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« Reply #180 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!
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« Reply #181 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!!
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« Reply #182 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.
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« Reply #183 on: February 13, 2019, 09:17:37 am »

Did you take pictures?
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« Reply #184 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.
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« Reply #185 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.















































I could do this every day and never get bored.
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« Reply #186 on: February 22, 2019, 09:15:48 pm »

Beautiful country indeed!
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« Reply #187 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.



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.



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.



A small waterfall alongside the highway in Noel, Missouri.



This little guy was having fish for lunch.



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.



I was a little disappointed, I only managed a maximum speed of 109 mph.






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.
 


This is a pipeline bridge over Gar Creek next to the park. I would’ve ridden across it but the end was too overgrown.



A downtown Ozark mural referencing the river history.



Heading north toward the Ozark–St Francis National Forest, I stopped at White Oak.





Entering the forest, I passed these small falls.



A nice view of the Mulberry River from above.



And down below, a low water bridge on the Mulberry.







Ross was here in 1974.



Riding atop the White Rock Mountains through the pine forests along Morgan Mountain Road.









A log structure and the house across the road from it.  Jed moved away from here.







The road follows the Lick Branch.





And led to this old barn.





Back down to the highway and the community of Yale. This is the Yale Community Center. Originally a school, then a church.



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.





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.



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.





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.





This old, bypassed bridge was off the side of the highway.



It appears there is a troll living underneath but he wasn’t home.



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.






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.”



I headed east from town and turned north and followed the Illinois. I attended a short service at the tabernacle.



The river has many canoe and raft outfitters. This is where some of the retired canoes have been dumped.



There used to be a cool iron bridge here. Oh well, progress.



There are a lot of old barns in the fertile bottomlands.







I was able to access the river in a few places.











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.



















An old, two-room school east of the river.





Lisa likes cows so I took a pic of these longhorns for her.



This church is for sale. The big, new, fancy church around the corner must’ve put it out of business.



The Baron Fork Branch of the Illinois.



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.

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I found some trails along the banks of Lake Tenkiller and rode them for a while.



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.





More cows for Lisa. I want this land.



And a couple more bridges to end the ride.
One over Dry Creek.



And one small, abandoned bridge in the Cookson Hills Wildlife Management Area.



Surprisingly, back at the Wal-Mart and my truck, there weren’t any shady characters hanging around.


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« Reply #188 on: March 03, 2019, 11:25:19 pm »

Great pictures
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« Reply #189 on: March 06, 2019, 07:31:45 am »

Ain’t nothing wrong with Taco Bell
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« Reply #190 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.









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!



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.



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« Reply #191 on: March 19, 2019, 06:37:42 am »

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You need to go see a doctor.  You have a serious motorcycle addiction   Bigsmile   Bigok
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« Reply #192 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...





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.




The Roxy theater in Muskogee. Built in 1948, closed ca. 1970, reopened 2001. It seats 300.




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.



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.



The road to the dam had bluffs on one side, the river on the other.







A pic of a big rock.



Some guy trout fishing. You can almost make him out behind the limbs. I threw some rocks in honor of PETA.



I stopped at "The Juicy Pig" for my late lunch of a diet Dr. Pepper and a Butterfinger.



I sent Lisa this pic of a Galloway Belted cow. She likes them.



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.
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« Reply #193 on: March 31, 2019, 04:21:45 pm »

102?!    EEK!   Hooligan.
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« Reply #194 on: March 31, 2019, 09:22:04 pm »

It’s probably the time to quit work, sell the house and tour the world  Bigok
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« Reply #195 on: April 02, 2019, 09:37:52 am »

Yes, I just thought the same thing!
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« Reply #196 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.
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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
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« Reply #198 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.







An old homestead.



The Illinois at a former bridge site.



Bluffs along the river.







In the river bed.





A turtle jerky snack.



I've been through here a half dozen times or more and never saw this waterfall. Maybe the foliage hides it in summer?



Low water crossing on the river - did not do it, too cold.



An old barn.





Proctor School II, a 1936 WPA project.










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« Reply #199 on: May 08, 2019, 06:26:08 pm »

Awesome
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