|04-28-2008, 09:26 PM||#1|
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Joined: Jan 2008
Location: SOUTHEAST TEXAS
Better Late Than Never
Well it's a ride report with pics and everything. Sorry it's a little late.
After some delays, I finally got the chance to embark on a little solo ride in search of a little snow. Destination: Mt. Magazine State Park, Arkansas. This day was relatively nondescript. I was delayed by traffic in Shreveport, LA and had to ride about 50 miles after dark. When I reached I-30 at Hope, AR the temperature was 28f. My feet already knew that. I got a room there for the night.
I wanted to get an early start so I started packing at 7:45am. I walked outside to find the thermometer reading 22 degrees. The continental breakfast in the lobby started looking pretty darn appealing. I enjoyed a cheese danish, bowl of raisin bran and coffee and by 9:30 the temp had climbed another 10 degrees. I plugged in my new homemade heated glove and jacket liners (they performed beautifully but I should have wired my socks too) and hit the road. The fun started just north of Hot Springs on Arkansas Scenic Byway 7.
I had to stop and pull out the camera several times. As I approached Ola, AR I encountered a few patches of snow on the side of the roadway. I rode into Havana, AR which has Mt. Magazine as a backdrop. Beautiful!
Mt. Magazine is the highest point in Arkansas (or anywhere else around here) at 2700ft. Mt. Magazine Scenic Byway 309 is an awesome ride. Much of the park was covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. At 2:00pm the temp was 35 and the sky was clear and sunny.
I continued north on 309 to Paris, AR and just had to turn around and ride it again. I even did a little exploring on Green Bench Rd. I concluded the day with a ride down AR 109 and a gorgeous view of the westward side of the mountain.
I headed west on AR 10, AR 252 & AR 96 to Hartford and tried to ride to the top of Arkansas' 3rd tallest peak but Mt. Poteau Road wasn't paved so I settled for a few pictures and turned back. It was another gorgeous sunny day and a little warmer too - darn it. No kook status to be had here! I had to unplug the jacket around 10:00am. The next point of interest was Oklahoma's Talimena Scenic Drive. Fabulous!
I had the whole place to myself too - not a single vehicle to interrupt my pleasure riding and picture taking. I stopped for lunch in Talhina and then rode AR 82 north to Stigler. 82 may not be as picturesque as The Talimena Drive but it's a great road for riding with wide shoulders, sweeping turns and a few switchbacks. AR 2 is a nice ride also but I didn't stop for any pictures as I needed to get as far south as possible before dark. From the south, strong winds had blown some nasty looking clouds my way. I made it to Antlers, OK at dusk just as a light rain started to fall. Now I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but there was something funny about riding a motorcycle through a place called "Antlers" Oklahoma in the rain after dark. I stopped there for the night.
Still warmer today. I set out at 8:00am and the temperature was already close to 60f. I would have gladly welcomed the freezing temps in place of the fierce southerly wind that turned my pleasure ride into work the entire day. My return trip route had changed to take me through Denton and College Station to see my son and daughter. I left Denton at 2:00pm with liners out and vents open. 75 degrees! Go figure! The head wind on I-35 was horrendous. My little Bandit had to work to cut through it and ran about 20 fewer miles on a tank of gas than usual. After a quick stop in Waco the unforeseen happened. As I approached a poorly marked intersection at about 35mph I noticed the pickup coming toward me was not going to stop. I got on the brakes hard. I don't remember deciding to lay the bike down but I knew I couldn't stop in time. I slowed as much as possible and when the front wheel locked up the bike dropped like a rock. I stopped about a third of the way into the intersection. Thankfully, that gave the truck enough room to pass. I went down on my left hip pad and was not injured. I'm pretty serious about ATGATT but this day, it was warm in Denton and I actually thought about making the ride in jeans. Luckily, I took the extra few minutes to unzip the thermal liner and put the riding pants back on. Look, I know this was only a tap on the shoulder but I would not have been able to get up and ride another 100 miles if it hadn't been for the gear. The Bandit suffered only the most minimal damage, a turn signal and a few scratches. the soft bags absorbed a lot of the fall. After giving the bike a careful examination, I got back in the saddle and rode on to College Station. Sure I'm a little sore but that may be due in part to fighting the wind for 300 miles. I clocked a total of 1366 miles. This has been a wonderful ride. I wouldn't trade my riding experiences for anything. :)
KEN PHENIX screwed with this post 11-10-2008 at 09:18 PM
|04-29-2008, 03:14 AM||#2|
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: New Delhi, India
Better late than never...................indeed .
Great pics. I would have had a question for you i.e "Which bike is that" till i read your signature.
The 600 Bandit looks great. Thanks for sharing
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