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« Reply #200 on: May 08, 2019, 10:11:20 pm »

Great pictures as usual.
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« Reply #201 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.








Saturday morning:


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« Reply #202 on: June 15, 2019, 09:30:46 pm »

Is it snowing now in the Midwest

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« Reply #203 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.
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« Reply #204 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
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« Reply #205 on: June 16, 2019, 08:35:43 am »

I would welcome that. This is messing up all my rides.
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« Reply #206 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!
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« Reply #207 on: June 16, 2019, 03:32:07 pm »

This Global Warming is great
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« Reply #208 on: June 16, 2019, 10:31:41 pm »

I got in about a hundred miles between showers today. I only took one pic:

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« Reply #209 on: June 25, 2019, 07:05:08 am »

Pretty sure I've seen that before. In SW Missouri?
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« Reply #210 on: June 25, 2019, 07:07:18 am »

Nope, Honor Heights Park, Muskogee, Oklahoma.
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« Reply #211 on: July 08, 2019, 11:20:54 pm »

Just happened on this thread.  Good stuff for a rainy / snowy day - thanks!
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« Reply #212 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.







I chased a road runner around the building but she was too quick.



We took Hurricane Creek Road to the Memorial Pine Plantation. Planted in 1940.



We continued on to the overlook at White Rock. Lisa had never been there. I've been a couple of times.









She didn't know who Capt. Morgan was.



Lisa tends to overdress. I go minimal. I usually end up too cold.



From there, we headed east on White Rock Mountain Road through the rock formations.





Almost a waterfall.















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.



And the frog by the door.



The following morning, we planned to ride up into the Boxley area to hopefully see some elk.



The 1942 Ozone School.





I had to stop for a bathroom break.



We crossed one little creek.




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.



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.



Apparently, someone torched the local BBQ joint but according to the sign, didn't get away with it.



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.



We had some nice views of the Mulberry River and Shores Lake.

I'm down at the bottom off to the right.



Here. It was pretty rough getting down there so Lisa just stayed up on the road.



Shores Lake. An 82 acre lake in the middle of the forest.













Of course, I had to ride out to the dam.



From there we rode back to the truck.



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.



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« Reply #213 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.



A little waterfall in the creek.



I thought to myself, ”I bet I could ride down there.”





An old well.



An old guy reflected in the old well.



Oklahoma pines.





And early daffodils.





A sad, little footbridge leading to the river - did not ride across.



The waterfall on Fall Branch.





The remains of an old homestead by the river.











I was going to use the facilities but they were out of paper.



A cross on the bluff.



A few old graves. They didn’t live long back then.







It’s rained so much the last several months that these hillside trees have become uprooted. I saw dozens, if not hundreds, like this.



A low water crossing on the Illinois. Did not cross, too swift.





Busy beavers.



“Don’t bother me.”



An old church or school – or both. I can’t find any info on this one.











More downed trees.



I got the tires wet on this one.



In the nature preserve, I saw the white-face deer again.





And his buddies.





Back to the river.



And the truck.








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« Reply #214 on: September 17, 2019, 10:29:46 am »

Great pictures.
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« Reply #215 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.





Lots of sweepers, a couple long straights, and a few hairpins. Some pretty good elevation change too.







Short course turns right, long course left.



















The short course joins from the right.









And a hard downhill right to the finish.





And here are some pic's I borrowed:











Keystone Loop is the Trans Am course.









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« Reply #216 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.






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.






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.




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.








The one-room house.








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.




This guy stopped to see if I needed help.




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.










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.






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.




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.
 



About nine miles later, I reached the abandoned fire lookout tower.






Somebody forgot something.




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:




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.




All that remains of Pine Valley:






The railroad bed:






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:



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.

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« Reply #217 on: February 27, 2020, 09:38:31 am »

I keep thinking of moving to Oklahoma when I read your stuff!
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« Reply #218 on: February 27, 2020, 06:39:26 pm »

Jay must enjoy cleaning mud off his motorcycles  Lol Bigsmile
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