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dbdolan
06-18-2006, 04:58 PM
6/18/06-Well I got bored sitting around the house and it looked like the rain was over, so I went for a ride:rider: I was just itching to go exploring with my new(to me) GPS. My ram mount came in earlier in the week and I hard wired the power to the battery so I went looking for some dirt roads that I had not been on. Made my way from Tomball, TX to Montgomery, TX and topped off my 6 gallon tank at the Texaco then headed west. Here is the route I took, made my way up to my usual CR roads north of Dacus then worked my way back south to 105 then did some exploring south of Navasota.
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Came across a turtle who was making it's way across the road, it was probably wondering what in the world I was doing.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/DS%20ride%20fathers%20day%206-18-06/FathersDayDSride6-18-06003.jpg
It was actually kind of cool outside which made for some nice riding.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/DS%20ride%20fathers%20day%206-18-06/FathersDayDSride6-18-06004.jpg

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The dirt roads where in perfect shape after all the rain, no dust and kind of loose. I came across several beasts on the roads, after all the storms there were fences down and quite a few limbs down.
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There were some incredible ranches along the way.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/DS%20ride%20fathers%20day%206-18-06/FathersDayDSride6-18-06007.jpg
This one was over near Navasota
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On one of the County Roads I came across an Emu ranch
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My parents once raised Emus’, I had thought everyone had gotten out of the business or just let the herd's go.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/DS%20ride%20fathers%20day%206-18-06/FathersDayDSride6-18-06013.jpg
Ahhh... nothing like hearing the thumping bass of the Emu.
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This was a cool road, it ran next to a wild game ranch. The land was for sale so I thought I would check it out.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/DS%20ride%20fathers%20day%206-18-06/FathersDayDSride6-18-06017.jpg
I was taking the usual bridge shot when I noticed a heard of Fallow Deer.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/DS%20ride%20fathers%20day%206-18-06/FathersDayDSride6-18-06018.jpg
Sorry about the quality, I had it zoomed in to the max and the lens really stinks with this camera.
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Back to the main CR roads...
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Trying to get creative.. almost time for some new knob’s.
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Exploring the power line trails....
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The mud was nice and sticky..
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Right after this photo the trail pretty much ended. As I was turning around I noticed a big wire spool with an old smokey bbq pit setup up next to it tucked back in the woods. There were also several cans of potted meat next to the pit and a few jugs of water. I assume someone was living back here in the middle of nowhere, they must not want to be found so I high tailed it out of there.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/DS%20ride%20fathers%20day%206-18-06/FathersDayDSride6-18-06026.jpg
Back on the main roads, I came out in Todd Mission and stopped for a water break at Henry's.
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I think my luck was starting to run out as far as the weather, so I started making my way back home. The skies were getting darker....
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Well I made it back home after a 4 hour ride. The Garmin 60cs GPS rocks:dude: , I can't believe I have been riding all this time without one. I rode most of the day with out getting wet, not 15 minutes after pulling into the garage the skies let loose. Talk about good timing.:trust:
I also attached the GPS track... one is the .gdb and the other is .gpx

Roodawg307
06-18-2006, 05:58 PM
ok that was officially a cool report and great pics....sounds like alot of fun....i have a dr250s, not sure if my little bike would slow ya down, but i would love to explore some roads like that sometime if you are up for a small group ride next time...
michael

XR650Rocketman
06-18-2006, 08:27 PM
Looks like a fun time Bryan....Glad you stayed out of the rain....

Steve

Desmo
06-19-2006, 12:44 PM
Bryan, you should have called me. I would have been up for som DS fun. With the rain, the dirt roads looked well packed and dust free. Perfect. Looks like you had fun.

Instead, I took the Ducati out for a spin in that area. It was nice and cool with very few bikes on the road. I only counted four at the burger place in Carlos. It's been so long since I rode the Duc I had to jump start it. I found myself wishing I was on the KLR everytime I passed a dirt road that hasn't been explored.

Texasgolf43
06-19-2006, 12:55 PM
Bryan, I would also like to join up next time you make that run. The XR is ready for a few ride's have a 5 gal tank on the way I hope it will be hear Fri.

Tourmeister
06-19-2006, 01:00 PM
So how did you like having the GPS mounted on the bike?

Snoopster
06-19-2006, 01:17 PM
Nice job Brian. :thumb: I really liked the pics esp. the one with the turtle. That was a cool gate -- they really spend a lot of time on the detail.

dbdolan
06-19-2006, 04:59 PM
ok that was officially a cool report and great pics....sounds like alot of fun....i have a dr250s, not sure if my little bike would slow ya down, but i would love to explore some roads like that sometime if you are up for a small group ride next time...
michael
I would love to have you come along sometime, if you are street legal. You should have no problem keeping up, I might get up to 75mph. on the main roads but mostly 50 or 60 on the county roads.

dbdolan
06-19-2006, 05:00 PM
Looks like a fun time Bryan....Glad you stayed out of the rain....

Steve
Thanks Steve you guys have fun in OK/ARK, I will be thinking about ya'll.

dbdolan
06-19-2006, 05:03 PM
Bryan, you should have called me. I would have been up for som DS fun. With the rain, the dirt roads looked well packed and dust free. Perfect. Looks like you had fun.

Instead, I took the Ducati out for a spin in that area. It was nice and cool with very few bikes on the road. I only counted four at the burger place in Carlos. It's been so long since I rode the Duc I had to jump start it. I found myself wishing I was on the KLR everytime I passed a dirt road that hasn't been explored.
I did call your cell phone before I left, but got the voice mail. I know I should have left a message. I went over to the prison unit in Navasota looking for that spot next to the Brazos with all the oak trees, but I couldn't find it. Let's make a dirt run next Saturday after the pie run:rider:

dbdolan
06-19-2006, 05:04 PM
Bryan, I would also like to join up next time you make that run. The XR is ready for a few ride's have a 5 gal tank on the way I hope it will be hear Fri.
Sounds good, hopefully we are going to make some kind of dirt run after the pie run this Saturday.

dbdolan
06-19-2006, 05:07 PM
So how did you like having the GPS mounted on the bike?
The ram mount rocks, it pretty much absorbs all the vibrations of the thumper. Tell your dad I said thanks for the smoking deal on the GPS. I am hoping to make the NE DS ride soon to check it out, it was loaded already on the GPS when I got it from you. It is the 183 mile loop up NE of you.

dbdolan
06-19-2006, 05:10 PM
Nice job Brian. :thumb: I really liked the pics esp. the one with the turtle. That was a cool gate -- they really spend a lot of time on the detail.
Thanks Debbie, when are you going to get you a DS bike so you can go exploring the dark side:lol2: You could put some knobbies on your SV:trust:

Texasgolf43
06-19-2006, 05:25 PM
Hey Bryan,
My XR600R is street legal have changed the sprokets to have the same on top as a XL. I can hang all day at that speed if we need to but do like the off road fire roads back trail's. I do live in the Clear Lake area but can met you guy's anywere you like. All my old riding bubby's have sold there bike's.

Roodawg307
06-19-2006, 05:56 PM
dolan,
yes i am street legal....and my bike will run about 80 top speed.....all good to go....only thing i am wondering is about my tires...i have the metzler enduro sahara's front and back...they are a dual sport tire but not as knobby as the nice ones on your bike in the pic...im thinking i will be ok on them but wanted opinions for future tires for dualsporting....these are brand new tires....if yall go on saturday i would love to go with ya.....i have the big clarke gas tank so i think i will be good as far as fuel.....

Texasgolf43
06-19-2006, 06:05 PM
Bryan,
Ok this is funny there are two of us answering the same question LOL I hope I was not butting in on your conversation! My name is Matthew and if the offer to ride is open to all I would like to ride along.

Roodawg307
06-19-2006, 06:11 PM
matthew, the more the merrier....!!....we should try to figure on a place to meet and join up....i was going to ride with some of the sport bikers, but i think my bike is too slow for them so its probably better i run with the thumpers....LOL

dbdolan
06-19-2006, 06:31 PM
dolan,
yes i am street legal....and my bike will run about 80 top speed.....all good to go....only thing i am wondering is about my tires...i have the metzler enduro sahara's front and back...they are a dual sport tire but not as knobby as the nice ones on your bike in the pic...im thinking i will be ok on them but wanted opinions for future tires for dualsporting....these are brand new tires....if yall go on saturday i would love to go with ya.....i have the big clarke gas tank so i think i will be good as far as fuel.....
I suggest the Dunlop D606, that is what I run. They work well in the dirt and also handle well on the street, for a knob. Everyone is welcome, I am hoping to make it to the pie run in Conroe Saturday, then afterwards we can figure out where to go.

james.cain
06-19-2006, 06:31 PM
Bryan you are killing me with the way cool rides, I will see you at the pie run Saturday. I made it out east of Willis on Father's Day and found a dirt road to try and the rain had made the surface dust free and tacky, great conditions.

Looking forward to joining you and the group for a Saturday ride.:rider:

Chris-V65Magna-TX
06-19-2006, 07:17 PM
Bryan, great post and pics! All stuff that I've never seen, which is good because I love to explore new stuff.

I was in the Denison/Sherman TX area this weekend with my wife Terri to see her family. There are a lot of neat roads up there but it would be a 2 day trip.

Photojojo
06-19-2006, 07:53 PM
Bryan, great post and pics! All stuff that I've never seen, which is good because I love to explore new stuff.

I was in the Denison/Sherman TX area this weekend with my wife Terri to see her family. There are a lot of neat roads up there but it would be a 2 day trip.

Let me know when you come back, and I'll show you around.

dbdolan
06-19-2006, 08:28 PM
This is one of Tourmeister's routes, I would love to try and give it a shot. It is about 182 miles I believe. James you have been missing all the good stuff:trust: Chris you going to the pie run? We got to get in some kind of ride since those bums are going to OK/ARK on the DS run. Any way here is the route, if we don't do this Saturday then sometime in the near future. It would probably be more interesting then the fire roads around the SHNF that I have done way too many times.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/dbdolan/dsNE.jpg

james.cain
06-19-2006, 08:42 PM
Man we will need to eat a lot of pie, and take some with us too. I am game!!:eat2:

Chris-V65Magna-TX
06-19-2006, 11:04 PM
Let me know when you come back, and I'll show you around.

Chris, I thought about you while I was up there. My plan was to load the KLX into the back of my Avalanche and do some riding. My wife's brother in law has a Honda cruiser. The weather forecast looked gloom so the KLX didn't get to go. Turned out the wx was really pretty good! Oh well.

Chris-V65Magna-TX
06-19-2006, 11:11 PM
Chris you going to the pie run? We got to get in some kind of ride since those bums are going to OK/ARK on the DS run.

I'm on call that day..the only Saturday that I'm not OFF in June! Yet if I don't get called out to fly that day then we (Terri, Megan and I) will be there and I hope to ride as well. Chances of me attending are very slim right now!

Chris-V65Magna-TX
06-19-2006, 11:11 PM
Man we will need to eat a lot of pie, and take some with us too. I am game!!:eat2:

James, cool avatar! Nice. Hope to meet you on a local DS ride soon!

:rider:

Roodawg307
06-20-2006, 10:14 AM
dolan,

they dont make a 606 that i can find to fit my bike...i have however found a dunlop k590 that looks more agressive than my tire....i wonder if they still make the 590....the tire size for me is 4.00-18.....comes out to about a 110/90-18.....anything bigger and they claim it will rub the swing arm...
i am going to keep an eye out for another brand that is more agressive yet still dot....

Chris-V65Magna-TX
06-20-2006, 10:55 AM
Roodawg, I'm running Kenda K270 "Dual Sport" tires on my KLX. They are awesome! Great on the street, and work great in sand, mud, rocks, etc.
They make them in your size too, and the price is about as good as you're going to find for tires. I need to order a couple more just to have stashed in case these are ever discontinued (I doubt that will happen but if it did I'd be upset). Here's a link..look down at the bottom of the website for the 270: http://www.kendausa.com/motorcycle/dirt.html

Desmo
06-20-2006, 02:18 PM
I did call your cell phone before I left, but got the voice mail. I know I should have left a message. I went over to the prison unit in Navasota looking for that spot next to the Brazos with all the oak trees, but I couldn't find it. Let's make a dirt run next Saturday after the pie run:rider:

A dirty pie run sounds good. Think we can talk Scott into showing us some more roads to the northeast? You might want to post something in upcoming DS rides section.

Steve

Tourmeister
06-20-2006, 09:10 PM
Steve, I won't be riding yet. The right knee is not back up to speed and I don't want to aggravate it. Still need to replace a busted buckle on my boot too. And get a blinker...

tx timber rattler
06-20-2006, 11:14 PM
Sounds like a long fun ride... not going to make it sorry. I gotta nurse the rear tire since Im commuting to work everyday. The dunlop trailmax I have is almost too bald and Im thinking about replacing it with K270 when I get the money for it. Then I gotta replace front brake pad. The tinkering will not stop there. Well, looking forward to the ride report. Good luck and ride safe.