|06-29-2008, 10:38 AM||#1|
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Loess Hills Dual Sport ride July 5 is ON!
OK, the ride is ON. .GPX track file is posted below. Start and end at Casey's on Hwy 30 in Mo Valley. 153 miles total. Gas/rest stop in Smithland at 73 miles. No lunch stop planned, no time. Eat a good breakfast and plan on snacking. Route took me about 5 hours, plan on at least that (not including your ride there and back home). There are 2 tracks in the file. Green is northbound (out), blue ("cyan") is southbound (back). There are several places where the tracks merge together. Just remember that northbound we will be doing the east side of any loops, southbound the west side.
(Discalaimer: This route is on many "Level B - Minimum Maintenance" roads. No telling what the conditons will be. You are responsible for your own safety.)
I also have a Garmin .gdb file with routes I created with City Select v7 maps. These may not work for you if you have different maps though. You would at least have to do a recalculate on the route using your maps and see if they still match the track file. E-mai me at email@example.com if you want this file.
Looks like some rain tomorrow (Wednesday) but I think if Thursday and Friday are dry it willl be fine. Yossarian_47 rode some of this stuff on Sunday after rain on Friday and he had no trouble. I rode the whole route on Monday and it was good. Some areas will be very dusty, so we will have to space out to avoid gagging each other. I will stop at every turn though. There are many places you can bail to I-29 if you need to cut out for any reason.
Harrison, Monona, and Woodbury counties in IA
As long as it's dry, BMW GS, Triumph Tiger, Suzuki V-strom type bikes
could make it fine, although the knobbier the tires the better. A 650
or smaller would be my first choice though. You should be comfortable riding on loose gravel and possibly some rutted/slick dirt roads. It will be dusty and
I'd bring some water.
It would be best to air your tires down some. Casey's has an air hose and I verified it works, so you can air them back up after the loop.
If anybody wants to just meet us in Missouri Valley, IA, I'd say we will be there between 10 and 10:30 am. Casey's is on the south side of US 30 just opposite of where County L-20 (old Hwy 183) heads north. We will roll at 1100 to do the loop.
For those coming along with me after our Omaha breakfast: It's about 40 miles to the Casey's in Mo Valley, have enough gas to go that far. Probably leave around 0930. We'll take I-680 north/east to Crescent, IA, then north on Co L-20 (old Hwy 183) to Casey's.
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tbirdsp screwed with this post 09-18-2008 at 05:42 PM
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