Riding Missouri 2009 Edition

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Posted by Deadly on July 18, 2009 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (0)

My daughter and I rode up to the historic Jesse James farm yesterday.







I updated the "Media" page of the website with my first attempt at doing a webcast using photos from this ride.


I hope to get better at this kind of stuff in the future so any feed back would be helpful.


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Website Update!

Posted by Deadly on July 17, 2009 at 5:17 AM Comments comments (0)

Its been a while since I have posted an update so I thought I would fill you in on what I have been up too lately.

I have taken the "Media" page of this site offline. I'm going to try and add a webcast to that page. I have found very few webcasts about motorcycle travel on the internet and I've always wanted to try making at least one.





LED Lights

Posted by Deadly on June 13, 2009 at 1:38 PM Comments comments (0)

I replaced the 20 watt Halogen bulbs in my road lights with a set of MR16 LED bulbs last night.








The LEDs look nice but dont put out near as much light as the Halogens. The possitive news about this project is that the LEDs do not heat up and they draw very little power from the electrical system.

The LED light color is more in the blue spectrum so I replaced my stock Halogen headlight bulb with a blue one to match the LED color.









Posted by Deadly on June 8, 2009 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I probably wont be doing any riding this week. I spent the evening working on a new clamping system for the Rotory Table I use with my Milling Machine.  Later this week Im going to be building a tubing bender that I hope to be able to use in making engine guards, luggage racks, and other things.  I'm also planning on restarting my custom road light project later this week. I ordered some new LED bulbs that I hope will solve some of the problems I had been having with that project.




I hope to get some riding in this weekend though ..







Southwest Missouri

Posted by Deadly on May 30, 2009 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (2)

I just got home from Southwest Missouri this evening, it was a little warm but other than that the weather was awesome!


I stopped in at the BirdSong Conservation Area while down there.









BirdSong is just a few miles off of Hwy 54 on Hwy J and makes a great place to stop for a break.








I did a short 30 minute hike in the area and really enjoyed being off the bike for a while.












Just south of Stockton, Missouri on Hwy 39 I ran accross a couple of Adventure types parked next to the road.  It was John (pilot) and Klay from ADVrider.com, talk about a small world.









I headed on over to Stockton Lake for a little fishing. The fish were not biting but the roads to some of the places I went were somewhat adventuresome.








Got Mud!










The lake was nice even though I didn't catch any fish.









While in the Ozarks of Missouri I did a little exploring of old US 66.  I grew up on a small farm about 1/2 mile down the road from where this photo was taken.









When I was a kid my brothers and I used to park our bicycles in the same spot my motorcycle is parked in this photo. We would go swimming in the creek under this bridge.












Old US 66 is littered with old abandoned buildings from the past. This one has a new sign and new painted gas pumps that were not there when I was a kid.  Its nice to see folks fixing some of these old places up.






I only covered 430 miles on this trip but it was a great time.  I also managed to get 52 miles per gallon going south and 49.2 miles per gallon returning home which made this trip a very inexpensive one.








Posted by Deadly on May 28, 2009 at 8:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Met up with a few ADV Riders for BBQ tonight.  We were at Wabash in Excelsior Springs, MO. Wabash is an interesting place because its a converted train depot and the food was great!









I've got the bike loaded and am heading down to south Missouri in the morning after work for some fishing.  The rest of these folks are heading for Arkansas to the yearly ADV SLAP Rally.









Far West

Posted by Deadly on May 22, 2009 at 9:41 PM Comments comments (0)


Today I headed north to the town of Far West, Missouri. In the 1830s Far West was the county seat of Caldwell County and was a thriving Mormon community. I'm not of the Mormon faith but one doesn't have to be to see that Far West, MO has a lot of history and a lot of it was violent.








At the height of the towns' existence in 1838 it had 150 homes, 4 dry goods stores, 3 family groceries, 6 blacksmith shops, a printing establishment, 2 hotels, and a large school house which also served as a church and court house.


The community had started the construction of a Mormon Temple at this site but was never completed.








All that remains at this site are the four corners of the uncompleted temple which are encased under glass.








The general store in town has a couple of interesting sites to see one of which is a display containing the death masks of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum. These are most likely copies but I still found them to be rather remarkable.








The statue in front of the general store is of Joseph Smith. The face of the statue was created from his death mask.


Joseph Smith was the leader of the community and is considered by the Mormon people to be a Prophet. As the population of Far West, MO grew in numbers to around 5,000 other Missouri residents decided they no longer wanted the Mormons in this area so violence ensued on both sides. The Governor of Missouri then ordered them to be driven out of the state.






The Mormon's story in Missouri is very long and complicated but I've tried to sum it up with as few words as possible.









The War Eagle Mill & Cavern

Posted by Deadly on May 21, 2009 at 10:36 PM Comments comments (0)

I found a few other interesting places during my visit to Northern Arkansas. The War Eagle Mill and the War Eagle Cavern. Both of which can be found just outside of Rogers, Arkansas.



The War Eagle Mill is an actual working grist mill that is powered by the War Eagle River.















The mill was originally built around 1830 and has been devastated by fire several times during its history. It was burned by the Confederate Army during the Civil War to keep it from falling into the hands of the Union Army.



The top floor of the mill is a restaurant where breakfast and lunch are served. I had a breakfast there of Buckwheat Waffles and Sausage. After which I decided that Buckwheat was not my favorite type of wheat. I think I will just stick to good ole waffles made from flower.







Next to the mill is the historic War Eagle Bridge which is now over 100 years old and still in service.








A few miles down the road I found the War Eagle Cavern. There is a one hour guided tour through the cave which has its own claim to fame since a Jesse James movie was filmed at its location a few years back.








The War Eagle Cave is a young cave as caves go but it has lots of interesting formations. This is cave pudding and is formed from Iron Oxide.








The cave is also home to the Brown Bat. I was surprised at how close I could get to the flying mice without disturbing them.








There is also a small underground river that runs through the cave that until the 1970s was the only entrance into the cave. A main walking entrance was later blasted out with dynamite.






This was my last stop before heading home from my visit to Arkansas. There was a lot more to see but I guess it will have to wait for some other time.








Quigley's Castle

Posted by Deadly on May 21, 2009 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

While in Eureka Springs, Arkansas this past week I came across an interesting place called Quigley's Castle.








The home was owned by Elise Quigley an immigrant from Italy. Mrs. Quigley was born in 1910 and moved to the Ozarks when she was 9 years old.

The thing that makes this house so peculiar is that Mrs. Quigley grew plants inside the house. These were not typical house plant either some of these plants grew to a height of two stories.








There were hundreds of different types of plants and flowers growing on the property along with some very interesting stone and concrete work.














Elise Quigley died in 1984 and her granddaughter is now the owner and caretaker of the property. Her grandmother?s story is an interesting one and Quigley's Castle is worth a look if you are ever in the Eureka Springs, Arkansas area.







Eureka Alpenlite 2XT

Posted by Deadly on May 17, 2009 at 2:24 PM Comments comments (1)

I set my Eureka Alpenlite 2XT tent up today. It has not been out of the bag since last summer so I thought I would air it out since the weather was nice.




I bought this tent on the advice from a friend in Alaska and it is by far the best tent I have ever owned. 








The Alpenlite 2XT is a free standing A frame tent with aluminum poles. Its also a four season tent which means its great for both hot and cold weather.







The inside of the tent is completely enclosed for cool weather camping but has plenty of ventilation areas on both the roof and sides to cool things off in warmer weather.


Here is a link to more information about the Eureka Alpenlite 2XT: