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Two Wheeled Texans Fall Arkansas/Missouri Rally

Who: I will be heading up this rally. Post in this thread or PM me if you have questions or comments.

What: This is basically some riding enthusiasts getting together to ride some beautiful roads for a couple of days. What it isn't is timed stages, organized competitive events, or anything like that type of rally. The only organized activities will be the accommodations, the actual routes we ride each day, and one group meal together (assuming I can get a space large enough at the restaurant).

When: October 12-15, 2017
Oct 12: Arrival/Check in :)
Oct 13: Ride!
Oct 14: Ride more!
Oct 15: Go home :(

Where: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Lodging: Swiss Village Inn
183 E Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
http://www.swissvillageinn.com/
(479) 253-9541 -direct line, talk to Larry if he's available.

A block of 10 rooms (all double queen, no smoking) is reserved at the hotel. Room rates are $59/night. You must call the hotel and book the room yourself. The rooms must be booked by Thursday, September 28 or they will be released to the general public. Make sure you tell them you are with the Two Wheeled Texans to get the group rate described above. Feel free to split rooms.

If you search for the hotel through Google, you might end up with some central booking service that I found to be somewhat lacking in communication skills. I would call the manager, Larry, directly at 479-253-9541 during regular business hours.

If the initial block of rooms fills up, I will attempt to get additional rooms. If no additional rooms are available, you are still welcome to attend but you will need to find your own accommodations. That being said, the starting point for the ride each day will be the Swiss Village Inn parking lot. You will need to get there in time for departure.

POST IN THIS THREAD OR PM ME WHEN YOU BOOK ONE OF THE BLOCK ROOMS SO I CAN KEEP COUNT.

Travel/Transport: There will be some who want to ride up, and some who want to trailer up. If you’re looking for folks to ride there and/or back with, post up and and start picking teams. If you have a truck/trailer with space available, or if you’re looking for trailer space, post in this thread and we’ll start a trailer queen list.

Camping: For those interested in camping, there are several campgrounds available in the ES area. There won’t be a block of sites held for us, so make your reservation early to ensure you find a space.

Routes: TBA. There are hundreds of glorious, twisty roads in NW AR and SO MO. We’ll ride some of the best of them. If there’s enough interest, we can get dirty as well. When the routes are finalized I will post Furkot links and GPS files in the most common formats here.

Rides: The rides will consist of 250 - 300 miles a day through beautiful country on some great back roads in Arkansas and Missouri. If enough riders show up, we’ll split into smaller groups. Groups will be split up by pace, from stop-and-smell-the-roses to spirited, and then a dirt/off-pavement group if there’s enough interest. There is NO REASON for anybody to feel intimidated or worry about either falling behind or holding anybody up. As with any TWT ride, ride your own ride, at your own pace. Ride leaders will wait at intersections or change of plans to make sure the group stays together.

Pre-ride meetings will begin at 8:30am, rides will start at 9:00am. Please be in the Swiss Village Inn parking lot, gassed up and ready to depart, at 8:30am.

Rules: This is a TWT sponsored event. This means that we will conduct ourselves, and wear gear in accordance with The TWT Rules of the Road. If you have questions about the interpretation or implementation of the rules, ask before rather than after.

Again, if there’s enough of us I’ll split the riders into groups of 10ish. I find that groups larger than that can get awkward or even unmanageable on the road, plus it makes lunch and gas stops much more manageable.


T-shirts:

T-shirt order cancelled. PLEASE bring your own shirts. ;)

Roll Call

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pacman+1 (street-Concours 14)
Mr2mch (street-S10)
jcvccase (street-KLR)
texxter (street-Tiger)
yeliabp (street)
DaJudge (FJR street)
The Sarge (Street)
RossWorley (S10 street)
El_Chamiso (S10 street or dirt)
Devientartist (GSA) + Dad (Wing)
MacDaddy (S10)
Tangor (FJR1300 )
Ron (FJR1300)
Muergano (BMW RS 1200)
Charlie (K1600 GTL-E)
julimike54+1 (street)
exphiveoh+1 (dirt)
LYNYRD (DL1000)
SpiritAtBay (WeeStrom)
JT (XRR)


MAYBE
Jampad (dirt-KLR)
wildernessrider (dirt-Africa Twin)(no room needed)
El Fenix (street-Sprint ST)
charrito (Tiger/TTR street or dirt)


WITH US IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS
echo_four_romeo

Rooms still available (AFAIK)
3 - see below for details.


HOTEL UPDATE
I just added 5 rooms to the TWTex block, for a total of 15 rooms. The initial 10 rooms are fully booked. These are all the rooms Larry has left. 4 are two queen beds, non-smoking, 1 is a two queen smoking. He will hold these rooms for us until September 13. If you're even remotely considering attending, I would book your room right away. Per Larry, you can cancel up to 48 hours before check-in with no penalty.

One other reminder, many of these rooms have 2 beds, and there are probably some guys who wouldn't mind sharing a room.


Meals:

There will be one planned group meal:

Bavarian Inn Restaurant
325 West Van Buren, ES, AR
https://goo.gl/maps/7br7eXXZ1Qt
Saturday, 7:00pm - reservation confirmed.


Group Dinner Roll Call:
Pacman +1
texxter
El_Chamiso
Devientartist +1
MacDaddy
LYNYRD
SpiritAtBay
JT
Mr2mch
julimike54 +1
Rsquared
Sarge
DaJudge
Tangor
Ron
Muergano
Charlie



Roast Duck Roll Call: (If you want the duck, they need a headcount to have enough on-hand. Click here for menu.)
pacman
texxter
El_Chamiso



We’ve had great experiences here in the past. Priced at about $16 a plate but it’s great food with large portions. Mrs Pacman will be driving our Expedition on this trip, so we’ll have that and hopefully a couple other tow rigs to carpool to the restaurant. That gives most of us the opportunity to imbibe in some fine German wine or beer. Or both.

There are no plans for group breakfasts. The hotel website says they serve breakfast through the end of October, so that should be one option. If you want to eat breakfast before the ride, please plan ahead to be back in the parking lot for the pre-ride meeting. Lunch will be on the road wherever we find it. There are several well-known chow stops to choose from, but right now I’ll leave that decision up to each group leader. Dinners will be on your own back in Eureka Springs with the exception of Saturday night.
 
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Trailer Queen Roll Call
To make arrangements please work with each other directly. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for trailer openings or needs to herd people together as needed.

Edit: I do need everyone to handle their own trailer arrangements, but please post publicly in this thread so other interested parties can find out what's available.

Has Space:
Rexter, coming out of College Station, has room for 2 or 3 bikes. He'll be traveling up on 10/10 and back on 10/15. Contact him directly via PM through TWT for more details and to make meetup arrangements.


Needs Space:
El Fenix (DFW area)



Possibly has space:
pacman (Thinking about possibly trailering on this go-round. I want to make sure there's at least one trailer available for recovery if needed <furiously knocks on wood>)
 
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Following! Sounds like a trip I would love to take. After doing the the Great Divide Ride in June, I will be ready for another adventure in October...
 

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Following! Sounds like a trip I would love to take. After doing the the Great Divide Ride in June, I will be ready for another adventure in October...
Hope you can make it!
 
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I may join in on the fun if there is a group who wants to have a romp in the dirt. Should be a perfect time for riding in the Ozarks, and Eureka Springs is such a cool little town to hang around.
 
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If I do show, i won't be taking a hotel room. Will ride over from the Wilderness Rider Buffalo Ranch that morning.
 
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If I can make it, dual sporting is what I would be up for...


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This is shaping up to be a very dirty group.

Can I borrow a dualsport? :wary:
 

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Please check the original post occasionally. I'll put edits/additions at the bottom of that post.
 

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Somewhere near Eureka Springs, Spring 2007.

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Nice action shot pacman... You could be in a magazine!


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OP and Trailer Queen post updated.
 

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Nice action shot pacman... You could be in a magazine!


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Aw shucks, thanks. ;) Yup, that's me on the sexy old ZRX I used to have. Loved that bike and hope to have another one someday.

That ride was the TWTex Eureka Springs Spring Fling in 2007. It was an, er, eventful trip. Read the planning thread here.

We really did have a great time on that trip, but there was one little bump in the road. Read about that here.

I mention this not to dredge up bad memories or scare people off, but just for information for folks who have never ridden technically challenging roads, haven't been on group rides, or both. The man who went down, DFW_Warrior, is an experienced and skilled rider. This was a stark reminder to us all that the road can reach up and bite you, no matter what your skill or experience level. Plan for worst, hope for the best. I plan to have at least one designated recovery vehicle available for immediate use waiting back at the hotel.

All that being said, I do plan on riding that section of 123 again because is a beautiful stretch of twisties. Bill, if you're reading this, I haven't seen you in a few years, but we should totally reconnect for this trip and ride 123 together. I'll lead this time...:deal:
 
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Waaay 2mch fun for me ta pass up....Im there

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What kind of bike will you be riding? Keeping track for route planning purposes.
 

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Still a work in progress, but here's a peak at what will probably be day 2. This is right at 260 miles.

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Awesome... I've been needing to plan a visit to family in that part of the world (SW Missouri and NE Oklahoma). If I can combine it with this ride, that would be even better.

Count me as highly interested. I'd be on the S10 and rather stay on pavement. It's not set up for gravel and I am not skilled at big bike off-pavement. (That's what the XT250 is for.)

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Drove home through Missouri yesterday, and southern Missouri/northern Arkansas was looking as beautiful as ever. Can't wait to get up there on the bike!
 

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OK, I think I have everything updated.

Please chime in again if I didn't get you added to the first post.

Also, please post up again if you reserved one of the block of rooms. I need to get an accurate count.
 
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Got a room - didn't ask for single or double, just a $59 room. Looking forward to it!
 

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OP updated and hopefully correct.
 
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Hmm I see you are going right past my place on the Sunday loop. For anyone interested in amazing wilderness camping or dirt & dual sport road riding. I have a couple thousand acres of prime Ozark back country riding & camping land. Its located on the mountain sitting right behind the Boxley Valley Church and also runs way up Beech creek. Come play in the dirt with me, if you got some dirt skilz and the bike.
 

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Hmm I see you are going right past my place on the Sunday loop.
We'll be running that loop on Saturday. Sunday will be get-home day for most folks, but for those that can stay longer that sounds like a blast!
 

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Day 1 so far is right around 300 miles. This ride feature a section of 160 in MO, the Peel Ferry crossing of Bull Shoals Lake, and Push Mountain Road. Should be a spectacular day of riding.
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Now I need to see if someone will share a dirt road ride or two with me. I have no experience in that area other than when I can find online, but if someone is willing to share some good dirt road riding with me I'll make sure we have good GPS files available.
 

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Gotcha in the maybe column Mike.
 

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Day 1 so far is right around 300 miles. This ride feature a section of 160 in MO, the Peel Ferry crossing of Bull Shoals Lake, and Push Mountain Road. Should be a spectacular day of riding.
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Now I need to see if someone will share a dirt road ride or two with me. I have no experience in that area other than when I can find online, but if someone is willing to share some good dirt road riding with me I'll make sure we have good GPS files available.
:tab Right there where US 160 makes that 90 turn to the South above Forsyth, you will see MO H. This is a great paved road. I like to run it North to where it hits MO 125, then run 125 all the way back down to the Ferry. It is worth the extra miles/time!! Alternatively, right at your gas stop, stay on MO 76 over to Bradleyville and then head South on 125. That stretch of US 160 from the gas stop over to 125 is nice, but there can be a lot of traffic and the run up H/125 or 76/125 is MUCH better.

:tab The lettered roads in Missouri can be paved or unpaved. If they are paved, they are often a bit narrow, but the pavement quality is generally good and they tend to be twisty as they usually follow the terrain rather than having lots of cut/fill road grading.

:tab I have attached two GPX files for consideration. Both routes are about 330-340 miles and hit MANY great roads while avoiding the higher traffic roads.

:tab The North route is mostly in Missouri, but includes the Ferry and the run back West to Eureka Springs. There is a nice 50's style cafe in Cape Fair on MO 76 before you reach Reed Springs. It is right at the stop sign. Gas available in Noel on the West end of 90, Cassville where you pick up MO 76, Reed Springs, US 160/65 intersection (BIG Station with lots of pumps), but then not again until crossing back into Missouri on US 65.

:tab The South route is nothing but awesome roads. Probably need to get gas in Clarksville even though I did not include that on the route. Most stations are near the Interstate. However, there is a small station on 21 as you come into town. I've no idea if it keeps regular hours or has premium for those that want/need it. From there, next gas is at Marshall, decent sized station on US 65 as you head North through town. From there, next gas is Jasper. Between Clarksville and Marshall, there is nothing. So probably lunch in Marshall, on same side of town as gas.

:tab These routes also allow numerous places for people to cut them short if they get tired or just want to head back to Eureka Springs. I did not include Push Mountain and Hwy 14 South of Yellville simply because they are a LONG way over there. The route you have that includes them IS a good route. I just rode both of those roads twice a few weeks ago and they are in excellent condition. Push Mountain is patrolled on weekends and 14 South of Yellville can get a lot of traffic because of rafters/tubers on the river.

:tab Anyway, just tossing this out there for your consideration.
 

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Thanks Scott! Now I just need you to come along and lead the dirt group!
 
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