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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by jdfog2, Jun 30, 2012.
We're planning a visit ... looking forward to it!
I am sore today all over
Woke up due to hands burning like they're asleep but worse. Wonder if I gripped ars too tight or if its just the duration ( and rough ass US 40 in Illinois)
Trapezius on right side, throttle side, is raging
And I feel ALIVE!
Live about 45 min north of Teutopolis. You've definitely given me a new route to try!
Glad I offered something you can enjoy!
I think the Chester to Salem route or even the Farmington/Leadington to Salem route is the star of the show.
But if a person makes it to Salem the Salem to Cabool route is also pretty nice. The good thing about it is the scenery that's visible. You get some nice scenery coming out of Chester but the riding task gets a bit involved as you get closer to Farmington due to both road conditions and traffic.
Once you get on Highway 32 for the trek into Salem it's mostly forested with rapidly changing elevations and directions so you're 95 to 100 percent "task saturated" even if you dont ride at a quick pace.
I could honestly ride back and forth between Salem and Licking/Houston or Cabool several times a day and have a great time.
In fact, I am planning a trip to Salem next Spring just to ride surrounding roads for a few days.
Good luck and stay in touch!
Ok. Had a few more photos on my phone from my trip. I might also write a one post summary in a few days. Back to work today. Oh joy :)
Here's the best of those remaining photos.
1st. The Strom in trip mode. Complete with KLR seat cover.
Next up. Found some very needed shade on the first leg of the return trip. It was HOT!
Got to have a large bottle of water that was frozen a few hours earlier when I left Harrah, OK along with a bug of hunknof my Sister in Law's awesome Zucchini Bread (warm...like just out of the oven)
And...here's the state park sign where I turned in near Wyandotte, Ok. This sudden appearance as I rounded a corner was a sight for sore eyes. Only accessible shade for miles not on private property (that I was aware of anyway)
And... more to come ... phone about dead
And...another pic of that "Mountain" I was impressed with - along with a ranch house sitting in front of it. What a view off that back porch. :)
The front porch view and the view to the south end of that are also pretty nice
Another pic of our Hero the VStrom in front of that very beautiful church in Teutopolis, IL. By the way - I didn't realize how rough certain stretches of US 40 were in Illinois until after riding on all the other roads I rode on. It sucked. Especially since it consumed about 2 and a half of the last 3 and a half hours of the trip. I guess the going out trip it wasn't as noticeable because I was excited to just be going... :)
And...just a few of the permanent residents of the Midway Bar and Grill - which was where I weathered part of the Sunday return trip storm. Weingarten, Missouri will be a place not soon forgotten. The place was a lot nicer than it might look from my amateur photos. It was really a pretty neat place.
Last but not least (certainly not least! More like MOST!) was my brother's Vulcan 2000 - yes 2000 Honkin Cubic Centimeters of "Hang On!"
I've had cars with smaller engines. Several in fact. Of course mine were DOHC inline 4's but still.
A beautiful bike. Again, my photo skills don't do it justice
He loves it - and should - he's had it quite a while and put most of it's 70 + thousand miles on it. But he claims a Vulcan 1600 he had before this one was his favorite. I'd be happy with either one :)
In fact, I probably will have something larger and more Interstate capable by next Summer. This is the last pic. Thanks for following along.
Total trip map - Greencastle, IN > Chester, IL > Salem, MO > Harrah, OK (Clicked "Avoid" - "Highways" in the Options in Google Maps)
Sounds like you had a great trip. I want to get down to Arkansas and Oklahoma to ride someday.
I'll be going back. Often I think. So I should know the ins and outs ... places to go, etc.
I am in fact going back to Southern Missouri in Mid Oct via car with Mrs. JDFog2 for a week of RV living and trout fishing.
Of course I'll check out some local roads while I'm there...
Nice ride reports on the Indians
I thought I had deleted those when I moved them to an Indian thread. Now they are gone.
I have never been to the Ozark Mountains in either Missouri or Arkansas. I've been poking around on the web investigating things that way for a trip some time in the future. No firm plans yet. Seems like a shoulder season trip to avoid the heat and humidity of summer. I've gone soft living in Minnesota - anything warmer than 78F and I'm indoors soaking up the A/C.
I may be down in Indiana the second week of October. I doubt I'll ride down but anything is possible.
Yep. A fall trip would be ideal if you could catch the time when leaves have color but aren't coming off the trees enough for a lot of them to be on the road. Reduced daylight hours and a less than aggressive schedule would be a fun time. Just ride out around 0830 or 0900 a d get back to lodging in time to relax, shower, and go out for dinner.
I have pored over maps and threads on this site plus some "Motorcycling the Ozarks" websites and there's a LOT of curvy/hilly places.
Of course road condition are impossible to see on a map but ALL of the roads I was on in Missouri on my trip were in pretty good to great (using Indiana's crap roads as a standard) condition. I suppose if you stumbled onto a bad one you could easily turn around and go elsewhere to a better one.
The coolest and somewhat even surreal thing about Missouri (Southern part at least) is the feeling that you have the roads almost to yourself outside of towns and cities. To be fair to Oklahoma I went oger 12 minutes on a stretch of highway 62 without meeting another vehicle coming the other way. That included going through a small town. I think I went longer than that before I got on 62 which is why I timed that stretch.
That terrain wasn't as exciting as Missouri, although it was still kinda neat.
My recent ride was in fairly hot weather. Like mid 90s except for the thunderstorm section.
But it was ok. I have a very nice jacket that creates evaporative cooling as long as I do my part and drink plenty of water along the way.
I agree with you and prefer it to be under 82 or so.
Hope to meet you if you make it down and schedules align.
My jacket is fine. It's the 22 inch windscreen and Schuberth helmet that are the problem. The windscreen comes off easy enough which would be fine for extended periods under 50mph.
I was looking at three quarter Schuberth helmets last night on Revzilla. What can I say - I bought a Harley and my ATGATT standards are slipping already!
I had no idea Oklahoma had any elevation until I watched this video.
The OKC chapter of IMRG has some decent videos of their trips and this one edu-macated me.
Check this out...
talimena scenic drive motorcycle
If you hover over the "Cities and Regions" in the Menu bar - the text to the right claims Oklahoma has the most diverse terrain in the country. I would be hard pressed to disagree (I think Texas and California probably trump it with their... Oceans and Beaches, plains, mountains, deserts...) but it is VERY different in different regions of the state.
Not a "good" stat but a stat nonetheless. Oklahoma also claims to have the most Casinos of any state. I am SURE that's true if visual evidence counts. There's one EVERYWHERE it seems.
There's 107 listed here. Yes, ONE HUNDRED and SEVEN - in a state of 4 million people