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gotdurt
02-09-2008, 07:56 PM
I always suspected I had a screw loose :phead:, but had I known it was the drain screw for the float bowl, I probably would have done something about it before the ride...:lol2:

What a day, went by too fast. Neat place, I'll post in more detail once I sort through the 40 minutes of video following Rusty.


Here we go...
I rolled up at about 9:30 and most of the guys were already there. The group made a warm-up run on some of the jeep roads, then Chris (Chris S), took Tony (disbanded), Bryan (OLDERMXER) and I on a single track tour. A few miles in, my bike suddenly wouldn't stay running... we stopped and Bryan points out that I was spewing gas :shock:. I get off to discover that the float bowl drain screw is missing... :scratch: I was dead in the water. After backtracking on foot to look for the needle in the haystack, we decided it was a lost cause and Chris and Bryan head back to camp to get a strap. I hike up the hill toward the main road to see if I can see the road and if it would be possible to tow out. At the top of the hill I see the road... about 5 feet from where I stood! What was better was that the camp was only about 1/2 mile away. I hooked up to the Tractor (Tony's KLR) for a tow out.

Once back I decide to make a run into Marble Falls to see if I could find a shop that might have a screw that I could rig it with. One of the BC guys told me where I could find a shop, and I set off. Once I found the shop, I went to the parts counter and told the guy what I was doing. Unlike the monkeys at Woods' he immediately 'got it' and headed into the service shop for a little while, then returned with a screw. "Maybe this will work" he said... not only was it something that 'might work' but it was the exact part! I asked what I owed him and he said nothing, so I bid him much thanks and was on my way...

**PLUG** Go see the folks at Kawasaki-Suzuki of Marble Falls (http://www.kawasaki-suzukiofmarblefalls.com/) if you need something while in the area...

I get back and everyone is out riding. I hang around for about an hour and folks come trickling back in. It's 3pm and most are done for the day. I talk Rusty (Woodbutcher) into doing some single track with me so I could tape someone riding...

As usual, the camera tends to flatten things out, but this hill was darn steep and Bryan didn't quite make it up. Note how difficult it is for Tony and Chris to stand and walk on it... Tony rubs it in a little at the top on the KLR :-P
(reduce the player size for better resolution)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=uFRucCeo6Kk

Again, the camera flattens things out a bit, but this trail had a few tricks up its sleve. To get an idea of the steepness and technicality of some of the sections, just listen to the motor, sliding rear tire, stalls, and rattles...

Part 1 (7 min)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=AQveWlLS1c8

Part 2 (13 min)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8946996853006932680&hl=en

Part 3 (6 min)
(This was a tight trail. Unfortunately the tape ended before we finished)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ov24fk4248s

If anyone wants to see the trails in more detail before you head out there, let me know and I'll try to find a way to get you a better quality video for download

Tourmeister
02-09-2008, 07:58 PM
Funny... I always KNEW you had a screw loose, a few nuts, some springs, and Lord knows what else... :lol2: I trust it was an injury free day?

And when is kid 2 due?

gotdurt
02-09-2008, 08:22 PM
Funny... I always KNEW you had a screw loose, a few nuts, some springs, and Lord knows what else... :lol2: I trust it was an injury free day?

And when is kid 2 due?

:nana: Yep, injury free. A couple of guys dropped bikes, but their feet stayed on the ground and bodies mostly upright, so "it didn't count" :lol2:

Due April 6 :shock:

WoodButcher
02-09-2008, 08:57 PM
Yep, no helicopters or big yellow trucks. The only blood I saw was before we even fired up a bike when jbay donated some to his ramp. I know of two bikes that took dirt naps, only one rider that hit the ground.

I can't wait to see Casey's footage of me. Music should be Keystone Cops. I was all over the place. Stalling going down hills, sliding back down uphills, getting out of the saddle sideways in dips. That only happens when somebody is filming me though :trust:

I think we had 9 riders up at Fastmonstr's campsite and CBAT had 4 more with him. Anyway good fun. I'll get the pictures off the camera in after church tomorrow.

The Bruce
02-09-2008, 09:12 PM
Great ride without any :flip: A good time was had by all. I got a few pictures but for the most part was too busy riding. The park is wonderful. Also, nice to be able to place a face with some names. It was a pleasure meeting everyone.

thumper
02-09-2008, 09:19 PM
Do us right here. ;-) I'm sure this place is making it's way up alot of list:popcorn:

Jbay
02-09-2008, 09:33 PM
[QUOTE] only one rider that hit the ground. [\QUOTE]

the ground hit me first :box: , should not have run up that hill, maybe with a billygoat, and yes I walked the CRF down the hill

still making a Crooked Creek ride with my son tommorow

it was a blast and nice to meet the DS loonies

whoa
02-09-2008, 10:25 PM
Hey James, you thinking about knobbies for the Tiger yet?

Jbay
02-09-2008, 10:39 PM
Hey James, you thinking about knobbies for the Tiger yet?


no

funny, Rusty had a story about you on your old Tiger, and a Pie run to Marble Falls, and a water crossing on Cow Creek :lol2:

The Bruce
02-10-2008, 10:59 AM
Hey James, you thinking about knobbies for the Tiger yet?

The whole time I was out there I was thinking, "Next front on my Tiger will be a TKC80." There are several two track roads that are Tiger freindly with some knobs on the front.

WoodButcher
02-10-2008, 03:47 PM
Okay, I've got some pictures to show, but the first is a poach from LumberJack on the Texas Offroad network. It's his son by the dinosaur track at Boulder creek. There are supposed to be more along the creek, but we didn't go looking this trip.

http://www.texasoffroad.net/files/503353-KyleNdinotrack.jpg

Okay, on to mine. First is the camping area that Fastmonstr staked out and most of the riders and trucks that ended up there.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/woodbutcher/boulder%20creek/IMG_0361.jpg

This is a view from one of the two way trails around the perimeter of the place.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/woodbutcher/boulder%20creek/IMG_0364.jpg

Finally the water fall with Chopperbob in there for reference. He's 6' 3" or 4" so that may help with height.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/woodbutcher/boulder%20creek/IMG_0373.jpg

I have a short video of Bob climbing a hill, but I'm still figuring out hosting on that, so I'll post that later.

gotdurt
02-10-2008, 08:29 PM
Okay, I updated my first post with a short ride report and some video...

Quick-Silver
02-10-2008, 08:49 PM
Okay, I updated my first post with a short ride report and some video...

Great Videos. Thanks for sharing.

OLDERMXER
02-11-2008, 08:21 AM
Boulder Creek & all of the nice folks I met & rode with made the 4 hour drive well worth it. Thanks to everyone especially Casey for setting this ride up & to Chris for bailing me out on the hill I fell on. Couldn't make it up the hill once I fell & wasn't comfortable riding the stalled bake back down. I'll be back for sure, but will camp & do 2 days next time. Nice meeting everyone.

Bryan

gotdurt
02-11-2008, 08:41 AM
Nice riding with ya Bryan, even though it was cut short by 'Casey's Law' :doh:

BTW, there's a video in my 1st post of your climb, or at least of when I showed up... ;-) (I moved your post from the other thread)

disbanded
02-11-2008, 08:48 AM
It was a fun day for sure. Can't wait to do it again.

The Bruce
02-11-2008, 10:11 AM
Casey,
Great videos :clap:

gotdurt
02-11-2008, 10:15 AM
It was a fun day for sure. Can't wait to do it again.
And we will, soon. I feel jyped, only got in 30 miles and spent what seemed like 1/2 my day in the car. I say the first weekend after the next rain... I'm saving my birthday money from Grandma for a few more trips out there before it starts getting hot :mrgreen:. I'm going to tear that place up next time :twisted: Keep yer weekends open my friend...

gotdurt
02-11-2008, 10:40 AM
Casey,
Great videos :clap:
Thanks... see, if ya'll would joined us, you could've been in movies :trust:

fastmonstr
02-11-2008, 11:35 AM
Awesome place. 37 miles from my house! I put over 100 miles on my WR over the weekend.

As far as I'm concerned, it's the best place in Texas to ride. There is something there for everyone.

I bought a membership and will be spending a lot of time there.

Cheers!

Matthew

Wastrel
02-11-2008, 11:43 AM
Looks like Rusty had a heck of a time. I was tempted to blame it on tires at first til I got a good look at what he was running, then I had to revise that and blame it all on Casey making him nervous. My favorite part was the near getoff over the small ravine on #3. hehehe..I'm just evil that way.

WoodButcher
02-11-2008, 12:09 PM
Looks like Rusty had a heck of a time. I was tempted to blame it on tires at first til I got a good look at what he was running, then I had to revise that and blame it all on Casey making him nervous. My favorite part was the near getoff over the small ravine on #3. hehehe..I'm just evil that way.

Because the tape ran out you missed another one like that. My favorite was on #3 when I got hung up going between two trees. It wasn't as obvious on tape as it was in real life. They were closer together than my bars and offset by a small amount. I managed to clip both of them, but stay upright. Stopped me dead in my tracks though. Thank goodness for bark busters and a stabilizer. I'd have been an unhappy puppy without them.

gotdurt
02-11-2008, 12:12 PM
Looks like Rusty had a heck of a time. I was tempted to blame it on tires at first til I got a good look at what he was running, then I had to revise that and blame it all on Casey making him nervous.
Yea, I'm not the most fun person to be in front of :rolleyes:. I did try to give him a bit of room though and still be close enough for good video. I also tried to back off on the more technical parts.

He really didn't have that hard of a time, at least not on the harder stuff. I guess he was trying harder. We went through a few sections that were pretty steep and harry, but you couldn't really tell.

My favorite part was the near getoff over the small ravine on #3. hehehe..I'm just evil that way.
That one was actually a bit harrier than it looked. Had a steep, rocky approach, a compound dip, then a good climb out.

He had no excuse on the last one though, that the tape ran out before... he was spared :-P

chopperbob
02-11-2008, 01:23 PM
Im glad that everyone had a good time. Matthew, good to hear you bought a membership. Great place to take the family camping and the riding is a bonus. I cant tell you how much I like BC and thats without riding the single track although I am leaning towards buying some barkbusters and going for it.
I'm still committed to riding with by beginer friend.
I have to admit though its a lot dustier when your not the first one.
Was nice to meet everybody and I learned something new as always.
Rusty provided some entertainment with his kill switch routine.
Bob

The Bruce
02-11-2008, 04:48 PM
Thanks... see, if ya'll would joined us, you could've been in movies :trust:

I'm in a movie. I just haven't had time to post it yet. :trust: I think it's in my email just waiting.

Chris S
02-11-2008, 09:49 PM
Nice meeting everyone, and seeing some old friends. I had a great time riding and hanging out w/ everyone, let's do it again soon!

I go almost every weekend, so it's not too hard luring me to BC for a ride. :)

Greasemonkey
02-12-2008, 06:51 AM
????????
Does this place have stuff thats pretty tame[two track] to the point you could just cruise around.
No technical stuff.

Sure there is much harder stuff in the park.Pict's Ive seen show some kinda easy stuff to do.

gotdurt
02-12-2008, 07:45 AM
????????
Does this place have stuff thats pretty tame[two track] to the point you could just cruise around.
No technical stuff.

Sure there is much harder stuff in the park.Pict's Ive seen show some kinda easy stuff to do.
Oh, sure, the vast majority of the over 80 miles of trails is easy enough to (carefully) ride a sport standard (Bandit etc) on, if you wanted. There's everything from smooth dirt roads to easy double track to moderate single track and extreme rock crawling (from what I've heard, I didn't actually make it to the extreme areas). Yep, something for everyone.

thumper
02-12-2008, 08:47 AM
Very cool vids and pics:cool2: Thanks!:rider: I gonna hafta check that place out real soon.

I didn't see anything on their site about rain closeures. Looks like the singletrack would soak up rain pretty quick.:trust:

gotdurt
02-12-2008, 09:18 AM
I didn't see anything on their site about rain closeures. Looks like the singletrack would soak up rain pretty quick.:trust:
Yes... and it needs it :-(

The Bruce
02-12-2008, 12:06 PM
OK we parked in a different spot. Since we didn't know where we were going we just stopped and the biggest shade tree that we could see. I was able to talk 4 of my friends into going for a ride. Me along with my BIL David and co-workers Chris, Phil, and Jaime.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC01park.jpg

We had no clue were to go first so we just mounted up and took off in a general the general direction of uphill. Chris and Phil spotted a single track that looked inviting called Pop-a-Top so they split off from David and I. Jaime had not arrived yet, he would meet up with us around lunch time. Anyway, David and I kept going toward the end of the road. We took a wrong turn and ended up behind these guys.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC03crawlers.jpg

They had left their rides and were a bit up the creek bed clearing brush for a trail over the rocks. The terrain was pretty rough. This was the flattest spot we could find to park.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC022bikes.jpg

David and I had decided to just cruise around and see as much of the ranch as we could. The rest of our little group were much more interested in tearing through the trees on the single track. David and I continued north and east to the end of the road. The views were really impressive from the tops of the hills. The main feature is a radio tower that can be seen from any hilltop on the ranch. Find that and you can figure out where you are, generally. There is a road that leads up to the tower and some of the best views.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC07tower.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC08view5.jpg

David
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC09DavidView.jpg

My head
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC04Helm.jpg

There are trails that follow much of the fence line. A good way to really see the place.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC05fenceline.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyLtO4JNKHM

The trails cross creek beds at many places. The water crossings on the roads were easy enough but some others were more challenging. If there was recent rain runoff they would all be more of a challenge. Here Phil's KLR powers by Jaime as he's trying to restart his XRR.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC06Phil.jpg

These videos show the general type of roads David and I road most of the day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIbfBp_ZJDs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDaiaxoJbX8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6c5gjoqsLA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RtuQx3j-zM

David and I stopped by the TWT encampment and met several of the folks there. The whole day riding David and I only saw other riders a couple of times. That shows how big the place is. My new old DRZ ran great all day long. Then as the day was ending Rusty and Casey stopped and shared stories of the day with us before we all headed for the gate. It was a great day riding and meeting new Friends.

gotdurt
02-12-2008, 12:30 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/captainbruce/2008%20Boulder%20Creek/20080109BC06Phil.jpg

Can you make an attempt at explaining where this was :lol2: I know, it's a big place and can be quite confusing at times...

I do hope they work on refining their maps a bit... maybe do better color coding and name some trails/ landmarks, etc

The Bruce
02-12-2008, 01:08 PM
Can you make an attempt at explaining where this was :lol2: I know, it's a big place and can be quite confusing at times...

I do hope they work on refining their maps a bit... maybe do better color coding and name some trails/ landmarks, etc

Hmmmm. :ponder: We took the two way trail just southwest of the area where we were parked. There is a single track that ctus of to the right of the two way trail. This is were the single track meets back up with the "road". You can see the single track trail coming down the hill and dumping into the creek.

OLDERMXER
02-13-2008, 11:35 AM
Casey, thanks for getting me in the movies (I think). If I had the proper air pressure in my tires I would have made that hill. That is what happens when you run 14.785 psi instead of 15.0125 psi. I should have known. Next time that hill is mine. :rider: ;-)
Bryan

The Bruce
02-13-2008, 11:37 AM
Casey, thanks for getting me in the movies (I think). If I had the proper air pressure in my tires I would have made that hill. That is what happens when you run 14.785 psi instead of 15.0125 psi. I should have known. Next time that hill is mine. :rider: ;-)
Bryan

:lol2: You'll need to use nitrogen to lock in the correct pressure, or maybe even argon. Avoid helium as you will lose traction with the lighter bike. ;-)

gotdurt
02-13-2008, 11:57 AM
Casey, thanks for getting me in the movies (I think). If I had the proper air pressure in my tires I would have made that hill. That is what happens when you run 14.785 psi instead of 15.0125 psi. I should have known. Next time that hill is mine. :rider: ;-)
Bryan
:lol2: You learned a good lesson grasshopper, you willl get it right next time...

:lol2: You'll need to use nitrogen to lock in the correct pressure, or maybe even argon. Avoid helium as you will lose traction with the lighter bike. ;-)
:lol2: Actually, I think he needed helium to get up that hill :-P

OLDERMXER
02-13-2008, 12:13 PM
Ah yes Bruce....how simple, I said I should have known.
I guess I will have to go back ASAP for redemption. Even my wife will understand that logic. :rofl: :rofl:

I would seriously go back this weekend if not for Houston SX. There won't be too many weekends pass before I do. I can't wait.

gotdurt
02-13-2008, 12:23 PM
Ah yes Bruce....how simple, I said I should have known.
I guess I will have to go back ASAP for redemption. Even my wife will understand that logic. :rofl: :rofl:

I would seriously go back this weekend if not for Houston SX. There won't be too many weekends pass before I do. I can't wait.
Let me know when you do...

Jbay
02-14-2008, 07:37 PM
nice photos, this place is awesome

I had a bit of hard time on the gravel and hills but gained confidence as the day went on, was able to lead a rider (Canton) to the Summit trail along the fence, OK I pointed which way and he took off like a rocket

near the end I said it was a dead end go ahead and there are steep runs but "wussie" runs along to the right to go around, somehow I got carried away (after falling ealier in the day) and went to the left on the final steep hill, they have these rock ledges as barriers but I clumsly made it over somehow, what a blast

went to Crooked Creek the next day and while trying to take it easy dumped it and did the splits, didnt think much about it but the next day the ribs hurt and woke up in some serious pain, had xrays Tues and everything OK, so still sore, a few weeks and ill be ready to go offroad again