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XR650Rocketman
11-26-2006, 09:43 AM
I'll be happy to open this thread with a few comments....

First, what a great ride,.....Back in a minute, got to eat B/Fast.....That's better!!

OK....Many thanks to Ken and Wes Ingham for putting on a fine event.....I know you've heard it before but you cannot believe how much time and effort goes into a ride like this....It's when guys step up and do things like this just for the fun of it that we all benefit....

I just checked my odo and it said 383 miles.....I couldn't see it last night as it was way past "dark thirty" when we got back.

I know everyone who participated had a "memorable time" for one reason or another.

All the stories will come out I'm sure.

For myself, all I can say is "It keeps you humble"....Anyway there are no pictures of me in the big water crossing, either time.

My new Wolfman luggage is as waterproof as advertised by the way!

As for my 2000 XR650R that son Joel was riding, all it needs is a new rear wheel.

Let us see the pics you guys took and fill us in on those "memorable moments".

Greasemonkey
11-26-2006, 01:18 PM
Let's see put up christmas lites or drive 6 hrs in the fog to be pelted by rocks and dust.Think I made a good choice,the ride was primo,especialy around Mason[big granite rocks].Good BBQ.Missed the watersports due to a flat which knobby helped out on.When we got to the watercrossing everyone was looking our way[somethings up]I poked thru not wanting to give a good photo op...and was lucky.The final leg in the dark was ah differerent,fifteen bikes in a clump to be able to light the road thru deer and mad cows,that was close Joel...[maybe 1 ft].Anyhow still have to put up lites today.Hope this happens again!!!!!

Knobby
11-26-2006, 02:28 PM
OK, Got home about 11pm last night. Loosened the tiedowns and left everything sitting in the driveway. 4 Advil and a shower was all it took to put me out til 6 this morning.

The bike is now washed, chain lubed, airfilter cleaned, and the clothes are in the wash. It was an incredible road trip yesterday, from the bar-b-que in Castell, to Angels afterwards. Perfect roll-charts and GPS coordinates. Great to be a part of about 30 riders in the hillcountry. Awesome weather too. My trip-odo read 398 miles!

Tourmeister
11-26-2006, 02:55 PM
We need PICS!!!

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 02:58 PM
When we got to the watercrossing everyone was looking our way[somethings up]I poked thru not wanting to give a good photo op...and was lucky. Hope this happens again!!!!!

I was ready in case things got interesting- haha. Here is a photo of Greasemonkey making a good clean pass of the James River(?).

Knobby, were you the one riding with Greasemonkey?
Don't worry, I got a picture of you, too. :trust:

Excellent ride Ken, Wes and wife, Doug, and all who helped. We sure appreciate y'all's work. I am starting to feel guilty about getting to do all these great rides without chipping in on work duty.

-more photos on the way...
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0242.jpg

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:01 PM
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chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:04 PM
Knobby, is this you?
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0241.jpg

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:09 PM
Here is a nicer one.
I am sure that by posting that last picture, I condemned myself to being the photographed the next time I go down. Haha I deserve it I'm sure.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0240.jpg

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:15 PM
If you put together a fabulous dualsport rally, good enough to make you feel like you are on vacation, without ever leaving the Hillcountry, packing enough riding for the entire weekend into one day...
PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND. haha -thanks Ken
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0247.jpg

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:26 PM
Picture of Doug, who let us stage the ride from his meager home.
Yep, he lives in that tiny little RV in the background, the poor guy.;-)
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0238.jpg

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:28 PM
Rider's Meeting.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0233.jpg

Tourmeister
11-26-2006, 03:31 PM
Chadleys1, you do realize that you can put more than one pic in a post, right?

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:38 PM
In this picture, people are admiring one of the coolest GS's I have ever seen. It belongs to Sunny, or "Sunman" who is standing 3rd from the left. It hurt to find out that the 11 gallon tank was damaged in a fall during the biggest watercrossing of the day. When I crossed, they were draining the tank into fuel bottles, and handing it out to any who wanted it, as that was a lot better than letting it leak out onto the ground. Darnit. From what I could tell, he is a good wrench, and does all his own fab work. He should have it fixed in no time.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0226.jpg

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:41 PM
Making the most of the trail damage.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0251.jpg

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:42 PM
Chadleys1, you do realize that you can put more than one pic in a post, right?
uuuhhhh... Nope.
Sorry.

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 03:58 PM
Near the river.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0246croppy.jpg
I took a picture with the self timer of a small weed, with me and my friend Curtis(motocrosser) in the background.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0239.jpg
I should have taken more action photos.
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f224/chadleys1/IMG_0244.jpg

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 04:15 PM
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This guy on the Uly was tough. We came up around a corner to find him picking himself up from a fall at a fast loose curve just before a cattleguard-yikes. He said he was coming in too fast.

I'm out of photos.... who's up next?

Tourmeister
11-26-2006, 04:53 PM
:clap: It is killing me to miss out on all these awesome rides! :tears: Thanks for letting me ride along as a virtual hitchhiker!

Greasemonkey
11-26-2006, 05:02 PM
Good job chadley,probably try to snag a couple pict's for my wall collection.

Not so sure knobby feels the same way:lol2:

ChrisWFO
11-26-2006, 05:11 PM
Looks like I missed a great ride. Next time I hope that I don't have any family commitments and can join in the fun.

dbdolan
11-26-2006, 06:20 PM
Good stuff, enjoyed the pic's.

Hillcountryrambler
11-26-2006, 08:40 PM
Ah ha! The INFAMOUS James river Crossing. It's taken down many a great rider and gave me the goose bumps first time I attempted it. Hint, be the last to cross (fake any excuse to achieve this position in line) and that way you can determine what paths DON'T work.

chadleys1
11-26-2006, 08:43 PM
Good job chadley,probably try to snag a couple pict's for my wall collection.

Not so sure knobby feels the same way:lol2:

PM me if you want the fullsize, high resolution photos.

I am glad nobody had a camera around when I went down on a calichi gravel curve at about 40 mph, late in the ride. No damage to bike or rider, just pride. haha

thumper
11-26-2006, 08:53 PM
:drool: more pics?:clap:

XR650Rocketman
11-26-2006, 10:32 PM
Ah ha! The INFAMOUS James river Crossing. It's taken down many a great rider and gave me the goose bumps first time I attempted it. Hint, be the last to cross (fake any excuse to achieve this position in line) and that way you can determine what paths DON'T work.

Ah Ha.....I was first in line to cross..That's what I did wrong, was it? When I was paddling around in the river it was much easier to find the line without all the algea but it was too late by then....

Steve

Tourmeister
11-26-2006, 10:34 PM
I have learned the hard way that being first is not always a good thing :doh: It is nice not to ride in everyone's dust, but it comes at a price :-P

Willsy
11-26-2006, 11:56 PM
Ah Ha.....I was first in line to cross..That's what I did wrong, was it? When I was paddling around in the river it was much easier to find the line without all the algea but it was too late by then....

Steve

Took another one for the team Steve eh ? :-)

I am gutted I missed this ride, sounds like you guys had a blast. Great work Ken, sounds like you organized a fantastic ride, sign me up for the next one!

kingham
11-27-2006, 02:12 PM
Just a little sand in some of the river crossings

http://www.texasoffroad.net/albums/members/album207/P8190058.sized.jpg


Creek crossing
http://www.texasoffroad.net/albums/members/album207/P8190059.sized.jpg


The Imfamous James river Crossing
http://www.texasoffroad.net/albums/members/album207/P8200063.sized.jpg


GS gas tank leak after dumping it in the crossing
http://www.texasoffroad.net/albums/members/album207/P8200070.sized.jpg

Gotta love the Redneck engineering of this roll chart holder.. Cardboard, a little Duct tape, pencils, some clear plastic...... It work like a champ.
http://www.texasoffroad.net/albums/members/album207/P8200067.sized.jpg

The Bruce
11-27-2006, 02:31 PM
Gotta love that duct tape! Thanks to all that have posted pictures. I knew I was missing a good ride.

chadleys1
11-27-2006, 09:59 PM
Great pictures, Kingham!
When you get the time, post a zillion more.

Knobby
11-27-2006, 10:35 PM
>>>>>-----Knobby, is this you?

Yep, my proudest moment! I've actually been caught like that once before,... in the snot (wet caliche) out at Zars on a YZ250. At least this time I could stand up and walk out of it. At Zars it was so slippery I had to crawl out dragging the bike behind me.

BTW, note to Steve,... payback is coming for that other water crossing. I had slowed down and had my legs out to avoid getting wet when this scofflaw came blowing by me in a shower of water. (At that point, I knew I was among my own deviant kind.)

XR650Rocketman
11-28-2006, 06:26 AM
>>>>>-----Knobby, is this you?

Yep, my proudest moment! I've actually been caught like that once before,... in the snot (wet caliche) out at Zars on a YZ250. At least this time I could stand up and walk out of it. At Zars it was so slippery I had to crawl out dragging the bike behind me.

BTW, note to Steve,... payback is coming for that other water crossing. I had slowed down and had my legs out to avoid getting wet when this scofflaw came blowing by me in a shower of water. (At that point, I knew I was among my own deviant kind.)

"Scofflaw".....I resemble that remark...

Sometimes the kid in me cannot be controlled......Remember Jimmy Buffett's line...." I'm growing older but not up" !!!

You did dry out pretty quickly though, didn't you?

And, you didn't get to see me fall into the James River twice.....

Great day.

Steve

ilv2wheels
11-29-2006, 12:03 AM
WoW, just the after ride report got me inspired. I hope I can join in on the next one of these, though with all the work organizing, I certainly understand if it'll be a while. Fun without serious injury on motos takes very good planning. Congrats! :clap: