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    Day Rides

    Here are 3 day rides that I made up (based on Butler maps and other ideas found online)... the gpx tracks are attached

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    My family owned a ranch near Bull Shoals Lake in MO. It will not be hard to find twisty roads in that part of MO since many of the roads follow ridge lines. US Hwy 160 is an example. It probably doesn't have a straight section longer then a mile in the western part of the State. MO Rt 95 is very similar also.

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    If you go to Eureka Springs consider Bentonville AR about 40 miles west. Specifically Crystal Bridges.

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    Joplin

    another good day trip is Joplin Missouri to look at how well they rebuilt after the tornado.

    Watch some of the Utube videos to get a sense of the damage and then look at it now.
    For lunch try the moderate to high priced (a bargain for those from the coastal areas) Mythos on Rangeline or the red onion downtown,
    both have lunch specials. Or for a bargain is the Webb City Sub Shop, owner rides, harleys of course, but it is the best low cost sub around.

    I have no afilliation with any of these except being a customer.

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    Picher OK

    If you come over to Joplin you may wish to go another 30 miles or so to the former town of Picher OK. It was destroyed in a prior tornado and was actually abandoned.

    Most of the damage is cleaned up, the streets remain. There are a few still living there, they have to have generators and water tanks. I do not know if they are squatters or still renting as the housing is not torn down. The rest of the town is slowly being reclaimed by nature. I have enjoyed seeing the transformation over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    A destination on my radar is the National Churchill Museum on the Westminster Campus in Fulton, MO. I've no specific route to share but wanted to toss out the museum to those who may not otherwise know its so close by. https://www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/
    I was looking at the same.
    Saw a YouTube about it and it looks fascinating and very unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragtoplvr View Post
    If you come over to Joplin you may wish to go another 30 miles or so to the former town of Picher OK. It was destroyed in a prior tornado and was actually abandoned.

    Most of the damage is cleaned up, the streets remain. There are a few still living there, they have to have generators and water tanks. I do not know if they are squatters or still renting as the housing is not torn down. The rest of the town is slowly being reclaimed by nature. I have enjoyed seeing the transformation over the years.

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    I worked out a route for this, about 4 hours and you can go through Joplin, MS, stop at the spot where you can stand at the corner of MO, OK, KS all at the same time and ride through Picher, OK. Depends on how long you stop at each. If you detour up to Galena, KS there is a restored Rt 66 gas station with old tow truck from the movie Cars. Think there is also a casino in the area near the corner of the three states if that is your thing.

    Picher was hit by a tornado but is was also abandoned due to severe contamination of the soil and water due to lead and zinc mining. The town just closed up and ceased to exist, people were pretty much forced to leave, might be a few who still live there but pretty much an entire town abandoned in early 2000's. Only a number of these modern towns in USA that met similar fates due to environmental issues (Gilman, CO and Centralia, PA), probably worth the ride through it for people who have an interest in urban exploring and urban decay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ragtoplvr View Post
    If you come over to Joplin you may wish to go another 30 miles or so to the former town of Picher OK. It was destroyed in a prior tornado and was actually abandoned.

    Most of the damage is cleaned up, the streets remain. There are a few still living there, they have to have generators and water tanks. I do not know if they are squatters or still renting as the housing is not torn down. The rest of the town is slowly being reclaimed by nature. I have enjoyed seeing the transformation over the years.

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    The Picher, OK tornado did a lot of damage but was not the town's only undoing. Picher was a lead and zinc mining town which had huge piles of ore tailings almost in people's back yards. The underground mining beneath buildings also caused a high risk of ground collapse. By the mid 1990s a third of the children in the town - playing in their sandboxes and tailings piles - were identified to have lead poisoning. It became part of a large Superfund Site.

    When we lived in Kansas we often rode into Oklahoma on US 69. The first time I rode into Picher I must have been psychic because the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Even still occupied in the 1980s and 1990s the place was creepy.

    Here is a Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma#Closure
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    The Picher, OK tornado did a lot of damage but was not the town's only undoing. Picher was a lead and zinc mining town which had huge piles of ore tailings almost in people's back yards. The underground mining beneath buildings also caused a high risk of ground collapse. By the mid 1990s a third of the children in the town - playing in their sandboxes and tailings piles - were identified to have lead poisoning. It became part of a large Superfund Site.

    When we lived in Kansas we often rode into Oklahoma on US 69. The first time I rode into Picher I must have been psychic because the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Even still occupied in the 1980s and 1990s the place was creepy.

    Here is a Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma#Closure
    The loss of IQ in those kids was alarming. Also the loss of impulse control. I teacher I know said the lead made the boys fight and the girls pregnant. They were different, even the kids from the southern half of my county in Kansas were different, you did not mess with them. The tailings were also loaded with asbestos and for a long time the area was #1 for lung cancer. We have many lead and zinc trust funders in the area, their fortunes intact while the horrible mess they made remains for us to clean up on all our tax dollars. This is NOT fair.

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    Thanks for all the hard work

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    Thanks for pulling all this together. This is my first rally - how does this work? Do we all make sure to meet up a the start? Do we "sign up?"

    Thanks,

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    First Rally... Eh!

    Quote Originally Posted by trochman View Post
    All,

    Thanks for pulling all this together. This is my first rally - how does this work? Do we all make sure to meet up a the start? Do we "sign up?"

    Thanks,

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    Tim; respectively... you'll be like a kid in a candy store! And likely way too busy for a ride away from the on-site activities.
    Quite a few of DO use these routes on the way in (rally arrival) and departing on Sunday.
    You first timers get a lot of extra attention at the National. Please volunteer for something that interests you.
    And review the site map, seminar listings, activities, ect... before arrival. That will really help your time being used effectively.
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    Thanks John. I do have some fun roads planned on the way in. And you are right - I have no idea what to expect!

    Hope top meet you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicyclenut View Post
    I worked out a route for this, about 4 hours and you can go through Joplin, MS, stop at the spot where you can stand at the corner of MO, OK, KS all at the same time and ride through Picher, OK. Depends on how long you stop at each. If you detour up to Galena, KS there is a restored Rt 66 gas station with old tow truck from the movie Cars. Think there is also a casino in the area near the corner of the three states if that is your thing.

    Picher was hit by a tornado but is was also abandoned due to severe contamination of the soil and water due to lead and zinc mining. The town just closed up and ceased to exist, people were pretty much forced to leave, might be a few who still live there but pretty much an entire town abandoned in early 2000's. Only a number of these modern towns in USA that met similar fates due to environmental issues (Gilman, CO and Centralia, PA), probably worth the ride through it for people who have an interest in urban exploring and urban decay.


    That's wild. I looked at it on Google streetview and it's a weird vision. Might be a good place to go.
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