After a stretch of cold days the weatherman finally posted a high of 55 degrees today. Lucky to have the day off so I rode to Stilwell and then south to the Bell community. The ride report by Kilted and Cropear stated they rode north from the intersection north of Elohim City and I want to see this stretch of road.
From the Bell Community I ride East up the ridge road thru the Ozark Plateau Wildlife Management Area. The road is a combination of gravel and some parts chip asphalt. I stopped at the intersection where I wanted the track to start and checked in ‘OK’ on the SPOT GPS. If you click the link on the right for map location then look for spot # 10, this is where I am currently in this story.
Just a few feet out of the intersection and right in the middle of the road I see something odd. As I came closer it was appaent this was some sort of poop! Never seen any like this. It was brick shaped with rounded edges and very dark. I had my suspicions and after checking the internet for images it’s clear that I was right. And the color was an indication of what was in the animals diet.
No, i’m not going to tell you. Look at the picture, take a guess, and look it up on the internet….haha!!!
After the discovery I turned north on the gravel/clay road that winds up the hill and thru the forrest and across the top of Workman’s Mountain. This road is quite scenic and I was enjoying the ride when suddenly…it ended, I was at the next intersection. This part must have been maybe 5 miles at the most, however, very scenic.
I rode westerly thru a series of some gravel/ some asphalt roads until reaching highway 59. Then south about a mile to the entrance of the small industrial park. This road cuts ‘thru the woods’ to the Stilwell City Resivoir. Along the way there are a couple low water crossings.
And, some goats (they ran away too fast to photograph), and some cows…
I rode around the northeast side of the lake and came to Highway 100. There is a motorcycle repair shop I want to stop at. I was quite suprised to find that the man operating the shop is quite a famous dirt track rider. He (Doug Sehl) has on display several motos but also many awards and traphys and plaques. He dug in the desk drawer and pulled out a plaque for the Canadian Hall of Fame. Doug has raced there many times and is very well known in the circuit.
Way to go Doug…
After visiting with doug the day ‘turned south’ on me. I spent the next hour wandering aimlessly thru the backroads near Rocky Mountain. No cellular signal and a few vague directions from the locals and I ended up back on Highway 100. Its been fun but the sky is getting dark from rain clouds. 20 minutes later im back at home.
I’ll sign of with a -not so well know- tune by Hank Thompson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QJyWdXMP_A