Rock. That was part of the fun, getting away from traffic.
    Unless you're driving that pick-up from last year with the flat tires
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  9. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    I had one flat. Newner had two. :deal

    When we decided to move it to Byrd's, the roads were still closed and/or in disrepair. I don't know the current road conditions, but it is likely to only get worse with spring rains...

    Having it at Byrd's (off the hwy) allows us to recapture the company of the street crowd and people with RVs or trailers that couldn't manage the roads to White Rock. Plus- the amenities and opportunities at Byrd's are way better.
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  10. C-Rad

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    Thanks for the info Krabill, and all the others that shed some light. Well too soon to tell I guess really, whatever sneakers are on the bike when I get there is what Ill run. I have done some pretty nasty trails with just the stock tires and have had some people say Im crazy for 1. taking a KLR on some of the trails 2. the bike is too heavy for anything but gravel roads. I guess Im just stubborn. I just take certain sections of trails slower than what could be done faster on a lighter more dirt oriented bike I guess. Not knowing how another bike would feel on the same trails Ive ridden is probably the saving grace for the ignorance I have. Im just gonna drop to a 14tooth counter and make sure I got some good tread. tools to fix what I break, hopefully nothing and tag along with some folks with similar riding interests.

    Aside from the catered meals, what does everyone usually bring? Tent, no brainer. I assume its a communal bonfire? is beverage provided in the price of registration or is it wise to BYOB. Im trailoring the bike in so plenty of room for whatever I need to bring. So looking forward to this.
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  11. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    I'm only in charge of entertainment and I'm bringing a band, so the other guys are going to have to chime in as to what is provided and what you'll have to bring. Me . . . I always bring everything I need. Self-sufficient and all that.
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  12. Newner

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    I am just bringing a change of underwear and my Rambo survival Knife.
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  13. Valentino Magoo

    Valentino Magoo Like a speeding slug

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    Doc will love you in just undies wielding a knife. Yikes. Remember, you gotta provide the campfire gals for Dragon. Toyman took care of it at Shores Lake, your turn.

    Amman, the first post in this thread by DIrty Dog gives you tons of info, and mentions beer, in bold , at least twice. Just hope it is not Okie 3-2 beer, Newner.
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  14. joenuclear

    joenuclear Planning.....

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    Newner, it sounds like you've got your work cut out for you! Cut out for you.....:rofl
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  15. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    If we were trucking the beer, it would be OK craft brew like Marshall's:freaky. But alas, no. The beer will be sourced locally and we've yet to work out those details. Consider it a surprise.

    As for those other questions above,
    1. Tent, car camp, or RV. Those are your local SLAP lodging options.
    2. Community bonfire... likely. Depends on the host and burn bans.
    3. Beer- some will be provided. Nobody can predict if we'll have enough. Bring your favorite bottled beer to share and make friends.:evil
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  16. guavadude

    guavadude de-composer

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    I'm really going to try to make it from Dallas so put me on the "in" and "noob" list.
    I love riding the pavement up there on my 650GS, looking forward to getting her dirty.
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  17. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    So there will beans in the Chili?
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  18. Hazman27

    Hazman27 The Haz

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    Any sourcing of local shine??
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  19. mdawg12

    mdawg12 Old and Slow

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    Yes, tires would be good. :evil
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  20. mdawg12

    mdawg12 Old and Slow

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    We now have a Brewmeister at a local microbrewery in our group over hear. Maybe we can talk him into bringing a keg...a very large keg, of his brew? How bout it JT? :ear

    We could take up a collection. :thumb