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Missouri/Ozarks riding
« on: February 06, 2019, 08:35:57 AM »
Who's been there?  We've been to West Virginia, SE Ohio, Kentucky, SW Wisconsin- and are thinking the Ozarks area.  Any thoughts?  Routes?
« Last Edit: February 06, 2019, 10:52:54 AM by CLAY »
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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 08:53:27 AM »
160 across the southern portion is nice

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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 09:09:30 AM »
Yea I was going to add in the southern part of MO and of course once you're in MO you ain't that far from Arkansas.

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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 09:20:32 AM »
+1 on 160. The Ozarks are great fun too. I've been wanting to go back there since the STN National in 2008. Had a great time.
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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 09:23:55 AM »
Open up google maps, search Missouri, turn on terrain, scroll in to about the 5 mile scale and look around.  It becomes fairly clear pretty quickly.
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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 09:31:55 AM »
I keep landing on 19 n/s between Winona and Gladden.  Never been, but it's the neighborhood where I'd be looking based solely on the map.
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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2019, 09:43:22 AM »
My first street riding was in central MO.  I've ridden thru the Ozarks - but I didn't know about sport-touring yet.
The Ozarks are on my bucket list.   Here are my notes, swiped off the internet - please note that these aren't very recent.

NW of Arkansas is considered the best riding in the midwest!!

Arkansas / Missouri Route 1: - if you only do one - DO THIS ROUTE
Go east out of Eureka Springs Arkansas on HW 62
At Berryville, go northeast on HW 21 almost to the Missouri border to Blue Eye
at Blue Eye go east/south on HW 311 to County Road 91
Go left on CR 91 to CR 16 which turns into Denver Road to Burlington
at Burlington, turn north on HW 65 to HW 14 and turn/vere right
Go east/NE on HW 14 to Lead Hill (gas stop) and go through town on 14 to HW 268
Turn left/East on HW 268 about six miles to HW 125 and turn left (east/NE)
take HW 125 N to Bull Shoals lake and cross the lake on the small ferry (worth the trip)
Take HW 125 in Missouri north until HW 160
Go Left on HW 160 (BEST ROAD IN THE AREA?)
At intersection of HW 160 and Road "O" there is a small cafe on the right that has EXCELLENT food and a nice view.
Continue on HW 160 to HW 76 (gas stop) and turn left on HW 76
Take HW 76 to Road "J" and turn left (south)
Take Road "J" to "JJ and turn left on JJ
Take Road JJ all the way back down south to HW 14 in Arkansas
At HW 14 turn right (west) back to HW 65 and turn right (north)
Take HW 65 north to HW 86 and turn left (west) on HW 86
Take HW 86 west all the way to Road "P" (Ark 23 - gas stop) and turn left (south)
Take Road "P" (Ark 23) south back to Eureka Springs - you will ride up through town to HW 62
197 miles total.

Ark highways  7, 16, 21, 23, 43, 74, 103, 127, 311   are all EXCELLENT.
7 is considered one of the top MC roads in the country

  town      hwy(s)  to/toward/notes
Jasper    7  74
Mt Judea   123   Piercetown    the Ark. Dragon
Sand Gap   7  16
Berryville   21
Brashshears 16  23
compton    43
piercetown  74
rudd      103
Green Forest  103  311
alabam     127  (short!?)

Push Mtn   341    Push Mtn Rd
Fifty-six*   14   Yellville     * - Yes, it's the name of a town

Do not run low on GAS!!

Marble Falls AK is a riding resort / hub
nice place. Rooms about average in condition and below average in price.
The restaurant is very good maybe even excellent. Located in a dry county

breakfast at Granny's in Huntsville.

Avoid 412  - main thorough fair, so lotso traffic

Mt. Magazine.  a nice rip of a road up the mountain.  Overlook At the top
Model Cafe just off the square in downtown Ozark
fuel, eat (huge tasty hamburgers and great steaks) drink, the Oark General Store


- Missouri -
MO 32 east(?) of Bixby   fantastic
P out of Potosi is one of my favorites. It starts out pretty mild and then gets better as you get closer to DD.
County DD,  Palmer L  S  to Maxwells Mill   fantastic!  
 Gas stations are a bit rare in the area

Y from Viburnum MO north is good.
A between 19 (Timber)  and 72  (Bunker)  is good.
19 from Salem to Eminence

106 between Eminence and Ellington has some nice roller hills, and twists.  Hopefully the chip and seal from much earlier in the year(or was it last year?) is bedded in.  
106 west of Eminence is good .

49 E & S from Bixby  to 72 and almost to 21(Glover)  is fun.  
If running it south, turn off on N and head toward 21.  Then cross 21 to W, thru Iron Mountain Lake, to N into Bismarck.  Because 21 through Arcadia and north is kinda boring.
49 between cherryvill and bixby  - Ed

D from 21 into Van Buren(on US Hwy 60) crosses a lot of little ridges, causing some cresting blind entry 25-30 mph corners

KK  Red Point   S   Bunker   repaved 09

Rt.160 in Missouri absolutely blew me away!  from east of Forsyth (actually from Branson, but you don't wanna go there) to Doniphan (where things flatten out).  just N of Ark
1. Very little traffic—we saw almost nobody along here on a Thursday, and there are plenty of passing opportunities if you come across anyone.
2. Great road surface—for the most part (especially in the twistiest part) it was smooth and clean.
3. Beautiful scenery—I loved the scenery along the first half: wide-open vistas of green rolling hills dotted with mature hardwood trees, ponds, old barns, etc—I couldn't get enough of it.
4. Sweepers—in the first half, miles and miles of sweepers. Great fun. (I love sweepers.)
5. Twisties—in the section (roughly) between Alton and Doniphan (36 miles) the twisties are world-class, and seemed near-perfect to me: 4th gear and high revs all the way baby!   Not too tight, not too open...just right!
6. Overall length: the entire good part of 160 stretches 150 milesIt's 2-3 hours (depending on how fast you ride it) of sheer bliss!
I loved this road so much I'd seriously consider renting a cabin near there and just riding this road back and forth for several days!   It's the "BRP of the Midwest," or at least has got to be one of the greatest roads in the midwest.
  if time allows;  take Route 95 out of Lutie/Theodosia north from 160 to Long Run and Thornfield to Wasola and Brixley, then N & 18 S to 160 - as good or better than 160.

MO 79  between Louisiana and Hannibal - a great road with smooth pavement and good sight-lines through all the sweepers.  

MO 76 from 3 miles east of Cassville East to Reed Springs. (watch out for one tight .5 mile section where DOT has purposely placed chip seal to reduce speed)  

MO 86 south of Cassville to Eagle Rock.

MO125 north of US160 is okay but watch out for randomly placed sections of chip seal.

MO-19 from Steelville all the way down to Eminence is pretty good.  
49 South of Cherryville is also pretty nice

DD, 32 around Bixby.  KK

Y from Vibirnium north is good.
A between 19 and 72 is good.  Pavement is pristine,  it's a fun road.
106 between Eminence and Ellington has some nice roller hills, and twists.  
106 west of Eminence is good too.
49 from 32 to 72 and almost to 21 is fun.  If running it south, turn off on N and head toward 21.  Then cross 21 to W, thru Iron Mountain Lake, to N into Bismarck.  Because 21 through Arcadia and north is kinda boring.  
D from 21 into Van Buren (on US Hwy 60) was a nice run last year.  It crosses a lot of little ridges, causing some cresting blind entry 25-30 mph corner complexes.

MO rt 125  to Arkansas (remains 125) crosses Bull Shoals Lake via a free ferry.
MO Hwy 160 is a roller-coaster of a ride.  

Beware that Branson MO (and near it) traffic is almost always a traffic jam of RVs

The General Store in Bixby MO is also a great place to stop for a sammich.  

http://www.cowgirl-cafe.net/  Bismarck MO   Good food, good portions, very good deserts.  Parking lot is gravel

Smith's cafe near Collins Mo. Where highway 13 crosses 54 North West corner.
Nice place, big tenderloins   lots of different pies

Moms  K.C.MO   66 omelets!!   GREAT hash
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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2019, 09:51:16 AM »
Another vote for 160, there are also some good BBQ places on the road.You could buzz over US 160 to 13 south,pick up86 west and then 23 into Eureka springs or turn off 23 onto 187 cross the neat suspension bridge( you'll see) and take 62 south into ES. I am going out there again this year , just have to set my dates.I was there for a STN national.
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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2019, 10:38:47 AM »
Be careful about BBQ in that region.  Make sure you either research or ask.  We went to a BBQ place not too far from that area assuming St Louis KC style Q would be the thing.  Not even close.  It was a mustard based sauce and although it wasn't bad per se, it was NOT what we expected from the KY/MO/IL area.

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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2019, 11:04:22 AM »
160 across the southern portion is nice


+ whatever we're up to.
And Push Mt is one of my all time favorite sections of road. Pretty sure it was repaved when I was on it in '16
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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2019, 12:44:21 PM »
Be careful about BBQ in that region.  Make sure you either research or ask.  We went to a BBQ place not too far from that area assuming St Louis KC style Q would be the thing.  Not even close.  It was a mustard based sauce and although it wasn't bad per se, it was NOT what we expected from the KY/MO/IL area.

edited to fix the dumb
I say variety is the spice of life on that one,in truth you have to ask at any BBQ place while on the road as area doesn't mean thats what they sell.Add to that fusion is big now in many places, you gotta read or ask.A really good eatin place in Eureka Springs is the Rockin Pig on East van Burn St (aka 62) there were a couple of styles there when I ate there along with some different stuff to try.
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Re: Missouri/Ozarks riding
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2019, 12:37:36 PM »
Do yourself a favor and go a little further south to Eureka Springs. Base out of there and ride any road in the area. There are no bad ones. I spent a lot of time riding NW Arkansas when I lived in Dallas.
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Re: Missouri/Ozarks riding
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2019, 01:09:47 PM »
Do yourself a favor and go a little further south to Eureka Springs. Base out of there and ride any road in the area. There are no bad ones. I spent a lot of time riding NW Arkansas when I lived in Dallas.
Listen to the man Clay, I am planning a ride out there Date to be announced.
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Re: Missouri/Ozarks riding
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2019, 06:19:26 PM »
Do yourself a favor and go a little further south to Eureka Springs. Base out of there and ride any road in the area. There are no bad ones. I spent a lot of time riding NW Arkansas when I lived in Dallas.
Listen to THE MAN Clay, I am planning a ride out there Date to be announced.

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Re: Missouri/Ozarks riding
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2019, 09:09:54 PM »
We were there last week- arrived Tuesday night, left Saturday morning.  Young families and all limits our time.

HOLY SMOKES!  It was amazing.  West Virginia has been my benchmark after riding there a few times- MO surpassed it I think.  Not by a lot, but better.  The quality of road in many places was just better.  And 34 between 49 and 21 (near Mill Spring-Leeper-Garwood).  AMAZING!  I was leading- we got done and turned around- we wound up doing it 4 times in the days we were there.  We dpn't get too crazy- around 300 miles in a day while there (rain and a bent FJR rim held us up), but of course it helped that we stayed in a crazy good Air B&B just north of Poplar Bluff.  In ground pool, hot tub, and a bedroom for each of us 7 guys.

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Re: Missouri/Ozarks riding
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2019, 08:45:53 AM »
Looks fun!

I love those opportunities when you're delayed in passing slower traffic, but then you get the open road stretch where you get to play catch up.

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Re: Missouri/Ozarks riding
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2019, 07:22:47 PM »
There's not much better!  The road was amazing...
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Re: Missouri riding
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2019, 08:09:42 PM »
160 across the southern portion is nice


+ whatever we're up to.
And Push Mt is one of my all time favorite sections of road. Pretty sure it was repaved when I was on it in '16
http://youtu.be/PKTTeJqJxzg


Funny thing here. That Push Mountain video you posted was my Son, Trent on his 2013 Street Triple R. I'd never seen that video he made.

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Re: Missouri/Ozarks riding
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2019, 11:20:51 PM »
My favorite road is 123 from Mt. Judea to Hagarsville (Arkansas.) Scenic, fun, decent length, and almost no traffic. Missouri is awesome - Arkansas is awesomer.  8)