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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ajayhawkfan, Jun 10, 2019.
And just for grins, a pic of why you shouldn’t lose momentum in Lost Creek.
Woke up this morning in a motel on I-35 in Bethany to severe thunderstorms all over NW Missouri. Looks to be maybe clear south of Kansas City so it looks like I will head south and try to get ahead of the storms and get some more of the track.
Currently raining with a lot lightning on the north side of KC just off I-35. Be careful.
I am officially rained out.
One advantage of a big bike is I can jump on the interstate and fly home pretty easy. I seem to have made it west of the current crop of storms and am headed south to Oklahoma City.
I’ll be back to finish the west side of Missouri before long. I hope.
I guess I hit the magic weather window.
Hope you get back Bill.
Bill, the Loess Hills would have been impossible on any bike after the rain last night.
Have a safe ride home.
I have a friend who the dealer has told that his 700 Tenere will be here in a couple of weeks. When he gets that we'll break it in and head back to finish the loop and then some for him. I'll ride the 690.
Oh and I went home via the Kansas turnpike through Wichita and was west of everything until I got to Oklahoma City, then just a couple of miles of light rain there. Cool the entire way home.
Thanks for all the work you put into building this route and then posting the gpx file for us. Really made it possible for me to ride great roads (and even greateralmost roads ) I would have never found on my own!
I'm glad you enjoyed the route.
I think I'll try it this weekend and see how far I get in 3 days starting in KC and going clock wise.
If you have three days and it is dry, I recommend starting at Amazonia, MO.
I live by Smithville and was planning to catch the route at Lathrop, which is on the route is only 20 miles from my house. I rode part of it last year but the Amazonia area was flooded. It should be good from what I saw when I went by on I29 compared to last year. I am hoping it is dry in the loess hills. My dad lives in them in Iowa and the dirt roads are impassable when wet on small bikes.
Someone post here when the Northwest corner is dry, I think I am ready to ride on short notice.
Looks pretty dry right now, as do the next two weeks. I’m still in a walking boot from ankle reconstruction. Hope someone gets out to ride this. We need more rain..
Thank you aJayHawkFan for the great track. I rode the loop from Lathrop clockwise to Athens and some. It got hot and windy so I headed home. There was very little mud but it should be totally dry now. I had to make a couple of reroutes and cross a couple of "Bridge out" bridges. The tracks were unbelievable in spots because they didn't look like a public road but a farmer's field access trail. I rode it on a KTM 790 and wished I had help because I did fall over a couple of times and had trouble lifting my loaded bike. Picture is of the little mud I found. I did camp one night by Edina but got ate up by chiggers.
I did a safety presentation on chiggers.
Avoid moist areas.
If they get on your wiener it could end up a whole nother type of trouble.
Just soak it in cider.
That looks a lot like the road just west of the original location of the Soldier boy in the field?
It was dry when I came through but pretty good ruts.
It was south of Oregon just north of T hwy. I think I know the road you are taking about. The grass was grown up on those ruts and I dumped my bike there too. Luckily my wheels were in the ruts and I didn't have to lift the bike much.
Just to bump this thread.
I was planning on finishing this ride next week, looked to be several days of good weather but then I looked at the current Covid situation. Decided to just stay close to home for the foreseeable future.
Thanks for this RR. I grew up just north of Columbia by Prathersville. I've seen very little of this route and didn't know any of that history. That's because I just stayed in the middle of MO and rode dirt bikes.
When I was a kid, my chigger bite record was over 200, everything had a bite on it. Grandma would dust us with sulfur, don't know if that helped.
Would it be easy for some of you experts to close the loop and stay south of I-70? Catch more mills and maybe some of the swinging bridge tour? Keep it curvy in the Ozarks. I'd love to do that loop in my 4x4 and camper.