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Title: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 02, 2017, 05:33:44 pm
I posted in the "what happened to the forum thread" that I would post up some of our old ride reports, so here it goes.

My ride reports are generally rides that my wife and I do. Many times, my daughter Kristin joined us, a few are my solo rides, and occasionally other riders have come along. Most are in Oklahoma, several in Arkansas, and a few in other states. These were all written for a private, members-only type forum because my wife was uncomfortable with making them public. Now, she says it's okay to post them.

My reports are primarily picture reports and light on the text. They are mostly dual-sport, country road type rides but we do a few longer rides on our street bikes too. I try to include a little of the history or background of the places we visit and occasionally an attempt at some self-deprecating humor. Sometimes, barbs are aimed at the previous audience so if there's an occasional "what?" just don't try to figure it out. We like old stuff: bridges, buildings, churches, schools, historical sites, etc.

I'll start with 2014, post a few at a time, and go from there.

March 30, 2014: Big Bottom Ride

We took a little ride along the levee of the Verdigris Navigational Channel.

(http://i.imgur.com/TxYj4CM.jpg)

And found this field of purple clover.

(http://i.imgur.com/JNtfhhI.jpg)

My daughter Kristin.

(http://i.imgur.com/cFy8Ygx.jpg)

Lisa.

(http://i.imgur.com/I3Pk9g3.jpg)

We stayed out.

(http://i.imgur.com/gsVrhpk.jpg)

Pecan Slough Bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/eXucODo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LJxott8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PI38tLZ.jpg)

An old farmhouse.

(http://i.imgur.com/0h3jeAs.jpg)

Kristin says it's a murder house because of this mask/dummy head we found.

(http://i.imgur.com/eh5DoGK.jpg)

We got in about 70 miles, mostly on roads. Too many locked gates and closed roads. Sometimes we go in anyway. Lisa is afraid we'll get shot. Maybe...


April 20, 2014. Tallgrass Prairie ride.

Lisa, Kristin, and I went for an Easter Sunday ride in the Oklahoma Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

(http://i.imgur.com/2YYVMmr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7O9YII4.jpg)

Lots of beefalo around.

(http://i.imgur.com/4apxa5f.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IlVwMlk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/EF8iB5g.jpg)

Long, flat, empty roads. We rode about sixty miles and saw maybe five cars.

(http://i.imgur.com/buXTGZG.jpg)

We did some open-range riding and oil-lease roads and found this old railroad bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZDdY5NO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5imiAFj.jpg)

Freshmen 63-64.

(http://i.imgur.com/Gi3c1JI.jpg)

Then we headed to Pawhuska to see what we could find.

An old one-room school.

(http://i.imgur.com/b6Pldz9.jpg)

A monument dedicated to the first Boy Scout Troop which was located here.

(http://i.imgur.com/dXdpWNW.jpg)

Some dork on the oil field machinery.

(http://i.imgur.com/JRP2YS7.jpg)

We found this cool swinging bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/KGPfHPL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bOtI137.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/4DAfPlI.jpg)

I was tempted to ride across it but I wasn't confident the 1x4's would hold up. Many were rotted and splitting. I must be getting old...


4-28-2014, Arkansas River Ride.

Lisa, my daughter Kristin, and I decided to do an early Sunday morning ride before the forecast rains came. We live about four miles from the Arkansas River so we decided to get in a quick ride on the riverbed.

We found an atv trail into the woods.

(http://i.imgur.com/mNp116e.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/16JOInL.jpg)

We followed a gas pipeline maintenance trail until we found access to the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/JQwehf7.jpg)

We had to make this treacherous crossing.

(http://i.imgur.com/7DZHACy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SNMOtAu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YKD6Rms.jpg)

Once across, the fun begins.

(http://i.imgur.com/ajX5Giy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Y5qw3sa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MzejxmI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ryqkpc6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Hu8MiZ9.jpg)

Oops. Cool shot, too bad it blurred.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ix4ufKR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lE9Xg5y.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VZ8MHHX.jpg)

This was Kristin's first ride in the sand.

(http://i.imgur.com/VFtHJzT.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rEJoKRZ.jpg)

Yes, you can bury a little 200.

(http://i.imgur.com/Loc8751.jpg)

We were able to ride about 1 1/2 miles of the riverbed. Of course, when we reached the far end, that's when the storm hit. We rode back to the bank in a rain and hail storm. The hail was marble sized but surprisingly didn't hurt. Just as we made it back, it ended. Since we were now soaked, we decided to head home. Little did we know, the adventure was just beginning...

On the way out, Lisa and I rode two-up and Kristin rode the 200. The gas line trail is mostly grass covered except where it dips through drains. We approached one that was about ten feet deep and probably thirty feet wide. Lisa and I went first. The top layer had turned into slick-as-snot mud and was hard packed underneath. We got to the bottom and the bike slid right out from under us. My knee planted but my body kept going. I practically did the splits on my left side. Damn that hurt. While Lisa and I were laying at the bottom, next to my bike covered in mud, Kristin was following and instead of stopping, decided to ride through. She got about ten feet from the top and slid out too. As I tried to right my bike - naturally it fell to the downhill side, Lisa and Kristin struggled to push her bike to the top. The mud was so slick, it was difficult to maintain footing, making it nearly impossible to push. I got my bike upright and rode the opposite direction through the now 12" deep waterhole, back to the other side. I got off and walked back to help them. Kristin held the bike up, while Lisa and I pushed. We ended up going to our knees just to keep from sliding back down. It probably took ten minutes to get the bike over the top. It was one of the most physically exhausting things I've ever done. I had to take about a ten minute break to recover. I honestly thought I might die.

After regaining some semblence of composure, I walked back to my bike to give it another try. I was dreading what would happen if I didn't make it. I approached at a decent pace and tried to ride up with momentum so I wouldn't lose traction. About halfway up, it started sliding sideways, I stuck my foot out, of course it was my left one, the side I had hurt earlier. Great pain shot through my hip but I held it up and made it over the top. We rode the rest of the way slowly and carefully.

We had to ride through the local sports complex which was filled with soccer and baseball players and their families who were waiting out the storm. They stared intently at the wet, muddy freaks riding through the parking lot.

We stopped at the car wash on the way home.

(http://i.imgur.com/4R8GVrJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5fSapcn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CrHG4sA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SFNM9Mn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FWjQoML.jpg)

Lisa and Kristin both had bruises to their shins. My hip is still sore today. But we're all looking forward to the next ride.



That's all folks!

(http://i.imgur.com/W8PF5W5.jpg)





Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 02, 2017, 08:44:51 pm
Beautiful ride report  :thumbsup:

Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:

You even got some mud on the bikes  :D


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 03, 2017, 05:11:16 pm
5/04/2014: Illinois River area ride.

We went camping and riding around the Illinois River in northeastern Oklahoma.

I pulled my old race trailer out of retirement for the weekend. It makes for a good camper.

(http://i.imgur.com/Hu2NCy8.jpg)

We got there late so Lisa cooked while I set up camp.

(http://i.imgur.com/Vf9cj2m.jpg)

Our traditional camp dinner of smoked sausage dogs and beans.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZwOvjv4.jpg)

A nice little campfire to warm a cool night. 40's that night, 90's the next day. Typical Okie roller coaster weather.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ax9Rqva.jpg)

Comb's Bridge over the Illinois River. (Edit: gone as of January, 2016. Replaced with a crappy, boring concrete bridge.)

(http://i.imgur.com/6CIMneU.jpg)

We rode the gravel roads which generally parallel the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/W7DUVug.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JufuDAK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/4pSi7W9.jpg)

We came upon this low water crossing. No, we didn't risk it.

(http://i.imgur.com/7K7kknk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TzpZXew.jpg)

Did I mention it was in the 90's? A little shade helps a lot.

(http://i.imgur.com/BvwEFht.jpg)

A small rural church.

(http://i.imgur.com/sXG1lSk.jpg)

We rode about 27 miles of the Transamerica Trail (Google it) on the way back. I practiced a few wheelies along the way.

(http://i.imgur.com/0PYoBGb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3XnFPx1.jpg)

We ended up riding about 105 miles of mostly gravel roads.
Fun stuff, can't wait for the next ride.

(http://i.imgur.com/0jA8G8y.jpg)




5/17/2014: Crawfish Festival and Spavinaw Wildlife Management Area.

Saturday, Lisa and I rode streetbikes to the annual Cajun Ed's Crawfish festival.

Waiting in the ticket line - that's me in shorts and cap, Lisa with the purse.

(http://i.imgur.com/l9h5n6I.jpg)

Crawfish, boiled shrimp, and grilled shrimp.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZatEfvZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1luibEG.jpg)

We were entertained by the Cajun Jass Band.
They were excellent.

(http://i.imgur.com/4zsLkOL.jpg)

A V-8 chopper showed up.

(http://i.imgur.com/SVgKTHC.jpg)

We had dessert at DQ.

(http://i.imgur.com/3Rmor1L.jpg)

After the cajun fest, we headed out to Spavinaw Lake for some camping and dual-sport riding.

(http://i.imgur.com/pNHfJP4.jpg)

We walked around the park and took pictures.

(http://i.imgur.com/jBzNId7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UT8hyy9.jpg)

The troll in the tree looks alot like Lisa.

(http://i.imgur.com/3lWhYt8.jpg)

The dame and the dam.

(http://i.imgur.com/o49o6aZ.jpg)

These guys were camped next to us.

(http://i.imgur.com/hQqs5yj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pNiMrhG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yA6Pjbj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/74hVGPH.jpg)

They said to go inside and have a look. So I did.

(http://i.imgur.com/LYoiFYz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wgXCYcD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ImeXD2B.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5VH13DU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/z8k2DVr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sLu6RyP.jpg)

It wouldn't be the same without our traditional smoked sausage dogs and beans dinner.

(http://i.imgur.com/jL8eJRD.jpg)

And a breakfast of campside egg mcmuffins.

(http://i.imgur.com/fCkqTSL.jpg)

And some steaming hot coffee.

(http://i.imgur.com/ePlGSpP.jpg)

Steve (FlyingW), a guy I used to race with, came up to ride the Spavinaw Wildlife Management Area with us.

(http://i.imgur.com/UNcmJp5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/j6DqdBO.jpg)

We rode about twenty-five miles of trails and never saw a soul. We didn't even cover half of it.

(http://i.imgur.com/57LrWbB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8LBmbmb.jpg)

Steve likes wheelies.

(http://i.imgur.com/p68Xmgd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/cPFNDQr.jpg)

Where's Waldo?

Center, top of hill.

(http://i.imgur.com/HGqZddO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/a8MXFyk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TvQtSM1.jpg)

It's against the rules to go off-road here. I'm not even sure if we were in there legally. We'll carry our access permits next time, just in case. Steve carries his .380, just in case.

After we got home, we decided to ride to the car wash to clean the bikes. I popped a little wheelie on our street to show off for the neighborhood kids. I got to the car wash and was walking to the change machine, when a cop came hauling into the parking lot. I thought, "Seriously, someone called me in for that?"

It wasn't me, a couple had run their car into the automatic machine and couldn't get it out. There were three cop cars, a fire truck, and an ambulance there by the time we left.

(http://i.imgur.com/QCALidX.jpg)


5/24/2014: Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum, Miami, OK.

We went there three or four years ago, returned last weekend.

First, we stopped at Waylan's KuKu Burger. We go there everytime we are in Miami. In the 60's there were over 200 of these. This is the last one. It's a cool place filled with hot rod and Route 66 memorabilia.

And I presume yellow squash...

(http://i.imgur.com/5WY7lyD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NCjWoJ6.jpg)

On to the museum.

Trigger Gumm's failed world record attempt bike is the first thing as you walk in.

(http://i.imgur.com/XaCwogN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TXi7HNR.jpg)

And Cowboy Hall's jump bike.

(http://i.imgur.com/6crM2HN.jpg)

Then the vintage bikes:

(http://i.imgur.com/dSFOxev.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gh2IEVu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UdnGX5W.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Cy9djts.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/237NOmb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/B5CeoxD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HJYyc1v.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3UvFO6u.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UsnEPL0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/teWvDLc.jpg)

Of course, a Kaptain Kneivel bike.

(http://i.imgur.com/u73ZRpi.jpg)

Some cool Burt Munro pic's.

(http://i.imgur.com/nMiB6bQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1OVwKUQ.jpg)

The last time we went, they had a cool Steve McQueen collection. They recently sold it at auction. I read that they got $144,000 for his Husky.

We rode Route 66 on the way home.

This is the Pryor Creek Bridge at Chelsea.

(http://i.imgur.com/ePA0Rjw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/WBFJ9jl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/D9MJfAO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/urSIle7.jpg)

I grew up in Pryor, OK (official town name Pryor Creek.) We lived there when Kristin was born and she went through third grade there. She looked at the sign and asked, "Are we in Pryor?" Pryor is about thirty miles southeast of the bridge...

A portion of the original Route 66 was 9' wide concrete with asphalt filled center. In use from 1926-1937. This is one of the few remaining sections.

(http://i.imgur.com/iKvUkau.jpg)

Back to dual-sporting this weekend - if the rain stops...




Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 03, 2017, 09:03:52 pm
Thanks for sharing

Best ride report I have seen here in a long time

And right in the heartland of the USA  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 08, 2017, 09:12:07 pm
6/21/2014: Clayton Lake and Honobia Area Ride

We spent last weekend camping at Clayton Lake and riding the forest roads in the Honobia and Pushmataha Wildlife Management areas in southeastern Oklahoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/S8R54pb.jpg)

Our first ride of the weekend was up Flagpole Mountain to the lookout tower.

(http://i.imgur.com/2T8FtGc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/O05O1o8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R9HiKOL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KZjKpgs.jpg)

Sardis Lake in the distance.

(http://i.imgur.com/RhwX0Hu.jpg)

Umbrella Rock was next.

(http://i.imgur.com/ibLN76z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2LOCMvk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/445BboG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0uT1ecn.jpg)

Then on to a memorial site where four British pilots died as three planes crashed while on a training run during WWII. The story is very interesting, here's a link to it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT6_Monument

(http://i.imgur.com/yLHsnrB.jpg)

The stone on the right was turned up as a result of the impact creating a natural tombstone.

(http://i.imgur.com/8s7xIhX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BR6rNLz.jpg)

One of the last remaining original structures of the now ghost town of Kosoma, Oklahoma. First floor was a store, second floor was a hotel. Kosoma means "place of the stinking water" in Choctaw.

(http://i.imgur.com/DYc0d0e.jpg)

115 miles later, back to camp for our usual campside dinner.

(http://i.imgur.com/65RbcjW.jpg)

It was too hot for a fire so we just kicked back. The thermometer on my bike read 102. The next day was much nicer, only 94.

(http://i.imgur.com/I7LkmZ1.jpg)

Good morning.

(http://i.imgur.com/tOswT2m.jpg)

Off to the forest for the day via state highway.

Last year, we participated in Passport OK, which was kind of a motorcycle photo tag game. Part of our fees went to purchase a historic plaque for this old school which was one of the photo sites.

(http://i.imgur.com/XiUSlQZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/c1RzRzQ.jpg)

Off the highway and into the forest roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/UCUgQET.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nR4cMYv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/q4IShcV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Vu6lqvE.jpg)

We found this place in the middle of nowhere. We stopped for lunch. It was actually open and turned out to be pretty good. Many of the pine trees are permanently bent over because of the ice storms - hence the name.

(http://i.imgur.com/jG8QCpK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7AbScLE.jpg)

We were the only ones there. Lisa ordered a quesadilla. She asked the waitress/cook/owner/janitor if they had guacamole or avocado. She sarcastically replied with, "Do you know where we are?"

Back to the mountains.

(http://i.imgur.com/FRd9umT.jpg)

We were out in the middle of the forest and stopped for a water and shade break. After we finished, she got on her Honda and started cranking. Over the headset, I hear, "It won't start." She keeps cranking. I hear the battery begin to slow down. "Hold it wide open, it might be flooded." Didn't work. "No gas, try it again." No luck. "Okay, I'll push start you." It skids to a stop. "Try it again in third gear." Nothing. "Okay, you push me." No fire. I get off and push it back to the shade, dripping in sweat, cussing, and wondering how long it will take to get back with the truck. As I put the kickstand down, I notice the kill switch is off...

I finished out the day with a few wheelies before heading back.

(http://i.imgur.com/uzVzsFg.jpg)

We hope to return to this area soon. We literally have hundreds of miles of trails and roads left to explore.




6/29/2014. We rode part of Route 66 in Oklahoma.

We rode to Arcadia, OK to a place called Pop's, where their attraction is hundreds of different kinds of soda. My daughter rode two-up with me and Lisa rode her Ninja.

(http://i.imgur.com/LEsQn4M.jpg)

Me and Kristin:

(http://i.imgur.com/H6Z0k9g.jpg)

We then visited OK County 66. A guy retired, bought some property along 66, then began building recreations of Route 66 landmarks and a Route 66 museum.

(http://i.imgur.com/x3ci55S.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qgYv4t6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/l8T6isX.jpg)

I actually worked at a gas station while in college.

(http://i.imgur.com/GdJTClP.jpg)

Filmore.

(http://i.imgur.com/BIbWI3L.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NUBCUu5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nLU99NG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lKacffj.jpg)

Inside the museum.

(http://i.imgur.com/tLkNwas.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oCxZCYA.jpg)

Kristin sitting in the VW that hangs out of the side of the building.

(http://i.imgur.com/QW6POpt.jpg)

Signs on the wall.

(http://i.imgur.com/nv1vImF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YMnHdby.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5ytx20f.jpg)

We headed east to Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum in Warwick, OK.

(http://i.imgur.com/44INwpv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/iK5btBt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/WQOA9YZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wGCxrwd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GRlPQBR.jpg)

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They had a couple cool Itali-harleys. Complete with oil leaks.

(http://i.imgur.com/N6JGP9O.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/mI3B5yk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R7TolGx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/h5sGKap.jpg)

Hannah and the Fonz.

(http://i.imgur.com/HfMd3qF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dWAqqQK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gGK0IuP.jpg)

I had to use the bathroom before leaving.

(http://i.imgur.com/CMliVhc.jpg)

We passed this roadside attraction on the way home. I wonder what an alien would think of Kristin in her gear? "Damn, this human has a huge head!"

(http://i.imgur.com/4ZaLFRd.jpg)

We're headed for Arkansas this weekend...


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 08, 2017, 09:39:24 pm
Thanks for sharing!!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 09, 2017, 04:43:48 pm
You are welcome. This is the way we ride. No exotic locations, no round the world trips, just our backyard. I call it "po' boy touring" or when she goes along, "po' folk touring."  :o


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 10, 2017, 07:01:49 am

You are welcome. This is the way we ride. No exotic locations, no round the world trips, just our backyard. I call it "po' boy touring" or when she goes along, "po' folk touring."  :o


I love it !!   It's amazing the things you can find relatively close to home.

I didn't realize crawfish could be almost Lobster size  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 12, 2017, 01:44:47 pm
I'm quitting my job, selling everything and moving to Oklahoma (The 405) and I will be dual sporting on a DR 650 Suzuki.  


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 12, 2017, 02:04:47 pm
We're in the 918.

(https://img0.etsystatic.com/134/0/9020297/il_570xN.933204866_5hiu.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 12, 2017, 02:15:44 pm
I like it

 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 12, 2017, 07:48:00 pm
7/04/2014. Arkansas street ride. Food, fireworks, and fun.

Lisa and I spent the holiday weekend riding in Arkansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/TdWZ4xi.jpg)

We stopped at this 1940 WPA building in Evansville for a map check.

(http://i.imgur.com/8nZsjeH.jpg)

We took the back roads through Devil's Den State Park. They have off-road trails here so we're coming back someday with our dual-sport bikes.

(http://i.imgur.com/BrPOqho.jpg)

No shortage of fun roads here.

(http://i.imgur.com/K1vkcMb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/l1qCBQs.jpg)

Lots of switchbacks.

(http://i.imgur.com/uITwV6i.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ffm7vXQ.jpg)

The old mountain railroad town of Winslow.

(http://i.imgur.com/nY9Ivwf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/L3yFU2S.jpg)

The railroad tunnel.

(http://i.imgur.com/IEfDNgi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kIENHqT.jpg)

My streetbike wasn't suitable for getting to the tunnel. When we bring our dual-sports, that tunnel is getting ridden.

(http://i.imgur.com/6aaGVWG.jpg)

On to Alma for dinner at the Catfish Hole, followed by fireworks at Mountainberg.

(http://i.imgur.com/RQwFCme.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VVwqYMr.jpg)

This is how they watch fireworks there. When in Rome...

(http://i.imgur.com/V8RIxrD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jzvNsss.jpg)

Lisa's favorite.

(http://i.imgur.com/aa3RaKm.jpg)

193 miles of riding for the day.

Saturday, we headed east.

(http://i.imgur.com/619FrU9.jpg)

We stopped at Granny's Kitchen in Huntsville for lunch. It was us and about 40 Harley riders who dressed and looked nearly identical. We hurried in before one big group so we wouldn't have to wait so long.

It was average at best but I guess that's good enough.

(http://i.imgur.com/IQbd9zn.jpg)

We later stopped at this cool rest stop built under a rock overhang.

(http://i.imgur.com/kULqWWZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/O5CdLYB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xiTsjb0.jpg)

The motorcycle tree near Jasper.

(http://i.imgur.com/5VlCwUM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/L8FSu4t.jpg)

We finished out Saturday by riding up to Harrison, where we would spend the night.

(http://i.imgur.com/v4yEAcv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qL61zNV.jpg)

We rode around the small town of Harrison for about an hour looking for the cheap motel we stayed at several years ago. We never found it and ended up at a Super 8.

Saturday's total mileage, 218.

Sunday, we headed for the mountain town of Eureka Springs. A cool little tourist town noted for it's arts and crafts and excellent motorcycle riding routes.

We passed this cool, old building pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

(http://i.imgur.com/1m1O5ne.jpg)

Oops, we missed our turn.

(http://i.imgur.com/SNFwDRe.jpg)

A covered bridge on a private drive. You don't see many of these around here.

(http://i.imgur.com/WlEgkbU.jpg)

We got to Eureka just in time for lunch. Our favorite place was full and had many waiting so we went to a place we like outside of town by the lake.

(http://i.imgur.com/hiyQ6ps.jpg)

My first-ever jalapeno burger. It was very good and very filling.

(http://i.imgur.com/MSeZOuI.jpg)

We headed back to town for ice cream and shopping.

(http://i.imgur.com/UwvU7rj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hbwMrEI.jpg)

We got presents for all the kids but they have to wait until Christmas.

A couple of the shops have "working bunnies." They are trained to hand you the pen, receipt, etc.

(http://i.imgur.com/djwNTdb.jpg)

We hung out with these guys for awhile before heading back. I considered donating my bike to their cause but I didn't feel like walking back to Oklahoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/4RuDY7i.jpg)

Sunday's total: 246 miles and back to hot, windy Oklahoma.

657 miles for the trip. My front tire is scary-bad worn. I ordered a new one yesterday.

This weekend back to dual-sporting, maybe?



7/19/2014: Illinois River and Pumpkin Flats

Saturday, we did about 100 miles of dual-sport, gravel road riding around the hills east of the Illinois River in northeastern Oklahoma. The weather was perfect for a ride - high of 80, about 14 degrees below normal.

We crossed the river into the Pumpkin Flats area of the Nickle Nature Conservatory.

(http://i.imgur.com/S7Q8aKx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Qp8lNJr.jpg)

Where it is illegal to drive off road.

(http://i.imgur.com/pvDyo2d.jpg)

Lisa liked the purple flowers.

(http://i.imgur.com/HErBAt9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0M7Fifr.jpg)

I liked the weird burned out tree.

(http://i.imgur.com/tAA3Zqp.jpg)

Pumpkin Flats led to Pumpkin Holler, where there were not any "Illegal to Ride Off Road" signs.

(http://i.imgur.com/hjJwwHv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rKdJkVX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/isPdwM6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3zwUMDj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YoGxClM.jpg)

Some creepy looking dude was there.

(http://i.imgur.com/0PCZj3d.jpg)

And some alien-looking female.

(http://i.imgur.com/JMjxGBH.jpg)

We went about five miles down the holler (that's Arkansawyer for hollow), crossed the creek and went back up the other side to the railroad ghost town of Proctor.

(http://i.imgur.com/vwBCpyy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PZUZVQH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CwCOuea.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/o2hlHAK.jpg)

Lisa inspecting the cows at a dairy in the Barron Fork bottoms.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ql41VGc.jpg)

It's unusual for it to be this green at this time of year. Normally, everything is a crispy brown.

(http://i.imgur.com/wWpusTg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JBn2zMM.jpg)

We crossed the Barron Fork Creek following Scraper Hollow back up to the ridge road along the creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/Eao1IFi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5h9dC3x.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PZUZVQH.jpg)

We saw several cows out in the road. I pulled the camera from my pocket and took this pic while still riding.

(http://i.imgur.com/PPgI2qZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/L5qNeq2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/j4ZrHqx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8gRO1FK.jpg)

After leaving the woods, we rode across a long, rolling prairie complete with abandoned stone barn.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZX4recQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/k1eI3sy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yFeB04S.jpg)

The road was just about the perfect slope for doing wheelies.

(http://i.imgur.com/Jw10Gka.jpg)

We stopped at Pizza Port on Lake Ft. Gibson on the way home. Yes, we trailered.

(http://i.imgur.com/Usm0iRs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/60vx9I7.jpg)

We like this neon sign at a motel by the lake. We decided to get a pic before the pc police do away with it.

(http://i.imgur.com/DjGvqRP.jpg)

We ended the evening enjoying the fire pit on our patio.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZDuZ3Xe.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 12, 2017, 08:43:30 pm
I love it  

You guys are enjoying every minute of your trips !    Wheelies, ice cream, offroad !  A bit of everything that motorcycling has to offer!

Any burn outs involved?   :lol:

A ride report that even talks about trailers  :thumbsup:

You have a nice family  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 12, 2017, 09:28:13 pm

Any burn outs involved?   :lol:


Got one coming up later.  :)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 12, 2017, 09:55:14 pm



Got one coming up later.  :)


Sweet


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 17, 2017, 12:56:06 pm
7/26/2014: Catoosa and Boggy Creek.

My sister was in town from Florida so we took my niece and nephew's kids on their first motorcycle ride. We took them for about a thirty minute ride around town, short-cutting through some parks, across pedestrian bridges, jumping curbs, etc. You know, the fun stuff.

(http://i.imgur.com/NfonYZT.jpg)

My sister texted me later saying the girl "wants to do it everyday" and the boys now want motorcycles.

We dropped the kids off and went on with our ride.

We passed through Catoosa, a small town on Route 66.

(http://i.imgur.com/GmGL7v0.jpg)

Where the terminus of the Verdigris River Navigational Channel is to see if we could find some trails along the banks. Instead, we just found a bunch of locked gates. We crossed a railroad and took advantage of some photo op's.

My seventeen year-old daughter, Kristin.

(http://i.imgur.com/gNTNLIZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dodczDf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KEvtVdk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R3dpwzI.jpg)

We couldn't find any access along the river. The fishing road under the I-44 bridge is the best it got.

(http://i.imgur.com/ShqbZTz.jpg)

It was looking like it was going to be a waste of a ride so we decided to ride an old abandoned, closed road nearby (Keetonville Road for you locals.) The road was closed several years ago when it began falling into the river. Instead of making repairs, the county cheaped out and just gated it off. Being on bikes, we were able to ride around the barricades and gates.

The 1910 bridge over Boggy Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/UcjSyyf.jpg)

After we went beyond the bridge, the road had been gated to the guardrails on each side so we had to turn around. As we headed back, I noticed a faint trail off the side of the road into the woods. It was calling my name. Jackpot! The trails went on for a couple miles leading out to some deer feeders and a maintenance road for a gas compressor station. We rode those for about an hour.

(http://i.imgur.com/36A19la.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ztxxhbw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Dla3yO6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/J3xelf6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XSv99Dl.jpg)

By then, it was time for a late lunch. Lisa is a bona fide Taco Bell addict...

(http://i.imgur.com/nps8atP.jpg)

After lunch, we rode around Bird Creek trying to find more trails. We mostly just found more locked gates.

(http://i.imgur.com/X0SqhD3.jpg)

We rode down an abandoned road that looked to be probably fifty years old or more. It was overgrown, filled with dumped trash, and a little difficult to ride. We rode for probably a half mile, then came to a parked, semi trailer blocking the way. I decided to try to ride around it and see if there was a way out. I made it through the dense brush, around a gate, and back to the modern road. It was only about another couple hundred feet. I told them to come on through (we have radios) and I went further up the road (and out of radio range) to find some shade. I waited and waited. After five minutes or so, I figured they just turned around so it would be awhile before they got there. After another five minutes, I became concerned. I called my daughter on her cell. I asked what were they doing. She said they were still sitting there. I asked why and I heard Lisa say they were waiting on me to tell them it was okay. Jeez. They made it through with no problems.

I remembered that there was a waterline maintenance road up ahead so we went there to see if it was rideable. It was and we rode down it for a couple miles. There was a small water crossing which Lisa was thrilled with so she rode through it several times.

(http://i.imgur.com/JZABv8M.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/l0IVKv5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fz0zmpQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6DtcXYY.jpg)

I wanted them to get a chance to ride a motorcycle through a tunnel. This is under a railroad just off Route 66.

(http://i.imgur.com/0r0Juc8.jpg)

We stopped at a Route 66 roadside park for a water break before heading home.

(http://i.imgur.com/kjKaxYe.jpg)

Lisa wanted to check out the local FFA barn and look at the pigs.

This Hawg obviously doesn't like Hondas.

(http://i.imgur.com/79nIIWI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FSO8hmP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/mR8saDg.jpg)

Maybe back to the forest roads this weekend?


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 17, 2017, 01:02:08 pm
8/02/2014: Devils' Den, Arkansas.

Lisa and I spent the weekend at Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas. We planned to try out the trails in the Buckhorn OHV area. We decided to ride the gravel roads in the area on Sunday, then attempt the trails on Monday.

(http://i.imgur.com/ISgcbGY.jpg)

We rode on Arkansas State Highway 220 to the trail area. Yes, this one-lane gravel road is a state highway.

(http://i.imgur.com/Odg7WwQ.jpg)

Some nice scenery along the way.

(http://i.imgur.com/FpjU7Jz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sEQJr5p.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IzGDc2A.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/T0idDhl.jpg)

We turned off on Old Cove City Road and followed it around the perimeter of the OHV area.

(http://i.imgur.com/Uo2k1N2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/80lRjGL.jpg)

I told her to pose.

(http://i.imgur.com/EWWjWeF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PDEajsd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/WYTvqXA.jpg)

She took several flower pic's.

(http://i.imgur.com/6THpj73.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QfCXr47.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PLowVlC.jpg)

We reached the limits of the riding area, then back tracked to Pannell Road. It wasn't much of a road.

(http://i.imgur.com/no3rPyV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8RUGc53.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/583AQOX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FB1Qmh7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ad4AvP3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/677yzR9.jpg)

We stopped to check the map and get a drink. Lisa kept the water bottles in her top case...

(http://i.imgur.com/maMM5U9.jpg)

We came to a road that looked like a short-cut back to camp. We headed that way until we came to Lee Creek, which appeared on the map to be a low water crossing. We were met with a small lake. A couple of guys were there fishing so I asked them how deep it was. They said waist high to which I replied that we weren't crossing then. I asked if there was a back road way to Natural Dam (the nearest town with a highway back to camp.) He gave me directions that would have me crossing the creek anyway. I guess he didn't understand the part about not crossing it. I went the opposite way and found a country-road route to the town. We stopped for a short break and map consultation when Lisa realized that some dork had not closed the lid on his water bottle. Her stuff was soaked.

(http://i.imgur.com/Escem33.jpg)

We rode the highway back to the campground and ended the day's ride. The view from our campsite at dusk.

(http://i.imgur.com/J4tTfaO.jpg)

We got started the next morning about 9:00, running around the park (needed more ice) getting ready to tackle the trails.

(http://i.imgur.com/F8l6hFY.jpg)

We headed back down Highway 220 (crappy gravel road) toward the trails.

We stopped to look at a historic site. We were sitting on the bikes talking about it when I noticed something up ahead. About twenty feet in front of us was a deer. Apparently, he was there the whole time and we never were aware of it. Lisa snapped this shot just as he was running away.

(http://i.imgur.com/9OKRy4B.jpg)

We rode about six miles to the southeastern most trailhead. It looked to be the shortest trail in the system so we thought we would try it first to see how we would do.

The trailhead was at the crossing of a creek. Lisa decided to try her hand at it. The loose rock made it difficult with the skinny tires.

(http://i.imgur.com/Oa5vrV6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vzjOywB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AV8QZ9K.jpg)

She was a real trouper and wanted to try it again. I suggested that we just continue on with the trail.

We rode a few hundred feet then came to the first climb. I told her to wait at the bottom while I checked it out. I went about halfway up then said, "screw this." It was a little too much for the street legal pig and it's incompetent rider. I turned around.

(http://i.imgur.com/d2BE2fl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FiH2zox.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/di2EQaL.jpg)

We decided to try a different trail and followed the creek instead.

(http://i.imgur.com/ruo4w1K.jpg)

We walked around taking some pic's of the creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/jzTcWda.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/s3jcjnE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wn67rcC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7gFSfN9.jpg)

When we started riding again, I noticed I had a flat rear tire. We decided to end the ride. I left Lisa there with my bike and rode hers back to get the truck and trailer.

(http://i.imgur.com/PfZLqPM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dohAoi1.jpg)


She was a little scared but was prepared to act with two knives and some pepper spray. The only threat was this little guy.

(http://i.imgur.com/mEXUk6I.jpg)

I'm looking forward to going back and trying again. I've picked out some trails on Google Earth that should be a little more suited to our abilities.

(http://i.imgur.com/8FXGFUv.jpg)









Bigfoot did this.

(http://i.imgur.com/08WK6oS.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 17, 2017, 09:22:03 pm
Thanks for posting more  :thumbsup:

Your part of the country has a lot to offer  :thumbsup:

Very good ride reports !!!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 23, 2017, 11:20:32 pm
8/09/2014: Jay cruise night and Saline Creek area ride.

Saturday was the annual cruise night in Jay, Oklahoma. We intended to do a dual-sport ride in the afternoon, then head to Jay in the evening. A sudden but quick rainshower came through Saturday and changed our plans. Since we were now a couple hours behind, we decided to ride our streetbikes to Jay and do the dual-sport ride on Sunday.

Jay is about seventy-five miles away so we took the scenic, twisty route. Lisa rode her Ninja 650 and Kristin and I rode two up on my 750. We stopped at Lake Eucha dam.

(http://i.imgur.com/VpCW2Ee.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XDcSMSc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LzwkugG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2ORDNpg.jpg)

Looked at a "bike for sale."

(http://i.imgur.com/YO0PuBm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xeIdWGP.jpg)

We arrived at Jay and the burn outs had already begun.

(http://i.imgur.com/Mvrk37m.jpg)

We cruised a lap then picked a spot to watch the cars.

(http://i.imgur.com/Fkj7lop.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OdBjWCa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/G4PEAIs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NuMr2zS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oUTnVBm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dtY39dq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aepKRVS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KlKOArl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/tooXKgd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qcjHSbu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TmDGRhY.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Mmbanex.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VAD4VzV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PuO5qGr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yaHM3PM.jpg)

Now this is Okie!

(http://i.imgur.com/TJCRidl.jpg)


I'm not naming names but some dork left his GPS plugged in and his battery went dead. Lisa and Kristin got to push start his bike. Luckily, it was dark by then and reduced the embarrassment.

This was a fun event. Jay has a population of about 1500. It probably triples on this day. There were literally hundreds of cars there.

Next year, we're coming back on the dual-sports. I'm gonna be doing wheelies up and down the road all night - or at least until I get arrested.

Sunday, we trailered over to Salina, Oklahoma to ride around the Saline Creek valley.

We left the truck in the town park and headed east.

(http://i.imgur.com/0FGLQql.jpg)

Kristin wanted to check out these sunflowers because she plants some every spring. She's never had these kind of results. For reference, she is about 5'-2".

(http://i.imgur.com/Le096TS.jpg)

We soon found a low water crossing. Lisa likes 'em.


(http://i.imgur.com/Bx2pGzj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RWGEFC8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kD16fwC.jpg)

We followed the gravel roads along Saline Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/5SQXXlr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oLQcCS1.jpg)

Then a short stretch of paved road.

(http://i.imgur.com/elKqliS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/d4E97iX.jpg)

Back to the good stuff.

(http://i.imgur.com/5Iare8H.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xsecVjZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LOFvigD.jpg)

Then another low water crossing.

(http://i.imgur.com/rMdAytw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3pH4WUa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uBe41iO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yefxdUU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MC68hmS.jpg)

Back up into the hills.

(http://i.imgur.com/b5AWMZq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QiFkeTG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NexxAhj.jpg)

Into the pines.

(http://i.imgur.com/wLyy9EA.jpg)

Practiced a few wheelies.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZJeMJEd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jErsE47.jpg)

We found this cool trail through the forest.

(http://i.imgur.com/VsylxK0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YKZwjTV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XiHyHAg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nR0UvzO.jpg)

The trail ended at a locked gate so we had to turnaround.

(http://i.imgur.com/5kh35SB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KCs2imt.jpg)

It was late afternoon so we called it a day and headed back to the truck via highway. After a few miles, I noticed my bike feeling loose. It kept getting worse to the point that I was afraid I might go off the road. I pulled over and checked - I had a flat rear tire. Luckily, we were only about two miles from the truck so Lisa went back to get it.

(http://i.imgur.com/R8PVhHe.jpg)

We loaded up and drove home.

I pulled the tire off yesterday and it had some sort of nail or staple in it. That's my second flat in two weeks.

Some of my Harbor Freight stuff being put to good use.

(http://i.imgur.com/Yeb2aqG.jpg)

The culprit.

(http://i.imgur.com/P4RojEt.jpg)



A toast to those who ride...

(http://i.imgur.com/aIw0qUN.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 24, 2017, 06:19:57 am
I hate flat tires

More great pics  :thumbsup:

Thanks again for posting  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on April 24, 2017, 06:12:36 pm
Jay, these are really nice.  Bedsides the pictures, what you are showing in your pictures tells a great deal of your life. Very nice.

Next time I get through Oklahoma lunch is on me.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 24, 2017, 08:51:50 pm

Jay, these are really nice.  Bedsides the pictures, what you are showing in your pictures tells a great deal of your life. Very nice.

Next time I get through Oklahoma lunch is on me.


 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 27, 2017, 12:55:59 pm
8/24/2014: Bixhoma Lake Ride.

We decided to do a quick dual-sport ride Sunday morning before the heat came. Summer finally arrived and the temps have been around 100 for the last couple weeks. We headed out to Bixhoma Lake to look for some trails to ride.

We went around the west end of the lake and across the "Little Billy Morgan Bridge." We didn't find Billy Morgan or anything else there.

(http://i.imgur.com/txGLWbl.jpg)

We rode to the east and south side to see what was there.

(http://i.imgur.com/6gWGlvE.jpg)

We came to a locked gate with a sign that read, "Danger, Do not Enter." That's as good as an invitation for me. We rode around the gate and down the old road that followed the lake's edge.

(http://i.imgur.com/RaiFiCl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hCTPIbV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/c5mSISR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gYIqOJQ.jpg)

The road ended at an abandoned picnic gazebo.

(http://i.imgur.com/d81hliA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xJZJmvy.jpg)

As we were turning around, I noticed an overgrown roadbed along the side of the hill. We followed it and came upon another abandoned picnic shelter.

(http://i.imgur.com/nMudJpK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oEqVWWz.jpg)

And an abandoned bathroom facility.

(http://i.imgur.com/HH6Rv24.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NJpAca0.jpg)

Complete with handicap accessible toilet.

(http://i.imgur.com/UCoXyW5.jpg)

The stairway to the bathroom.

(http://i.imgur.com/VPNXrgL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aaAq1z8.jpg)

After we finished vandalizing the place in the name of justice for Michael Brown, we backtracked to the gate and back around the lake.

Lisa stopped for her usual flower pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/DjDKVTb.jpg)

We rode around for awhile in the area by the spillway where the mud-truck guys dig ruts.

(http://i.imgur.com/uFMj2Bs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/05RT7jh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UjlagaY.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wfBtogL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LL5qsAV.jpg)


I did a few wheelies on the dam road then we headed out. We got home about 1:00 and it was officially 100 degrees and about 70% humidity. Still not too hot to ride though...

(http://i.imgur.com/Arm78ZB.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 27, 2017, 12:58:16 pm
8/30/2014: We rode to Minnesota to visit Lisa's family.



Loaded and ready to go.

(http://i.imgur.com/LlWkCn9.jpg)

Cemetery in the middle of the road. West Des Moines, Iowa.

(http://i.imgur.com/0CrqmF1.jpg)

We had Umbria Pizza in Minnesota. Not just any pizza but "gourmet" pizza. Good stuff.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZHgK3tX.jpg)

We hit the slopes.

(http://i.imgur.com/KKicbRa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SedBZyJ.jpg)

We visited the finest eating establishments in Wisconsin.

(http://i.imgur.com/s2YK4Mr.jpg)

Railroad bridge over the St. Croix River.

(http://i.imgur.com/KieTMr7.jpg)

Mississippi River Bridge in Hastings, Minnesota.

(http://i.imgur.com/dDL0g39.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3jiv9kl.jpg)

Hung out at the Monkey Bar in Prescott, Wisconsin with Lisa's sister and her husband.

(http://i.imgur.com/QrvbR7x.jpg)

I want his boots.

(http://i.imgur.com/1Qz7aLa.jpg)

Lisa gave her mom a ride.

(http://i.imgur.com/dT6MoqC.jpg)

We stopped at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on the way home.
The last place Buddy Holly and Richie Valens played. This is a very cool place.

(http://i.imgur.com/4BTwPOH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xtD5fQM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HFJK07Z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vilHA35.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0gKALMA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sgWiHcb.jpg)

An old school in Kansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/bSeucl4.jpg)

An arch bridge in Ft. Scott, Kansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/KQ6IBB6.jpg)

Big Brutus. For scale, that's a road grader next to it/under it.

(http://i.imgur.com/JqLnsjB.jpg)

An abandoned school in Kansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/QOcb5Zu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Egi0pmH.jpg)

That's a piano in the corner.

(http://i.imgur.com/slbUQiy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gatwzkK.jpg)

Maybe it was just a mind trick but I could hear faint music playing as I stood next to the piano. I took out my ear plugs and it stopped.

Nevermind, it was my tinnitus.

States signs along the way.

(http://i.imgur.com/uNLbb33.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KakPBju.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IacyV91.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KTYtML9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lxcwLXb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yqpCIgm.jpg)



A girl with some dorky guy.

(http://i.imgur.com/pRr13Pu.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 27, 2017, 02:17:46 pm
That's it

I need to pack up and move to Oklahoma  :thumbsup:

And I wish we had toilets that nice in the Army  :lol:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 29, 2017, 11:21:53 am
9/20/2014: Balloons and the Osage Hills.

We decided to do a Saturday dual-sport ride. The annual Gatesway Balloon Fest was in Claremore so we headed in that direction. We've been a couple times before and they start at daybreak so we were on the road early. It was very foggy so we took the back roads. By the time we got there, we were soaked. They delayed launch until the fog cleared so we were dried out by then and didn't miss anything.

That's me in the blue shirt. The moisture made my riding gear swell up.

(http://i.imgur.com/G6dKHQ3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Cj3TycH.jpg)

Daughter Kristin.

(http://i.imgur.com/A54hySo.jpg)

She's a Jayhawk fan so she liked this one the most.

(http://i.imgur.com/pSSgWUK.jpg)

Lisa's favorite was the Wonder Bread balloon.

(http://i.imgur.com/V17outz.jpg)

It was kind of a dud this year - only about eight balloons. Last year they had about thirty.

We continued our ride into the Osage Hills, which are a few miles west of where I grew up. I spotted this large hillside cross on Google Earth so we wanted to see if we could ride to it.

(http://i.imgur.com/Jg5dMh5.jpg)

It looked like there were a lot of trails along the hills leading to it. Luckily, the road and trails were open. At first, we followed the main gravel road.

(http://i.imgur.com/8cNj6ZL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BKy7BxW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/52QbSPa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/cqj60Ts.jpg)

Which soon became a trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/2JX9TlW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TnZqfnP.jpg)

The trail ended at a bluff overlooking the valley.

(http://i.imgur.com/tvgAvhX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lEZFy9h.jpg)

There were a couple of picnic tables near the edge. Someone's place to get away and enjoy the view.

(http://i.imgur.com/jqBJ0kE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6IKl3Ho.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sTllreu.jpg)

Lisa kept her distance.

(http://i.imgur.com/1kKDoBD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JjXUZgS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/z758L3M.jpg)

We had to hike a couple hundred feet to find the cross. The base had rotted away and it had fallen. We tried to stand it up against some trees but it was just too heavy.

(http://i.imgur.com/WG0k05N.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wzX5QD1.jpg)

We had seen several side trails on the way in so we went exploring those next.

(http://i.imgur.com/V00ZED9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RKV1VIO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PLcP8n3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VaD7Qqi.jpg)

Lisa riding over a "downed tree."

(http://i.imgur.com/bAXQHfs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Tx6LeNF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/o72OQhq.jpg)

Back to the gravel road.

(http://i.imgur.com/E5tKYGb.jpg)

And out to the county roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/v8mK4S2.jpg)

Obligatory wheelie pics.

(http://i.imgur.com/QmAZzYJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NfZbdtz.jpg)

A country church and iron bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/NeCorRM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uMG9NXJ.jpg)

Lisa took a small branch for a souvenir.

(http://i.imgur.com/kQoVnfe.jpg)

We stopped for some free Ramen Noodles.

(http://i.imgur.com/XVuui1p.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3LvbYYH.jpg)

And smiled all the way home.

(http://i.imgur.com/zxqbNgM.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 29, 2017, 11:30:39 am
9/27/2014: Bikes, Blues, & BBQ.

We went to Bikes, Blues, & BBQ in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We had never been.

First was the vintage bike show.

We had only looked at a couple bikes, when I heard someone say, "Hey Jay." It was a guy I knew from the local forum. This one is his:

(http://i.imgur.com/DoEmayO.jpg)

Some of my favorites:

(http://i.imgur.com/E7zWB0d.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gvcD2BU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5ZQm2uv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GXzhBJV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/io1xktc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uVHSx9F.jpg)

The first year for Yamaha - 1954. One of only two in the U.S.

(http://i.imgur.com/6pDvigH.jpg)

It was nice to go to a bike show that only had two Harleys.

(http://i.imgur.com/648FquS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qzYSQcE.jpg)

Then the car show:

(http://i.imgur.com/8YEfFw7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ku2Ho5X.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/e4cdfVb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KJg156F.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vRk6RFe.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1uso4FX.jpg)

Then we watched the Hog races:

(http://i.imgur.com/9VsDdaA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/p8OCkW6.jpg)

Then to the vendor area and stunt show:

(http://i.imgur.com/dmhXg64.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OU3RfUF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MWFV32K.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/N6QGpNJ.jpg)

I caught some weird chick messing with our bikes.

(http://i.imgur.com/rUJYZZl.jpg)

Monday, we took off work and went to the Tulsa State Fair where they had another stunt show. These guys were much better.

(http://i.imgur.com/bEZbNXq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CPtSPZW.jpg)

I got Lisa this vanity plate for her car - her screen name on the forums.

(http://i.imgur.com/xkLc2Td.jpg)

We were looking at the photography exhibit and I said, "Hey, that's Mitch's truck!" Mitch is my son-in-law. The local mx track photographer had entered the pic. He got third.

(http://i.imgur.com/OAybnUI.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 29, 2017, 01:08:25 pm
This thread is the gift that keeps on giving !!

Thanks again  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 29, 2017, 02:01:09 pm
Only about 60 more to go. Then I'll have to start writing some new ones.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 01, 2017, 01:28:16 pm
10/04/2014: Honobia and K-trail.

Lisa and I went down to southeastern Oklahoma to ride some trails in the Kiamichi Mountains. We camped at Honobia, pronounced ho-nubby, according to the locals. Honobia is known for Bigfoot sightings and they were having their annual festival about a half mile away. We set up camp then rode over to check it out.

(http://i.imgur.com/9FSqjon.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ql0asLD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/p31IDE1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PbXB0sC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ACtZf59.jpg)

He actually made an appearance.

(http://i.imgur.com/7Wp5qyv.jpg)

They were selling yard statues. I was going to buy one but it wouldn't fit on my bike.

(http://i.imgur.com/2tnrCud.jpg)

This guy was a professor/investigator and was selling footprint castings. I offered to make some castings of my boots but no one was interested.

(http://i.imgur.com/ImaHp1v.jpg)

This truck belongs to the campground host. I would cruise this.

(http://i.imgur.com/No4wb3D.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3kZ9WAW.jpg)

After the festival, Lisa made smores.

(http://i.imgur.com/8fKyVHq.jpg)

Off to ride the K Trail. About twenty-five miles of highway to the trailhead at the Three Sticks Monument. Woods, wind, water or something like that.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZC268i9.jpg)

Obligatory wheelie to start the ride.

(http://i.imgur.com/XcP8LZr.jpg)

The K Trail runs along the top of the Kiamichi Mountain, from Clayton, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas. Probably about 70 miles total.

(http://i.imgur.com/hba4stj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Biug2TB.jpg)

It gets a little tight in some places.

(http://i.imgur.com/cCirZVb.jpg)

And wet.

(http://i.imgur.com/5u7aWSZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BOapqsj.jpg)

And rocky.

(http://i.imgur.com/BfLDbpo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xEWpNeg.jpg)

An old mountaintop homestead.

(http://i.imgur.com/iCrPuwO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5ixAgxY.jpg)

We came upon the Kiamichi Fire Lookout.

(http://i.imgur.com/hBJlgxN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZXse6x1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GOm6HiU.jpg)

You know I had to climb it.

(http://i.imgur.com/znf5oMw.jpg)

It was cold and windy up there but the view was excellent.

(http://i.imgur.com/DrMWvev.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/me9IFmO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sqIBqCM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oW9wLRc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/plYHfVZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rZFJGDJ.jpg)

The trap door.

(http://i.imgur.com/GAkElSh.jpg)

Down the slope a ways was the site of the former station attendant's home. All that remains is some foundations, a garage, and a storm cellar.

(http://i.imgur.com/RTfMjRq.jpg)

The top of the cellar made a good spot for a selfie.

(http://i.imgur.com/Uj2Ubuk.jpg)

Back up to the trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/cFwKLib.jpg)

We rode about another mile then came to what appeared to be an impassible mud hole. It was starting to get late and we didn't want to risk it so we just turned around. I decided to take the Big Cedar Loop so we wouldn't just be backtracking. We got about a quarter mile into it and a rock jumped up under Lisa's front wheel and took her out. She was a little shaken and her thumb was hurting so we turned back and rode the easy part of the trail back to the trailhead. I didn't have the heart to take a pic of her down but I did get a pic of the offending rock. The rock on the left is the one that got her. It used to be in the hole on the right.

(http://i.imgur.com/TZ9UrD4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SRBThxB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/A3MmveX.jpg)

We checked out a nice low water crossing on the way back to camp. Too bad it's not summer anymore.

(http://i.imgur.com/inGGpzq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xfmPzkh.jpg)

How about another wheelie?

(http://i.imgur.com/bb3P548.jpg)

And back to the campground, watching for Bigfoot along the way.

(http://i.imgur.com/Qh2AD1S.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YSFkscU.jpg)

We were disappointed. The only wildlife we saw was a couple bluejays, a few butterflies, and an older couple on atv's. We were hoping for maybe a bear or some hogs.

On the way home, we stopped at a small town, old style soda fountain for some goodness. Sometimes you just gotta live on the edge a little.

(http://i.imgur.com/UfErZan.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ka5JNE7.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 01, 2017, 02:08:07 pm
Mmmmm

Ice Cream


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 03, 2017, 12:37:54 pm
10/19/2014: Flat Rock Creek

We took a short dual-sport ride last Sunday around Flat Rock Creek and Lake Ft. Gibson in eastern Oklahoma. The lake is about forty miles east of us so we took the gravel county roads to get there. We started riding down a trail into the lake property but came to some large rain-filled ruts. I didn't want Kristin and Lisa (or me) to get all wet so we turned around. I decided to take a picture of Kristin riding the trail so I reached to get my camera and noticed my tank bag was open. Damn it, my camera was gone!

I had stopped about ten miles earlier in the ride to change the batteries in my gps. I keep my extra batteries in my camera bag so I figured that was where I left the tank bag open. We backtracked to that location, watching along the way for the camera. We went all the way back to where I changed batteries and Kristin gave a thumbs up. The camera was off the side of the road undamaged.

As I retrieved the camera, I spotted this little fella whom unlike my camera, didn't make it safely off the road.

(http://i.imgur.com/kNUa0H4.jpg)

We decided to continue on with a now shortened ride. I wanted to see if we could ride to an old railroad bridge across Flat Rock Creek. We left the county road and began riding down the old railroad bed. They had dug trenches and built mounds to keep vehicles out but it was no match for our off-road riding skills. Well, I did actually have to ride Lisa's and Kristin's bikes over the barrier for them.

(http://i.imgur.com/TjyPEXi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/chkc9ch.jpg)

We rode about a half mile and found the bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/XCCPZee.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YGhKPkB.jpg)

We couldn't ride across because some of the ties were missing. I walked out to the middle and took this pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/WGbv5K6.jpg)

When I looked back, I noticed there was a Bigfoot looking at our bikes.

(http://i.imgur.com/RAV29Fw.jpg)

I told Lisa that there was a guy with a bow and arrows behind her. She thought I was joking. He bitched about us being in there, said we were revving our engines, and that he was "calling the county." He was taking pictures of our license plates. He backed away as we passed. I think Lisa scared him with her hi-viz jacket and helmet.

We headed down to Three Finger Bay for some lakeside pic's.

(http://i.imgur.com/9TNXwC7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/50qAtqU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ugX7TVy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XHxrAgi.jpg)

The old railroad bridge over Mission Bend on the Grand River.

(http://i.imgur.com/UGQN9im.jpg)

We then visited the Union Mission historic site and cemetery. It was the first mission and first printing press located in Oklahoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/U8xT16T.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5OOKtFa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/M1bwYPD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FGfw75H.jpg)

Most of the graves were infants.

(http://i.imgur.com/vRXkvdY.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TLCh0dz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aF89dMm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oL3dfHT.jpg)

We're checking the mail everyday for our trespassing tickets...


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 03, 2017, 12:48:06 pm
That hunter was probably more worried you would turn him in for something.  :lol:

Keep the great ride reports coming. (All American made).

Thank you


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 05, 2017, 07:57:08 pm
11/10/2014: Old Military Road.

I took a vacation day Monday so Lisa and I could make one last warm day (79 degrees) dual-sport ride before winter sets in. We decided to ride the Old Military Road over the Winding Stair Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma. It was built in 1832 by the army for troop movement from Ft. Smith to the interior of Indian Territory, for western settlers passing through, and to relocate the Choctaws.

We based out of Talimena State Park.

(http://i.imgur.com/SQTjfLq.jpg)

We rode a few miles of highway to the trail head. The trail is open to hikers, equestrians, and motorcycles.

(http://i.imgur.com/N9dMy4w.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/iDFD78b.jpg)

We immediately came upon the first of many fallen trees blocking the trail. We managed to detour through the brush around it. The trail was very difficult to ride. Very rocky (large rocks, sharp rocks, loose rocks,) rutted, and overgrown. Lisa soon stopped to remove her jacket liner as we were getting quite the workout.

(http://i.imgur.com/FUGCnjO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/olt52q6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pqIRqbA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nopEMBJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OpMZ1Gx.jpg)

This tree was blocking the trail with no way around it. Lisa suggested that we lay the bikes down and drag them under it. I never thought of it. Good thing I don't work in engineering.  :o  You know, problem solving and all that... :facepalm:

(http://i.imgur.com/R894imn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LJYPI1S.jpg)

A few sections were so rough that Lisa had me ride her bike down them. I kept telling her that it was going to get easier. I knew (hoped) somewhere down the line we would meet up with a forest road which would be more suited to the bikes we were riding.

We had to keep stopping to move trees and/or rocks just to make it passable. We considered turning around but then we'd just have to deal with it all again. No wonder they called it the Trail of Tears. Lisa called it the Trail to Hell.

(http://i.imgur.com/0PJHLBz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Hn2074k.jpg)

So far, the trail had been a continuous descent with multiple switchbacks. Once we reached the bottom and started up the other side, it became a little better. A little more open and less rocky.

(http://i.imgur.com/RKuP8jV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GwkYKAG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xc6XzqF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KPUZeyk.jpg)

Finally, we reached the forest road. It took us an hour to ride just a little under two miles. The rest of the way through the valley was a nice relaxing ride along the gravel road.

(http://i.imgur.com/gBZ5CxF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/D5kAL2p.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zSGheAv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0RoBTgC.jpg)

I tried to pull a power wheelie but just spun in the gravel.

(http://i.imgur.com/yiWql5l.jpg)

Success!

(http://i.imgur.com/eSN4rgV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PXwS4zD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ni04dMF.jpg)

We made it to the trailhead on the opposite side of the valley where we took a much needed break.

We didn't see any bears.

(http://i.imgur.com/hiOcgnv.jpg)

We didn't have the time nor the desire to re-ride the trail so we took the county road that cuts through the valley back up to the top of the mountain.

(http://i.imgur.com/Rxj1uFv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/12ej6qf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VS6Iph9.jpg)

The fall colors are disappointing this year. This is the best it got.

(http://i.imgur.com/9IvXG5h.jpg)


At the top of the mountain, we got on the Talimena Scenic Drive to head back to the truck.

(http://i.imgur.com/ub8XS1U.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/d9dx4dx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pO9aSsw.jpg)

We stopped at a couple overlooks to enjoy the scenic views.

(http://i.imgur.com/tGR9Rvo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/08wWPYc.jpg)

No dual-sport ride is complete without a stop for ice cream.

(http://i.imgur.com/3PtaHYI.jpg)

Another Oklahoma sunset is just a day away.

(http://i.imgur.com/igtpNQL.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 05, 2017, 09:46:03 pm
Motocross background folks are great riders  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 07, 2017, 09:23:52 pm
11/28/2014: Second Kick Motorcycle Museum.

We rode up to the new museum in Grove, Oklahoma on Black Friday.

(http://i.imgur.com/38umotx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jQg8uFL.jpg)

It is run by Bob Tryon, a former racer, tuner, team manager, and distributor for Triumph and BSA. He's a cool dude. He has tons of pic's from the glory days of dirt-track racing. I listened to his stories for a couple of hours - could've listened longer but they were closing.

It is mostly mx and dirt track displays. Here's a few of our pic's:

The seats are from the Astrodome.

(http://i.imgur.com/rdMYClR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/86zAcKQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XXMKGbl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1lhjBrn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BprRZtD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lu87QFu.jpg)

This is Bob with one of his bikes. That's him in the picture too.

(http://i.imgur.com/PkEPhpw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0hv47SA.jpg)

Lisa said, "I like that green Honda!"

(http://i.imgur.com/bOgBTmA.jpg)

Howerton, Cooper, and Magoo among other motocrossers.

(http://i.imgur.com/6pvJRti.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2WLIknL.jpg)

Any trip to Grove ends with some Grill and Chill.

(http://i.imgur.com/R3mKy24.jpg)

I turned 70,000 miles on the odometer on the way home.

(http://i.imgur.com/Y5krtj6.jpg)


Maybe I ride too much? Wait, no such thing.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 07, 2017, 09:31:16 pm
 :bigok:

I enjoy your ride reports!!

Looks like you enjoy about anything on two wheels  :thumbsup:

Just like many of us


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 07, 2017, 09:56:35 pm
Thanks.

Yes, I like motorcycles. I would probably ride everyday, if I could.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on May 08, 2017, 07:51:28 am
More great pictures. Good job. The only pictures that I find a bit troubling are the Dairy Queen ones!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 08, 2017, 08:38:15 am
Yes, we like ice cream too.  :lol:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 09, 2017, 12:25:18 pm
11/29/2014: Heavener Challenge.

Saturday, November 29th, we decided to ride some of the Heavener Challenge section of the Oklahoma Adventure Trail.  The Oklahoma Adventure Trail is a route made up of roads and trails running all the way around Oklahoma, 70% dirt and 30% paved. The Heavener Challenge portion is located in southeastern Oklahoma and is about 82 miles long and primarily routed through forest land.

We trailered the bikes to Heavener, unloaded at the town park, and rode out from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/dBFf6Ix.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SqA6KDT.jpg)

We headed southeast along paved roads for about eight miles till we came to our first forest road.

(http://i.imgur.com/wW8aBNr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YNe6Ahf.jpg)

This was an easy ride on a decent gravel road which led to a clear pool of water on Black Fork River.

(http://i.imgur.com/46j49JF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OVJRNsJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xfLKtDj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eOyVTSN.jpg)

The forest road ended at Highway 59. We rode north on 59 to the next forest road. This one ran due west and was a one-lane rock and gravel road. After about four miles it turned and crossed a dry creek onto Blue Mountain Road which follows the ridge of Blue Mountain for about ten miles. The first half mile or so was large, loose rock and we were dreading riding very far on this type of surface. Luckily, it soon turned to a more rideable dirt and rock road.

(http://i.imgur.com/JUc3DnY.jpg)

I noticed Lisa’s top case rack had come loose so we stopped to make repairs. After getting it tied down, we took a break and Kristin and I took pic’s of the sunlight through the trees.

(http://i.imgur.com/4TRxMll.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/t5yxWgd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KM3jz9r.jpg)


This fallen tree was blocking the road. We couldn’t find an easy path around it and the trunk was too heavy to move. Fortunately, the tree was rotten and we were able break up enough of it to get around.

(http://i.imgur.com/nXfzObU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MpdoEQY.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/WVxRT15.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/E4AyGc6.jpg)

A little victory wheelie.

(http://i.imgur.com/Tz4NPxB.jpg)


The ridge road dropped into Holson Valley and this low water bridge at Hodge Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/KWYyhQ7.jpg)

We then took Deadman Road up to the top of Winding Stair Mountain and the Talimena Scenic Drive.

(http://i.imgur.com/liawYR4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XV10mdP.jpg)

This is Panorama Vista. They launch hang gliders from here and they land in the clearing below about  1½ miles away.

(http://i.imgur.com/XIrdduK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VApVFgM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/G3Bd1Zf.jpg)

By now, we were so far behind schedule that I gave up on riding the rest of our planned route as we wouldn’t finish it before dark. Instead, we rode west to the end of the Talimena Drive, then turned on Holson Valley Road. We crossed this low water crossing on Holson Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/iprZclZ.jpg)

Kristin talked me into riding through the creek. Just as I was about to enter, I noticed all the rocks were covered in a slimy green moss. I decided against drowning my bike and filling my boots and turned around.

(http://i.imgur.com/Mc2IK30.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jgAN2Hj.jpg)

We short-cutted back to Heavener via Riechter-Summerfield road where we found this little waterfall. Yes, it was man-made and full of chicken waste but it’ll have do till we make our riding trip to the Tropics…

(http://i.imgur.com/leoJVVb.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 09, 2017, 12:45:15 pm
If I'm ever in Oklahoma I will look you up !!

You like the same type of riding I do.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 12, 2017, 01:14:29 pm
12/06/2014: Texas Dual-sport Toy Run

Saturday, Lisa and I went to visit our buddy Gene in Denton, Texas. Gene rides dual-sports too so we participated in a dual-sport toy run.

It was held at the Azle Wild West Stables and Arena.

(http://i.imgur.com/F23aImN.jpg)

Gene unloading his gear and Lisa getting ready.

(http://i.imgur.com/kySA0Ef.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GvQpO1I.jpg)

It was promoted by Mike Kidd. You flat-track fans will recognize that name. That's him in the orange.

(http://i.imgur.com/GWZzyjS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CGRI6it.jpg)

Heading out.

(http://i.imgur.com/kbxFFS0.jpg)

This was the only two-stroke there. I want one.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZG709J4.jpg)

The route was a little disappointing - too much asphalt, only a couple of miles of gravel roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/Own5aXE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/keNx4kA.jpg)

Luckily, they included a couple of off-road sections on private property.

(http://i.imgur.com/jsoO2x6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YgDJA0L.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/9Btt05X.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AK0ykeZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SUKlgdE.jpg)

Requisite wheelie pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/PQ0E8vA.jpg)

Getting big air on the big pig.

(http://i.imgur.com/CfT3M6O.jpg)

Gene Gene the riding machine.

(http://i.imgur.com/7kpdxpp.jpg)

I found me a new bike out on the trail. I figure, clean the carbs, put in some fresh gas and I'll be ready to go.

(http://i.imgur.com/kiOv0IA.jpg)

I've been replaced.

(http://i.imgur.com/0QPZh3N.jpg)

They were expecting just a few riders but ended up with over forty. They had hoped to fill one box with toys, they had four overflowing.

Unedited, raw video of one of the off-road portions, complete with wind noises. This is the first video we have ever posted (after several hundred pictures.) It's about eight minutes long. If you make it to the end, you get to hear my scientific description of how my suspension works.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fQsTB8GmhA&feature=youtu.be


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 12, 2017, 08:39:02 pm
Thanks again for sharing !!

You'all take great pics and video  :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 15, 2017, 08:25:07 am
12/26/2014. Lake Skiatook, final ride of the year.


It was 61 degrees but with a forecast of afternoon rain and cold days ahead. We decided to make a quick dual-sport ride around Lake Skiatook.

We hauled the bikes in the truck so we would have a dry ride home and a change of clothes, if necessary. We parked at the Osage Casino - didn't play slots.

(http://i.imgur.com/u8dfCTk.jpg)

We headed out on the gravel roads. This area is sparsely populated. There are probably more oil wells than people.

(http://i.imgur.com/tFsbY0D.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hvlBZHi.jpg)

We visited with some of the locals.

(http://i.imgur.com/yTxnRDo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TmA1adw.jpg)

I'm the one in red.

(http://i.imgur.com/QEKpxeT.jpg)

Long, lonely roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/Pdpfpdo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RsjXPuI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/cUEc3Ol.jpg)

Lisa likes low water crossings. It's her favorite thing about dual-sport riding.

(http://i.imgur.com/cFI16ru.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/E2m1o1e.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/e4Qq5EB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ndbm5Kh.jpg)

Across Skiatook Lake.

(http://i.imgur.com/I33AKIr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zxaDgg8.jpg)

It wouldn't be a ride report without a couple wheelie pic's.

(http://i.imgur.com/czNQMEK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jbjH3LQ.jpg)

Off-road truck?

(http://i.imgur.com/eMHVU2G.jpg)

We headed to the county roads south of the lake and found a low water crossing on Wildhorse Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/MafZphv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZW26Yx2.jpg)

A pipeline bridge over the creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/0niJqlh.jpg)

Lisa wouldn't let me walk across.

(http://i.imgur.com/hTIriUk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GVioA7k.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fPW4cmI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nrjfvlK.jpg)

The lake is about ten feet below normal.

(http://i.imgur.com/OAIAi3M.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BKDmpVK.jpg)

We made it back to the casino without getting wet. I got some strange casino patron to help me load the bikes.

(http://i.imgur.com/V0b0sth.jpg)

I thought about taking that space. Technically, I would be parking a motorcycle there, right?

(http://i.imgur.com/kaN8zMy.jpg)



Tina, come get some ham.

(http://i.imgur.com/gm7UApR.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 15, 2017, 02:06:46 pm
You need to post a pic of you riding one of the horses  :thumbsup:

1 horsepower does surprisingly well



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 17, 2017, 10:39:02 pm
How about we close out 2014 with a bonus non-ride report?

12/13/2014:

It was too foggy to go riding, so we went hiking instead.

The Keystone Ancient Forest, a 1360 acre preserve in northeastern Oklahoma. Five miles of hiking trails, 500 year-old cedars, and 300 year-old post oaks.

Lisa and Kristin.

(http://i.imgur.com/6uLJqVM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CffibUc.jpg)

Rock formations.

(http://i.imgur.com/7iYkcaU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GNy9fa1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FX7kLuY.jpg)

This is the result of Oklahoma ice storms. I probably saw fifty trees bent like this.

(http://i.imgur.com/KCnav68.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/37IEtT2.jpg)

Is that a bigfoot? Do some wood knocks.

(http://i.imgur.com/50sRAvU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SfV5IYv.jpg)

I thought this was a cool pic - until I saw Kristin's legs in it.

(http://i.imgur.com/eOirmlb.jpg)

They look lost.

(http://i.imgur.com/87M9DK2.jpg)

Maybe because of this?

(http://i.imgur.com/igvwJ2T.jpg)

We didn't spot any Keebler elves.

(http://i.imgur.com/bGMS7pp.jpg)

Just a bunch of trees and rocks.

(http://i.imgur.com/F7ERBUH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QsGKb6e.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/n0PTFLA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2gcgh6t.jpg)

We were getting hungry so Kristin had a parasite pie.

(http://i.imgur.com/mZ3GbtX.jpg)

Supposedly, there is a beautiful view of the river from here.

(http://i.imgur.com/KuDcLFD.jpg)

And here.

(http://i.imgur.com/a0EjhCq.jpg)

An old fence.

(http://i.imgur.com/s8LfjMG.jpg)

An old man.

(http://i.imgur.com/rD4WJXy.jpg)

Laughing at the old man.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZYyxC3p.jpg)

Heading back.

(http://i.imgur.com/4AS1pvB.jpg)

Critter prints.

(http://i.imgur.com/DOsQKdv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2xhXuJf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/i3s2fom.jpg)

I had to check out this oil well. Lisa and Kristin weren't interested.

(http://i.imgur.com/KcGfxIr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1LDCj6L.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KbHY6q0.jpg)

How I see myself in twenty years.

(http://i.imgur.com/vmh87Rx.jpg)

We're looking forward to going back in the spring.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 19, 2017, 10:24:58 pm
And now our 2015 ride reports.



I had the day off so we celebrated MLK day by riding Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Saturday, 1-17-2015:

We rode gravel roads around the Lake Eucha and Spavinaw Creek area of northeastern Oklahoma.

We based out of Lake Eucha State Park.

(http://i.imgur.com/7uOJh15.jpg)

And rode the roads that circled Spavinaw Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/5IzKw0S.jpg)

Crossed the creek and few times and we found a few low water crossings. Didn't wear waterproof boots...

(http://i.imgur.com/uPBS6Dc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pClYIuw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/niwuKI6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/spd8HPI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pC1Oc1y.jpg)

We had lunch in Kansas, Oklahoma (locally known as Little Kansas.) The birthplace of the original Marlboro Man, whom just died a few days ago. Asked the Gold Wing guys for a smoke, they didn't have any.

(http://i.imgur.com/JwgrWgj.jpg)

I'd walk a mile for a Camel. You younger guys won't get this.

(http://i.imgur.com/TrdvmKV.jpg)

Found this cool old concrete silo, I was afraid to go up.

(http://i.imgur.com/aKNn20Z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hwARIq9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aiDBvzE.jpg)

It was 70 degrees but there was still ice in the shaded areas.

(http://i.imgur.com/J9NmPMu.jpg)

Up into the pines.

(http://i.imgur.com/MubfrsX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/4JYg7YD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UcaOA4u.jpg)

This road was closed. I went around the mound but soon came to a fence. We had to back track several miles.

(http://i.imgur.com/bUeQFvz.jpg)

Into the farmlands along the creek bottom.

(http://i.imgur.com/4gkCkIw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nZDJg8d.jpg)

There once was a bridge here across Spavinaw Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/VlTaU0M.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3lvxHPG.jpg)

Now it's here.

(http://i.imgur.com/hRPnxtf.jpg)

I probably should get some updated maps.



The water table is high here, several springs in the area. Lots of surface water in the roads - it hasn't rained in weeks.

(http://i.imgur.com/Gcit9th.jpg)

I took a short off-road excursion.

(http://i.imgur.com/vCeBa94.jpg)

We followed the road back to the upper reaches of Lake Eucha.

(http://i.imgur.com/YXtcVKn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/tzigR3f.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Zg9GFmb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bPutErP.jpg)

It looks like an STN member has preceded us.

(http://i.imgur.com/vexFJcr.jpg)

Sunday and Monday reports to follow...


Oops, I almost forgot to include a wheelie pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/c29Lavi.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 20, 2017, 10:06:51 pm
More greatness and yes even another wheelie (right in the heartland of America)

Thanks for posting  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 22, 2017, 12:32:53 pm
Sunday, 1-18-2015: Chouteau Creek.

I wanted to see if we could ride some of the old trails around Chouteau Creek, Chouteau, Oklahoma. It's about ten miles from where I grew up and I used to ride out there back in the 80's. I had heard the trails were all closed off now by the government. It's mostly Corps land, but I wanted to check for myself.

We based out of the Chouteau McDonald's parking lot.

(http://i.imgur.com/xKLdeXk.jpg)

We gassed up and rode about six miles to the trailhead. There was several cars and trucks there but I didn't see any bikes or atv's. There was a bunch of people just walking around - I never figured out what they were doing.

We rode down the old roadbed to the trails. They were still there and still open.

(http://i.imgur.com/CYCgXRT.jpg)

The trails are two-track and are full of water and mud filled ruts courtesy of the atv's. We were avoiding as much of the ruts as possible but still getting our share of mud and water. We rode to a power line cut and took a break as we were way over dressed and getting very hot.

(http://i.imgur.com/lLSNcSF.jpg)

We continued on to the next power line cut and came upon Chouteau Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/UYJuaU9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Wh0Gqip.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZbhWYnj.jpg)

This is where all the atv's were. About a dozen of them running up and down a hill under the powerline. We decided to go the opposite direction to avoid them and see if we could find the old flat rock creek crossing that I remembered from way back when.

We found it about another mile down the trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/MSLGQxf.jpg)

I made the mistake of crossing this. It was only about ten feet wide but the bottom was slimy moss. I barely made it, bike sliding every direction except the one that I wanted to go, feet down, boots now filled with water. I didn't want Lisa to try it so I knew I had to go back across. I rode up and down the stream bed until I found an easier way - which was still difficult but I made it without falling. Lisa waited patiently on the other side.

(http://i.imgur.com/zOM1KfU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ohFRuyk.jpg)

We got back on the trail and continued the ride.

(http://i.imgur.com/l61gOS4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zhoyiRa.jpg)

We followed an old road bed until it reached the security fence at the regional airport.

(http://i.imgur.com/WYJUjvw.jpg)

We paralleled the fence until we came to an old railroad bed, then followed it.

(http://i.imgur.com/4W9fdgj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/K5z5EMX.jpg)

Lisa battled with the mud holes but made it through.

(http://i.imgur.com/uD941Gm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VRlGWYy.jpg)

Lisa spotted an armadillo at this bridge and was thrilled about it. She loves animals. I generally only like animals on my plate - preferably medium well.

(http://i.imgur.com/O7bB8fx.jpg)

The railroad bed ended at a creek with steep banks, the bridge had been removed, so we cut through the woods and back up to the airport fence. We followed it the rest of the way back to civilization.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZjL3ByU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jUTNnzA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dIDwVLS.jpg)

The airport is next to the industrial park. This is the Google Data Center expansion. They are watching you and reading your emails. Maybe even reading this ride report.

(http://i.imgur.com/RPH9Let.jpg)

On the way back to the truck, we stopped to check out a low water crossing on Pryor Creek. It's right next to a railroad bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/UwbGP3Q.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KBIbwHf.jpg)

The crossing has been washed out since the last time I was there so we just called it a day and turned around and went back.

(http://i.imgur.com/KY3NWZX.jpg)

This ride was really fun. I saw lots of other trails out there just waiting for us to come ride them...


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 24, 2017, 09:23:47 pm
Monday, 1/19/2015: Pop's on Route 66.

Lisa picked the ride today. She wanted to ride up Route 66 to Pop's for lunch.

We stopped at this monument on the Ozark Trail. The Ozark Trail was a route to the west predating automobile traffic. It was marked by dozens of these obelisks. Only seven remain, two of which are in Oklahoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/V355PPr.jpg)

Helen was here!

(http://i.imgur.com/Gd6QYvz.jpg)

We took the parking space closest to the building - made the cruiser guys walk.

(http://i.imgur.com/IuNJLgq.jpg)

Pop's has thousands of varieties of soda.

(http://i.imgur.com/hhzF6ag.jpg)

And decent burgers. I asked for tacos and they laughed at me. I told them the TSR guys would be pissed. Edit: TSR is a reference to the local riding group (Tulsa Sportbike Riders) whom live off tacos.

(http://i.imgur.com/rJYASFE.jpg)

They sell Weber's root beer here. A few of you might know of Weber's - the little burger and root beer joint in Brookside (local reference) who claim to have invented the hamburger.

(http://i.imgur.com/Dzk3kSc.jpg)
 
Lisa got an orange and I got a caramel root beer to take to Kristin. Kristin is a root beer aficionado.

(http://i.imgur.com/WKlf6V6.jpg)

Lisa posed for a pic with "The World's Largest Pop Bottle" then we headed home...

(http://i.imgur.com/LcSyTxA.jpg)

For those of you who don't know, here is Weber's story:

Weber's Superior Root Beer was the creation of Oscar "Weber Bilby" back in the late 1800's. Oscar and his wife Fanny moved to Oklahoma from Missouri to a 640 acre farm just north of Sapulpa to an area now know as Bowden, Oklahoma in 1884. Oscar was a farmer but he enjoyed experimenting with different soft drink condiments. Through trial and error, he put together a secret recipe consisting of 14 natural ingredients which were "fire brewed" then stored and aged in birch bark barrels. His famous Weber's Superior Root beer was then served at the peak of the flavoring cycle. Oscar used yeast to carbonate his root beer.



On the fourth of July, 1891, Oscar probably made his most significant contribution to society when he forged a piece of iron into a 3' x 4' grill. He then built a pit and heated the grill with hickory wood. His wife, Fanny, made sour dough buns while Oscar pattied up some black angus all-beef-patties and proceeded to grill the patties on his new hand-made grill. When they were cooked to perfection, he placed the patties between the buns...thus, the first real hamburger was made. He then served them (along with Weber's Superior Root beer, of course) to more than 100 people who were the Bilbys' friends and family. Oscar continued this 4th of July tradition every year for the rest of his life.


His hamburgers and root beer were the hit of the community. Decades of encouragement later, Oscar opened the first Weber's Superior Root beer Stand at 3817 S. Peoria. Oscar felt that the original stand should remain in the Bilby family forever. At the present time Oscar's great grandson Rick Bilby and his wife Jennifer own and operate the original Weber's Superior Root Beer Stand.


In 1995 award-winning travel writer and reporter Michael Wallis (Route 66: the Mother Road) did an extensive nationwide search for the true origins of the hamburger as we know it. Later that year the Governor Frank Keating issued a statement of proclamation confirming Wallis's findings. It is with great pride that we cook our burgers on the original grill, made the same as they were in 1891, every day.

Here at Weber's, our famous root beer is still made with those same 14 secret, all natural ingredients! We serve great tasting root beer in ice-cold frosted mugs.



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 24, 2017, 09:31:30 pm
Great Family!!

You folks like getting deep into an adventure  :thumbsup:

This thread proves that dual sport riding is the very best riding any of us can do

And all right here in the heartland of the United States



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 29, 2017, 10:59:58 pm
1/24/2015: Natural Arch Ride.

I picked out some gravel roads to ride in southeastern Oklahoma. I always try to find a few interesting sites to visit other than just riding down the road. Particularly when my daughter Kristin is going with us - just to keep her off her phone for a few hours...

We parked at Hartshorne Lake.

(http://i.imgur.com/mUlTkwH.jpg)

We headed southwest along Limestone Ridge to our first stop - Natural Arch. We had to enter through this gate, then walk to the arch.

(http://i.imgur.com/ChNPl5b.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/d0toMLr.jpg)

I didn't really know what to expect as I couldn't find any pictures of it online. It turned out to be very cool.

(http://i.imgur.com/IXnSvZ6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/DHqzZ7a.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jMLX2Cg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VMhjXgS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QEOQllk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/M3Ml7gj.jpg)

WPA stamp on the bridge over the creek that made the arch.

(http://i.imgur.com/jogp8kx.jpg)

We rode on toward Sardis Lake. Just after I took this pic, two deer jumped the fence and ran across in front of Lisa and Kristin. Lisa says she got it on video. Oops, it wasn't turned on...

(http://i.imgur.com/V4N1zAS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CBlNroi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/H4P5Djf.jpg)

Across Sardis Lake.

(http://i.imgur.com/IordAe7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xD446N6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oBtE9SD.jpg)

Into the little town of Clayton for lunch.

(http://i.imgur.com/vBsuD8Z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/9r1pDC0.jpg)

After lunch, we rode to Sardis Cemetery. When they impounded the lake, the cemetery became an island so they built a road out to it. Kristin enjoyed the view.

(http://i.imgur.com/bCTRo2C.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/DF2KPJO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uR6hLCa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/k3LUZuH.jpg)

Leaving the cemetery, we encountered a lot of wet roads. Lisa likes them, I prefer to stay dry.

(http://i.imgur.com/A7oHg6X.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JoPL4mJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/M0YZNqU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hHLjNTe.jpg)

I spotted a road sign that read, "Swinging Bridge Road." It might as well read, "Jay, Turn Here." We found the bridge about a half mile down the road.

(http://i.imgur.com/3oyd6QW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8LHUOEV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YuW8EEV.jpg)

The bridge keepers let us cross.

(http://i.imgur.com/foEhuO7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Po7NFUT.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ynVSp9D.jpg)

Hellooo down there.

(http://i.imgur.com/fN6AWLi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yB01bw9.jpg)

It was getting late so we headed back to the truck at Hartshorne Lake.

(http://i.imgur.com/JpjWCXa.jpg)

The dam.

(http://i.imgur.com/WVQlKGl.jpg)

Our new lake cabin, complete with outdoor plumbing.

(http://i.imgur.com/hatedJN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/9Pa3LR6.jpg)

We got back just as the sun was setting.

(http://i.imgur.com/MxUZgrV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/29dRdbb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vRPgDrO.jpg)

This was a really fun ride.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 30, 2017, 07:08:59 am
More good stuff

You peeps are brave walking the suspension bridge  :D

Oklahoma offers a bunch of good scenery

 :thumbsup:

Keep em coming Mr. Jay   :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 31, 2017, 10:26:26 pm

Oklahoma offers a bunch of good scenery


People just generally fly down the interstate and then bitch about nothing to see or do. We just take our time and keep our eyes open and look for the little things.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 31, 2017, 10:27:21 pm
Saturday, Feb. 8th Cherokee Wildlife Management Area Ride.

We headed to the Zeb, Oklahoma area for a ride. Now that most hunting seasons are over, I wanted to ride the Cherokee Wildlife Management Area.

We trailered to the parking area and rode out from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/UENJnl4.jpg)

We headed west on the first road in.

(http://i.imgur.com/xbfEc1O.jpg)

We immediately began encountering jeep and 4wd ruts. Some we went through, some we went around.

(http://i.imgur.com/qHUA1Dr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XA8q8CR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/mNGhV5r.jpg)

This one was huge. The worst thing is that you can't tell how deep they are.

(http://i.imgur.com/OCjz3ju.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/q8vxZg6.jpg)

We continued on with wet feet.

(http://i.imgur.com/6kbgG7R.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/olo07DC.jpg)

We decided to detour out of the WMA and onto the county roads so we could go see some old bridges that I spotted on the map. The road out was narrow and rough but at least it was dry.

(http://i.imgur.com/UYlXjlB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GzO1dIW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NJKbNWE.jpg)

The first bridge was a foot bridge that I saw on Google Earth. It looked like a private drive to go down to the creek so I stopped a vehicle and asked them about it. They said it was family property but that we could go in and see it.

(http://i.imgur.com/xUHBfF2.jpg)

This one looked unsafe so we didn't walk it.

(http://i.imgur.com/3EYUiXm.jpg)

But we did ride across the low water crossing.

(http://i.imgur.com/P5mFLpA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aJWail6.jpg)

Then we rode to a couple old iron bridges on Maynard Bayou.

(http://i.imgur.com/dmVvYfn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/V8ZIQGk.jpg)

This one was on a one-lane gravel road through farmland.

(http://i.imgur.com/zgkgjMW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rZFideH.jpg)

As I was walking back to my bike on the bridge, I heard a horn honking behind me. A pickup truck was bearing down on us. He drove up onto the bridge next to me and nearly skidded into Lisa. He was a goofy, skinny little redneck guy. He was trying to act all badass and said, "What are you doing here?" I replied with, "We're just taking pictures of the old iron bridge." He said, "Do you have permission to be in here?" I  said, "I thought it was a public road." There were no signs, gates, or anything else to indicate it was private. He said, "Well it's not." I said, "Okay, we'll get out of here." Then he drove off. Doubt it, but hopefully feeling like a dork for trying to intimidate an old man and a couple of girls.

We decided to ride the county roads to a little country café for lunch. The roads were in good shape and it was a fun ride.

(http://i.imgur.com/JjKbUsj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IPY1kmH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yaDwXKO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uNid5pp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oJGSrRd.jpg)

Of course, I had to get at least one wheelie pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/l2eUw52.jpg)

We didn't see a soul other than these guys. Lisa insisted on getting a pic of her favorite animal.

(http://i.imgur.com/yPFisns.jpg)

This wasn't part of the road but it was just too tempting.

(http://i.imgur.com/Z9CHeeh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HXMNRuW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/9r26jMY.jpg)

We made it to the country café about 2:00. This is Jincy's. It was used as the general store in the film "Where the Red Fern Grows."

(http://i.imgur.com/B0gX9Kg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XeLZrHD.jpg)

Despite only being two other groups there, it took two hours to get our food. Lisa was pissed. Me not so much because it's good food. I bet the burger patties were 3/4 pound. Kristin, 105 pounds or so, ate all of hers.

Since it took so long, that only left us a couple more hours of daylight to finish the ride so we headed back into the WMA.

(http://i.imgur.com/aiHBYiQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NOZBXXg.jpg)

We came to this long, low water crossing on Green Leaf Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/Tk47j17.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MvdXIKL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AFyrtkO.jpg)

Which Lisa proceeded to ride back and forth about twenty times.

(http://i.imgur.com/QOkLVyA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Di2nqMw.jpg)

We made it back to the truck about a half an hour before dark.

I looked at the map and saw a five mile loop right next to the parking area. I convinced them to go. The first mile was part of the road that we took when we first started (the one full of wet ruts.) Sometime during the day after we had ridden through, it had been graded. It was much improved.

(http://i.imgur.com/2Rm4p7T.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R7fNWSQ.jpg)

About two miles into the ride, I saw a couple guys walking the opposite direction. I thought it was kinda weird because they didn't have hunting, riding, or hiking gear. Lisa said that as she passed them, she got in a rut and started sliding toward them. One of them held up his hands and laughed. We came to the bottom of a long ravine and there was a truck stuck in the ditch. There were a couple ladies waiting with embarrassed looks on their faces. Not a good place to be stranded just before dark...

We went through a deep low water crossing, then up a long, steep hill. It had been graded too but was really soft and slick. I told Lisa and Kristin to wait while I checked it out. I pretty much went full-throttle all the way up and struggled to make it on the big Suzuki pig. I told them to keep up their momentum and not let off. Kristin went next and stopped about a quarter of the way up (she later said she hit a buried rock that turned her wheel sideways, causing her to stall.) I started walking down to help her.

(http://i.imgur.com/7FJAWYE.jpg)

All of a sudden, Lisa comes flying up the hill, somewhat out of control, crossing side to side, feet flailing about, and nearly taking out Kristin. But she made it.

(http://i.imgur.com/kcuCEB8.jpg)

As I got within about twenty feet of Kristin, she guns it, takes off spinning the tire, and makes it the rest of the way up.

So, I had to walk all the way back up to my bike.

We finished the loop and got loaded up just as it got dark.

(http://i.imgur.com/UJlGlq7.jpg)

We're going back soon. We've still got about forty square miles left of the WMA to explore.


Except next time, we're bringing our lunch.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 01, 2017, 02:22:08 pm
You having way too much fun their Jay  :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 02, 2017, 08:30:55 pm
Since it was going to be warm on Monday, February 10th, I took off work so we could go chase some photo tags.

The current tag was an old bridge about 50 miles away.

Strang bridge over the Grand River. Built about 1910, abandoned about five years ago.

(http://i.imgur.com/pXAxyuB.jpg)

We looked around for some photo tag possibilities.

ROMP - Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.

(http://i.imgur.com/CaYPiph.jpg)

Or a little free library.

(http://i.imgur.com/f9m0nLu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QnIu8re.jpg)

We settled on the Bart Simpson tree.

(http://i.imgur.com/vorHmmv.jpg)

It just happened to be next to the Cabin Creek Civil War Battlefield so we went in to check it out.

(http://i.imgur.com/HdmI4kS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lEZ6gC8.jpg)

Two battles were fought here. The first won by the Union, the second won by the Confederacy.

(http://i.imgur.com/ad7wOt1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oJjNrmC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wjj1skC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kSod11k.jpg)

It was pretty cool. There were monuments placed at several locations of both defense positions and attack positions. This is only about twenty miles from my home town but I had never been there.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 02, 2017, 09:05:00 pm
Even some civil war history all the way out to Oklahoma

Good to see your family enjoy motorcycles/scenery/history and food the way you do  :thumbsup:

Definately my favorite ride reports ever to be posted here.  Thank you again!!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 06, 2017, 01:31:33 pm
3/15/2015. Ralston/Arkansas River:

We did a quick five hour dual-sport ride Sunday. We normally head east but it rained in that direction so we went west instead. We chose a route of mostly gravel roads running along the Arkansas River from Cleveland, Oklahoma to Ralston, Oklahoma.

Loaded up and ready to go.

(http://i.imgur.com/U4uclXG.jpg)

The Wal-Mart in Cleveland was a suitable place to park.

(http://i.imgur.com/MrlaHbm.jpg)

We followed the old highway that was abandoned when Keystone Lake was impounded in the 60's.

(http://i.imgur.com/NpbKh77.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nSlRuSO.jpg)

The roadbed ended at a fence so we turned back to ride the gravel roads.

Green pastures, dirt roads, and oil wells.

(http://i.imgur.com/EZHGfK6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/iR672Yx.jpg)

Bacon anyone?

(http://i.imgur.com/PLZ4kqV.jpg)

We turned off into the wildlife management area and found a narrow trail out to the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/mu23vfJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fb4lRhq.jpg)

We took a break and had our lunch of bottled water and a PayDay bar.

These guys passed by heading upstream. Monday night, we were watching the local news and they were on. They had found several cases of medical waste that had been stolen from a hospital and dumped in the river. Apparently, some idiot thought there were drugs in there.

(http://i.imgur.com/0xFvuER.jpg)

We were still hungry so we had some deer jerky. It was a little too dry though.

(http://i.imgur.com/0y6m9mz.jpg)

Back to the gravel roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/szJ2bfu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XWP6OIP.jpg)

Lisa had to stop to see the horses.

(http://i.imgur.com/pPal5xT.jpg)

I stopped to see the old, one-room schoolhouse.

(http://i.imgur.com/q28Qmmu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/axpjzzz.jpg)

And another.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ua8akJJ.jpg)

Heading through the river valley.

(http://i.imgur.com/iAbAgyy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/M8Iz9fk.jpg)

I popped a wheelie for STN.

(http://i.imgur.com/XKGpMbw.jpg)

Across the Arkansas River into Ralston. One last shot of the cool, iron bridge before they replace it with a boring concrete bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/2auoqry.jpg)

We followed an old, abandoned railroad north out of Ralston.

(http://i.imgur.com/z9oLbNk.jpg)

Until we reached the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/fVU4i32.jpg)

A structure along the railroad.

(http://i.imgur.com/ohjmqRf.jpg)

And the former grain elevator, abandoned since the railroad left town.

(http://i.imgur.com/6aNXGjY.jpg)

We ended our ride there and headed back to the truck.

(http://i.imgur.com/JPFRGOk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CwV32T5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZHRiAdD.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 07, 2017, 08:27:58 pm
Most excellent once again

Thanks

 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 08, 2017, 10:25:08 am
You guys do it right when you go riding  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 08, 2017, 12:31:29 pm
Thanks, when people appreciate it, it makes the effort of writing ride reports worth it.



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 08, 2017, 12:33:30 pm
3-29-2015. Ride around Lake Eufaula.

Sunday, March 29th, we went for a country-road ride around the western end of the lake. Lake Eufaula is the largest lake in Oklahoma, covering 105,500 surface acres with 600 miles of shoreline.

We parked the truck at Lake Henryetta and rode out from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/7N7Goor.jpg)

The spillway. I wonder what year it was built?

(http://i.imgur.com/GAVylu3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/msIZ7DD.jpg)

We crossed an old iron bridge over the North Canadian River. Built in the 70's.

(http://i.imgur.com/tKyt8k2.jpg)

We saw a grass/forest fire in the distance and stopped for a pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/dFzUYh6.jpg)

This old couple pulled up on their atv. He introduced the lady as his girlfriend, then began telling us his life story. He was a former cop, bass player in a country band, current fireman, and somewhat of a real estate tycoon - well, as much as you probably can be in that area. His dad was a moonshiner. He was very good-natured and kept going for probably thirty minutes. We finally said that we had to get riding. He told us where his place was and said to stop by next time we were there. He directed us to the scenic route and we were on our way.

(http://i.imgur.com/TkjyoJz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Bgj545L.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Edgb9aI.jpg)

When we got to the bottom of this valley, it was flooded. The water covered the road for about 200 feet. There was a meth trailer with a junky sportbike nearby and I was going to ask them about the depth but they never came out. We turned around.

(http://i.imgur.com/iyRJ7LZ.jpg)

We had a short stretch of highway where I saw this cool old rock building.

(http://i.imgur.com/DLAbHbi.jpg)

Then we were back on the country roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/HoLBzdO.jpg)

With more water crossings. But these were passible.

(http://i.imgur.com/j6kTY3H.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PIqOql7.jpg)

This old crane was standing guard over this prized fishing pond.

(http://i.imgur.com/D1F0vlt.jpg)

We turned down a one-lane, rutted road to find a nice view of the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/wbAMSFI.jpg)

I spotted an old, overgrown roadbed which apparently was the road of death. The road ended in the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/9C3vJws.jpg)

We turned south into the prairie land and found more mud and water.

(http://i.imgur.com/A24EP5a.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ROUDdiL.jpg)

She lifts her feet. I just get wet.

(http://i.imgur.com/0NqHShp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NyfPxj5.jpg)


We found an excellent investment property. A fixer upper.

(http://i.imgur.com/DcvII8l.jpg)

And a closed bridge. Needless to say, we went around the barriers.

(http://i.imgur.com/mJ1AdAV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/M3wLoPv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CdmngUn.jpg)

We rode into the little town of Eufaula for a late lunch. I had googled the local highly recommended café. Of course, it was closed. Nothing was open but fast food places. We chose Braum's.

(http://i.imgur.com/9koUSQC.jpg)

After lunch, we headed back toward the truck. We passed under I-40 a couple times.

(http://i.imgur.com/uEeUycZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/r017mwQ.jpg)

I had Lisa get a pic of me popping a wheelie.

(http://i.imgur.com/epCNFqC.jpg)

A moment of worship before continuing on.

(http://i.imgur.com/I1waiPc.jpg)

This guy flagged us down but he must've been an illegal. He couldn't speak English.

(http://i.imgur.com/t3J56gO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0hLwsHp.jpg)

Further on down the road...

(http://i.imgur.com/s06uBLK.jpg)

Something else caught my eye. Look way out in the field.

(http://i.imgur.com/CxxvFmo.jpg)

Zoomed.

(http://i.imgur.com/HQmmfLx.jpg)

Surprisingly, no bullet holes.

Shaken by the frightening encounter, we headed back to the truck to get out of there.

(http://i.imgur.com/8v5act5.jpg)

A little muddy, 111 miles later, only one fall/drop each.

(http://i.imgur.com/ldqKuws.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 08, 2017, 12:58:18 pm
Did you eat that cow for dinner?

Should have shot big foot and rocked the world

 :D


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: kver on June 10, 2017, 12:41:10 pm

Thanks, when people appreciate it, it makes the effort of writing ride reports worth it.




Some of us are more vocal than others -- but we all definitely appreciate the ride reports.  


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 10, 2017, 12:44:06 pm
Thanks. I thought there might be a lack of interest since the majority of them are on dual-sport bikes which doesn't really fit in on this forum. But I'll keep posting them until I run out.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 11, 2017, 10:59:58 pm
4-03-2015: Lisa was at work and I had an hour to kill, so I went for a quick, local ride here in Broken Arrow.

A pond down just down the street.

(http://i.imgur.com/fwMkSQl.jpg)

An abandoned oil well and tanks.

(http://i.imgur.com/OqaPtRX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VddNA2h.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/4eXjAtD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/y7DIDBh.jpg)

The Arkansas River. Edit: this location is fenced off now.

(http://i.imgur.com/9DSTbTz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UyL66ye.jpg)

A vacant field where we often go to watch meteor showers. Edit: This is a subdivision now.

(http://i.imgur.com/s3wj3D7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2mvuBym.jpg)

Which led to a creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/wzudvC5.jpg)

A historical marker on the way home.

(http://i.imgur.com/VBRmLYE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vO4AnfM.jpg)

Ride time, one hour and one minute. I was never more than seven miles from home.

That's the good thing about riding dual-sport bikes, you don't have to have good roads.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 12, 2017, 08:43:08 pm
DR 650

One of my favorite bikes

 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 15, 2017, 08:37:15 pm
Saturday, April 4th, we rode over to the touristy town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We go a couple times a year.

Here are a few pic's for your enjoyment.

First, we rode by Beaver Lake.

(http://i.imgur.com/v260GXv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7K2ULfI.jpg)

We stayed in this cabin last year - didn't have the cash this year.

(http://i.imgur.com/svO7qMH.jpg)

We ate at the Angler's Inn. It's an excellent fish restaurant. It's become our regular place there.

(http://i.imgur.com/pQpglcK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/guD55Kr.jpg)

Downtown Eureka Springs.

(http://i.imgur.com/AN3ifMl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aC5WOol.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/w9w6rba.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/izVGM9J.jpg)

We went inside. The working bunnies were nowhere to be found.

(http://i.imgur.com/dPrnR7r.jpg)

Basin Park Hotel. This lady was all smiles. I think she thought I was taking her picture.

(http://i.imgur.com/J9Va22g.jpg)

They had an impromptu percussion jam session in the Basin Park.

(http://i.imgur.com/a4cNSIe.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ckEKWdw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/S0olb0N.jpg)

It was diversity weekend. I didn't recognize any STN members in that crowd.

(http://i.imgur.com/b7sz6is.jpg)

After we had enough of the hippy, drumming stuff, we went for ice cream.

(http://i.imgur.com/08N92lJ.jpg)

When I said to Lisa, "let's have the Big Dipper," the guy in the rainbow suit's eyes lit up.

(http://i.imgur.com/0JRx0yX.jpg)

There is a Harley shop next door. Their marketing campaigns crack me up. Obviously, they are very effective though.

(http://i.imgur.com/wExYQTf.jpg)

We spent the night in the luxury suites.

(http://i.imgur.com/KBgXprX.jpg)

We had lots of activities and rides planned for the next day but we woke up to rain. The radar showed it lasting most of the day so we just headed home. The first one hundred miles was wet and cold - it was 50 degrees. We were miserable when we got home. We hadn't had a rainy ride lately so we figured we were overdue.

I partially made up for it yesterday, April 5th, by riding to work, then going for a lunch ride in Mohawk Park.

(http://i.imgur.com/fuUxeQu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rkIXfmF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/z3XjO6m.jpg)

This is the backside of the elephant compound at the zoo.

(http://i.imgur.com/nqTF6Za.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ywKFeFp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JICXf9Z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bSiF6dz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fsOzCkf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/A2iW2g4.jpg)

Across the tracks and headed back to work.

(http://i.imgur.com/7oGjDoe.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 15, 2017, 08:55:28 pm
Is that Bigfoot standing to the right of the train tracks ?

Riding to work is most excellent because during the ride home the work day is quickly forgotten


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 21, 2017, 12:50:40 pm
4/19/2015: We took about a 230 mile ride around the Lake Tenkiller area.

Camp Gruber.

(http://i.imgur.com/GfX6zM3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1tiBGHc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xio17Dr.jpg)

Some of the local residents.

(http://i.imgur.com/tsgB6Ih.jpg)

We gassed up here.

(http://i.imgur.com/g4b5XSo.jpg)

Tenkiller Dam and spillway.

(http://i.imgur.com/LcCEVY6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R1DiVNj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HkTe4Qj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R7FxWZa.jpg)

Clean, clear water - the top diving lake in the state.

(http://i.imgur.com/bPbn0Db.jpg)

Wet spring, makes green.

(http://i.imgur.com/8E65cL3.jpg)

Iron bridge over Dry Creek (which is about twenty feet deep.)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ydfjeaq.jpg)

WTF is this?

(http://i.imgur.com/SknY7vr.jpg)

About halfway through the ride, we stopped at a little lakeside restaurant for lunch. As we were removing our gear, I heard a voice say, "I recognize those bikes." A guy walked up and said, "My name's Dale." We introduced ourselves and he said that he had seen some of our pic's on the ADV site. He owned property in the area and was doing some work there...


We got caught in a rain and hailstorm about thirty miles from home. Hail hurts even with leather gloves on. It didn't rain a drop at our house.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 21, 2017, 02:06:27 pm
I didn't know you had alligators out there ?

 :lol:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 23, 2017, 01:59:43 pm
A few pic's from the Brookside Motorcycles vintage bike show, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 4-26-2015.


We hung out with a couple of our riding buddies, Alan and Becky.

(http://i.imgur.com/IZL5941.jpg)

We brought our '73 Yamaha and Alan brought his old Bultaco.

(http://i.imgur.com/UqCyBb7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rdM9CZR.jpg)

Some of the also rans:

(http://i.imgur.com/8z51oR9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/cVSRV5w.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/79g3gNf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jFyxw03.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pALkd2U.jpg)

I believe that's the late, great Greg Bush in the orange shirt. Edit: Greg was another of our buddies. He had several vintage bikes and cars. He was driving one of his old cars one night and was in an accident (not his fault) that took his life.

(http://i.imgur.com/pQ2jxY0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xnXFOfm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AJ7Luzt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/G1I1Hn7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/m3y7A7m.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Vtpqu1H.jpg)

Lisa's favorite:

(http://i.imgur.com/yXzDlYp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Z9tUMt6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aYjL2KP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GD34IDW.jpg)

Cool CZ:

(http://i.imgur.com/1lAQzNQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eg7GmCV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eUms7kp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IuYMXct.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ERYEZTl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/4V6ofTi.jpg)

A scooter for STN riders:

(http://i.imgur.com/7LjJcIG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vlCpdQ6.jpg)

And the best looking bike there, in my opinion:

(http://i.imgur.com/NRKZPb0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nZb9Kql.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 23, 2017, 08:52:47 pm
What type of Honda sportbike is that with the large front fairing?


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 24, 2017, 08:28:55 pm
I'm guessing it's the '81-'83 CB1100R but don't know for sure.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 24, 2017, 08:35:19 pm

I'm guess it's the '81-'83 CB1100R but don't know for sure.


Thanks

 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 24, 2017, 08:36:13 pm
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CB1100R



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 26, 2017, 11:04:36 pm
5/02/2015: We rode up to the college town of Stillwater, OK to meet for our annual Eskimo Joe's luncheon.

We were among the early birds. That's me in the black sweatshirt. STNer AviationFred in the red and black.

(http://i.imgur.com/j0kXudy.jpg)

We had an hour wait so we hung around outside as the rest of the riders came in.

(http://i.imgur.com/m80ZRAV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XyvJEH7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/EDS1gmm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TkBnMtA.jpg)

The lady in the middle rides an FZ1 and has over 230,000 miles on it. You guys should be ashamed.

(http://i.imgur.com/y5Tjpbm.jpg)

I'll bet some cool people ride these two bikes.

(http://i.imgur.com/oNtgyGM.jpg)

Our fan club showed up.

(http://i.imgur.com/GzCgLo8.jpg)

Dinner time came and the picture taking ended.

(http://i.imgur.com/xKIXg6Z.jpg)

After lunch we rode over to my daughter's place about twenty-five miles away. She was gone to grandma's but my son-in-law was there working on the garage. He's getting ready to put up a fence and they're going to run about ten head of cattle.

(http://i.imgur.com/AoyDzVy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SVweqhe.jpg)

I'm envious, I want their place.

(http://i.imgur.com/4u6NRpG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/G0ERbv3.jpg)

We rode over to Grandma's and spent a couple hours with my grandson. He's getting to be a fatty. It wore me out just holding him.

(http://i.imgur.com/6wnPwF6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/thznR3q.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GoXA8Jl.jpg)

He yells at Lisa just like I do.

(http://i.imgur.com/ODizLWX.jpg)


Motorcycles, friends, food, kids, and grandkids. It was a good day.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 27, 2017, 06:53:46 am
Beautiful baby  :bigok:

FJ 1200 with hard luggage that is made for the bike.  Back when sport touring bikes still had some sex appeal.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on July 01, 2017, 08:53:10 am
Lake Tenkiller/Tailholt Ride. 5/03/2015:

We went back to ride the area east of Lake Tenkiller again. This time on dual-sports. And for only the second time, I did a dual-sport ride with someone else planning the route.  

We met up with Dale (Airdale from ADV) who had organized a dual-sport ride. Not surprisingly to me, we were the only ones who showed up. We parked at his business (convenience store, restaurant, and boat storage) in Paradise Hill, Oklahoma and rode out from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/Sz6qtuU.jpg)

We headed east on Hwy. 100 until we came to Evening Shade Road. We followed it to this nice pool off Flute Springs near Marble City. It was 80+ degrees but not a soul was there.

(http://i.imgur.com/ia1KR2H.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gAGrpPB.jpg)

Dale and I rode across the creek.  Lisa took the long way around to stay out of the water.

(http://i.imgur.com/2O0fG6E.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ncSaD1N.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/a4SGuJD.jpg)

A few miles up the road, we came to this long, low water crossing on Sallisaw Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/FvgUenk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/plHgYSk.jpg)

It looked to be about 140 feet across. It didn’t look terribly deep but we couldn’t tell if the rock slab was slick with moss or not. While trying to decide whether or not to cross, Lisa said no way. Dale said maybe. I said, “If I do it, I’ll have to do it twice since Lisa won’t cross.”  I made the decision for the group - I said I would take the blame and wimp out.  We turned around.

Dale wanted to cross the dam on Stilwell Lake so we took the back roads to get there.

(http://i.imgur.com/oOJC8ES.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uTFMmWY.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nvdFByU.jpg)

After crossing the dam, we ended up back on Hwy. 100. Dale said that he had someone he wanted us to meet. We stopped at Country Cycle and Marine, a small rural repair shop.  We introduced ourselves and talked for a while with the owner, one of his helpers, and his wife. The owner was introduced to us as Doug Sehl which meant nothing to us. He laughed a lot, chain smoked, and talked about the upcoming local strawberry festival. Then Dale asked if we could go into the front of the shop and see his trophies. On the wall, he had four plaques as Canadian National Flat-track Champion 1975-1978, along with numerous other awards and pic’s. He said he started out in motocross but would win an expert race and receive 50 cents and a bottle of oil. He knew he would never make any money that way so he concentrated on flat-track. He said that soon he was making $1000 a month along with working a full time job – good money at the time. He told us of smoking Kenny Roberts at a race and said that he was still good friends with him. He said that he was never allowed to ride for factory American Harley because he was Canadian, that they would only hire American riders.

(http://i.imgur.com/3mYteJ8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eLA7j1a.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VIgBnvi.jpg)

He also appeared in “On Any Sunday.” He was number 75 in the ice racing segment. He was the guy who rode “flat-track style with his foot out.” He talked about sitting in Bruce Brown’s living room, watching clips, and talking about which ones should be in the movie. He also showed us some stacks of Cycle News and said that he had every issue ever printed. He was quite the interesting fellow. I wish I would’ve asked him how he ended up down here in Oklahoma.

Next, we headed down the gravel road to Tailholt, a small rural community.

(http://i.imgur.com/NkzkK9L.jpg)

We stopped in front of a closed down store.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZXAIH8r.jpg)

Dale said that it was last open about fifteen years ago. The owner hired a woman to work for him. Then when he was out of town, she cleaned the place out. He never reopened it.

We rode west from there down a road through some ranchland that covered several square miles. Dale said that when he was a kid, his family was once headed to town for supplies. They pulled up alongside a horseman and began talking to him. His dad said to the rider, “You look like John Wayne.” The rider replied with, “That’s my name but you can call me Duke.” He was good friends with the ranch owner and was visiting.

(http://i.imgur.com/Bcb1uPs.jpg)

Later, we passed the ranch house. I didn't see any STN bikes there.

(http://i.imgur.com/AJb9b2W.jpg)

We turned south toward Lake Tenkiller. Lisa continued her tradition of making friends with various animals while on our rides.

(http://i.imgur.com/PvW0U2r.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aj9ukvc.jpg)

Dale on the mighty KLR 650 checking out Caney Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/g3SC5sc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IZDQR6k.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KUPOfk6.jpg)

We make a couple stops along Caney Creek for photo op’s and to take a break. My map shows this as “Negro Jake Hollow.” I broke some glass bottles and vandalized some stuff in protest. I couldn’t find any structures to burn.

(http://i.imgur.com/YDyjXXD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/643hl19.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qI3xlmv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PgD1TIk.jpg)


Lisa was ready to call it a day so we made one last stop at this weird tree.

(http://i.imgur.com/gRNWBDJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YAZrBGK.jpg)

We rode pavement the rest of the way back and ended up with about 90 miles of riding.

(http://i.imgur.com/t3TfkVf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/iaypvRQ.jpg)


It was another good weekend of motorcycling.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on July 01, 2017, 09:33:35 am
Another Great Ride Report

 :bigok:



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on July 01, 2017, 10:41:08 am
Thanks. That ride was one of my favorites.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on July 01, 2017, 01:10:45 pm
It's great that you have Family that also enjoys riding  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on July 06, 2017, 11:27:42 pm
5/31/2015: We rode over around Pryor and Salina (Oklahoma) and took pic's of the flooding.

Pryor Creek - The creek is about 4500 feet from here.

(http://i.imgur.com/pe8iLk1.jpg)

I said, "We should've brought the dual-sports. We could ride through there." Lisa said, "You'd be doing it alone."

Snowdale State Park:

(http://i.imgur.com/GAGvonM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YkiIquY.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qgwwtpZ.jpg)

Salina Salt Works.

(http://i.imgur.com/ctce5rg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/H6Uk6Ee.jpg)

Low Water Dam on Grand River.

(http://i.imgur.com/1bqzrkO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lm7B8Gm.jpg)

Okay, no flooding but Lisa wanted a pic of the ducklings.

(http://i.imgur.com/CAmhjIf.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on July 07, 2017, 06:24:24 am
Most excellent  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on July 12, 2017, 08:51:20 pm
6/06/2015: We rode to Mountain View, Arkansas for the weekend - lots of fun, twisty roads along the way and some bluegrass on the square.

The first stop was at AQ Chicken in Fayetteville. We had been hearing about how awesome it was and we finally got a chance to try it.

(http://i.imgur.com/YvqlU0s.jpg)

They were right, it’s awesome. Lisa liked the original, I liked the “over the coals.”

(http://i.imgur.com/C5R7Ai7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GCY7PDp.jpg)


We then rode straight through to Mountain View, as it was several hours away. Mountain View is known as the “Folk Music Capital of the World” and we had heard about their spontaneous Saturday night jams.

We had dinner at the Rainbow Café.

(http://i.imgur.com/EF8ODqY.jpg)

Then we walked to the courthouse for the music. Lisa met "the man with no name" along the way.

(http://i.imgur.com/Jh4khP7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QeasOat.jpg)


The first band was an excellent traditional bluegrass band but we only got to see their last two songs. The next band just did pop covers and we tired of this quickly and left - we get enough of that at Los Cabos - a local Mexican restaurant we frequent that features nightly radio-music cover bands.

(http://i.imgur.com/JKY0Zet.jpg)

We strolled through the park listening to the different offerings. We counted seven different locations where they were jamming.

(http://i.imgur.com/MrMi6vq.jpg)

We picked a table to watch from and had a little ice cream treat. Is that guy pulling up his pants?

(http://i.imgur.com/e6VvGea.jpg)

After a couple hours of music, we headed back to our motel. The accommodations were quite luxurious.

(http://i.imgur.com/QMYEPzT.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OyzyfLJ.jpg)

Sunday would be our day of fun riding. I had a few nice loops picked out around the area. We rode a lot of fun twisty mountain roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/twZmsBV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vOFgR1F.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SZslk39.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jbwJFf3.jpg)

And found this cool suspension bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/CDrYIGV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CT2L6NQ.jpg)

Which was near the STN vacation house on the hill.

(http://i.imgur.com/1FlgX7H.jpg)

We rode through the towns of Fifty-six.

(http://i.imgur.com/syTLEDk.jpg)

From Wikipedia: When founding the community in 1918, locals submitted the name "Newcomb" for the settlement. This request was rejected, and the federal government internally named the community for its school district number (56). It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.


And Calico Rock.

(http://i.imgur.com/GUsxe57.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uX8FBTR.jpg)

We stopped in Mountain Home for some DQ.

(http://i.imgur.com/dcJIRCA.jpg)

In case you haven't noticed from my ride reports, we kind of like ice cream.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ie8sW3N.jpg)

We visited Bull Shoals Dam.

(http://i.imgur.com/nffgTUF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/cGGqi74.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5BKAww8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rGl7ZGH.jpg)

Then headed home.

We were so far from home with such limited time that I didn’t get to take many pic’s on this trip. We were just too busy riding - 694 miles total for the weekend.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on July 12, 2017, 09:06:20 pm
Looks like your family enjoys riding as much as you do  :thumbsup:

Happy Wife Happy Life  :thumbsup:

Of the many good ride reports posted here over the years I must say that yours are the very best ever posted here  :thumbsup:

Thanks so much for posting  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on July 12, 2017, 10:49:55 pm
Thank you.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on July 20, 2017, 10:15:29 pm
6/14/2015: Heyburn Lake Dual-Sport Ride.

Sunday, we went for a back-country road ride around Heyburn Lake, west of Tulsa. We parked the truck at the scenic overlook at Sunset Bay Park by the dam. The plan was to ride the dirt roads that encircled the lake and see what interesting things we could find.

(http://i.imgur.com/EhN8q1l.jpg)

Our first stop was at the iron bridge over Polecat Creek. Built in 1925, rated “structurally deficient” in 2013. We could hear lots of gunshots from downstream but luckily, they were poor shots and never hit us.

(http://i.imgur.com/Nk4kRov.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oDhzD4J.jpg)

Heading west, Lisa made her first animal friend of the day.

(http://i.imgur.com/JcDeUUN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SvAbwq9.jpg)

But she had to leave him behind.

(http://i.imgur.com/QjtLNHD.jpg)

Next up was Rowland Creek Bridge, built in 1932, also structurally deficient.

(http://i.imgur.com/zYWII8i.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FW3qnK9.jpg)

Along this run, I found a couple of side trails that led to fishing holes along the creek. Lisa wasn’t feeling adventurous, so she stayed at the road while I went exploring solo.

(http://i.imgur.com/0OZqAKt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lg6CUkh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GuhCRFY.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8pWfRPq.jpg)

I had planned to cut through the Heyburn Lake Recreation Area. This old, non-maintained sign didn’t look promising.

(http://i.imgur.com/ogrF5rH.jpg)

Yep, the road was closed.

(http://i.imgur.com/fWWfeaC.jpg)

I will definitely come back in winter when it’s not so overgrown and go around the barricade.

From there, the road turned to asphalt and I decided it was a good time for a wheelie.

(http://i.imgur.com/eIu8kG0.jpg)

The trees here were burned in devastating grass fires during the drought a couple years ago and never recovered.

(http://i.imgur.com/3jQkJfr.jpg)

But the flowers are thriving.

(http://i.imgur.com/NEB61gd.jpg)

After a couple miles of highway and a few more miles of paved country roads, we ended up about halfway around the lake at Sheppard Point Park. They have equestrian trails here and we stopped for a water break – it was 90 degrees this day.

These two ladies were going for a ride so Lisa visited with them for a while and made more animal friends.

(http://i.imgur.com/Dm6T2hd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ho2Q2Wm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2Rwapku.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qR3gvj7.jpg)

We rode down to the boat ramp which was flooded. The lake is way above normal thanks to record rainfall in the last month.

(http://i.imgur.com/55PdQk6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vzXje5i.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YQ5ugsn.jpg)

We turned into the picnic/fishing area which was pretty much abandoned yet they still had “no camping” signs everywhere. We thought about picnicking here but we didn’t have a weed eater handy.

(http://i.imgur.com/oDlKnD6.jpg)

We followed the old road along the shoreline which looped back to the boat ramp road.

(http://i.imgur.com/4bNpvAp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UCCcXQW.jpg)

Oops. She tried to ride the high part between the ruts and slipped off in one, losing the front wheel and sliding down. No harm-done, a little mud on the bike and gear…

(http://i.imgur.com/C9lp2VZ.jpg)

At this point we were about halfway through our ride and it began to rain. Earlier, I had jinxed us by laughing about how the weathermen missed the forecast by predicting heavy downpours. We took cover under a tree and debated whether to go on or turn around.

(http://i.imgur.com/RYKwcT7.jpg)

We started to see lightning in the distance so we decided to leave the tree and back-track because it looked less dark that way. It was a light rain for about eight miles, a little irritating but no problem. It soon turned into a light drizzle so I stopped on a bridge deck to have a smoke.

(http://i.imgur.com/k1nEMfm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FuBSPwL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zGJDsk8.jpg)

We went about another mile and the rain came back with a vengeance.  It turned into a bona fide storm. This was scary – lightning, wind, and strong rain. There was nowhere safe to take cover so we had to ride it out. At one corner, the water was literally rolling across the road. I told Lisa to “just go for it,” that we didn’t have a choice. We made it through several of those on the way back. At one point, I told her, “only about three miles to go.” Then a couple miles later, “Only about three miles to go.” She replied with, “You already said that.” I answered with, “I was wrong.”

We made it back, loaded everything up, and headed home. Luckily, we had brought a change of clothes just in case.

(http://i.imgur.com/AScMfQ0.jpg)

Despite the weather, it was another fun ride. Maybe we can finish it out if it ever quits raining? Or we could always just try our hand at ark building. They are predicting five to ten more inches of rain this week…

(http://i.imgur.com/buKOhuK.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on July 20, 2017, 10:31:07 pm
Burnouts and Bridges

Very nice ride report


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on July 30, 2017, 11:19:02 pm
6-21-2015: Okmulgee Lake area ride.

My daughter Kristin came over for Father’s Day. She asked me what I wanted to do - “Ride, of course.”

I decided to take a ride around Okmulgee Lake and the Deep Fork River bottoms. I didn’t realize that the Deep Fork was still way out of its banks from the May and early June endless rains…

We parked the truck at Wal-Mart in Okmulgee and rode out from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/4htesp2.jpg)

We headed west on Hwy. 56 toward the lake. The river was nearly up to the highway.

(http://i.imgur.com/cmDrFU1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vr37Vx0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pbHZiox.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MKVXr4q.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/i9Kt0c7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xyfEdBS.jpg)

We arrived at Okmulgee Lake dam to find the water overflowing. Usually, it’s well below the top level of the dam at this time of year.

(http://i.imgur.com/5RPoQ2e.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7VOjn3V.jpg)

We rode the county roads into the metropolis of Nuyaka. The story is that they wanted to call it New York but the Creek Indian language has no letter for “r,” hence Nuyaka.

Lisa and Kristin like to shop so we stopped at the mall.

(http://i.imgur.com/cBnluSc.jpg)

The former Nuyaka school.

(http://i.imgur.com/29Y6BUG.jpg)

West of Nuyaka is the grounds of the Nuyaka Indian Mission. I was interested in seeing this bit of history but the gate was locked. We continued on to Nuyaka Bridge over the Deep Fork - built in 1908. The bridge was closed to traffic so we walked in. I talked to a couple of fishermen and they said it had been closed about three years. They also said this was the highest the water had been since ’99.

(http://i.imgur.com/MIAFKO0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nBeZb9a.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qyxfXc8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/W73hArT.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PnkwUb3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2oz0gXU.jpg)

The route I had laid out went across this bridge and on around the river bottom for several miles so I decided to ride across and see if we could get through.

(http://i.imgur.com/uWXUvjA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hEYCH13.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yIa5SPS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/G57LH3O.jpg)

The road on the far side of the bridge was flooded so we turned around.

(http://i.imgur.com/Becomsd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/12MIaef.jpg)

We backtracked to Nuyaka (I like saying that) and went on from there. We passed what could someday be my retirement home...

(http://i.imgur.com/g0XeGFj.jpg)

And the Shady Grove Church.  It was Sunday but we were too late for services – about thirty years too late.

(http://i.imgur.com/yjTFDvZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LgTqFXl.jpg)

We then followed Dentonville Road which would cross the Deep Fork again.

(http://i.imgur.com/rjT3vvO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YVw8z4j.jpg)

There’s a couple of guys out there fishing.

(http://i.imgur.com/xHd5jh2.jpg)

The water was up to the bottom of the bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/et5DGSa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vY7FndF.jpg)

Did someone ask for a wheelie?

(http://i.imgur.com/civlhje.jpg)

Lisa said the people in the truck saw it and were smiling. I said they were laughing because I only rode it twenty feet.

We encountered another flooded bridge but it was passable.

(http://i.imgur.com/BMbJM2x.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/w6EWV2v.jpg)

More dead ends.

(http://i.imgur.com/uXZnlw6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PbcGmKs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qPdX950.jpg)

We didn't have time for the pot luck dinner.

(http://i.imgur.com/1XDRitt.jpg)

Finally some dry roads back to town.

(http://i.imgur.com/hyAiYJR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vsnkKAo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lZvC3KO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/H6CZceo.jpg)

I stopped to have my bike serviced.

(http://i.imgur.com/JYYBT6z.jpg)

Through the old, downtown area of Okmulgee.

(http://i.imgur.com/Q6dsc8K.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lT3bPYo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6RejZAs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/v66LLKD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eQdzgkw.jpg)

We ended up with about a half dozen route changes and probably cut the length in half because of the flooding. I want to go back someday and ride the remainder and maybe cut through the wildlife management area. It looks like there might be some good trails in there.

We had to get Kristin back in time for work.

(http://i.imgur.com/Bo8pddD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oHgUy13.jpg)

I think she planned it that way so she wouldn’t have to help unload everything…


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on July 31, 2017, 10:07:45 pm
Thanks for posting  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on August 07, 2017, 12:46:54 pm
Black Fox Area Ride, 6/28/2015:

Sunday, Lisa was taking her daughter to look at wedding dresses so I got to do a solo dual-sport ride.  She asked, “Are you going to mow the lawn?” I said, “No way, I’m going riding.” Since she wasn’t going with me, I decided to take a route that might be a little more challenging than what she likes. I’ve been wanting to go exploring along the navigational channel and to try to find some places that I remembered going to years ago.

A little background on the area for those of you who are not familiar with it:

The McClelland Kerr Arkansas River Navigational System is a series of locks and dams that created a navigable waterway from Catoosa, Oklahoma to the Mississippi River. It was built in the 60’s. Alongside the channel, they built a 60 mile hiking trail from Catoosa to Ft. Gibson.  My brother and I had mountain biked several miles of it back in the mid-90’s. The trail was obviously not maintained but at the time was passable.  It has since been abandoned but I knew of a point where I could still access it and I wanted to see how much of it I could ride.

Along the trail was the Rogers Point Public Use Area and campground. It has been closed and gated off since the late 90’s after a guy murdered a couple of ladies and dumped the bodies there. My brother and I had ridden our mountain bikes through there and I wanted to see if I could get to it.

A couple miles further along the trail was the site of the Black Fox Nuclear Power Plant. Construction was started in 1973 but was slowed and delayed by opposition, until the project was abandoned in 1982. To this day, it is the only nuclear power plant in the U.S. to be stopped by protest and legal action after construction had begun. This was another place I wanted to see if I could get into.

I left the house on one wheel.

(http://i.imgur.com/t8oFhis.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sUODfT4.jpg)

I stopped to admire this local engineering and construction marvel.

(http://i.imgur.com/X5cV8Lk.jpg)

Into the river bottomlands, I crossed the Salt Creek Bridge - built 1940. Edit: this bridge is gone now. Replaced by a boring, concrete bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/pbLhrk9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/a43pvWB.jpg)

I rode into this closed road which was a highway detour during the construction of a new bridge over the navigational channel back in the 60’s.

(http://i.imgur.com/TAtMCNg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pglOO7G.jpg)


Then down to the lock and dam. This crane was on a barge in the dock.

(http://i.imgur.com/eO4IWnh.jpg)

The point where I had planned to access the trail is near the lock and dam but is now gated.  I turned back and cut through a soybean field to look for another way in.


(http://i.imgur.com/F90rI67.jpg)

I rode along the edge of the fields for a couple miles but couldn’t find a way in because of head-high grass/weeds/brush or fences. I did find a nice set of antlers though.

(http://i.imgur.com/nTtfCIp.jpg)

I went back to the county roads and towards the Black Fox site hoping I could get through there. I found an opening into a field that I thought might lead to the trail but it just went to this large pond.

(http://i.imgur.com/dTDDR3Q.jpg)

I continued along the closed road (the field entrance led around a gate and into the closed road) to the back side of the Black Fox site. Of course, it was gated and locked. Which meant that I wasn’t going to find a way to the trail or the closed public use area.

(http://i.imgur.com/P6OvGxG.jpg)

The main entrance was also gated and locked.

(http://i.imgur.com/enuFhIB.jpg)

Since I had struck out on everything that I wanted to see, I gave up and just started riding the dirt roads in the area. I found some buffalo. They refused to stand for the camera.

(http://i.imgur.com/vfxwQqF.jpg)

I followed one road around until I came to this barricade. I noticed on my map that there was a creek crossing up ahead. I figured the bridge was out. There were a few people around so I didn’t want to ride in from here.

(http://i.imgur.com/SxsFnVI.jpg)

I went around to the other side of the section but there was no evidence of a road ever being there. The map (probably twenty years old) showed the road following the creek bank so I just rode along the edge of the bean field next to the treeline along the creek. After about a quarter mile, I thought I could see a roadbed in the trees. There was the bridge, literally in the middle of nowhere.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/WirhAGQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PJKWLu1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OyjGMxm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qOGQba0.jpg)

I could not find any information on this bridge. It doesn’t seem to be on any of the state or county bridge databases. It’s a little unusual for its concrete deck, that is not common around here.
This pic gives a pretty good indication why the bridge was closed. Must’ve of been one helluva flood to do that.

(http://i.imgur.com/tjcXhiE.jpg)

It was a little after noon so I rode to the store by Inola for lunch. I was greeted by the dinosaur guarding the picnic area...

(http://i.imgur.com/pop5NyT.jpg)

Then had a gourmet dinner. I had a Coke…

(http://i.imgur.com/ogfcKRJ.jpg)

And a smile.

(http://i.imgur.com/plfkr5s.jpg)

I called Lisa and told her that I would be home in an hour or so. I was ready to head back but then I decided to take a look at the place where we had ridden in from on our mountain bikes so many years before. The boat ramp was still there but all the park facilities had been removed.

(http://i.imgur.com/ILqJKpj.jpg)

As I was leaving, I saw a kid pushing a four-wheeler. I stopped to check on him. A couple more groups of kids showed up on side by sides and he said he was with them. They had come out of the woods so I knew there had to be a trail there. I followed it back until I came to this abandoned foot bridge. I remembered it from when we rode mountain bikes through there - except back then it was useable.

(http://i.imgur.com/lYckvsD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MAHAmvu.jpg)

I couldn’t find a creek crossing anywhere so I turned around and followed the trail the opposite direction – the opposite way from our bicycle ride. It went under the highway bridge…

(http://i.imgur.com/Gce3XgL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/isGpKED.jpg)

And continued on paralleling the navigational channel. I followed it for a couple miles through the woods and along the top of the levee.

(http://i.imgur.com/XZMoJge.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JDOGFQK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SnYl3Cw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VMFbDTX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/t2DepFc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/B8Be65h.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GzhBrVA.jpg)

This was a fairly easy ride despite the tall grass and a few mud holes. I was now way behind my “hour or so” schedule so I decided to head home and save the rest of the trail for when Lisa could go too. She’ll have fun on this one.

On the way home, I stopped and did a few burnouts. The mighty DR650 lays some good rubber.

(http://i.imgur.com/poO6uQr.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on August 07, 2017, 01:38:18 pm
Most excellent


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on August 17, 2017, 01:14:20 pm
Choska/Redbird area ride, 7/12/2015:

Since summer finally arrived and it's about a bazillion degrees everyday now, we decided to do a short early-morning ride along the Arkansas River bottom.

We crossed this unusual little bridge over Broken Arrow Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/Hf9rIp2.jpg)

We followed Indian Road which parallels the river and we turned down each road that headed toward the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/rdfz2rS.jpg)

All were gated dead-ends, none reached the river. After a few miles, we came to this closed section of road where the torrential rains of the last couple months washed it out.

(http://i.imgur.com/zDpNZrz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ieu6QeT.jpg)

I had picked out another road to ride that followed the riverbank for several miles. We rode about two miles and came to this bridge across a large creek. There was one house beyond the bridge but the road ended there.

(http://i.imgur.com/6Ip743s.jpg)

The lady who lived there was outside so we went over and talked to her. She said the flood of '86 washed out a portion of the road so the county closed it. We asked if she cared that we rode on through along the old roadbed. She said she didn't understand the fascination with the river but to go ahead. She told us that if we could make it through the ditch that the road would pick up again.

(http://i.imgur.com/mp2yhzr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JIUbE0R.jpg)

Well, the "ditch" was substantially more than a ditch.

(http://i.imgur.com/1BEZHDf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/f3EHl5v.jpg)

I checked on Google Earth and over five hundred feet of the bank has washed away since 1995. We were just north of the intersection of the two roads.

1995:

(http://i.imgur.com/r94hgCh.jpg)

2015:

(http://i.imgur.com/msbWMYq.jpg)

There was no place to cross so we turned around. We stopped for a couple pic's of the river. It was "fascinating!"

(http://i.imgur.com/hvLGLem.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/M6RwRMH.jpg)

There were a couple rutted-out muddy sections along the old roadbed.

(http://i.imgur.com/MOeJgkH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/X98VrOZ.jpg)

Lisa tried to ride around the ruts but ended up with the front wheel riding out over the hump of the old shoulder. Can you guess what happened about a half second after this?

(http://i.imgur.com/LjYsxSt.jpg)

I didn't have the heart to take of pic of her with her downed bike but I did get to walk through the mud to help pick it up.

(http://i.imgur.com/o3GW9q2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Xz7vCwQ.jpg)

We rode back around the section and got back on the road a mile south of the ditch.

(http://i.imgur.com/rh78A2A.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/X3OAgiz.jpg)

The road continued into the sod farms.

(http://i.imgur.com/fc6OHUs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sb1poPv.jpg)

We left the sod farms and headed toward the little town of Redbird.

(http://i.imgur.com/1PVNoqS.jpg)

Redbird is an original all black town. It was formed after the civil war for freedmen and former slaves of Indians in Indian Territory.

City Hall.

(http://i.imgur.com/48ZB20n.jpg)

The jail.

(http://i.imgur.com/JrN4EcS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/flXXm3g.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3hpQ1f9.jpg)

This town is now very run-down and mostly abandoned. Only a few residents remain.

We later passed the Campbell Family Farm where they have the world's smallest cattle.

(http://i.imgur.com/9XGMbFt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MESK03d.jpg)

I'm not sure how the goat felt about being ignored.

We stopped for a drink of fresh spring water and made it home just after noon. It was already 93 degrees.

(http://i.imgur.com/TnmR2sz.jpg)

More early morning rides to come...


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on August 17, 2017, 01:29:39 pm
You folks have awesome ride reports 👍


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on September 01, 2017, 01:51:46 pm
7-19-2015. Chandler Park Trails.

I once rode the trails west of Chandler Park (Tulsa) back in '86. I had never been back and was always told that they were closed. A guy at work lives next to it and said that he rides his side by side out there all the time so I decided to go check it out.

We got an early start to beat the forecast 98 degree heat. We were actually on the road before 8:00 a.m. which might be a new record for us. A quick stop for an eggamuffin and we were on our way.

(http://i.imgur.com/hLeNLBG.jpg)

We entered the trails where my co-worker said to and started following a gas pipeline trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/7Jed9cd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8ZXD34Y.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kfBAtDC.jpg)

We looped back around through the woods to a powerline trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/sdSahTZ.jpg)

The powerline trail was very rough and rocky. We followed it for about a half mile until it became just a little too tough for Lisa and her little street bike.

(http://i.imgur.com/aeI5QW6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aVeEPRg.jpg)

We then turned around and went through the woods on another trail. We took a break and watched a snake swimming around this waterhole. By the time I got the camera out, he was gone.

(http://i.imgur.com/3GpJxlG.jpg)

We came out onto an open area with some small hill climbs. They were so rain-rutted that they weren't rideable. Had I been on my real dirt bike instead of the heavy pig, it wouldn't have been any problem. Lisa needed to take a nature break so we pulled over in the shade. Just as she started I said, "I hear voices." She thought I was teasing. "No really, I hear voices. Hurry up, here they come."

It just figures, we were literally in the middle of nowhere and here came a group of five hikers. They never even saw us.

(http://i.imgur.com/iIFnA6G.jpg)

I wanted to see where they came from so we followed the trail they had come in on. It started getting very rough and was covered in large, loose rocks. Lisa took a spill on a down-sloped, washed-out section and was a little shaken up so we decided to turn around.

(http://i.imgur.com/T9Zkc75.jpg)

Her shoulder and arm were rashed and aching (I think it was the first time she had ridden dirt without her jacket) and had a bruised shin but was otherwise okay.

(http://i.imgur.com/wDpPe9Y.jpg)

We rode back to the powerline trail and out to the street.

(http://i.imgur.com/THj7ncf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pYPMO0W.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vrXazQN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/PliGZbQ.jpg)

We made a stop at the QT for a drink and to clean up her scrapes. She's a real trouper.

(http://i.imgur.com/nfHW3ZL.jpg)

It was about a twenty mile ride back home so we stopped at some of the local sites along the way.

(http://i.imgur.com/5HBXHLp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nUItRUL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HK2fnFc.jpg)

The former site of the Tulsa Hex House. Do you guys know the story? It's interesting in a macabre kind of way.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/news/throwbacktulsa/throwback-tulsa-hex-house-case-stunned-tulsa-years-ago/article_0450164b-71a7-5d66-baf6-732380a6e600.html

(http://i.imgur.com/dk5sokm.jpg)

And Lisa's favorite pic from the ride. She likes the ditches and water crossings - even if she does hang her feet off and get them all wet...

(http://i.imgur.com/C3oc3SE.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on September 01, 2017, 02:05:53 pm
Awesomeness right here in the heartland of America


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on September 12, 2017, 01:36:52 pm
7-25-2015. Lake Sahoma and Pretty Water ride.

Saturday, we met some of the ADV guys for breakfast and a ride. They were going to ride the same place we rode at last weekend, so we decided to just do a country road ride around Lake Sahoma and Pretty Water Lake instead.

Ready for action - or at least a slow-paced gravel road ride.

(http://i.imgur.com/AbyVUnJ.jpg)

We met at the Crescent Café in Sand Springs. I thought we accidently stumbled upon the KTM Club meeting. We were the oddballs on a Suzuki and a Honda.

(http://i.imgur.com/u1ZIwAn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RgsQSk7.jpg)

We knew a few of the guys already and met a few new ones, finished breakfast and headed out.

A KTM in Husky clothing.

(http://i.imgur.com/2b0avSR.jpg)

KTM riders stand up in parking lots to be prepared for some unforeseen obstacle.

(http://i.imgur.com/DDUdkJy.jpg)

We headed out of town and down South Dip Creek Road. I kinda like that name.

(http://i.imgur.com/gXqTEI6.jpg)

Didn't take a dip.

(http://i.imgur.com/uhb1j7b.jpg)

I really wanted to ride this trail. Lisa wouldn't go in because of the "Private Property" sign. I checked Google Earth when I got home and there are miles of trails here - definitely going back someday.

(http://i.imgur.com/kNEplRz.jpg)

On down the road, we found an old wooden bridge - replaced/bypassed in the late 90's.

(http://i.imgur.com/uJHz3ND.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YU5Ilrj.png)

(http://i.imgur.com/qIA6ZoQ.jpg)

We rode around the west end of Lake Sahoma and went down some of the trails to fishing holes.

(http://i.imgur.com/VRX5AOm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OYRrHTf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jIx7lv4.jpg)

Unfortunately, the lake levels are so high now that most of the trails are under water.

(http://i.imgur.com/GJis4Gk.jpg)

While I was looking for more trails, Lisa was taking pic's of cows. Every time she sees one, it's a thrill for her - like she's never seen one. Kinda like me and old bridges or buildings...

(http://i.imgur.com/kqxITbX.jpg)

We crossed the interstate on our way around the lake area.

(http://i.imgur.com/Nzz2Kc3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yB9obQ6.jpg)

The truckers honked at Lisa. I had the last laugh though as I peed on them as they passed under.

I found the local swimming hole. It was hot enough to swim but the water looked really nasty.

(http://i.imgur.com/ajgLuxJ.jpg)

We looped around to the east side of the lake to the picnic areas.

(http://i.imgur.com/RLHgFFH.jpg)

Then to Pretty Water Lake where they had a nice little waterfall.

(http://i.imgur.com/vApirsz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dpPGl6R.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2w9XTyy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ePIji4p.jpg)

From there we headed home but spotted this along the way.

(http://i.imgur.com/s1kC6ca.jpg)

I thought maybe some STN members had passed through.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on September 12, 2017, 01:54:49 pm
Thanks for some more Dual Sport "Heaven"

 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on September 26, 2017, 06:15:27 pm
8/01/2015: Grand River and Low Water Dam, Oklahoma.

We had to go over to Mom's last Saturday to run some errands for her, she lives about 45 miles away. We took the dual-sports and did a little riding around the Grand River and the Low Water Dam.

Mom owns a small apartment complex in town so we unloaded there and rode out to the river. I had several old roads picked out that I remembered from when I was a teen and these were our old, rural stomping grounds.

Some of these roads are obviously not getting much use nowadays. Damn kids need to get off their phones and start riding dirt bikes and atvs.

(http://i.imgur.com/9HZprgm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Q8rrFZ9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oo98hgF.jpg)

The road ended at a fence so we followed it to this substation.

(http://i.imgur.com/w3hsHES.jpg)

The roads around the substation were much better maintained so we picked one and followed it. It ended at another substation.

(http://i.imgur.com/xwxC1zA.jpg)

By now, it had gotten hot enough out that Lisa removed her jacket. It could've been the power surges overhead.

(http://i.imgur.com/OBi1kfQ.jpg)

This road led to the wildlife management area which was gated and locked.

(http://i.imgur.com/plJkw6a.jpg)

I know a way around. Next winter, when the foliage is down, we're going back. There's an old bridge I've spotted on Google Earth that I want to check out...

We turned around and rode to the river overlook. That's the Low Water Dam in the background. It's a very popular fishing spot. I remember fishing there with my dad and my brothers when I was a kid. I pretty much just played on the rocks instead of fishing. I'm still kinda like that...

(http://i.imgur.com/kwfY3Du.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qOW54GP.jpg)

It's about forty feet straight down here.

(http://i.imgur.com/VuM9gZc.jpg)

We headed down to the lower bank, upstream of the dam.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZhFGYbK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Mp5hx7P.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YQ5iv6N.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3JI2gAb.jpg)

The water intake structure for the Mid-America Industrial Park (the second largest rural industrial park in the U.S) is here. We rode up to the top of the bluff where the exposed piping is and took a break.

(http://i.imgur.com/d1WuzKp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BoyVaBN.jpg)

I told Lisa this story: when I was a kid, there were three brothers who lived next door. One of them told me about one of their friends who was climbing on the intake structure and fell. He died of his injuries. I remember later seeing the story in the paper. I was probably in junior high at the time and he would've been in high school. Probably about 45 years ago. It's fenced off now and even has razor wire around it.

(http://i.imgur.com/QZXGiLA.jpg)

We followed the pipelines for about a mile until the trail became impassable.

(http://i.imgur.com/4bGT75E.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XaAv3Nx.jpg)

After turning back, we followed the old county road.

(http://i.imgur.com/fIu7hlJ.jpg)

It led to an open area where a family was shooting guns. We waved and continued along the road until we came to Pryor Creek. This was the location of the local-legend Cry Baby Bridge - you know the story. The bridge was still open when I was in high school (70's) but has since been torn down. I listened carefully but just couldn't quite hear the baby's cry. Maybe it was because the gun shots were so loud?

(http://i.imgur.com/3skhHDg.jpg)

I rode up and down the old roadbed a few times.

(http://i.imgur.com/lEB5q83.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/WnveoTN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Hu2y7Jp.jpg)

Then we went exploring in the woods along the creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/0jO7iZc.jpg)

She was going so fast, it blurred...

(http://i.imgur.com/2GcMQl7.jpg)

We rode some more gravel then decided to head to the other side of the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/u4eviL3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Yrvmh1h.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vyOS1d1.jpg)

A quick stop at the Low Water Dam store for a Coke.

(http://i.imgur.com/ooufVKj.jpg)

The dam from the other side.

(http://i.imgur.com/Agh6ehO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ieMK6wD.jpg)

On the way back, we found this huge gravel pit.

(http://i.imgur.com/GuoGrvu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ch9yqlp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/e9XIjES.jpg)

We didn't hang around long as there was a meth-looking guard trailer nearby and we weren't particularly interested in meeting the occupants. We headed back to town, loaded up, and went to mom's. It turned out to be a really fun ride.

(http://i.imgur.com/AsKqCJt.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on September 26, 2017, 10:03:33 pm
Your ride reports just keep getting better.



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on October 11, 2017, 10:00:58 pm
8/16/2015: Chouteau Hiking Trail.

I went back to ride more of the abandoned hiking trail. This time Lisa went too.

(http://i.imgur.com/Q9kR7to.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NfKmKyj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UUitJbX.jpg)

That's a tugboat on the navigational channel. Too bad it didn't show up in the pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/aLRQezs.jpg)

We came across a remote camping and fishing spot.

(http://i.imgur.com/QVKdMVW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7NLgVnT.jpg)

Lisa riding through a dry, rocky, low water crossing.

(http://i.imgur.com/UuCCyLx.jpg)

A foot bridge on the trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/iZrYWxi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hHHzJm5.jpg)

This one is in surprisingly good shape considering it was built in the 60's.

(http://i.imgur.com/VFeIWRM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HLlnqcw.jpg)

We had to turn back there because there was a large tree down on the other side that we couldn't get around. We rode back along the channel.

(http://i.imgur.com/KbrlQyt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zEGnvm8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kcHRJ6W.jpg)

A couple of tug boats on the far side, a barge on the near side.

(http://i.imgur.com/jYPNgvL.jpg)

We played around in the abandoned highway detour by the channel bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/Y1oSCEW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/K5rEf6x.jpg)

Popped a couple wheelies.

(http://i.imgur.com/MiM3ckn.jpg)

Then rode home.

(http://i.imgur.com/AvHymjs.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on October 20, 2017, 12:54:08 pm
8-30-2015: Blue Mountain and Limestone Ridge.

I mapped out a nice 75 or so mile country road ride through the Blue Mountain and Limestone Ridge area around Bengal, Oklahoma.

We parked at the local grocery store in Wilburton, Oklahoma. I actually lived here for about a year when I was three. My dad had a medical practice here for a short time.

(http://i.imgur.com/Iir6eP0.jpg)

We headed out on the old highway to Fourche Maline Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/MWMmkLx.jpg)

Where Lisa tried to save an injured butterfly (I think I ran over it.)

(http://i.imgur.com/M8TjvzF.jpg)

We passed the Long Prairie Community Center, a WPA school building that has been restored.

(http://i.imgur.com/4OB7geP.jpg)

And a barn that hasn't.

(http://i.imgur.com/fVYTMB4.jpg)

We followed the road along the base of Limestone Ridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/1PqFzOy.jpg)

Where Lisa spotted this quarter horse.

(http://i.imgur.com/OY6PGGU.jpg)

And a fine specimen he was.

(http://i.imgur.com/v79y1lA.jpg)

At this time, we noticed her rear tire was going flat. Luckily, I carry a small compressor and some Slime. We aired it up and were on our way.

(http://i.imgur.com/zHR1Isf.jpg)

Unfortunately, it didn't seal and we had to keep stopping about every five miles to air it up.

We stopped in the shade at this wooden bridge for a re-inflate.

(http://i.imgur.com/o1dtzgn.jpg)

While it aired up, I did my usual ceremonial wheelie.

(http://i.imgur.com/HBw55ck.jpg)

We had planned to eat at the soda fountain in the little town of Talihina.  Of course being Sunday, it was closed.

(http://i.imgur.com/bzE08pJ.jpg)

The only open places in town were the Subway and the local Mexican restaurant. I figured the worst Mexican food is better than the best Subway so there we went. Notice tire pump attached...

(http://i.imgur.com/n27zA7U.jpg)

While we were eating, a group of six stereotypically dressed Harley riders walked in. One girl had her head wrapped in bandages, arm in a sling, and was being led by the hand. One guy had bandages around his head and arms and his face was all scratched up. I said, "You didn't crash, did you?" He said, "Yup" but smiled. After we finished, we went over and talked to them. He said he hit some gravel in a sharp turn and went down. He said, "When the sign says '25 mph curve', you better obey it." I asked if the bike survived and he said, "Yeah, we rode it here. It's outside."

We checked it out. It was rashed up pretty good, crash bars and other chrome parts were bent, and leather was torn but overall it looked in pretty good shape. Much better than they looked anyway.

(http://i.imgur.com/A32VNJe.jpg)

We continued our ride but her tire got to the point that it would no longer hold any air.

(http://i.imgur.com/3a2tM67.jpg)

As the dark clouds approached, we decided to ride back to get the truck. We hid her bike in the woods and rode two-up from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/wpkDKWJ.jpg)

To add insult to injury, a torrential downpour soon began. With no place to get out of the storm, we rode on. The rain was coming down so hard it literally hurt on our arms and faces. Twenty-five miles later we were back at the truck. It hadn't rained a drop there. We drove back and recovered her bike.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/xSoGJyO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5QEJCzm.jpg)

And wondered if the Harley riders would have to ride all the way back to Texas in that weather.

(http://i.imgur.com/895m4xW.jpg)

Lisa liked their cactus...


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on October 20, 2017, 08:45:30 pm
Watch them nails

Ouch


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on November 06, 2017, 07:46:54 pm
9/05/2015: Ouachita Mountains.

We took the dual-sport bikes for a camping and riding weekend in the Ouachita Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. We camped at Big Cedar RV Park, where we immediately began suffering from small trailer syndrome.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZQPbtFg.jpg)

After setting up camp, we headed to Talihina for lunch.

(http://i.imgur.com/fJ1NBxs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YRJKgC0.jpg)

Our first riding destination was Buffalo Mountain. We headed up the mountain-top road.

(http://i.imgur.com/WjuZHNq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/WIWIKun.jpg)

I knew from looking at Google Earth that there was a turnout on top with a view.

(http://i.imgur.com/7EBSdTo.jpg)

They launch these off the side of the mountain.

(http://i.imgur.com/lGZdGE2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zrgrIy1.jpg)

We met these guys and talked to them for awhile. Dave (on the four wheeler) and Bruce are the only permanent residents of the mountain. Dave said that he is a retired hang glider and lives on the mountain by himself. The guy (out of the pic) putting together the hang-glider has a cabin on the mountain but lives in Texas. He comes up on weekends to fly.

(http://i.imgur.com/w3bikUr.jpg)

From there we continued following the road to the top of the mountain by the cell towers.

(http://i.imgur.com/Zij2ktn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1CJeJLY.jpg)

The graded road ended there. I thought it would be fun to follow the trail that went around the other side of the mountain and loop back to where we started.

(http://i.imgur.com/6gsxlji.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/w8ZXJrP.jpg)

This little guy hitched a ride on my glove.

(http://i.imgur.com/9tApvkD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xYIP1sP.jpg)

The trail soon began to turn to rock.

(http://i.imgur.com/uEc8Fg5.jpg)

We found our new camper. We’ll have to go back with the truck and pick it up later.

(http://i.imgur.com/jHEuYWU.jpg)

I imagine the owner looks pretty creepy, maybe something like this.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ghk2rsh.jpg)

The trail began a sudden descent to the valley and was all loose rock and a very difficult ride. Lisa asked if we could turn around. I told her that it was only a couple more miles to the road. If we turned around, we would have to back-track fourteen miles.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/bIM56PS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZHm5ZCQ.jpg)

About halfway down, Lisa took a fall and injured her leg. It got caught between her bike and a rock. She was in great pain but soldiered on.

We made it to the end of the trail where it connected to a road which followed a creek. We crossed this low water crossing.

(http://i.imgur.com/AOod3Y8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/k7CftjD.jpg)

We ended up on the highway heading back to camp. We made a short, spiritual stop at this roadside Bible Museum.

(http://i.imgur.com/pJ66qtx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jklVXdK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yIyhUnY.jpg)

Sadly, it has been abandoned and is falling apart.

(http://i.imgur.com/islHh2C.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/to9QrLb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/t63P3Kn.jpg)

The donation box is no longer locked.

(http://i.imgur.com/fax0mr7.jpg)

It actually had money in it - I didn’t take it.

(http://i.imgur.com/DPQyC0F.jpg)

We crossed the Kiamichi River bridge at Whitesboro.

(http://i.imgur.com/UFFN460.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1BcI9ac.jpg)

And entered the Ouachita National Forest.

(http://i.imgur.com/SI3R6pV.jpg)

Back at camp, Lisa complained about her knee pain. After having a look at it, I decided she wouldn’t be comfortable sleeping in a trailer with no fan (we forgot it) during 98 degree heat.

(http://i.imgur.com/j3b3qB7.jpg)

We ended our riding weekend there, loaded up the trailer, and went home.

She was hurting but at least she made out better than this guy…

(http://i.imgur.com/SwWo5fB.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on November 06, 2017, 08:34:53 pm
A little banged up but made it home safe

That’s the important part

Nice ride report from the Heartland!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on November 21, 2017, 08:22:21 pm
Sans Bois Mountains Ride: 10/10/2015

Complete with local history factoids and lots of bridges.

We hadn’t done a dual-sport ride in a while so we headed to the Sans Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. The plan was to find some of the things that interest me: country roads, old bridges and buildings, rural communities, that sort of thing. And to find some of the things that interest Lisa: flowers, horses, cows, that sort of thing. We succeeded at both.

We parked at the dam that impounds Kerr Reservoir, part of the McClellan-Kerr Navigational Channel which extends from the Mississippi River to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/5qGRItV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3Rs6Au7.jpg)

A castle by the dam. That’s a pretty wide moat.

(http://i.imgur.com/tZS1Wy0.jpg)

The castle guardians.

(http://i.imgur.com/FejFESu.jpg)

This is no king. He looks more like a jester.

(http://i.imgur.com/5fWTpKG.jpg)

No better way to start a ride than with a little wheelie.

(http://i.imgur.com/zVamgr8.jpg)

We followed the highway south for a couple miles then turned off on the first gravel road.

(http://i.imgur.com/BFpn3aZ.jpg)

It led to the community of Tucker. Tucker was a post office from 1895-1922 and was named for a Rev. Tucker who was a Presbyterian minister to the Choctaws. This is Tucker School. A WPA project built in 1936-1937 and has been very nicely restored.

(http://i.imgur.com/V3uhDWg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6wAZv5Y.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pCLm0r9.jpg)

Lisa stopped to take this country-side pic. She liked the flowers.

(http://i.imgur.com/WQnoFYX.jpg)

We continued south until we interrupted these guys’ roadside lunch.

(http://i.imgur.com/dWXZmPi.jpg)

Lisa found some more wildflowers and some horses.

(http://i.imgur.com/c7MpIWC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/X5xswtM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6QzkzGw.jpg)

We rode through Bokoshe, a town created in 1886. Bokoshe is Choctaw for “little creek.” I saw on Google Earth a coal mine just outside of Bokoshe that was filled with bright blue water. We rode through the open gate and stopped to take a few pic’s.

(http://i.imgur.com/58jnau3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/31Ic448.jpg)

As we turned around to leave, a pickup with a big, rotten-toothed redneck in it pulled up and blocked my way. He said, “What are you doing in here?” I answered with, “We’re trying to get out to the county road.” He said, “You have to go back through that gate, the one with the ‘no trespassing sign’ then turn right.” I said, “Okay, we’ll head that way.” Lucky for him I wasn’t on my Harley or I would’ve had to hurt him with my ‘get back’ whip.

We followed the road across Buck Creek Mountain and into the valley to this old iron bridge across Brazil Creek, built 1941.

(http://i.imgur.com/aRzGP3A.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/mva6K7j.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YD2sqi3.jpg)

Just before entering the Potato Peaks, we just had to ride down this black road. It is next to a large pile of coal mine tailings.

(http://i.imgur.com/xcCJFlc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uVC4WXW.jpg)

I did not ride up this.

(http://i.imgur.com/iZmJxUS.jpg)

We rode through this little low water crossing of Mountain Creek just north of Wister. Low water crossings are Lisa’s favorite part of dual-sport riding.

(http://i.imgur.com/esGCQTY.jpg)

We stopped in Wister for lunch at Bev’s Country Kitchen. I had read about it on a “Ride to Eat” site. They rated it highly, we rated it average. It was kinda cool though, decorated with pictures of servicemen, past and present.

(http://i.imgur.com/Mmhp0tn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pFHDfe8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/t6QTtxn.jpg)

An old man set down next to us. We talked for a while and he asked me about which mountains we had ridden. I named them off and he knew of all of them and told me about a few more that we should visit. He asked Lisa if I was always racing her. Lisa told him, “Not on gravel roads. I go first because I don’t like getting dusty.” He laughed. It’s always fun talking to the locals.

I wanted to see a long, iron bridge that lies west of Wister. We took a wrong turn and found this railroad bridge instead.

(http://i.imgur.com/KE49o0k.jpg)

We backtracked and found the location of the iron bridge - it was gone. In its place was a new boring, concrete bridge. Not even worthy of a picture.

We turned north and rode through Wildhorse Hollow and around Pike’s Peak. Yes, that really is the name.

(http://i.imgur.com/AwvdkVx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/niyF3AV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NmuB89r.jpg)

Just outside of Dog Creek, we found this old iron bridge (built 1911) next to a new concrete one.

(http://i.imgur.com/UlBIwzA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8velXWD.jpg)

If you look carefully, you can see someone riding through the creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/kv7HTMb.jpg)

Someone had left a self-portrait on the column of the new bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/GcBl4WD.jpg)

At the next intersection, we discovered this historical sign. I thought it was cool, Lisa couldn’t have cared less.

(http://i.imgur.com/LQanWzw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QisfdmA.jpg)

The Butterfield Stage Coach Trail was originally a mail carrier route across Missouri, Arkansas, Indian Territory, and Texas to California. It operated from 1858 to 1861, when it ended with the beginning of the Civil War. After the war, it became a regular stage line through 1872, when it closed after the completion of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad through Indian Territory.

We followed the route through the valley to Walls, which was near the Edward’s Station of the stage line. Walls was a post office from 1894-1934, named after Benjamin Wall, the first postmaster. There are only a couple of houses left in this area. This was Walls School, now being used as a barn.

(http://i.imgur.com/dC49f2U.jpg)

Next up was another bridge over Brazil Creek (built 1920.) We followed the road along the creek. There were a couple of deer in the creek but Lisa scared them off before she could get a pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/Naplk9a.jpg)

When we came up to where the bridge crossed the creek, we encountered a large pile of brush and downed trees blocking the road. Of course, since we were on dual-sports, we rode around it. The bridge had been demolished.

(http://i.imgur.com/mKuMDLi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OuGr9bn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6Nhg7Bn.jpg)

It turns out that it was removed just last year.

We detoured around to the next section line road where we found another old bridge next to a new one. This is Bear Creek Bridge, built 1918.

(http://i.imgur.com/NKMKk2K.jpg)

We passed through the community of Cedar where Lisa made friends with some dogs, horses, and cows. I checked out the local church and I spotted an old abandoned plane out in a field. Looking at Google Earth history, that plane has been there at least since 1995.

(http://i.imgur.com/O0XhVVR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vP4BPpz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lzH9WaN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ANwhn8Z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xIfjalC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UdUd2XA.jpg)

A few miles west of Cedar is Lodi. A post office from 1894-1955 and named after a prominent resident’s daughter.

This is Lodi School, built in 1941, closed in 1945 and later used as a church.

(http://i.imgur.com/0Va3h5c.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eC3rULP.jpg)

Leaving Lodi, we followed Lodi Road to Highway 82 to head back to the truck. It would be all highway from here.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZLf6d0e.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oSjczgG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QjfezTK.jpg)

A nice view from atop the Sans Bois Mountains:

(http://i.imgur.com/G4WKhK3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IIetqPm.jpg)

We stopped in McCurtain for a splash of gas, then headed north toward Keota. Keota is on the banks of the Kerr Reservoir. It was platted in 1905. The name means “fire gone out” in Choctaw and is related to the story of 175 newly arrived Choctaws who died from pneumonia and the entire clan became extinct.

Entering Keota, I saw what appeared to be an abandoned bridge out in the middle of the lake. Naturally, I had to ride to it, Lisa waited on the side of the highway. It was an old railroad bridge, probably abandoned in 1970 with the construction of the reservoir.

(http://i.imgur.com/9vyEB36.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rAuAlXt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yljkDTD.jpg)

This would've been a cool pic if someone hadn't tilted the camera.

(http://i.imgur.com/QlvnKtH.jpg)

One last bridge to cross: As we neared the dam, we rode out onto the relief bridge on the abandoned highway that used to cross the river. This bridge is a little over a quarter mile in length and still in very good shape despite being slowly overtaken by vegetation.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ydlruoh.jpg)

I did one last wheelie (no pic) before we loaded up and headed home. I checked the GPS. We got in one hundred thirty-nine miles of riding for the day - maximum speed 74.5 mph (on one of the gravel roads.) Another good day of riding.

(http://i.imgur.com/au6osFE.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on December 01, 2017, 08:45:54 pm
Me like  :bigok:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on December 01, 2017, 09:33:12 pm
Well, how about another then?

Broken Arrow Trails, 10/17/2015:

Lisa went to look at wedding dresses with her daughters (her youngest is getting married in May) so I went for a solo ride. I found some trails just a few miles from the house that I never knew were there.

Which way do you think I went?

(http://i.imgur.com/sDv3kMY.jpg)

I followed this trail down to a creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/VYbBM4T.jpg)

I rode up and down the creek bed for awhile.

(http://i.imgur.com/MeHpWjS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2IuWchs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GXpnfKA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Vnxcso6.jpg)

A couple little climbs in and out of the creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/sWDHBYN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JecrWQe.jpg)

I got a new hood for my Kenworth.

(http://i.imgur.com/e2566Op.jpg)

I got back on the trail which turned into an old road to a pump station.

(http://i.imgur.com/r1NMIrg.jpg)

Some guys were there unloading these cool, old IT's - a 200 and a 250.

(http://i.imgur.com/0UyEVyk.jpg)

I said to them, "So, I guess this place is legal?" They said it was and that the owner likes having people ride out there because it helps keep out the trash dumpers. They pointed out some trails on the other side of the road so I went to check them out.

(http://i.imgur.com/qtV2Uvl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sHxp62Z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RRX6J45.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/40xuMx0.jpg)

I ran across this fixer-upper. I figure a little paint, some new tires and this thing will be good as new.

(http://i.imgur.com/Jex8foL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hUKms26.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R1Yb9a1.jpg)

I discovered a new fishing hole too.

(http://i.imgur.com/1OsVKdp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/DWfFjvB.jpg)

I circled back and followed the creek in the opposite direction until I came to this little waterfall - which of course, I just had to ride across.

(http://i.imgur.com/OIgKFIb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/9HbbH9G.jpg)

It turned out to be a pretty cool little riding area. I might have to get the old CR250 out one of these days...


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on December 02, 2017, 05:40:27 am
I need to come dual sport riding with you  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on December 17, 2017, 05:58:50 pm
11/08/2015: Shell Lake and Wild Horse.

We went for a country road ride across Shell Lake and into the grasslands around the Wild Horse area.

Shell Lake, water supply lake for the city of Sand Springs, built 1921.

(http://i.imgur.com/jdGm5JC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RG9ZoRJ.jpg)

After crossing the dam, we headed west into the grasslands.

(http://i.imgur.com/PEMPhE9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ni9FT0N.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/p7fDblk.jpg)

An arched entryway going nowhere - no road, no gate, nothing around.

(http://i.imgur.com/RGzV5KI.jpg)

Cows and oil wells, this is Oklahoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/Zxtt05F.jpg)

Heading up Wildhorse Road - didn't see any wild horses.

(http://i.imgur.com/FyApTsR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pqQSvpr.jpg)

We found the remains of Wild Horse School. There were three sets of steps remaining. These were used to get over the fence that surrounded the school.

(http://i.imgur.com/jnhhfXs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kKVT9cO.jpg)

The flagpole.

(http://i.imgur.com/DXnucxs.jpg)

Not much left but the well-house, slab, storm cellar, and an overgrown sidewalk.

(http://i.imgur.com/Z1IRU4e.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gVdQju1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UxDiLfi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/K6zgIMb.jpg)

Apparently, the storm cellar was added in 1941.

(http://i.imgur.com/v7caDQ3.jpg)

I left a little something behind.

(http://i.imgur.com/o0fDhy6.jpg)

The Wildhorse Creek low water crossing.

(http://i.imgur.com/MGB5EOL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rTQHzNc.jpg)

Lisa took pictures of cows while I checked out a pipeline bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/Fk2ghj0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8BtNj2T.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/cfdA8bE.jpg)

I dumped my bike here. The pipelines are on the surface but covered by the grass. I got the front wheel over one and the rear wheel over another and down I went. Good gawd, this thing is a pig and hard to pick up. If I ever even get slightly injured in a fall, I'm just going to have to leave it behind. I was worn out just trying to get it up and over the pipelines.

This geezer is too old to be picking up these tanks.

(http://i.imgur.com/7WTPhMM.jpg)

Lisa stopped to take more cow and foot(hoof)print pictures.

(http://i.imgur.com/KPX9Grn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wMW8X0W.jpg)

She liked the fat one.

(http://i.imgur.com/WbW3zlo.jpg)

I spotted this guy crossing the road.

(http://i.imgur.com/cctigUN.jpg)

And this lady taking pictures of it.

(http://i.imgur.com/cBQVzNE.jpg)

She also got a pic of the only wheelie of the day.

(http://i.imgur.com/ewgDZZf.jpg)

It was about time to head back so I thought we would short-cut through this gate. Unfortunately, I only had seven keys.

(http://i.imgur.com/SJFCOlD.jpg)

We had to take the long way as the sun was getting low - I hate standard time...

(http://i.imgur.com/bgW1mur.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HJfJw7w.jpg)

Then we found it! The Wild Horse!

(http://i.imgur.com/luVQNn8.jpg)


Historical factoid:

Wild Horse School is the alma mater of Bob Neighbors. Neighbors played in six major league baseball games in 1941 before joining the service. He batted 2 for 11 with one home run. After the war, he decided to make the military his career. He was later shot down over Korea and his body was never recovered. He was the only major-leaguer killed in action during the Korean War.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on December 18, 2017, 12:27:27 pm
Outstanding pictures as always. I really enjoy the photos of old ruins. Always gets me to thinking back to when the ruins were new and the planning/reason put into the building of them. A better time perhaps?

I had considered visiting Oklahoma and taking you and yours out for lunch if I ever get that way. Not now!!!!! The pictures of giant spiders and wolf tracks has caused me to rethink visiting that wild state.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on December 23, 2017, 04:13:35 pm
Teresita/Yonkers Area Ride, 11-14-2015

Lisa was in Seattle visiting her daughter, so my daughter Kristin and I decided to do a dual-sport ride. Since she started working part time and going to college full time, we haven’t gotten to do many rides together. I picked a route through the hills east of Lake Fort Gibson around the rural communities of Teresita and Yonkers, Oklahoma.

NOTE: Not a single wheelie pic was taken this day. You may consider not reading any further.

We unloaded the bikes at Wal-Mart Market in Locust Grove and rode out from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/5pSwxNv.jpg)

We headed east on the country roads to see what sights we could find.

(http://i.imgur.com/CqudSyc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qtzMbtl.jpg)

A country church:

(http://i.imgur.com/poV5yCK.jpg)

My weekend cabin, I have a little work left to do on it.

(http://i.imgur.com/uh5qpYe.jpg)


An odd stone piece of art, probably intended to get people to stop and take pic’s – it worked.

(http://i.imgur.com/fLlJbgf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/tdj3u2S.jpg)

Teehee Cemetery from the 1800’s. My brother-in-law is a Teehee and he is from this area.

(http://i.imgur.com/BaKi11t.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XE7A1kB.jpg)

Murdered!

(http://i.imgur.com/wkL3bX3.jpg)

An interesting story about Mr. Colvard:

http://www.reddirtreport.com/oklahoma-mysteries/unclear-answer-murdered-mans-gravestone-request-take-care-my-children

On the same grounds is the Saline District Cherokee Courthouse. Built in 1884, it is the last remaining of the nine original courthouses of the Cherokee Nation.

(http://i.imgur.com/VUtIdDp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Rnva1HB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JVmvjZX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/NA1CtbG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nn4cfFc.jpg)

This site was chosen because of the free-flowing spring here. The spring house and creek:

(http://i.imgur.com/TUmc4P5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/d0vPA7D.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HwhxFqN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/tMtUucS.jpg)

We left the courthouse and headed southeast toward Teresita, crossing the Cherokee Turnpike along the way.

(http://i.imgur.com/uMQcp5Y.jpg)

And back onto the gravel roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/wlhLVCl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/U6IvYrA.jpg)

We caught up to this guy. I asked him if he wanted to ride with us. He said he would like to but since we weren’t on Harleys, he didn’t think he could keep up.

(http://i.imgur.com/tV6psjS.jpg)

This was a fun road.

(http://i.imgur.com/mBMTmsZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1rtao9d.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ovHr6VD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BE7XB5A.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MhGg4Af.jpg)

I had to take a couple of horse pic’s for Lisa.

(http://i.imgur.com/AITShcG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rIrsfnS.jpg)

Teresita School, I guess they ran out of money before they could get the windows in.

(http://i.imgur.com/WWCBANo.jpg)

Teresita had a post office from 1911 to 1954. Now, it’s just a church and a few houses.

The bridge over Double Spring Creek at Teresita:

(http://i.imgur.com/1xqljfk.jpg)

And a couple miles down the road, this low water crossing on Spring Creek. I went first, in case it was slick with moss.

(http://i.imgur.com/p9u1cAj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KH4aTOt.jpg)

It wasn’t.

The next stop was Luck Spring and the old cabin next to it.

(http://i.imgur.com/KtsLBCq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aSKZw6C.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/i304SRj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/u9FHSAh.jpg)

There used to be an old one-room rural school here called Lucky School. It served the area up into the 1950’s. I guess it wasn’t so lucky as it burned down several years ago. The foundation is all that remains.

(http://i.imgur.com/E4M7ap4.jpg)

Spring Creek at Dry Hollow:

(http://i.imgur.com/qgUQP8j.jpg)

We stopped at the OK Corral in the Cherokee County town of Peggs for some ice, snacks, beer, and pop but they were closed.

(http://i.imgur.com/MzH13ng.jpg)

South of Peggs, we saw this warning:

(http://i.imgur.com/bf3kgTC.jpg)

As a man of European descent and benefactor of white privilege, I was offended by the threatening sign that read, “YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND”.

(http://i.imgur.com/e6ES2Lz.jpg)

A much more welcoming sign:

(http://i.imgur.com/gbsiGY1.jpg)

We paid a visit to the Clear Creek Monastery for confession but then remembered that we weren’t Catholic.

(http://i.imgur.com/3ZD9nEF.jpg)

They had sheep and a sheepdog.

(http://i.imgur.com/cTfHbxL.jpg)

And a chicken coup and vineyard.

(http://i.imgur.com/zazTrp2.jpg)

We crossed the stone bridge over Clear Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/60nHlJr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Pu2VMP0.jpg)

From what little I remember from my high school Latin studies, this translates to “Work successfully completed on November, 2003.”

(http://i.imgur.com/2PFQJte.jpg)

The monastery buildings:

(http://i.imgur.com/CRvIKgA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/o19mvP6.jpg)

I surveyed this land back in ’86. At the time, it was to be a private 1300 acre ranch. The owner was a member of the Catholic Church in Tulsa and sold/donated this land to the church. The monastery was built in 1999.

From the monastery, we headed west toward Yonkers. We crossed a dry low water crossing on Little Clear Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/A1Cr8Ns.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OEYG6pP.jpg)

Yonkers was a little town along the Kansas, Oklahoma, and Gulf Railroad just east of the Grand River. It was in existence from 1913 to 1953.  The town and railroad were abandoned when the area was flooded by the creation of Lake Fort Gibson. I wanted to find what is locally known as the “Yonkers Jail.” I had the GPS coordinates of it and a general idea of how to get to it. We came to the end of the paved road and there were a couple signs forbidding atv’s and off-road vehicles. Since we were on street-legal motorcycles, it didn’t apply to us. We continued south on the abandoned/closed road.

(http://i.imgur.com/7jmWvg9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LBezHZg.jpg)

At the point where the old road turned west, we noticed this memorial cross.

(http://i.imgur.com/sAGsn9o.jpg)

I googled the name when I got home and it turned out to be a 26 year-old college student who was killed on an atv when he took the turn too fast and crashed. The date coincidentally was the same as Kristin’s fourteenth birthday (she’s eighteen now.) She said it creeped her out.

This old storm cellar was next to the old road.

(http://i.imgur.com/9tNqZeu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ycS7QrN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qnAv6cu.jpg)

We crossed a couple of old culverts.

(http://i.imgur.com/d0u42BH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/V7LNfTa.jpg)

Then the road ended at the edge of Lake Fort Gibson.

(http://i.imgur.com/gL1322H.jpg)

We had noticed a wye in the road a ways back so we backtracked to it. It was a trail heading northwest (the direction we needed to go to get to the jail) so we followed it. The trail was covered in debris from the spring and summer flooding - the lake had stayed about twenty feet above normal for a couple months after record rainfalls. We had to wind around a lot of tree trunks and limbs.

(http://i.imgur.com/gSbwVBu.jpg)

We followed the trail as it wound through the woods until we came upon the jail.

(http://i.imgur.com/wlRQCBV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/hi7Ty3R.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7f40H5i.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/49POzsp.jpg)

It looks to me like it may have been just another storm cellar but that wouldn’t make for a good story, would it?
Apparently, it was built in 1939.

(http://i.imgur.com/byTlJR3.jpg)

The well water didn't look particularly refreshing. Luckily, I had a full water bottle with me and didn’t have to try it.

(http://i.imgur.com/fQ7u6K0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/cPB01yO.jpg)

It was getting late so we ended our exploring there and headed back to the paved road. On the way, I managed to run over a 2x4 which lodged between my forks. Of course, it was full of nails with the pointed ends toward my tire. By the time we got to this hill, my front tire was nearly flat.

(http://i.imgur.com/i5RV0lB.jpg)

We stopped at the bottom, filled it with Slime, pumped it up, and it lasted the fifteen miles back to the truck before going flat again.

(http://i.imgur.com/XyvnVJL.jpg)

Despite the flat and lack of wheelie pic’s, it turned out to be one of our more interesting rides. We had a lot of fun this day.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on December 31, 2017, 08:20:10 pm
12-12-2015, a quick ride around the Leonard/Stone Bluff area:


The forecast was for temps in the upper 60's but with rain arriving by 2:00. We went for a quick ride before it got here. I decided to ride up nearby Concharty Mountain to the radio towers and see if we could find the old shortcut across the top and back down. The last time we were there, a maintenance worker was on site so we didn't go through.

We crossed the Arkansas River and headed into the Stone Bluff area. We passed this old barn and it's guard dog. Lisa carries dog biscuits on her bike for just such an occasion.

(http://i.imgur.com/8VcmOnK.jpg)

A few miles later, we met another pup.

(http://i.imgur.com/RJJ2Wza.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/5QUPMy9.jpg)

This just makes Lisa's day. She could end the ride right there and be perfectly happy.

We passed our future "cabin in the woods."

(http://i.imgur.com/uzmE5q8.jpg)

And it's current resident.

(http://i.imgur.com/w7dpVGY.jpg)

Lisa decided that along with dog biscuits, she is going to start carrying a bag of apple slices.

We stopped to check out a beaver dam and pond.

(http://i.imgur.com/DtTtywD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kOwOX0w.jpg)

I guess this guy didn't make it to hibernation before the recent freezes.

(http://i.imgur.com/pFewgoo.jpg)

At the base of the mountain was this old house. It looked more in our price range but we liked the log cabin better.

(http://i.imgur.com/7NBHdP3.jpg)

From there we headed up the mountain.

(http://i.imgur.com/HBTr3Rx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JOS9Ywq.jpg)

We got about halfway across the top then came to this locked gate.

(http://i.imgur.com/CneUV5N.jpg)

We didn't go in and turned around to head back down.

On the way down, I noticed something in the road. "Hey, that looks like my water bottle." "Hey, that IS my water bottle." I said to Lisa, "thanks for telling me it fell off." Lisa said, "I didn't see it." I asked, "you didn't see this big red canister falling off my bike into the middle of the road." "Nope." Good thing it wasn't something important...

(http://i.imgur.com/czULHHx.jpg)

We left the mountain and rode around the river-bottom lands.

It seemed like a good time for a wheelie.

(http://i.imgur.com/Cw51Cvv.jpg)

And another to stir the spirits.

(http://i.imgur.com/SsVhDRx.jpg)

Does anyone else see the deer face in the tree?

(http://i.imgur.com/18FCmkh.jpg)

I found a new access point to the Arkansas riverbed.

(http://i.imgur.com/Sr0FfUE.jpg)

We didn't have time to go in.

The school for the small town of Leonard. Built as a WPA project in the 30's, closed 2009.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZirJgsK.jpg)

Riding through the sod farms, we saw this sign. I think we qualified on everything but the dogs.

(http://i.imgur.com/OYIoV2F.jpg)

Lisa got this horse to chase her for probably a quarter mile along the fence. The horse was faster.

(http://i.imgur.com/xOM21Lg.jpg)

We wanted to do some flat-tracking around the arena but it was locked up. The dirt looked very inviting.

(http://i.imgur.com/RembjNI.jpg)


This put us back in town by about 2:00. The rain didn't get here until 5:30. We could've ridden all day. Damn weathermen...


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on January 16, 2018, 09:44:44 pm
Last ride of the year. Completely void of wheelie pic's but chock-full of trivia and historical factoids.

12/24/2015: Miami/Cardin/Baxter Springs Ride.

Since the weather was very good for the beginning of winter and we were off work, we spent the day riding dual-sports around the Miami, Oklahoma area.

We hauled the bikes up in the truck and stopped for lunch on the way at Waylan’s KuKu Burger on old Route 66. In the 60’s, there were over 200 locations. This is the last one. This is an excellent, old-style drive in. We eat here every time we’re in the area.

(http://i.imgur.com/ASeZ74T.jpg)

We parked at a shopping center in Miami and rode out from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/r6nT5bR.jpg)

We rode north on Route 66 into the town of Commerce. Commerce was the boyhood home of baseball great Mickey Mantle, the “Commerce Comet.”

(http://i.imgur.com/f26Ivrg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0AYEXi5.jpg)

From Commerce, we headed due west on the county roads. This is the former North Fairview School, built in 1936 and now used as a residence. It is for sale and is listed at $240,000. Pocket change for BMW riders but about $200,000 out of my price range.

(http://i.imgur.com/gGeLLD7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OH4cDXn.jpg)

I remembered crossing a long, iron bridge over the Neosho River (Neosho is Osage for clear water) about fifteen years ago when I was doing some surveying along the river. I checked on Google Earth and they are in the process of building a new bridge. I was hoping they hadn’t torn down the old one, but we were too late. The eastern half is already gone.

(http://i.imgur.com/lLTpccj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/e25wimY.jpg)

Okie diving board:

(http://i.imgur.com/M1HaK4x.jpg)

This bridge is known as the Stepp’s Ford bridge, named after a landowner of a low water crossing. It was built in 1901 as a toll bridge in the city of Miami. It was moved to this location in the 1920’s. It is the oldest truss bridge in Oklahoma that was not constructed as a railroad bridge. It is also the longest of its type of construction. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation offered to donate it to any entity that would keep it intact at another location. Apparently, there were no takers.

The boring new bridge:

(http://i.imgur.com/wUkv8fl.jpg)

We passed this old barn and an old bridge over Fourmile Creek. This bridge was built in the 20’s.

(http://i.imgur.com/rMcwMMR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6xayCRN.jpg)

This weird cloud/front just hung there, keeping it cloudy and a little chilly all day. It looked like we could just ride a few miles and get back in the sun but we never made it that far.

(http://i.imgur.com/V8aS4lu.jpg)

Lisa made another animal friend. Surprisingly, it didn’t spit on her.

(http://i.imgur.com/bC2kBDE.jpg)

“Tina, come get some ham!”

(http://i.imgur.com/evcoYkg.jpg)

This old bridge is also over Fourmile Creek and is on the state line. Lisa’s bike is in Oklahoma, mine is in Kansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/dsgeSaC.jpg)

An old brick silo on the Oklahoma side.

(http://i.imgur.com/SFAIVc0.jpg)

A hay truck passing Lisa. We had seen these guys loading the hay earlier a couple miles up the road.

(http://i.imgur.com/ExpLacx.jpg)

We then rode toward Cardin, Oklahoma and came across this abandoned building on the outskirts of town. It was formerly the Commerce Mining and Royalty Power Plant, built in the 1920’s. It supplied power to the mines in the area.

(http://i.imgur.com/QUJoHt3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Wf0XYiT.jpg)

Cardin is a town that is located in the Tar Creek Superfund site. Cardin and the towns surrounding it were part of a large lead and zinc mining district that has been determined to be contaminated from the mining waste and at risk of collapsing from all the mine shafts underneath. The federal government has bought out all the residents and torn down most of the buildings. This is one of maybe three buildings remaining in Cardin. The population went from 2640 in 1920 to zero in 2010.

(http://i.imgur.com/oZkUluH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/owlnqn8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1NQNhEV.jpg)

One of the remaining houses, vacant and rotting:

(http://i.imgur.com/KMZ8yST.jpg)

The roads sit empty and mostly unused; chat piles in the distance.

(http://i.imgur.com/rcLlIq2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZzzxxpA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8mkEUNv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bBTfqWY.jpg)

I remember when people would take their dirt bikes here to ride on the chat piles.

Picher was also part of the superfund buy-out but many of the buildings remain in place. If you want to know what the Earth post-humans will look like, google Picher, Oklahoma. It’s downright eerie.

A complex of abandoned apartment houses in Picher:

(http://i.imgur.com/Y7ciZth.jpg)

Oklahoma Stonehenge - outside of Hockerville.  Hockerville is another town that has vanished. At one time, it had a population of over 1500 people. A mine collapse in 1950 destroyed most of the town and it never recovered.

(http://i.imgur.com/HxtfshA.jpg)

Hockerville’s lone gas station, it’s actually on the north side of the road which places it in Kansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/83WpOw9.jpg)

We left the Tar Creek area and entered Kansas on Route 66.

(http://i.imgur.com/Y6rcVRI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dgyKar6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/R9czFsH.jpg)

We rode into Baxter Springs, Kansas to visit a few of the local sites.
I stopped for a quick oil change but they were closed. Actually, we’re playing a motorcycle photo-tag game on another forum and I needed a number 56.

(http://i.imgur.com/2Iny0RR.jpg)

This is the Southwest Missouri Railway interurban trolley bridge over the Spring River. It was built in 1917.

(http://i.imgur.com/k7jzFdb.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SD6LcSf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CCDWbj5.jpg)

The trolley line ran from Joplin, Missouri through Baxter Springs to the mining areas at Hockerville and Picher, Oklahoma. It had service every half hour and ran from 1917 to 1939. Increased useage of cars and a decline in the mine production resulted in the closing of the trolley line.

A smaller trolley bridge over a creek in town - notice the fresh water flowing underneath.

(http://i.imgur.com/ojqIjNe.jpg)

We did some off-roading in the town historical park then stopped to play on the toys.

(http://i.imgur.com/O0o8FFW.jpg)

In case you haven't seen enough bridges, they even had a historical one in the park.

(http://i.imgur.com/61Y5Fr2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fMFYKSk.jpg)

At this point, we called it a day and headed back to the truck.
Lisa didn’t like the zombie-apocalypse towns and said she would never go back. I thought they were cool and would like to go exploring in the off-limit areas. Maybe a little riding on the chat piles…


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on January 17, 2018, 02:08:59 pm
Now if you could just quit your job  :lol:



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on January 24, 2018, 10:27:17 pm
Tallgrass Prairie and Elgin, Kansas Ride 1-30-2016

Lisa and I went for a dual-sport ride in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve of northern Oklahoma. We took a short ride there a couple years ago but decided to extend it into Kansas this time.

The preserve is located just north of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/2Xk4Hi4.jpg)


At 39,000 acres, it is the largest preserved tract of native tallgrass prairie.

(http://i.imgur.com/L04nd2P.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IOQCLOw.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Op0d8F6.jpg)


A few of the 2500 free-roaming bison that are protected in the preserve:

(http://i.imgur.com/uMZYZpD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/IVzYLIQ.jpg)


Long, lonely roads cross the preserve.

(http://i.imgur.com/Izpj62Q.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BaYP0rH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ABmgQXe.jpg)


Apparently, hogs are not welcome here.

(http://i.imgur.com/Aw1RPwe.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/XALIld9.jpg)


The view to the east:

(http://i.imgur.com/nxugNmW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Hck5TJV.jpg)


We left the preserve and rode through the ghost town of Foraker. A town that died when the railroad shut down in the 60’s.

(http://i.imgur.com/PShTutr.jpg)


The last time we were here, a couple years ago, we rode down an oil lease road and encountered a herd of wild horses. Lisa was excited about possibly seeing them again. We were in luck. The herd had probably doubled in size and just happened to be near the road. Lisa was thrilled as hundreds of horses ran across in front of her.

(http://i.imgur.com/YKm54MA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ESKu2Tk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lnQT7pQ.jpg)


Lisa’s Honda has an oil leak so we topped it off out of one of these tanks.

(http://i.imgur.com/TX6Uktm.jpg)


From there we headed north through this narrow valley into Kansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/nWHt4VH.jpg)


I had a few bridges, small towns, and various other sites picked out to visit.

Rock Creek Bridge built ca. 1930.

(http://i.imgur.com/wmjbOd8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fkfzCar.jpg)


Osro Falls on the Caney River, a historical Indian campground and a favorite picnic spot for area residents about the turn of the century.

(http://i.imgur.com/G5dFuzu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2u0O0Nq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ir7BW2L.jpg)


Another bridge over Rock Creek, built in 1950:

It seemed like a good time for a wheelie.

(http://i.imgur.com/QU82kXT.jpg)


A bridge over the Caney River west of Hewins, Kansas, built in 1915.

(http://i.imgur.com/Rq0X2cK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Diu2fKo.jpg)


A couple of old windmills that pumped water from the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/JltB28C.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bQz9BSh.jpg)


Hart’s Mill: a post office from 1872-1877, which was relocated to Hewins (1877-1966).

(http://i.imgur.com/hT0Ue2N.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VQ9lOnt.jpg)


Hart's Mill was named after James A Hart who built a mill here on the Caney River in the 1870's. The mill grounded the meal and flour for the community and the town grew.

Unfortunately the town and mill were almost destroyed because of a huge flood on May 15, 1885. The flood was the worst ever to hit this part of the county. The onslaught of the flood lasted for about 8 hours but the damage was unbelievable. There were lives lost and homes were washed away.

After the flood many of the people moved to Hewins and the town of Hart's Mill died. The mill itself continued for a few more years and then it closed and Hart's Mill was no more.


Outside of Hewins was this stone arch railroad bridge, built in 1886. It was on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad and discontinued service in the 1930’s.

(http://i.imgur.com/cXvosA4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qy8JruQ.jpg)


A portion of the railroad bed is now used as a county road. I found another one of these stone arches under it along with an old roadway bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/IC8LvD1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xnQYKAJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zwXacxc.jpg)


Above the railroad bed was this cave, known locally as Robber’s Cave.

(http://i.imgur.com/bsgOIYq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8KKz7Rd.jpg)


It has a bit of history too:

Robber's Cave was used as a hideout by two men who robbed a bank in Sedan in the late 1800's.  A complete counterfeiter's set was found in the cave in 1899 and appeared to have been there for many years.  The opening is only about three feet high, but the cave opens into a large room.



We continued into the small town of Elgin, Kansas. Where brick streets and abandoned buildings abound.

(http://i.imgur.com/XT1murI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8GUQRzK.jpg)


The history of Elgin, taken from AbandonedOK.com:

Although Elgin may not qualify as an Oklahoma ghost town it might be just close enough. Elgin sits right on the Oklahoma & Kansas state line. Just a quick jog off of Hwy 99 north & you will find yourself in a deserted pocket of a once bustling town.

Elgin is a piece of American history that has slipped away with time. The weathered and broken buildings with so many tales to tell…..the brick streets worn from years of wear, old and scraggly trees that break with each wind storm.

Around the turn of the century Elgin was the biggest cattle shipping town in the world and it was a boom town again later when oil was found. Now the last business in town, Margaret’s Cafe, is closed and the sign outside it that announced “the town too tough to die” has been taken down & relocated in front of the community building, one of the only modern buildings in the town.

Bob Dalton and Bill Doolin among other outlaw types were often visitors to this wild town. After cattle ceased to be the main industry,oil was found and they had a boom that lasted until 1924. The town hit on hard times after that and has never recovered.

The oldest town in Chautauqua County, once had a station on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. 10 miles southwest of Sedan, the county seat. It had banking facilities, telegraph and express offices, and a money order post office. The town was supplied with good schools and churches. The first preaching in the county was held here by Rev. S. Peacock. The first school house in the county, as well as the first store, the first mill, and the first Masonic lodge, was at Elgin. The town was founded in 1869 by L. P. Getman. The population according to the 1910 report was 350. As of 2009 only 75 populate the area.

Very little is left except for an abandoned bank, a few shops, & an old water tower which isn’t in use anymore.



From Elgin, we crossed this rainbow arch bridge over Cedar Creek, built in 1927 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/0YPkrHP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jSRBYQN.jpg)


The old railroad bridge next to it:

(http://i.imgur.com/WJSWfVu.jpg)


How about a wheelie across the historic bridge?

(http://i.imgur.com/gUpcbbu.jpg)


From Elgin, we turned south and rode back into Oklahoma along a county road with a couple of Lisa’s favorite obstacles – low water crossings.

(http://i.imgur.com/45Txt8z.jpg)


She cheats. She hangs her feet out to keep them dry.

(http://i.imgur.com/61yiFTR.jpg)


As we rode along Boulanger Road, we ran across some free-roaming cattle and horses.

(http://i.imgur.com/xaNMmgJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/duti0Tn.jpg)


We entered the former town of Boulanger, noted as Boulangerville on the state maps - founded in 1914 by Osage Indian I.W. Boulanger who was wealthy from Osage mineral rights.  At one time, it had a business district, a school, and even a ball team – the Osage Reds. The town was destroyed by fire in the 1920’s and Boulanger moved to Kansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/DyWXo23.jpg)


This is Boulanger’s house. It was purchased from the Sears catalog in 1918 for $2065 and assembled on site. Boulanger added the pillars and porches. The house remained with his heirs until the 1980’s. It was the featured setting in the movie, “August: Osage County.”

(http://i.imgur.com/tWg0iED.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/09xGkrr.jpg)


A little Boulanger history from the Sedan Times Star, published in 1972:

Within the Boulanger saga comes an intriguing tale.  In 1862, one Captain Goldie was leading a wagon train of immigrants through Osage Nation from the gold fields of California.  When the caravan of wagons neared the Osage hills near the present Pawhuska, a band of Pawnee Indians swooped down to attack. Only one man succeeded in escaping the wagon train, with the $100,000 in gold concealed on the train.  It was Captain Goldie.

Goldie saw he was being followed, and decided to bury the gold when he reached a dense forest near the Caney river.  He chose two large trees that grew from the same trunk, and between them and the Artillery Mound, (north of Boulangerville), just to the north, he buried the gold.  For a final marker, he placed a musket rifle in a hollow tree just to the south of the gold burial.  He then turned his horses loose, hoping the Indians would follow them instead of him.  His hopes were fulfilled.

Captain Goldie reached his home in Missouri all right.  But, though the Pawnees had not captured him, he had contracted a deadly illness.  The doctor told Goldie he had little chance to survive.  The wagon master told his wife what had happened and drew a map of the area where he had buried the gold.  On the map, he marked the exact number of steps from the mound and trees.  In a few weeks he died.

His wife knew no one whom she could trust with the maps.  Her only child, a boy only six years old, she believed was too young to make the journey after the gold with her.  She decided to wait.

Twenty years passed before Goldie's son attempted to find the treasure.  It was in 1882 when …… who lived near the banks of the Caney river.  Young Goldie had found Artillery Mound, but south of it was no dense forest as his father had told.  The land was now clear and planted in grain.

Young Goldie learned that Boulanger had cleared the land, cut down the two large trees that grew from the same trunk, and found the old musket in another.  Boulanger showed Goldie about where the trees had grown, but all their digging for the treasure yielded nothing.  Goldie's family gave up search long ago.  But if the captain's map was right, $100,000 in gold lies close to the Caney river, near Artillery Mound.

As late as the summer of 1971, a family of treasure hunters stopped at the Everett Boulanger ranch.  They were equipped with all types of metal detection devices and were treasure hunting for the Boulanger treasure.  Perhaps it is still there!



From Boulanger, we crossed this bridge over Birch Creek, which flows into Hulah Lake. It was built as a WPA project in 1936. Because of its low height, it is sometimes flooded and impassible.

(http://i.imgur.com/oX02noC.jpg)


It was getting late and close to dark so we headed back to the truck. We hadn’t eaten since breakfast so we stopped in Bartlesville and had some Dink’s barbeque. By then, we were so hungry that we forgot to take food pictures. You'll have to take my word for it, it was good...



(http://i.imgur.com/JHzNmQs.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on January 27, 2018, 07:11:15 am
You should try para sailing next time  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on January 27, 2018, 09:25:33 pm
Here's a short video that Lisa made of some of the horses. You only need to watch the first 1:25.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gHKsT7dkjM


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on January 27, 2018, 09:36:51 pm
Thanks for sharing  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: DosEquis00 on January 28, 2018, 02:38:03 pm
A little Boulanger history from the Sedan Times Star, published in 1972:


Thanks for the history lesson as that was interesting.  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on February 01, 2018, 10:23:23 pm
2/21/2016: Back to the hiking trail.

Sunday, we went grocery shopping in the morning at Wal-Mart. It was a miserable experience. Every obese, slow, dumb ass that ever lived was there and in the way. It took forever. Lisa wanted to follow that up with a trip to the mall. I refused and went riding instead.

I went back out to the abandoned Jean Pierre Chouteau hiking trail along the navigational channel (see previous ride report of another portion of this trail.) I decided to ride into the part near the lock and dam that is supposedly off-limits now. Well, I guess the entire trail is off-limits now. I rode around the cable barrier and onto the trail.

The first thing I came to was the "Arrival Point." It wasn't hard to get to but it was damn hard to get back from. It is quite difficult to turn this pig of a bike around in this thick undergrowth.

(http://i.imgur.com/QAqy4lY.jpg)

I always wondered if Broken Arrow had a water line here.

(http://i.imgur.com/NtJw2gg.jpg)

The trail opened up a little once around the river bend.

(http://i.imgur.com/twbNB2a.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OfopVCf.jpg)

I rode out to the edge of the dike in a few places to get pic's of the channel.

(http://i.imgur.com/vYxOzFh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ZNsC2dn.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vZPZ48z.jpg)

The trail soon was back into the woods.

A few miles into the ride, I came to this metal bridge over a small creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/m3epA8t.jpg)

Off to the side was the old foot bridge on the former hiking trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZXp503B.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vUWlnQL.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/idcZa7k.jpg)

I did not walk across it.

(http://i.imgur.com/3WME1TT.jpg)

I crossed the metal bridge and continued on.

(http://i.imgur.com/bvejsF8.jpg)

Instead of a bridge, this creek had a concrete liner/low water crossing.

(http://i.imgur.com/LVwz3wg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nMdR679.jpg)

About five miles into the trail, I came to another creek. I followed it out to the point where it met the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/9dWX8mF.jpg)

Beer cart?

(http://i.imgur.com/8G4g83H.jpg)

At this point, I turned around and headed back. Being by myself, I didn't want to risk this rutted out, rip-rap filled creek crossing.

(http://i.imgur.com/NJg6uEz.jpg)

Back on the road on the way home, I was going to tag this coal train but I huffed all my paint out on the trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/2IzWjWg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zZN2NFI.jpg)

Closer to home, I rode across then under the Salt Creek Bridge (gone now.)

(http://i.imgur.com/e7BDe8u.jpg)

We often pass by this rv storage. I used to always make fun of this trailer. On the front, it says, "Litefoot - Indian Rapper." That always struck me as kind of funny. One day, I googled this guy. It turns out he is for real (well, as real as an Indian rapper can be.) He was the actor in the movie, "The Indian in the Cupboard." I never saw it but I remember my kids loved it.

(http://i.imgur.com/ObALpVX.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on February 02, 2018, 06:56:44 am
Great pictures again. You ever go fishing?


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on February 02, 2018, 07:27:27 am
Jay

It’s time to quit your job, sell the house and take a serious road trip on bikes for the next 5 years

 :D


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on February 02, 2018, 12:38:51 pm

Great pictures again. You ever go fishing?


No. I used to do some pond and creek fishing when my daughters were still at home but haven't since. I took many of their friends fishing for their first time too. It was always fun watching their faces when they got their first-ever catch.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on February 02, 2018, 12:41:14 pm

Jay

It’s time to quit your job, sell the house and take a serious road trip on bikes for the next 5 years

 :D


Can't do that. Retirement date is 12/01/2024. Our plan is to get a small toy hauler, take two or three of the bikes, travel around to different areas, camp and ride.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on February 02, 2018, 12:43:45 pm



Can't do that. Retirement date is 12/01/2024. Our plan is to get a small toy hauler, take two or three of the bikes, travel around to different areas, camp and ride.


Awesome  :thumbsup:

Just don’t mess up that retirement by getting someone pregnant again  :lol:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on February 12, 2018, 10:11:17 pm
2/28/2016: We rode back out to the navigational channel.

This time we went a little further to the south and rode along the west side of the channel.

Oklahoma longhorns. That might be a good name for a football team.

(http://i.imgur.com/rdhB3CK.jpg)


She had to stop and take an "important" call.

(http://i.imgur.com/6vcxNTo.jpg)


We passed through the town of Porter - the "Peach Capitol of Oklahoma."

(http://i.imgur.com/JUzNj8R.jpg)


We stopped over the turnpike and threw rocks at any cars that had Hillary stickers on them.

(http://i.imgur.com/whLeDLs.jpg)


We went down a few section line roads until we found one that went all the way to the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/xoFDlbN.jpg)


I decided to follow the trail alongside the river to see where it went. Lisa stayed at the road and waited. I rode about a quarter mile north and came to a creek that I couldn't cross. I turned around there. The jeeps have really rutted out these trails.

(http://i.imgur.com/3gUrQCp.jpg)


I rode about a half mile back the other way and came to another creek. I turned around here too.

(http://i.imgur.com/fqXflnq.jpg)


There were two trails side by side, the one I was on and one on top the dike. I decided to ride back on top the dike. There wasn't a connecting trail so I made my own. When I got to the trail on top, it was so rutted out that I had to go around many of the water holes. To do that, I had to ride up and down the side of the dike, plowing through the underbrush in the wet, soft dirt. I guess it was a little too much for the mighty DR and I burned out the clutch. I managed to push it through the hard parts and limped it back to where Lisa was waiting. Just as I pulled up to the spot we had stopped at before, I heard the most gawd-awful racket. I thought my bike was blowing up. Luckily, it was just a barge coming downstream.

(http://i.imgur.com/dbEBqkO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/M6EAVqf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/naagRN3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TxeCdZ5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vnjKhc2.jpg)

I hollered out asking if they knew any STN members - they just flipped me off.

I adjusted the clutch to the max and made it home with just a little slippage. The new clutch arrived Thursday.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on February 21, 2018, 06:07:18 pm
3-05-2016 Midwest City and Route 66.

I had classes in Midwest City Thursday through Saturday. I drove the work truck up on Thursday and Friday but rode my motorcycle on Saturday. After class, I rode around for a while in the neighborhood where my grandparents lived from 1946 to 1998.

This was their house. It still looks the same.

(http://i.imgur.com/BEwA4AU.jpg)

And their church - my grandmother taught kindergarten class here for 44 years.

(http://i.imgur.com/iHu3KGq.jpg)

A few miles north of town, I stopped at this abandoned gas station.

(http://i.imgur.com/BERNSvA.jpg)

I like stuff like this, I'm surprised it hasn't been stolen yet.

(http://i.imgur.com/Xof8BDm.jpg)

This station was the setting for the horror/sci-fi movie "Splinter."

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_BApUSasZ2nU/Sg5aceqn-ZI/AAAAAAAAARw/_XYEGJNSQfo/s400/exploading+gas+station.jpg)


I rode back on old Route 66 from Edmond to Tulsa.

This is Pop's in Arcadia. I guess it was Miata club meeting day.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZjhaCil.jpg)

A Meramec Caverns barn.

(http://i.imgur.com/zuUiY3Y.jpg)

I stopped at Dan's BBQ Pit in Davenport for lunch. It was highly recommended by a co-worker. I was the only one there not in a truck.

(http://i.imgur.com/kxT00sq.jpg)

It was very average. I like my smoked meats better.

(http://i.imgur.com/TekkYLc.jpg)

Davenport is a cool old town. Brick streets and wall murals abound.

(http://i.imgur.com/fJCfD6F.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/WMN5dYu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/n7GhXko.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ia3wzDo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VVZjzb8.jpg)

Each of the local churches is represented on this mural.

(http://i.imgur.com/hLp8O3p.jpg)

The town grocery store.

(http://i.imgur.com/ezpKCLP.jpg)

The railroad underpass on the south end of town.

(http://i.imgur.com/Cj5l4No.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/1HJOrul.jpg)

Mad Dawg was here.

(http://i.imgur.com/nJaapo3.jpg)

Some abandoned stretches of the original alignment of Route 66.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZuDTNaz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nlHAadr.jpg)

The Lincoln County Express.

(http://i.imgur.com/slzUV5D.jpg)

The Route 66 Shoe Tree.

(http://i.imgur.com/QwF1awd.jpg)

A closed bridge on the Ozark Trail - the cross-country predecessor to Route 66.

(http://i.imgur.com/HUIeUhZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8c9bLrr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/I6AAam5.jpg)

Sorry, no wheelies and no bigfoots (bigfeet?).


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on February 21, 2018, 08:53:55 pm
Nice ride report once again

You have the talent to start one of the Patreon websites in which people pay to read your site and they will pay to occasionally meet up on rides

I would look into this

 :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 01, 2018, 01:12:19 pm
Arkansas, Missouri, and the HUB - 3/25/2016:

My old riding buddy Gene, from Texas, called and was putting together a weekend ride in northwestern Arkansas and Southwestern Missouri. We agreed to meet up and tag along.

We headed out late Thursday morning for the long ride over. It was 39 degrees, cloudy, and drizzly.  It was a cold, miserable ride - absolutely no fun whatsoever. I had planned several interesting stops along the way but because of the crappy weather, we just rode straight through. The only semi-enjoyable part was stopping in the little Italian town of Tontitown, Arkansas, for some spaghetti and meatballs. We took a seat at about 1:45. The waitress was one of the most unfriendly we’ve ever run across. After we finished our food, we realized why – they close for the afternoon at 2:00.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZYR9IrY.jpg)


We were all meeting at the HUB in Marble Falls, Arkansas. They bill themselves as “Mid-America’s Motorcycle Resort.”  It is the old motel and convention center that remained after the closing of the Dogpatch USA amusement park and the Marble Falls Ski Resort. Yes, at one time there was a ski resort in Arkansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/ql0gBGZ.jpg)


We checked into our room and warmed up a little. We were room 222. I was the only one who remembered the tv show of the same name.

(http://i.imgur.com/g1skXpW.jpg)


We ended up with 178 miles for the day.

Gene and a couple of his Texas buddies arrived shortly after. Gene on his  V-Strom, the others on a Harley and a Busa.

(http://i.imgur.com/N7qAYow.jpg)


A couple of his other buddies trailered down from Michigan and were already there. Gene’s battery had failed on the way, so he and the Michigan mafia headed to town to find a Wal-Mart and a new battery.
 
We talked with couple of retired military guys from Kansas who ride all over the country on their KLR and V-Stroms. They had some interesting stories to tell. I was a little envious and jealous. I wish I had the time and money to do that.

(http://i.imgur.com/avX3iSt.jpg)


The Valkyries belonged to a married couple who were riding in the area too.

Lisa and I had dinner - I had chicken fried steak and she had fried shrimp. We shot a couple games of pool in the game room and viewed their semi-vintage motorcycle posters.

(http://i.imgur.com/d2mTo4S.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/5k14D67.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/yIq8LiN.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/zECllvb.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/EG0Dvge.jpg)


This collection of Dogpatch memorabilia is on display in the hallway.

(http://i.imgur.com/pmYPuxb.jpg)


Then we sat around the fire pit for an hour or so and talked with another couple who were visiting the area. As we were heading back to the room, Gene was outside working on his bike. We made a slightly derogatory comment about Suzukis as we passed - It’s okay, I have a couple Suzukis in my garage.

(http://i.imgur.com/USya8AZ.jpg)


Friday morning, we all met for breakfast about 8:00 and they headed out about an hour later. It was a cold morning with frost on the bikes, so we decided to delay our start for another hour and just ride on our own. Gene gave me his extra GPS unit with the route loaded so we could follow.

Gene’s route took us down a five-mile stretch of gravel road. I guess the cruiser guys made it okay, I didn’t see any scattered parts. We stopped at this country store in Harriet to check the map and gps because the route was a little confusing through this section. Rafting and canoeing are big in this area – notice the sign in the background.

(http://i.imgur.com/mno2HlZ.jpg)


We rode through several small towns. Many with no surviving businesses. This is downtown Big Flat, Arkansas.

(http://i.imgur.com/NspMVnZ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/x1old9S.jpg)


This is Push Mountain Road, a twenty-six mile long country highway of tight twisties and nice sweepers. It is Gene’s favorite Arkansas road so he always makes sure it is included in his rides.

(http://i.imgur.com/8m6cexf.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/O79qpaC.jpg)


At the end of Push Mountain Road, your reward for surviving is this nice view of the bluffs and waters of the White River.

(http://i.imgur.com/FM53agI.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Dgk4YIl.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/z0Utg0B.jpg)


We made a fuel stop at Mountain Home and since we were behind schedule, we decided to skip lunch and just have a candy bar. From Mountain Home we turned back west across Bull Shoals Lake into the aptly named Lakeview, then north into Missouri.

(http://i.imgur.com/8bCWdWf.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/lEubuiE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/M2Pkd4g.jpg)


By then, Lisa’s formerly injured arm had had enough riding for the day so we headed back to Marble Falls.  I snuck down to the old tram station at the resort for a quick pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/hAqJfI5.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/zn9psle.jpg)


234 miles for the day.

That evening, we joined the guys for dinner. This time, I had the shrimp and Lisa had fried chicken. Gene and his Texas buddy on the Busa, went for another ride – they are the aggressive riders of the bunch. The rest of us adjourned to the fire pit. There was another couple there who were very obviously drunk. Every time the lady spoke, she dropped the f-bomb. It was comical at first but after an hour or so of it, it became somewhat obnoxious. The last straw was when she fired up a cigar, Lisa and I headed back to the room.

Saturday morning, we all met for breakfast again and once again, we let them go first.

(http://i.imgur.com/lnU8XF4.jpg)


Today’s ride would be almost entirely in southern Missouri. We hitched a ride on the ferry across Bull Shoals Lake into Missouri. It was just leaving as we arrived so we had to wait for it to return.

(http://i.imgur.com/FucN2Ix.jpg)


The guy behind us was driving this classic El Camino. Too bad it was in such poor condition.

(http://i.imgur.com/RkDmWu7.jpg)


We boarded and took the one-mile float to the other side.

(http://i.imgur.com/d36bjmC.jpg)


We rode into the little Missouri town of Theodosia. Theodosia hosts several motorcycle rallies throughout the year. This is the bridge over Bull Shoals Lake at the east end of Theodosia. The bridge was built in 1951 and spans over 1800 feet.

(http://i.imgur.com/Hm2r0Ya.jpg)


We stopped for gas here but they didn’t take credit cards.

(http://i.imgur.com/e8y8NZT.jpg)


As we were leaving Theodosia, I pulled over on the left side of the road to get a pic of the Theodosia sign. Lisa waited on the right shoulder. As she was sitting there, a big dually came by and rolled coal on her. I laughed and then reminded her of it several times later that day. Hell, that was a month ago and I’m still smiling about it.

(http://i.imgur.com/GhYy2tL.jpg)


From Theodosia, we went north on Hwy. 95 which was very hilly and very fun to ride. We continued on back roads into the town of Chadwick in the Mark Twain National Forest. Chadwick is the trailhead for over eighty miles of motorcycle and atv trails through the forest. We pulled into the pit area and had another candy bar lunch. I thought about taking the mighty Z750 for a trail ride but it looked just a little too rocky.

(http://i.imgur.com/0pkObfF.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/1TLGCNI.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/ggh6cUz.jpg)



Our final stop was at the Beaver Creek Bridge in Kissee Mills, MO for a drink of water.

(http://i.imgur.com/INr1pO1.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/wkPO8od.jpg)



We cut off about the last forty miles of the route and returned to the motel. We still ended up with 261 miles for the day.

We had pre-ordered prime rib and baked potato for dinner. The restaurant there is in a fairly remote location so if you want prime rib, you have to order the day before. The other guys weren’t back yet so we decided to go to dinner early - Lisa wanted to make sure she got a baked potato before they ran out. This would turn out to be a mistake. About the time we were finishing, the rest of the group walked in. We hung around and talked while they ate. When they had finished, Doc (one of the Michigan guys) picked up the tab. Damn it, we already had our bill of $54. That damn Texas Toast is expensive.

For the record, Lisa said it was the best prime rib she ever had…

(http://i.imgur.com/F08v31N.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/H6aeCXZ.jpg)


We wanted to hang out at the fire again but the Arkansas chapter of the Mongols had shown up. They were having a “family party” on the other side of the motel – where the fire pit is. A couple of the guys went over to take pic’s and were sternly told, “No pictures, this is a private party.” We ended up staying on our side of the motel and sitting around in lawn chairs b.s.ing. The drunk couple was back and she was slinging the f-bombs again. A couple of the guys started taking shots every time she said it. They got pretty wasted…

I got to talking to the male half of the drunk couple and it turns out he grew up in Tulsa but left after high school about thirty-five years ago and moved to Arkansas. He asked me if we had ever seen the “castle house” in Kiefer. I said, “Yeah, we stopped there and took a pic a couple years ago.” He said, “My sister lives in that house.” It’s a big house made to look like a castle. It even has a moat. He said the living area of the house is actually very small and that all the castle parts are just false add-ons. He also said his sister and her husband are weird. I kinda gathered that already by looking at the house.



Sunday would be the day everyone would head out so we went to bed a little before midnight in order to get an early start home.
We met in the morning for our final breakfast together and said our goodbyes. It was a nice, warm morning but the Weather Channel was forecasting a storm coming in from the west – the direction we were heading. We checked the radar and decided to take a longer, southerly route back hoping to avoid the rain.
 
We crossed the Buffalo River Bridge at Pruitt and stopped for a pic. This bridge is scheduled to be replaced soon, probably with a boring concrete bridge. There is a petition out to save it.

(http://i.imgur.com/j8uTqQu.jpg)


We turned west a few miles south of the bridge but soon ran into a dark wall cloud. We turned back and headed south again.
 
We made one final scenic stop at the Arkansas Grand Canyon. Notice how overcast it had become.

(http://i.imgur.com/LQJG1d1.jpg)

 
(http://i.imgur.com/jnFDZ6j.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Xa0JKli.jpg)


We rode about twenty more miles south then turned west from there. The front came through and it turned cold. We had managed to miss the rain but it was once again a miserable ride as we were uncomfortably cold. We stopped to put on another layer of clothes and I noticed my front tire was bald (it looked fine when we left Oklahoma.) I rode a little slower for about twenty minutes, then said to hell with it and kicked it back up to about ten over. By the time we got back to Oklahoma, the storm had passed, it had warmed up a little, and my tire held together. After 236 miles of cold riding, it was good to get home and off the bike.

(http://i.imgur.com/CJOgYft.jpg)


The last time we did a multi-day ride with Gene, it was cold too. Next time, I’m going to tell him we can’t go until July…


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 09, 2018, 11:16:21 pm
4-10-2016

Lisa didn't want to go so I went for a solo ride around the backroads of Broken Arrow and Catoosa, Oklahoma.

I stopped at the nearby trails to have a look at the waterfall. I didn't ride across this time.

(http://i.imgur.com/lD5QmCE.jpg)

I rode through the creek on the way back to the road.

(http://i.imgur.com/I71zNC0.jpg)

I rode out to one of the former coal strip-pits and the gate was open.

(http://i.imgur.com/0lbSssB.jpg)

Don't slip, that's about twenty feet down.

(http://i.imgur.com/vPv6w4x.jpg)

I gave thanks for not falling in.

(http://i.imgur.com/h53v3Xo.jpg)

I made note of this location in case a storm came.

(http://i.imgur.com/4oPbpeN.jpg)

It was in an old, now-empty trailer park. This is the park water tower.

(http://i.imgur.com/AOolnEn.jpg)

I came out next to the abandoned stretch of I-44. Naturally, I had to ride down it.

(http://i.imgur.com/RxjZkvr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2f01gYr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/K8ATFOV.jpg)

This is where they bypassed it.

(http://i.imgur.com/ObJeAbD.jpg)

From there, I cruised a portion of Route 66 and checked out some of the roadside attactions.

Arrowood Trading Post, it now appears to be some sort of auto repair/salvage.

(http://i.imgur.com/0kae8RG.jpg)

The world famous Blue Whale. I remember us driving by this when I was a kid. Of course, we never got to stop.

(http://i.imgur.com/yrGfLzM.jpg)

This is one of the twin bridges on Route 66 over the Verdigris River, built in 1936. The state replaced it with a modern bridge and Molly's Landing moved a portion of the bridge to be used as their driveway. The modern bridge and the other half of the twin bridge is visible in the background.

(http://i.imgur.com/JUhZP1x.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/9TiA9Mw.jpg)

I explored a section of the original, pre-1936 alignment of Route 66.

(http://i.imgur.com/0XzPx6C.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FD6z5JS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pZbSXSV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8jSTgV1.jpg)

I stopped at the casino on the way home - didn't see any STN members.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ocq5trV.jpg)

I can't come up with a caption for this so here is a pic of a car on a pedestal with my bike under it.

(http://i.imgur.com/d2dsKt7.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on March 10, 2018, 07:42:01 am
Good good

Very good ride report


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 21, 2018, 06:23:04 pm
4/16/2016. Muskogee Azalea Festival Dual-sport Ride.

We did a backroads ride down to Muskogee for the annual Azalea Festival. We followed the county roads along the bottom lands of the Arkansas River.

(http://i.imgur.com/dxBnWMO.jpg)

I had spotted an old, hidden-in-the-woods cemetery on a map and as we were trying to find it, we ran into these guys cooking meth or burning brush/trash/bodies so we turned around.

(http://i.imgur.com/BIhljt4.jpg)

We followed a dirt road along the riverbank which soon became a non-maintained road through a wheat field. It lead to the Blue Creek Bridge. Built in 1929, closed ca. 2000.

(http://i.imgur.com/GfmYnU9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uDWX3wZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/mRsOPES.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qTKio2S.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/u0XlZqn.jpg)

Crossing it looked a little too risky so we back-tracked from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/DZVrhjl.jpg)

We turned down each road that headed toward the river but we kept running into gates and dead-ends and never made it to the riverbank.

(http://i.imgur.com/2eaizx4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/deYgW0u.jpg)

Vegetation abounds along the fertile river bottoms. This tree probably predates statehood.

(http://i.imgur.com/2vjhLqD.jpg)

After about twenty miles of county roads, we made it to the highway and headed into Muskogee to see the flowers.

(http://i.imgur.com/ehbAlnx.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xcaMAIH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HA5Vl2J.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7IdcLdN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wz5xF8x.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3sJH33X.jpg)

How about some steakburgers for lunch?

(http://i.imgur.com/2RV9oxg.jpg)

I brought along some whole grain wheat for a little extra fiber.

(http://i.imgur.com/oaR4bO2.jpg)

Finished with the flowers and food, it was  time to go riding. Running north out of Muskogee, we crossed this old concrete bridge and rode right into a mine field.

(http://i.imgur.com/wLOEuRh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/n06EvmN.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/P1LpZxw.jpg)

I cracked the throttle open and got out of there quickly.

(http://i.imgur.com/ADBCh5D.jpg)

Up ahead, a set of railroad tracks crossed our route. There was no signal at the crossing so I laid my ear on the track to make sure it was clear.

(http://i.imgur.com/9uj4kuU.jpg)

“Yep, it’s okay to cross.”

(http://i.imgur.com/jzZ25BW.jpg)

Lisa had to dig deep into her stash of dog biscuits for this pack of rabid wolves.

(http://i.imgur.com/DFQDaZA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aroZAHt.jpg)

I always like to partake in the local art scene.

(http://i.imgur.com/NnZNaMm.jpg)

KRUL - I've never listened to that station.

(http://i.imgur.com/Xane867.jpg)

We rode up to the Verdigris River to ride a fishing trail that I found on Google Earth. But first, we made a detour through a campground to use the facilities.

(http://i.imgur.com/c4arCzA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Qj38PxF.jpg)

We were going to have a picnic and grill some food but we had already eaten.

(http://i.imgur.com/GjVgKNX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/caO7Ul7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/iJHXNOu.jpg)

The park hosts paid us a visit.

(http://i.imgur.com/TPqcfmJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/EaEGn62.jpg)

I wanted to throw out a line at the fishing dock but I didn’t bring my pole.

(http://i.imgur.com/n9z39hk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/V6DtUGE.jpg)

Being the good citizen that I am, I closed the gate on my way out.

(http://i.imgur.com/4gJSFtb.jpg)

We cruised the dam before hopping on the trail.

(http://i.imgur.com/qZRkTPx.jpg)

The trail ran for about 1 ½ miles until it reached the point where the old river channel joins with the navigational channel.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/m5QtQTK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/01uMP7S.jpg)

The old channel is on the right, the new channel on the left, a railroad bridge about a mile downstream, and a beer bottle about ten feet upstream.

(http://i.imgur.com/zLK3zf1.jpg)

We headed back home from there but not before riding out onto the old Hwy. 69 bridge. The gate was locked but they have a walk-through space for the fishermen, which was just wide enough to allow a motorcycle to pass. The bridge extends about 2/3 of a mile out into the river bottom before it dead-ends at the navigational channel.

(http://i.imgur.com/mz9bvyg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lotYbcz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FGVZqf3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sUoqsfc.jpg)

Lisa noticed some Lamb’s Ears growing in the cracks of the roadbed and wanted to take one home. I had a zip lock bag so we dug one up and took it with us.

(http://i.imgur.com/snaOzlM.jpg)

How about a wheelie on the bridge to end the ride?

(http://i.imgur.com/unMgQcj.jpg)



P.S. The Lamb’s Ear is doing well at its new home.

(http://i.imgur.com/FDwzRCU.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on March 25, 2018, 11:38:19 am
Great pictures as always. Makes me want to move to Oklahoma. Until Summer!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 25, 2018, 04:23:09 pm
The last three summers have been relatively mild and not dry. Same with the previous three winters. This past winter sucked though so it doesn't look good for the upcoming summer. That being said, I would rather it be 100° than 30°.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on March 25, 2018, 08:33:31 pm
Jay is a class act  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 26, 2018, 08:51:27 pm
April 23, 2016. A quick ride around the Lake Eucha area of northeastern Oklahoma.

On the way out of town, Lisa stopped to visit her eldest daughter.

(http://i.imgur.com/l3DM7KF.jpg)

We cruised to Chouteau for lunch at Lisa's favorite place.

(http://i.imgur.com/oxmnr1A.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/d3xGYbz.jpg)

We passed through Salina and by Blue Hole Park, the local swimming area on Saline Creek. The park was nearly empty, it was still a little chilly for swimming.

(http://i.imgur.com/LgUfkN8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/CqCiK4H.jpg)

We rode the wildlife management area road to Lake Eucha, a nice, scenic twisty ride and then stopped on the bridge below the dam.

Check out Lisa's green chain. She's proud of it.

(http://i.imgur.com/sxH9vfR.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0PJYoPS.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JFtgw1n.jpg)

A little further up the road is the spot where Mickey Hampton (a member of the local forum) crashed his bike a few years ago. The reminder is still there.

(http://i.imgur.com/vJbAe4x.jpg)

Peace out.

(http://i.imgur.com/eyjbZk1.jpg)




Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on March 26, 2018, 11:55:11 pm

Jay is a class act  :thumbsup:


NO, he has a nice family, rides on and off road on a dual sport but he is a lousy dirt biker!




                                                    :couch:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on March 27, 2018, 07:11:31 am
He can do wheelies  :bigok:

And he still has a Job  :D


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on March 27, 2018, 10:41:05 am

He can do wheelies  :bigok:

And he still has a Job  :D


And he takes great pictures. So, I guess he's OK.                      :bigok:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 27, 2018, 07:04:26 pm

 but he is a lousy dirt biker!


Lousy! I did pretty good back in the day...

(https://i.imgur.com/loSKBvh.jpg)



(https://i.imgur.com/EBNxk8C.jpg)  



(https://i.imgur.com/g5R9bD3.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on March 27, 2018, 09:22:21 pm
My new Supercross Hero

Jeremy McGrath  :lol:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 28, 2018, 06:39:33 pm

My new Supercross Hero

Jeremy McGrath  :lol:


I wonder if he's old, fat, and out of shape now? Like me.  :p


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on March 28, 2018, 08:37:56 pm



I wonder if he's old, fat, and out of shape now? Like me.  :p


He is still riding strong

He was on the broadcast last week showing how riders go through the rhythm sections.  I was pretty darn impressed


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on March 29, 2018, 07:36:44 am



Lousy! I did pretty good back in the day...





I didn't mean lousy as in "skill level". I meant lousy as in type of person. You know, a "biker"!!                 :D




I should look around and find some old pictures of me when I was young, good looking, in shape and holding one of my trophies from MX racing.  


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 02, 2018, 10:14:35 pm
5-07-2016. Collinsville to Ramona (Oklahoma) iron bridge tour.

I picked out some old iron bridges north of Tulsa to ride to. This was primarily a country road ride but all the roads were paved.

As we were heading out, we noticed a kite flying festival in Tulsa and stopped to watch.

(http://i.imgur.com/4tIggXt.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2qYPNYk.jpg)

The bridge over Horsepen Creek on old Highway 169, built 1930. The highway has been rerouted but the bridges remain open.

(http://i.imgur.com/Zgol7Pr.jpg)

About a mile east is the bridge over the Caney River, built 1930.

(http://i.imgur.com/UVrqzEO.jpg)

On a side road after the bridge. The joke's on them, I'm riding a DR.

(http://i.imgur.com/rOUOz5H.jpg)

Lacy Creek bridge, built 1930.

(http://i.imgur.com/HCqFXQA.jpg)

This is why they call this part of the state "Green Country."

(http://i.imgur.com/vaAA027.jpg)

A feeble attempt at a wheelie.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZurrZtB.jpg)

Saunders Creek bridge, built 1918.

(http://i.imgur.com/6buyIlY.jpg)

A barn built around a silo. Date of construction unknown.

(http://i.imgur.com/aD7TgD1.jpg)

An abandoned bridge on Double Creek. I couldn't find any info on it. Probably built ca. 1930 (seems to have been a banner year around here for bridge builders) and abandoned pre-1995.

(http://i.imgur.com/nGY6kZv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/q9frYyE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/c3dLll8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Y2ibjMz.jpg)

Double Creek bridge on old Highway 75, built ca. 1930.

(http://i.imgur.com/QT37nMs.jpg)

Central School Building, built 1908. Now occupied by the Caney Valley Board of Education. Ramona, OK.

(http://i.imgur.com/1A4KHFd.jpg)

Buck Creek bridge, built 1915, bypassed 2009.

(http://i.imgur.com/K1bzF2i.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nRXcONl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7bceFsm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lWLBBZ1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yYd0QM9.jpg)

Someone got the plaque.

(http://i.imgur.com/nnonvQL.jpg)

Lisa always carries dog biscuits for just such an emergency.

(http://i.imgur.com/N5Bwm83.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 03, 2018, 08:48:44 pm
Jay

How do you find these interesting locations ?



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 03, 2018, 09:37:23 pm
Usually, I'll pick a general location. Look at Google Earth for interesting roads and things or towns to see. See what others have noted by their pic's in the area. Pick out four or five places to go that are several miles apart each. Choose what appears to be the most interesting route between them. See what I find in between. I try to make each ride a one-day ride around 100-120 miles. 120 miles is about when I hit reserve. If Lisa doesn't go, I'll ride a little further or longer or a more difficult route.

I like things like old bridges, old schools, old churches, old buildings, old railroads, small towns, lakes, trails, forest roads, gravel roads, and country folk.

Lisa likes dogs, horses, cows, chickens, pigs, forests, flowers, ice cream, and for some strange reason, shallow water crossings. She likes to hold her feet up and ride through the water.

She prefers riding the street bikes. I prefer the dual-sport bikes.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 03, 2018, 09:38:44 pm
Awesome Jay

I enjoy your ride reports


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 03, 2018, 09:41:52 pm
Thank you.  :)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 09, 2018, 10:08:05 pm
5-21-2016. Our first two-up ride on my new-to-me 2015 Yamaha FJ-09.

We rode around the Ft. Gibson Lake and Illinois River areas.

Ft. Gibson Dam.

(http://i.imgur.com/DqJ4R4S.jpg)

The Illinois River, a favorite amongst the rafting and kayaking crowd.

(http://i.imgur.com/QyU14IY.jpg)

Along the banks of the Illinois. Cool, clean, refreshing water.

(http://i.imgur.com/xmx8AKF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aoTpBzu.jpg)

We stopped for lunch at Sam and Ella's Chicken Palace in Tahlequah. It's probably Lisa's favorite pizza joint. Trivial factoid: Carrie Underwood used to work here.

(http://i.imgur.com/1JsuEen.jpg)

An exotic animal farm outside of Ft. Gibson. They had a sign up offering reward for information on who killed one of their bison.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ei0Jde3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/m9J3Chs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/t72rxL5.jpg)

We stopped at an old, closed down country store where we had stopped back when we were first dating.

2008:

(https://i.imgur.com/yGvf2K4.jpg)

2016:

(http://i.imgur.com/lfIKDGN.jpg)

We cruised the back roads to Lake Eucha.

(http://i.imgur.com/oT4cZDk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0gfwkfA.jpg)

Some of these pic's are blurry due to excessive speed.

(http://i.imgur.com/HNv9LRf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/m3zXRJ7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FRBn9vv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kzw9c5m.jpg)

I got passed in a corner by one of these bikes. Luckily for me, there was no video.

(http://i.imgur.com/lzgmhwc.jpg)

Notice the skeleton...

(http://i.imgur.com/Dhp26v2.jpg)

This is the Lindsey Mayes bridge over Grand River between Locust Grove and Pryor (the town I grew up in.) Built in 1910, bypassed in 1979. I remember driving over this when I was in high school.

(http://i.imgur.com/aaCjQD2.jpg)

A flood in December of last year washed one of the remaining spans into the river.

(http://i.imgur.com/cpdMixr.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/y2vvaho.jpg)

No wheelie pic's on this bike yet so here's a selfie.

(http://i.imgur.com/BvumpMU.jpg)





Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 09, 2018, 10:17:58 pm
It’s awesome how your family is so involved with riding motorcycles  :thumbsup:



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 09, 2018, 11:18:26 pm
The next ride report will have more family.  :)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Biking Sailor on April 10, 2018, 07:55:44 pm
Jay, I was wearing that same design Scorpion helmet when I hit a deer back in 2014. Landed on my head, literally, after going over the bars. Had to retire it but it crashed really well.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 10, 2018, 08:20:00 pm
It's about due for a replacement. I may go ahead and keep it for the rest of this year. The Scorpions don't fit my head shape very well - I have to wear a helmet liner. I hope I don't get to crash test it.

I'll probably go back to an HJC next time.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 16, 2018, 04:28:07 pm
5-22-2016. We went to watch my son-in-law and his dad race cross country.

(http://i.imgur.com/XhGgfng.jpg)

My grandson Trevor in his wagon alongside my prego daughter Kendall.

(http://i.imgur.com/qbq23FY.jpg)

Mitch and his dad were racing the team class.

(http://i.imgur.com/XQR0cTS.jpg)

Mitch got the holeshot - of course, he was on a two-stoke Honda.

(http://i.imgur.com/5D8FleU.jpg)

Mitch taking a water break while his dad turns some laps.

(http://i.imgur.com/3xXsmXV.jpg)

Waiting for his next round.

(http://i.imgur.com/jXalEQF.jpg)

His dad on the track.

(http://i.imgur.com/G2zLNW4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/n2YhDYC.jpg)

Mitch seized his bike and had to push it about an eighth mile back to the pits. He finished the race on his dad's bike. They still finished top five.

(http://i.imgur.com/vHqgo3e.jpg)

Trevor with his other grandpa.

(http://i.imgur.com/Mu38HFk.jpg)

"If I had used this oil, it wouldn't have seized."

(http://i.imgur.com/G5yDqal.jpg)

Since you've missed all the abandoned buildings lately, we stopped in Jennings and Terlton on the way home for some pic's.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ouikf3s.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/x1jbbbl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/l1eiWIs.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/HTgiztQ.jpg)

No wheelies this time so how about some more grandson pic's?

(http://i.imgur.com/YojNUtC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yVKEmJM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0TvIsJf.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 16, 2018, 07:56:46 pm
Including family in motorcycling is the greatest gift of all  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 27, 2018, 10:34:12 pm
6-05-2016: Lisa and I took a ride up around the Watts and Flint Creek area of northeastern Oklahoma.

We had to wait for a train in Wagoner.

(http://i.imgur.com/nrqcAvP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AMTN5hx.jpg)

It was boiling hot so we stopped in Hulbert for a water break. They have a little free library in the town park. Someone had left the door open and the books had gotten wet.

(http://i.imgur.com/pQirul9.jpg)

Can you spot any green in this pic?

(http://i.imgur.com/YJmVpTD.jpg)

We cruised the country roads around the lake.

(http://i.imgur.com/KXfoks4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Q1oNfcC.jpg)

We stopped at Sleepy Hollow in Proctor but they were closed for the day/week/year/forever. What a waste of a nice sign.

(http://i.imgur.com/Lym0NyL.jpg)

The little railroad town of Watts seemed to be closed too.

(http://i.imgur.com/VMX0vEe.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/c6uFD5Q.jpg)

Apparently, Dr. No lives here.

(http://i.imgur.com/udaBXwp.jpg)

An STN member must've made the sign for him.

(http://i.imgur.com/GSeu180.jpg)

The iron bridge over Flint Creek. Built 1930.

(http://i.imgur.com/PltOl8A.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/N1MbnMv.jpg)

The water looks clean enough to drink.

(http://i.imgur.com/RaQpR1J.jpg)

There used to be a cool, old mill here but it's gone now.
Here are some pic's I took of it back in '98 when I was working in the area.

(http://i.imgur.com/NRVzEVq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TfrD2Zo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6EDjxmj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ih3IsFf.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/UMXVmbv.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 28, 2018, 07:00:22 am
Thanks for showing us the heartland of America  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 02, 2018, 09:35:34 pm
6-06-2016: I took a short solo ride around the Lake Bixhoma and Leonard area south of Tulsa.

An abandoned bridge over Snake Creek. Built 1914, bypassed 1997.

(http://i.imgur.com/eTfv8ih.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TPeOOpw.jpg)

I'm a low budget rider.

(http://i.imgur.com/X7Siq7N.jpg)

Bansky made it all the way to rural Oklahoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/nlr8KAR.jpg)

I rode the access roads around Lake Bixhoma.

(http://i.imgur.com/hNycne7.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/E2YTpQ1.jpg)

I stopped here for a shade break.

(http://i.imgur.com/ETVfz7p.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yay53Bd.jpg)

Back across the dam toward Leonard.

(http://i.imgur.com/cQctb2K.jpg)

The remains of old highway 64 west of Leonard.
(http://i.imgur.com/TPqlw7y.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uX4nNxp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JVb9rEn.jpg)

And the old bridge abutments on Snake Creek. The near one was the highway bridge, the far one was the railroad bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/Aq4cL67.jpg)

Back home, the streetbikes are waiting patiently for their next ride.

(http://i.imgur.com/Jzu0uBD.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: micah2074 on May 02, 2018, 10:26:47 pm
Cool. I’ll be coming through there in August. Part of my plan is to ride 64 till it ends in AZ.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 07, 2018, 09:53:24 pm

Cool. I’ll be coming through there in August. Part of my plan is to ride 64 till it ends in AZ.


I've probably ridden all of it in Oklahoma, the western half of it in Arkansas, and the eastern half of it in New Mexico. The Oklahoma part will be lots of small towns with the exception of Tulsa and nearly 600 miles long. Once you get west of northeastern Oklahoma, it will be lots of really small towns, a few ghost towns, and plenty of wide open space. New Mexico will be fun. Be sure to ride up Capulin Volcano.

I work one block north of 64 in Sand Springs. If you come by during business hours, be sure to stop in and say hi.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: micah2074 on May 07, 2018, 10:45:45 pm
Will do. US 64 is kind of like my personal Route 66. It’s been a big part of my life and given me lots of great memories since my early childhood. When I make it to its western end in August I will have traveled every mile of it. Form Manteo, NC to Teec Nos Pos, AZ.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 13, 2018, 10:34:01 pm
6-11-2016: Return to the Navigational Channel Hiking Trail.

I’ve been occasionally riding out to the Navigational Channel and trying to ride to all the old foot bridges from the abandoned Jean Pierre Chouteau Hiking Trail.

 
Lisa’s daughters were visiting so she didn’t want to go with me. I headed out alone, east on Hwy. 51, then exited at the Verdigris River Bridge.

(http://i.imgur.com/pSKp5jU.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/WFMbnCf.jpg)


I rode south along the river through an open field for about ¾ mile to the trail. The trail then followed the top of the dike. It was very overgrown and hard to discern.

(http://i.imgur.com/8DomwPE.jpg)


After about another ¾ mile, I came to the top of a slope that was completely overgrown.

(http://i.imgur.com/yEf9dlP.jpg)


I got off and walked to the bottom. At the bottom was a small, muddy creek with steep banks and no way to cross. I was still about a mile from the first foot bridge so I turned around and headed back to the highway. I rode back to the next county road, turned down it and headed back toward the river. I would ride to the foot bridge from the south.

The trail was a little easier to find here as the jeepers had rutted it out pretty good. I came to another small creek but I was able to ride across this one. Just beyond the creek was the end of the jeepers’ route. The trail was easy to see beyond this point due to the heavy tree canopy - there wasn’t much ground cover. But the tree limbs had grown over it and I had to keep ducking and got swatted in the face a few times. I came to a point where the tree limbs were so thick that I couldn’t go on. I could see a plowed field off to the west so I turned down the side of the dike and rode through the trees until I came to the open field. I followed the tree line to the end of the field and found an old, cleared opening along the bottom of the dike.

(http://i.imgur.com/kFfuVxG.jpg)


I followed it until I came to the foot bridge location. Google Earth showed the bridge intact as of March, 2014.

(http://i.imgur.com/rIBs1xP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YKTiRLt.jpg)


Apparently, one of the floods of the last couple years took it down.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/UjrUkYW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0ThvW2Y.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/n1BoxvP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sMhoRYZ.jpg)


After that disappointment, I turned around to head down to the next foot bridge which would be about 1 ½ miles south of this one. I followed the tree line along the plowed field as far as I could, then turned back up the dike to the trail. I had to ride through a bunch of vines just as I got to the top of the dike. Some of them grabbed my bike and stopped me dead in my tracks. I clutched and held the throttle open until I powered through them – I could smell the clutch burning.

As I got back on the trail, I shifted to second gear – except my foot didn’t hit the shifter. Damn it! The vines had bent my shifter back behind the peg. I stopped and kicked on it a few times which only made things worse - now it was stuck in third gear. I’m going to have to ride this tight trail in third gear. So I’m going as slow as I can in third, which is still probably twenty-five mph, trying to duck and dodge limbs. I made it through that section okay but the little creek is up ahead. On the way up, I had ridden through it slowly in first gear, now I’m going to have to hit it in third. It was muddy and slick and I made it through without falling but since I was going so much faster, I got a wet, muddy shower.

The rest of the trail was relatively easy and I made it back to the county road. I stopped and checked my tool kit for anything to straighten out the shifter – nothing suitable. I was going to have to ride it back to town, about twenty-five miles, in third gear. Either that or stop and call Lisa to come get me with the truck. I wanted to avoid that, of course.

I rode down the country roads, checking the intersections for traffic as best as I could, and rolling through them. I got a lucky break at the highway, no one was coming so I didn’t even have to slow down. I had planned to take the highway the rest of the way home but as soon as I came to the first signal, it turned red. There was a convenience store on the corner so instead of stopping at the light, I pulled in there.

(http://i.imgur.com/yHvlKsW.jpg)


I asked the clerk if he had any tools. He checked his car and had a lug wrench. I tried to use it but I couldn’t make it work. Just then a grungy old guy pulled up in a rusty old mid 70’s van. He asked if I needed some help. I asked if he had any tools to which he replied that he was a mechanic and had tools with him. He had a large set of channel locks that I used to straighten the shifter enough to make it functional.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/omAQKxZ.jpg)


I offered to pay him and he said he didn’t want any money. I could see the look in his eye and I thought, “Here it comes.” “I could use some gas though. I’m unemployed and trying to get back to Tulsa to visit my mom.” I gave him a five dollar bill. Ha, he drove away in the opposite direction of Tulsa, without stopping at the pumps.

I rode the rest of the way home without incident, got on the computer, and ordered a new shifter. The next foot bridge will just have to wait.

(http://i.imgur.com/UGl5jDG.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: motrhead on May 14, 2018, 01:30:04 am
 You are really making me miss my DR!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 21, 2018, 10:42:53 pm
6-19-2016. Okay, Ft. Gibson, and Porter, Oklahoma.

Once again, I chose to ride along the navigational channel. Lisa decided to come this time. This route would follow the north and east sides of the channel. I saw a couple of the foot bridges on Google Earth that looked like we would be able to ride to them.

We rode east on Hwy. 51 then turned off toward the Afton Landing Recreational Area. It was a nice shady, tree-lined road.

(http://i.imgur.com/g3aWGiH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fAxeVQC.jpg)

The road ended at the water so we had to go back to the highway and ride a couple more miles before we turned back on the county roads. We followed the county roads along the river until we got to Okay.

(http://i.imgur.com/7Wt7rJh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/TVAWaN4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/4nCWwM3.jpg)

This little guy was crossing the road so animal-lover Lisa had to stop and talk to him.

(http://i.imgur.com/XbwdEXz.jpg)

At Okay, we rode down to the river to the abandoned Verdigris River bridge. This bridge was bypassed and abandoned in the early sixties with the opening of the navigational channel.

(http://i.imgur.com/JK0zR7k.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ufC1w8P.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KXN5zsO.jpg)

From Okay, we rode south following the river, until we got to the river bend. At this point, we were now at the Grand River, just beyond where it joins the Verdigris and Arkansas Rivers.

(http://i.imgur.com/9c7kogu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AF0H2sg.jpg)

Here would be the two foot bridges. I knew one was just to the west of the road so I followed the trail in. Lisa didn’t want to go and stayed behind at the road. After a few hundred feet, I arrived at the bridge. I had finally found another that was intact.

(http://i.imgur.com/f9WQka2.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/yrJegGl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SAxc66R.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8rebRyT.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7SAgOoM.jpg)

The next foot bridge was about a half mile east and once again, Lisa decided to wait. The trail this direction was more difficult to ride. It had a couple deep ditch crossings and was more overgrown. When the trail got really tight, I decided to walk the rest of the way rather than get the heavy pig DR in a place that I couldn’t get it out of. I walked about five hundred feet and came to the bridge. It was not an original but a new, wooden replacement.

(http://i.imgur.com/uyFX837.jpg)

The original had fallen into the creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/Ra88eet.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/raMnxf0.jpg)

Leaving the foot bridge and to avoid the bad part of the trail, I rode along the tree line in this field most of the way back to the road.

(http://i.imgur.com/GKMujT5.jpg)

We then rode to a park on the Grand River, just outside of Ft. Gibson. I found the east end of the trail. No motorized vehicles?

(http://i.imgur.com/uP4sxPF.jpg)

We took a short break in the park and tried to cool off. It was in the upper nineties this day.

(http://i.imgur.com/KBYEO6a.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fXa5Xb0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QIuA8Cl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JpmHACq.jpg)

Lisa found some stray cats but they wouldn’t let her get anywhere near them.

(http://i.imgur.com/BUcZRCV.jpg)

We stopped for pic’s on the cool, old, one-lane iron bridge over the Grand. They are in the process of replacing it.

(http://i.imgur.com/EMvFOYE.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QVDKdyg.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7osX9nh.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rPZfF2u.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kTqkMrP.jpg)

A little wheelie on the bridge. It may not be there next time.

(http://i.imgur.com/jsO8Gq7.jpg)

A photo op at the historic Fort Gibson before heading home.

(http://i.imgur.com/IVm1Tfm.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ay1Ej2a.jpg)

And a final stop for some delicious Porter peaches.

(http://i.imgur.com/cvxmj35.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 22, 2018, 06:47:02 am
You love bridges  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 22, 2018, 01:59:30 pm
Bridges make for good rides - following along the rivers and creeks.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 31, 2018, 08:02:36 pm
7/10/2016:  I did a solo ride around the Haskell/Twin Hills/Bixby area southeast of Tulsa.

I had planned to first visit a 1909 bridge over Snake Creek outside of Bixby but the county had closed and gated the road. I’ll go back someday on my daughter’s DR200 and drag it under the gate. The 650 is just too big and heavy.

(http://i.imgur.com/H6rOwim.jpg)


I headed east on county roads towards Haskell. There, I encountered a rare, exotic Oklahoma game bird.

(http://i.imgur.com/RQ4aknY.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/XJ88kwA.jpg)


My route turned southeast on Champ Johnson Road. I had to google his name and I figured out why he was called Champ – he fathered eighteen children with his wife. Maybe it would’ve be more fitting to call her Champ?

A few miles down the road was Harper’s Chapel. I don’t believe they’ll be having services there any time soon.


(http://i.imgur.com/eFv6Aq4.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/qB0O6j6.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/vUzxaIY.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/32gB1q8.jpg)


Just beyond the chapel was the old Mountain View one-room school on the east side of Concharty Mountain. I pulled into the long field entrance by the school and met a guy on a tractor. He said the school had closed in the early 60’s, that he now owned the property and used it for storage. The school building was up on the side of the hill and was fenced off. I told him that I often take pictures of old structures and had just left Harper’s Chapel. He said that I could go through the gate and ride right up to it.

(http://i.imgur.com/XIwsrdE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/i4YPwQs.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/bSidCxr.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/FzzjZ1b.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/GyDpQQL.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/lUgJDOH.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/BSoTnYX.jpg)


A couple white owls were roosting in the attic. They were just a little too fast for me.

(http://i.imgur.com/V7nsPuO.jpg)


South of the school was this low water crossing with an interesting layered rock formation.

(http://i.imgur.com/mpregWW.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Fz1dHvj.jpg)


A few miles west of Haskell is J. Paul Getty’s first oil well. He began drilling in January of 1916, a month later it was producing seven hundred barrels a day, and by the middle of the year, he had made a million dollars.
This site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The wooden oil storage tank is still in place.

(http://i.imgur.com/Locz76r.jpg)


Just outside of Haskell is Haskell Lake. It was very pretty - a nice surprise.

(http://i.imgur.com/76nhxrH.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/eX6g0sd.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/JNv0obQ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/tLgmbk0.jpg)


A Fred Flintstone picnic table.

(http://i.imgur.com/NuREbTL.jpg)


Passing through town, I stopped at the National Guard Armory, a WPA project built in 1936.

(http://i.imgur.com/jLkVDCM.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/QGKYnf1.jpg)


Leaving Haskell, I headed toward another rider’s place in the Twin Hills area. He always has a standing invitation for anyone riding in the area to stop by. I wanted to check out the trails on his property. Naturally, he wasn’t home.

I passed the Pleasant Valley Church. I think there’s a Monkees song about this place.

(http://i.imgur.com/zHHPuI9.jpg)


I turned north on Bixby Road to head home. This arch bridge was on the old roadway alignment over Rock Creek. It was built in 1915 and bypassed in 1995.

(http://i.imgur.com/0nonagd.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/iJwxxdS.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/d2kpgPr.jpg)


In Bixby, is the World Trade Center Memorial. On display is a beam from one of the downed buildings.

(http://i.imgur.com/tTTUREm.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/VF0oExg.jpg)


This lighthouse was my last stop of the day. It’s not really out of plumb, I just suck at holding the camera level and I was too lazy to edit it.

(http://i.imgur.com/csAHzyy.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 31, 2018, 08:34:17 pm
Jay is the Bridge Meister  :thumbsup:

 :D


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on May 31, 2018, 08:58:31 pm
Great pictures. As always.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 31, 2018, 09:56:46 pm

Jay is the Bridge Meister  :thumbsup:

 :D


I am a contributing member of Bridgehunter.com.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 01, 2018, 12:50:11 pm



I am a contributing member of Bridgehunter.com.


Bridge Hunter

That’s a great Nickname for You  :D


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 04, 2018, 11:27:18 pm
7/17/2016: Beland - Boynton, Oklahoma Ride

We took a ride through the countryside and through some of the small towns between Okmulgee and Muskogee, looking for old bridges, schools, and buildings. We found a few.

The first several miles of the ride was mostly featureless, empty agricultural fields. This area had very few houses and we didn’t see a single person. But Lisa did manage to find the one dog in the area.

(http://i.imgur.com/jvevfBP.jpg)


Our first scheduled stop was at Stebbins School, a rural school a couple miles west of the former community of Crekola. Judging from the size of the building, it was probably a two-room school. I was unable to find any information on it other than it was in existence in the early 1900’s and it was in district 32. It was likely closed in the 50’s or early 60’s.

(http://i.imgur.com/RGS9EDd.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/zGPEgBD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/YjgBZrF.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/T47lVKS.jpg)


Next we passed through Beland, an unincorporated community of about a dozen houses, formerly a stop on the St. Louis – San Francisco Railroad. Beland was originally named Chase and a post office was established in 1903. A prominent black attorney bought the entire townsite in 1906 and planned to create an all black town. The name was changed to Beland in 1908 and the post office was discontinued in 1926. Just south of town was this small iron bridge. Probably built in the 20’s and still in use.

(http://i.imgur.com/PQrZuMZ.jpg)


East of the town of Boynton, is this closed bridge over Cloud Creek. Built in 1911 and closed ca. 2012.

(http://i.imgur.com/ELUblmJ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Hllhvpk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nWIIUTJ.jpg)


Due to the closed bridge, we had to backtrack several miles before crossing another bridge over Cloud Creek. This one was built in 1929.

(http://i.imgur.com/oZE3T83.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/gPt1nvf.jpg)


Maxine don’t take no chit.

(http://i.imgur.com/prqKhFV.jpg)


In Boynton, we first checked out the old state armory, built by the WPA in 1936.

(http://i.imgur.com/4ykMH2E.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pXzpBDy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qynfTtK.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/h3mmDhR.jpg)


And followed up with a stop at the Boynton Depot on the abandoned St. Louis – San Francisco Railroad. This was quite a nice facility at one time. It’s a shame they let it go.

(http://i.imgur.com/54l53cM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7AoYB75.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pVeMbXP.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lAOyL8q.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/dlYbFyT.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3ZICnwV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eefpv9j.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/lyfuFz3.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/MKNsByw.jpg)


The House of David in Boynton.

(http://i.imgur.com/A1OfETy.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/suHPXZV.jpg)


A few miles northwest of Boynton was this bridge over Cane Creek. Built in 1911 and still in very good condition.

(http://i.imgur.com/GlwUAHN.jpg)

It was 96 degrees this day so Lisa found a large, shady tree to rest under.

(http://i.imgur.com/LYh7a5F.jpg)


Once again we found our route was blocked and we had to change course.

(http://i.imgur.com/YiCF1NX.jpg)


We stopped here for some catfish but they didn’t have anything fresh.

(http://i.imgur.com/6kgq5xb.jpg)


Heading toward Morris, we found Liberty Elementary School, closed and abandoned in 2009.  The gym appears to be WPA construction but I could not verify it.

(http://i.imgur.com/KC4Y0r8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jWf6k21.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/E1Tk3an.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ckW70bV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xn5HoRc.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rBARndO.jpg)

The vandals have had their way with the classroom building.

(http://i.imgur.com/qRoxTPa.jpg)

I took one of these printers to upgrade my home system.

(http://i.imgur.com/L4Ot0Sl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/22yJY3z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/isqTARa.jpg)

I tinkled on the keys.

(http://i.imgur.com/iRuPK7P.jpg)

No rural Okie school would be complete without a storm cellar.

(http://i.imgur.com/M51iuke.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/SKlUdiS.jpg)


Since we missed out on our catfish dinner, we chose to partake in the gourmet offerings of KFC in Okmulgee.

(http://i.imgur.com/DB972tq.jpg)


Considering that we skipped lunch, it turned out to be somewhat satisfying. That finished our day and we headed up the highway toward home. More country road rides on the way...


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 17, 2018, 11:09:14 pm
7/31/2016. Titanic and Stilwell Ride.

I went for a solo country road ride in eastern Oklahoma. I hauled my bike to the Tahlequah city park and rode out from there.

(http://i.imgur.com/WISMR9k.jpg)

I rode up to, then under the old bridge over the Illinois River. It was built in 1920 and abandoned and bypassed in 1964.
Edit: this bridge has since been torn down.  :thumbsdown:

(http://i.imgur.com/FrsJhhj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Q6hSdqp.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6Pgdz5d.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jqdNgHB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fDYM5Sg.jpg)

I followed the river for a few miles then turned east on the county roads.

(http://i.imgur.com/D3yfYIc.jpg)

I saw a sign for a cemetery down a side road so I went that way. It turned out to be a “dead end.”

(http://i.imgur.com/fCucY2N.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2bpAczv.jpg)

There are many fresh-water springs in the area. This is not one of them.

(http://i.imgur.com/SaIQPZg.jpg)

The community of Eldon had a post office from 1911 to 1936. It has one remaining business – now closed.

(http://i.imgur.com/VkA7k6d.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/To2Ufop.jpg)

The last time I went through there, it looked as if someone is in the process of restoring and reopening the store.

I continued on and during my ride, I found Salvation.

(http://i.imgur.com/o78pluq.jpg)

I turned down Highway 51 and crossed the Barren Fork Branch of the Illinois River. This bridge was built in 1946 and still handles heavy traffic.

(http://i.imgur.com/D3Q13Bz.jpg)

A few turns down county roads and I arrived at the community of Titanic, which had a post office from 1916 through 1927. Yes, it was named after the ship.

A stone barn and store (now closed) in Titanic.

(http://i.imgur.com/mjoYx75.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bckPgf1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/8pBPuJA.jpg)

Two common sights in rural Oklahoma: a windmill and a lone chimney from a burned down house.

(http://i.imgur.com/SGa7377.jpg)

I asked for and received safe passage from the guardian cow.

(http://i.imgur.com/96r1fcy.jpg)

I stopped at the two nearest houses to let them know a cow was out but no one was home. I think they were all busy shopping at Eldon.

One of the places that I wanted to find today was Rabbit Trap School, mostly just because of the cool name.

(http://i.imgur.com/mkE4j7A.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KrcuFY8.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/64W0zmu.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/rLnB8FU.jpg)

The WPA plaque is gone.

(http://i.imgur.com/rd36x1t.jpg)

From "The History of Maryetta:"

Rabbit Trap began in a one-room building just west of Walkingstick's Garage on Highway 51. In 1939, the building was torn down and the present two-room stone building was built about two miles north by the WPA project. Rabbit Trap consolidated with Wauhillau in the early 1960s.

I passed through England, then had to wait for a train – actually two trains. This is the Kansas City Southern Railroad. Founded in 1887, it is the third oldest Class I railroad (having annual carrier operating revenues of $250 million or more in 1991 dollars) in North America.

(http://i.imgur.com/3sbRNbA.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/KLPNeih.jpg)

I could’ve had fresh corn on the cob for lunch.

(http://i.imgur.com/29EUmBD.jpg)

From there, I followed the bottom lands of the Barren Fork until I reached Wright’s Chapel.

(http://i.imgur.com/kcUdFVl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3fx8fh6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ognOuvG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ssDS7aG.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QcbNkA3.jpg)

Wright’s Chapel School.

(http://i.imgur.com/6HytfSi.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kha69Ti.jpg)

Back when there were only two genders.

(http://i.imgur.com/0jmvBw2.jpg)

Outside of Wright’s Chapel was Rose Ranch, notable for their unique sign.

(http://i.imgur.com/zhrlRBo.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xLKRJ5O.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/BG85kKD.jpg)

I crossed the border into Arkansas and rode across Sugartree Mountain.

(http://i.imgur.com/rx2wBRZ.jpg)

This low water crossing gave me a steam bath. I had to stop for a minute to let my goggles defog.

(http://i.imgur.com/m1oCn5L.jpg)

At the base of the mountain was Salem Spring.

(http://i.imgur.com/6ZiAAe5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JWRf01b.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/vTyahp5.jpg)

I turned back into Oklahoma looking for the ghost town of Piney. Piney was settled in 1824 and was the first capitol of the western Cherokees in what is now Oklahoma.

I crossed the Barren Fork twice trying to find the road. It was deep enough to fill my boots with water but not too difficult to cross. I saw a couple swimming so I asked them if the road led to Piney. They had never heard of it. So much for knowing your heritage.

(http://i.imgur.com/aF3uOEv.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/OcIhjc2.jpg)

I followed this “road” back to the county roads to Piney.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/4pq3kFO.jpg)

Nothing remained of the town except the cemetery. No wonder the couple had never heard of it.

(http://i.imgur.com/13EEpLe.jpg)

Did I mention this was a common sight here?

(http://i.imgur.com/ZaIhHys.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/oEE6bYx.jpg)

Just off Highway 51, I found this bypassed and abandoned bridge over Evansville Creek, built in 1935. It was on private property so I asked a neighbor who was outside if it was okay to go down there - I didn’t want to get shot. He said to go ahead.

(http://i.imgur.com/6feJ0wQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2LFnhPH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0W56MZX.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/p1ljOu8.jpg)



That was my final stop for the day, other than getting fuel. As I gassed up, I noticed a stormfront getting close. The rain hit after just a couple miles. Of course, it stopped about a half mile from the truck... :facepalm:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 25, 2018, 09:49:44 pm
8-14-2016, Stilwell to Nicut Ride.

This time I talked Lisa into going along. I picked out some nice, hilly, gravel roads to ride in far eastern Oklahoma.

We hauled the bikes down in the truck and unloaded at Adair Park in Stilwell.

(http://i.imgur.com/T5hY8ju.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/n27DNG9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/F7F8eVb.jpg)



Our first stop was at Starr Spring just about a mile south of town. It produces an estimated half million gallons of water per day and was the early supply source for Stilwell. It was pure enough that it didn’t require treatment.

(http://i.imgur.com/jRRYTpH.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Epm1u9S.jpg)


A few miles southwest on the banks of Sallisaw Creek, we visited the Flint Courthouse replica - a recreation of the original courthouse where the Cherokee Nation held court in the Flint District from 1883 to 1902. The original structure was sold in 1902 after the abolishment of tribal governments and moved to Stilwell to be used for office space.

(http://i.imgur.com/3Vc8p93.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/daXprBD.jpg)


Someone left a cup inside. The joke's on them, I finished their drink.

(http://i.imgur.com/RYDpyx0.jpg)


The spring just below the courthouse - note  the arrowhead shape.

(http://i.imgur.com/fcFNxla.jpg)


The old military road ran along Sallisaw Creek by the courthouse. The road was the main route between Fayetteville and Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Ft. Gibson, Indian Territory. I was able to find an old section of the roadbed. It’s not very visible in the pic’s but is easily discernable in person.

(http://i.imgur.com/4UwgYGz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/W0y29GH.jpg)


We rode east from there along the county roads until we were almost to Arkansas. About a mile from the border, we turned south and rode through the hills. This area was very remote with just a few scattered houses.

(http://i.imgur.com/1FeyBah.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2QAi5rv.jpg)


About nine miles down the road were some rounded, concrete structures that I had spotted on Google Earth. I wanted to see what they were. As we approached, it looked like a small village. As we went through, it just looked creepy, like a commune. It was downright eerie, the people there honestly looked like zombies. We rode through without stopping. When I got home, I started googling and found out that it was Elohim City.

From Wikipedia:
Elohim City is a private community in Adair County, Oklahoma. The 400 acres rural retreat was founded in 1973 by Robert G. Millar (August 16, 1925 - May 28, 2001), a Canadian immigrant, former Mennonite and important leader in America's Christian Identity movement, a theology common to an assortment of extremist groups. The community gained national attention for its alleged ties to members of the Silent Brotherhood in the 1980s and with convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in the 1990s.

We continued on through Curt’s Ranch.

(http://i.imgur.com/Bxyqq3z.jpg)


And on to the bypassed Highway 101 bridge over Lee Creek. Built 1946, bypassed and abandoned 2011. We stopped here for our lunch break – a Coke and a Payday bar.

(http://i.imgur.com/hx2m6ab.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Bk1BZDq.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/qDfrV7b.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/JyAUIhS.jpg)


Travis Martin was here. He’s somewhat famous around these parts.

(http://i.imgur.com/iM2INCx.jpg)


So, is Travis’ girlfriend the winner?

(http://i.imgur.com/41FCEAJ.jpg)


A ride report is just not complete without a wheelie pic.

(http://i.imgur.com/bVSkYYW.jpg)


We passed through Nicut but the store was closed. No problem, I knew there was another store just a mile up the road.

(http://i.imgur.com/9ca6OUO.jpg)


Oops.

(http://i.imgur.com/2Mf6lky.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/ubYmyWm.jpg)


At least they still had some air.

(http://i.imgur.com/TQPcs2o.jpg)


A low water bridge on Little Lee Creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/VzLPSnq.jpg)

It's no Travis Martin, but it's still a pretty good sized creek.

(http://i.imgur.com/2OvEmLo.jpg)


We turned down Killer Road.

(http://i.imgur.com/57K9tPr.jpg)


And found Killer Cemetery. It was full of Killers.

(http://i.imgur.com/g6cUpER.jpg)


From there, it was back to Stilwell and a stop at the depot before heading home.

(http://i.imgur.com/oz5nco2.jpg)


Now that we’re almost done, she decides to start taking pictures.

(http://i.imgur.com/cYFJtok.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on February 11, 2019, 10:15:09 pm
It was at this point that I quit writing reports for all my rides. I've done a few random reports since, so I'll post them up too.




Full Eclipse, Partial Ride Report. Subtitle: It's a Small World.

Lisa and I decided to ride up into Missouri to see the full eclipse. We heard hotels were price-gouging so we checked around and found one about a month in advance at the regular rate. A guy on another forum, where they actually ride motorcycles, also got a room in the same motel. We agreed to meet and hang out.

Lisa and I rode up on Sunday and took the scenic route through the Missouri Ozarks. After about 415 miles of good riding, we arrived at the motel in Sedalia. Mike from Ft. Worth (the other rider) showed up about fifteen minutes later. We went to dinner and agreed to meet for breakfast in the morning, then ride up to the little town of Boonville, on the Missouri River, for the viewing.

After breakfast, we made our way to Boonville. We rode through town, then across the Missouri River Bridge looking for a place to sit and watch. We didn’t find anything there so we turned around and rode back across. A couple bikes passed and we gave them “the wave.” We had earlier passed a then-empty A&W. It had a decent parking lot, plenty of shade trees for waiting, and a nice sloped hill behind it to watch from. Lisa decided that that would be our spot. The selling point for her was that they had food and a bathroom. The selling point for me was the root beer.

We parked behind the store and began the wait. I noticed that I had a voicemail. “Jay, this is Hugh. Where are you guys at? We passed you on the bridge.” It was Hugh and Steve, a couple guys from our area whom we occasionally ride with. Steve and I even raced mx together many times. They came back and “pitted” with us. Steve, who has an FJ like mine said, “I was all excited just to see another FJ. Hey, that’s Jay! And that’s Lisa too!” Hundreds of miles from home and we run into two of our friends in the middle of nowhere Missouri.

Steve kept saying he didn’t care much about the eclipse that he was just there for the ride. Well, the full eclipse turned out to be awesome. Even Steve admitted as much. It was amazing. When it went full, it was like turning off a light switch – instant darkness. Not slightly dark but midnight dark. Words just cannot describe it adequately. We will definitely do another ride to the next one in 2024.

Lisa and Mike, breakfast at Denny’s.

(http://i.imgur.com/W1fdwD8.jpg)

Root beer.

(http://i.imgur.com/xutwBwo.jpg)

Waiting behind the A&W.

(http://i.imgur.com/DZS4nP5.jpg)

Mike, Hugh, Lisa, and Steve.

(http://i.imgur.com/UMY9Y0J.jpg)

Darkness on the edge of town.

(http://i.imgur.com/2neo5C2.jpg)

At the full eclipse, with flash.

(http://i.imgur.com/fT81Jid.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: motrhead on February 11, 2019, 11:12:15 pm
Sounds like a nice ride for root beer!  We watched the eclipse from the back yard here. Too much snow and ice for riding!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on February 12, 2019, 10:17:51 am
I can't remember what I did for the eclipse but wherever I was it wasn't like that!!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: micah2074 on February 12, 2019, 06:17:24 pm

I can't remember what I did for the eclipse but wherever I was it wasn't like that!!

I had just got back from a cross country ride to the PNW. Came through Nebraska, Missouri, and Tn just before the roads started packing up. We watched from my driveway.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Wittionfer on February 13, 2019, 09:17:37 am
Did you take pictures?


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: micah2074 on February 13, 2019, 04:28:47 pm
I have a couple of cell phone videos. my interwebz is slow and it would take a while to download.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on February 22, 2019, 09:02:23 pm
This one is from 11/25/2017. I titled it, "Not a Ride Report."

But here's a few pic's from my ride in Arkansas yesterday.

(https://i.imgur.com/iCJubVm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5MlxdD7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/m9xWhkV.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xdPBiLz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wY1xyxr.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rJXCSZ9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/49X9Lhn.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mnMEdPf.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5BZRECe.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oqM6AB5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DwjTv8L.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/llIFuSH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/I4jSXUt.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/12SAiVq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jWIVv1r.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/L89H293.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/g6DN7Wl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5OThp0J.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HEE4gCo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/YqBo061.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/aLbkVMN.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/TecWJGF.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/qYiNeeF.jpg)

I could do this every day and never get bored.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on February 22, 2019, 09:15:48 pm
Beautiful country indeed!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 03, 2019, 06:24:47 pm
Here's one from April, 2018.



I had a week off before I start my new job. The weather cooperated just enough that I was able to get in three consecutive days of riding.

Tuesday, April 17th, I rode the streetbike up into the twisties of Missouri and Arkansas.  Although I got in nearly three hundred miles, when I ride the streetbike, I don’t take a lot of pics so this part will be short.

My first stop was at Spavinaw Lake dam in northeastern Oklahoma.  The lake is owned by and is a water source for the City of Tulsa – my now former employer. As part of my retirement package, I have a lifetime use permit on City of Tulsa owned lakes.

(https://i.imgur.com/olwWSHD.jpg)

I rode into southwestern Missouri. This is the Elk River at Pineville, Missouri. I stopped here to use the bathrooms at the park. Of course, they were closed.

(https://i.imgur.com/CqfKCKo.jpg)

I continued on, riding some new twisty roads that I had never been on before. They were really fun with a lot of elevation change – kind of a semi-roller coaster effect. I turned south through northwestern Arkansas and looped back up into Missouri. I was running a little behind schedule so I made a quick lunch and bathroom stop at Taco Bell just across the AR/MO border.

The look of resignation when I have to settle for Taco Bell.

(https://i.imgur.com/siA7IWi.jpg)

A small waterfall alongside the highway in Noel, Missouri.

(https://i.imgur.com/jlo8Ii8.jpg)

This little guy was having fish for lunch.

(https://i.imgur.com/sJSX9en.jpg)

I turned back toward home from here. This is another City of Tulsa owned lake – Lake Eucha. I remember during the drought of 1980, this lake dried up completely. We had twenty-two straight days of 100 degree highs. Damn that global warming.

(https://i.imgur.com/6FUoU2U.jpg)

I was a little disappointed, I only managed a maximum speed of 109 mph.

(https://i.imgur.com/sl1t0ik.jpg)




Wednesday, April 18th. I hauled my dual-sport over to Arkansas to do a dual-sport route that I found in a ride map booklet.

I unloaded at a city park in Ozark, Arkansas and rode out from there. The park is right on the Arkansas River.
 
(https://i.imgur.com/WB5D1su.jpg)

This is a pipeline bridge over Gar Creek next to the park. I would’ve ridden across it but the end was too overgrown.

(https://i.imgur.com/h8LEp33.jpg)

A downtown Ozark mural referencing the river history.

(https://i.imgur.com/FouVBlg.jpg)

Heading north toward the Ozark–St Francis National Forest, I stopped at White Oak.

(https://i.imgur.com/eKZMLDq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rVQy69B.jpg)

Entering the forest, I passed these small falls.

(https://i.imgur.com/cI26Rfp.jpg)

A nice view of the Mulberry River from above.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZkjetlW.jpg)

And down below, a low water bridge on the Mulberry.

(https://i.imgur.com/0gIo7OC.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dXHSCSu.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/t5ymHwl.jpg)

Ross was here in 1974.

(https://i.imgur.com/Kci2h6b.jpg)

Riding atop the White Rock Mountains through the pine forests along Morgan Mountain Road.

(https://i.imgur.com/ehuWOBM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/y29us6j.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0RToRa0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/URObQ1D.jpg)

A log structure and the house across the road from it.  Jed moved away from here.

(https://i.imgur.com/XyoDVdl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DzonDdK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/nmgouND.jpg)

The road follows the Lick Branch.

(https://i.imgur.com/hELUQgQ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ebBU23w.jpg)

And led to this old barn.

(https://i.imgur.com/tFPrsB3.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hliVnyP.jpg)

Back down to the highway and the community of Yale. This is the Yale Community Center. Originally a school, then a church.

(https://i.imgur.com/9sqDPOC.jpg)

I rode east on the highway along the bottomlands next to the river to the communities of Oark and Catalpa. The Oark Store opened in 1890 and is the longest continuously operated store in Arkansas. They were packed so I just got gas and ate my Payday bar on the porch.

(https://i.imgur.com/nck3Inl.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Chh3Wuc.jpg)

From Catalpa, I rode east a few miles, then turned north on Moon Mountain Road per the mapped route. This is closer to the head waters of the river so it is not so wide here and is easily crossed.

(https://i.imgur.com/4I9ihUy.jpg)

The road climbed sharply from here and soon became a two-track trail. I followed it a few miles into the forest and came to a locked gate - I must’ve missed a turn. I turned back and tried a different route – another gate. I tried another trail – dead end. And another, dead end again. I tried a few more of what looked like trails. All led nowhere. I decided to just back-track out. Then I couldn’t figure out which way I came from. Damn it, the same gate again! Crap, I’m lost now. Even though I had my GPS, I couldn’t read my track because of the multiple close contour lines. And I couldn’t remember how to turn the map off because I had never had to do it before. I remembered those dorks who called in a helicopter rescue when they got lost and cold. I refused to be one of them. I finally decided to follow a route which was obviously (to me at the moment) the wrong way. Soon, I started recognizing things and knew I was okay. I made it back to the highway and cursed the guy who prepared the route.

I wasted so much time being lost that I couldn’t finish the rest of the planned ride. I decided not to push my luck and rode the highway back to the truck. I passed a couple more little waterfalls on the way.

(https://i.imgur.com/tUBIKlv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bTwYbm4.jpg)

I stopped at this old general store in Hunt, AR.  I wonder if Pauline is still alive? She would be 101 now. Edit: A google search showed she died in 2011.

(https://i.imgur.com/FZvBGWH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/a400ocg.jpg)

This old, bypassed bridge was off the side of the highway.

(https://i.imgur.com/JPbSqYV.jpg)

It appears there is a troll living underneath but he wasn’t home.

(https://i.imgur.com/jKUDX0G.jpg)

I got back to the park and the whole place was empty except for one goof who was parked right next to my truck. I must’ve gotten there just in time as it wasn’t broken into yet.

My post-ride shower.

(https://i.imgur.com/34nGRnN.jpg)




Thursday, April 19th. It was cold in the morning so I decided to wait until it warmed up and do a ride closer to home. I picked out a route that would follow the Illinois River, the Baron Fork of the Illinois, and Lake Tenkiller – all in northeastern Oklahoma.

I parked the truck at a Wal-Mart in Tahlequah - the former home office of “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

(https://i.imgur.com/uKryTLo.jpg)

I headed east from town and turned north and followed the Illinois. I attended a short service at the tabernacle.

(https://i.imgur.com/IzCe17R.jpg)

The river has many canoe and raft outfitters. This is where some of the retired canoes have been dumped.

(https://i.imgur.com/PRYPk9T.jpg)

There used to be a cool iron bridge here. Oh well, progress.

(https://i.imgur.com/dauzu7H.jpg)

There are a lot of old barns in the fertile bottomlands.

(https://i.imgur.com/EE9Mg2s.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cGMfIdQ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tkRqcd7.jpg)

I was able to access the river in a few places.

(https://i.imgur.com/2usSrWR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/NClvWYA.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ln0zH9O.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1ljEBRm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/7F4FAaH.jpg)

This is known locally as “Bathtub Rocks.” Even though I’ve ridden in this area probably a few dozen times, this was the first time I had been down this road. This is a really fun geologic feature. I was the only person around but I’ll bet it gets busy in the summer.

(https://i.imgur.com/fKwqv1C.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5q2VnF7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1S5IBmH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JojGw0T.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KhhnMCF.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/dHHkwCv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/UZ9RseE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Jak8LY4.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bcCHmf3.jpg)

An old, two-room school east of the river.

(https://i.imgur.com/O8JGcke.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ZDpcy3H.jpg)

Lisa likes cows so I took a pic of these longhorns for her.

(https://i.imgur.com/wIJyUmS.jpg)

This church is for sale. The big, new, fancy church around the corner must’ve put it out of business.

(https://i.imgur.com/k7ukAjv.jpg)

The Baron Fork Branch of the Illinois.

(https://i.imgur.com/A0BhCeG.jpg)

This bridge over the river has a sharp curve at each end. Last year, a truck with five teenage college students from Tahlequah, took the turn too fast, drove over the guardrail, crashed into the river, and they all died. The replacement bridge is now under construction.

http://newsok.com/article/5573227

(https://i.imgur.com/XY1bLaG.jpg)

I found some trails along the banks of Lake Tenkiller and rode them for a while.

(https://i.imgur.com/yCraakh.jpg)

Back out on the county road, I rode below the bridge at Negro Jake Hollow. My maps are old so I bet the p.c. police have changed the name by now.

(https://i.imgur.com/c1hcoqC.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/C7Px2Dg.jpg)

More cows for Lisa. I want this land.

(https://i.imgur.com/1DFvcBd.jpg)

And a couple more bridges to end the ride.
One over Dry Creek.

(https://i.imgur.com/bNbUAxA.jpg)

And one small, abandoned bridge in the Cookson Hills Wildlife Management Area.

(https://i.imgur.com/9etgfac.jpg)

Surprisingly, back at the Wal-Mart and my truck, there weren’t any shady characters hanging around.




Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on March 03, 2019, 11:25:19 pm
Great pictures


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on March 06, 2019, 07:31:45 am
Ain’t nothing wrong with Taco Bell


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 18, 2019, 09:29:17 pm
Here's a one pic, mini-report from May, 2018.


BTW, Chicken Annie's, Pittsburg, Kansas is world famous, on all the food shows, etc.

It sucked. Absolutely flavor-less. All the sides were average, at best. It was like eating cafeteria food - and I'm old enough now that I should be liking cafeteria food. We have local chains that are much better.

Luckily, we were on motorcycles so it wasn't a complete waste. We will not go again - a huge disappointment.

This concludes my ride-to-eat report.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you guys: I shaved my head and got a cruiser.

(https://i.imgur.com/B4VNGT9.jpg)







And a two-pic, mini report also from May, 2018.

Not a ride report.

I went for a dual-sport ride Saturday. The afternoon high was forecast to be 93° so I hauled my bike over to the chosen area - I didn't want to be droning down the highway for endless miles on that bike in the late afternoon heat. I unloaded and started getting my gear on. Doh!

(https://i.imgur.com/bjUNDnU.jpg)

Of course, I was in a small town with no stores that would have anything suitable. I had to go about twenty miles out of my way to get some gloves. Luckily, there was an O'Reilly's there.

(https://i.imgur.com/V9tEBLq.jpg)

Now, I have an extra pair of Mechanix gloves.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on March 19, 2019, 06:37:42 am
Jay

You need to go see a doctor.  You have a serious motorcycle addiction   :D   :bigok:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on March 30, 2019, 05:18:51 pm
11/19/2018:

In October, it rained every weekend except one - and I worked on my truck that weekend. I got in a total of about two hours of riding,  the lowest monthly amount I've had in probably ten years. This month, either the rains continued or it was Yankee cold. Finally on Saturday, the high was forecast to be 61° so I went for a ride. Lisa wanted me to go to her daughter's house warming party. Haha, no. I didn't plan any particular route or stops so I didn't take a lot of pictures. The stator is out on the DR so I had to ride the streetbike. It quickly made it up to 69° so I was shedding gear immediately.


I found this semi-interesting historical marker near Leonard, OK. Leonard is one of those little towns where everyone over 40 wears overalls and everyone else wears cowboy boots with athletic shorts - I'm not joking...

(https://i.imgur.com/q2etdMP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GLgcFcr.jpg)

I stopped in Muskogee for a drink at the VFW. My sister is a vet and lives in Muskogee - didn't go see her, I had riding to do.

(https://i.imgur.com/j3j4TMl.jpg)


The Roxy theater in Muskogee. Built in 1948, closed ca. 1970, reopened 2001. It seats 300.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZX6kV2G.jpg)


I crossed the Union Pacific Railroad via this bridge. I stopped on top to get a pic, a cop pulled up and asked if I was allright. I said I was a little disturbed about the recent events at the border but other than that, I was okay.

(https://i.imgur.com/b6HXuXQ.jpg)

I went down under Lake Tenkiller dam. I've been across it a million times but never below. I thought this water tank in the side of the bluff was unique.

(https://i.imgur.com/N6xJTGy.jpg)

The road to the dam had bluffs on one side, the river on the other.

(https://i.imgur.com/74BaX6N.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wg38Yov.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fUN7Jxd.jpg)

A pic of a big rock.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZsQse3d.jpg)

Some guy trout fishing. You can almost make him out behind the limbs. I threw some rocks in honor of PETA.

(https://i.imgur.com/mXNS1tH.jpg)

I stopped at "The Juicy Pig" for my late lunch of a diet Dr. Pepper and a Butterfinger.

(https://i.imgur.com/H3jmd4q.jpg)

I sent Lisa this pic of a Galloway Belted cow. She likes them.

(https://i.imgur.com/qIERLNR.jpg)

I got in just under 200 miles. My top speed was only 102mph. Give me a break, it's not like I ride an R6.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on March 31, 2019, 04:21:45 pm
102?!    :eek:   Hooligan.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on March 31, 2019, 09:22:04 pm
It’s probably the time to quit work, sell the house and tour the world  :bigok:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Daughthe on April 02, 2019, 09:37:52 am
Yes, I just thought the same thing!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on April 02, 2019, 10:35:59 am

It’s probably the time to quit work, sell the house and tour the world  :bigok:



Tentative plan is to work 2-5 more years, get a toy hauler, then travel. We'll keep the house and just do two to three week at a time rides.

Of course, I'll be broke so that may all change. And we ain't as young and healthy as the lightcycle couple.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on April 02, 2019, 12:26:53 pm




Tentative plan is to work 2-5 more years, get a toy hauler, then travel. We'll keep the house and just do two to three week at a time rides.

Of course, I'll be broke so that may all change. And we ain't as young and healthy as the lightcycle couple.


Great plan!!  

Also, Make sure to meet lots of folks which will make the overnights more interesting  :lol:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on May 08, 2019, 01:04:21 pm
From Black Friday, 2018:

This is from Black Friday. While you guys were carrying shopping bags, I was out riding motorcycles.


The forecast was for clearing, sunny, and a high of 57° so I decided to do a ride around the Illinois River area of northeastern Oklahoma. The sun never shone and the warmest I saw was 51°. I dressed for the sunny forecast, I was cold all day. I should've gone shopping instead.


Bathtub rocks.

(https://i.imgur.com/eZ2wG3h.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/vr2K8XB.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/XN6yxKe.jpg)

An old homestead.

(https://i.imgur.com/HcAZbvU.jpg)

The Illinois at a former bridge site.

(https://i.imgur.com/529W3rX.jpg)

Bluffs along the river.

(https://i.imgur.com/lxCAQ5t.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/utfhupI.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WiVL51t.jpg)

In the river bed.

(https://i.imgur.com/Kjp9PB7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/G7yJvag.jpg)

A turtle jerky snack.

(https://i.imgur.com/uSLNoAY.jpg)

I've been through here a half dozen times or more and never saw this waterfall. Maybe the foliage hides it in summer?

(https://i.imgur.com/XWyrre1.jpg)

Low water crossing on the river - did not do it, too cold.

(https://i.imgur.com/jirmBZr.jpg)

An old barn.

(https://i.imgur.com/03yr70V.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/756Gibz.jpg)

Proctor School II, a 1936 WPA project.

(https://i.imgur.com/5sNIjPv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/qpLgyXx.jpg)








Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on May 08, 2019, 06:26:08 pm
Awesome


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on May 08, 2019, 10:11:20 pm
Great pictures as usual.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 06, 2019, 10:46:12 pm
I titled this one: "Almost a Ride Report."

1-18-2019.

Friday, it was 62° so I went for a short ride after work.

(https://i.imgur.com/ujPmFOY.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/iAg45w5.jpg)



Saturday morning:

(https://i.imgur.com/9pWxZVZ.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 15, 2019, 09:30:46 pm
Is it snowing now in the Midwest

 :headscratch:

 :lol:


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 15, 2019, 11:03:49 pm
We're about ready to rename our town Seattle. It seems to rain nearly everyday lately. In the last sixty days or so, we've had about 25 inches.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 16, 2019, 07:38:56 am

We're about ready to rename our town Seattle. It seems to rain nearly everyday lately. In the last sixty days or so, we've had about 25 inches.


A drought is coming next month


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 16, 2019, 08:35:43 am
I would welcome that. This is messing up all my rides.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on June 16, 2019, 09:12:13 am
So far I think this "Summer" is going great. At least here it is. I can remember years back when we had hot weather already at this time of year. It has been really nice to ride. During the vacation I just got back from I didn't see anything over 91* in Arizona!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on June 16, 2019, 03:32:07 pm
This Global Warming is great


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 16, 2019, 10:31:41 pm
I got in about a hundred miles between showers today. I only took one pic:

(https://i.imgur.com/hp8UeXI.jpg)


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Biking Sailor on June 25, 2019, 07:05:08 am
Pretty sure I've seen that before. In SW Missouri?


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on June 25, 2019, 07:07:18 am
Nope, Honor Heights Park, Muskogee, Oklahoma.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: UHOH on July 08, 2019, 11:20:54 pm
Just happened on this thread.  Good stuff for a rainy / snowy day - thanks!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on July 23, 2019, 01:52:24 pm
Here's one from February 03, 2019:

A couple  weekends ago, we did a two-day ride through the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas,. We hauled our bikes over to Alma, left our truck at Wal-Mart, and rode out from there.

We rode up to Mountainberg and took Old Locke Road to Locke. The 1931 Locke School/community center.

(https://i.imgur.com/3UTnfEP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Hk9Ug6W.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/BpTny6z.jpg)

I chased a road runner around the building but she was too quick.

(https://i.imgur.com/MtL4dL1.jpg)

We took Hurricane Creek Road to the Memorial Pine Plantation. Planted in 1940.

(https://i.imgur.com/31Y3ZHs.jpg)

We continued on to the overlook at White Rock. Lisa had never been there. I've been a couple of times.

(https://i.imgur.com/7UwFhvT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0KrMiOu.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/D8dkdoD.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/LLdJWOu.jpg)

She didn't know who Capt. Morgan was.

(https://i.imgur.com/Oz7uabz.jpg)

Lisa tends to overdress. I go minimal. I usually end up too cold.

(https://i.imgur.com/9mMYPTX.jpg)

From there, we headed east on White Rock Mountain Road through the rock formations.

(https://i.imgur.com/EUoffqF.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/UT5pmaj.jpg)

Almost a waterfall.

(https://i.imgur.com/tkWd77f.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/HerFXwg.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/fQrVG28.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/cetdXj5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5zbW0oq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/B6k1nSb.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/KvSVmqc.jpg)

We gassed up at Turner's Bend and went east on the highway through Oark and Catalpa. By then it was getting dark, so we turned south and got a room in Clarksville. 110 miles for the day.

The booth at the local Mexican restaurant.

(https://i.imgur.com/rw8dKgx.jpg)

And the frog by the door.

(https://i.imgur.com/a1mCMpk.jpg)

The following morning, we planned to ride up into the Boxley area to hopefully see some elk.

(https://i.imgur.com/Mzli7iG.jpg)

The 1942 Ozone School.

(https://i.imgur.com/bct0yhm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/27Zpj6C.jpg)

I had to stop for a bathroom break.

(https://i.imgur.com/IC6dmsM.jpg)

We crossed one little creek.

(https://i.imgur.com/PDbIn4e.jpg)


We took Road 414 north of Fallsville but when we came to Dixon Ford on the Buffalo River, Lisa refused to cross. It looked a little deep but I think she would've been okay. We backtracked and took 16 up to Red Star. At one time, this was the town store.

(https://i.imgur.com/7v83YCu.jpg)

Updated plan was to ride north from Red Star to Boxley. We (I) took a couple wrong turns, we did a bunch of backtracking, it started drizzling heavily, and the dirt roads were getting slick. After a bunch of wasted time, we decided to just head back to Alma.

We took 16 back and I began to worry about finding some gas. Lisa's bike is no problem but mine is hitting reserve at 120 miles. We found gas at this little country store in St. Paul.

(https://i.imgur.com/U12eGQX.jpg)

Apparently, someone torched the local BBQ joint but according to the sign, didn't get away with it.

(https://i.imgur.com/4iOJ2am.jpg)

From St. Paul, we took 23 to Shores Lake Road, then followed it west. Lisa really liked this dirt road. It was nice and wide and most important of all - dry.

(https://i.imgur.com/lfCdTWA.jpg)

We had some nice views of the Mulberry River and Shores Lake.

I'm down at the bottom off to the right.

(https://i.imgur.com/k5nYspN.jpg)

Here. It was pretty rough getting down there so Lisa just stayed up on the road.

(https://i.imgur.com/q02I6me.jpg)

Shores Lake. An 82 acre lake in the middle of the forest.

(https://i.imgur.com/x0XUWo1.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hmrryIK.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mG6nmU5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oOuQ2Nm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/n58Qt3o.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kRqpgcy.jpg)

Of course, I had to ride out to the dam.

(https://i.imgur.com/8msp8U0.jpg)

From there we rode back to the truck.

(https://i.imgur.com/gh8Uvqh.jpg)

We made it to the truck about 5:30 and got home in time to watch the last seven minutes of the Superbowl. 149 miles for the day.

I usually let Lisa lead so she can set a pace that she's comfortable with. I think she just enjoys roosting me.

(https://i.imgur.com/cO0nIyD.jpg)



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on September 16, 2019, 09:54:53 pm
March 17, 2019. This one is titled, "A Few Things I Saw While Riding."

Well, at least I got one weekend of good weather in March. I took the new Honda out for a ride in the hills east of Tahlequah, Oklahoma. I hauled it over in the back of the truck, parked at one of the recreation areas on the Illinois River, and rode out from there.

An old, bypassed bridge in Telamay Hollow.

(https://i.imgur.com/XCqQxwm.jpg)

A little waterfall in the creek.

(https://i.imgur.com/7oejSQS.jpg)

I thought to myself, ”I bet I could ride down there.”

(https://i.imgur.com/O2dfKbm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/5y4TOu8.jpg)

An old well.

(https://i.imgur.com/e5QniO0.jpg)

An old guy reflected in the old well.

(https://i.imgur.com/v0wxjYs.jpg)

Oklahoma pines.

(https://i.imgur.com/Wy9kUYk.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/i42TT4G.jpg)

And early daffodils.

(https://i.imgur.com/6IVdP5i.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tWSSjmx.jpg)

A sad, little footbridge leading to the river - did not ride across.

(https://i.imgur.com/DybcVfR.jpg)

The waterfall on Fall Branch.

(https://i.imgur.com/MAbu5dw.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/mJCKr1F.jpg)

The remains of an old homestead by the river.

(https://i.imgur.com/cQbOkr0.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/lCFJad6.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/QqZkfPL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/AeDaerq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2URf0c2.jpg)

I was going to use the facilities but they were out of paper.

(https://i.imgur.com/7cBZcig.jpg)

A cross on the bluff.

(https://i.imgur.com/90sbsFu.jpg)

A few old graves. They didn’t live long back then.

(https://i.imgur.com/kyh3UXo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VlRTM4t.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pV7KpSH.jpg)

It’s rained so much the last several months that these hillside trees have become uprooted. I saw dozens, if not hundreds, like this.

(https://i.imgur.com/MLrclHA.jpg)

A low water crossing on the Illinois. Did not cross, too swift.

(https://i.imgur.com/S9PcFrm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rL8tNPP.jpg)

Busy beavers.

(https://i.imgur.com/Wbd7t9g.jpg)

“Don’t bother me.”

(https://i.imgur.com/3PlU4I3.jpg)

An old church or school – or both. I can’t find any info on this one.

(https://i.imgur.com/JATyNQo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/GLbFygo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/rh7UZk5.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yqOC7Kd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2DLWVrs.jpg)

More downed trees.

(https://i.imgur.com/vMAFs7h.jpg)

I got the tires wet on this one.

(https://i.imgur.com/DmEmg8A.jpg)

In the nature preserve, I saw the white-face deer again.

(https://i.imgur.com/NoArYNz.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JEB2PwO.jpg)

And his buddies.

(https://i.imgur.com/EGLCOdR.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/uI2owIg.jpg)

Back to the river.

(https://i.imgur.com/LkxDV45.jpg)

And the truck.

(https://i.imgur.com/H2zCnTv.jpg)




(https://i.imgur.com/6DyMF7X.jpg)



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on September 17, 2019, 10:29:46 am
Great pictures.


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on December 18, 2019, 01:40:21 pm
Here's one from October 20, 2019:

I went riding yesterday and made a lap around this old track. It is/was War Bonnet Raceway Park in Mannford, Oklahoma. It existed from 1966-1968. It had a 0.9 mile short course and a 2.3 mile Trans Am course. Competitors who raced there included Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney, and Mark Donahue. The track closed when Keystone Lake was constructed and the town of Mannford was relocated into this area. Now the course has been relegated to city street duty.

I grew up about sixty miles from here but never even knew about it until a riding buddy told me a couple months ago. Here are some pic's I took while running around it.

This is the pit and starting area. You can still see some of the pit lane through the grass.

(https://i.imgur.com/z3UjS11.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WMiZlu8.jpg)

Lots of sweepers, a couple long straights, and a few hairpins. Some pretty good elevation change too.

(https://i.imgur.com/460dJ0H.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bbuIYnb.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/NIub75p.jpg)

Short course turns right, long course left.

(https://i.imgur.com/KCyiC00.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/v6S43Ut.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Py3is1P.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kfNpL1l.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/J3vTZqa.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/i3qvToc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/S55pWe7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/xUbGGIH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4jMV47N.jpg)

The short course joins from the right.

(https://i.imgur.com/Gtg1IUS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/EiDQO0C.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/7DVCOpU.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/I29Qdh3.jpg)

And a hard downhill right to the finish.

(https://i.imgur.com/U6i5ujJ.jpg)



And here are some pic's I borrowed:

(https://i.imgur.com/mm8RCP7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hPoafBr.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wzBiNIW.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/G0HzzRo.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WfJ7HLE.jpg)

Keystone Loop is the Trans Am course.

(https://i.imgur.com/aR6rMra.jpg)









Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: jay547 on February 26, 2020, 10:28:21 pm
How about a report from a few weeks ago?

Saturday February 01, I went to ride a couple parts of the Talimena Drive and the K-Trail in southeastern Oklahoma. The Talimena Drive is a 54 mile scenic highway across the top of the Winding Stair mountains from Talihina, Oklahoma to Mena, Arkansas. The K-Trail is an 80 mile narrow, tree-lined trail across the top of the Kiamichi Mountains. They generally parallel each other about eight miles apart. I hauled down in the truck and parked at Pipe Springs Trailhead. I was the only one there.

(https://i.imgur.com/flc5lYx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/C0oXJKT.jpg)


I headed east along the first forest road leading to the Talimena Drive. I was only a few hundred feet into it and I passed a weird-looking dude walking toward the trailhead carrying a large stick. Not a walking stick but one about six feet long and four inch diameter. I wondered if my truck would be broken into when I returned.

After a couple miles, the forest road joined the Drive.

(https://i.imgur.com/reMlVEX.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/VFtEEWH.jpg)


I rode the Drive for a couple more miles then turned down a power line cut. It quickly got too rocky and I turned around.

(https://i.imgur.com/KUwYSDK.jpg)


About seven miles on up the road, was an old rock fence and the remains of an old, one-room house that I had read about several years ago. I finally got around to finding it.

(https://i.imgur.com/GQzTtJm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ybhoT9l.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/u83wIwz.jpg)


The one-room house.

(https://i.imgur.com/eXoEzMY.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1MbushE.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/MgD6hs4.jpg)


A little background on it from the Talimena website:

The long crest of Rich Mountain is fairly even, and at points wide enough for home sites, small fields and garden patches. Several prosperous farms existed on the mountain due to the uncommonly rich soil found there and springs that bubbled up to the surface just below the ridge. Through their numbers were few, Rich Mountain had residents from 1860 through 1949. Many secured a land patent from the United States Government under the Homestead Act of 1862. Visible evidence of these homesteads remain in the form of clearings grown up to thickets, old rock foundations and chimneys, log buildings and stone fences, rock terraces, traces of old wagon roads, paths to springs, trails down to the valleys, old fruit trees and graves.

The fence turned out to be about a quarter mile long and I ended up way down the road from my bike.

(https://i.imgur.com/hSDCEqY.jpg)


This guy stopped to see if I needed help.

(https://i.imgur.com/wX4w26I.jpg)


He asked, “Do they let you ride dirtbikes in here?” He thought I had ridden it out from the woods.


I cruised into Arkansas and made a loop around the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge-nothing happening there so I turned down the next forest road – about eight miles of winding, rocky trail, criss-crossing the state line down to the next highway. I didn’t see a soul.


(https://i.imgur.com/9gtcSLx.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PnnjndF.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/PBt5Wey.jpg)



I was riding the highway to get over to the K-Trail but I knew of a side road with a low-water crossing. I looked at it and was hesitant but I thought to myself, “What would Blue do?” I went for it. It was full of rocks that deflected me a few different ways but I made it through. Well, now I had to turn around and do it again. This time, it started to bog so I opened it up. I created a wall of blinding water about ten feet high. I was drenched.

(https://i.imgur.com/0ARqoso.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6lTfKwu.jpg)


I returned to the highway. I was soaked but okay except my hands were gettting cold. Luckily, I had an extra pair of gloves in the truck and I was now only a few miles away. I went back. The weird guy hadn’t messed with my truck so I changed gloves, gassed up, and headed back toward the K-Trail. One last five mile stretch of forest road and I would be there.

(https://i.imgur.com/gRq9utT.jpg)


The K-Trail is narrow and very rocky. And today it had dozens of water holes. Some of them up to 100 feet long or more. Well, I was already wet so it didn’t matter.
 
(https://i.imgur.com/cjIUjzL.jpg)


About nine miles later, I reached the abandoned fire lookout tower.

(https://i.imgur.com/RMLeOTM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Q7n8HO0.jpg)


Somebody forgot something.

(https://i.imgur.com/2USm3CH.jpg)


I backtracked a couple miles, then headed north on a forest road to the ghost town of Pine Valley.

The 1966 bridge over the Kiamichi River:

(https://i.imgur.com/3MblrL3.jpg)


Pine Valley was a lumber town built by Dierks Lumber Company, founded in 1926. At one time, it had 380 homes, a population of 1500, schools, stores, and a railroad. The lumber mill closed in 1942 and by 1953 all buildings had been removed.

(https://i.imgur.com/r9UCTKA.jpg)


All that remains of Pine Valley:

(https://i.imgur.com/Ec5s38j.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/N6Z3hKV.jpg)


The railroad bed:

(https://i.imgur.com/jjQs9MH.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/kpG8rPq.jpg)


From here, I rode the highway back to the truck for my 140 mile drive home. These forest roads and trails were so rocky that my wrists were sore the next day. So I went for a streetbike ride instead…





A bonus pic for train buffs:

(https://i.imgur.com/CK85qm1.jpg)

This Ten Wheeler type (4-6-0) oil burning locomotive was built for the Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern Railroad in 1920 at Alco’s Schenectady, NY, works. #360 weighs 166,000 lbs, 120,000 lbs on its 60” drivers. With Walschaert valve gear and 20” x 26” cylinders it operated at a boiler pressure of 200 psi delivering 29,446 lbs tractive effort.
The TO&E was incorporated in 1910 by the Dierks Lumber Company as an extension of the DeQueen & Eastern Railroad from the Arkansas state line to Valliant, OK. At some point, #360 was transferred to Dierks Lumber at Rich Mountain, AR. It was later donated to the State of Arkansas and it is now on display near the Queen Wilhelmina Inn atop Arkansas's second highest peak in the Ouachita Mountains.



Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: Blue is Best on February 27, 2020, 09:38:31 am
I keep thinking of moving to Oklahoma when I read your stuff!


Title: Re: Jay and Lisa's archived ride reports
Post by: rajflyboy on February 27, 2020, 06:39:26 pm
Jay must enjoy cleaning mud off his motorcycles  :lol: :D


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