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Beyond Epic 5 - Ozark Rally, May 26-29, 2017

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:tab Back in 2006, I led a group ride out of Clarksville. There was 3" of rain the night before we started riding... :wary: It was a crazy day of water crossings, STEEP descents and climbs, and just hard riding. It was a blast. I had planned a longish route, but we ended up doing only the first 25 miles or so because it got so crazy. It has been 11 years, so I don't know if the "roads" still go through for the first part of that route. If you are up for a challenge though...

:tab I have attached a hand drawn track of where the road goes. We did almost all of the section on the track, but were finally thwarted by a DEEP crossing. We were unable to reach the climb out of the valley on the West end of the attached track.

:tab As you head West on FS 1525, there was a FAINT two track trail on the left running off into the woods. We passed it twice when looking for it. It runs along a ridge to the West. If you see FS 4418, that is not it. It runs slightly North of and roughly parallel to 4418. Most maps will show nothing beyond 4418. I have the Garmin Topo Maps from WAY back and they just show an unnamed road continuing West along the South side of the ridge. Google Earth shows it as being the continuation of FS 1525 and it looks like it has been improved since we were there. But Google Earth shows it turning North before the end of the ridge. We kept going due West for the most part. At the end of the ridge, it makes a 500 foot drop down into the valley below. Google Earth shows the road in the bottom of the valley, but there is no name. It runs North up the valley and intersects a road which Google Earth shows as Pink Twist. We went left into another valley that ran Southwest. We got about half way down before having to backtrack.

:tab This was NOT a big bike friendly route!! I was on a KLR 650 and it was a challenge. Of course, I was not as experienced then as I am now, but many of the other riders with me were experienced and were having a tough time of it as well, even on smaller bikes. Things may have changed since I was there all those years ago, but I doubt it is much better going down that 500 ft drop or down in the valley. So explore at your own risk ;-)

Here is the ride report from that trip (lots of pics)
http://twtex.com/forums/showpost.php?p=124377&postcount=36
 

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JT, This looks great. How do you carry it to distribute the weight?
They are good, and very durable. I actually sit on it sometimes. I'm on my second one. First was stolen in Mexico.

If I don't have additional luggage I just strap it to the back of my seat on my 450EXC. I use the same mounting points I use for my soft luggage. Basically, they consist of a couple of sturdy D rings held in place with a heavy duty hose clamp. They've held up perfectly on several adventures.

I made a cover for the first one. I'm making another but with some additional straps sewn in so I can attach things like a small tool kit or whatever to it.

Without the cover, there are small grommets already installed. I tied loops of para cord in those and ran a tie-down strap through them. At the back I ran the strap through a couple of carabiners hooked to the fender. Worked great.

Make sure you don't fill it up all the way and purge it when needed. I usually don't put more than a gallon in it. The second picture was after a couple of hours out in Big Bend last month just before I purged it again.



 
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Sounds good! I will enjoy the ride on Fri, but would be great to save the tires for Arkansas! :trust:
I might be able to help you guys out...... (might).
I've been trying to get this buddy of mine into dual sport and I think he might go on this trip, BUT if he dosn't... I would be happy to swing over from east TX or meet you half way and give you guys a ride. The big deal is my trailer only holds 3 bikes :eek2:. So you see if I have 4, it's a no go. P.M. me and we'll talk.:trust::clap:
 
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I might be able to help you guys out...... (might).
I've been trying to get this buddy of mine into dual sport and I think he might go on this trip, BUT if he dosn't... I would be happy to swing over from east TX or meet you half way and give you guys a ride. The big deal is my trailer only holds 3 bikes :eek2:. So you see if I have 4, it's a no go. P.M. me and we'll talk.:trust::clap:
Thank you so much! I am sending you and Goyko a PM. Much appreciated!
 

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Sorry you cant make it, I have been so busy haven't made many rides at all this spring. I am going to make this ride. We will be there Thursday night, leaving on Monday sometime. Does anybody have a count so far?
 

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I stayed here 3 years ago and said I'll never stay here again:eek2:. It's 50 yards from the train track and the trains come by about every 2 hours.:doh:.
Got a hotel after the 2nd night.:clap:
You must be a very light sleeper. Nothing bothers me when I am asleep. I've stayed there twice this spring. :mrgreen:
 

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I stayed here 3 years ago and said I'll never stay here again:eek2:. It's 50 yards from the train track and the trains come by about every 2 hours.:doh:.
Got a hotel after the 2nd night.:clap:
I am a light sleeper, and the trains are frequent--and close!
But they only bothered me While we were still up and about the camp site. I slept fine, surprisingly.

The convenient location, the views of the lake, the nice clean bathrooms and showers made staying there worth it to me. But, yeah, be advised; trains in area! (And JT could sleep thru a zombie apocalypse.) ;-)
 

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I think we are in the Hampton Inn, the other hotel was full.

By the way, we are driving from Nashville to Clarksville on Thursday. Won't be in till late, but I am open to some riding on Friday if anybody else is.
 

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Right on... we are all loaded up about to head to Nashville. Mary is not going to Clarksville with me, so it will just be me, the Husky and the Twin.

FYI weather shows the river is flooding right now and there is rain the entire time we are there, but things change so I am not going to worry.


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Who's going to be in Clarksville Thursday evening?

Daniel and I should be arriving around 4-5pm. We're going to be riding my GS in the area on Friday. Friday evening, we'll make our way to toward Kingston on Hwy 21 to Wildernessrider's property to ride dirt bikes Saturday and Sunday.

I was just thinking we might hook up for dinner with anyone that might be in town.

We'll be back in town again on Sunday evening.

Both nights we are staying at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel on the West end of town.
 
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Who's going to be in Clarksville Thursday evening?

Daniel and I should be arriving around 4-5pm. We're going to be riding my GS in the area on Friday. Friday evening, we'll make our way to toward Kingston on Hwy 21 to Wildernessrider's property to ride dirt bikes Saturday and Sunday.

I was just thinking we might hook up for dinner with anyone that might be in town.

We'll be back in town again on Sunday evening.

Both nights we are staying at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel on the West end of town.
I won't get there until Friday, but will be at the same hotel as you two. I believe Camilo and Nadeem are there too. So maybe Sunday dinner?
 

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I will be at the Holiday Inn Express also coming in Thursday night. The sunset Inn just called me with a room vacancy if anyone is interested.


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OK, y'all might think this is funny, I do :clap:.... So right around May 1 (a little late in the evening, about 7 or 8) I call Sunset and said " I'm with the motorcycle rally, Blah Blah Blah and I need a room for 4 nights starting Thursday." :rider:The man on the other end says "no problem, can I get your # and call you back tomorrow?" ...ok?...sure.? :ponder:So I wait for a phone call.... 2 days go by and I call back, "Hi I called about a room for 4 nights a couple of days ago?" same guy says "Sure Sure, my wife is taking care of these (bookings) and shes at a kids ball game right now, can she call you back after 7? ...."sure.?":wary: So I wait. No calls and I get busy the next 3 or 4 days until it dawns on me, I haven't confirmed my rooms! So I call back.... "Hi I'm the guy thats waiting on a call to book my room?":uhoh: Same guy say's "yes, yes, I told you my wife will call you, she has your #, dont worry." .......ok!?!?:brainsnap (hang up). So I let a week, or more, go by. Called last night....He says, "I told you, you have a room, no problem." "I have a room? I thought you were going to call my back?" "Oh no you have a room, no worry's." :headbang:
So if I show up Thursday night and dont have a room I'm not going to be happy!:pound::biggun:
 

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:tab The Holiday Inn Express has a good bit of room behind the hotel for parking trucks/trailers. There is also a back door right next to a laundry room that leads to that parking area. The rooms were nice and the breakfast was pretty good.

:tab I have been asked about some good street routes for those not doing the DS rides. I have attached four loops, each just over 300 miles, that cover many of the best roads. They are GPX files, so right click and save as. If you leave no later than 9:00am, you should get back before 6:00pm unless you have some kind of prolonged stop other than lunch.
 

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Anybody else going from DFW area that has spot for me and my bike on the trailer? Badtex is not sure about his plan, so he sudgested that I find a back up.
 

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OK, y'all might think this is funny, I do :clap:.... So right around May 1 (a little late in the evening, about 7 or 8) I call Sunset and said " I'm with the motorcycle rally, Blah Blah Blah and I need a room for 4 nights starting Thursday." :rider:The man on the other end says "no problem, can I get your # and call you back tomorrow?" ...ok?...sure.? :ponder:So I wait for a phone call.... 2 days go by and I call back, "Hi I called about a room for 4 nights a couple of days ago?" same guy says "Sure Sure, my wife is taking care of these (bookings) and shes at a kids ball game right now, can she call you back after 7? ...."sure.?":wary: So I wait. No calls and I get busy the next 3 or 4 days until it dawns on me, I haven't confirmed my rooms! So I call back.... "Hi I'm the guy thats waiting on a call to book my room?":uhoh: Same guy say's "yes, yes, I told you my wife will call you, she has your #, dont worry." .......ok!?!?:brainsnap (hang up). So I let a week, or more, go by. Called last night....He says, "I told you, you have a room, no problem." "I have a room? I thought you were going to call my back?" "Oh no you have a room, no worry's." :headbang:
So if I show up Thursday night and dont have a room I'm not going to be happy!:pound::biggun:


The risk of arriving after a full day of riding and NOT having a room, is not good.

I had a similar experience I reserved about 6 weeks ago and asked for a confirmation email which never arrived. Called back last week and the lady could not find my reservation... she was supposed to call back. Never did.

I reserved at the Holiday Inn and so others in my group.

I liked the location and rate, but certainly do not trust them for their record keeping, in fact she said the are not 'computerized'... :ponder:
 

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An FYI...............I just canceled a room at the Holiday Inn for the nights of May 25-28. Good luck. Here's their phone number 497-705-7600. $$$ Be forewarned, they have raised their prices for the weekend.
I noticed that when I made my reservations via Expedia. The price shown was $78/night. When I went to actually make the reservations, it was $14 higher than that! (Not including the taxes). Kind of smacks of a bait and switch... I did go ahead and make the reservations though because I still got my rooms for under $100 and for a hotel that nice, I'm okay with that price every now and then.
 

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Guys, the forecast is not improving. I have waited till this late hoping it would improve, but it seems to be a little worse than yesterday. I am officially calling this one canceled. Riding these trails when wet is just not much fun. I will mail the hats out to everyone who has registered. Of course if anyone wants to go anyway, they are welcome to do so. I hope the forecast is wrong.
 
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Aw come on now. You know riding this area when its wet is a total hoot!
Just not real adviseable for those of lesser experience.
Sorry we wont get to see you guys up here this time. Hope the reschedule works out better.
If any of you inmates do make it up this way, plesse stop by the ranch and join us for some adrenalin filled riding.
 

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I just saw this sitting in my hotel room in Nashville with my trailer loaded with both bikes and a non refundable hotel room in Clarksville tomorrow night.

Need to check the weather but one way or the other I will be spending a night or two ther at the holiday inn...

And wilderness snag a trials bike while I was busy too.

Not a great day so far. Lol
 

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We're still going.

Forecast for Huntsville (on Hwy 23) is good for Friday, 50% chance rain Saturday, then good for Sunday and Monday.
 
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I see you have an ear infection, hope it gets better. I will be there too and figure out something fun to do.

We will get even with woods. He can enjoy his victory now, but should be afraid, very afraid. LOL


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Since it's canceled anybody wanna go to Barnwell Mountain on Saturday? Forecast looks good, and its only 2 hours from DFW?
 
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I see you have an ear infection, hope it gets better. I will be there too and figure out something fun to do.

We will get even with woods. He can enjoy his victory now, but should be afraid, very afraid. LOL


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Goyko, what is Barnwell Mountain? Where is it? I have a super busy weekend with my daughter graduating so can't go this weekend but sounds like a place I would like to check out in the future...


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Hey Mike sorry (well almost) about snagging that trials bike. I saw you were eying it as well.
You need to take a ride up here from Clarksville. There will be a bunch of us TWTers riding on the ranch. So far we have dodged the rain and it is getting dry. Today is another stellar riding day, sunny and cool! Even if we do take a few showers in the next couple days it will still be great riding. All you need to do from Clarksville is ride north on Hwy 21 towards Kingston we are only an hour of beautiful twisty asphalt away. After you cross over the Buffalo River on 21 heading North, and go back up the mountain leaving the Boxley Valley. Watch for a cross road intersection with Madison Co dirt road #3260 going left to Red Star. Take this road South for 4 miles through the woods until you come to my ranch pastures and driveway on the left. We have signage at the driveway you can't miss it.

Come on by & lets ride!

Badtex You are also invited. If you want to have an Ozark adventure this weekend come on up. I think the weather is actually going to be pretty good for riding. Probably take a shower or two at some point, so not a lot of dust, or excessive heat.
Come on up...you know you want to!
 

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Donny and I tease of course she will be part of the inner circle LOL

Looks like I'll make it to Clarksville by about 7 PM tonight
 
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Goyko, what is Barnwell Mountain? Where is it? I have a super busy weekend with my daughter graduating so can't go this weekend but sounds like a place I would like to check out in the future...


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Best riding you can get within two hours of DFW

Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area
6284 TX-155, Gilmer, TX 75644
https://goo.gl/maps/SacHu4WUXcT2
 

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I just pulled up and checked in at the holiday in express the weather is spectacular can't wait for a cocktail and some dinner


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Oh I got confused I think there are two rides now on this thread I am in Arkansas at the holiday in express


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I'm still coming, but with my older son only, younger one got sick and is not gonna make it. Plan is to be in Clarksville around 5-6 pm Friday nite. I'm bringing both bikes and am hoping to do some dirt. I may check out Wilderness riders place:sun:
 

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Doh! Daniel is bummed about missing Jesse!

We got into Clarksville at 3:00pm. Weather was PERFECT! So we checked in and went for a fantastic ride!!

Everyone should recognize this spot!


Ice cream in Mt Judea after blasting up AR 123!


Ran some great dirt east and south of Mt Judea down to Falling Water Falls.
















Alive but sluggish because of a FULL belly!




LOTS of wildlife!! Many deer, turkeys, possums, suicidal squirrels, and more. The run from the falls back to Clarksville on 16 and 123 was just a blast, even dodging the deer!
 
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