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Old 10-17-2010, 11:51 AM   #16
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Plan 'B' -

Okay, after pondering the situation a while I think I'll just wait for the sun to come on up over the mountains and burn the fog off. This way my camera will have more lighting to perform better and I'll get to see more of where the elk are. Besides, they are moving south as they graze, I may be able to get around this beaver pond downstream.

In the meantime while I'm waiting, I'll just play around with my camera some.










Uh oh, the elk are on the move. Stand by for more . . .
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:21 PM   #17
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I ease down the fence row about a hundred yards and lean up against a tree and stand very still. As the sun comes over the mountain I see some movement not too far off. Two elk bucks are walking along the fence row and I can see that they know I'm there.



They don't seem to mind me too much and they just graze and mosey out into the field.







A couple of nice looking elk bulls, but surely I can get closer than this.

More to come . . . .
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:01 PM   #18
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I got around the beaver pond and set a spell. As the fog continued to burn off I could see more elk all around. I was watching a couple of particular bulls who it seems were a little wired up this morning.







More to come . . .
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:44 AM   #19
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Last of the elk pictures . . .





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Old 10-19-2010, 07:15 AM   #20
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I hike back to the Strom and decide it's time for some breakfast in Jasper, or actually, it'll probably be closer to lunch by the time I get there. I head back over the mountain and enjoy the scenary I didn't get to see in the foggy darkness of my ride over.



I see a couple of more bull elk on the ride out . . .











I seek out the Ozark Cafe right on the town square. I've eaten here before and it's always been great.



The town is full of motorcycles. Just across the street at the Newton County Courthouse are parked a gaggle of cruiser riders just finishing up a meal at the Ozark Cafe. I stopped and visited with them a while and and trade information of favorite roads in the area.



Some of the Triumph riders are in town as well. I noticed the ammo box pannier set up on this one.



From the looks of the oil spots on the pavement, this KTM is parked over where a bunch of Harley's have parked in the past.



The Ozark Cafe is a hot spot in Jasper. Great food and great service and a good deal of history to boot.





Anyone remember DogPatch USA, the original hillbilly theme park?



I settled on the Cajun Burger with fresh cut fries and cheese . . . mmm mmm good.

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Old 10-19-2010, 03:34 PM   #21
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Looks like the leaves are not at peak yet. I use to base in Marshall for my rides but last time it was about closed down. Been using Jasper or Mountain View since.
When you get the leave right, no prettier place in the USA as per leaf colors. I'll probably be there next month.
Thanks for sharing. Looks like ya'll are having a great ride.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:11 PM   #22
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Enjoyed the ride and excellent photos. Thx.


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Old 10-19-2010, 05:43 PM   #23
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Buffalo River!

I did the exact same route through Jasper to Ponca to Eureka Springs 3 weeks ago on my KLR650 and the roads are a blast. Didn't see any elk but I recognize that deep valley, very cool. I also did the Peel ferry route the day before, both rides start in Harrison.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:54 AM   #24
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Looks like the leaves are not at peak yet. I use to base in Marshall for my rides but last time it was about closed down. Been using Jasper or Mountain View since.
When you get the leave right, no prettier place in the USA as per leaf colors. I'll probably be there next month.
Thanks for sharing. Looks like ya'll are having a great ride.

Another good place to stay in the area is the 1929 Hotel Seville in Harrison. I've stayed there and it's got reasonable prices and it's like stepping back in time when you enter the lobby.

http://www.hotelseville.com/
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I did the exact same route through Jasper to Ponca to Eureka Springs 3 weeks ago on my KLR650 and the roads are a blast. Didn't see any elk but I recognize that deep valley, very cool. I also did the Peel ferry route the day before, both rides start in Harrison.
Peels Ferry is a great ride. Last time I did that one a isolated thunder storm blew in about half way across the lake. Made for a bumpy trip.
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