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TWT Autumn Rally, Mountain Home, Ar., Nov 1-4th, 2007

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Noah,

Unless you just want to get there a day early, you are welcome to trailer up with me on Thursday. I'll be leaving from Huntsville 7:00am. If you come up Wednesday evening, we can load the bikes, then just get up and go in the morning.

If you want to ride up, I can recommend some fun roads. It will likely take you the better part of 12 hours to get there if you hit the fun roads on the way.
 
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You guys need to be careful up there on 341, Push Mountain Road. I was up there a few weeks ago and it has A LOT of very recently applied chip seal on it. There has been enough of it put down that it takes the fun out of it on that road IMHO. The scenery is still great and it is still a nice ride but you just cant wick it up a bit as in the past, at least I couldnt anyway. And to top it all off I probably encountered about 12 cars including one local sheriff while on 341. I was shocked. Not that I have been in Arkansas an excessive amount of times but after the times I have been up there and getting used to pretty much not seeing hardly any one at all it was a little startling to encounter that much traffic on that one stretch of road and it was equally dissapointing to not be able to ride it like I wanted to because of the all the chip seal.
 
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Being careful on 341 is always good advice.... however being there myself just 10 days ago found the road to be in great shape. With that said, there's a guy now doing photo work (ala KillBoy @ Deal's Gap) and his pics and website are generating a lot more attention to that road. No doubt as that little slice of twisty heaven gets more popular so will the LEO presence.
 

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Being careful on 341 is always good advice.... however being there myself just 10 days ago found the road to be in great shape. With that said, there's a guy now doing photo work (ala KillBoy @ Deal's Gap) and his pics and website are generating a lot more attention to that road. No doubt as that little slice of twisty heaven gets more popular so will the LEO presence.
NNNOOOOOOooooo!!!! :doh:

I do not want Arkansas to get more popular :lol2: Everyone needs to stay focused on Deal's Gap! :-P

Thanks for the heads up about the chipseal. That is always an issue in Arkansas and Missouri. The don't always post warnings for it and they seem to have a knack for putting it in bad places :roll: As for the traffic, October is the busiest month for that area for fall foliage tourists and campers. Hopefully, going in Early November will help with that as it has in the past. Most of the resorts and such close at the end of October.
 
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Wow, I would love to come out for this. TM is right, if Mike, and Buzz make it, that's about a quarter of the same people we had a few years back. Unfortunately ,and I really mean this, I would much rather be riding my freshly put back together bike in AR with you, than coming back to Italy (yes I'm in Italy right now) for my third trip in six weeks. Oh well, stay safe and I hope you all enjoy your time up there.
 
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Cool! I think the last time I saw you was the previous trip you did up there with me a few years ago! Where does the time go...? :doh:
Yup, he and I both were on that ride. :mrgreen: I got stuck with having to work the w/e of the Ozark FCT so I'm more then likely gonna make this ride. :rider:
 

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I'm in. Reservations made, and I'll bring the completed forms and $30 cash with me to Mountain Home.
 

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If there is interest, I will be trailering and you are welcome to ride up and back with me. I'd be leaving Huntsville Thursday morning at 7:00am though. What I have done in the past is have folks crash here Wed night. We load the bikes, grab dinner, then get up and roll in the morning. We are usually back in Huntsville by 5:00pm-7:00pm Sunday.
 
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Noah,

Unless you just want to get there a day early, you are welcome to trailer up with me on Thursday. I'll be leaving from Huntsville 7:00am. If you come up Wednesday evening, we can load the bikes, then just get up and go in the morning.

If you want to ride up, I can recommend some fun roads. It will likely take you the better part of 12 hours to get there if you hit the fun roads on the way.
I got November 1st and 2nd off and am 100% committed. I will get the hotel tomorrow night and PAYPAL the $30 fee. Is the trailer spot still available? If so, can I ride up the 1200GS this weekend for a dry-run meet & greet as I would rather not figure it all out on Wednesday night. If not, I would like to chat about roads anyway.

I'll send you a PM.

Noah
 
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For you "Maybe's" and those of you who are riding the fence on this this ride, get it in gear and make definite plans to make this ride with Scott.

I got in a little after 9 last night from riding four days up there and the leaves are just starting to change. I was told buy a local in Jasper that the color is about two weeks late this year. You guys should hit it just about right.

Bottom line here is, Guys don't dilly-dally on this ride - just do it!

Ya'll have fun!
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Almost time to ride..!
The battery on the Connie died, and a new one is scheduled for delivery on Monday. I'm keeping finger's crossed that it gets here on time. AND hoping that's all that's wrong with the bike.
 

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So if the Connie is a no go, can you take the FZ6?

Roger came up, dropped off his bike so we can load it Wed night, and then he and his son helped me move a few thousand pounds of sacrete off the trailer :eek2:

Ndmiller is coming up Wed evening to get the bikes loaded. Roger is coming back up Thurs morning and then we hit the road at 7:00am. We should be in Mountain Home by 5:00pm-ish.

Got my heated vest wired up on the Weestrom :mrgreen: Still need to get the GPS wired in though. I'll send out the routes to those that want them (GPX format).
 

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I assume everyone has a range of at least 150 miles per tank?

Also, is anyone opposed to a few miles (3-4) of hard packed gravel if it is dry? I'd like to take the group to a neat waterfall, but it is a few miles off the main road on a maintained forest road. We can always check the road when we get there and decide then if needed. It does not affect the overall route.
 
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*IF* I end up making it... I dont know if I can make 150 miles on a tank riding up there.
 

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*IF* I end up making it... I dont know if I can make 150 miles on a tank riding up there.
Well, I think the longest leg would be around 125 miles. If you bring a rubber hose, you can suck a little gas out of my tank :-P I can go about 250 on a tank.
 
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So if the Connie is a no go, can you take the FZ6?

Roger came up, dropped off his bike so we can load it Wed night, and then he and his son helped me move a few thousand pounds of sacrete off the trailer :eek2:

Ndmiller is coming up Wed evening to get the bikes loaded. Roger is coming back up Thurs morning and then we hit the road at 7:00am. We should be in Mountain Home by 5:00pm-ish.

Got my heated vest wired up on the Weestrom :mrgreen: Still need to get the GPS wired in though. I'll send out the routes to those that want them (GPX format).
Tweaking (adjusting tire pressures for cooler weather) and packing up the bike tomorrow night. I'm planning to exit work around 3pm, home about 4pm, trick or treat with the kiddo for an hour or so, so will be up in your neck between 6:30-7:30.

Gravel road is ok for me as long as it's dry, and it should be with no clouds in the middle of the country for the last week.

Noah
 

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List updated.

John, are you coming with us? VFRHugh just informed me he is coming.
 
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I REALLY want to, but am running out of time to take care of responsibilities before we leave on our Thanksgiving trip. (being grown up is such a pain!)

It would be fun to see VFRHugh again.

I guess I won't know till I show up, or not! :doh:
 
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The Mapquest route that says shortest time for me takes me through Sherman north into Oklahoma.

I got the battery in the Connie and it runs great. Now if everything else would fall into place. I may have family obligations that will keep me here Thur and Fri. I have off work through Monday and could still do a weekend ride but that would mean no trip to AR. :angryfire
I need to just give up on making plans.....:giveup:
Like you, John, I'll know when I show up, or not!
 
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The Mapquest route that says shortest time for me takes me through Sherman north into Oklahoma.
Yah... but you can get to Sherman through Gainsville, or cut across 380 thru Mckinney. That would probably be a few minutes longer.

I'm was wondering if I could ride up with you (assuming we both show up). We could meet up in Sherman, or McKinney if you go that way.
 
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Same here. Now it's not looking so good for me - too many things to get done before Thanksgiving...
 

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No leaving town for me now. The Connie is packed, all dressed up and nowhere to go. :tears:

Dangit, after this I'm gonna plan a heck of a make-up ride.....
Sorry to hear it. I know how you feel, except this weekend coming up is my make-up weekend for missing my big trip to AL. :zen:
 
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Buzz? Where are you man? You still planning on coming?
Scott,
I'm still a "maybe". I'm thinking about riding up into Tennessee Thursday PM and camping; and then maybe heading over to catch you on the southern leg of the Friday ride (or head for the Best Western if you are in MO). The weather looks great:sun: ; and the trees might actually be changing - the dry Summer has really made it late this year. Pat and I were on the Tenn/Ky border Saturday and the leaves had not turned.

Glad to see Hugh is going. I've missed seeing a yellow streak pass me in a corner:eek2: . Hope he's bringing his better half.

I'll keep lurking:trust:
 
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Buzz,
Beth isn’t coming on this trip and I finally realized that if I didn’t go on I’d probably not ride the yellow bike till spring. Other than a track day about a year ago I haven’t ridden the VFR since the September 06 Arkansas ride.
Hope to see you there,
Hugh:rider:
 
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Just got back on Monday from the Ozark Dualsport ride and color is just starting around Clarksville, we found some good color at higher elevations like White Rock and Mount Magazine. It also was a little better when we rode farther north. Mountain Home may be good by the time ya'll get there. Have fun and ride safe.


http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=257788&page=21


Donnie

Hey Scott check out this 96 KLX 650 I found in Tulsa, picked it up on the way home from Clarksville.
 
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Buzz,
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Other than a track day about a year ago I haven’t ridden the VFR since the September 06 Arkansas ride.
(snip)
Hugh, surely you mean no LONG rides! That long without a VFR ride is unhealthy!!
:mrgreen:

John
 
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