View Full Version : Arkansas ride - 3/28-3/30

03-31-2008, 09:51 PM
The spring Arkansas trip did occur this weekend, even with the rain. After all was said and done, there was just 4 of us with no valid reason not to go so we met up Friday in Daisy state park. The group consisted of me and my XR650R, Wastrel and his DR650, Nduro and his new KLR650, and Roy88ale and his near new KLR650. If you do not know, Wastrel and Nduro are brothers which made for some very interesting fire side stories. (Nduro, I am still sleeping next to my hunting knife:lol2: )

Friday it was overcast and misty but not raining. Me, Wastrel, and Nduro headed out on Bear creek trail to do some exploring. After watching Nduro spin a trench with his spinning back tire on a slippery uphill, Wastrel proved to be smarter than the rest of us and headed back to camp. We managed to make it back to camp with no injuries or bike damage.

Later in the afternoon, Roy88ale showed up and went for a short ride with me and Nduro. Both Roy88ale and Nduro were troopers but looked at me like I lost my mind when we came up to the steep, slippery, rocky, and root infested uphills. Roy gave up one broken clutch bracket to the hill monster. Roy won the award for the save of the day when he caught his bike after slipping on a root in a large, deep water hole.

Friday night and Saturday morning it rained and rained. Little did we know that we didn't really know what rain was. We got a late start and headed to Albert pike around 10AM. When we got to the gravel roads, Wastrel was loving it, he really lives for fire roads. unfortunately, I had to disappoint him when the gravel turned to unimproved road for about three miles. After the fifth or sixth creek crossing, I think we all gave up on staying dry. It doesn't matter if your boots are waterproof if the water comes in over the top of them!

Later that morning, my clutch bracket sacrificed itself after I dropped it on a slippery rock as I turned around to look for Nduro.( That's right NDuro, If I wouldn't have had to look for you after you played submarine, my clutch bracket would be fine.:rofl: ) Luckily, Wastrel came to the rescue with zip ties from his bottomless tool kit. The ever resourceful Nduro decided he was going to open a clutch bracket store in Mena and retire with millions.

After riding some easy trails at Wolf Pen Gap and having lunch in Mena, I decided to take a "moderate" trail. The moderate trail ended up having alot of mud covered rocks with steep uphill and down hills. At this point Wastrel sacrificed his DR to the gravity gods and fell over on a particularly nasty downhill. Now in typical big brother fashion, Wastrel blamed his poor innocent younger brother for stopping in front of him, but I don't believe it(Take that Wastrel, I am a younger brother!) Either way, the fall took out Roy88ale too, who was minding his on business trying to avoid the chaos. Wastrel ended up tweaking his elbow and we took paved roads/gravel roads back to camp.

Headed back to camp turned out to be one of the highlights for me because 357 out of Mena is full of 15 MPH curves that were a blast to ride even with full dirt knobs on the bike. Just when you think you are going fast, Roy88ale pulls up behind you with his big KLR with its touring shield on, looking like you are taking him on a slow Sunday afternoon cruise. Just goes to show you that years of riding make a great rider.

Ok, all for tonight, I am sure that Wastrel will add pictures soon. Since I am on slow dialup, I will add my pics later.

04-01-2008, 12:35 PM
Wow....rain, rocks, & hills make for an interesting ride for sure. Glad everyone & everything made it back somewhat safe & sound. Know where I can get any good used clutch brackets? Sure sounds like a much better ride than I got in this weekend.:trust:

04-02-2008, 12:10 PM
Here are a few pics. The quality isn't very good as it was raining the whole time and my lens kept fogging up.
And a short video of the waterfalls

Iceman Jack
04-02-2008, 12:27 PM
Here are a few pics. The quality isn't very good as it was raining the whole time and my lens kept fogging up.
And a short video of the waterfalls

Great pictures,hope you don't mind the edit. Looks like y'all had more than a little rain?

04-02-2008, 01:39 PM
np, woulda done it that way myself if I knew how.

04-02-2008, 05:58 PM
I have more pics that I can email to someone if they will post them for me. Don't know how to do it myself and since I am on SLOW dialup, I really don't want to spend the time trying to figure out how to do it.

04-06-2008, 06:14 PM
Hey guys all in all it was an great outing. Kinda felt like I was outa my league with all the wheelies by ScottC. The rides showed me the limitations of my KLR in the rough stuff, only damage a cracked clutch bracket that held up by one screw for the balance of the ride. Hope Wastrel's shoulder heals up well, I know he was in considerable but hopefully temporary pain. I thought the uphill challenge over roots and loose boulders was bad until we slid down that monster hill where we all were falling down. Looking forward to another outing up in that area with a little more favorable weather. I ran thru considerable rain all the way back home Sunday morning. Nice pics of the falls Wastrel, sorry I missed that. My thanks to ScottC for hosting and guiding us around and to Wastrel&Nduro for the great Saturday nite:eat: feast.:clap: