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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by TroyWolf, Apr 28, 2012.
Its always nice to compare notes.
Troy, I'm ready to go.
You guys found the good stuff for sure. When were you there? If you posted a date I missed it. I was at the old metro stop this weekend. When you come back check out some great riding north of Richland Creek campground in the Richland Valley. Spotted a huge black bear on Hwy 16 near Ben Hur Saturday. Great country.
Enjoyed your report.
We rode Fri - Sun, Apri 20-22, 2012.
I barely caught a glimpse of a small black bear up on the orange loop in the Mill Creek ATV system a few years ago. Rare to see them I guess.
We did ride N of the Richland Creek campground--at least we passed through on Co-Rd 1--the road that had the huge landslide. I notice the Ozarks Highland Trail runs through there, too. I bet there is a lot more to explore in that wonderful part of the world.
Did you ever see the bus at that metro stop?
Me too! I just have to cross the 1300 miles in between us first!
Great stuff! Thx for sharing.
I'll be checking these routes out in July! See you there?
Glad you enjoyed the ride and some of the tracks I shared.
A big thanks to DevroDirt too, some of those was his too.
Its always a challenge on what you really want to suggest when not knowing the skill level of the riders involved.
What is easy to some is impossible to others.
Enjoyed the pictures and the read.
These routes will work with a 1200GS with a passenger?
Let me know when in the area riding. I'd love to do that ride.
I wouldn't bet money on that, parts of it could be doable easily on the 1200.
It would entail all maintained forest roads.
Looking forward to riding that stuff in July also. Thanks for sharing.
Looks like you guys had Fun!!!
Easy answer is "no".
I couldn't have done parts with a passenger on a 1200 or my 800. Some folks couldn't ride the route on a 250 2-stroke. Other folks would have no problem doing all of it on a hard-tail Harley with a passenger. The difference is skill, eh?
I remember a friend and I riding up a long, gnarly hill climb in Arkansas on our light-weight dualsports. We struggled up, but made it without falling over or getting stopped. Once over the top, we shut the bikes off and removed helmets to catch our breath, drink some water, and congratulate ourselves for being so manly.
Then we heard it...a soft putt, putt, putt of a thumper climbing the hill. As the rhythmic putt, putt grew closer we heard no engine revving nor sounds of struggle. As he crested the hill, we about fell over in disbelief. It was a man on a fully-loaded KLR with huge aluminum cases....and his wife on the back. He passed us and started up the next steep section never changing pace or throttle.
That man is my hero.
Ever since that experience--and the many others I've witnessed since--I'm careful to label something as "easy" or "difficult", and I almost never describe a trail as "not doable on a big bike". Those are words I'd almost surely have to eat!
Regarding GS Giant routes specifically, I'm not in charge of that, but for what I provide, I'll be playing it on the safe side when making my suggestions for easy, medium, and difficult routes. So if you typically find trails to be easier than described, you might want to step up into the harder category.
For those not familiar with riding in Arkansas and Missouri, I'd say some folks are surprised by how rocky the trails can be. If, for example, you are used to the smooth, soft dirt trail in Michigan's UP, you'll find some Arkansas trails to be a rock garden! My advice? Point your front wheel at the biggest rock in your path and gas it! The bike WANTS to go over it--you just have to hang on!
Oh yeah! You'd better be with me on that 950 next time, Luc! ...oh and Paris was WONDERFUL! We got home yesterday after having a perfect week in Paris.
Great write up and photos/videos. We have to do it again!
Yes! Yes we do!