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Old 01-31-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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Riding Oppurtunities in Lousiana?

I'm fresh out of college with a degree in geology (Wichita State University, GO SHOCKS!) and am looking for a my big boy job now, and have a good chance at getting hired on by company that specializes in water management and pumping for drilling operations.

Anyways if I went to work for them I would need to relocate to either Shreveport Louisiana or Douglass Wyoming (thank god I'm young single and otherwise untethered). I think Louisiana might be interesting, but I'm just wondering if I'd be able to get my dual sport/off road riding fix there.

I've already scoured the forum and read up on some of the places the state offers where you can ride where there's none of that nasty black stuff underfoot but being as I just don't know the territory at all or where any of the good riding locations are in reference to where I'd be based out of in Shreveport I was hoping some of you ADV'ers familiar with the state might be able to help a new to adventure riding young flat-lander such as myself out.

Edit: Oh and if any of y'all also happen to be familiar with Wyoming and what it offers in the way of dual sport and off road riding (especially near the Douglass area) I'd like to hear your opinions and comparisons as well.
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Old 01-31-2014, 10:18 PM   #2
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Just to let y'all know I posted this in the Rockies Region forum as well but with it focusing on Wyoming. And well right now they're kickin' your ass in number of replies.
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:02 AM   #3
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Ya, it's pretty slow around here.

I cant add anything of value, except to state the obvious. You can probably ride year round in Louisiana, where WY would be way too cold much of the year.

From Louisiana, you could ride north into AR for some awesome riding. Also, riding the coast would not be real far either.

Good luck with whatever you choose, wish I was that footloose & fancy free!
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:46 AM   #4
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Louisiana is a great state for awesome food(Cajun areas). Go to Wyoming if that is the only other choice. The entire NW is a great area for m-cycling of all types.
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Old 02-01-2014, 08:15 AM   #5
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Well thanks for the input. I'm really leaning towards Wyoming. What's the cost of living like in Louisiana? That also plays a role in this decision, a much bigger role than riding options actually... Did I mention I'm fresh out of college and the degree of poverty that implies?
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:46 PM   #6
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There's decent riding in the S'port area. And it puts you in reach of the Hill Country in TX as well as Big Thicket area of east TX. You're also an easy ride from the wonderful and highly desirable area known as the Ozarks in AR.
Feel free to come on up and check the riding out around here. The Hillbilly Dual Sport Ride is coming up soon, info should be in this sub-forum somewhere.
Wherever you choose, if you're on two wheels you'll have fun. Just remember, Wyoming is colder for longer than KS.
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:29 PM   #7
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I can tell you that there are some pretty good trail systems within a dayride of Shreveport. They run an national enduro east of Shreveport every few years.

There is also some decent riding up around Murfreesboro which isnt too far.
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Old 02-03-2014, 03:01 PM   #8
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Thanks. Good to know they have some decent riding if I decide to move there. I'm just wondering about the cost of living. In Wyoming housing is pretty hard to come by and when its to be found they want a premium.
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Old 02-04-2014, 05:12 AM   #9
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I can tell you that Louisiana has one of the lowest cost of living in the nation. Pretty much, as you move to the central southern part of the country, the cost of living goes down considerably.

I live an hour away from Shreveport in Arkansas and I can buy a 2000 sq/f house in a decent area of town for under 200k. Housing is pretty easy to come by down here. Its a buyers market for sure right now.

Our gas prices seem to stay a little under national average as well. It never broke 4 bucks/gallon when the prices went crazy a few years ago. The highest I saw it was 3.95. Now its running about 3.05-.3.15/gallon. I bought it the other day for under 3 bucks.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:20 PM   #10
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I can tell you that Louisiana has one of the lowest cost of living in the nation. Pretty much, as you move to the central southern part of the country, the cost of living goes down considerably.

I live an hour away from Shreveport in Arkansas and I can buy a 2000 sq/f house in a decent area of town for under 200k. Housing is pretty easy to come by down here. Its a buyers market for sure right now.

Our gas prices seem to stay a little under national average as well. It never broke 4 bucks/gallon when the prices went crazy a few years ago. The highest I saw it was 3.95. Now its running about 3.05-.3.15/gallon. I bought it the other day for under 3 bucks.
Then its sounds like its comparable to where I live, maybe a bit less. Good to hear.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:41 PM   #11
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Shreveport is not that great. I go up there a couple of times a year for soccer tourneys with my kids.
I do agree that there is good riding all around the area though. The ladies down here are pretty hot and a good party scene if you are into that.

Just my 2 cents.
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Shreveport is not that great. I go up there a couple of times a year for soccer tourneys with my kids.
I do agree that there is good riding all around the area though. The ladies down here are pretty hot and a good party scene if you are into that.

Just my 2 cents.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:49 PM   #13
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Louisiana ++

Shreveport is a pretty good place to live. I'm in Mansfield , about 25 miles south of Shreve. Lots of back road riding down here in the Dolet Hills and toward Toledo Bend Reservoir. I usually put together some pretty good loops from home. Former world mx champion Trampas Parker and his family run a mx track and have trails on about 250 acres here in Mansfield. There is the Kisatchie Forest near Alexandria and Leesville where the endures are held within 2 hours of Shreveport. Of course you can go north to Arkansas for some awesome riding in the Mena area. Lots of clubs , casinos, etc... for nightlife action in Shreve. My dual sport is Dr400s , plus we do MX.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:03 PM   #14
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Nothing interesting right there in Shreveport but plenty of riding within 2 hrs drive in all directions and as mentioned, some of the best dual sport opportunities close by in AR. You can be in Arkadelphia, Ar in 2.5 hours or riding Kisatchie Natl Forest in 1.5 hours from Shreveport.

I'd love to live in Wyoming 2 months out the year.
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Old 02-07-2014, 01:18 PM   #15
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So what's the used dual sport market look like in Louisiana? I'm starting to lean towards Louisiana based off the housing situation there, just curious as to what the used bike markets like (dual sports, enduros, vintage, or basically any bike I can make work to take down some dirt roads and two tracks (maybe some one track if the bike will handle it)). Many good deals to be had or does every tom dick and harry think they're pile of shit commands high dollar?
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