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 #20587  by stimmer6253472
 08 Aug 2017 21:57
stimmer6253472 wrote:Ophir Pass today with my dad.

Edit: just noticed the picture was from Lost Dollar not Ophir.

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Was just browsing the internet while the wife watches some cop drama on TV and ran across this old post. Enjoy life while you can. My dad died last week so looks like no Colorado ride for us this summer.
Jim
 #20588  by Savage
 09 Aug 2017 05:45
Sorry to hear about it. I'm guessing he lived a great life. My dad passed away coming up on 2 years. He passed on Christmas Day so now Christmas will always be a little different.
 #20610  by Ed M
 20 Aug 2017 13:01
Since Photobucket changed up their terms of service, I've switched to SmugMug and hopefully these pics will show up. :D

At the end of February I crashed my dirt bike fracturing my right fibula and slightly dislocating my foot, doc said it was impressive including the cracks on the tibia, during my downtime I decided to work on a track from Eagleville MO down to Blue Eye MO, a connecting track if you will from the southwest corner of the Trans Iowa Trail to the Trans Arkansas Trail. I'm thinking of calling it TMOT Central as there are now several other TMOTs but mostly dedicated to the eastern portion of the state. Yesterday I attempted to ride the first section from Eagleville MO to Union Covered Bridge State Historical site.

On the west side of the Eagleville square I found this artwork

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Outside of town a number of the gravel roads got narrower, and the gravel was a bit thin

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Some roads had no gravel at all

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Which eventually became two track trail and another reroute. I was riding solo and felt that I may as well play it safe.

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I lost track of how many plank bridges I crossed

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Stopped in at Crowder State Park, which was completely empty.

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Willis Chapel Church est. 1887

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Locust Creek Covered Bridge, not many covered bridges left in MO

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It is a 1/4 mile walk from the parking area to the bridge, although I'm sure I could have rode the 690 down the trail to the bridge no problem, it wouldn't be right so here I am with the bridge in the background. Apologies in advance LOL

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I also stopped in at Pershing State Park, again completely empty, no one fishing the river, no one camping that I could see.

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The title of the artwork on the Pedestal is Motherhood. Donated by the Missouri State Chapter of American War Mothers

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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make my goal of Union Covered Bridge in one day, too many reroutes and track editing to do. Almost 450 miles and 12 hours of riding. A great day of riding though.
 #20613  by troy
 20 Aug 2017 14:48
In preparation for the apoceclipse, I set out on my motorcycle to scout possible eclipse viewing locations. I was looking for a spot that offered 2+ minutes of totality, parking for 3 cars--even if just roadside, and some kind of view to the horizon to see the "sunset colors" where the sun hits the earth outside the totality.

I mostly failed, but enjoyed about 200 miles of riding. The main problem I ran into is simply the popularity of the event. Even the tiniest towns have rumors of 25,000 people showing up on Monday. Another event-killer is the forecast now calls for cloudy weather during the 3 hour window. :(

If it were just me, I'd sit on a high point on a remote dirt road. BUT, I'll have 3 cars full of 3 generations of family and need of bathrooms if at all possible. In other words, it's going to be a disaster! :-(

Anywho...some pics from my ride...

Probably the best eclipse viewing spot I found was this church cemetery overlook in Napolean, MO.
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It will have 2 minutes and 5 seconds of totality and offers a fantastic view to the N horizon. It has some parking, but most likely will have 5,000 people trying to squeeze onto that platform. Yikes!

The day before heading out, I spent a few hours pouring over topo maps and satellite imagery and used the NASA eclipse map to find probably viewing spots. I was looking for high ground without too many trees to block the view. Here is one of my spots along a 2 track in the middle of a soybean field. It had long-distance views.

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Unfortunately, the 2 track was rutted and muddy, and with rain in the forecast combined with the fact I'd have 2 cars of family following me...well, no-go. Oh, and I might have been trespassing--no signs or gates, and while the road was on my maps, it was not labelled.

I "discovered" a really nice general store in Dover, MO. I took this motorcycle for a test ride. It felt really "planted". Get it?! :-D

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The nice folks at the general store were offering eclipse parking for $20 per car, but they were located down in a low spot--not great viewing in my opinion.

Another unobstructed high ground spot I found is the Ebenezer Church Cemetery off MO Hwy H just SE of Buckner, but the gates were closed. I assume the gates will be closed on Mon, too. It was on a relatively dramatic hill with a wonderful view to the East.


By mid afternoon, I was getting really hungry, so stopped at Misty's Cafe in Buckner, MO. It's a terrible place, but they did have an item I'd never seen before. I didn't try it, but it is tempting.

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Yum!
 #20677  by Savage
 13 Sep 2017 19:17
I FINALLY made it out to Colorado to ride! The camping was just as exciting as the riding. It was an awesome experience!

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