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RTW the Jamie Z Way: On my way to Denver Colorado, USA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jamie Z, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Oklahoma!

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    Throttlemeister had invited to crash at his place in eastern Oklahoma, and today my plan was to ride from Hot Springs.

    Matt had encouraged me to visit one of the spas in town, and on further research I learned that they’re currently operating through reservations only. I woke up early today to see if I could get in right away. As it turns out, they’re not open at all on Mondays… so no mineral bath for me.

    I did join Matt for lunch, and he made me a terrific BLT sack lunch for the road.

    It had been raining much of the morning, so when the rain let up, I headed out and followed highway 7 north out of Hot Springs.

    It felt great to get out of the flat farm fields of Mississippi and eastern Arkansas, and I started to get a feel for my new tires. But the road was still wet in a lot of places, so I had to take it easy.

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    I had to stop here for gas.

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    In part because I needed gas, but also I’m pretty sure it’s the first operational analog gas pump I’ve seen in a very long time.

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    For some reason the Simpson’s comes to mind.

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    When rain started I pulled over and checked the weather radar. I could see it clearing up ahead and the radar indicated that I was just in a small spot of rain… so I didn’t put on my rain gear. Two miles down the road, a downpour. I got soaked.

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    Naturally, after I put the rain gear on top of my already-soaked riding jacket, the rain stopped for the rest of the day.

    I made a stop in Paris to see the Eiffel Tower.

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    It’s a lot smaller than I was expecting.

    There’s a love lock fence there, too.

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    I’ve been watching the Lockpicking Lawyer on YouTube for the past year or so. This would be a good place to practice.

    Throttlemeister gave me the location to meet him and I zig-zagged my way into Oklahoma, until I came across this.

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    I stared at the water for a while wondering if I could make it across, but the water was moving too fast, so I turned around until I found a bridge.

    Throttlemeister had invited me to meet him at a drive up, and he recommended the Philly cheese.

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    I followed him back to his place, the family home where he grew up. We stayed up late drinking beer and talking about Cuba and Mexico.
  2. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    E1C57C98-D803-4A66-B8EB-488A8E2A34F6.jpeg And he is off, knew he was a great guy online and nice to finally meet JamieZ:freaky

    Safe Travels and Happy Trails Amigo:ricky
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  3. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile

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    Entered the Ozarks from Tahlequah, OK last fall. Had one of my memorable dinners at the Katfish Kitchen. Plain old southern cooking served with a side of sass. Green tomato relish and strawberry dumplings to die for.

    Took a pic of the Town sign for Paris after dropping off the tallest mountain in Arkansas but head back East, now I wish I had taken a left. Just to see the Eiffel tower.

    Just looked at Spotwalla, you're going to need to go back and do this again, the pigs ear trail north out of Ozark was one road not to miss. :)

    Enjoy.
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  4. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    Wow, what a night. Safe travels my friend!

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  5. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    He’s getting all the coolest stickers :rofl

    Go JamieZ Go!
  6. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    Yeah, it's your fault he begged me for a sticker. "See? Throttlemeister gave me one" :lol3
  7. NateLePain

    NateLePain The Illegitimate Painter

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    IMO, you rode the best part of HWY 7, North of Hot Springs. The switchback climb into Mt. Magazine would have been a good mix, en route to Tulsa.

    The next time you're in Hot Springs, there are a couple of hot springs pools behind the bath houses along the sidewalk. Good free place to soak your feet.

    nlp

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  8. holckster

    holckster dougholck Supporter

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    West Coast OOPS, RJ's in Mission, KS is south of Kansas City, but you already knew that. lol
  9. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    It's so effin' cool to see folks posting shots of @Jamie Z as he makes his way through their states. Hats off to guys like @Throttlemeister, @Krabill, and others who've hosted him - that's just damn awesome fellas.

    Keep the knobby/sticky side down as you make your way west Jamie.
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  10. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    0ADFB46B-2243-4EA8-BDDE-81D6E333184F.png Fun being a little part of his ride if only for a little bit, we used cars, trucks, motorcycles, sidecars, and boats. Good times :freaky
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  11. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    A day with Throttlemeister.

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    John bought a Урал last year so he could ride around with his kids. Today we took it out. He let me tool around in the yard, then took me out for a ride.

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    We then swapped places and he let me take the controls with him in the tub.

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    It’s a strange experience, piloting a sidecar. The handlebars require a lot of effort to turn, and with John in the sidecar, the bike really favored that side. Hit the gas and it wanted to turn to the right. Get on the brakes and it pulls to the left. It would take some time to properly learn how to ride this thing.

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    That was a cool experience, and a highlight of my trip.

    We piled in the car and headed up to the lake. John got in the water with his boy… He’s like a little kid. John, I mean. I stayed on shore, in deference to the dead fish floating around in the water. John is about the best dad I've seen.

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    After, we got in the boat for a tour around the lake, though not before I took a hard fall on the rocky shore and scraped my arm.

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    Our next stop was to head to Tulsa on our bikes.

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    Where we joined the weekly get-together. https://advrider.com/f/threads/tulsa-tuesday-pub-crawl.465380/

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    We were both tired when we got back to the house, talked about Cuba and South America a bit more, and got to sleep late once again.
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  12. danh600

    danh600 Long timer Supporter

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    Throttlemeitser had on the perfect shirt for riding with a first time side car operator.
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  13. van the man

    van the man Space Wrangler

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    Looks like you took him around Spavinaw - that's a fun stretch
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  14. SlowernOlder

    SlowernOlder Thread Locker

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    In, thanks for the report.
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  15. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    Ahhhh, that makes sense now. I was wondering about some of the lines.

    Edit: And now that I read his post he explained the water crossing.
  16. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem Supporter

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    u know your always welcome in gainesville
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  17. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    Still OK.

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    Throttlemeister suggested we visit the Pensacola Dam at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center about an hour drive from his place. According to Wikipedia, it is the longest multiple-arch dam in the world.

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    We wanted to take the dam tour, but when we arrived, we found this.

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    No dam tours. We were told that the elevator which goes down into the dam structure is currently out of order.

    But here’s a dam picture.

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    So… back home where Throttlemeister made lunch.

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    I left shortly after lunch, heading not too far away. I followed near route 66 and found the Ed Galloway park and museum.

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    Among other things, Galloway is known for his totem pole sculptures.

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    And he also made over 300 violins during his lifetime.

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    Down the road I stopped at this goofy attraction, the Blue Whale of Catoosa. Apparently some guy built this as an anniversary gift for his wife.

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    He should have gotten her a vacuum cleaner.

    I arrived at Krabill’s house and parked inside his garage. It wasn’t long before we had a pizza delivered and Steve offered me some of his homemade cider.

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    Good stuff!

    After a few more drinks we compared tools.

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    Steve is quite a talented guitar player, too.

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    Man.. we stayed up late chatting, and found out we had a lot in common.
  18. dano619

    dano619 Long timer Supporter

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    Surely love your updates!! Thanks!!
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  19. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

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    OK, one more day.

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    I woke up late. Steve was busy working at the dining room table. I packed up and headed out, but not before a quick shot of the two of us.

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    Steve is not actually 5’2” tall.

    A little while later I stopped for lunch at Subway. I can't believe they stopped serving roast beef.

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    Steve had recommended Clayton State Park for camping tonight, and on the way the road became green with pines.

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    I made an executive decision at the last minute to turn east toward Talimena State Park. At the entrance to the park campground was this sign.

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    There’s no way to pay for camping on site; you must book and pay online. Trouble is, I barely had a signal out here. I couldn’t book anything, so I just set up my tent.

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    Eventually I got through the website and officially booked my campsite and paid by credit card. Normally I’m a fan of this kind of technology, but I’m not sure it was implemented very well in this case. Also, Oklahoma State Parks gets a stern look from me for using sharp gravel in the tent pad.
  20. Edoz

    Edoz n00b sauce

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    If you're headed to Dallas and want some good pizza there is a place in old downtown called Serious Pizza, 2807 Elm St, Dallas, TX.
    It's great pizza in a cool neighborhood and you get to watch the chefs behind the counter toss dough for 30" pizzas.
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