Big Money Rally Weekend Hunting.

The trials and tribulations of a BMR Newbie.

I had been planning this weekend jaunt for more than a week. When I saw that we had the chance for great weather and sunshine, I knew I had to hit the road and go look for some bonus points. This is a quick little ride report from my 950 mile ride. I made some big mistakes, stupid decisions but enjoyed the hell out of the ride.

I told my wife Jamie that I would be leaving at 8AM sharp no matter what the weather. It looked to be in the upper 30’s by that time according to my trusty weather app. Well, my app sucks and is not very accurate.

It was 28° when I walked into the kitchen to get my cup of coffee. I decided to delay my departure by an hour. I left at 9am as it had warmed up to a warm 34°

My first stop was less than 2 miles from the house as I wanted to get my first bonus and to also make sure that my app was working. I picked up my first bonus points of the weekend. I headed off to visit a couple of airports in Springdale and Fayetteville. Things went smoothly and the weekend rally was on.

I rode down towards Fort Smith, with my route taking me towards Talihena Scenic byway. If you have not ridden this stretch of road, you are missing out. I did a spirited run up and back before heading down to Idabel OK. I picked up a couple of Creek bonuses before heading over to Detroit Texas and to pick up the big 6 points for the CT bonus list. I rode into that small “big named” town and found the sign that I needed to take the bonus picture and to document these points. All was well and good. I took the picture, submitted it and got a confirmation that the points were awarded. (More on this later) I jumped back on my trusty steed and pointed her in the direction of Bossier City Louisiana, my stop for the evening.

It was 4PM in the afternoon and I was still a good 120 miles from my room for the evening. I realized that I would be riding some in the dark. To be honest it is not one of my favorite things to do. I hit the road and passed up a good 15 points, as I rode by a minimum of 5 creeks. It was getting cold and dark, my thoughts were more on the critters looking to make me a bonus prize.

I arrived at my room for the evening. Our friends Becky and Jeff had offered me a place to stay and I was more than willing to take them up on their offer. After I unpacked the bike, Jeff and I rode over to meet Becky and to have some awesome Cajun food. We ate at Crawdaddy’s Kitchen. The food was very good and we exchanged stories and enjoyed each others company. I want to thank Jeff and Becky for opening up their home to me. Jeff’s garage is AMAZING! Talk about the ultimate man cave… wow! Becky had spent the entire day at the Canton Trade Days event selling her delicious Whoopie Pies, then comes home and has to play hostess. Thank you both again for the hospitality!

Sunday morning arrived and the weather was fantastic. I had a quick cup of coffee with Jeff and then headed out to Barksdale AFB for the 2nd bonus of the day. I got the first one 100 yards from Jeff’s house so the morning was off to a great start.

I bolted over to Minden airport for more points then jumped over to Hope Arkansas. I took a couple of small off road adventures and bagged as many points as I could. The last big stop of the day was in London Arkansas to grab a small town big name bonus. I rolled into home in enough time to take a shower before the Superbowl started! Jamie made me home made pizza. It was a great way to finish up an awesome weekend.

I made a couple of larger mistakes. One where I did not place the placard in the picture and another you could not read the location. You can see all of the good, the bad and the ugly for my submissions here. All in all it was a great weekend. I can’t wait to do it again soon. Ride safe everyone.

See all of the pictures that I have for the BMR here.

T Rally – Marble Falls AR

MSTA Ride event – Good times with Good friends.

I got up on Friday morning to a cool breeze and a feeling of peace. I made my coffee and got ready for the day. Today was not a work day, it was a ride day and I could not have been happier. I had packed the bike a few days earlier as I was excited to head off on my first moto camping trip of 2019.

Jame would not be riding with me as she had a prior commitment, so this was one of those rare times where I would be heading out on an adventure by myself. I needed a break as work had been very challenging heading up to this wonderful Friday.

I loaded up on the bike and hit the road with a big smile on my face. My first destination was Eureka Springs where I would have some breakfast and log into a mandatory work conference call. I am fortunate to live within 3 miles of some of the best roads in NW Arkansas and Southern Missouri, it is a great way to start the riding day. I rolled into Eureka Spring at 8:45. It was perfect timing. My call was at 9:00 am and this allowed for me to order food and have it in front of me at the start of the call. So far the stars had aligned and it was starting to be a fantastic Friday.

I was back on the road around 10:00 am. The sun was shining bright. My next stop would be at the T-31 Rally sight in Marble Falls Arkansas. It was only 80 miles away. I wanted to get to the site and get my camp site set up so I could rendezvous with some of my MSTA riding friends. I arrived to find that I had my choice of camping sites. I chatted with the owner of the Marble Falls Resort, she said I could pick a site anywhere on the grass out in front of the resort. They also had left room 101 open so that all of the campers had a restroom and shower. I was the only camper so this was awesome.

I pitched my tent, got all my camping gear out and in place in record time. I loaded up again and headed down the scenic byway that is Arkansas 7. As I headed south on 7 I was grinning from ear to ear. The scenery was amazing, the smells intoxicating. It was a great way to spend the day. After a few miles, I see the gang heading north. Kris & Linda Poole in the lead with Gayla O’Brien close behind. I swung a quick u-turn and caught up to them pretty quickly. We headed off to the Cliff House inn to get a piece of pie and a refreshing beverage. It was awesome getting to catch up with my MSTA friends. It was all smiles and storytelling. My root beer float tasting even better as I enjoyed it with these wonderful friends. The view from the Cliff House is breathtaking.

We finished the day hanging out at the resort, fellow shipping with all of the riders who had started to show up at the rally site. I counted 32 bikes, as I walked to the restaurant for dinner.

The rally offered hot dogs and chili for dinner, however that combo was not really something I wanted to take part in before crawling into a tent for a good night’s sleep.Besides that I ran into a couple of friends from Dallas that I had been riding with for over 10 years and they asked me to join them for a steak dinner. It sounded like a great idea. Dinner was great, as the steak was good and the conversation was even better. I was beat as I said good night and headed to my tent. It had been a fantastic day.

Saturday arrived with the sun trying to break free from a cloudy sky. The weather report looked very ominous for later in the day. Some severe weather was headed our way. We had a quick breakfast and then loaded up to hit the road. The riding for the day included great roads like AR7, 123, 16 and 27 and a few more scatter within the daily route.

We had pie in the small town of Dover AR. In fact we helped the wait person win a contest for selling the most pieces of pie during a shift. She got 9 just from our table. Yes we like pie!

These rallies are so much fun for so many reasons. It is so great meeting new friends, catching up with old friends, while enjoying this great hobby. Everyone loves kicking tires, telling stories of past and future rides. Then you throw in some of the best riding roads in America you have a fabulous event. The T-31 Rally did not disappoint.

The afternoon sky was starting to show signs of the severe weather that was forecasted for the evening. We followed the twisty road back to the resort. I wanted to get back in time so that I could take down my camp before the winds and rains arrived. Plus I wanted to be done so that when the T-Rally dinner was served at 7, I was not late. I wanted to take advantage of breaking bread with my MSTA friends. I got all of my things taken down and packed up, just as the rains came.

It was not an awful storm, however there were 30 minutes that was pretty intense and I am afraid that my tent might not have fared very well. I was thankful for my friends taking me in.

Dinner was great, I don’t think I have laughed that much in a long time. It is so enjoyable to hear everyone’s stories, to take part in their ride, even if you were not physically present for their ride. It is always one of my favorite times of any rally. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Sunday arrived and the skies were again clear and the sun was coming out. The last day of any rally are always bitter sweet. You remember all of the fun times, but you also know that the time is coming to an end. That reality is pushing its way back into your life. The cool thing of the last day, is you have another day of riding before reality calls.

We loaded up and found more twisty roads, more spirited riding. The day was a perfect ending to the event. We enjoyed the ride, while we also noticed that some areas were impacted by the storms more than we were at the resort. We took our time, stopping frequently and not wanting to say goodbye.

As we parted ways, we knew that this was not the last time we would meet. We would have many more miles in our futures together. I smiled as I rode off, remembering all of the fun times over the past three days. I was thankful for having such good friends, having the opportunity to get together and enjoy our wonderful hobby together.

I stopped and reflected on the weekend and the day. I came to the conclusion that life was good and I was glad to be sharing it with my MSTA friends. Until next time. Ride safe!

Sunday Ride

Devils Den State Park – Boston Mountains

Jamie & I got up and headed out on a little Sunday adventure. It was just the two of us and we had no time line or place to be. The weather was looking great and we were very excited to see what the day had in store for us.

We had a fantastic day exploring a part of NW Arkansas that we had not ridden in before. The Boston mountain scenic loop is a beautiful ride, with plenty of places to explore. We thought we had a place picked out to eat breakfast but they were closed, so we ventured on. We found dirt roads, beautiful places to pull over and enjoy the rivers, with roads that never disappoint. It was just another fantastic day of riding in NW Arkansas.

We found a cool little place to eat lunch called Grandma’s House cafe. The food was ok, but the place was packed. I am sure that if we had gotten to order off the menu, we would have enjoyed it a little more. Buffet food always seems rushed. There was a wait, but it was such a nice day no one really cared.

After eating we made our way over to Devils Den State Park. The ride was so beautiful. The road is tight with plenty of traffic so its not a fast road, but well worth the ride. It was awesome! Great weather and the views were breath taking. We took our time and stopped to enjoy the sights. It was a perfect Sunday ride.

We finished the day with just over 200 miles on the Versys. The Big V now has over 1800 miles on the clock and we are loving it more and more every ride.

We found a dirt road and got to put on 8-10 miles of off roading… haha it was pretty and no one was around. I could see the off road appeal.

Until next time everyone! Ride safe.

We do have a trip announcement to make here in the next couple of weeks. 9 days of true EPICNESS. Stay tuned. Click here to see all of the pictures from the day.

Epic Fail

Good news was I got to get some riding in on the new Versys and WOW!

I can’t believe that I actually did this. I took advantage of some great weather to try out the New Versys and a bonus would be the fact that I could see how the new Sena PRO 10C would do in the real world.

I am sure it would have done well, If I had remembered to remove the lens cap. I did get some good audio, but nothing but black abyss for the video. Man I am an idiot!

The good news is I will have many other days to get video. The New Versys was amazing and I was all smiles by the time I rolled back into the garage. Fun times for sure.

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Sena PRO 10C –…

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Photo Collage – Big Bend 2008

My first time visiting this beautiful part of Texas. I will always remember this trip as my brother was along for the ride.

This was a great ride. We headed down to attend the SportTouring .NET rally and too meet some new Two Wheeled Texans. This trip started off windy. We wanted to camp but way to blustery for that. You can read the ride report here:

I posted the April link so you can just scroll down to see all of the days of the trip.

See all of the pictures here: