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Photojojo
06-25-2006, 07:41 PM
One of the benefits if the Internet is the ability for people to get together that otherwise would Have never met. In this case a group of people were able to meet for a weekend of dirty adventures. Firstman (Adam) had some time off and instigated a little excursion to the Oklahoma/Arkansas mountains. This would make it my fourth trip to the area, and it just gets better every time.

The cast off characters for this ride was

Adam (Firstman)
Mike (Billyji)
Terrra (Adams wife)
Tim (TA2240)
Roger (Team Swaney)
Gary (Bajarat)
Steve (XR650Rocketman)
Tony (Teeds)
John (Irondawg)
Me (oldbmw)
Chris (Mcrider)
Andrew (Whitecap)
Scott (Greasemonkey)

The plan was to find a good route to Mena, AR on as much dirt as possible the first day, head to Pickens for a sandwich the second day, and then do a short ride Sunday for those that had not had enough.

With all eyes on the weather forecast but no word mentioned of rain in the super thread Mike jinxed the trip and talked about rain. Day one went pretty good besides the over abundance of asphalt in the ride thanks to Tony’s GPS recalculating the route.

The first half of day one was dusty and I was trying to get used to a new bike so I was pretty focused on it and not paying much attention to what was going on in the group. I know we ate lunch at Grumpys in Mena and a bunch of people had Grumpy sandwiches which consisted of a breaded pork chop on a bun I think. Any way my hamburger was good. I never saw a cop on what was debatably an illegal u-turn. There was no sign, but wheels may have inadvertently crossed a double yellow line.

The adventure that we missed from what might have been dirt roads was made up for when we decided to ride in a monsoon shortly after lunch. As luck would have it that’s about the time we started hitting dirt roads pretty consistently, at least there was no dust like the first half of the day.

About the time we got to the Broken Bow inn the rain pretty much ceased and we all started the drying out process. The railing on the second floor looked like a clothes line with all the wet gear hanging from it.

Dinners ready, I’ll be right back with photos…..

XR650Rocketman
06-25-2006, 08:00 PM
This will get things started......

Riding from Broken Bow is really a lot of fun....It's all logging and forest roads with many of them very lightly used and some not even maintained....The riding surface is loose gravel to loose rocks....Some sand occurrs occasionally but on this ride it was wet most of the time.

We arrive in Broken Bow on Thursday evening, myself and John "Irondawg" Morin trailering from Austin, stopping in Dallas to pick up Tony "teeds" Eeds and again in Sherman to load up Chris "oldbmw" Jennings.
The Broken Bow Inn is a very friendly well kept place with Papa Poblanos restaurant in the front and a nice RV park in the back....Two double beds and a roll away cost less than $55.00 a night.....Pretty good deal these days...

As we drove around to our room we saw somebody in the RV park all set up with two D/S bikes in front of a very nice Toy Hauler.....A honk of the horn and we got a wave back from Gary "Bajarat" Phillips....He'd arrived a little earlier was was all set up....

Scott " Greasemonkey" Guillot and family had already planned to RV at another location to give the family something to do.

Mike "Billyji" Green and Adam "Firstman" McCreight (spelling ?) and wife Terra had managed to make reservations for their RV at someplace else by mistake so they didn't arrive at the Inn until Friday morning.

Tim " ta2240" Arfele, Roger " teamswaney" Swaney and Chris "mcrider" rolled in a little later.

That made 12 riders, quite a good turnout considering none of us had ever ridden from here before.....Teeds is a very astute route planner and he and I had reviewed some of his possible routes last week and picked out several to try.

Friday morning dawned with a promise of rain in the forcast but we didn't care....Breakfast came and went and by the appointed 8:30am we were on the road.....7 miles of pavement and we hit the dirt.....11 riders disapeared into the dust immediatly....Teeds, being the appointed trail leader was doing fine but nobody could see where they were...

A little time was spent discussing trail etiquette when riding in a group this big and we were off again....

I'll leave where we went to teeds to describe......I just know we went where he went....

A side note on the trail etiquette.....After all these years I finally figured out a simple way for everyone to understand the basics......

"You are responsible for the rider behind you not getting lost"

I don't think it can get any easier than that.....This group "got it"....All weekend nobody got lost!!!

Thats amazing with a group this big....

Grumpy's cafe in Mena served us up a great lunch....The Grumpy sandwiches were a hit....

We gassed up and headed out of town.....A short while later we stopped worrying about the dust!!!!

Just after the rain got really heavy and the wind picked up to "serious" I remember passing a tornado storm shelter in a farm front yard and thinking....."We may be back".....But we kept going, my waterproof turned out to be not waterproof after 3 massive rain drops......3 minutes and everything was soaked through....I think it rained all the way back to the Hotel....

All together a great days riding.....Well it sure beat even a great day at work....

Dinner at Papa P's with all the gang was quite an event but the staff survived.....What a pleasant suprise....Andrew " whitecap" came strolling in and joined us......We weren't expecting him but he'd read about the ride on TWT and he and his mom Marianne had ridden up from Plano so he could join us....There is hope for the youth for the future....That's right I said "ridden up".....She rode her street bike and Andrew rode his XT 225......Neat folks....

A good nights sleep for eveyone but me and we were ready to go next morning at 8:30.....

The sweet waitress at breakfast brought me AlkaSeltzer to see if that would help, but it didn't......

Most of the morning ride was a bit of a blur to me, I thought it must be food poisioning....

After a while of riding by reflex only I got a framing nail in my rear tire, usually no big deal, but not today....My thanks to Tim and Roger and Mike and Adam and Scott for making me go lay down while they changed my tube....I was dozing off and on and already thinking I should bail out at lunch in Pickens and slab it back to the hotel.....How far could it possibly be to Pickens?
Food poisoning doesn't usually last this long does it?

Finally Pickens came into view.....But even better than that ...There was Terra, resting up from yesterday, here first days riding off pavement and on a bike totally new to her.....And she had a pickup, with a ramp and tie downs....

Lunch was not something that interested me at all and Terra was kind enough to haul my sorry butt back to the hotel...I slept from 2:00pm until 6:00 am next morning, only waking once or twice and drinking some chicken soup that teeds brought up to me....

Sunday morning I awoke feeling much better, probably because I had given my "Bug" to Tony and now he was feeling really puny....

That's was friends do for each other I guess.....

Where are we going next?

FirstMan
06-25-2006, 09:15 PM
Great ride guys. Thanks for holding my hand through all the trails this weekend. I will post up a little more at work tomorrow.

Greasemonkey
06-25-2006, 10:01 PM
DANGER,flying cowpies,flying Andrews,TICKS,and poisonivy .What an
adventure.Had a great time with a great bunch of folks and Gary too.
Thanks to those setting up things[ and helping me push my bike].My
family and I went 4wheeling sunday around camp on some pretty hairy
stuff around the lake[girls like to play in the dirt too].After my old bones
heal ,I look forward to riding with you guys and girls again.Hope your
feeling better Steve.
Scott G.
Remember:not all black snakes are water mocassins:rider:

Tourmeister
06-26-2006, 12:17 AM
Threads merged.

Mer
06-26-2006, 06:49 AM
Thanks everyone for making Andrew feel so welcome! We got home around 4:00 p.m. (after battling 20-30 mph winds) and I just knew he would just pass out when we got home, but no...he was still so excited about the trip. He wouldn't stop talking about it. He even washed his bike *GASP* and took it for a little spin. I'm sure he'll be on later to post his pics.

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02295.jpg

BTW....it was an awesome sight watching ya'll roar away.:clap:

ta2240
06-26-2006, 09:01 AM
I got home and started cleaning. The bike is again showroom clean and ready to go. All the gear is hanging up drying.

I sat down and wanted to write a small little ride report but after two pages in word I just scrapped it. TOOO much fun to report.

My new saying is "If you didn't go you don't need to know".

It was a fun trip with a fun group. It was my first time meeting Chris J., Andrew, Mike, Adam and Tara/Tera and it was a pleasure, you guys are Good People!

Next time aint soon enough!

Goat Trail Green
06-26-2006, 11:03 AM
Thanks all

I had a good time. It was great putting the web names with the faces. Adam/Scott thanks for the push starts. Tony/John thanks for the guidance,Tim/Roger/Steve thanks for taking us under wing and watching out for all of us. Gary supper was above and beyond, Chirs I cant wait for the pics. Chirs H you are an inspiration and a great pleasure to be around. Terra,Andrew my hats off to you way to hang in there. Thanks for a good time!!!


Mike

FirstMan
06-26-2006, 11:06 AM
Like Tim said, if you were not there I cannot tell you a thing. Unless we are somewhere esle, then we can talk over dinner.


We washed up the bikes, no one will belive that they have been abused except for the broken parts:

KTM: Kick stand bolt sheered off right before the bike went into the truck, tail light, one side plastic

MZ: Head light glass, fork seals that were in the mail box when I got home, and tear into the motor to find out what is wrong with first and seccond gear. Oh yeah, rear rim is bent in two places.

I know I didn't push it all that hard, but I am not sore at all, it was a great weekend we have many memories. And Terra has a few scars too. And some poisn Ivy.

I am ready to go again! If any of yall go play in the dirt a few hours from Dallas, I would like to take the KTM out and play, I need some more time in the saddle.

Photojojo
06-26-2006, 03:17 PM
Mmmmm Spaghetti, While I was stuffing my face I did remember the group being “disoriented” at one point during the first day and the leaders deciding to take a right into the wilderness. This section of trail was pretty difficult with one to two foot moguls just kind of placed out there and covered with rocks. Problem was the grass was taller than the bumps so you couldn’t see them.

I was sure this section of trail would have been the breaking point for Terra. See the thing I have failed to mention up to this point is that this was her first trip on a dirt bike that was purchased a few days before the ride. She came out of the nastiness with a smile on her face and was officially named on of the guys by Tony. Somehow I don’t think she really cared and the smile was just because she was glad to be alive and possibly a touch of hysterics.

Anyway day two would prove to be much better. Tony redid the routes so that we would not have the same recalucation problem. By the way Tony put together all of the routes and definitely did a good job despite any undeserved razzing I might give him.

We headed out of Broken Bow and shortly made a left turn….into a locked gate. A quick trip down the road and a U-turn later we were on track for a magnificent day. The road was dirt, that quickly changed to two track to near single track and back to fast fire roads and then some.

Like I said I was on a new bike and had taken all day Friday to get familiar with the bike. Today I opened it up a little and was pretty focused on trying to not kill myself. Besides I don’t remember much of anything that wasn’t a blur. I do know the roads were very nicely packed thanks to the several inches of rain the day before at least when they weren’t loose rocks.

Only one dead end after the initial locked gate that I can remember. Pickens was great as usual. Sorry Steve got sick and was not able to finish day two. You can learn a lot just by watching him ride.

Andrew took a quick dive into the trees, I guess he figured that the roads we were on just weren’t tough enough for him. After all he rode a 225cc bike 200 miles to ride, and by golly he was going to have a tale to tell when he got back.

After we got back to the hotel and had dinner Gary was kind enough to give us a screening of Dust to Glory in the RV campground. It’s probably good that we watched it the end of the last day of riding because I’m pretty sure some people would have gotten hurt trying to emulate their favorite Baja rider.

Here are a few photos.

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77538090-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77706066-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77706715-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77707342-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77707218-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77710885-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77710652-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77707378-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77711056-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77711445-M.jpg

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77711338-M.jpg

Andrew getting some meds from Scott after his wilderness excursion.

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77711176-M.jpg

Andrews bent clutch lever.

More photos here
(http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/gallery/1597753/1/77538090)

irondawg
06-26-2006, 05:14 PM
http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/77711056-M.jpg


Chris...I didn't know you were taking a pic. This ROCKS!! :dude: I've got a new avatar!!

Goat Trail Green
06-26-2006, 05:35 PM
Chris you are for sure a paid professional. (Nice work) I wondered what you were doing with my helmet

Mike

Photojojo
06-26-2006, 08:18 PM
Thanks guys

Whitecap16
06-26-2006, 11:37 PM
Great ride, it was a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who helped me though it. It was my first time to ride dirt with other motorcycles, and I've learned a lot from it.

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02296.jpg

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02155.jpg

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02159.jpg
Flat tire

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02160.jpg
Got some rocks to hold it up and they changed the flat

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02163.jpg
Quick break

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02166.jpg

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02167%7E0.jpg
Nice view from the top of that hill

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02168.jpg
Here's the top

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02171.jpg
And back down

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02172%7E0.jpg
Pickens!

http://www.texasbreeze.com/photo/albums/userpics/10001/normal_DSC02173.jpg
They had some good sandwiches



-Drew

dbdolan
06-26-2006, 11:43 PM
Good stuff guy's and gal's:clap: more pic's please. The place looks different from when I was up there, guess it is because of the greenery.

mcrider
06-27-2006, 02:46 PM
I just got to view the post today (Tuesday). I was to tired Sunday night. I had a great time riding 330 miles with y'all in two days. It was good to put a name & face with the screen names.

Gary, bajarat, camped in the Sam Houston National Forest Sunday afternoon for more riding. I met him Monday am for some single track riding. We did 18 miles before I had to leave at noon, so I could go to puppy class at Petsmart. Then the vet, then TRH board meeting & now finally TWT. Sure wish I had more free time. :lol2:

Looking forward to next time. Did I hear someone say "ferry to ferry"? :rider:

teamswaney
06-27-2006, 09:17 PM
Good ride, thanks for the invite. Next ride ???????

Goat Trail Green
06-28-2006, 07:51 AM
They have shown up !!!

http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/arthopo/chiggers/images/chig2.jpg


Mike Green

ta2240
06-28-2006, 08:52 AM
No poison ivy?
Cause I sure did see alot of water moccasins(Inside Joke):lol2: :lol2:

FirstMan
06-28-2006, 09:40 AM
No poison ivy?
Cause I sure did see alot of water moccasins(Inside Joke):lol2: :lol2:

Terra has poison ivy, abby and buddy have fleas. And I didn't think that you got my snake joke; you were too serious.




Some on on the trail mentioned a place to get fork seals. I now have 1 new one ($36) and I would like to find a source in the US that can get me cheaper alternatives.

ta2240
06-28-2006, 10:03 AM
Terra has poison ivy, abby and buddy have fleas. And I didn't think that you got my snake joke; you were too serious.




Some on on the trail mentioned a place to get fork seals. I now have 1 new one ($36) and I would like to find a source in the US that can get me cheaper alternatives.

Oh I got the joke and I got the Poison Ivy. :eek2:
7-10 days of misery is not alughing matter:lol2: :lol2:

On the fork seals, it was Roger(teamswaney) PM him and he will check into it

FirstMan
06-28-2006, 10:08 AM
Oh I got the joke and I got the Poison Ivy. :eek2:
7-10 days of misery is not alughing matter:lol2: :lol2:

On the fork seals, it was Roger(teamswaney) PM him and he will check into it

Terra bought this stuff called Zanfel. You take a hot shower to open up the pores, then you scurb this gritty stuff in there (which feels great). Within 24 hours the itch and clear liquid is gone. She still has red bumps, but it doesn't bother her.

Tourmeister
06-28-2006, 01:09 PM
Beth has a habit of getting poison ivy... :roll: Zanfel is not cheap, but it works!

FirstMan
06-28-2006, 04:54 PM
Great news, Mike has a co worker that owns an MZ and went to bike mechanic school! $100 +parts to fix the bike and he will pull the motor himself!

Thanks Mike!

Photojojo
06-28-2006, 11:08 PM
Great news, Mike has a co worker that owns an MZ and went to bike mechanic school! $100 +parts to fix the bike and he will pull the motor himself!

Thanks Mike!

Now that's a good deal.

I just realized I never got to ride the new KTM. We need to work on that. That is if Terra will let me ride it. :-P

Goat Trail Green
06-29-2006, 07:20 AM
Now that's a good deal.

I just realized I never got to ride the new KTM. We need to work on that. That is if Terra will let me ride it. :-P

LOL

you were too busy with that new toy of yours, I could see a smile through that full face helmet. :clap:

Congrats by the way !!!

anybody off this coming Monday ?? Clayton day trip ?? Give Chris,s gps another work out.

Mike G

Teeds
06-29-2006, 08:37 AM
Great report everyone!!

I will clean up (i.e. take out all the "oops, not this way" crumbs) the tracks and get them posted.

Nobody has mentions it in the thread, so I will ask ...
East or West out of Broken Bow? Which did everyone enjoy most? I know we discussed it, but I want it down for posterior.

Also, for the record, having been on the Clayton and the Broken Bow ride, I prefer starting in Broken Bow. Far larger community and I am sure we could ride from there for many years without using the same route twice. We passed numerous "roads" that did not show up on City Select. I am sure they were on Topo, but I had City Select loaded.

It was great to be able to auto route the whole thing, but sometimes it was difficult to see where to turn. It did generally keep us out of trouble though.

Funny, Steve did not mention dinner on Saturday ... He was sick as a dog and I know everyone was relieved when he decided to ride back with Terra from Pickens.

As far as the rain ... it would best be described as "a cow p*****g on a flat rock." Steve, it went through my $200 enduro jacket. Straight through the front of it and the sleeves. I learned a lot about my gear and I am glad it was a warm day for the lesson. That could well have been dangerous, if it had been colder. I still have not found my ride shorts. Hopfully they are wadded up on my rolly bag.

Mike: I would love to ride Monday, but it is a catch up day for me. Steve and I talked with Chris about Fannin County one weekend in July.

Adam: You need to be real quiet about the fleas, being in Plano and all. You might get kicked out of the community. Plano is a safe and protected community and to bring a flea in ... well, I'm sure you know what I mean. It could get ugly.

I sensed the start of an EPIC Moab in May 2007 adventure over the weekend. :trust:

Added thought ... for the first time in recorded history I did not get Posion Ivy when someone else did. I have lived with the stuff my entire life. Thank you Terra and Tim for stepping into the breach and saving me!

I picked up a bottle of Cascade dishwashing detergent to add to my box of lubes etc. so I can clean up after a ride. It hurts (i.e. burns the skin a bit) but is far cheaper that anything else when you are not sure that you have encountered poison ivy. Tecnu is another good product as well. I haven't tried Zanfel, but will get some, to have around. After that one trail where we turned around, I felt sure I had got into it. There were three leaf plants everywhere.

Goat Trail Green
06-29-2006, 08:57 AM
West for sure (Corrected)

I say next time we do Pickens 2 days in a row.(I like the idea of basically no traffic except for a stray cow every once in a while)
1st day start with your route then hit the 1st single track we come,then build the rest of the rte from there.
Next day do the same from the same starting point but build a new route striaght west or straight north and come back into pickens from the north or west. Maybe we can then hook the north route to Mena sooner or later....
I have spent a lot of time in Clayton and I agree Broken Bow is a pleasent change. I feel i have more resources in Clayton if needed but you guys semmed to have most of the bases covered

Mike

Photojojo
06-29-2006, 09:11 AM
I liked day two better.....but with the GPS problems I think we missed some good roads on day one. I definatly think the trip to Mena could be a killer trip, we just have to go back and try again. :clap:

After reading the Moab report and seeing the few pics up uploaded I can tell you now I'm in for next year.

Did somebody say Monday ride (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=134745#post134745)?

Teeds
06-29-2006, 09:12 AM
East for sure

Turn your map over ... Pickens is west :lol2: Dang wheelers :doh:

I get the picture though. I think we head out and try all the goat tracks we find. Kinda like that car commercial where they always turn left. We could stop at some point and auto route to gas and lunch at Pickens or any of the little towns along US259.

We do need to document where gas is available in the hinderlands.

Goat Trail Green
06-29-2006, 11:07 AM
Turn your map over ... Pickens is west :lol2: Dang wheelers :doh:

(corrected west M.E.G)



We do need to document where gas is available in the hinderlands.

Why when all you Hondas carry like 10 gallons in those tanks

Mike

Greasemonkey
06-29-2006, 05:39 PM
West is my vote,I am pretty sure Ark. has bonafide atv trails and maps.
That would make me happy[I like the tiny trails].Putting something like that
together could make for some challenging stuff.Not complaining one bit,really
enjoyed both days and everybody ,even gary.Thanks again for a good
time and the pictures were great[like me giving drew an advil].See ya'll
next time. :trust:

teamswaney
06-29-2006, 08:37 PM
I liked both days, would prefer to take you guys and gals to Mocassin Gap, which is 23 miles North of Russelville on Hwy 7, but hey who am I, as long as we are riding........

ta2240
06-29-2006, 09:02 PM
The hill we passed on day two has been eating at me. I WILL find it again. I think next time we go to Mena we turn off at Wolf Pen Gap and do the trails there. However I did like the west side better.

Speaking of Moccosin Gap I think that everyone would like it much much much better. Really twisty gravel roads with swithcbacks and washouts.
That is just my opinion. Roger and Scott do you guys agree?

And please, nobody take that the wrong way, I did have a good time!

Teeds
06-29-2006, 09:10 PM
The hill we passed on day two has been eating at me.

Which hill? Can you give me something more to work with? I may have marked it assuming we rode it.

Speaking of Moccosin Gap I think that everyone would like it much much much better. Really twisty gravel roads with swithcbacks and washouts.
That is just my opinion. Roger and Scott do you guys agree?

August?

And please, nobody take that the wrong way, I did have a good time!

Duuuuuude .... I know you well enough to know EXACTLY how you meant it .... :twisted: :lol2:

XR650Rocketman
06-29-2006, 09:19 PM
The big hill Tim's talking about was during Saturday mornings ride.....It was off to the right, not on the trail we were on....

Steve

ta2240
06-29-2006, 09:40 PM
The big hill Tim's talking about was during Saturday mornings ride.....It was off to the right, not on the trail we were on....

Steve


Thats right Steve.
Tony, it was a hill that the mere mortal man would never have attempted but I believe it would have been fun. Very steep with alot of medium size rocks. It was near the beginning of our ride shortly after we turned around the first time and before Steve had his flat.

As far as Moccasin Gap in August, it is better in the spring or fall when there has been rain. WAY to dusty in August for me and there are alot of water crossings. Crystal Clear crossings

Teeds
06-29-2006, 10:23 PM
Thats right Steve.
Tony, it was a hill that the mere mortal man would never have attempted but I believe it would have been fun. Very steep with alot of medium size rocks. It was near the beginning of our ride shortly after we turned around the first time and before Steve had his flat.

Was it before everybody waited before turning around while John and I found the correct trail, or is that the turning around point you mean?

ta2240
06-29-2006, 10:29 PM
That was the turning around point. A few miles later we turned down a small two track road and off to the right was the hill. It was a good one.

Teeds
06-29-2006, 10:34 PM
That was the turning around point. A few miles later we turned down a small two track road and off to the right was the hill. It was a good one.

I will look for it in topo.

Teeds
06-29-2006, 10:42 PM
I will look for it in topo.

It does not show on topo IF I understand your comments correctly, but that is not a big deal. Many of the off shoots we saw do not show up on Topo.

I do know how to get is back to the general area in any case. Judging by the grade lines there is ONLY a couple of places it could be.

Goat Trail Green
06-29-2006, 11:16 PM
I think it was about 100 yards before we sqeezed between the logging truck and tractor...it might have been a power line ??

Mike Green

Photojojo
06-29-2006, 11:28 PM
It was a power line. There is a power line trail near Clayton as well that is supposed to be hard as heck. I've never seen it though.

Goat Trail Green
06-30-2006, 07:46 AM
It was a power line. There is a power line trail near Clayton as well that is supposed to be hard as heck. I've never seen it though.


The power line in Clayton is awesome. When you are on wild wood after leaving the state park you will be going east. You can run the power line left or north till you enter the woods. You then can pay like 14 bucks to run that property.
If you take a right there and go south it will not be good. Several people have been ticketed by the game warden. Someone bought the property adjacent to what we can lower power line. There is an easemnet but I have no idea how it works but I do know there have been 184.00 dollars tickets issued. I have no idea what happened after that, I heard several of the people were going to fight it. Who wants any of that hassle, theres too many other places to ride.
If we ever decide to pay on go on the property to the north we can attepmt 3 stage to the top. Theres a warning at the top that says no horses allowed. It is pretty steep up and down

Mike

Teeds
06-30-2006, 08:24 AM
I think it was about 100 yards before we sqeezed between the logging truck and tractor...it might have been a power line ??

Mike Green

It was a power line. There is a power line trail near Clayton as well that is supposed to be hard as heck. I've never seen it though.

That helps. I remember where we squeezed between the trucks. No powerline shows in the area, but I have it pinpointed.

ta2240
06-30-2006, 08:57 AM
I think it was about 100 yards before we sqeezed between the logging truck and tractor...it might have been a power line ??

Mike Green

That is it! I knew that there was something there and now I remember the logging truck. I do not remember a powerline though. Anyway somebody mark it on the little computer thingies

Teeds
06-30-2006, 09:14 AM
That is it! I knew that there was something there and now I remember the logging truck. I do not remember a powerline though. Anyway somebody mark it on the little computer thingies

Got it marked. At least within a half a mile or so. I remember which section of road we were on when we passed the trucks.

:thumb: on the avatar. The goal of every parent is to live long enough to be able to embarrass their kids!! That will do it when she get's old enough to "realize" what you have done. Make a screen shot with it there. :rofl:

XR650Rocketman
06-30-2006, 09:22 AM
I'm pretty sure it was a power line easment also......Looked like a favorite with the quads....

Goat Trail Green
06-30-2006, 09:43 AM
That is it! I knew that there was something there and now I remember the logging truck. I do not remember a powerline though. Anyway somebody mark it on the little computer thingies

LOL

Tim I remember you and me looking at each other, then one of saying hold on I will stop them but we kept going. We missed some good stuff rushing around. Sunday I stopped for a couple minutes and picked a bunch of blackberries. They were excellent

Mike

irondawg
06-30-2006, 10:18 AM
So when are we going back?

WoodButcher
06-30-2006, 10:52 AM
Okay, how the heck to you guys find the time to do all these rides? I'm already trying to figure out how I can make the Terlingua ride in Novemeber and you guys are out every other weekend it seems.

Photojojo
06-30-2006, 10:56 AM
I can either be sitting on my butt at home saying I'm bored, or I can be out riding with friends.

irondawg
06-30-2006, 11:15 AM
Okay, how the heck to you guys find the time to do all these rides? I'm already trying to figure out how I can make the Terlingua ride in Novemeber and you guys are out every other weekend it seems.

Priorities....and an understanding wife. :trust:

WoodButcher
06-30-2006, 11:18 AM
Some of it has to do with the ages of my kids. Older one is heading off to UT next month so I won't have his activities to go to anymore. The other will be doing stuff with school, but if it isn't on the weekends I should be able to get out more. I might try to work a deal for a weekend of my own each month and just do a ride.

Goat Trail Green
06-30-2006, 11:31 AM
Some of it has to do with the ages of my kids. Older one is heading off to UT next month so I won't have his activities to go to anymore. The other will be doing stuff with school, but if it isn't on the weekends I should be able to get out more. I might try to work a deal for a weekend of my own each month and just do a ride.

Sounds like you have your priorities right to me...Keep up the good work

This will all be waiting for you in a few years :) Good Job DAD

Mike G
ps I have no kids.middle aged with a flexiable work schedule and an understanding girlfriend

irondawg
06-30-2006, 11:33 AM
Some of it has to do with the ages of my kids. Older one is heading off to UT next month so I won't have his activities to go to anymore. The other will be doing stuff with school, but if it isn't on the weekends I should be able to get out more. I might try to work a deal for a weekend of my own each month and just do a ride.

I'm sure once V gets older, I'm gonna be spending weekends as taxi driver and spectator...and that's good. BUT...I'm gonna try and keep 6 big (multi-day) rides a year for me.

Edit: fingers crossed!

Teeds
06-30-2006, 11:43 AM
So when are we going back?

August?

Chris and I are already talking about July in Fannin County. It is really only a day ride, so we could go back to Broken Bow instead.

Rusty: Mow during the week!

Mike: We were rushing because we had a "plan".

I say next time we toss out the plan and explore, now that we have a sense of what is there. When lunch comes, I will autoroute us to Pickens or somewhere else close that we can get gas and food.

We could have spent the entire day in the area between where we turned off 259 the first time and when we saw the logging truck. At that point we were only about 7~10 miles north of Broken Bow and never more than 4~5 miles west of 259.

I think that is what we do next time. The dust will be far lower because we will be on less used tracks and going slower to boot.

Rusty: Being there for your kids is number one. Mine are grown (32), so now I have to compete with their other interests to see them!

mcrider
06-30-2006, 12:06 PM
Friday 6/30/06 11:09 am
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 7 (6 members and 1 guests)
mcrider, billyji, GREASEMONKEY, irondawg, Teeds, thumper

Y'all should be working.

Teeds
06-30-2006, 12:13 PM
Friday 6/30/06 11:09 am
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 7 (6 members and 1 guests)
mcrider, billyji, GREASEMONKEY, irondawg, Teeds, thumper

Y'all should be working.

We are still here ... where are you?

Email notices keep popping up and dragging me back.

FirstMan
06-30-2006, 12:14 PM
I am ready to go back when every yall are. Assuming I have a bike the can start off in 1st gear.


I also do have any kids, and I have a wife that likes to go as much as I do.

Goat Trail Green
06-30-2006, 12:29 PM
I,m in !!!!!!!!!!
I am suppose to go to Moab Aug 19-26th wheeling but I think we are going to pass way too hot......
Sep might be a little better Like maybe Sep 9th and 10th
In august we will have to stay moving or COOK

Welcome Mcrider

Mike

Tourmeister
06-30-2006, 01:39 PM
Tim, we need you to start a new thread with more pics of your kids on their dirtbikes! I assume that is your daughter in your avatar? How about info on the bike, the gear, the cool training wheels, etc... Wives need to see all that stuff :trust:

WoodButcher
06-30-2006, 02:03 PM
August?

Chris and I are already talking about July in Fannin County. It is really only a day ride, so we could go back to Broken Bow instead.

Rusty: Mow during the week!

Mike: We were rushing because we had a "plan".


Rusty: Being there for your kids is number one. Mine are grown (32), so now I have to compete with their other interests to see them!

Snipped a little there, but thanks for reminding me :doh: My lawnmower is going to college and now I have to start doing it again. Funny thing though, my wife and I just had a conversation at lunch and she is willing to have me go on some more rides, time is not her issue anymore, cost is. So that is something I can work on. Hope to make more of these rides in the future.

Greasemonkey
06-30-2006, 06:46 PM
I just tell my wife to be quiet and sit down.[yeah right]Rita and my dauther cruised around and had a blast sight seeing and meeting the gang.Lots of places have 4wheeling stuff,shoppin [antiques],and other stuff.If I bring the gang I get to go more.Good thinkin huh.Weekend trips are pretty doable for us and theres alot of world to see.
Scott G.

mcrider
06-30-2006, 06:49 PM
Here is what we all need Friday night. Boot Dryer (http://www.dual-star.com/index2/Rider/electric_boot_dryers1.htm)

Steve, you should not have told me about Dual Star they have too many trick goodies. I do not need most of them, but they are trick. :trust:

ta2240
06-30-2006, 07:10 PM
Tim, we need you to start a new thread with more pics of your kids on their dirtbikes! I assume that is your daughter in your avatar? How about info on the bike, the gear, the cool training wheels, etc... Wives need to see all that stuff :trust:

Well, I won't start a thread but that is my daughter (5yoa) on her Suzuki Jr50. She is wearing her Fox jersey and pants which swallow her. She does not have boots yet because they don't make them that small. I got the training wheels off of ebay.

The first time I she rode the bike she did not have a concept of let off the throttle when hitting the brakes. Oh, did I mention a cotterpin on the front axle bolt of her bike, well it ripped open my leg about three inched long and 1 inch deep. OUCH!!

She has it down pretty good now but she is still scared of it, only time and she will be passing me at the hair scrambles.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/ta2240/Sissy.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/ta2240/RidingXR802.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/ta2240/RidingXR803.jpg

FirstMan
06-30-2006, 08:09 PM
She is beautiful. Are you sure she is yours?

Photojojo
06-30-2006, 08:28 PM
August?

Chris and I are already talking about July in Fannin County. It is really only a day ride, so we could go back to Broken Bow instead.



So are we talking about going back to Broken Bow in July now? I'm going to Clayton next weekend on the 9th and 10th so another travelling trip in July might be out for me. Fannin county is close to home so I can squeeze that one in.

Teeds
06-30-2006, 09:39 PM
So are we talking about going back to Broken Bow in July now? I'm going to Clayton next weekend on the 9th and 10th so another travelling trip in July might be out for me. Fannin county is close to home so I can squeeze that one in.

I would rather stay close to home in July. Among other things, I took a rather large and deep divot out of the underside of my thumb with a knife last night. It will take a fair amount of time to heal.

I went to the Care Now Doc-in-a-Box and they took great care of me. I highly recommend them if you need proddin ...

No stitches as I managed to carve a large chunk (1/2x1/4x1/8+ deep) off of my body and they couldn't really sew it back as I waited 14 hours to see if I could make the bleeding stop on my own. :lol2:

In any case the lady doc (Dr. Martin) has a broken leg from a motorcycle accident. We had a great laugh! She broke it high-siding while taking the final exam at the Motorcycle Safety Class. She indicated that they failed her. :rofl:

Let's shoot for August either in Broken Bow or the Texas Hill Country. There is more dirt in Broken Bow.

I guess we could do Van Horn, El Paso, Cloudcroft, Van Horn ... I need to work on that route, if it is appealing. We have mapped Van Horn to El Paso and ridden 90% of it. The rest has to be verified. Some I understand, some I don't. I am in Pecos in a week or so, so make the decision early enough, so that I can work on the route, if that is the choice. If you haven't figured it out, this would be a "wear what you brung" ride.

The ride would start at Chuy's in Van Horn and end at the Ranchman's Steak House in Van Horn. Check out Gopher Holes and other hazards (http://dirtrider.net/blogs/Teeds/515/) for a ride report (Day 01) that mirrors the first day.

I'm not being pushy ... it will be cool in Cloudcroft ... Y'all pick.

Teeds
06-30-2006, 09:49 PM
She is beautiful. Are you sure she is yours?

Clearly more of Carla's (brave me, I think I am right) genes than Tim's :trust:

Actually the entire TA gang are a photo of the All American family and I am not joking. She supports him in his interests and he supports her in her's and the kids are like the Cleavers.

I did see Tim get frustated with the "she did, no he did" once though ... ;-)

Photojojo
06-30-2006, 10:26 PM
I would rather stay close to home in July. Among other things, I took a rather large and deep divot out of the underside of my thumb with a knife last night. It will take a fair amount of time to heal.


OUCH!!! Ok that takes care of July.


Let's shoot for August either in Broken Bow or the Texas Hill Country. There is more dirt in Broken Bow.

Well...I may need a break from the mountains of Oklahoma.

I guess we could do Van Horn, El Paso, Cloudcroft, Van Horn ... I need to work on that route, if it is appealing. We have mapped Van Horn to El Paso and ridden 90% of it.

This sounds fun, and I've been eyeing that area since I read a trip report you guys did some time back.

so make the decision early enough

So does that mean we are doing West Texas/NM in August? I guess it's going to be 100 degrees no mater where I ride, might as well do it somewhere besides home.

Teeds
06-30-2006, 10:35 PM
So does that mean we are doing West Texas/NM in August? I guess it's going to be 100 degrees no mater where I ride, might as well do it somewhere besides home.

I am up for West Texas / New Mexico ...

It will not be hot really. We experienced cool weather in Big Bend Ranch State Park, high 50's, in early August last year. It should be nice.

Photojojo
06-30-2006, 10:36 PM
August 19th works best for me.

ta2240
06-30-2006, 11:33 PM
She is beautiful. Are you sure she is yours?

Adam she told me to tell you, "I know". She is the spitting image of her mother along with the attitude! I am positive she is mine but that will have to be discussed over a beer

Thanks Tony, if I knew how to double quote I would.
I have been blessed and I am a very lucky man. I wonder everyday what I did right to deserve what I have.

Photojojo
06-30-2006, 11:42 PM
Thanks Tony, if I knew how to double quote I would.

Highlight the text you want to quote, then click on the thing that looks like a balloon over a head in a comic book in the toolbar above.

FirstMan
07-01-2006, 12:32 AM
So does that mean we are doing West Texas/NM in August? I guess it's going to be 100 degrees no mater where I ride, might as well do it somewhere besides home.


While it will be hot, the humidity will be low, and the elevation is higher so it will not be too much worse than here. The Van horn area will be, but not the northern area. Heck, we could do the mine trails in southern CO. they would be a blast on dual sports. Rejetting would probably be needed.

Teeds
07-01-2006, 07:29 AM
I have been blessed and I am a very lucky man. I wonder everyday what I did right to deserve what I have.

Tim: One thing (other than your "perma-grin") that I like about you is the love and respect you so freely show for your wife and the thanks you williingly express for her supporting you. No man has to do that and most don't. You do, and that has always put you on the top shelf in my book. :thumb:

Back to the originally scheduled discussion ... here is an "example" TXNM loop ...

We could shorten it by going to Artesia or Carlsbad instead of Cloudcroft.

It totals 635.1 miles now ...

Teeds
07-01-2006, 07:34 AM
Heck, we could do the mine trails in southern CO. they would be a blast on dual sports. Rejetting would probably be needed.

The last time I was in the San Juans, I had to up the size of my main jet ... and I was backpacking and doing technical climbs then ...

Seriously, my pig is really flat above 5,000 feet with it's current jetting.

ta2240
07-01-2006, 08:15 AM
I am up for West Texas / New Mexico ...

It will not be hot really. We experienced cool weather in Big Bend Ranch State Park, high 50's, in early August last year. It should be nice.

You guys are going to get me in trouble!

Photojojo
07-01-2006, 09:49 AM
here is an "example" TXNM loop

YES!! The dayI got my KLR I pulled out the map book and was looking at Indian SPrings road.

We could shorten it by going to Artesia or Carlsbad instead of Cloudcroft.

It totals 635.1 miles now ...

I think that's fine for 3 days. Just as a future referance I want to try a 400 or 500 mile all dirt day sometime. Actually I want to do a 24 hour race one day, but that would require a different bike I think.


Seriously, my pig is really flat above 5,000 feet with it's current jetting.

So what jetting would you reccomend?

Goat Trail Green
07-01-2006, 10:19 AM
Well, I won't start a thread but that is my daughter (5yoa) on her Suzuki Jr50. She is wearing her Fox jersey and pants which swallow her. She does not have boots yet because they don't make them that small. I got the training wheels off of ebay.

The first time I she rode the bike she did not have a concept of let off the throttle when hitting the brakes. Oh, did I mention a cotterpin on the front axle bolt of her bike, well it ripped open my leg about three inched long and 1 inch deep. OUCH!!

She has it down pretty good now but she is still scared of it, only time and she will be passing me at the hair scrambles.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/ta2240/Sissy.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/ta2240/RidingXR802.jpg
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/ta2240/RidingXR803.jpg

Tim those are great !!!! Thanks for sharing... do they help you work on them also ??

Tony quit hurting yourself. We have a washer to move...;) Glad you are doing ok....

I think i will be out on the August west Texas stuff

Mike

Tourmeister
07-03-2006, 01:53 AM
http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c18/ta2240/Sissy.jpg

The look on that face melts a dad dead in his tracks...

When I was recently at the STORM races at the Outlaw trax nearby, they had a LOT of 4 year olds riding. So I am guessing somewhere out there gear for little peeps can be had. It is just a matter of finding it. I know that over on the Advrider site they had a thread going for gear swapping for kids. Maybe someone there could help?

mcrider
07-04-2006, 10:53 AM
The route.

Photojojo
07-16-2006, 01:36 PM
I found another pic that I did not post of the pit crew working on Gary's tire the first night.

http://chrisjennings.smugmug.com/photos/81984277-M.jpg

yater
09-10-2006, 04:59 PM
Hey guys, I know I'm a little late on this thread but it came up on a search for "clayton to mena". Tyler is too close to this riding to miss out this fall. I'll be on the fall color tour (RL's D/S ride) in october but would like to do some riding out of clayton or broken bow. I just set up an xr250 for dualsport so mostly dirt and gravel works for me....the tighter the better.

Here's a link to my bike "build" if anyone is interested.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164707

I was thinking about packing a little gear and leaving the truck in broken bow for a couple of nights...camping off of the bike...If anyone wants to ride, let me know. I can usually go on short notice (not married).

thumper
09-10-2006, 11:06 PM
Check out oklahoma dualsport.com? They have two rides coming up, one in oct. and one in nov.