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Old 04-29-2012, 08:08 PM   #16
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Nice to meat you. I like your route. Great job. Zecatfish is awesome and know my favorite area much better than I do. He helped me out last year. I do one group ride each year. The Arkansas 500. This year was pretty fun but I could not route everyone through the kind of sh_t you rode. Nice routes.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:16 AM   #17
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Thanks for sharing. Looks like an awesome weekend.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:47 AM   #18
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Troy, that looked like one great ride. Earlier I said I wanted to join you. Now I'm not sure I want to take a 1200 on some of those crossings.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:01 AM   #19
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Troy, that looked like one great ride. Earlier I said I wanted to join you. Now I'm not sure I want to take a 1200 on some of those crossings.
Don't the 1200 GSA's float? Maybe I misunderstand what those rectangular aluminum pontoons are for.

Since one of my purposes was scouting route options for the GS Giant event in July, I tried to envision various bikes in the same scenarios I went through. I focused on 650 to 1200 class machines. I don't think the water crossings would have given you trouble. Some of the sections were just terribly rough bouncing in what appeared to be dry creek beds. Those and a few small log jumps and downed tree route-arounds are the things that had me thinking, "hmmm...probably don't want to route a bunch of big bikes through here". There were a couple spots where, as the lead, I got a little deep into something and needed to turn around. Sean and I had to manhandle the F800 around in a narrow or rugged situation that required us to pick one end of the bike up to move it. Obviously that sucks even more with a big 1200--but doable. You sure aren't lacking for power with the 1200!

It's a hard thing to gauge because "difficult" and "enjoyable" are so subjective--relative to your individual experience, skill, and preferences. All in all, based on what I see in most ride reports, I think I like it a little rougher than average. Please, no "that's what she said" references.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:01 AM   #20
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Excellent Ride Report with a captivating format...Thanks, I really enjoyed perusing it. Adventures are for the adventurous.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:17 AM   #21
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Great info

Its always nice to compare notes.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:11 PM   #22
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Don't the 1200 GSA's float? Maybe I misunderstand what those rectangular aluminum pontoons are for.

Since one of my purposes was scouting route options for the GS Giant event in July, I tried to envision various bikes in the same scenarios I went through. I focused on 650 to 1200 class machines. I don't think the water crossings would have given you trouble. Some of the sections were just terribly rough bouncing in what appeared to be dry creek beds. Those and a few small log jumps and downed tree route-arounds are the things that had me thinking, "hmmm...probably don't want to route a bunch of big bikes through here". There were a couple spots where, as the lead, I got a little deep into something and needed to turn around. Sean and I had to manhandle the F800 around in a narrow or rugged situation that required us to pick one end of the bike up to move it. Obviously that sucks even more with a big 1200--but doable. You sure aren't lacking for power with the 1200!

It's a hard thing to gauge because "difficult" and "enjoyable" are so subjective--relative to your individual experience, skill, and preferences. All in all, based on what I see in most ride reports, I think I like it a little rougher than average. Please, no "that's what she said" references.
Troy, I'm ready to go.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:26 PM   #23
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Fun Times

You guys found the good stuff for sure. When were you there? If you posted a date I missed it. I was at the old metro stop this weekend. When you come back check out some great riding north of Richland Creek campground in the Richland Valley. Spotted a huge black bear on Hwy 16 near Ben Hur Saturday. Great country.

Enjoyed your report.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:46 PM   #24
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You guys found the good stuff for sure. When were you there? If you posted a date I missed it. I was at the old metro stop this weekend. When you come back check out some great riding north of Richland Creek campground in the Richland Valley. Spotted a huge black bear on Hwy 16 near Ben Hur Saturday. Great country.

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We rode Fri - Sun, Apri 20-22, 2012.

I barely caught a glimpse of a small black bear up on the orange loop in the Mill Creek ATV system a few years ago. Rare to see them I guess.

We did ride N of the Richland Creek campground--at least we passed through on Co-Rd 1--the road that had the huge landslide. I notice the Ozarks Highland Trail runs through there, too. I bet there is a lot more to explore in that wonderful part of the world.

Did you ever see the bus at that metro stop?
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:32 PM   #25
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:45 PM   #26
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Troy, I'm ready to go.
Me too! I just have to cross the 1300 miles in between us first!
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #27
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Great stuff! Thx for sharing.

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Old 05-01-2012, 09:31 AM   #28
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I'll be checking these routes out in July! See you there?

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:01 AM   #29
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Glad you enjoyed the ride and some of the tracks I shared.
A big thanks to DevroDirt too, some of those was his too.
Its always a challenge on what you really want to suggest when not knowing the skill level of the riders involved.
What is easy to some is impossible to others.

Enjoyed the pictures and the read.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:03 PM   #30
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These routes will work with a 1200GS with a passenger?
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