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skinny
08-21-2006, 06:28 PM
Here is an abreviated version of the Saturday ride. This should hold you until the rest of the bunch gets home and files their trip reports


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Gearing up at Terlingua Ranch Sat. morning


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Taking advantage of some shade at Rio Grand Village after riding the Ore Road


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Parking lot at Rio Grand Village, getting ready to hit the River Road


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Baja Rat taking a close look at the water quality on the River Road


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Soaking his feet in the cool water


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Sitting down to ponder the situation


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End of the day at Big Bend Ranch


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Main ranch house and office


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Several pooped dudes


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Baja Rat recounting his ordeal

Although I only had time to ride Saturday and part of Sunday, it was well worth the trip...

dbdolan
08-21-2006, 07:57 PM
Glad you guy's had a good time and everyone came back in one piece. Keep the pics and reports coming.
Geeez have those leg's ever seen the sun? I thought my leg's were white:lol2:
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MIGHTYMOUSE
08-21-2006, 08:51 PM
Thanks for the pics, keep them coming. :clap:

teamswaney
08-21-2006, 09:20 PM
Seems like I have seen that orange bike on its side before, looks great, glad you all had a good time........................

Greasemonkey
08-22-2006, 06:26 AM
Maybe Gary was refueling his evap jacket?

ta2240
08-22-2006, 06:30 AM
Maybe Gary was refueling his evap jacket?

:rofl: :lol2: :rofl: :lol2:

Goat Trail Green
08-22-2006, 07:24 AM
Maybe Gary was refueling his evap jacket?



:clap: :clap: :clap: Good One Scott

Thanks for the pics.I cant wait to see the rest !!

Mike Green

Bandit33
08-22-2006, 09:25 AM
Pictures look good. I have never seen that much green along the River Road in the park;....obviously a lot of rain. Actually, don't think I have ever seen that much standing water on the River Road either..... Hope all went well with you guys.

Don

jsb223
08-22-2006, 10:08 AM
Look like fun...waiting on more pics...

Teeds
08-22-2006, 12:32 PM
Back from the world of the living ...

Got in this morning at 5 AM

I'm of to the doctor to have my shoulder xrayed ... more when I know what I did.

Chris took a hundred + photos with my camera. I will let him post links.

The Lost Trail was too muddy to even attempt. There are still only six members of the club.

1100 miles in 4 days ... I have a two page list of notes about multi day rides without support. Much was learned.

BajaRat
08-22-2006, 01:50 PM
Seems like I have seen that orange bike on its side before, looks great, glad you all had a good time........................



:moon: :moon: :moon:

BajaRat
08-22-2006, 01:51 PM
Maybe Gary was refueling his evap jacket?



:moon: :moon: :moon:

BajaRat
08-22-2006, 01:51 PM
:rofl: :lol2: :rofl: :lol2:



:moon: :moon: :moon: :moon: :moon: :moon:

mcrider
08-22-2006, 04:34 PM
:moon: :moon: :moon: :moon: :moon: :moon:

:rofl: :lol2: :rofl: :lol2: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Great ride got home at 1:30 this morning.

Day 1 - 263 miles
Day 2 - 239 miles
Day 3 - 249 miles
Day 4 - 331 miles, + more for 4 riders

But by the park mile markers my odo is a tad slow. The park markers were irregular at times. It was a boring ride thru the park.

1 stripped rear sprocket +1 50% gone in last 20 miles.

All in all:
-1) :chug: :sleep:
1) :rider: :eat: :chug: :mrgreen: :rofl: :sleep:
2) :eat: :rider: :eat: :rofl: :chug: :sleep:
3) :eat: :rider: :flip: :eat: :rofl: :chug: :sleep:
4) :eat: :rider: :eat: :rofl: :chug: :sleep:
:mrgreen: :rofl: :-D :-) :wave: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

XR650Rocketman
08-22-2006, 05:50 PM
You Boys behave yourselves now ya hear!!!!!

Steve

skinny
08-22-2006, 06:15 PM
Yo XR650Rocketman...

Sorry I didn't get a chance to say so-long to everyone Sunday, but I was pressed for time...thanks for allowing me to tag along...except for the 2nd water hole, I had an outrageousley good time. Thanks again to you and Iron Dawg for extricating my motorcycle from the GULLIES FROM ****...I guess I better start getting in shape for Mexico if I'm going to run with the big dogs.....

mafols
08-22-2006, 06:36 PM
Home@ 8:30a.m.....300+ miles on 2 wheels and 800 on 4 in 24 hrs.:eek2:

Great ride fellas, had a great time...great guys,great country,great ride,lots of laughs. Couldn't ask for much more.

Thanks for letting me come along...Ken, I still owe ya' a couple of cold ones...:chug:

Chris...thanks for helping with the drive.

Hope to do it again.:thumb:

Matt

ta2240
08-22-2006, 07:36 PM
Report:giveup: .......Report:giveup: .........Report:giveup: ...........Report:giveup: ..........Report:giveup: ............Report:giveup: ............Report:giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup: :giveup:

ta2240
08-22-2006, 07:37 PM
:moon: :moon: :moon: :moon: :moon: :moon:

Why did I get 6 moooooons? All I did was laugh at the obviously hillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll llarious!:rofl: :rofl:

Photojojo
08-23-2006, 07:53 AM
You often here the saying It's not about the destination, it's about the ride in motorcycling. That's usually true but when the ride is the destination it's a little different. The plan was 4 days and well over 1000 miles in some of the most beautiful country in Texas.

The ride started for me at an early hour so I could get to Tony's house and help him change his tire and license plate. All was well until I hit Allen, TX and traffic started backing up. At first I felt contempt for those that were slowing my progress. Then I felt sorry for them as they were stuck in there cages like mice going to work, only to repeat the process all over again when it was time to go home.

I on the other hand was completely self supportive on my XR I could go for days without sitting in a cage and that was the plan.

Tony and I finished the maintenance on his bike and hit the road with Pandale, Texas as the destination and the starting point for our adventure.

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The thermometer in Tony's truck shows 101 degrees as we travel southwest from Dallas. When plans were made for a trip to what many say is the hottest part of the state in the hottest part of the year some said we were crazy. To those in the know, we were planning an escape.

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Wet concrete served as a sign of things to come as the area we were heading into had more rain in the last few weeks than most can remember. This would turn out to be good for us as the scenery was greener than any can remember.

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lights from the truck light up the road but hide the change in scenery as we slowly ventured from west Texas flat to the rolling terrain marking the entry into a different type of terrain that many in Texas do not even know exists as they travel down superslabs with their blinders on.

52 deer were counted on the 30 mile or so stretch between Ozona and Camp Easy in Pandale. We soon found the cabins at Camp easy beds were claimed and everybody slept.

More to come.....

Teeds
08-23-2006, 07:57 AM
snip ... Report:giveup: ... snip

Dang voyeurs ... maybe we won't even post a report ... ya should have been there ... :haha:

Not that anyone asked ...

No broken bones ... still can't lift my arm more than 6 inches from my waist.

Photojojo
08-23-2006, 11:18 AM
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Day one started early with everybody out of bed just before sunrise. It would be a long trek to Terlingua Ranch and we had no idea what road conditions would be like through Big Bend so we needed to get on the road.

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Ken sorts through gear in our spacious cabin at Camp Easy. After Steve woke everybody up just before 6:00 a.m we started the process of getting geared up and ready to roll as quickly as possible. The first night everybody still had extra gear that would be left at the trucks parked at Camp Easy for the duration of the adventure.
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Each day we were greeted by beautiful early morning skies that served as a small reward for having to get up so early. Most of the bikes started the trip with brand new tires put on by their riders in anticipation of the mega mileage trip. At the end on day four just about every body's tires...among other things were visibly worn.

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John and Ken rush around in the early morning hours adjusting bikes and fitting on enough gear to sustain them for the four day adventure. Getting ready in the dark was something we would all get used to over the course of the trip. The early mornings would also serve as a mental prep time for what was guaranteed to be hard riding at times. Stories of huge rocks and wash outs provided by those that had done these same roads and locals that rarely travelled the roads because of the ruggedness forced us all to be on alert at all times.

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John was on a fairly new bike and did not know what his exact range was for his bike. Running out of gas on this trip would not be a good option, and with a few legs of the trip pushing the limit on just about every body's bike he bought some extra fuel bottles. These were the kind used to cary cooking fuel on backpacking trips. After much discussion and summing up the size of Ken's 6 gallon tank on his XRValdeze it was decide to take another necessity that would be hard to acquire on the trail. So one fuel bottle was filled with Bourbon and the other with scotch. After the first day it would be needed.

More to come.....

klrno2
08-23-2006, 12:09 PM
:popcorn:

bobcat
08-23-2006, 12:25 PM
:popcorn:


+1

FirstMan
08-23-2006, 01:10 PM
Did I ever tell you that you took great pictures. Too bad you don't make money off of them.

ta2240
08-23-2006, 04:45 PM
Dang voyeurs ... maybe we won't even post a report ... ya should have been there ... :haha:

Not that anyone asked ...

No broken bones ... still can't lift my arm more than 6 inches from my waist.

I did ask brother!
I am very concerned about you.
Bones in the elderly take a long time to heal:rofl:

dbdolan
08-23-2006, 07:44 PM
So what were the temperatures while you guy's were riding?

Photojojo
08-23-2006, 09:36 PM
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The ride was officially underway after we crossed the Pecos river and headed into the land west of the Pecos.

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The trip from Easy's to Langtry was a nice rolling gravel road that lead us to our first gas stop 30 miles out. Our mantra for this trip was never pass a gas station. Fuel would be few and far between at times and making sure we were full at every opportunity was paramount.

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From Langtry to Pumpville we would face the toughest road of the trip. I use the word road loosely here. Steep rocky climbs and an occasional washout and riding in the gravel next to train tracks soon dumped us out in Pumpville. Well most of us, got dumped out in Pumpville. Steve had a front flat and need a toll different than what he had. We were soon all reunited and on our way to Terlingua ranch.

This is also where my camera battery died and I do not have any more photos until I took possession of Tony's camera later.

Where's Matt? That was the question asked at a stop just after a gas stop in Marathon. We were just outside of Big Bend national park and headed to Terlingua ranch. Matt was Tony's friend from Louisiana and Tony was first to volunteer to go look for him, Ken also stepped up to help go look for him.

At the bad rabbit amongst the karaoke singers bets were made when the trio would arrive. The pot ballooned and Steve took top honors as Ken walked in just before 9:00 P.M. Turns out Matt did not see everybody turn after leaving the gas station and started heading to alpine. Matt kept Tony's license plate in site for the rest of the ride. Everybody would benefit from the little misshap though as Ken returned with a mini keg strapped to his bike.

Terlingua ranch is just a different place. As Steve said you have to be either very secure, hiding from someone or something, or crazy to live there or anywhere near there for that matter. In my opinion, most of the people there are a combination of all of these qualities.

The road into the ranch was a sign of days to come. Dirt that had not been traveled on in some time made obvious by the lack of tracks. At times the road would look more like a dry stream bed than something we were supposed to be riding on.. With the rain the area had been receiving it was no doubt that these very roads we were riding on had been stream beds in the not to distant past.

More to come....

So what were the temperatures while you guy's were riding?

Bryan: Daytime temps ranged from the mid to high 90's (I think) and at one point we were in the high 70's (I think) as we came out on Pinto Canyon road at 6000 feet.

Teeds
08-23-2006, 10:40 PM
I did ask brother!
I am very concerned about you.
Bones in the elderly take a long time to heal:rofl:

maybe my halfheimers kicked in ... I don't remember you asking and I can't find the way back ...

pffffftttt ... bite me ... I didn't break any bones ... my strong supple boney frame saved the day ... there is a dint in the road that others should watch out for from my landing ... ;-)

Tourmeister
08-23-2006, 11:09 PM
Tony, did you just get a separated shoulder? That is what happened to me in Colorado last Summer when I highsided the GS. It was quite a while before I could lift my left arm straight out. Worse, I sleep on my left side so that was killing me!

Teeds
08-23-2006, 11:24 PM
Tony, did you just get a separated shoulder? That is what happened to me in Colorado last Summer when I highsided the GS. It was quite a while before I could lift my left arm straight out. Worse, I sleep on my left side so that was killing me!

It is only guessing at this point but I would bet you are correct.

M injuries mimic a flag football injury from 6th grade. I will learn more tomorrow.

I can lift my arm now assuming I ignore the pain, but it hurts a LOT. I'm kinda crazy in a way, but I have a high (very high) tolerance for pain, so I am testing my current limits.

I worked as a framer and finish carpenter for many years, so it is difficult to distinguish between the pain of a motorcycle crash and driving nails with a hammer.

Teeds
08-24-2006, 08:18 AM
Well my computer ate my reply ... so I will type it again ...

For those that do not know, I was only home 14 hours between my trip to Bonneville Speed Week and the Lost Trail II ride ...

Day -01

I awoke in Pueblo Colorado .. 14 hours and one steak (The Big Texan) north of the metromess ... not that anyone asked ... it was cool in Colorado ... it made the coming heat of West Texas even warmer.

Day 00

I would not have made it without Chris. It only took us 20 minutes to complete a 5 minute tire change. Ten minutes of packing and us throwing all my stuff into the rear of my 4 door pickup until it was level with the windows and we were on our way ... 6 1/2 hours to Pandale.

San Angelo removed a bit of skin from my credit card ... Wally World and Academy Sports served up some missing "stuff" and we were off like a herd of turtles, towards the sunset.

Day 01

Friday morning found me following Chris's lead for photos ... dang I can learn a lot from him.

One of my favorite ...

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Another ...

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Dawn is my favorite time of the day.

Pandale is really nice this time of the year. Edna and Easy served us up a fried egg sandwich and we were off ...

Yes Brian, it was hot ...

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but not that hot ... more like ...

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Pumpville Baptist Church served up some shade while waiting on Steve, who had the first of our many flats. We clearly spent a fair amount of time clearing the trail for those to follow. Matt picked up a 16d nail returning from helping Steve, so we got to change the second tube in the shade of the church.

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We all wondered about the Jewish flag in the window ...

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Longfellow Road was a hoot ... 5 foot speed bumps at 70 miles and hour .. wheeeeeee ... the elk were nowhere to be found ... bummer

Ken southbound and down, following our rendevous with Matt ... notice the keg providing the back rest ...

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It is hard to take a photo while riding a bike ... at least for me ...

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23 miles of dirt and a few puddles ended our ride into Terlingua Ranch. Sensing that the Bad Rabbit would likely not be serving, we had partaken in a burger at the Shell Station in Marathon, so all that was left to do was get busy ...

Solving the worlds problems ...

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It was a long day ...

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Day 01 ended with a few good hours of shut eye ...

... more to follow ...

FirstMan
08-24-2006, 09:37 AM
Great write up guys. Between the words and the pictures, I get to sit here relaxed, no money spent, and I feel like I was there. In the jeeping world this would be called web wheeling.

Photojojo
08-24-2006, 04:54 PM
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After the ride into Big Bend ranch state park it was time to partake of a little fuel. Nobody got lost this day, but one bike was momentarily misplaced while searching the desert for an alternate route around a fairly large waterhole.

Skinny was dispatched to find a better route for the others around the water hole They all made it through, either in the water or around through the brush. The last thing I remember from that scene was Skinny walking out with the rest of the guys. Everybody was there so I took off, thinking they would catch me. Turns out that even though everybody was there, all the bikes were not there. Skinny stumbled across a good size ditch that swallowed and apparently hid his bike from view. He walked out and with the others and they soon went to look for his bike. It was found a little later, and the rest were on their way.

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We had a little visitor on night one. The comment was made shortly after this that you might want to shake your boots out in the morning.

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Ken's XRValdeze and it's six gallon tank was the backup plan for fuel, luckily it was never needed on this trip. Although Ken's leg was needed a couple of times after Matt's bike flooded and he kicked it for what must have seemed like hours. Along comes Ken and it starts right up.

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Tony stretches out on the floor the morning of his dirt sample attempt. Little did he know he was enjoying mobility that he would not have for long.

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Victor who was present to make our meals for us while we stayed in the bunkhouse served eggs, biscuits, sausage, and bacon up.

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One of the early morning rituals for just about everybody was cleaning or replacing your air filter as John and Gary are doing here to Gary's bike. I opted for the filter skins on this trip. Four pre-oiled skins in a baggie gave me a fresh filter daily.

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After a quick trip through Lajitas and down 170 the lost trail was in our sites. The big hill that marks the entrance and exit of the trail lived up to it's name. Only a few traveled down the hill because if the trail was impassable you would have to ride up the hill.

Water at the bottom made for a bad sign, and the thoughts in the back of most of the riders heads were confirmed after Steve and John scouted the trail out through a particularly nasty water hole. Living up to it's name the trail would remain lost to those in the group who had not ridden it yet. And I suppose that's the way it should be, when you try multiple times to do something and you finally succeed it makes it that much more memorable.

As Tony took up the rear to make sure everybody made it out ok, it seems he was so disappointed in no being able to ride the lost trail that he just fell down. It looked like he broke his collarbone, but x-rays since his return show no broken bones.

Tony and Matt slabbed it back to the ranch except for the last 20 miles of dirt to the bunkhouse. One thing I need to mention here is that when the question was brought up about Tony starting his bike on his own with his injury Matt jumped in like a true friend and said he would not have to start it on his own because he was going with him.

Now on to the rest of the story...It's just amazing how green it was. The rain made this trip one to be remembered since I'm sure it will be a long time before I see it like that again.

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A quick pit stop at Chinati hot springs on Pinto Canyon road was just another surprise on this trip. Chinati is a little oasis stuck out in the middle of nowhere just North of Ruidoso. Ken has plans to buy the place and we already have an agreement that I will be the full time staff photographer and chief water temperature tester.

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The little valley the hot springs sit in are surely conducive to relaxation and enjoyment.

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After seeing everybody dunk their heads in the cool tub the hound dog decided it was his turn.

A quick dunk in the cool tub provided a relief for all, little did we know that we were about to experience a sudden drop in the temps just after John would experience a sudden drop.

Here are a few more from Chinati, I'm pretty sure we are going to start a ride from here since it's real close to the start of the lost trail and they will bring food and beer out there for us. A fully functioning kitchen available to guests has sealed the deal.

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After we left the hot springs we took Pinto Canyon road. This road has been etched into my memory and I will return. Very nice gravel road that climbs up to 6000 feet before it dumps you out on pavement with a 30-mile trek to Marfa.

John on the other hand may not have such fond memories of this road.

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The dark spot on the left was left by the impact and where the guys are standing is where the bike landed. John was chasing Ken and decided to try and use the bank as an emergency berm. The presence of cactus and big rocks made that difficult.

John was not injured badly; a 2 inch cactus thorn found its way into his thumb and a sore shoulder were all he suffered. His bike on the other hand had a little more damage.

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Busted plastics, a beat up rim, and worst of all a broken front brake mount forced john to take it easy the rest of the trip. If you've ever ridden with John you know that's hard to do.

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Ken and Chris went straight to work trying to figure out if the front brakes could be salvaged. It was decided that it would best to remove them all together instead of risking messing anything else up.

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Kudos to John though for picking a fantastic spot to have a crash.

After all was patched up we headed out of Pinto Canyon road and rose to at least 6000 feet where the temps had dropped because of a rain storm that we never did ride in. My Texas map shows that to be Chinati peak at 7700 feet. I would imagine the green there might be a little more common so if you get a chance to ever head that way I would not pass it up.

Lunch was at Dairy Queen that day where Gary decided to rest his weary self. We've been on three days of hard riding and every opportunity to rest and relax was taken.

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Precious cargo was obtained in Marfa as we made our way back to the bunk house. The keg developed a leak on the way and 4 of the beers left their contents on the road. All were a little fizzy upon arrival, but that was ok, the riders were not that picky.

More to come.....

BajaRat
08-24-2006, 05:03 PM
Great write up Chris !!!!

:popcorn:

Bandit33
08-24-2006, 05:12 PM
Great pictures and write up as usual.....
The last time I was there in Pinto Canyon I went and visited the Springs there....I remember that same dog (same bandana also) running out towards me as I was riding in, scared me until I realized he was friendly. His barking was his way of greeting me.
Brings back memories..... someday I will make it on a ride with you guys.....

Don

ta2240
08-24-2006, 05:28 PM
MORE:clap: :clap: :clap: MORE:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: MORE:clap: :clap: :clap:

Teeds
08-24-2006, 07:35 PM
As Tony took up the rear to make sure everybody made it out ok, it seems he was so disappointed in no being able to ride the lost trail that he just fell down. It looked like he broke his collarbone, but x-rays since his return show no broken bones.

Tony and Matt slabbed it back to the ranch except for the last 20 miles of dirt to the bunkhouse. One thing I need to mention here is that when the question was brought up about Tony starting his bike on his own with his injury Matt jumped in like a true friend and said he would not have to start it on his own because he was going with him.

Well, I owe Matt a big thank you for skipping Pinto Canyon Road and slabbing back to BBRSP with me. We arrived about 3:00 PM and found Victor had left us a surprise ... beer ... yum

I also need to correct the above statement about my arm. I went to the sports doc today and I have a broken shoulder. So ... I am officially out for about 6 weeks :tears:

At the point of my demise I gave Chris my camera since his battery had given up ... so I will let Chris finish the story.

ta2240
08-24-2006, 08:52 PM
[QUOTE=Teeds]I also need to correct the above statement about my arm. I went to the sports doc today and I have a broken shoulder. So ... I am officially out for about 6 weeks :tears:


:bow: :hail: :bow: :hail: :bow: :hail: :bow:

You have earned my respect!

Willsy
08-24-2006, 11:01 PM
Well, I owe Matt a big thank you for skipping Pinto Canyon Road and slabbing back to BBRSP with me. We arrived about 3:00 PM and found Victor had left us a surprise ... beer ... yum

I also need to correct the above statement about my arm. I went to the sports doc today and I have a broken shoulder. So ... I am officially out for about 6 weeks :tears:

At the point of my demise I gave Chris my camera since his battery had given up ... so I will let Chris finish the story.

Teeds, you need to point out ( no, I'll do it for you )... that you rode in excess of probably 300 miles after breaking your shoulder and a good percentage of that was dirt.:dude: Back to the ranch and then back to Easy's. Mucho respecto ! I think I would be crying like a baby every time I hit a bump bigger than a flea turd ;-)

Squeaky
08-24-2006, 11:47 PM
So glad I got to ride John's bike before he went and broke it!

BajaRat
08-25-2006, 09:20 AM
After being home for a while and reflecting back on our trip, I realized that there were many great moments that only the ride participants will be able to recall and they are too numerous to be captured in ride reports that will be posted.

After we arrived at Big Bend State Park and enjoyed our fantastic dinner, the subject seemed to migrate to our sore ***** and the enevitable discussions on the topic of 'Monkey Butt'. So who wound up being a very popular guy at the bunkhouse?

Dr. Mc Rider and his bottle of GOLD BOND......

Thanks from all of our ***** Doc !!!!!

Photojojo
08-25-2006, 10:18 AM
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As the trip winds down you can see a visible sign of weariness in all the riders. And you can also sense that everybody knows we are all sharing something special. This many riders together with a single purpose can, at times, be a bit of a hassle.

The fortunate thing I have found with this group is the ability of everybody to mesh with each other. Up until this point I was probably the person that would be the stranger, having only ridden with a few of them a couple of times. With each ride though I met new riders and developed new friends. This trip would be a chance for riders known only through the Internet to get together and finally swap lies in person.

Matt (Mafols) and Tony were friends but no one else new him. Steve Seaton (Skinny) was known over the Internet by some of the group for a few years, but none in this group had ever ridden with him.

You always wonder if these people that you feel you know so well will turn out to be compatible with a group that at one time or another have all ridden together. The jackpot was hit with these two riders, and in a way they helped to keep the rides namesake alive by 1. Getting lost and 2. Losing a bike. We may not have been able to do the Lost trail but we did have our fair share of losts on this ride.

Instead of freaking out like many would do about these things they took them all in stride and were able to laugh about it. Sometimes laughing is the best remedy for having a bad day.

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The final night at BBRSP saw more relaxation on the porch. As you can see Tony is set up in a sling to try and keep his arm from moving around to much. John would soon disappear after taking one of Hardy’s pain killers for his shoulder, he soon crashed out.

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The windows of the bunkhouse had little Beer portals slots in them. It’s amazing what the builders envisioned when they built this house no telling how long ago. Hopefully they didn’t envision this.

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The ranch house is claimed to be haunted. Many have claimed to have heard the ghost including Johns wife Lupita on a separate trip. Ken and I went to look for the ghost and found nothing in the daylight. Ken would return later that night by himself because I chickened out. A locked gate would prevent the ethereal investigation anyway.

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Matt had seen a Discovery Channel, or History Channel, or one of those Channel’s about the artist or style of a painting hanging on the wall of the ranch house so he gave Ken and me a little history lesson.

More from the ranch house

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It was amazing inside, it was at least 90 degrees outside. But with adobe walls nearly two feet thick it was a pleasant mid 70’s inside the house.

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One of the things about taking a trip like this is that you are carrying all your gear for four days of riding. One of the almost daily rituals for everybody was doing a little laundry. Some chose the stomp method where get in the shower with your clothes on. Get everything wet and then take them off and stomp on them as soap runs down on them. The other method is in the sink. I found some cute little sink load size Tide packets that worked very well for me.

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I lucked out and got a bunk room to myself that gave me the extra bed to store all my gear, plus a fan to myself.

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Dang British…no respect. :lol2:

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Sunset the final night gave us a fantastic light show with a storm brewing in the distance. Lucky for us we never experienced rain on this ride. My theory is that we were all prepared for it with rain gear and clothes in plastic storage bags so it didn’t rain. If we had not been prepared it surely would have rained everyday.

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It’s hard to say which was cuter the sunsets or the sunrises. Either way everybody was rewarded with opening and closing acts that only the desert can provide. In this environment and with the events we had all been through over the past few days together it truly makes these scenes much more special.

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The road leaving the park was fantastic. It always seemed much longer on the way in than on the way out. I guess that had something to do with starting fresh every day versus ending the day after 8 or so hours of seat time.

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Hardy and I waited for everybody to get out and locked the gate as our final goodbye to BBRSP. I’m sure we will both be back at some time, if were lucky we can come back with at least some of this group.

Another few miles on wide open gravel and we would hit slab for the remainder of the trip. A quick gas stop in presidio and then it was back down 170 through Lajitas and on to Terlingua where the group would split up.

Tony, Chris, Matt, John and I would slab it back to Camp Easy in Pandale. Steve, Gary, Ken, and Ian would ride dirt some of the way back.

All was well until just after our lunch stop in Marathon John pulled up and motioned for us to stop. My chain was about to come off, after a quick inspection it was determined I had no teeth on my rear sprocket. We tightened up my rear wheel and took it pretty easy to Sanderson where I would wait for Tony and John to come back with the truck.

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I want to apologize to those with me for this. My rookie mistake delayed you guys getting home. I’m sorry, and trust me I will NEVER start another trip of this magnitude with out chain and sprockets that I am certain will last the duration of the trip.

Well that’s it, Tony and I drove through the night and he dropped me off at my house at 3:30 A.M. and then went home. I slept until about 10:00 and woke up just in time to miss a phone call from work. It felt strange not getting ready to ride, even stranger to be driving the van. It just does not have the same soothing vibration the XR does.

There are lots of things I left out, I feel that others might be better able to elaborate on those. So speak up guys share the things you remember or your version of items in my report.

I want to thank everybody that came on making this one of the most memorable trips I have been on to date. I hope that we all have the chance to share each others dust clouds at some point again in the near future.

Oh yeah…
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Tourmeister
08-25-2006, 10:37 AM
So the food was "that" good eh? :lol2:

skinny
08-25-2006, 11:35 AM
There are lots of things I left out, I feel that others might be better able to elaborate on those. So speak up guys share the things you remember or your version of items in my report.

I want to thank everybody that came on making this one of the most memorable trips I have been on to date. I hope that we all have the chance to share each others dust clouds at some point again in the near future.




Great trip report, Chris. I'm ready to do another starting from Chinati Hot Springs as soon as you all recuperate from your various mechanical and orthopedic miseries...I made it home with no further drama and aside from being exhausted and sore, me and the DRZ are good to go. If any of you are making the Cloudcroft Trip Labor Day, I'll see you there...thanks for the ride guys...

skinny

klrno2
08-25-2006, 11:36 AM
Nice job on the report Chris...great photos, as usual. If one thing came through with the words in your report, it was a sweet sense of comradery and true enjoyment of the dual sport gathering.
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

oops..I guess that's two things.

XR650Rocketman
08-25-2006, 01:19 PM
The other thing that's always laying in waiting for us is that none of us are immune to accidents!!!! Get well soon Tony....We'll sit out the Labor Day ride this year buddy....

Steve

klrno2
08-25-2006, 01:32 PM
The other thing that's always laying in waiting for us is that none of us are immune to accidents!!!! Get well soon Tony....We'll sit out the Labor Day ride this year buddy....

Steve

:uhoh: Does this mean you're not coming either?

kingham
08-25-2006, 01:39 PM
Day 1 pictures:
First dirt roads were wide and fast. Like usual, a lot of dust keep us spread apart so not to eat it all day
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We took the access road to the RR for a few fun technical miles. It was a two track trail with some technical up and down hills with some big rocks. Not without mishaps Gary had a small get off and Steve and Matt ended up with flats on that trail. One was a pinch the other was a 4" long nail. We all pitched in and got everyone repaired and going in the right direction. Steve ended up getting another front flat as we drove up to the "dairy King) for lunch

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After the gas stop in Marathon, things got a little messed up. with 9 riders, it's hard to keep track with who is with who. the first group took off down south on 385 while the rest were still gearing up. Matt took off between the two groups and missed the turn to 385 and went west on 90 to Alpine. The rest of us made it on 385 thinking everyone was ahead of us. While Matt was Figuring out where everyone went, We didn't realize he wasn't with us until we gathered at the 385/2627 split. Tony and I elected to drive the 40 miles back to Marathon to see if we could find him while the others went on ahead as we were running late getting into Teriligua Ranch. Luck was with us as Tony got Matt on the cell phones and within an hour we were headed back south.

but first we need some adult beverages as the bad rabbitt cafe might be closed when Matt, Tony and myself would get there

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Though a few hours behind the group, Matt, Tony and I were treated with spectacular view of 385 and BBNP roads as the sun was setting.

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As we hit the dirt road to the Teriligua Ranch the sun was setting. we picked up the pace so we wouldn't have too many miles riding in the dark. I was leading when I came around a corner only to see a huge mud hole. I slid to a stop just missing flying into the bushes. Tony did the same but ended up plowing into the pushes getting a little tied up. It was a close call but we were all safe. Matt and I helped Tony get out of the bushes and headed on. the dark of the night set in as we made it to the ranch.

kingham
08-25-2006, 02:07 PM
Day 2 Pictures

After a nice breakfast at the Bad Rabbit Cafe, The group head on the back road to the BBSP Main road to Dagger Flats

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From Dagger Flats we Hit Old Ore road. We all stopped at the spot where we Lost Steve's son last December. Tony surprised Steve with a small Plaque of engraved marble he placed hidden a few feet from the trail in remembrance of Steve Jr.. Many of us were there that day in December and all gathered the around and talked,laughed, cried and remembered Steve Jr. and how lucky we are to be doing what we love.:sun:

After lunch and a gas stop break, we head south west on the River rd. This is where we ran into the monster mud holes. We only got pictures of the first hole which was very easy compaired to the second. I think we all were too busy trying to go though or around to take any pictures.

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The day got long after that as we getting tired and time was running short. It was 3:30 pm and we needed to make it to BB Ranch SP by 7:30. We still had 130 + miles to go. Lucky for us that was the last of the mud holes and we criused into the park around 7:45. Victor was there waiting for us with some awesome fajitas.

kingham
08-25-2006, 02:24 PM
Day 3 photos and the lost trail;

We were once again treated to some good eats from Victor. I actually gained weight on this trip. The 26 mile dirt road into the ranch was quite fun. We headed out to see if we could make the lost trail

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We made it to the trail head of the lost trail but only made it in a mile or so before running into really deep mud. From the looks of the trail it is awesome! I must come back and make this trail.

Here is Chris Hardy on the trail
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This is a glared picture of the monster hill we need to decend and asend on the lost trail
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Tony made it down and up this monster hill only to get cross rutted in a turn by a washout and broke what we now know was his shoulder.

AS Matt and Tony headed back to the ranch. We were treated to the hot springs and Pinto Canyon Road. By far the coolest part of the ride hitting up near 6000 feet after a rain storm. I'm not a fan of paved roads on my DS but this road is worth every mile.

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Goat Trail Green
08-25-2006, 03:13 PM
Awesome ride report all

I am sorry to hear about Teeds. Tony let me know if you need anything when you are in town.

Unbelievable pics..

Thanks for sharing..


Mike Green

BajaRat
08-25-2006, 06:27 PM
Went skinny dipping in the Pecos River as I was first to arrive at Cap Easy about 5 hours ahead of everyone else.

Chris J..........

I need a lesson on how to add a pic from my Smugmug acct. that is as large as yours........thanks

ta2240
08-25-2006, 07:08 PM
I like the wheel stop Gary:thumb:

dbdolan
08-25-2006, 08:15 PM
Good stuff guys, I felt like I was there with the fantastic pictures and play by play. Get well soon Tony .

BajaRat
08-26-2006, 01:11 PM
messed up photo add...........

Teeds
08-26-2006, 01:21 PM
messed up photo add...........

Gary ...

Pull up the photo in smugmug ... right click and pick properties at the bottom of the mouse menu.

Highlight the name of the file ... should start with http and end in M.jpg

Control C to save it to memory

(img)filename goes here(/img) ... replace () with [] (brackets) and it should work.

BajaRat
08-26-2006, 01:25 PM
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Teeds
08-26-2006, 03:00 PM
:clap: Gary :clap:

thumper
08-26-2006, 11:12 PM
Great pics! Sure does look hot.

Goat Trail Green
08-27-2006, 08:57 PM
Good job Gary :)

Awesome pics. It looks like Chris got a hair for this ride !!

Mike

Greasemonkey
08-29-2006, 06:59 AM
Great pict's Gary and the rest too.Sound like ya'll had a blast, with minor personal bendage.Hope the shoulder works out Tony[ouch].Thanks for the write up.
Scott G.

FirstMan
08-30-2006, 02:52 PM
Gary,
what is your rear tire? How well did it ride?

BajaRat
08-30-2006, 03:14 PM
Gary,
what is your rear tire? How well did it ride?


Dunlop 606......It was alright. If I would have not spun the rear as much as I did I would have done better on treadwear. McRider did well on his 606 I believe. Ask him how much tread he had left. Mine was pretty well gone after the trip.

BTW.....................What was our final mileage anyone???? I know a few different routes were taken but I am looking for a number from anyone.

Thanks,
BR

FirstMan
08-30-2006, 03:21 PM
Dunlop 606......It was alright. If I would have not spun the rear as much as I did I would have done better on treadwear. McRider did well on his 606 I believe. Ask him how much tread he had left. Mine was pretty well gone after the trip.

BTW.....................What was our final mileage anyone???? I know a few different routes were taken but I am looking for a number from anyone.

Thanks,
BR

The lugs look wider than on mine. I guess it was just the picture.

I am sure the person behind you would prefer it if you didn't spin the tire, you could make friends and have some tire left over!

BajaRat
08-30-2006, 03:36 PM
The lugs look wider than on mine. I guess it was just the picture.

I am sure the person behind you would prefer it if you didn't spin the tire, you could make friends and have some tire left over!

If you ain't roostin', you ain't ridin'............... One of these days you will figure out how to use that twisty thing on the right handlebar Adam and have some fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:lol2: :rider:

Mudshark
08-30-2006, 10:31 PM
Very excellent report/s. Good reading, very enjoyable.
Thanks very much folks. :thumb:
I'd love to do a ride like that. :rider:

Teeds
09-14-2006, 04:30 PM
BTW.....................What was our final mileage anyone???? I know a few different routes were taken but I am looking for a number from anyone.

Thanks,
BR

Gary: I have not gone back and cleaned up the tracks yet, but my total including backtracking was a shade under 1100 miles for the four days. Y'all should have a bit more because of the Pinto Canyon run.

woodsrider
09-17-2006, 08:26 PM
Looks like you guys had a great ride -- serious mileage too. Great pics!

Here's a good one:
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Chris at his finest...


woodsy in CO

Tourmeister
09-17-2006, 09:26 PM
Welcome to the site woodsrider! :wave:

woodsrider
09-17-2006, 09:38 PM
Many thanks, Tourmeister. Nice forum!

Teeds
09-18-2006, 05:55 AM
:wave: :wave: :welcome: Woods

Mmmmm, that avatar looks VERY familar ... :trust:

Chris was only about 10 minutes ahead of me in checking his eyelids.

mcrider
09-18-2006, 09:50 AM
Welcome to TWT Lynn, you would pick my best pic! :clap: