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TWT 2018 Fall Rally - Eureka Springs - NOW WITH DIRT!!

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I should have some road routes posted this weekend.

As before we will try to divide up into groups or 4 or 5 riders, based on desired pace.

I will lead or ride in a moderate pace group. Devient_Artist set a very nice pace in this group last year. If you were in that group it will be very similar.

As always, what ever group you choose to ride with, ride your own ride! If you feel pressure to try harder to keep up with the group, you probably need to slow down. Don't worry about the group, we will wait at all turns and course changes. We all value lives and safety more than we value keeping to a pace or schedule.
 

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The Butler maps Ive been selling for a few years expand on those recommendations...highlighting the best sections with yellow... Red on the stuff thats still almost as fun/scenic... & orange for the sections not quite as entertaining...
The Butler Maps are an excellent resource. I would bring along several dozen maps as you will probably sell your entire inventory to not only TWTEX members but other nearby riders staying at the motel as well.

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Well..I would..but I only keep a couple of those in stock now. Jus sell em here n there. Sales have really slowed down... I think folks are gradually goin electronic.
Even Butler has the Rever app for maps now. But I'll have an option for folks who need it...just ask

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I prefer maps for trip planning or discussing a route with a group of riders. Paper maps are a quick way to find an alternative route instead of having to Charlie Daniel fiddle with the GPS.

...no batteries required.

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I just booked the last room with a single queen bed. They still have the jacuzzi room with a king bed and a smoking room with two queens.

Plan to be there Wednesday evening. I'll have my son, Daniel, with me (12 yrs old). He'll be riding two up with me on the GS.
 

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I just booked the last room with a single queen bed. They still have the jacuzzi room with a king bed and a smoking room with two queens.

Plan to be there Wednesday evening. I'll have my son, Daniel, with me (12 yrs old). He'll be riding two up with me on the GS.
Great news! Looking forward to seeing you and your son.
 

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Friday evening dinner plans are finalized. We only do one organized meal during this rally, and this is it.


It's become something of a tradition to dine on fine German food at The Bavarian Inn Restaurant. We'll continue that tradition this year.

Where:
The Bavarian Inn Restaurant
325 W Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
https://goo.gl/maps/uXJsyc8XZ232

When:
Friday, October 12, 7:00pm


Important information needed from everyone:

Are you planning on having the duck??

The Roast Duck is a specialty at Bavarian Restaurant, and is very good. Please review the menu and let me know in the next couple of days if you would like to order either the 1/4 roast duck, or the 1/2 roast duck (the 1/2 duck is not on the menu, but available. If you want a whole duck, order 2 ;) ). They only roast a certain number each day and need to know so they don't run out.

PLEASE RESPOND EITHER IN THIS THREAD OR VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE DIRECTLY TO ME.

http://restaurant.eurekaspringsinn.com/dinner-menu/

I will have my Expedition there and can provide transportation to and from the restaurant, and can make multiple runs if necessary.
 
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For those still on the fence about attending, please go back to the first page and read the post about lodging.
 

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When I called earlier today, there were no double queen rooms available, except for one, and that was a smoking room :puke: The room I got was a single queen. The only other room was the more expensive jacuzzi room with a king bed. So unless they have some cancellations between now and Wednesday, it will be slim pickings!
 

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Not too shabby!
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I've been keeping a close eye on it too.

Looking good today. Going to be cool in the mornings.
 
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Anyone thinking about riding to/from at this point?
I plan to ride to Eureka Springs from Dallas on Wednesday, stopping at Queen Wilhelmina SP for lunch around 12:30-1PM. If anyone would like to meet there for lunch, please PM me.

I attached an overview of the route I plan to take; the slab part from Dallas to Atoka, OK is dull, but the rest of it is mostly good, especially the Talimena Scenic Byway and the Pig Trail.
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Sounds like a good route. I'm considering breaking it up. Maybe staying in Mena Wednesday night.

Is everyone showing up Wednesday? Or are most arriving on Thursday?
 

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:tab Some of my most memorable rides have been rides in the rain, several in Arkansas. Unless the lightning is coming down left and right, there is hail, and/or tornadoes... I like riding in the rain, but that time where we had all the above was a bit on the "exciting" side of things! :eek2: Even the stray dog that was hiding under cover with us was not impressed :whatever:

:tab Riding in the rain is all about being smoooooooth. I also like the way everything looks. That said, if it does rain and you find yourself on AR 74 heading toward AR 23 South of Huntsville, BE CAREFUL!! There is a timber mill a few miles before you reach 23 and they spray that weather treatment stuff on the giant piles of wood with huge sprinklers. It gets on the road. It is super slick when it gets wet!!
 

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I just let my room go (Fri. 1:30pm 10/5). I'll be bunking with Rsquared since his BIL had to cancel.

My room was a single queen, no smoking. Total with tax for all four nights was only $269 and some change.
 

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That said, if it does rain and you find yourself on AR 74 heading toward AR 23 South of Huntsville, BE CAREFUL!! There is a timber mill a few miles before you reach 23 and they spray that weather treatment stuff on the giant piles of wood with huge sprinklers. It gets on the road. It is super slick when it gets wet!!
Thanks. I suspect I'll be through there at some point.
 
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The weather looks outstanding for Fall in the Ozarks. I'm "in". Riding up since I don't know any better. Bottom will hurt. It's 581 miles (ten hours w/o stops) going through the Metroplex which I'm not. Going around to the west and North of DFW because the place has a great potential to harm me.

Put me down for 1/4 of a duck.
 
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Our route this Sunday heads from Waco ta Fairfield (the direct 84/73/171/27 way)... then 84/79 to Palestine where we hit the first "more interesting" road...FM315 up to 31 just west of Tyler..looping around north to FM14 & FM2869 to Winnsboro ...then 37 from there across into OK on 98 to Idabel
Then its US259 up to the Talimena Skyway & over into AR near Mena
Of course...we're not hedded to Eureka yet...so it'll be an easterly run toward Russelville to cross the river...or...if enuff time up to Mt Magazine & cross at Clarksville for that epic stretch of 123 toward Yellville.....hopefully?

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The weather looks outstanding for Fall in the Ozarks. I'm "in". Riding up since I don't know any better. Bottom will hurt. It's 581 miles (ten hours w/o stops) going through the Metroplex which I'm not. Going around to the west and North of DFW because the place has a great potential to harm me.

Put me down for 1/4 of a duck.
Thanks Zephyr, I got you down.

Listen up folks, I need to know if you're ordering duck. I'll be calling Bavarian tomorrow to give them a final duck-count.

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I reserved room awhile back for Friday and Saturday night.

I hope to leave Beaumont afternoon Thursday and travel as far as possible.

Depends on work and when I can hit the road.

I'll probably ride the R1200GS but if it looks like a lot of weather I will put the DR 650 in the truck and haul it there.

Look forward to getting to ride. Its been a while.
 
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I probably won't arrive in Eureka Springs until Thursday evening but could possibly be talked into arriving on Wednesday evening. Otherwise my plan is to get to Clarksville on Wednesday evening and take a winding street and unpaved roads trek up to Eureka Springs on Thursday.

I'm happy to lead or tag along on rides on Friday and Saturday. The pace (or group I'm looking for) would be on the quicker side, more like speeding up for the corners and slowing down for the straights. NOT A RACE but a respectful and spirited ride.

Here's a route that covers a lot of Missouri and is a lot of fun that I'll probably do Friday or Saturday. Tourmeister has done all of the Missouri portion (I hijacked it from his reports) and I'm sure will vouch for it. Lunch in Reed Springs at the Reed Spring Pizza Co (more than pizza) located at mile 117. This includes the Peel Ferry.

https://ridewithgps.com/users/352108/routes
 
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I'm in.

I haven't got a room yet and not sure if I will get there Wed or Thur, will be taking the long way there from SA.
Welcome to the group! I gotcha down. If no rooms are available, you might be able to bunk up with someone else. Most rooms are 2 queen beds.
 

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I reserved room awhile back for Friday and Saturday night.

I hope to leave Beaumont afternoon Thursday and travel as far as possible.

Depends on work and when I can hit the road.

I'll probably ride the R1200GS but if it looks like a lot of weather I will put the DR 650 in the truck and haul it there.

Look forward to getting to ride. Its been a while.
Gotcha on the list DLDR. Glad to have you.
 

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A few housekeeping items:

Take a look at the roll call list on page 1.
If I've missed any additions or subtractions to the IN list please let me know. It's helpful to know who's arrival to expect so that we know if we need to send out search parties if you don't show up. :wary:

Another quick reminder to get your lodging nailed down if you haven't done so. Rooms are slim pickings at this point, but there might be some riders willing to split.

The weather forecast is still looking good, but rain is a possibility - prepare in whatever way you are comfortable with.

Larry from the Swiss Village Inn has asked me to pass on a friendly reminder about quiet hours after 10pm. We typically sit around in the parking lot in the evenings socializing and telling tall tales. This isn't a problem, just be respectful of other guests at the Inn, and keep it down to a dull roar after 10. TWT has a good reputation and we want to keep it that way.

GPS tracks coming shortly......

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Hit this link for nav files in a variety of formats.

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1R1taCc7bLc4Mem_tX6i4euW-liVVuW_a

No guarantees on how these will work with your nav system. I highly recommend trying them out before we're ready to hit the road.

These tracks were built in Furkot and are optimized for the Android app CoPilot. If anyone has the opportunity to try the Garmin and/or TomTom files and report your results, that would super cool. No idea if any of the formats are supported by Magellan. Anyone know?

Last thing, I might tweak these tracks a bit here and there, but nothing too drastic. If I make a major change I'll post an updated file.

See y'all soon!
 

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Do these open easily in that app?
I wouldn't say it's "easy", but it's not too bad once you've done it a couple of times. I can give you step by step if you want to give it a try.
 

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:tab I am not planning on being a group leader, but I rarely get on the bike and leave much before 8:30-9:00am... leaning more toward 9:00 :-P I may, or may not, be back in time for dinner or before dark. I just depends on how much fun I am having. That said, with my son on the back, I suspect my days will be shorter than for my solo rides. Obviously, with my son aboard, I will be riding appropriately. So I will stick to pavement and moderate dirt.
 
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Watch the weather forecast. Now calling for a high of 60 Thur-Sat and sunny.

To me that is perfect riding weather but may be cooler than some of you southerners are used to!

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I don't have any motorcycle specific cold weather gear which means I'll probably be over packing for this one.
 
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