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Old 07-10-2010, 10:24 PM   #31
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Day 7

Day 7: June 3rd, 2010

Once again we crawl out of bed and get the bikes packed. We managed to find some breakfast at the Motel that was eatable and get back on the TAT. Once we got back on the trail we just rode, rode and rode. We had to make a few bypassed due to bridges being out, blocked roads and even one road that didn’t exist anymore. We crossed over into Mississippi and ended up stopping at a convenience store near Autry Lake (I think) for lunch.


After a bite to eat we get back on the trail for some dirt.


Then more chip & seal and more Kudzu. This stuff has migrated to Mississippi. Soon it’ll probably be all over Arkansas as well.




We came across this Rail Road and Big Bro recognized it from an old song he knew. I forget but maybe Big Bro can remind me.


Just past the rail road crossing we see this road sign. Not sure where it goes “TO” but I’m sure is does.


Back on dirt.






We make it back to Sardis Lake and secure a camp site for the night. This time the park was almost empty. We ride to Batesville to eat dinner then back to Sardis Lake and setup camp.








After getting camp setup we tried to sit and relax but the humidity was so bad we were sweating like pigs just sitting still. But we did enjoy a nice chat with a young couple that was camping next to us. We called it a night about 10:30 PM. We rode a total of 232 miles today and a lot of it was dirt. Day 7 now in the books.
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:24 AM   #32
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Great report. Looks like a blast.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:47 PM   #33
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Day 8

Day 8: June 4th, 2010 (Final Day)

We both rise and shine about 6:30 this morning and start packing the bikes. We’ve got a bit more practice now for setting up camp and tearing down camp. It takes us about 45 minutes to complete each task which means we’ve gotten better. When we were at the SLAP 2010 it took us about an hour to setup camp and about an hour to tear down camp and have the bikes packed.

After getting everything loaded we ride into Sardis to fill up the tanks and eat breakfast. Once all of that was done we get back on the TAT.

We ride upon our first and only obstruction for the day, another bridge that is closed. We take a look at it any and it actually looks doable.






Big Bro asks “Ya think we can make it”, I respond “I’ll let ya know in a few seconds”.


Off I go and make it across just fine. Then Big Bro rides across.


We continue on and ride upon and access road that leads us to a big levy. But this access road was nothing but mud. We study it for just a bit and Big Bro says “I don’t think so”. But I had to try anyway. So I man-up and take off. If I do make it Big Bro could be shamed into trying it. I made it about 2 feet before my legs started dangling to keep the bike upright. I continue this for about 50 yards and then come to a conclusion that this isn’t going to work. The bike started bogging down from all of the mud that was getting compacted in the wheels and chain. So I managed to get the bike turned around without dropping it and started to head back to where Big Bro was waiting for me. I was too busy trying the keep the bike upright to think about a camera and Big Bro was too busy laughing to think about a camera so we have no pictures to show my stubbornness. But I did make it back to the asphalt. We travel the highway for about two miles until we get to the other end of the levy where we would have ended up.


While we were there I start cleaning (scrapping) the mud off of the bike. I probably remove about 20 pounds of mud.




From here we continue on the trail and before I knew it we were at the Arkansas state line. I knew this immediately when I saw the Isle of Capri casino sign.


And then we’re back in Arkansas.


While in West Helena we find a car wash so I can more of the mud removed from the bike (another 20 lbs.).


While this trip has been an amazing adventure, it has also been a learning experience. One little detail I’ve learned on this trip is that some tools get used more than others. One particular tool I used explicitly on this trip is one I feel I need to let you know about. I don’t own stock in the company or anything but the tool is so handy I should.

The tool is made by Stockton Tool Company. It’s a folding multi-tool that is specific for metric motorcycles.


It has just the right tools to perform most all minor maintenance. Ok enough said.


After a good cleaning we get back on the trail and continue west.

We make good time riding from one dirt road to another. And then I turn onto the next road the GPS said to follow and wouldn’t you know it, mud, mud and more mud. And to think I just got the bike cleaned (the irony).


But this mud wasn’t as bad as the previous mud bath so we man-up and make our way through it.


We finally make it through the mud and back onto dirt roads. Even got to ride across another levy.


We stop in Beebe for lunch. After eating we decide that we’ve ridden enough for this trip. It’s Big Bro’s anniversary after all and we both agree he should spend some of his anniversary at home with his wife (gotta keep him out of the dog house you know). So we ride two-lane to Conway and then I40 back home.




We had made it! WOW! What a ride. Even as tired as I was when we pulled up in the driveway, I didn’t want the adventure to stop. I think I could’ve road anther 2000 miles if I had the time to continue.


But our time for this trip had run out, but not a bad run for our first time out.


So the only thing left to do is unpack and clean everything up.


And add my Dragon Wings. I think I earned them.


Our first section of the TAT and Day 8 now in the books.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:04 AM   #34
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Very nice RR! I was happy when I saw you added more to it. I'm about done setting up my KLX. Got out for a nice ride Sunday, and all I can say is what a great little bike.
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:23 PM   #35
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what a great little bike.
I agree. I have had a blast on this bike. Looking forward to many more fun trips with it.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:21 AM   #36
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I want to know how you aligned that telephone pole so perfectly
Nice report, keep up the good work.

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