Central Arkansas ride planning and whatever else thread

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Mister D, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. arkansawyer

    arkansawyer Long timer

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    The old fire tower hill near Lake Sylvia is worth the ride. It's not that hard these days. Even jeeps get up there.
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  2. Mister D

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    I just went up there last saturday, and I thought it was a little bit hairy. Lots of big rocks. Maybe I'm just not that good. I did run into a guy on a big KTM 950 who made it up there.


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  3. arkansawyer

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    Sounds like we need to visit the ghost town of Forester and the nearly abandoned community of Chula. Easy gravel roads all around them.
    Saturday the 30th is best for me.
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  4. Mister D

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    Sounds good to me. Do you think it's easy enough to go two up? I'd like to bring my son along.
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  5. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    I have never been in that area, I am tentatively planing on that date. Where would a good meet place be which would be easy for all?
    Where is Forester from Chula? :ear Any one have a time they need or want to start?
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  6. arkansawyer

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    Forester is on fs33 about 1 mile S of hwy 28. fs134 connects from Chula Rd/fs17 and is nice. I doubled my then 4-5 year old all over these roads. A 2WD pickup can get down all of them. My wife can ride her trail 90 or XR100 down all these roads.
    If we use fs11 from hwy7 to hwy27 we will have to ride a couple miles of pavement up to Aly. If we use fs45 we will have to ride a couple miles of pavement down to Aly. Smart GPS guys can come up with a better route with more gravel.

    We can meet somewhere around Lake Sylvia or at Iron Springs on hwy 7.

    At one time Forester had 1,300-1,800 residents depending on the source. It was the last big sawmill company town to cut virgin pine in the Ouachitas. Now it's a county park, just some old concrete and a pavillion. Do a search for T.W. Rosborough.

    I can't find anything about Chula on the internet. It's not even on my topo map, but is on my gazetteer. The size of the cemetery and dates of death tell me it used to be much larger. Old one room school there. Old railroad grades W of there. There's always this one guy sitting on his porch there. I might have to stop and ask him if he knows the history sometime.
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  7. arkansawyer

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    Going in tonight at midnight. 7 in a row in a week means doubletime. I used to hate that word when I was wearing OD green.
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  8. Mister D

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    I imagine this doubletime pays a little bit better and isn't quite as painful.
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    It pays double. My hawk gt has had near nothing done to it since I bought it off the showroom floor. Time to work some hours and spend some money on my favorite street bike.
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  10. Mister D

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    Looks like y'all had fun.
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  11. NateLePain

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    Great looking pics, except for the dude in orange... :lol3

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  12. Zecatfish

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    Mentioning the Orange made me thing of something we seen today.
    Folks camping and they had a Great Dane Dog and had a Flame Orange vest on him. :lol3
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  13. Faulkner

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    I got up early this morning and went to the big Honda dealership in Russellville to see if they had any riding gear on sale. I was tooling down the road at about 60 mph heading east on US Hwy 64 outside of Atkins when I caught site of a blurr coming out of the brush at me from the right and it slammed into my right footpeg with a pretty good jolt. I had just enough time to lift my foot off the footpeg before the collision.

    I didn't seem to be any worse for wear, but I downshifted and pulled over to the shoulder. I saw something near the roadway in my rearview, so I spun around and headed back for a look see.

    After checking out my Wee, which showed no damage at all, I could see that the cause of all the excitment was a coyote. It appeared it's head hit my footpeg and was DRT as a result.

    Just glad it wasn't a deer.

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  14. Mister D

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    Nate and Vlad (and anybody else who may see this), a little earlier in this thread Arkansawyer announced a ride plan for next saturday, hopefilly y'all can make it. Looks like Gus will be coming along too.
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    Prolly a1fa's brother.:lol3

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    Dang, Faulkner, I'm glad you're OK. I hate those blurs that come out of the trees. The last one I saw was a deer that came out from a culvert and ran right in front of my Bonneville. I had to brake so hard that I was throwing myself over the bars. I had to consciously decide to let go of the brake, hoping that I had cleared his back leg. I had, but I wouldn't really care to see how close I came to hitting him. It's a good thing I had seen a speed-trap on that road the previous day and had consequently kept my speed down when I turned onto it.
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  17. NateLePain

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    I'll be keeping an eye on your plans. Thanks...

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  18. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

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    Long about dark I twitch, ride the brakes, my heard is jerking back & forth, my ass is making holes in the seat and I sweat like a pig because of critters raining down & running all a around me and trying to take me along on their suicide runs..... :bluduh
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  19. NateLePain

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    Sure looks like this weekend is shaping up for great riding and camping weather. :clap

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  20. arkansawyer

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    How early can everyone be at Iron Springs Saturday morning? It's on hwy 7 near the Garland/Perry County line. Page 40 of the gazetteer, or a few miles N of Jessieville on the state map.
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