GasPipe and BigDogAdventures Team Up

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigDogAdventures, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. BigDogAdventures

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    Here is a primer picture of all the fun we had. I invited GasPipe to Missouri for a full weekend of backroading in the Mark Twain Forest. We had some crashes (all mine), injuries, blocked roads, river crossings, rain, a great campfire and of course------beer.
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    GasPipe rode all weekend with broken ribs---I rode with a possibly broken ankle after the KTM spit me off and tried to grind me up into road rash.

    The best part is I met a new friend who I enjoyed riding with very much.

    Stay tuned for the rest of the story and pics
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  3. Metal Doc

    Metal Doc Duc addicted

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    Sounds great


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  4. Beem Dubya

    Beem Dubya ...least I have chicken.

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  5. BigDogAdventures

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    There has been a very noticeable absence of one of my riding buddies (initials: Kevin Sweet) from rides lately-----I was sent this confidential JPEG from a concerned buddy taken in Kevin's front yeard-----well you can see what he has been doing-----at least he's getting some ride time in :rofl
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    Me and Moore Rider were to meet GasPipe at a camground on the castor river in Southern Missouri-------but first you have to get there.
    On the way we stopped near Pomona, Illinois (population 23) and found this natural bridge out in the boonies. It a beautiful thing to see and you can walk across it. It is well worth a visit and you only half to hike about 500 ft. to see it.

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    1st Lie-------there was this girl walking nearby who had a striking resemblence to Shania Twain---she smiled and I stuck my foot in the front fender of my bike do to an impressive "Stoppie". Lesson 3,458---you can't do a stoppie in gravel.

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    2nd Lie----I was looking down at my GPS and ran over a 57 lb. possum which flipped my bike violently :vardy

    3rd Lie-----A bank safe the size of a pickup fell out of the sky on me :D
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    Well that was what I thought----!!! I hit the ground hard and Moore Rider pulled up and wondered what the heck happened as there was nothing in site ???
    He said "wait and I'll help you" !!! Click---got you Big dog :evil

    A rock about 2" in diameter got flung into my low fender on the 950 and got wedged in there locking my front wheel up solid. I hit the ground hard and was really looking for that bank safe--what the ????? I wasn't sure my ankle wasn't broke as the hard luggage did a number on my foot. I was in severe pain in this shot and thought it was broke--I'm still not sure it isn't. :eek1
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  6. BigDogAdventures

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    GasPipe finally arrives---we have never met and had no idea for sure if we were to be good riding partners or not. Well GasPipe does things different alright---here he is setting up his tent----the worlds shortest tent poles. I sincerely loved traveling with him and checking out the way he did things. I really picked up on some great adventure advice from him as he is a very experieced traveler.
    And then there were some things--I thought-----"I'm too old for that"

    He don't need no stinkin' tent---he don't need no rain suit---after all---he's an adventure rider :freaky
    Moore Rider is just soaking up the campfire--we had a great fire all weekend.
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    Chadd shows up on another 950 later and JayBird on his F650.



    We were all up before the crack of dawn and were off for breakfast----we crossed several low water creek crossings on the way on a remote one lane road that I had never been on then ended up at the "Hideaway" pictured below. Great food---population a lonely zero--but people come from miles around.

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    The waitress here will pull you ear lobe and wack your knuckles if you give here a hard time------ouch

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    Ok on to more riding----the riding was great and it was a nice cool 45°, just the way I like it. I was keeping an eye on my GPS cause I have jillions of waypoints of a lot of neat stuff in Missouri------bingo !!!----a waypoint "Cox Spring pops onto the screen. Never been there---found it on some topo mapping software I have and marked it years ago. We went down a narrow gravel road for a couple miles and there she was--right on the money. Now try to do that with a map !!!!!
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    I was riding injured and was trying not to dab my sore foot----so I sat out while GasPipe and Chadd found the end of the trail and Chadd got some air on his 950. 98hp is a lot of hp in dirt.
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  7. Beem Dubya

    Beem Dubya ...least I have chicken.

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    Waaaaayyyy too much American Chopper on someones TIVO!

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  8. ilmostro

    ilmostro Under Da Sea

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    Thanks for the invite :bluduh



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  9. Beem Dubya

    Beem Dubya ...least I have chicken.

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    Great shots so far!

    Keep the pics goin'...:lurk

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  10. Linzi

    Linzi Crazy Plott Lady

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    Oh! Well! Thanks for shooting a PM to your even closer dirt-lovin' neighbors in Memphis. :pissed
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  11. BigDogAdventures

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    You probably wouldn't have wanted to ride with us old broken down riders anyway----with GasPipes broken ribs and my foot. :gerg
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  12. BigDogAdventures

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    We rode for miles and miles on one lane beatiful gravel roads making a dozen low water creek crossings. We arrived in Van Buren, Missouri for lunch to ride the "Tram Road". This is a little known old railroad bed built in the 1800's for the growing lumber industry. It runs right against the East bank of the Current river South of Van Buren, Missouri. While all the touristy hustle bustle is on the West side of the river---we rode on the East side. This is the 3rd time I've ridden it and you never see anybody down this old railroad bed. It is so neat. But finally the road came to a hault :huh
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    Do we turn back :huh Do we jump the tree :huh


    One by one we hoist the big pigs over the tree--here is my bike being bullied over while I just took the pics. My ankle was feeling way too bad to help out.

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    We all cheered after getting all the bikes over. We went about 1/4 mile and ran into the police in a 4-wheel drive. They pulled over to let us by but I want ed to talk to them and know for sure if it was alright to be riding in there. They were really eyeing our bikes and made sure we all had license plates. I could tell they really didn't want us riding down the tram but evidently it is legas as long as your licensed.
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    The railroad bed finally turns into almost a trail and gets rough with very large mudholes------ we crossed probably 15 creeks that flowed into the Current River. It was a very beautiful ride with the large Current River always to one side. I knew a nasty section was coming up and hoped I wouldn't have to dab with my injured foot.
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    You can almost imagine the old steam locomotive coming down the tracks.
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  14. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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  15. Chadd

    Chadd I live in the wrong place

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  16. BigDogAdventures

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    This could be called the "Big Dog" walk I suppose. Well--------imagine the way Tim Conway walked as the old man on the Carol Burnett show. I was hurtin---I couldn't walk----skip rope--run---jog---or leap tall buildings in a single bound-------but, I could still ride :D
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    Whether beer or coffee---GasPipe was a two fisted drinker :rofl
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    I don't hardly ever drink beer----but 4 Ibuprofin and 4 beers took the edge off the pain in my leg and let me sleep.
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  17. BigDogAdventures

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    We were all up before the sun came up and hit the road for breakfast in Marble Hill, Missouri. It was just me and Gaspipe as some had other obligations and one who's name I'll not mention on the internet for fear of ridicule rode his KTM 950 (oops) home---said he had to mow the grass. HHHhhmmmmm------mow or ride ?? mow or ride ??? mow or ride???

    So me and the Pipe took off -----------there was a bridge, but we refused to use it---stinkin' Missouri bridges--ought to be a law :deal
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    We had a fantistic ride all the way to Chester, Illinois and rode this levee for miles and miles. GasPipe is looking up at something---what is it ???
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    Look close---do you see it now ????
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    How bout now !!!!!
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    The nest was bigger than a bathtub and momma was at least 3 ft. long. Daddy was cirlcling above us--we never seen the little ones--but a friend of mine sent me a picture of this nest a few weeks ago and two little heads were poking up out of the nest. I now know what all the fuss is about in eagles. It was an awesome moment and me and GasPipe just stared for a long time not wanting to make any noise or even leave. Such a magnificent bird--I had never been so close.
    Go to N37°52.082' W89°47.199' and look up !!!!




    1st lie: GasPipe got tired of trying to keep up on his thumper and stole my 950---then got stuck in the mud !!!
    2nd lie: GasPipe--afraid to ride thru the mud--pushed it for 250ft.--see his tracks ???
    3rd lie: You can't do a "Stoppie" in the mud either :rofl
    4th lie: GasPipe---just toying with Meoni, Sainct and Alfie Cox---- stopped to let them catch up.
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    I'm sure GasPipe will come up with some other lie----sure hope his digital camera broke---if it hasn't, the whole world may soon know the truth in this picture.
    What do you think happened ??
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  18. lasvegasrider

    lasvegasrider I do not embrace BLM/ Maoist Marxists.

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    Hey Bruce (gaspipe) , quit playin in the mud:bueller GEEZ...:lol3
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  19. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    I was gonna be a fairy and toss the Dakar in the pickup so I wouldn't miss riding with the BigDog. But what kinda ADVRider would a feller be then? A sissy....BigBog and I have a lot in common, and there was no way I was passing up this opportunity to ride and meet a new buddy.

    Busted ribs or not, I packed up the Dakar, and set off in a thunderstorm north. Gaspipe isn't the type to ride the easy way anywhere, so it was all back roads to the Trail of Tears Rally.

    Crossing the Mighty River from KY to MO.

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    The wind was HELL when I crossed into MO! Rode the levee roads for a bit, and then turned northwest. The back way to Marble Hill:

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    I rolled into the rally, 275 miles or so later, and WTF? BigDog is busted up. This is surely a test of meddle now. Two broken down old ibuprofen chewing SOB's. We have more in common than we thought.

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    But Mark is tough. Tough enough.

    Camp Gaspipe:

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    ---- more coming ----
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  20. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    IL river mud is the stickiest, sloppiest stuff yet. I was 6'6" after 20 yards of walking in that mud!

    BTW, that was probably the closest GP gets to 950 this year!
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