Two Flat Landers Battle the Backroads in Arkansas on a F800GS and 640 Adventure

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  1. EnderTheX

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    So after discovering that Chris' mighty 640A has been crippled by a fuse, we decide to turn my bike around and I will go for some fuses. I ride down Warloop road from the ledge and back into town.

    When I get to town there is a large gas station on the edge and I road up to the front door. Several groups of pirates are getting gas, chilling, etc around there and I get a lot of startled and confused looks I just love my F8!

    I ask the clerk if he has any fuses and at first he dismissively says someone bought all of them. Seeing my dismay he leads me over to some random boxes on the side of the store with loose fuses. There are no large 20A automotive fuses but I keep looking and find a medley of fuses. Small 20As, large 30A, 25A, 15A, 10A. I grab about 10 of them and the clerk glances at them in my hand and asks a dollar for the lot. I proclaim these are very reasonably priced fuses and quickly speed off towards Warloop road.


    Chris in the meantime has done little to reassemble his bike because we both know the fuses could blow the second we try to start it and we would be on the hunt for damaged wires.


    We assemble the bike and it starts right up! Daylight lost, we make tracks up Warloop, crossing over it relatively easily.

    Above the ledge and concrete it becomes a nice dirt road.

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    Along the way I am always on the lookout for prime remote camp sites. Places like this are great for pulling over and pitching camp after a hard days ride. In the Ozark forest you can do this anywhere you can find accommodating terrain. This is one that I marked with my GPS

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    Continuing through the forest there are many places where roads appear out of nowhere. Here we get off a larger gravel road for a smaller trail that probably doesn't get any logging trucks.

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    We are jumping each other to get pictures during the ride. I will stop for a minute and let Chris pass and then wait for him to set up so he can shoot some photos.


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    In the trees lighting is challenging especially when you have only seconds to plan the shot and one chance to get it right. We aren't going back and forth to get ride shots because it would take too long!!!

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    I love these classic Arkansas forest roads!! There are hundred of miles of this networked throughout the state. Most of these roads are not too challenging so would be perfect for a large bike like a 1200, watch out though because you could suddenly run into some crazy stuff!


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    I am usually going very fast on these roads and Chris is staying behind me to keep out of the dust. Without rain for the past few weeks the dust is huge!!! :D



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    Evidence of logging is all around us. Some of the roads have been improved to speed the logging trucks up and down.

    They took our trees!!! :becca


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    Plenty of these cool little bridges are scattered throughout the forest. Makes me wonder if these had been creek crossing before...





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    Those rocks look pretty big but I bet you could bounce over them! Did I mention the weather was absolutely perfect?




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    Oh no! We are stopped by a road block on the road to White Rock Mountain! We are suspicious that there is heavy road work going on because the road we just crossed was brand new gravel. Not wanting to get stuck or completely turned around we take a detour.



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    The location of the road block is here: 35.676842,-93.920674

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    Riding down the newly surfaced gravel road is pretty neat. The gravel is really slick and super black. You can't tell in this picture because of the heavy light but the road was a very alien color.

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    All of a sudden we come up to a small trail and I can see a river through the trees. This has good potential for an awesome camp site!!

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    Turns out there was a really cool site at the bottom of the trail complete with several camp sites and a network of roads that probably lead to even more.

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    This one was taken though. Looks like these people really know how to camp and probably come here often.

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    And, then...?


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    hey - where's the rest of this ride report?!
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    Good for you to get off the beaten path. A few weeks back and I also had to stop mid-way up Warloop but for a different reason. Thanks for sharing your report. nlp

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    Don't worry I will post the rest this weekend, had to process pics and get back into the groove. Formula 1 is on so I will be watching that too :D





    Thanks Nate :D Cool pic! That tree was still kinda limp when we were there but I guess someone had cleared the hanging stuff. I thought Warloop was fun and definitely want to go back down it sometime.
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    Did ya'll stop for gas in Jasper, AK? I ran into some ADV guys doing the Arkansas TAT from the DFW area, one from Ft Worth, one from Arlington and forgot the third. Where is Warloop Rd, I really want to ride that? Thanks for the great report.
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    Hey dude, sorry those were not us in Jasper, we were two riders (although it is a very strange coincidence Chris is from Ft Worth and I lived more than 8 years in Arlington. :eek1

    Warloop road is HERE (Map Link) The "A" is where we started west to east, the traditional route is east to west so you go down the step.
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    After checking out those riverside campsites we proceeded east and hit some pavement. On the maps this pavement looked promising, AR-23 going north. It was super curvy but crowded because there was some rally going on in the area and the pirates were out in force! :ymca (Nothing against pirates, I just really enjoy saying that word :D)

    We rapidly caught up with a slow moving group and there was no way to pass because it stretched on as far as we could see. I went into worm mode and crawled at 10mph on a strait until we saw someone catching up with us and then wrung the throttle to get some good twisties in, repeat as needed, worked pretty good.

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    There was a photographer along the route but I haven't been able to find my picture! :cry



    In the back woods there are lots of cool old structures and I got a few shots to contribute to the popular picture thread.

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    I was on the lookout for fall colors and noticed some trees had these berry clusters. Kinda reminds me of insects because of a large concentrations of berries (or fruits, whatever).

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    Since we were on the lookout for camp sites we would notice some side roads. More often than not they had gates on them or were marked as closed. This one had a couple puny signs indicating no admittance. Could be some crazy trail down there! (or someone's house!)

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    It was marked by a relatively clean looking piece of tape so me thinks someone has been down there recently!

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    While stopping to wait for Chris I hop off and take a self-bike pic. It is so dusty on the trails I had to wait a minute for the dust to settle. The dust forces Chris to ride a few minutes behind. :eek1

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    Great RR! I was in the same area at the same time, rode my KLR650 down from St. Louis for several days of riding the twisties out of Harrison, AR. On Saturday, I went to Jasper and then to Ponca and eventually started going north on 23 also as my route went through Eureka Springs and then back into Branson as my base of opps. Arghh, Pirates everywhere on every route even 40 miles away from E. Springs in large numbers. Little did I know it was the biker/Corvette weekend and also a lot of spillover from the rally at Fayetteville. So here I am on my blue Kawasaki in packs of pirates going into town. My it was loud! I pulled over a couple of times on my ride to check my maps and usually there were pirates there doing the same. Some were very nice, some wouldn't even look at me. Whilst I was getting gas on the main drag it looked like they were getting ready for a parade of Vettes. I still had an hour or so to go on my route so I booked it out of town. Man the scenery was fantastic!

    Contrast this to my ride to Potosi, MO yesterday with a buddy of mine who said there was a BMW rally and swap meet at the fairgrounds. Very cool, ADV style bikes everywhere and the fairgrounds was filled with Beemers and tents and all around nice people that had ridden there from everywhere. Funny thing, most of the BMW riders were wearing fluorescent jackets and lots of safety clothing. Arkansas has no helmet law so
    doo-rags were the protection of choice in E. Springs. I love the area and would love to explore some of the off-road areas. The Buffalo river area was very cool also.

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    Haha, noted! :deal I am intrigued by the FJ cruisers especially for their dirt oriented design. They seem to incorporate many practical features that less rugged vehicles exclude, such as the plastic body panels, sealed and waterproof interior and factory suspension package.



    Thanks Darren :D Too bad you got caught in the middle of em :lol3

    I would like to attend a BMW rally someday, especially if there are lots of advriders! I've never ridding in a group larger than 2 on long dirt trips so it may be quite an experience. Of course swapping stories would be great too, I love hearing about everyone's greatest exploits!







    And so, as we proceed on the smooth dirt roads through the forest I come across the waypoint where some tracks (courtesy of other Arkansas riders in the regional forum) lead off the beaten path. Here are the coordinates of the trail-head.

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    It starts off in a really cool black dirt section that has some 4x4 tracks all around it. Someone has been having fun in this little area. This spot isn't too large and we are rapidly consumed by the forest.

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    This is a typical section of the trail. There were tons of small puddles and most of them were easy to navigate. It offered just the right variety of technical riding and varied terrain to keep us excited. I would hate to see this trail after a couple days of heavy rain though, probably impassable.

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    I come quickly to a larger puddle with several ruts. I choose the wrong rut and it start to curve in the middle of some slick mud. Down I go laughing :rofl


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    The bike seems content to take a nap, it's been a long day already. Looks like I locked up the front trying to slow down!

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    At least I went over before it got wet, dry boots are good :clap



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    What can I say... I like posing with the ADV salute :D

    When I first came on the site and found out the official ADV salute was the bird I knew... I am home now.

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    I take a picture for the equipment threads on the F800 forum showing how well the SW Motech bars work. Little did I know they would be seriously tested soon after! :eek1

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    Chris clears the puddle with little drama and we are off!


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