The "TART"

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TRZ Charlie, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    On the 3rd and my final day the ride started out on pavement. After almost an hour Charlie pulled over and said, " I can't believe it. This was dirt 2 years ago!"

    While the roads were chip seal they were narrow, tight and tasty.:thumb

    And then we found the National Forest roads! :thumb :thumb

    After a treacherous up and downhill that left us gasping and cramping we came upon a race volunteer for the Raid the Rock rally. http://www.raidtherock.com/

    When Charlie came out of the woods he asked if we rode the trail. Charlie said yes and he replied, " You Guys are Fuckin Nutz!". :D

    We had lunch and a little later I had a blowout. I thought at first I had passed a squirrel hunter as he fired a small bore shotgun but at the next curve the rear end felt loose.

    I wiggled the bars and knew it was flat. Since I was running about 60-65 and it was hot and out in the open I ran on it until I got to some shade a couple of miles later. I left a message for Charlie and pulled out the plug kit.

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    Before I could dig out my compressor {the compressor that Doc kneels to every time he see it} a 30 year old pickup stops and 2 fellows get out.

    The older [Grandpa] asks if I need anything. The younger [Grandson] asks if I have air.

    Before you can say "Squat!" they've plugged in their compressor and dug out their plug kit.

    Charlie pulls up to help and I stick in 8 or 10 stings. On the 2nd try it holds air!:thumbup

    The locals wouldn't take any $ for helping and gave me some extra plugs.:D

    I fired up Red and hit pavement about 2 miles later. Just South of the Arkansas river at Toad Suck I felt the rear get loose again and pulled over.
    I told Charlie I was out as the hole was too big to plug. Charlie had already called around looking for a tire and Conway was shut down for Saturday afternoon. Gus had offered his new 606 {Thanks Gus!} but the logistics were wrong.

    I bailed and headed for Conway.

    My wife was in the air returning from a conference so I couldn't call her until after I got to the 125 exit on I-40.

    While I was waiting I saw this,
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    I looked everwhere for Gus but didn't see him.:huh

    Thats all folks! [YFF's]
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  2. sideshow

    sideshow debaser

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    Thinking about doing this over Turkey Day break! How cool does it get down there at the end of November?
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  3. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    Finally got in on your TART report. High attrition rate there. Tubeless huh? Not sold.
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  4. red neckerson

    red neckerson Lifetime novice

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    The internet really has made the world small. It would be coincidental enough to tell you that when you reached the East end of Tram Road you were about a third of a mile from my house. The really coincidental thing is that I've known the man in your photo for 15 years. He owns 10 acres off Tram Rd. and knows all the surrounding countryside like the back of his hand. We are members of the same deer lease. Actually a hillbilly in a redneck uniform. Yes folks, the Ouachita Mtns. has hillbillys too.
    And the final coincidence is the Goldwing ratbike chopper in front of Denny's in Conway...Belongs to a customer of mine named Jerry. How bizarre.
    Fantastic ride and photos. I wish I'd been on it with yall! Thanks for sharing.
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  5. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    cold enuff to warrent wearing warm gear! :deal
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  6. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Not sold? Less see...... If it had been a tube the tire and the tube would have been ruined. If I had a patch big enough to patch the inside of the tire it would have held air tube or Tubliss [the product name]. If it had been a true tubeless tire the tire would not have been pluggable and the tire would not have been ridable flat.

    Give it some thought Elvis but I'm happy with the system so far.
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  7. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    I got RednBlack off the trailer and pushed into the shop since Travis installed the tubless system for me. No flats yet.
    So far so good. :gerg
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  8. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    So the tire was so jacked it would of been unrideable with a new tube in it? Sure you wasn't shot by a hillbilly?
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  9. joenuclear

    joenuclear Ride to eat, eat to ride... all roads lead to pie!

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    Not unless that was where they were aiming. All my Hillbilly friends hit where they shoot.
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  10. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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    I doubt if friends were the ones shooting...or..maybe not:wink:
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  11. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    That hole was almost middle of the tire. They musta been aiming for Joes ass!
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  12. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    Must of been Ray Charles shooting if he missed that.

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  13. wayno

    wayno Long timer

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    Or his mouf:lol3
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  14. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    I spent part of a day trying to ride those rough trails around Lake Winona. Me and vanpelt999 tried two different trails over a mountain but turned back from each one because they were getting so narrow and tight. Now I'm thinking that we should have pressed on, we might have found our way through. Charlie wasn't kidding when he said they were bad trails, they were severely rutted. I felt like I was riding in a creek or wash that was going up or down at a severe angle. Pretty rough but actually kind of fun.
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  15. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    why do I feel that this report is only half way done?..is there more? If so, where is it? :huh
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  16. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Because you haven't clicked the link in my signature line? The original thread had some kind of problem where I couldn't finish uploading the tracks.
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  17. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Did you take a look at my tracks for Day two? Were you on that trail?
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  18. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    No, I haven't looked at the tracks cuz I got no GPS. But when were out there, I was following a guy with a GPS and we were still lost.
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  19. M.A.G.

    M.A.G. I heart Penalties

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    Joe, how did that fancy Baja Designs light treat you on your trip? I used to have one reeeeeaaaallll similar to that one....:wink:
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  20. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    DRZCharlie.. pm'd ya man!
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