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Daytrip-Springfield Mo to Jasper Ark

A little jaunt to Jasper Ark. 265 miles round trip. Posting lots of pics so check this post again to see full set. Thanks!

Mile 70, lunch at a nice little pizza cafe, lots of friendly patrons. They liked the Versys.

Crossing on Browns Ferry, 10 minutes, smooth ride. By now it is cloudy, so pics aren't spectacular.


Docking on the other side, continued my route 125, a favorite with motorcycles(summer)

Park at the Buffalo River, which I would follow much of the ride. Would have loved to
take more photos here, but I only had the afternoon, not much time.



Nearing Jasper, mile 120. The mountains in the background are the Bostons, my destination.



Ozark Cafe, a must stop in Jasper, Ark. Ran into some guys I know from the bicycle
club in Springfield, Ozark Cyclists. I visited too long, and paid later by finishing the
last 70 miles in the dark

Photos and antiques cover the walls and ceilings. Surely lots of stories behind these
old pics. Cafe was established in 1909.
I kept hearing goat bleeting when I parked, here was the source...

This "kid" was 4 days old, very small. Apparently the pet of this group.


Been a while since I have seen one of these jukes.
More pics of the Versys and the scenery. These next shots are along the ridge
of the Boston mountains, sorry my cheap camera and no sun doesn't capture their
magnificence.



Trees were damaged by two seasons of ice storms.
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A couple wooshed by on their Goldwing.






That is when I stopped shooting so I could get my butt home. Hope you enjoyed
the pics and maybe I will see one of you there soon. KLR Dude for instance. Cheers.

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Great pictures!

That looks like a blast! Thanks so much for sharing. I used to live in St. Louis, and spent a Summer working in Branson once (AKA; Hell...) So I've been through that area some, and it's amazingly beautiful country; you'd be hard pressed I think to find a BAD ride down in that area.
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Good pics. I can't wait to get out. I know cabin fever is hitting pretty hard right now
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When did you take your trip? I wentout yesterday afternoon for about 2 hrs. Out of Conway to Pettit Jean by back Highways. The roads where mostly clear with only a little sand on the hills. I didn't see any snow in the background of your pictures. We should meet up sometime this Spring of Summer for a ride.
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When did you take your trip? I wentout yesterday afternoon for about 2 hrs. Out of Conway to Pettit Jean by back Highways. The roads where mostly clear with only a little sand on the hills. I didn't see any snow in the background of your pictures. We should meet up sometime this Spring of Summer for a ride.

Yesterday afternoon, the snow was only left in the Boston mountains, all roads were clear and dry. I have been to Petit Jean when I lived in Little Rock serveral years ago. Love central Ark, nice area for riding as well. I am all for a ride anytime, just let me know. Hwy 16 "pig trail" is the next one I want to do. Hard to plan anything in advance with iffy weather, but I will try to post the next time in advance in case you or others want to meet somewhere.

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Looks like a good ride, but looks cold! We had a high of 79 today. And yes, I went for a ride...



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Looks like a good ride, but looks cold! We had a high of 79 today. And yes, I went for a ride...
It is all what you are used to, we had been having highs in the 30's until Friday, so riding in 50 degrees was like Spring! It was cool along the Boston Mountain ridge, probably around 40 there, but never uncomfortable. Hey, I see you are interested in coming to Arkansas soon, looking forward to riding with you Texans. My wife is a transplanted Texan, and we lived in San Antonio for a few years. We still have her family down there and in Grand Prairie. We'll probably retire down there, if I ever get to retirement!

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It is all what you are used to, we had been having highs in the 30's until Friday, so riding in 50 degrees was like Spring! It was cool along the Boston Mountain ridge, probably around 40 there, but never uncomfortable. Hey, I see you are interested in coming to Arkansas soon, looking forward to riding with you Texans. My wife is a transplanted Texan, and we lived in San Antonio for a few years. We still have her family down there and in Grand Prairie. We'll probably retire down there, if I ever get to retirement!

Small world! And I know what you're saying about retirement. It's like the carrot tied to a stick, dangling in front of the donkey. Will he EVER get it??

I'd LOVE to ride Arkansas. I hope I'll be able to make this trip, but you know how things go, something always seems to pop up when you really want to do something...



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Hi, I just discoved the Versys last week and looking to buy one this week. I am in Mountain home Arkansas and loved your photos. I have riden 18,000 on 3 different bike in the last 5 years in Northern/southern Ark/Mo. I now ride a 2005 Yamaha Venture and think that a Versys would be nice for the local roads.
Maybe will will meet on the road....... Cb
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In the middle of a cross country ride on my ZRX I rode from Springfield, Ill. to Eurika Springs. Nice place down there. Thanks for the pics.
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