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Missouri Adventure Loop

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ajayhawkfan, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. carabnsol

    carabnsol should have been a cowboy

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    C2C712B0-0D8D-4755-9B86-1AD2CD9856C1.jpeg We only had one mechanical issue during our entire 2000 mile ride. The counter sprocket nut on my Tiger spun off and was lost about 20 miles outside of West Plains. Fortunately my friend Lee had a box of assorted snap rings and a set of snap ring pliers. It worked beautifully and I was able to make it to West Plains where we found a nut to fit at the John Deere dealership.
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  2. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Thanks for posting the pictures. It looks like you took your time and explored the route.
  3. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    carabnsol,
    Great pics, and great to see some grey hairs out riding! Looks like you guys had a nice trip. Hope to ride this in sections, and get a Missouri Civil War Passport Book completed.
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  4. carabnsol

    carabnsol should have been a cowboy

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    Grey hairs?:lol3:jack:photog
  5. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Hey! I’m 65. I can say that. Ha
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  6. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    I don't understand, when I got on my computer all the pictures were there.
  7. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    I wish I knew about the program because it is right down my ally. The route goes through the following (in order):
    Lexington
    Bushwhacker (Nevada)
    Carthage
    Newtonia
    Clark's Mill (Vera Cruz)
    Starts & Stripes Museum (Bloomfiled)
    Athens

    Sites within a few miles of the route:
    Island Mound
    Marmiton River
    Dry Wood Creek
    Pea Ridge, Arkansas
    New Madrid
    Island 10
    Belmont
    Cape Girardeau
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  8. RiverRatRider

    RiverRatRider Been here awhile

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    Did you ever post the tracks ( GPX File ) THX
  9. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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  10. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer Supporter

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    Started the Missouri Loop this afternoon, 1250GSA.
    Left home is Shawnee this morning behind schedule and made it to Stella, that was my starting point going counterclockwise.
    Got to Pea Ridge about six then went into Rodgers for a room and an Andy’s ice cream.
    Temp fluctuates between 89 and 99 depending on shade and creek bottoms.

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  11. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    Nice Shawnee Bill,
    I finished the whole ride about 2 days ago-------man was I lucky with the weather-------50's at nite----80's during the day. I saw the extended weather forecast and off I went.
    Story is at this link if you or anybody gets a chance to read it.
    http://www.bigdogadventures.com/MissouriAdventureLoop.htm

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  12. oldbiker83

    oldbiker83 oldbiker83

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    Looks like u had fun
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  13. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer Supporter

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    Two questions.

    Most important one first. Where do I find that pie?
    Second, where do I find that muddy water crossing?

    My weather problem is going to be out running the a hurricane.
  14. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    Shawnee,
    Pie was at Al's cafe in McBride, Missouri. Just about 3 miles West of Chester, Illinois.
    I started and ended my ride there----inside dining--no mask required.
    It's just below a levee you'll be riding on that is on the route.
    Levee is on the route but is marked "No Trespassing". Just part of it tho---another part is not marked as such.
    Tell em "BigDog" sent you.

    It would take a bit of scratching to find the location of the muddy crossing.
    You don't have to back track much at all after finding it-----------and you'll find it alright :lol3
    I suggest you go for it--------after the hurricane storms and rains.
    Easy go around if you've got the gps skills.

    There's some nothing but dirt (no gravel) sections that would be impassable when wet.

    Are you running it clockwise or counterclockwise ??? I rode it counter------that just made it better timing for me to meet up with a riding buddy.

    BD
  15. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    That is Wommack ford. It is marked on the route.

    As BigDog stated, some of the roads are dirt. When wet they can be impassible especially those in the Loess Hills (NW corner of the state). I hope they stay dry for you because they are some of my favorite both to ride, the scenery and you have the entire north half of the State to yourself.
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  16. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    I enjoyed your pictures, video and especially the commentary.

    Re: Hodgson Mill. The mill was always run by the turbine you pictured. Years ago an previous owner was asked so many time about a waterwheel he made a fake one so people stopped asking.
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  17. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    I remember on this ride crossing what looked like a "Rails To Trails" trail.
    These are old abandoned railroad beds made into hiking and bicycling trails.

    They are so much fun to ride on a bicycle as you have no traffic worries and go thru scenic backcountry always.
    I've ridden the 270 mile "Katy Trail" on a bicycle that crosses Missouri----took me 5 days camping all the way------this motorcycle ride crosses a pretty new extension of it----that was so neat.
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  18. BigDogAdventures

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    I'm watching a Toby Keith concert right now.
    It's called "The 35mph Town"
    This loop could be called "The 35mph Town ride".

    I love 35mph---------I get bored riding much faster--------don't see nothin.
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  19. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    Well that explains that-------I would have never guessed about the wheel.
    I'm going back to my old helmet camera.
    Those GoPros have great video and image stabilization--------but suck on the sound.
    My old one has perfect sound-------no wind----and you can hear the narration perfectly.
    I'm going back.
  20. Cow Boy Brad

    Cow Boy Brad brad1098

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    Went to Al’s without me eh.

    You know I need an excuse to get out of my backyard.