Now just recently I noticed in the forum someone named Kanbowfish mention that he lives in Bull Shoals and rides a DR650. So naturally I served notice that I live nearby and we should hook up for a ride sometime. Little did I know that this guy would take me at my work almost immediately. Turns out that Kanbowfish is a young man who I already know by the name of Ben. Ben's been out to my house/shop to have some work done on one of his bikes and we've stayed in touch off and on. Sooo.... We went out for some gravel road playtime today. We met at a fuel stop in Mtn Home, gassed up, and headed east on US 62. We were gonna pave road it till we hit some gravel that I found yesterday over in Fulton County. Good times await! We turned off 62 onto Flora Cematery Rd. I had been on part of this yesterday so I was looking to hit the part I missed. We wound along at a good clip till we found our first photo op. Nice lil creek down in the valley below us. I figured this was a good time to grab a pic of Kanbowfish so... Whoops. Hey Ben, pay attention will ya? HEY!!! I'm trying to show folks what a nice looking young man you are, gimme a break will ya? Geesh, that's better. See? Not a bad looking kid is he.:eek1 We took off again. The sun's out and the temp is somewhere close to 60. Great day to be out on two wheels. But it is Sunday so we thought maybe we should go to church. Us being brought up properly and all. mumble, mumble, mumble, Thank You Lord, AMEN. Time to ride. We found ourselves needing a rest stop to process previously consumed liquids. So we pulled up here and made ourselves to home. Now Cousin Earl and his new bride, formally know as his Aunt Gertie, weren't home. But we felt safe in using the place as home. It does have a certain homey charm and that "lived in" look. They must have lots of company cuz there's mattresses everywhere. Cousin Gertie(formerly Aunt Gertie) has done some decorating. Or perhaps they've become Rainbow People. A storm blew down a large tree in the front yard. It missed the house by scant inches, which may or may not be a good thing. They must eat out a lot cuz the kitchen doesn't seem to get much use. In order to keep the insect problem under control, swallows have been allowed to build nests indoors. Nothing like having pest control on demand. Well, much as we hate to leave, there's some roads out there to be traveled upon. Thanks Cousin Earl & Cousin/Aunt Gertie. I'm glad she wasn't standing in the middle of the road when I came around the curve going just a bit too fast. Coming down the hill we saw this water crossing, one of many we hit today. This is about as close as Yellaphant will get to a bath all year. The downstream side of the bridge. We wound our way over several more miles of gravel. Some good, some kinda rugged, all great fun. Ben's a good rider and matched my pace well. I'm having fun. We found ourselves in Bakersfield, MO and had to grab a pic in front of this old building. Cool looking place. We headed out of Bakersfield on MO Hwy O and turned onto Smokey Rd. This eventually finds Lake Norfork and ends up on US 160 at Tecumseh, MO. We crossed over Bridges Creek. It's about 4" deep over the slab. We rode down to the lake for a break and some chat time. This is the headwaters of Lake Norfork. Just behind the bikes is where Bridges Creek empties into the lake. While we sat here and enjoyed the scenery Ben tells me he's headed to Kansas City in a month to take a new job and get married. Congratulations Young Man. We zigzag our way back south. At the AR/MO border we cross Liner Creek. The water's a bit deeper here but still no problem for a coupla seasoned travelers. Just after crossing into AR we found a well kept secret. How we got so lucky is beyond me. I'd heard of this thing but doubted that it really existed. But lo and behold, there it was. Bold as can be on the side of a seldom traveled road. The Large Arkansas Frequency Finder! I thought Ben had stepped behind the LAFF to get an understanding of it workings. He was there for a while. Turns out he was, ummmm. You know, processing more liquids. So much for scientific curiousity. All in all, a great day. Just over 4 hours spent to cover just under 150 miles. Most of it on gravel/dirt roads. I'm ready to go again. We didn't take as many pics as we could have/should have. Too much fun riding. We had a couple of creek crossings at the tail end of the ride that were the most fun. I wish I'd got some pics of Ben riding down the creek bed that was suppose to be the road. Awesome fun. Till next time, y'all be safe.