The Trans Missouri Trail - The "TMOT"

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by bash3r, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. foobarr

    foobarr n00b

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    Howdy, I've been lurking here for years but never had much to say until now.

    I'm in south-central IA just off I-35 and will be riding down to lake of the Ozarks (Osage Beach?) with a buddy flying in from Germany in late July. Any ideas on scenic routing? We'll be on mostly stock KLRs for 2-3 days. Maybe we can help scout some No-Mo trails or something and get some waypoints? Might camp a few nights if the weather is good. Thanks.
  2. sieg

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

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    I can come up with some suggestions. I know the stuff from STL to east of the lake fairly well. Give me a couple days I'm busy playing now. Paved twisties? Historical sites? Gravel? Two track? Trail? Camping at state parks kind of thing or free stealth type?
  3. Motozark

    Motozark Been here awhile

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    I have been doing some pre scouting work on extending the trail west from Blue Eye. Looks like it will end at the three corners monument at the junction of MO,AR,OK.
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  4. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    Great stuff.. I've heard a few different fellas working on north section to IA too.. Like sieg said there's pretty much good riding for what ever flavor riding you like. Once you get to Lake of the Ozarks.. you must visit the Swinging Bridges.. before they are all gone.
  5. foobarr

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    Thank you sir, any route suggestions you may have are appreciated.

    My german friend is not much of an off-roader as his personal ride is a SV-650 across the pond. A few years back he visited and I had a couple of dual-sports we rode around a farm trying to develop his dirt skills. After about day of wipe-outs in the back 40 we opted to riding around the county on gravel roads instead. Therefore I'd prefer to avoid any rutted single track or low/no-maintenance dirt roads. My KLRs are comfortably geared (15/43) for about 50-60 mph. Mostly looking for some winding lesser-traveled roads with scenic rolling-hills. We'll probably opt for a mix of gravel and asphalt going down with an alternate route coming back.

    We'll be visiting Osage Beach to visit a couple friends who own a restaurant there and probably spend the night in the vicinity. Would there be any swinging bridges in that neck of the woods?
  6. sieg

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

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    2 bridges less than 15 road miles east, I'll send you the waypoints and some route suggestions......later.
  7. WTRBOX

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    I'm in Kansas City, MO
    Be neat to make this into a loop of some sort also around the State!?
  8. sieg

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

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    That sounds like a great idea. Thanks for offering! :thumb
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  9. Nesquik

    Nesquik Long timer

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    I really want to run this before the years over.

    Has anyone done it recently?
  10. sieg

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

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    Haven't don't it ever, but I'd be interested in doing it. You looking for a old slow guy to tag along? My ride schedule is pretty full but I could maybe squeeze something in before it's too cold and I head south. What did you have in mind? How much time do you think? I'm not camping this late in the year, motels for me. Any idea for a return route? Just wing it? Wonder if WTRBOX or anyone has worked on a "loop"?
  11. Nesquik

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    I'm never opposed to more riders! Slow...right.....

    I haven't set a date yet, I was going to work around my work schedule, but there are certain weeks where I can get 7 straight days over easily, so I wanted to run the course slowly and explore along the way. I figure it would take me that long to finish because I still don't have a GPS :lol3


    I'd like to bring my girlfriend across the route eventually. She is very new, will require some patience, but she's a competent street rider.

    If your wanting to do it though, I'd be happy to run it with you and I can lead her through at a later date. She would prefer it that way and it would probably be easier as well

    How long do you think it would take for us to do it? I hadn't decided if I was going to run it and hurry home, or ride to the end and ride it back my way (I'm near the start-ish)

    If it lands on the right week I could take time and look for s more fun route back
  12. sieg

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

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    Sorry for the slow response, been riding in KY. & TN.
    Well 500 miles, so at least 2 days, then at least 500 back, 2 more. I have a route of my own that goes from IL. to AR. 400 miles 2 days also, but it's150 miles from the TMOT at AR. so 1 more day connecting the two, by exploring. Using that stuff we could do it in 5 days then. When is your 7 off? I'm booked with riding till 11/9/16.
    BTW at my old job I got 7.5 days off in a row every 28 days, that's what I miss most about working..........the days off.
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  13. ktmmsr

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    Hey folks...just found this thread and it really has me thinking dual sport. Been on dirt bikes for years but looking to add some pavement and this seems like a great way. I live in O'Fallon and it appears this trail starts close to my home. Can anyone tell me about where I would start?

    Also..and I always laugh when I hear someone ask these types of questions but what the heck. I rode a KTM 500EXC in Baja last year and loved it. I wonder if anyone has been able to ride the 350EXC for comparison? I will end up buying one or other. Maybe the deal I get will make the decision and I think they are both great.

    Thanks Jim Walker
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  14. sieg

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

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    Welcome aboard ktmmsr.:clap

    As for the start, ???? I guess from your house. ?? And yeah these ADV rides (I wouldn't call them dual sport as they are generally 100% on roads) are a great transition from dirt riding.
    Well I have an EXC 350 and several bubbies have EXC 500s. So I've ridden of them both. My EXC is my pure dirt bike, all the street equipment was removed the day I got it. But it's "street legal" titled so it has a plate to get me from one trail to the next. It feels lighter than the 500 and geared closer than the 500. If you already have a dirt bike, I'd get a 690 (I have one of them too) as that would be a better choice for TMOT (and SBR, SMART, PHBR, Show Me 500) type stuff. If you want one bike the could do both, then the 500 would get my vote over the 350.
    Want real dual sport ride? Ride the Show Me 200.
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    Thanks for the quick response...I was assuming this was mostly dirt and gravel road not pavement. Do we have any dirt type riding in the OFallon, Wentsville area?

    Also, I have ridden the 200 several times. Big fun. Thanks.
  17. sieg

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

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    It's mostly gravel.......even the dirt in MO is gravel, just back gravel roads, un-improved two-track forest roads. Paved sections linking them together.
  18. ktmmsr

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    Ok...that is what I was thinking. I'm not new to MO...lived here my entire life just never done this dual sport thing. Can't afford the Klim gear that is required. :-)
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    that is a very nice post ...well done
  20. Daleah

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    do you have a link to the route of the Show Me 200? i searched and found a rally web page, but no link to an actual route. or does it change from year to year?