Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Lake Forest, Il, USA
Last weekend riding in that motorcycle playground..
1. It rained. It rained a lot.... but I rode the ride and did the route and was rewarded by magnificent roads and scenery. Perhaps the best technical riding roads I've ever encountered when the clouds broke and the sun shone.
2. The people of the Ozarks are friendly and helpful, even as the flood waters are rising.... and the waters are rising still. My record for rainy Ozarks vacations remains intact.
3. Dieting in the Ozarks is hard to do.
4. Even the best rain gear eventually gives up the ghost in the face of heavy thunderstorms. At times I rode thru 8-10" deep water as the roads became rapids.
Roads were sometimes flooded to a depth of 6 or more feet, causing rerouting - often substantial rerouting.
Route - Hermann - Thayer road - wonderful route. Route 160 West to Branson - nice. All riding in Arkansas was great - there were no bad roads in that Northwest/Northcentral area I rode. Route 142 East out of Thayer is a rollercoaster... until it ends at a flooded section (See above). Route 160 East out of West Plains is perhaps my favorite section as it eventually ends up at Doniphan. Wow - I was exhausted with sore knees at the end of that section. Route 21 North is nice, but not as nice at the Hermann - Thayer road.
I WILL return - perhaps this fall. Magnificent countryside and top notch roads.
Thanks to every single person who opened my eyes to this great riding region - it's all good.
"What follows is based on actual occurrences. Although much has been changed for rhetorical purposes, it must be regarded in its essence as fact. However, it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It's not very factual on motorcycles, either."
Robert Persig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
1985 K100RS (Sold)
2000 323i (Sold)
2003 1150GS (Sold)
Last edited by Beemer01; May 1st, 2011 at 8:02 pm.