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Voni
02-22-2008, 08:19 PM
The first two pictures are at the Starlight Thursday evening. The rest were taken this morning at Kosmic Kathy's Kowgirl Kafe:

http://s14.photobucket.com/albums/a326/VoniGlaves/Ride%20the%20Rio/?albumview=slideshow

Great people with lots of great riding plans.

It was a pleasure to meet so many!

Voni
sMiling

flashstromer
02-24-2008, 06:11 PM
HOME!!

Paid toll coming back from MX to Presidio, TX at 11:26am yesterday and I'm in Kansas City as of 5:25 today. Left Terlingua at 3:45 and rode to Sweetwater and grabbed a hotel and hit the road at about 6:30 this morning. White stuff on the ground all the way through Kansas... quite a chilly ride.

Good meeting you folks. Had a great time and hope to see you down the road.

I'll post a link to my smugmug account later this week.

TexasShadow
02-24-2008, 07:31 PM
Do I really have to go home???
:tears:

DANNYROTH
02-24-2008, 08:11 PM
:popcorn: :popcorn:
OK, you got our attention!

flashstromer
02-24-2008, 08:13 PM
Yep you do. I'm already home in Kansas City. Lots of saddle time since Tuesday afternoon. 2750 miles and lots of pictures.

ed29
02-24-2008, 08:30 PM
Couple of pics to start things going....
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd52/edhegarty/Rio/Picture153.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd52/edhegarty/Rio/Picture158.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd52/edhegarty/Rio/Picture197.jpg

WoodButcher
02-24-2008, 09:07 PM
Chopperbob and I made it home safely. I've just checked work emails :eek2: and pulled my pictures off the camera, but I'm going to go hang out with the family a while and will get them uploaded and posted with a real ride report tomorrow. Highlights are Transalp on River road, cobbler in the basin, mexican food, rescue party? and getting rousted by the Sheriff at the Front Porch with Richard and some of the other riders. Many thanks to the (insert choice word here yourself so I don't have to try and spell around the filter) rider on the Hayabusa in the parking lot that instigated the visit by the Sheriff and no, he wasn't with us for the Ride the Rio.

TexasShadow
02-24-2008, 09:37 PM
When, where, what, who and why?
Well, ya just had to be there to understand.

There comes a time when you are in a place and you just don't want to go back from where you came. Big Bend is that to me. Each time I'm there, I don't want to leave. Each time I leave is like leaving home. Not going home.

This time it was to share the entire area with riders I consider very good friends, riding with others known only virtually, and meeting many more. It was like a giant motorcycling community with common ideals and desires: to ride in and amongst the region enjoying it for the sake of the ride, the desert environment and sharing it all.

Except for a few incidents, it all went well. For me, yesterday's ride off road with the Six Shooters was the best day. Thanks for sharing that ride Rusty, Graeme, Bill, Scott and Ed. Soozy and Rachael joined us for the last loop on pavement. I had an absolute blast.

A teaser:

Mornings in Big Bend are like no other:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8923.jpg

Even from Boot Hill, things look ominous ;) :
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8690.jpg

Full moon and black moon?
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8930.jpg

We never ride away when one of our own turn up missing: (ahem)
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8931.jpg

Old Ore Road was old alright,:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8742.jpg

where we were dwarfed by the terrain:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8748.jpg

and took a break in a magical canyon:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8802.jpg

The end in sight for Old Ore and we ran into other riders:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8826.jpg

The scales of the terrain there never cease to amaze and captivate:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8827.jpg

No tunnel vision here:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8878.jpg

The Six Shooters on parade!
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8955.jpg

On Glen Springs Rd:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8958.jpg

Who's eating Bill's dust? :mrgreen:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8987.jpg

Time for a break on River Road:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9029.jpg

The run for cobbler!!
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9070.jpg

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9083.jpg

Scott gives birth to a KLR with Bill hot on his rear:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9118.jpg

Thanks, guys.
Full story and more later.

dfwscotty
02-24-2008, 09:37 PM
:popcorn:

Sooo looking forward to this.....

Duke
02-24-2008, 09:41 PM
Oh How I Wish I Was With Y'all.

:popcorn:

Soozy
02-24-2008, 09:45 PM
Back safe here, too. This was a wonderful trip!!! I enjoyed meeting new friends, riding with Rachel-Boom, and those curves into the Basin! I am working on a report idea, but I have no pictures of my own...so I will be borrowing some.

Trail Boss
02-24-2008, 09:56 PM
Connie, Jeff, and I had a great time at Uncle's Ride the Rio. Connie became a motorcycle rider on Friday (her first ride ever) and a dual sport rider on Saturday (she rode Fulcher Road). Here's some of the pics I took:

Official Sign for Uncle's Ride the Rio
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1515.jpg


Scott working on his KLR at Uncle's
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1505.jpg


Uncle
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1510.jpg


Here's what Big Bend does to a trials tire on a Husky dual sport
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1511.jpg


Sunrise over the Chisos Mtns
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1522.jpg


Moon over Paradise (Uncle's Place)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1523.jpg


Typical pose for TexasShadow
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1527.jpg


You can see Santa Elana Canyon in the far distance from Sotol Vista
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1530.jpg


Jeff in repose (if that's the right word)
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1534.jpg

KenH
02-24-2008, 10:22 PM
First, never kick back with two women with sophisticated senses of humor.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/kdhhh/soozyandkathy.jpg

That laughing hurt worse than sideswiping a cliff dodging a speeding (for a Jeep) Jeep rounding a blind corner taking his 3/4 of the road right up the middle. Fortunately, the handguard took the brunt of the hit, yanking the bars to the right, which pitched the bike to the left, and I wasn't riding faster than my guardian angel could fly, so she gets the credit for keeping the bike right side up.

Here is a 360* pan of the intersection of Glenn Spring and River Roads, 9.6 miles from the nearest pavement, ...

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/kdhhh/th_middleofnowhere.jpg (http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/kdhhh/?action=view&current=middleofnowhere.flv)

..., when you stop for water and to enjoy the 90*F+ breeze, you just never know who will ride up.


http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/kdhhh/th_ridingup.jpg (http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/kdhhh/?action=view&current=ridingup.flv)

Bugs
02-24-2008, 10:28 PM
Gordo:


Glad your back safe. Im glad we went to Mexico, it was so worth it.


Mike

Squeaky
02-24-2008, 10:40 PM
Home!
More in a bit....

Calgary-Yogi
02-24-2008, 10:46 PM
Home and unloading, will add more later.
Yet another amazing trip to Big Bend.

Trailace
02-24-2008, 10:53 PM
I'm home and I had a great time! More later or tomorrow.

TexasShadow
02-24-2008, 10:53 PM
Home and unloading, will add more later.
Yet another amazing trip to Big Bend.
Did you go to New Mexico first? ;-)

TexasShadow
02-24-2008, 10:55 PM
I'm home and I had a great time! More later or tomorrow.Hey, I'm sorry we didn't get to meet face-to-face. All I met was your butt. (that's you in the Spandex, right? :) )

Trailace
02-24-2008, 11:01 PM
Hey, I'm sorry we didn't get to meet face-to-face. All I met was your butt. (that's you in the Spandex, right? :) )
That's me! I'm also sorry me did not met. Maybe next time.:mrgreen:

TexasShadow
02-24-2008, 11:03 PM
Worked on a few pans before hitting the sack; thought I'd post one of the group shots.
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/RTRgrppan2.jpg

flashstromer
02-24-2008, 11:06 PM
I've got to admit I like the way you Texinians drive. I was totally irritated by the Okies. They are a bunch of left lane hogs and get mad if you pass on the right. Now in Texas... even if it's a two laner they'll take to the shoulder to let you pass. That's right nice of em. Interstates... not one person in the left lane less they be passing. I crossed the whole state in the left lane BTW... I had places to go ya know.

Tourmeister
02-24-2008, 11:08 PM
I'm in!!

As in home... :mrgreen: That last two hours was COLD.... Rolled in about 10:30pm. I have four days worth of crud to wash off :uhoh: VERY sleepy, so pics and story can wait till later :sleep:

It was... uh... let's see... A TOTAL BLAST!! :-P

Gilk51
02-24-2008, 11:11 PM
Interstates... not one person in the left lane less they be passing.

We keep all the jerks in the metropolitan areas. Most Texas rural areas are friendly like you mentioned. Glad you experienced the better of the two.

Looks like a great deal of story telling and pictures coming up.

I'm ready! :popcorn: :coffee:

Squeaky
02-24-2008, 11:13 PM
I'm ready! :popcorn: :coffee:
Heck, I'm ready for the stories and I was there! :mrgreen:

flashstromer
02-24-2008, 11:14 PM
Heck, I'm ready for the stories and I was there! :mrgreen:

I heard one about this girl in camp.... :rofl:

Squeaky
02-24-2008, 11:15 PM
I heard one about this girl in camp.... :rofl:

:giveup:
I didn't do it!

ALL of the riders down in tent city SNORE!

flashstromer
02-24-2008, 11:17 PM
:giveup:


ALL of the riders down in tent city SNORE!


Are you the pot or kettle? I want to get the introduction right.

Night all... I'm dead. I'll post my smugmug link tomorrow.

Hood Ornament
02-24-2008, 11:50 PM
w00t! Had a great time. As for stories, well there was this one idiot that wasted an hour in the hot sun tearing his carb apart trying to fix a flooding problem only to realize after putting it all back together the real problem was a faulty gas cap. :oops:

swaanimal
02-25-2008, 12:06 AM
OK, I have got to get my KLX plated and soon, can't wait to see how this turns out!:popcorn:

DFW_Warrior
02-25-2008, 06:01 AM
I had a great time as well. I'll have to dig through pics after I get things unpacked and then patch a leak in my Strom tire.

KenH
02-25-2008, 06:45 AM
w00t! Had a great time. As for stories, well there was this one idiot that wasted an hour in the hot sun tearing his carb apart trying to fix a flooding problem only to realize after putting it all back together the real problem was a faulty gas cap. :oops:

Is this the idiot of which you speak?

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/kdhhh/albiefixingthegascap.jpg

After doing the Black Gap/River Road/Glen Spring loop I rode on down to Black Gap Motorcycle Shop, happy to find the place closed. :rider: on!

flashstromer
02-25-2008, 07:03 AM
Speaking of tires. I'm not real impressed with the Avon Distanzia on the Strom. 2776 miles this trip, maybe 500 before that just riding around here. The tire is down to it's wear bars. Even considering the rough pavement of some of the roads I was on, high speeds that most of those miles included, and load the bike was carrying, that is still way short of the 7-9,000 I usually get from a rear tire.

BMWbabe
02-25-2008, 07:04 AM
Happy to see everyone made it back safe and sound:mrgreen: I've got pics that I need to sort through and can't wait to read the reports.

Awesome experience as always! Big Bend ROCKS!!! (even if you don't ride them much)

The Bruce
02-25-2008, 07:17 AM
:coffee:

The Bruce
02-25-2008, 07:26 AM
I heard one about this girl in camp.... :rofl:

"One time, at bike camp......"

TexasShadow
02-25-2008, 08:18 AM
I've got pics that I need to sort through and can't wait to read the reports. I can't wait to hear/read about your Mexico trip!!!

skychicken
02-25-2008, 08:24 AM
I passed a few of you on Glenn Springs Rd Saturday, I was on my black KLR. anyways, I found a foot peg and bracket on River Rd later that day. Figured it might belong to someone in your group. I live in Austin and can mail it out to someone if they claim it.

Squeaky
02-25-2008, 08:28 AM
I passed a few of you on Glenn Springs Rd Saturday, I was on my black KLR. anyways, I found a foot peg and bracket on River Rd later that day. Figured it might belong to someone in your group. I live in Austin and can mail it out to someone if they claim it.

Hmm... let's see... footpeg? Who do we know that lost a footpeg...


:rofl:



http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/4443/p2240278soo9.jpg

TexasShadow
02-25-2008, 08:41 AM
I passed a few of you on Glenn Springs Rd Saturday, I was on my black KLR. anyways, I found a foot peg and bracket on River Rd later that day. Figured it might belong to someone in your group. I live in Austin and can mail it out to someone if they claim it.Hmmm...... I wonder if it might be the guy with his feet in the air because he can't stand on his pegs...... :mrgreen:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9118.jpg

WoodButcher
02-25-2008, 09:01 AM
I passed a few of you on Glenn Springs Rd Saturday, I was on my black KLR. anyways, I found a foot peg and bracket on River Rd later that day. Figured it might belong to someone in your group. I live in Austin and can mail it out to someone if they claim it.

Why is everybody picking on this guy?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/woodbutcher/Ride%20the%20Rio/IMG_0426.jpg

I offered some JB Weld to put on the stripped out threads, but that seemed pretty radical for a fix at the time. A couple of miles later when he noticed it was gone, it seemed like a good idea.

Squeaky
02-25-2008, 09:05 AM
The moonrise...

http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/4229/p2230220sho6.jpg

flashstromer
02-25-2008, 09:37 AM
My smugmug account for this trip is:

http://www.glfamily.smugmug.com/gallery/4403664_ur7AK#P-1-9

DFW_Warrior
02-25-2008, 10:06 AM
Yay!!! The missing footpeg has been found!!!!

Squeaky
02-25-2008, 10:22 AM
And I'd like to interject here for a moment....

NOTHING fell off my bike this weekend - including ME! :rider:

Antonio Zerrweck
02-25-2008, 10:23 AM
Made it home safe!
Later i´ll post more and put some pictures.
MUCHAS GRACIAS AMIGOS!
It really was a lot more tha I expected, it´s gonna take me a long to forget your Texan hospilality, had a great great time:rider: :rider: :rider:

Squeaky
02-25-2008, 11:41 AM
My smugmug account for this trip is:

http://www.glfamily.smugmug.com/gallery/4403664_ur7AK#P-1-9

LEO: Sir, do you know how fast you were going?
Flash: No sir, I was just trying to get back home to get some gooseberry pie
LEO: Some what?
Flash: Gooseberry pie
LEO: Is that made from goose meat 'er sumthin?
Flash: No, it's made from gooseberries
LEO: I ain't never heard of that - you lying to me boy?
Flash: No sir, it's a Missouri thing...

http://www.glfamily.smugmug.com/photos/258675487_jqpWH-M.jpg

:mrgreen:

Hood Ornament
02-25-2008, 11:42 AM
Is this the idiot of which you speak?

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh210/kdhhh/albiefixingthegascap.jpg

After doing the Black Gap/River Road/Glen Spring loop I rode on down to Black Gap Motorcycle Shop, happy to find the place closed. :rider: on!

LOL, yup, that's the idiot. :lol2:

Squeaky
02-25-2008, 11:42 AM
MUCHAS GRACIAS AMIGOS!
It really was a lot more tha I expected, it´s gonna take me a long to forget your Texan hospilality, had a great great time:rider: :rider: :rider:

Fue un placer! :rider:

Hood Ornament
02-25-2008, 11:44 AM
Well, he IS an easy target. :rofl:


Why is everybody picking on this guy?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/woodbutcher/Ride%20the%20Rio/IMG_0426.jpg

I offered some JB Weld to put on the stripped out threads, but that seemed pretty radical for a fix at the time. A couple of miles later when he noticed it was gone, it seemed like a good idea.

TexasShadow
02-25-2008, 12:55 PM
I'm not on a soapbox or anything, but I'm calling on some things that occurred in and around Big Bend on this trip. I'm calling a spade a spade. It's time we do something about this before we lose privileges to use the private and public roads in that area, and realize what impact, real and perceived, we have on the state and national parks, local communities and support staff.

I put the comments in another thread (post (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showpost.php?p=368117&postcount=120)) to avoid hot debate here. If anyone wants to debate these issues, let's confine it to that thread and not here. But riders should be aware that we are on the verge of losing privileges in some of the most beautiful country we have in this nation.

I don't want to see that happen and I don't think the rest of you do either.

Back to the good times........

Tourmeister
02-25-2008, 01:27 PM
I passed a few of you on Glenn Springs Rd Saturday, I was on my black KLR. anyways, I found a foot peg and bracket on River Rd later that day. Figured it might belong to someone in your group. I live in Austin and can mail it out to someone if they claim it.

SWEET!!

It just so happens that I could really use a left side KLR footpeg and mounting bracket... :mrgreen: We found out at lunch that someone else saw it and did not stop to pick it up... Had to razz him :-P

Squeaky, you forgot to mention that the Northern Missouri Gooseberry pie is the proper stuff and not that nasty Southern Missouri stuff... :lol2:

Tourmeister
02-25-2008, 01:28 PM
Made it home safe!
Later i´ll post more and put some pictures.
MUCHAS GRACIAS AMIGOS!
It really was a lot more tha I expected, it´s gonna take me a long to forget your Texan hospilality, had a great great time:rider: :rider: :rider:

Glad you could make it Antonio! I enjoyed the brief visit around the fire. I hope you can come again, or we can head your way. Are your brothers jealous yet?! :lol2:

TWTourist
02-25-2008, 02:29 PM
And I'd like to interject here for a moment....

NOTHING fell off my bike this weekend - including ME! :rider:

I can vouch for Squeaky on Saturday......she did stay on the bike no matter how steep the hill. Good job Squeaky.:clap: :clap: :clap:

Antonio Zerrweck
02-25-2008, 04:53 PM
Glad you could make it Antonio! I enjoyed the brief visit around the fire. I hope you can come again, or we can head your way. Are your brothers jealous yet?! :lol2:

It´s more than jealous, but I don´t know the exact word without swering (badword) or writing something i ain´t alout to write here.
Anyway, I also did have a great time by the fire with everyone there, too bad my English is not that good, I could speak some more with you guys, learn some tricks. After i saw some of the pictures on the forum off road, i felt like going to those places, maybe next time, we´ll see.
Anytime you want to come down here, all of you are more than welcome, there are some good roads (and also off road)to travel, for example real close to me, there´s a real nice place called Cuatro Cienegas, Coah. about an hour driving, and it´s very nice to look and ride, you should look for it in the internet.I´ll send some links so you can see it later.

Antonio Zerrweck
02-25-2008, 04:58 PM
Fue un placer! :rider:

How come you never speak Spanish, that night and now you´re writing it.

flashstromer
02-25-2008, 05:04 PM
I've started my ride report. It may take a few days to finish since I'm catching up on work and all.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=314884

I hope cross linking the sites is not against the rules... just don't make sense to take up band width on both.

Take care all.

Soozy
02-25-2008, 05:05 PM
Full moon and black moon?
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8930.jpg




That got my bundivided attention.

Squeaky
02-25-2008, 05:16 PM
How come you never speak Spanish, that night and now you´re writing it.

Porque yo sabe solo un poquito. Mi (ex)esposo son Salvedoreno.

Plus I always get the verbs wrong and you wouldn't have understood me... :doh:

That got my bundivided attention.

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

DrBlackbird
02-25-2008, 05:37 PM
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8930.jpg
.
Well,....At least we're getting a view of the better end of this individual........Man, If You've ever seen the other "End"........Make a grown man run for the hills.

mff
02-25-2008, 05:45 PM
Back home at midnight last night- threw the chain off between Marathon & Sanderson Hwy 90-lost the master link&clip -luckily had a spare- unlucky was it was the wrong size- The owner at the Desert INN at Sanderson, assisted me in drilling the links larger (not easy)so that this link would fit and then drove me back to the bike (30 miles) What a Guy- Highly Recommend the Motel-
Thanks to all who helped get me back on the road! Also to Mike who had come along and watched my stuff until I returned.
It was a long trip at 55, as I didn't want to stress the chain.
Had a great time and enjoyed everyone & everyplace.

Thanks again, Roger!!

Mike Frederick

Cagiva 549
02-25-2008, 06:00 PM
My weekend lasted a little longer after working on the bike friday and saturday morning everything worked out , A good ride saturday afternoon . Left sunday around noon , I rode the Devils river canyon on 163 , stopped in Junction sunday nite . detoured thru New Braunfels today and bought a new Simpson DS helmet , Got home a little after noon . The riding was awsome as usual . I talked to the Busa rider sunday at Kathys , he is a locale and a nice guy with not a whole lot of bike experence , in particular not 200 hp bikes , something about having to change pants when he got home . And the new deputy was his first night on the job and probly his last when the locals talk to the boss . Viva Terlinqua ...SEYA

Antonio Zerrweck
02-25-2008, 06:03 PM
Porque yo sabe solo un poquito. Mi (ex)esposo son Salvedoreno.

Plus I always get the verbs wrong and you wouldn't have understood me... :doh:



:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

And where was him, He could help me understand many jokes i didn´t get back there

This is really like a "trophy picture" for me
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/2291841047_f2aa6bc46e.jpg
Another great picture I took
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2015/2292706460_652fe2126b.jpg

Squeaky
02-25-2008, 06:20 PM
And where was him, He could help me understand many jokes i didn´t get back there

Yo traere una la proxima vez ;-)

Trail Boss
02-25-2008, 06:26 PM
Pics from my buddy Jeff:

Jeff's '08 KLR
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1074.jpg


Rich and Connie at Long Draw Pizza. Long Draw serves the coldest beer in Brewster County
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1081.jpg


Connie and Jeff at Long Draw Pizza
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1082.jpg


Making the official "Uncle's Ride the Rio" sign
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1083.jpg


Coordinating SAR (Search and Rescue) efforts for the "Lost Rider"
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1103.jpg


A brief stop during Connie's first ride, atop the scenic "Hill" on Hwy 170
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/IMG_1502.jpg


Connie and the Super Sherpa
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1110.jpg


Santa Elana Canyon
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1119.jpg


Rio Grande flowing east from Santa Elana Canyon
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1123.jpg


Uncle, Rich, & Connie on the Front Porch
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c178/rgibbens/Ride%20the%20Rio%202008/DSCN1126.jpg

Trailace
02-25-2008, 06:27 PM
Back home at midnight last night- threw the chain off between Marathon & Sanderson Hwy 90-lost the master link&clip -luckily had a spare- unlucky was it was the wrong size- The owner at the Desert INN at Sanderson, assisted me in drilling the links larger (not easy)so that this link would fit and then drove me back to the bike (30 miles) What a Guy- Highly Recommend the Motel-
Thanks to all who helped get me back on the road! Also to Mike who had come along and watched my stuff until I returned.
It was a long trip at 55, as I didn't want to stress the chain.
Had a great time and enjoyed everyone & everyplace.

Thanks again, Roger!!

Mike Frederick
Mike,
Good to see you made it home sorry I was not more help to ya. How long did it take to drill the link out?

Calgary-Yogi
02-25-2008, 06:40 PM
WOW - what a great time.
It might be a bit early for next year but I AM IN


Our camp site, with easy access to the parking lot of the motor inn
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2751.jpg



Thursday Morning
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2797.jpg



The cobbler run

Some of the pack
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2850.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2838.jpg

The Ninja Princess [aka EchoBoom]
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2876.jpg

Rusty
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2877.jpg

TourMeister
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2886.jpg

DFW_Burgman and Tourmister
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2890.jpg

Tourmeister taking a picture of me take a picture of him taking a picture of me ....... you get the picture
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2834.jpg



Some Action Shots

Squeaker in the dirt
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2806.jpg

DFW_Warrior
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2803.jpg

TexasShadow
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2759.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2767.jpg

Tourmeister fixing the broken peg (just before it fell off) and Rusty helping out by taking pictures
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2823.jpg



Some completely unstaged pictures

Ninja_Princess (second street ride ever and she tames Big Bend)
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2893.jpg

Best looking KLR
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2785.jpg
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2773.jpg

DFW_Warrior
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2763.jpg

Bill, Ed & Elzi
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2758.jpg

The River Road Bikes
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2811.jpg

All my pictures can be located at http://s117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/RIoPics-All/

Butte
02-25-2008, 07:41 PM
That got my bundivided attention.

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Soozy, you CRACK me up...

WOW - what a great time.
It might be a bit early for next year but I AM IN

I've got to say, I can't really say otherwise for myself...

it was sweeet. :rider:

TWTourist
02-25-2008, 08:00 PM
WOW - what a great time.
It might be a bit early for next year but I AM IN

DFW_Warrior
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o61/Calgary-Yogi/TWTRioPics/IMG_2803.jpg

I'm in also! :mrgreen:

That cann't be DFW............................................... .......................... the bike is upright.:rofl:

Trailace
02-25-2008, 08:22 PM
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8930.jpg
.
Well,....At least we're getting a view of the better end of this individual........Man, If You've ever seen the other "End"........Make a grown man run for the hills.
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

So what are you trying to say?:lol2:

DFW_Warrior
02-25-2008, 08:41 PM
That cann't be DFW............................................... .......................... the bike is upright.:rofl:

:giveup: :giveup: Hey now... I'll have you know, I only had to touch a foot down once during the entire ride. And that was completely my fault for over cooking that corner on River Road.:eek2:

skychicken
02-25-2008, 09:38 PM
Does Hmmm have a name? Or an email address? Can someone tell him to IM me?

TexasShadow
02-25-2008, 09:51 PM
I talked to the Busa rider sunday at Kathys , he is a locale and a nice guy with not a whole lot of bike experence , in particular not 200 hp bikes , something about having to change pants when he got home . And the new deputy was his first night on the job and probly his last when the locals talk to the boss . Viva Terlinqua ...SEYAOkay, can someone relate the story here? I heard bits and pieces, mostly from Roger, but he was as in the dark about what went on as most of us.

Duke
02-25-2008, 09:54 PM
Theres a couple of stories that I am still waiting on to be told. Busa Rider, Lost Rider, amung a few. Maybe I am just being nosey, but I will say that you all have my attention!

TexasShadow
02-25-2008, 10:06 PM
'Viva Terlingua'.... I like that, David.
And I'd much rather be there now than this rat hole of a city, rather be laying in my bag with the stars and moon twinkling through the mesh of my tent, and my coyote buddies yapping and hollaring nearby. Out on Desert Rat Base Camp nestled next to Sawmill mountain the deer bedded down next to the tent. No noise, no gas rigs making your house vibrate, no car alarms screeching in your ears, no phones, no fruit flies, and my trusty bikes standing ready in their stalls of ocatillo fencing napping for the next day's ride.

Ahhh...... I want go go back.

DrBlackbird
02-25-2008, 10:35 PM
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

So what are you trying to say?:lol2:
.
So,......What I'm saying is that, if I didn't like your riding style, and your twisted sense of humor, I wouldn't be picking on Ya...........
.
Had a good day Saturday riding with You, Carl, Darian
http://img258.imageshack.us/img258/8906/248ok7.jpg
.
http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/7269/262zt4.jpg
.
http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/4876/265ve9.jpg

Calgary-Yogi
02-25-2008, 10:42 PM
I'm in also! :mrgreen:

That cann't be DFW............................................... .......................... the bike is upright.:rofl:

It's water not dirt that is his problem :rofl: :rofl:

BMWbabe
02-25-2008, 11:31 PM
speaking of water...where is "the" water I heard so much about??:trust:

Texason
02-26-2008, 12:13 AM
Scott gives birth to a KLR



:rofl:

I'm drooling at the prospect of more pictures and more story details.

TexasShadow
02-26-2008, 04:59 AM
speaking of water...where is "the" water I heard so much about??:trust: The water crossing? It is Terlingua Creek! One of my favorite places :mrgreen: Zoooooooommmmmmmmmm...........
Wait to you see the parting of the water Graeme did! He's Moses. :trust: But it's a good way to cool off.

GSer
02-26-2008, 08:17 AM
I had a great time riding and visiting with everyone. There was alot going on and I didn't get to visit with enough people, but hopefully next time I can make up for it. Here are a few pictures, and you can see the rest of them here: http://rstallones.smugmug.com/gallery/4407243_YJWqt#258879416

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/259074980_ofktu-L.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/258881074_Y6e2n-L.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/258881380_niSgj-L.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/258882194_f76L8-L.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/258882391_4oNuz-L.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/258886069_FpMkf-L.jpg

http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/258921137_5dJ3S-L.jpg

DFW_Warrior
02-26-2008, 08:24 AM
http://rstallones.smugmug.com/photos/258921137_5dJ3S-L.jpg

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

BMWbabe
02-26-2008, 10:57 AM
My contribution is a little different. I wasn’t the dirty girl I thought I was and wimped out before the going got too rough, but I ended up in Mexico that day, so all is not lost.

Started the trip out in the best of moods after having spent a good 11 hours in the truck with Yogi chatting up a storm, although why he calls it the “Spanish Inquisition” I don’t know. We got to the campsite with about an hour of daylight left so setting up was pretty easy and we had dinner on when the rest of the party arrived. After the first night with no visits from javalinas or critters, I slept so well.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5586.jpg

daylight when WE got there

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5587.jpg

Not so much, when the rest of our party arrived.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0046.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0048.jpg

"We" cooked most every night, and by "we" I mean, Yogi....great food too....just how I like it!



I spent the first day riding in the park with Echo Boom, a then newbie rider, but since this trip, she’s all over it now. I’m always impressed with the loverly view so going slow ish and taking lots of breaks is a visual treat. That seemed to be the theme for the trip this time.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5552.jpg

Met up at Kathy's each morning

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0053.jpg

the "Uncle" (and thank you again for organizing/offering this)

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5559.jpg

Echo-Boom taking in the view and re-awakening her numb hand...lol

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5563.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5566.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5568.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5578.jpg

I love my bike!!!

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5584.jpg

So much beauty..it was hard to leave, but this was just the first day

BMWbabe
02-26-2008, 11:30 AM
The next day I had planned to ride the dirt with good friends but as it turned out, I had a bad feeling and bailed very early on. (thank you for the invite though) I ended up making plans to ride to presidio with Roxanne (highland spring?). That’s a good-feeling ride over fun roads and at the top of this steepish hill, we stopped for the view and met some very nice vacationers that come to the area often. We learned about the crash, the best pizza and beer around for miles, and some lovely dwellings at Terlingua House.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5588.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5589.jpg

see the crash?

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5590.jpg

How about now? :trust:

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5594.jpg

Roxanne and I, courtesy of the very nice men



As we were leaving that spot, we were passed by a group of 8 riders and had no trouble catching them and tagging along. That group split in half in Presidio and the half we followed had plans for Mexico that day. I had the best time and felt really adventurous going into another country…go me! I also met some wonderful people, some of which I rode with the last day.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5612.jpg

the group at the Peguis Canyon

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5603.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5607.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5624.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5647.jpg

on the way back...loved this road! Mexico 16 I think it is

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5625.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5631.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5641.jpg

wanted to get some spanish signage...lol

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5653.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5663.jpg

Lajitas, Mexico

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5659.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5671.jpg

and we got to eat again at The Patio, in Presidio....I can't tell you how much I like the food here. It's wonderful. I recommed the Patio Special and the Tortilla soup.

I got back about 5:30, in time to visit at Uncle's and get some good spaghetti...thanks again, Graeme.

BMWbabe
02-26-2008, 11:42 AM
Meeting up at Kathy’s Kosmic Kowgirl to help in whatever way I could with the aborted “big rescue” was not the way I wanted to start the last day but it turned out well when I was invited to spend some time looking at the park and Santa Elena Canyon. I hiked a good hour in riding boots to get to the view but I was happy to be there.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5686.jpg

I didn't know cactii came in other colors besides green.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5681.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5684.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5682.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0098.jpg

if the water is just a bit higher, you get a really good optical illusion...you can just barely make out how it might look here.

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0097.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0101.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0096.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0102.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0099.jpg

so pretty!

All in all, I had a wonderful trip – a very different kind of fun than the first time I came so going back to Big Bend is not a question…I’m IN!!

sparkyphotog
02-26-2008, 02:33 PM
Nice pics, Mollie! :thumb: :clap: Sure hope I get to go out there some day. :pray: Sounds like everyone had a blast! Glad y'all had fun and everyone made it home in one piece! :rider: :rider:

sparkyphotog
02-26-2008, 02:36 PM
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMG_0099.jpg


That's a cool pic. I know it's a reflection but the rocks along the top are throwing me. It looks kind of like it was shot from inside a cave or something. I like it, but I'm still trying to figure it out. :scratch:

sparkyphotog
02-26-2008, 03:26 PM
We learned about the crash,

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5589.jpg

see the crash?

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/Pasquallie/Ride%20the%20Rio%20Feb%2020%20-24%202008/IMGP5590.jpg

How about now? :trust:



What about the crash? More info please.

Butte
02-26-2008, 03:43 PM
I spent the first day riding in the park with Echo Boom, a then newbie rider, but since this trip, she’s all over it now. I’m always impressed with the loverly view so going slow ish and taking lots of breaks is a visual treat. That seemed to be the theme for the trip this time.

Echo-Boom taking in the view and re-awakening her numb hand...lol


Many thanks again for putting up with me, Mollie. I really ejoyed meeting you and hanging out. :mrgreen:

flashstromer
02-26-2008, 04:39 PM
Look what I got to come home to. Blah!!

http://www.glfamily.smugmug.com/photos/258684493_3eis7-M.jpg

Antonio Zerrweck
02-26-2008, 04:44 PM
Need this guy´s e-mail, have some great pictures of him and I would like to send them to him, anybody?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2052/2291901775_c57115b7a0.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2325/2291899273_d4bfca1c44_b.jpg

For those interested in comming down to Mexico sometime, and driving thru Monclova, Coahuila. Here is my phone and e-mail in case you want to stop by zerrweckantonio@hotmail.com , muebrioluna@prodigy.net.mx , and home phone (866) 639 2674 busness (866) 633 2768,
I mean it, anytime you come down here call me, I´ll be glad to help you anyhow.
And again i´ll to thank all of you for this great trip i did
hope to see you again in some other ride

TexasShadow
02-26-2008, 04:48 PM
Look what I got to come home to. Blah!! What's that white stuff???



:mrgreen:

flashstromer
02-26-2008, 05:12 PM
What's that white stuff???



:mrgreen:


Had a dusting of it on the porch this morning......:brainsnap

flashstromer
02-26-2008, 05:19 PM
For those interested in comming down to Mexico sometime, and driving thru Monclova, Coahuila. Here is my phone and e-mail in case you want to stop by zerrweckantonio@hotmail.com , muebrioluna@prodigy.net.mx , and home phone (866) 639 2674 busness (866) 633 2768,
I mean it, anytime you come down here call me, I´ll be glad to help you anyhow.
And again i´ll to thank all of you for this great trip i did
hope to see you again in some other ride



There ya go again.:lol2:

Squeaky
02-26-2008, 05:23 PM
Had a dusting of it on the porch this morning......:brainsnap

Must be white sand. I didn't know you went through New Mexico! :lol2:

(Maybe Graeme led you that way.... ;-) )

Antonio Zerrweck
02-26-2008, 06:29 PM
There ya go again.:lol2:

I´m seriuos

Still trying to figure out what´s Gordon in Spanish

Antonio Zerrweck
02-26-2008, 06:34 PM
Ride report.
in spanish
http://www.motoaventuras.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=698

Squeaky
02-26-2008, 06:49 PM
Ride report.
in spanish
http://www.motoaventuras.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=698

Ok, that's going to take me a little time, but I might be able to get through it... ;-)

Antonio Zerrweck
02-26-2008, 07:00 PM
Ok, that's going to take me a little time, but I might be able to get through it... ;-)

You have your housband as a teacher or translater, think me, I could never done that in English. :rider: :rider: :rider:

Squeaky
02-26-2008, 07:02 PM
You have your housband as a teacher or translater, think me, I could never done that in English. :rider: :rider: :rider:

No, no, no, EX-esposo!
El habite en Nueva York ahora.

flashstromer
02-26-2008, 07:19 PM
Ride report.
in spanish
http://www.motoaventuras.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=698


Alright... a picture of me made it into a mexican ride report.

Okay Antonio... If I say I'm headed to Montclova are you gonna say... sorry we've moved?:lol2: I mean I ain't asking to stay with you or anything... I can handle that end. I just like to know someone at the end of my trip to have a brew with or give me pointers on what to do and not to do.

I mean that is only 1175 miles. That's like two days easy riding.

Butte
02-26-2008, 07:25 PM
Back safe here, too. This was a wonderful trip!!! I enjoyed meeting new friends, riding with Rachel-Boom, and those curves into the Basin! I am working on a report idea, but I have no pictures of my own...so I will be borrowing some.

I had fun riding with you, too :rider:

as soon as I figure out how to get some of my pics resized, I'll put them up. I've got some for you, Soozy.

Antonio Zerrweck
02-26-2008, 07:52 PM
No, no, no, EX-esposo!
El habite en Nueva York ahora.

Sorry, didn´t know

Antonio Zerrweck
02-26-2008, 07:55 PM
Alright... a picture of me made it into a mexican ride report.

Okay Antonio... If I say I'm headed to Montclova are you gonna say... sorry we've moved?:lol2: I mean I ain't asking to stay with you or anything... I can handle that end. I just like to know someone at the end of my trip to have a brew with or give me pointers on what to do and not to do.

I mean that is only 1175 miles. That's like two days easy riding.

Mi casa es tu casa!
Hope to see you here sometime, and no, I wont be movin in the future

Soozy
02-26-2008, 10:04 PM
I had fun riding with you, too :rider:

as soon as I figure out how to get some of my pics resized, I'll put them up. I've got some for you, Soozy.

I can't wait! I have been trying to come up with a witty come back for your post that said "You CRACK me up" heheheheh

TexasShadow
02-26-2008, 10:33 PM
Sing to the tune of 'Streets of Laredo':

"As I rode out on the roads of Terlingua.
As I rode out in Terlingua one day,
I spied a poor rider on a white and blue bike,
Saddled on a white and blue bike as cold as the clay.

"I can see by your outfit that you are a bike rider."
These words he did say as I boldly rode by.
" Come an' park here beside me an' hear my sad story.
" I've snot in my nose an' I know not why."

"It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing.
" Once in the saddle, I used to go gay.
" First to the pie-house and then down for ice cream.
" But I've snot in my nose and I'm sneezing today."

The day didn't start well for two of the foursome: I had a pinched nerve in my neck and couldn't turn my head, Bill had a bad cold. But come You-know-where or high water, we were going to ride anyway.

I was excited about sharing the Terlingua desert with Bill and Graeme: the back roads and the desert itself. Although our physical discomfort put a bit of a damper on things that day, we both were adamant on riding. Full of drugs.

Ed led the way based on memory and a map I had. I was happy just to follow. We got lost a few times but we eventually found our way along the Double Secret Dual Sport route. I wasn't into taking photos that day (I hurt too much), so I only took a few. Until Ed and I returned later in the day to the Desert Rats' secret base camp site.

Of course, the inevitable, and almost obligatory stop north of Terlingua town is the Desert Hilton. I think a few others took photos there. I opted to just stand in the shade and grunt while chugging water and watching Graeme test the tin outhouse. I guess it worked; all I saw were his boots and head.

After discovering that South Country Rd doesn't continue on to North Country Rd, we got back on track. As they say in Maine "Ya can't get theyah from heyah." The maps and GPS show that North County Rd runs by Two Bar Ranch. It used to. Back in the '50's. Now that section is washed out with 3 to 4 foot-deep gullies.

Ed rode up to the ranch headquarters and asked about the road. The county closed that section of it back in the '50's. I thought the route didn't seem quite right, and that we turned right when we should have turned left. So back track we did.

We took another wrong turn or two, but feeling adventurous none of us minded. Soon enough we were in the wide dry bed of Terlingua creek. Instead of the mudhole being in front of the far bank this time, it was in front of the bank on the entry. It made going up the far bank easy this time.

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On we went heading towards North County Road. The scenery changed all the time and it was nice to actually look around this time rather than at the terrain in front of me all the time. A section between the creek and N County Road reminds of Moon Valley; it's awesome.

Riding up the well-packed and maintained road, we rounded a bend and I saw Ten Bits Ranch. This place and the setting intrigued me the first time we passed. This time I stopped to take some photos. The spires behind the buildings are like being on some other planet. They are like dark bony fingers reaching up into the sky.

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Our group split into twos at the junction of 118 and N Country Rd: Graeme and Bill rode south, Ed and I rode north to stop in at Terlingua Ranch office. On our way back to Terlingua, we decided to head back up into the desert and to the proposed site for the Desert Rats' base camp. We needed to do more exploring there.

The bikes parked on the edge of the gravel road, we got off, shed some of the hot gear and walked around exploring. Something about that place just eased the pain in my neck and head and I felt like I was on home ground. I could have easily taken a nap there. I don't know why that spot has me captivated, but it does. The views are awesome; it's quiet, peaceful, serene, and just..... zen-like. It's a perfect spot for Rats and their Ratmobiles.

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_8614.jpg

Clouds in the sky played hide and seek with the setting sun. The changing colors and shadows were so inviting I shot too many photos again.

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The sun threatened to go down behind the ridge; soon it was time to head back.

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We rode the ridge behind Terlingua Ghost town and down into the town itself. Only a few bikes were there then but they started coming in to reside in front of the store and the Starlight Theater.

Dark descended quickly and the moon rose big and orange over the Chisos. Its ascent into the sky was phenomenal!!! It was like a giant blood orange peaking over the Chisos range, hiding in thin wisps of clouds, then making a grand entrance hanging above the Big Bend.

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Night time on the porch is a delight. I captured a few participants:

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Soon it was time to head back and hit the bags. After a brief visit with the crew at Roger's, I wandered down to my tent which was set up away from the central core where it was quiet and dark. Leaving the fly flaps open, I fell asleep to the stars as they were chased by the moon, and, as expected, a chorus of coyotes nearby. My buddies.

"When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting.
The roads of Terlingua grew cold as the clay.
We took the dirty bikes back to our desert camps,
And there we made memories, we still have to this day."

Danny
02-26-2008, 11:40 PM
So what happend with the police and the crash?

Wasabi
02-27-2008, 12:13 AM
Had a great three days riding . Met up with Uncle (Roger) on Thursday at Kathys and headed north off 170 near the Terlingua ghost town with six other riders, Dan and Dan and Mike and Mike , Bob from Illinois and Uncle. I am sorry guys but I could not remember who was Dan and who was Mike.

Here is the GPS route I recorded.
http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/259345462_BUVgY-M.jpg

Here are some pics from Uncles Thursday route.

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Bob on his new (less than one week old) KLR 250
http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/258966011_qY2Qi-M.jpg

Sorry guys, I am not sure if this is Mike or Mike or Dan or Dan.
http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/258966048_sZoJd-M.jpg

http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/258966028_M9beJ-M.jpg

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Took a little break , Mike or Mike or Dan or Dan decided to lay his bike down cause it was tired.

http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/258966112_vNCjx-M.jpg

The rest of the guys were sitting in the shade
http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/258966125_5YPdB-M.jpg

Either Mike or Dan wanted to sit in the shade , but there was no room.
http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/258966134_6TMuq-M.jpg

Now this is Dan, making his way through the sand on our way to moon valley.
http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/258966165_eezxu-M.jpg

That all the pics I have for the Thursday Uncle route ride.

Danny
02-27-2008, 01:39 AM
:clap:

This is what makes me wanna get a 250 over a 650, but im 6'1 180lbs! :giveup:

Nice pics, I can imagine that im actually there. lol :mrgreen:

Squeaky
02-27-2008, 11:04 AM
Preface...

It was Wednesday already. We were scheduled to head out at 5am Thursday morning, but the morning would arrive too soon. Too many things were still not done – my last minute oil change was only partially completed (but my front tire sufficiently oiled), my new brake light was not wired in yet, and I didn't get to the store for road trip snacks and drinks. I'd have to manage with what I could get on a quick lunch-break WalMart run. Propel water for me and Coke for Scott (Tourmeister), who'd be staying at my house overnight to be closer to the early meet-up.

I was lacking the rest I'd need to tackle a rough unpaved weekend on the XR, but I would make up for some of that in the comfy back seat of Carl's (cdc1) truck on the way out. BIG thank you to Carl's wife Colette for convincing him to buy the Mega cab instead of the standard 4-door!

Day 1: Thursday Feb 21

I skipped the morning caffeine ritual at home, loaded the truck with gear, equipment, and what-not, then got Scott out the door and on the road close to on time.

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It was still misting lightly as we headed for Katy to meet our caravan crew. We had to add an unwanted stop at my office to pick up my drivers license that I'd so carelessly left behind, so we were late getting to Gary's (DrBlackbird) where the trailer awaited.

We were on the road before the sun peeked up over the horizon. Carl is quiet, Gary goes along with the flow of conversation, and Scott is all talk. Lots of stories of rides gone by, some of which I was present for. I can't believe it was so long ago when I had the SV and started riding with groups and going on trips. Scott and I share some of the same travel memories, but from different perspectives, which are always fun to relive.

I was tired, but not quite ready for a nap. I tucked my pillow between my head and the door and dozed off before long...

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Luckily, my truckmates woke me in time for lunch in Fort Stockton at the local DQ. It was nothing fancy, but filled our bellies for the continuation of our journey.

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If you've ever had a face-to-face conversation with Scott, you know talks with his hands. He seems to have found his match in Carl.

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The wind was noticeably stronger out here in the west, and the truck was being pushed around despite its loaded weight. We stopped in Alpine to top off the gas tanks on the bikes and to pick up some snacks and beverages for the campsite. The guys made a choice from the adult beverage section while I went for Pop Tarts and avocados.

Look - we must be there - it’s Uncle’s!

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We rolled into Terlingua and stopped first at Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe, where Robert (GSer) was enjoying the setting sun on his BMW X Challenge. He graciously geared up and led us to Uncle's hacienda four miles down the road.

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We were offered different options for camping on Uncle's land, but ultimately set up “tent city” on the adjacent property. It had an outhouse available, flat areas large enough to hold all of our tents, gear, and parking space for the trucks and bikes up at the roadway.

Setting up camp was easy, and the rubber mallet I'd packed made quick work of pounding the tent stakes into the hard desert ground. We unloaded the bikes just as Rusty (Woodbutcher) and Bob (chopperbob) came by to see what we wanted to do for dinner. They helped me relocate my license plate so it would stay with me all weekend, then we headed off on our bikes to the El Dorado Hotel across the street. It has a small restaurant in the lobby with only four tables, but it held our group while we ate, talked out plans for the morning ride, and were serenaded by a local musician.

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As we were settling our tabs, Bill (DFW_Warrior) came in and proclaimed he'd “found me”. Uh, I didn't realize I was lost. He'd gone to Uncle's, checked tent city, and went by the front porch of the Starlight looking for me before seeing my bike parked out front of the El Dorado. He needed to let me know that in order to make up time for a slow(er) rider like me and still complete the proposed route we'd be leaving Kathy's in the morning before the “official” ride meeting at 9. Sounds like a plan.

We mounted our steeds in the dark and headed back to Uncle's to sit around and chat for a while, then made our way back to tent city to stare at the moon and stars. The moon was bright, and as it rose up beyond the horizon it drowned out most of the smaller stars in the sky. It was bright enough to eliminate the need for a headlamp while walking around the campsite, but once tucked inside my tent it wasn't bothersome. I could hear the noise of passing cars on the nearby roadway, but as the night grew long they became fewer and farther between. The snoring from most (if not all) of the area campers was almost as loud as the last thumper to ride away from Uncle's place.

(to be continued)

chopperbob
02-27-2008, 01:34 PM
Good write-up Rebecca. To everyone that saw my Husky with the tore up trials tire I have the rest of the story. I bought it at Cycle Gear and Doc told me that they had a good return policy. When I got home I looked on the web site and they do indeed have a 100% customer satisfaction policy.
I took it back in and they are giving me 100% credit for the tire and mounting.
Needless to say I am a happy camper. That tire was about $120. Plus $15 mounting. I like Cycle Gear and will continue to shop there.
Had a great time riding BB and am looking foreword to the next trip.
Bob

DrBlackbird
02-27-2008, 03:07 PM
Good write-up Rebecca. To everyone that saw my Husky with the tore up trials tire I have the rest of the story. I bought it at Cycle Gear and Doc told me that they had a good return policy. When I got home I looked on the web site and they do indeed have a 100% customer satisfaction policy.
I took it back in and they are giving me 100% credit for the tire and mounting.
Needless to say I am a happy camper. That tire was about $120. Plus $15 mounting. I like Cycle Gear and will continue to shop there.
Had a great time riding BB and am looking foreword to the next trip.
Bob
.
While you're exchanging things,.... you should exchange that Husky for a real bike.....( An Army Green KLR )

Squeaky
02-27-2008, 03:37 PM
(continuation)

Day 2: Friday, Feb 22

The sunlight was gaining strength and I awoke thinking I’d have to get moving quickly to make the 8am meet-up, only to discover it was still only 5:15. This fresh air must have played tricks on me. I quickly put myself back to sleep and woke up to greet the world at 7.

David (Cagiva549) boiled up some water for coffee and offered me a cup. It was yuuuum, and exactly what I needed to open my eyes and get geared up. My stomach was tied in knots - nervous about what lay ahead of me that day. River Road is not a difficult road by dual sport standards, but it was a big deal for me. I’d have to deal with sand, rocks, sand, cactus, pea gravel, and SAND! With the threat of a get-off high, I went with full MX boots, knee guards, elbow/forearm guards, MX helmet and goggles. Topping it all of with a rain jacket to protect me from the morning chill, I was set.

I carried a backpack outfitted with a water bladder, extra bottled water, and Power Bars that would have to feed and nourish me, while an extra MSR fuel bottle would offer a backup to the 2.6 gallon fuel tank on the XR. The tank panniers and tailbag would hold the fuel, tools, extra tire tube, first aid kit, and personal effects.

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I left camp and rushed down to Kathy’s to meet my riding companions for the day, but had left less than ten minutes of leeway before we’d be rolling - not nearly enough time to get around and meet all the folks that were gathering.

L to R: Rachel (Echo Boom), Mollie (BMW Babe), Bill (DFW_Warrior), someone with their head in the **** end of a bike, and Graeme (CalgaryYogi)
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Rachel would be riding her Ninja on the street with Soozy while the rest of us took off for the unpaved fun of Old Maverick Road, River Road, and beyond.

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I was glad I brought my National Parks Pass along - it saved me the $10 BBNP admission and will likely work out to be a real money saver on more trips this year around the country.

I was riding second in our group of four and following Bill’s dust cloud as best I could when we stopped for a break near the Jackyls den - a small stone structure that once housed a man out in the shadows of the nearby canyons. Bill and I shut off the bikes and waited for Graeme and Mollie to appear, but they didn’t. After a few minutes, we didn’t hear the noise of a running bike so Bill mounted up, told me to stay put, and took off from whence we came.

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I used the down time to take some pictures and remove my rain jacket, as the day was warming up nicely. I stowed it away in the backpack and heard the sound of bikes - but these were big bikes, not the thumpers I was riding with.

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It was Flash on his Strom, along with another Strom, a KTM, and a - what’s that - out here - on the rocky, washed out road - a Burgman scooter! I asked if they’d seen my group, and they had - all the bikes were still upright and everyone appeared to be Ok. Whew.

A short while later, Bill and Graeme returned to my resting point and explained that Mollie had decided this wasn’t what she wanted to do - the rocks and sand just weren’t fun for her. I commend her honesty and ability to speak up when she changed her mind. She was headed back to Kathy’s to find some street riders to pair up with for the day. With the early start we‘d gotten, it wasn’t a problem.

I was motoring along, standing on my pegs most of the way after learning that it was the fastest way over the loose stuff. I’d occasionally sit on the seat to rest my legs or in areas of uncertainty, but it didn’t feel nearly as smooth. It’s instinctive for me to sit down when the going gets tough, but that’s the exact opposite response I should have. It doesn’t allow the bike to move around as much, and it slows me down. I’d done this section before on the Strom in November, but it wasn’t the right bike for the job. The XR was clearly the right way to do this.

We got to the start of River Road, and I needed my photo op. I was reminded again to maintain a pace that I was comfortable with, and Bill led while Graeme followed from a distance.

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It wasn’t as well maintained as Old Maverick, but I was doing Ok, until I came up on this. A sandy, pebbled wash.

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I could navigate it easy enough, but with my focus on the wash, I failed to see the change in terrain directly after it. Rocks. Big rocks. There was only a slight left bend in the roadway, but my bike and I went straight. I have no idea how, but I narrowly avoided the largest of the boulders while bouncing up, over, and through it, finally coming to rest with the bike leaned over, the handlebar jammed into my left hip. I’d held on long enough to not let it (or me) go down, but as I flailed to a stop all I could think was “this is gonna hurt”. Graeme was quick to come help get the bike up and off me, otherwise I’d have had to step away and let it fall. I’d slipped far enough forward onto the tank that my hip was banged up pretty good.

My path of travel

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Where the bike ended up. Had I hit that larger rock, there’s no doubt I’d have launched myself off the bike. I must be riding slow enough for my guardian angel.

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This was as good a time as any for a break. I was a little shaken, and needed a minute to get my heart rate back down. I stretched my hip and thigh, drank some water, and thought about what I’d done to find myself in that predicament. I certainly didn’t want to repeat it.

After a while, we agreed it was time to continue on. My pace was admittedly slower because I was trying to be cautious, but there was also more sand to deal with. For some sections, I’d actually talk to myself in my helmet, “stay on it - Stay On IT!”, fighting the urge to get off the throttle when the back end started to slip out. About ten miles in (what, that was only ten miles?!?!) we found a rare shady spot to take another break.

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Before too long, a group of riders appeared - it was Gary and his gang. Running sweep was Rusty; he’d taken the Trans Alp down here to see how it would fare. It was doing fine, but he wasn’t able to keep pace with the KLRs with as little suspension travel as it offered.

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(more of day 2 still to come)

Wasabi
02-27-2008, 05:16 PM
Friday day 2

I hooked up with Bob from Illinois who just retired four months ago. He has been living at the Longhorn Ranch motel in Terlingua since December with his wife Gloria. He rides a Ulyses Buel which he brought from Illinois to Texas. He had just bought the KLR 250 800 miles ago. Most of the 800 miles were riding the dirt in the Terlingua area. Albie (Hood Ornament) on his KTM and Shawn on a Suzuki WZ 450 joined us.

The four of us left Kathy’s about 9:30 and Bob lead the way. We ended up doing a 120 mile day.

Here is our GPS track. Some on the road was the same as the Uncle route the day before.

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Another view
http://wasabi.smugmug.com/photos/259558782_AoMCv-M.jpg

First stop
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Our goal was to head north west . We came across this near the hill top on the map.
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This is the hill top. We couldn't see how to get to the other side of this mountain so we headed east for the Agua Fria mountains. Bob had done exploring there and wanted to venture further while he had some more riders.

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from the hill top looking west
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Later as we headed East we came across Roger with a group. Ablie and Shawn decided they wanted to see the Moon Valley so they went with Rogers group. Bob and I headed on to the Aqua Fria. After we explored the Aqua Fria Bob wanted to show me the Amenty (sp) Lake. I don't know why it was called lake , there was no water. But the road was great. We came out to 118 from gate 9, on map.

The next day we were going to explore more west of the hill top.

Danny
02-27-2008, 07:10 PM
.
While you're exchanging things,.... you should exchange that Husky for a real bike.....( An Army Green KLR )

:eek2:


:hail:


:rofl:


:biggun:


:nono:


:duck:

Wasabi
02-27-2008, 08:12 PM
Day 3 Saturday

Once again Bob and I met at Kathys around 9am. We met Luis Vargas and decided the three of us were going to do the roads north west of the hill top. Luis was riding a Honda XR 650 which he had used to ride Baja several times.

This is our GPS track for the day. Note the small track with the red circle. This was our attempt to get around to the west side of the hill top. It took four hours to do this five mile track. When we decided to backtrack we were out of water, exhausted and dreding the ride back. I can't recommed this track for the unprepared.

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These pictures don't do the track justice.
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After we got back to a reasonable road surface we fast tracked over henegg to the Longhorn ranch for water and a short rest. From there we headed for Aqua Fria.

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Luis getting some valley shots
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Sunday I headed back home. Can't wait till next time.
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Jerry
02-27-2008, 08:35 PM
What a fun time! Great days with friends both new and old.
For a slideshow click here: http://papawheelie.smugmug.com/photos/sspopup.mg?AlbumID=4413577&AlbumKey=aqKXh

And for 2009? I'm in!!

FYI... Rumor has it that there may be a Copper Canyon run following next years ride - just sayin'
:trust:

Iceman Jack
02-27-2008, 09:10 PM
Ok, my short and to the point ride report. I have no pictures,I was too busy having fun. Me,my buddy Jim Stovall, and my old Army buddy Snag, from my Vietnam days, who hasn't ridden in 30 years or so arrived on Thursday, and set up camp at the rv park. Thursday evening we rode down to Terlingua, and hung out on the porch for awhile,which was very interesting. Met some really nice locals,which I believe is a good thing.
Friday I took those guy on a little 100 mile desert ride out through the Terlingua Ranch property. The guy that hadn't ridden in 30 years did really great, I'm proud of him. Not bad for a Yankee boy. He only feel twice, once in the parking lot, and once in a dry stream bed.
Friday I took them on another 90 mile ride,in a different place on the ranch property. I would have done the stuff in the park, but one of the bikes wasn't street legal, and I didn't want anyone getting a ticket.
Meet some of the TWTEX folks at Study Butte. What a nice group of people.
Headed home Saturday evening,got home around midnight. Tired,smelly,dirty,tired,but man did I have fun. Thank you Uncle. I can't wait until next year.

Tourmeister
02-27-2008, 09:20 PM
I enjoyed meeting a TON of folks. Unfortunately, I am pathetic with names :oops: :doh: So when I get around to the ride report and pics, please feel free to chime in with your name :-P I'll try to start uploading pics this evening and start the report in the next few days.

chadleys1
02-27-2008, 10:01 PM
Good work, y'all !!!
Thanks for sharing all these great pictures!
I wish I could have been out there.
Hopefully, next time, I will.
-Chadley

KenH
02-28-2008, 07:10 AM
... He only feel twice, once in the parking lot, and once in a dry stream bed.
...

Maybe he should hook up with Squeeky. They have a lot in common.

KenH
02-28-2008, 07:31 AM
Soozy and I set out from Arlington late Wednesday night. The old minivan took her own sweet time with the headwinds that beat on us most of the trip. Sometime in the wee hours of Thursday morning, somewhere pulling onto I20 after stopping for a break:

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Yup, that's 199,999.9 miles on the odometer. Turning over 200,000 miles on the rolling shoebox:

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The sight of rugged mountains on the horizon carried promise of good riding.

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Soozy was almost giddy with excitment even though she says she'd been awake for over 24 hours. I'll be polite and NOT tell how I know she slept during the ride. It is a long way from I20 at Kent to Terlingua.

First stop was at Kathy's Kosmic Kafe. Business was slow, so Kathy came over and visited with us a bit. She and Soozy are a hoot when their wry humors feed off each other.

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We used the rest of the afternoon to check in at the Easter Egg Valley Motel, unload the bikes, and visit with Uncle and the crew at his place. We ended our day sitting on the porch at the Starlight meeting people watching the brilliant moonrise. I didn't bother with moonrise pictures because my camera doesn't do well in the dark. I hope one of the folks with a better camera can post a picture.

WoodButcher
02-28-2008, 12:31 PM
Day 1

I decided to take both my Transalp and my WR250F. I figured that I might find the TA too much of a handful offroad and also wanted to test the WR on the pavement. So I loaded the gear the night before and just had to load both bikes in the morning. I headed out from my house around 7am to go get chopperbob and his bike. He's on the southside of Austin and I'm on the north side so it took about an hour to get there. I didn't even think to get pictures of the truck loaded or the trip out. We hit some winds about Ft. Stockton and gas comsumption went way up. Got stuck waiting at a train crossing in Alpine, but after 20 minutes we found a way around. Got to the Chisos Mining Co. hotel around 4pm and unloaded. I had the GPS coordinates for Uncle's place and we headed out, but didn't even get 100 yards before I save Dave (cagivia 549) at Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl. He knew the way so we followed him over. Met a bunch of folks there and while we were shooting the breeze, Richard_, Connie and Jeff showed up, followed by Squeaky and the rest of her group from Houston.

Here's a look at a double room at the Chisos Mining Company/Easter Egg Motel.

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As the Houston group set up their camps, I helped Squeaky with a stealth upgrade/reattachment of her license plate so Bill (DFW_Warrior) wouldn't know there was a problem...oops did I let the cat out of the bag? Oh well, that sucker isn't coming off now. Eventually we went to dinner at the High Sierra Bar and grill. Finally a picture, here's part of my Tacos Alambre:

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Day 2

Met up with folks over breakfast at Kathy's. There are lots of other pictures already posted of that, but I never did see this rig offroad.

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I headed out for Old Maverick road with Gary (DrBlackbird), Chopperbob, Carl (on a DRZ), Darrin (KTM 950) and another guy whose name escapes me on a KTM 525. I was definitely the slower of the bunch on my Transalp, but I wanted to get used to it offroad. We did a driveby of the parking area by Santa Elena canyon. None of us wanted to hike out there so we kept moving. However, just down the road is the takeout area for some of the rafting trips so we rode right down to the river. Gary debated about riding right over to Mexico, but decided just dipping the tires in the Rio Grande was sufficient.

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Here's the crew on River Road about two minutes before KenH came past on his TW200.

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Before this picture I had one drop of the TA in the sand. I had figured out how to ride the beast in the sand. It involved almost sitting on the passenger portion of the corbin seat and squeezing the tank with my knees. Doing that and giving it throttle is was actually quite comfortable. Unfortunately the unnamed rider on the KTM525 was slower than I was in the loose stuff and I would catch up with him in longer sections. He got wobbly one time and stopped. I stopped too, then decided to go around him. At slow speed I was not successful in swapping to the other track and dropped the TA in the middle pile of sand.

Later the group headed down a false track along a creek bed. I knew it met back up with the road just a little ways up so I just stayed on the road. Right around the corner from that split I ran into Squeaky, DFW_warrior and Calgary-Yogi. I had a brief conversation, then kept rolling. I felt very comfortable at that point because I had the three of them behind me and my group out in front. Here's a picture of the Mule Ears on along the way:

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Along the way I passed a pickup with a guy and his black lab. About 5 minutes later I got stuck on a hill. Literally stuck. I got off line, then got too slow. In giving it gas to get going again in some loose rocks, I dug a hole. The bike almost, but not quite was standing on its own. So I was supporting it with the topbox and using my foot to dig a trench behind it so I could roll it back a couple of feet to make another run at it. Fortunately the afore mentioned pickup showed up and the driver helped my roll it forward out of the hole. I managed to ride it the rest of the way up the hill, but discovered that one of the bolt holes on the front fender was cracked an the fender had shifted. While fixing that, Squeaky and crew showed up and I decided to hang with them until I could meet up with my group again. Which turned out to be only moments away.

We decided that I'd ride sweep behind Squeaky so the other two could pick the pace a little. As we started rolling I got going before Squeaky, but expected her to go by. However the ground was soft so I had shifted my weight and gotten on the gas a little. She didn't want to pass in the loose stuff. This lead right into a loose uphill with a turn at the top. I just happened to be in the good line and she was to my left in a not so good one. I made it up, but she got stopped halfway. As I slowed down and kept looking back to see if she was going to get going again, I managed to ease to a stop in a berm of soft stuff on the side of the road (read this as slow speed drop). Tried to pick up the TA quickly but couldn't. So I started back to help the Squeaker and of course Bill and Graeme showed up along with Darrin and Gary from my original group. Perfect timing. Two bikes down and we get an audience. Anyway that was the end of my dirt naps for the TA. I had one other funny incident with an audience a few miles later. I was pacing Squeaky and we went into a ravine moving along at a comfortable speed. It had a little errosion dip at the bottom. Because we were moving along, my suspension was already partially compressed and I hit the dip pretty hard. This caused the latch on my Jesse topbox to release and eject a couple of items. Just as I started to walk back for them, another group of rides came along. Hope they got a good laugh out of that.

The rest of the day was uneventful and here's a shot of our bikes near the end of River Road:

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After a cool down, refueling and a snack at Rio Grande Village, we went to Boquillas Canyon for a couple of pics, then back to Terlingua.

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Side Note. Chopperbob was using a trials tire on the back of his Husqvarna TE510. My brother in law loves using one on his XR400 and it has worked well for him. On Bob's bike though it didn't work out too well.

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I don't know whether it was the rocks, the pavement, or the 510's power that did it in, but it was toast. I've also notice that knobbies last longer if you take it easy on them when they are new. This one got ridden normally from the get go.

On my way back to the hotel from Roger's that evening I tried to capture the moon over the Transalp. Moon sure seemed bigger when I was trying to take the picture.

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Day 3

Having ridden the TA on River Road, I was ready for something less challenging. To ride that is. So the WR was loaded up my gear. I briefly switched some stuff over to the TA when I thought I was heading out for a search party, but the missing rider showed up and I moved everything back and we headed out for Glenn Springs road and Black Gap road. This time I was with Scott (Tourmeister), Bill and Graeme. Oh yeah, Elzi (TexasShadow) and Ed (Ed29) were sort of with us. We started off together and tooks a couple of breaks together, but split off at Black Gap then reunited at River Road.

We met another rider heading north on Glenn Springs who warned us there was a Honda Ridgeline that lost its oilpan on Black Gap. So we kept that in mind, but it had been moved off by the time we got there. Ed and Elzi saw it get towed past them while they were waiting for us at River Road and Glenn Springs.

Black Gap was uneventful. Having now ridden Black Gap road in both directions, I will say going south to north is much easier. Keep that in mind if you decide to try it sometime and you aren't sure you about it. All the bikes made it through fine, but it was getting hot. We kept moving and eventually met up with Ed and Elzi. However, not too long after leaving Black Gap road, Scott's footpeg started to loosen up. This was the same one that got damaged on his Arizona adventure. It appeared that the threads were damaged.

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He chose to leave it on and loose and keep riding. This turned out to be a bad idea. However I did enjoy following him through a deep sandy area where the National Guard and Border Patrol were working on the road. Can't stand with only one footpeg. Sorry, no pictures of that.

After meeting up, Scott headed for the end of the River road a couple minutes in front of us. Graeme gave Bill and I permission to make better time since he had Ed and Elzi behind him for support. Great, game on. Bill took off and started to leave me, but I got to riding more smoothly and wasn't loosing much ground. He noticed me still back there and picked up the pace. We basically ran at the speed limit, but that was faster than we had been going earlier. Somehow one legged Scott still beat us to the end of the road.

Just before we reached the pavement we saw a dusty Honda Ridgeline parked with some construction vehicles by the side of the road. This is what we saw:

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Check out the airbags:

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I suspect they got something with the bumper too when they took out the oilpan.

At Rio Grande Village, we found Soozy and echo_boom (Rachel) and they finished the day riding with us on the pavement. Also we ran into Robert (GSer) and Chris. They had done what we had, but on a BMW X-challenge (good choice) and a 1150 GS (I thought it was tough on the TA). We decided the heat was too much to try Old Ore Road and it was alreay midafternoon. So a quick side trip to Boquillas canyon for another bike photo:

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Then up to the Chisos Basin to cool off.

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Then some Pecan cobbler with some ice cream:

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After showing up, I wandered over to the Front Porch at the Starlight. I had one of Richard's beers (thanks Richard) and joined the coversations under the porch cover. This is local hangout and this is normal behavior. I just point that out before I launch into the interesting events to follow. As we are shooting the beeze and telling riding stories, a guy on a Hayabusa (no gear) came roaring into the parking lot, stopped in front of the Starlight, semi-burned out/wheelied towards us then did a fast stop right by a shack in the parking lot. Got off and walked into the Starlight. Kind of squidly behavior and we kind of mumbled to ourselves about that. Within 5 minutes a deputy sherrif's vehicle rolls through the parking lot and we all wondered if that was more than a coincidence, but he kept going and was quickly forgotten. Unfortunately for me that is. I noticed Soozy and a young man (Jason?) eyeing a Buell Ullyses in the parking lot. Since I had just been talking to the owner I wandered off the porch with my beer to tell them who the owner was and...yep, I hear the sudden voice of authority telling me no beer outside of the building. Well, that makes sense, keep it on the porch and I should have know better to I quickly comply. However he decides that the porch is not part the building and tells all twenty or so of us to loose the beer. So we all do. This puts a damper on the evening and people start to wander back to Roger's. About this time, Hayabusa man wanders back out, climbs on the bike, spins the tire in the parking lot, then once he hits the pavement area, lofts his tire. Dave has already said something about the guy in a previous post, but that definitely didn't help our image out there. And no, he was not one of the folks that went out there for the Ride the Rio.

Day 4

Packed up and went home. Sorry, but that's pretty much the best way to describe the trip back.

Had a great time and enjoyed talking with everybody and meeting new folks. Good to get some faces with screens names too.

Tourmeister
02-28-2008, 12:51 PM
:tab I didn't actually leave the peg loose. I snugged up both bolts. Unfortunately, the threads in the nuts were toast and the bolts soon vibrated out. In retrospect, had I stood on the peg, I probably would have been fine. I doubt my weight would shear the bolts, but it would likely have kept them from sliding out. Live and learn... Anyway, thanks to the sharp eyes of Skychicken, the peg and bracket should be on their way here to Huntsville in short order :clap: As for riding without the peg... well, I got a lot of experience with that in Arizona :doh: :lol2:

Trailace
02-28-2008, 01:03 PM
Ride the Rio Adventure

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Thursday 2/21/08
First I need to start this report with a Big Thanks to Uncle & Richard for setting up this great non-event and also a big thanks to all the other people who helped me along the way.

The plan was to load my bike and Mike’s into the truck and drive to Big Bend but Mike had to bail due to work issues so I would be on my own. Since it would just be me going I decided to give the G650 X Challenge a little test ride. So far I love this bike and it a better bike than I am a rider.

I took off Thursday morning around 5:00 in a misty rain but knew I would be driving out of it in a few hours.
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After a quick stop to fill up the big 2.6 gal tank the X and I were on the road.
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A lot of riders think the ride west to Big Bend is boring and long but I always seem to have fun. However today it would be an adventure but still better than work. I would be taking 90 all the way out to BB and once you get passed Del Rio its a very scenic road but you have to make it past Del Rio. That would not happen today.
In front of me
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In back of me.
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I had plenty of time and was just enjoying the nice 65 mph pace and stopping for gas every 100 miles. (A new add-on tank will be here soon I hope) About 10 miles west of Brackettville the bike started missing out and died. I coasted off the road through the ditch and up to the dirt road that runs along 90 in places. I tried to restart the bike and it fired right up but rather than just getting back on the road I decided to check oil and water and they were ok.
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Back across the ditch and on the road everything seemed to be ok but I knew better. It was another 10 or so miles and it starts missing out again but does not die, it’s just bucking like a Bronco. I could not take much of that so it’s back off the road into the grass this time. I would dig deeper and check wires and plugs. I unplugged and plugged everything I could find. The bike started right up and I was back on the road again.
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This time it started dieing and missing out right away so I turned around and started heading for Uvalde. Not sure why I did not head for Del Rio but maybe because Uvalde is in the direction of home. Here is where I make a small mistake, I get all the way to Brackettville and the bike did not miss a beat for over 20 miles so I start thinking maybe I just got some bad gas and I should turn back around and head for Big Bend anyhow. When you’re out on the road and want to get somewhere fun it’s hard to turn back. So I did what any other rider would do and I turned around and head west. Well you know the story about 10 miles out of Brackettville it’s deja vues all over again. I do a quick u-turn and I’m dead set on getting to Uvalde. Here is where I get a little lucky if you can get lucky with this happening to ya. About a hundred yards from the one lane bridge that crosses Nueces River the bike just dies. The only thing that was working was my GPS and if I hit the start button that would go off. The only thing that could cause this is the battery and now I’m not happy. There have been other GX owners that had their batteries fail and I told my wife I would order a new Odyssey drycell battery when I get back. Missed it by that much.
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The waiting game: Here I am just 7 miles west of Uvalde with a dead bike but at least the cell phone works. I know that Wal-Mart does not have a battery that will fit the GX and that my best bet would be Alamo BMW in San Antonio. A quick call to see if they had one and the answer was not good. However Chris said he would order one right then and should be there by 11 on Friday. The next call was to the BMW roadside service to see what they could do to help. After a few minutes of hold a nice guy helped me and said I would receive an automated message with the towing information. I’m thinking sure and the check is in the mail, after all I’m out here in the middle of nowhere. In less than 5 minutes my phone rings and it’s the automated message saying a tow truck is on the way and that the driver will be calling. Before I could listen to the complete message the other line is beeping in. It was the driver and he tells me he has good and bad news for me. He said the good news is that 100% of the tow is covered but the bad news is he is 2 hours away from me on a job. What can I do but wait.

I was lying in the grass about 10 yards off the road and I must have fallen a sleep when a big truck blew by and scared me from my slumber. At that point I moved down the hill under some trees and tried to take a real nap.
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Time fly’s when your having fun but true to his word Marvin the tow truck man calls 2 hours later and let’s me know he in now in Uvalde and should be there in 10 minutes. We get the bike loaded and head for San Antonio. I will not go into detail of Marvin and my 3-hour ride to San Antonio but he was an interesting individual.
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At the Shop: When we pulled into shop parking lot they were outside waiting for us. It took just a few minutes to unload the bike and do the paper work. The guys at Alamo BMW were so nice. There was one younger guy, I forgot his name, even checked again that night to see if they stocked the battery I needed. The other man’s name was Richard. He offered to take me to a Roadway Inn just down the road and told me to call in the morning and someone would come pick me up. I wanted to camp out in back of the shop but he did not think the owner would be too happy with that and I understood.

Hotel: I hate them and that is all I will say about that.

Friday 2/22/08
Since the battery would not be in till 11:00 I hoped to sleep in as long as I could but I was up and ready to go by 8 o’clock. All dressed up with no where to go so I started thinking rather than waiting for them to come get me I could just walk back to the shop. This made perfect sense to me and it would help pass the time. Boy I’m glad I packed light and about 30 minutes in I realize the shop was a lot further away than I thought. Two hours later I make it to the shop, about 11:05.
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The UPS/FedX truck should be arriving anytime now so I take a seat and wait. Around 12:00’clock they let me know the battery was not in and would not be delivered until Monday. However this nameless young guy starts calling around to different shops to see if anyone has a battery to fit it. I’m sitting in the waiting area making plans for my wife to come pick me up and I see it. There sitting right in front of me is an X moto and it uses the same battery. I ask Richard if we can take the battery out of the Xmoto and he said sure if it will fit.
Nice young guy? & Richard
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Cid looks it up sure enough they are the same. Pete the mechanic installed it and ten minutes later the bike is up and running. I complete the paper work and thank everyone in the shop, make a few calls and repack the bike and I’m back on the road before 1.
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Big Bend or Bust: Back on the road and feeling good it’s time to get my butt to Terlingua and join in on the fun. I wanted to try and get to Big Bend before dark but knew it was just wishful thinking.
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However by picking up the pace a little I would reach Marathon a little before dark.
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If you have ever ridden down 385 to BB at night then you know how I’m feeling at this point. The first 20 miles it was still light and as the sun slowly set in the west the sky was just stunning.
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During the next 75 miles I had to take it slow because there were a few dear but hundreds of Javelina. One pack was just standing in the road and would not move. I went between and around them but they still did not move. In Study Butte I’m thinking man I made it and I just need to find Uncle’s place. Being dark it was a little harder than I hope and after a few miles of wrong dirt roads I came across a familiar face. (Dr. Blackbird) He led me over to Uncle’s but it looked like everyone was gone so he invited me to camp in Tent City. Gary thanks man!

Tent City: I find a spot and set up my tent, there are 7 other tents and Dave fills me in on who is staying in each. It’s not much longer and everyone returns to camp and I get to tell everyone why I’m a day late. There was Dave, Gary, Carl, Rebecca, Scott, Gordon, and Darin. I could not pick a better bunch to hang out with. Gordon thanks for the beer I needed it.

Saturday 2/23/08
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Time to have some fun: I was up and ready to get some riding on this beautiful Saturday morning. I head over to Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe to make some plans for todays ride. However there is a rider missing so I join the search and rescue teams and get ready to do what everyone to a man/woman planned to do this day.
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Not long after we were given an area to search the missing rider returned. We just decided to go ride in the area we were supposed to search. The upper left quarter of this map was where we did our riding.
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We had a small group, just Gary, Carl, Darin and myself. These guys can ride and I felt like I was slowing them down at times but boy did we have fun.
Darin, Carl & Gary
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Gary
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There was a lot of this going on. I think it's this way. No it's this way.
Darin & Carl
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We also did a little of 170.

Rick
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Long Day! Darin & Gary
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Darin
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The last Night: This was the last night and you could feel the sadness in the air but in Tent City we made the best of it. Darin scored some firewood and again Thanks Uncle!
We all sat around the fire enjoying the great desert night and telling stories about the great times we had
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One by one we all drifted off to our tents. With all the snoring going on I had to sleep with my earplugs in, man Tent City can get noisy. Around 3:00AM our neighbor to the northeast about a 100 yards starts playing a guitar and singing. He was good but we all wanted and needed was sleep. Not sure when the show was over but thank god for earplugs.

Sunday 2/24/08
Time to Go Home: Most riders in Tent City planned to get up early and head for home. I was planning to do a little more riding with Dave and take 2 days to get home. However when I started packing I decided to just take off on my own. Sorry Dave but I did not want to hold you up and just wanted to ride my ride.

Dave in his tent
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Rebecca???
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When I took off Tent City was sill only about 50% ready to go and Scott was bragging about seeing a sunrise. I take it he’s not a morning person. Since it was dark the night I arrived, a ride through the park was in order and I still need to get a picture of the GX in front of the BB sign. I sure like Big Bend and know I will be back soon.
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The Ride Home: No plans for the ride home, just head east on 90 and take my time. The GX will run 75/80mph effortlessly but on the road it’s more enjoyable around 65/70 mph so that’s what I did.
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In Langtry I debated on taking the Pandale road to Pandale that Dave told me about. I wanted to do it so I called my wife and let her know my plans. I’d never done this in the past but after the BB missing rider issue it just seemed like the right thing to do. Dave that was a cool road and all the cattle guards were fun. Thanks!
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The only bad thing was now I was on I10 and to me that is a boring road. When I stopped for lunch in Junction I got off I10 and took 290 across and back to home. I planned to ride only until dark but I was so close to home I could not get the GX to stop.

Time for a new tire.
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I know I left out some good stories that happened in Big Bend but what happens in Tent City stays in Tent City. Besides if you want to know more just make sure you show up for the next Ride the Rio.
Rick/Trailace


PS: Other than the battery issue the G650X was fantastic and is a keeper.
Total miles 1,600

All the Pic's (http://trailace.smugmug.com/gallery/4420252_dtruk)

GSer
02-28-2008, 01:06 PM
[QUOTE=WoodButcher;370027]Day 1

Thanks for the report and the pictures. Did you notice that the Chisos Mining motel is a line of trailer houses attached to each other? You can hear everything in the adjacent rooms, so I quickly figured out a way to get to sleep. Margaritas from the Starlight, earplugs, and Benadryl. :yawn:

Chris and I hadn't been down Black Gap road before, and we went north to south. There were a couple of really tough spots but we managed to get through without too much trouble, except for nearly going off a cliff one time. :eek2:

Hopefully the sheriff deputy incident was a one time deal. One jerk like that can ruin the atmosphere of the entire place.

WoodButcher
02-28-2008, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the report and the pictures. Did you notice that the Chisos Mining motel is a line of trailer houses attached to each other? You can hear everything in the adjacent rooms, so I quickly figured out a way to get to sleep. Margaritas from the Starlight, earplugs, and Benadryl. :yawn:



I didn't notice that. The room to the left of our door was empty and the other had that older guy with the van. I never really noticed any noise from other rooms. The floor creaked really badly though.

gotdurt
02-28-2008, 02:47 PM
Why is everybody picking on this guy?

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I offered some JB Weld to put on the stripped out threads, but that seemed pretty radical for a fix at the time. A couple of miles later when he noticed it was gone, it seemed like a good idea.
AGAIN!?! :brainsnap

KenH
02-28-2008, 04:33 PM
Friday's ride, well over 200 miles, perfect weather. I'll let the pictures do the talking.

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No falls, no problems with the bike. I just rode and rode and rode, fairly low speeds for the most part. Even on 118 I kept it down to 45mph and enjoyed the scenery.

Squeaky
02-28-2008, 06:20 PM
(Continuation of Day 2)

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After Rusty took off to chase his group, we packed up the beef jerky and remnants of Power Bars and remounted. As I came through a sandy straight, I saw the arm of a thorny plant reaching out at me from just off the roadway and instinctively did what I've been repeatedly told not to since I first started riding off pavement – I tried to cross tracks.

I knew better, but I did it anyway. I ended up plowing the front end into the deep sand in the middle of the road and the bike went over on the right. Yet again I managed to get a foothold and keep it from toppling over completely (I'm SO thankful for long legs!), but Graeme said that when he rode up to the scene he spotted fuel leaking out and helped me upright it quickly enough to not reduce my range too badly before we could get to the next fueling station. No time for pictures this go-round, we were lagging behind Bill and it wasn't time for another break yet.

My speed was certainly slower than the others, but I felt like I was making progress. We came to an open area and found Rusty beside his bike, his topcase ajar. I used this opportunity to park the bike and run off into the brush for some quick “relief”, since there was at least partial cover from a nearby hill. Ladies – careful around all the cacti!

Rusty decided his bike simply couldn't maintain the pace that his group was running, so he joined up with us as we continued on. I let Graeme run up ahead with Bill to let him get a little more “fun” time in without having to babysit me, and Rusty agreed to drop back an ride sweep. Somehow we got moving with me at the back, an in an attempt to pass Rusty I went a little too wide and managed to land myself on a pile of boulders adjacent to the roadway. I hadn't gone more than 100 yards from where I has kick started the bike to life, and now I couldn't help but drop it and walk around to heave it back up onto the tires.

I was no worse for wear, but I couldn't get the bike in neutral to roll it out of the rocks, couldn't mount it where it stood balanced atop the rocks, and couldn't get it kickstarted standing on the left where I was. As I tried pushing it, Gary came around the corner and dismounted to help. He'd come back to check on Rusty since he hadn't shown up at the back of the pack for a while. Back on the roadway, I thanked Gary and watched as he and his gang took off, kicking up a cloud of dust.

Bill and Graeme led the way, and Rusty and I sauntered along in the rear. I was getting tired, and couldn't stand on the pegs as much as I had earlier that morning. It was a reminder that I was obviously out of shape, but the more I get out and ride offroad, the better my conditioning. I was getting into the groove of the washes and dips, but then realized Rusty was no longer behind me. As I slowed and waited, he came riding up in a cloud of dust – he had gotten into the groove with me and had forgotten that the Trans Alp couldn't take the same jolts as the XR. He bottomed out nd his top box snapped open, so he had to retrieve all the flying contents and catch back up. I took the opportunity to take more pictures...

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W regrouped at the split-off for Black Gap Road. I'm just a follower – but my novice skills are limited even moreso by my fear of heights. Rusty knew there were 'steps' in altitude up ahead, and as a group we decided it wasn't worth the risk of getting over that way and me panicking, so we headed for the remainder of River Road, with Rio Grande Village as our destination. We came up on some trucks and were advised by park staff to be careful up ahead – the military was out here grading the road and there was heavy machinery involved. As I thanked him for the heads-up, I could tell he was doing a quick once-over of my bike, and I was glad I'd taken the time to get a replacement inspection sticker the day before we left.

The sand got thicker, and a border patrol guard was positioned up ahead to warn us of even more sand that had been dumped on the roadway but had not been spread yet. As we got back in gear, he made the sign of the cross pointed at each of us. It had me slightly worried about the terrain that lay ahead, but all I could muster for a response was to lift my hand to the chin of my helmet an blow him a kiss. He bowed his head and blushed as I rode on behind the guys.

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Most of the sand wasn't too bad, but it took a lot of concentration to get through the mess. It was soft and hadn't seen any traffic to get packed down yet, so I kept myself seated and my legs on-the-ready to be deployed as outriggers to catch the bad wobbles.

Once past the sand, Rusty and I finally caught up with Bill & Graeme, and we lined 'em up across the road for a group picture near the end of River Road. I'd done it. Another milestone accomplished.

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We headed for the general store at Rio Grande Village to refuel the bikes and bodies, and I picked up a new sticker for my XR so I could be reminded of this trip often. Gas down here is listed as “2x the price on the pump” because of the stores remote location, but we'd need it to climb back out of the park. We sat and ate some sammiches and rehydrated while discussing the plan for the remainder of the afternoon.

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We'd take the pavement route back to avoid getting stuck offroad after dark, with a detour to Boquillas Canyon to see the view. Old Ore Road would be too much to tackle with the sun already descending as it was.

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I split from the guys at the gas station in Study Butte and made a beeline for my tent and comfortable clothes. My feet were hurting, and the sooner I got out of the gear the better I'd feel. I changed, washed my face, and reappeared to hear how everyone else's day had gone while snacking on my avocados. We wandered over to Uncle's and then up to the pizza shop, which reportedly offers “the coldest beer in Terlingua”. Not sure about the validity of that statement, but the pizza was downright YUMMM!

It was a quick but chilly ride back to Uncle's under the stars, David staying close beside me to help light the way with his KTM's headlights. There was a fire going, with a druid ring of tales being told. I overheard talk of a missing rider, but since nobody had told me directly I assumed it was either rumor or already under control. Beers were bottomed, cobbler was consumed, and the celestial sightings were amazing out here in the desert.

Back at tent city, a bright shooting star got my attention – and I made a wish. The conversations continued until we cumulatively decided it was time for bed, which meant time for more snoring. We were all getting used to each other already...

Track Map:
146 miles, elapsed time 8:28, Avg Speed 17mph
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Elevation Profile:
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Next Up - Day 3

KenH
02-28-2008, 09:12 PM
On to Saturday:

After readying the bike and stopping for coffee and a breakfast burrito at Kathy's, I headed on down to Panther Junction for fuel. Just after passing the toll gate entering the park, a motorhome pulled out about a half mile ahead of me. I must ride too slow because the motorhome gradually pulled further and further ahead until I didn't see it any more. I kept checking the six and nobody was there, so I made it to Panther Junction without seeing another vehicle.

After topping the tank, I headed a few miles further on Rio Grande Village Drive and caught Glen Springs Road, a nice little road of loose cobbly rock. A few miles down Glen Springs I made the turn onto Black Gap Road. Just a few tenths past the start of Black Gap Road I came across this scenario:

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After checking with Shawn, who assured me they had a workable plan for self-extraction, I rode on south. I thought it might be a good idea to show some detail of the road conditions in Big Bend.

First is a picture of a typical road in the park--which can't decide if it wants to be solif rock, gravel, cobblestones or sand, ore maybe all at the same time.

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See the rock in the middle of the road? It is bigger than a liter water bottle, just waiting to toss an unwary rider's front wheel sideways.

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Even the solid rock is generally fairly rough. Lock at the strata in this top view of a large rock that stretches all the way across the road.

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The strata are like contour lines of a topographic map. The camera doen't show the elevation changes very well, but 50% slopes are not unusual on rocks like this.

A little further on I parked T-dub in a somewhat typical wash. Now, this particular wash isn't wide enough to park in unless the bike is turned at an angle to the road. Note that the wash is tire-deep, with a near vertical drop of about 2 feet.

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From the other direction, the steepness of the drop-off is apparent.

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That boulder in the bottom right corner of the picture is actually in the road, so coming off the far bank at high speed and jumping the wash is not a good idea. Better to ride down and out of the wash slowly, even though the bottom of this particular wash is paved with loose rocks.

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Very few washes have hard bottoms. Most are loose sediments ranging in size from sand to rocks as seen here. Therefore it is difficult to maintain directional control at low speeds. Though I didn't get a picture of one, some washes have several channels a foot or so deep spaced just a few feet apart. The high ground between the channels is usually hard rock, but the bottoms are usually loose sediment. It is very difficult to carry the front wheel across multiple channels to avoid directional control problems, and dropping a narrow front tire into the loose sediments at the bottom is just asking for an immediate full-lock twist of the forks. This creates a conundrum for most riders. This is one spot where a big, aggressive front tire is truly a blessing.

On with the show:

Washes are home to wide varieties of living things, mainly because water flows down hill. Note the differences between the vegetation types and densities in the next couple pics.

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These brushy draws are thick with mule deer and javelina. They are out of the wind and provide good shade. They are also the most likely places to find water. A survival tip: Thick, green brush means water at or near the surface.

I stopped to take a picture or two of some neat lightly cacti.

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While standing in the cooling breeze taking in the scenery, I spotted soemthing amiss. See if you can find it. There is a clue here that this is no ordinary brushy draw. It took me a few minutes of study to figure out what doesn't belong here.

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There is an old food tin, quite rusted, under the bushes.

After studying the first clue, I took a close look around for other clues, eventually spotting another anomaly in the natural setting. See if you can find it in this next picture.

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Here is a closeup of the anomaly.

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Now, thes rocks looked stacked, as if once part of a structure. Based on these two clues I did a bit of exploring on foot and discovered the Secret Ruins.

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The last pic is close enough to see the chinking between the rocks. This was once a house.

Leaving nothing behind but footprints and a prayer for the former inhabitants, taking nothing away but memories and digital photographs, I moved on.

I had to spend a few minutes in prayer for these 10 who lost their lives.

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I pondered the significance of the quarter.

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I prayed the little one was under the age of accountability, that the angels migh celebrate his/her rising above them in heaven.

I generally find graveyards depressing, so I moved on down Black Gap Road towards River Road. I passed a Jeep and a bicycle along the way. From there, I rode eastward past Solis, stopping to visit with the Border Patrol, BBNP employees, and military guys working on the road. I stopped at the interstion of Glen Springs to take in the awesome 360* view. *click to view video*

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I peeled of my gear and shirt to enjoy the sunshine on my bare skin, air temperature felt between 95 and 100 degrees, but a stiff breeze felt wonderful. I wandered about taking a few pictures.

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I stowed the camera and pulled my shirt back on. Then I heard someone coming south on Glen Springs.

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It seems even in the middle of the desert one cannot be alone.

Finally, I geared up and headed north on Glen Springs. I made the short run down Black Gap Road to check on Albie and Shawn, only to find the location deserted, which was a joy, especially because they was talking about bringing a long-bed pick-up down Black Gap to pick up Albie's KTM, and I'm not sure that was actually going to be possible. I turned around, making my way back to Glen Springs, then out the way I came in earlier. I stopped at Panther Junction for fuel, then headed back Terlingua at a sedate 40-45mph.

A BBNP truck seemed very interested in coming up behind me, looking awfully much like he wanted to do some harrassing, but I was able to justify pulling off the road every time he was about to do so. I suppose my being flt on the tank wide open caught his attention, but going up hill into a strong headwind, I could only do 44mph. Thankfully, there are plenty of educational side-outs the last few miles leaving the park, and once a cage stopped beside the road where I stopped to check on the occupants as the BBNP truck zoomed by. Again.

Albie and Shawn rode by while I was stopped at an educational side-out, and I was thankfull to see them rolling.

The pictures from the ride out:

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Last I saw of the BBNP truck I was rounding the last bend before leaving the park. I was heading down the hill about 40mph with 4-5 cars behind me, and by the time the BBNP truck was turned around, I was over the boundary and riding on the shoulder to let all the cars pass.

Sunday was load the TW, wait for Soozy to get it together, a quick burrito from Kathy's, and the drive home. A funny thing happened on the drive home. By the time we picked up I10 in Kent, the wind was blowing pretty good out of the west. By the time we drove through Midland, the windplants weren't even turning. After Midland, we had a stout headwind all the way to Arlington. My take on that is Midland sucks. Why else would all the air be moving that way?

ed29
02-29-2008, 07:20 AM
I have to admit that I am feeling a bit guilty about riding the roads north of Terlingua. The only public roads that way are North and South County roads, and they no longer meet each other directly. Every other wonderful mile of gravel, rocks, dust, sand, and washes are actually private roads. At best we were guests on those roads. At worst we were tresspassing.

All of those great roads are supposed to be for Terlingua Ranch Association members and their guests. Until I purchase land down there (which is on my to do list) I am not really supposed to be riding there.

I am not trying to stir any pots, point any fingers, pick any fights, or in general be a hall monitor. I am just concerned about offending any of the folks who bought their little piece of the desert, possibly to get away from the crowds, and what they might have thought of the parade of bikes that rolled through during the non-event.

Does anyone else share my concern about this?

TexasShadow
02-29-2008, 08:01 AM
I do. And those thoughts were scrambling around several times in my helmet when riding out there and while standing in the desert where I hope to possibly retire. While riding near and in front of humble adobes and remaining private working ranches. I felt like I was invading their solitude and privacy. I wondered how I would feel with hordes of bikes and 4-W trucks driving/riding/racing on those roads near my own place. I know how I feel about it on my small ranch at home.

Our small group of four riders in the Terlingua Ranch desert tried to reduce our impact on the area and respect the residences/camps properties as much as possible, even apologizing to the owners for unknowingly trespassing on their private ranch property. We got lost ;-)

I hope others did, and will do the same when out there.

Trail Boss
02-29-2008, 08:21 AM
If you rode with Uncle on the double secret ds ride, you were riding as a guest. Uncle's property is on Terlingua Ranch.

Hood Ornament
02-29-2008, 08:23 AM
Funny, riding on those roads on Friday we only came up on ONE other person the whole time (aside form others on bikes). She was in a mini-van and waved at us as we rode by. In the park, aside from the paved roads we only saw one jeep and one truck the WHOLE day.

ed29
02-29-2008, 08:32 AM
Richard, I agree that while riding with Uncle we were indeed his guests. The run I did without Uncle is the one I am troubled about. I did not mean to make it sound like there was a constant stream of folks out there all day long. I do think that traffic on those private roads was increased over the normal amount and was just concerned about my impact on those who live there.

The Bruce
02-29-2008, 08:42 AM
Everyone; Great pictures and stories. I'll have to be sure and make one of these group rides one day.

TexasShadow
02-29-2008, 08:46 AM
Funny, riding on those roads on Friday we only came up on ONE other person the whole time (aside form others on bikes). She was in a mini-van and waved at us as we rode by. In the park, aside from the paved roads we only saw one jeep and one truck the WHOLE day. There's hundreds of thousands of acres in that area :mrgreen:
that's why people move down there to live: the solitude.

Ironically, when we rode Pinto Canyon Road over Xmas week, we met many jeeps/trucks/cars. Part of that also goes through private land. I was surprised to run into so many people there.

We rode by two jeeps and two trucks on Old Ore Road. All pulled to the side for us to pass. We waved a big hearty thanks as we slowly rode by. They all waved back.

We've seen other people out on the Terlingua desert, either on the roads or at their houses/camps. One yelled at us to get off his property. We had stopped on the road to take a photo.

Bandit33
02-29-2008, 09:55 AM
When I was out there riding the area at Christmas time, I rode amongst other stuff , a lot of those roads north of Terlingua (South County RD, Pete Herman RD, Hen Egg Rd. and then North County RD). So, are you saying I was not on public roads that entire time? It appeared to be public roads the whole way thru and I avoided the various private looking roads that went off in various directions; some with private propertay signs. Just wondering for future reference.

Everyone talks of all the traffic on the River Road. When I rode it on I believe 12-23, I encountered one other vehicle: a 4wheel drive SUV that was more or less stuck. I helped them get unstuck (by pushing) and they then decided it was too rough and turned around and went back. That was about 1 mile in from the west entrance. Other than that I saw no one else til I finally reached the gas station at Panther Junction about 3 hours later.

By the way, I tried hooking up with you guys that trip but never could find Uncles place ( of course when I did get back on Dec. 27 I saw the google earth pictures and then immediately knew where you were.)

Don

ed29
02-29-2008, 10:20 AM
South County and North County are public, the rest are private, including Hen Egg and Herman's Peak which connect the county roads. So, yes, part of your ride, just like mine was on private roads. There are no gates off of South County, but turning left instead of right takes the rider off the public road. The gates along 118 do have signs, but the entrances off of the gravel are not marked.

When I did River Road in the park in December I did not see any four wheeled vehicles on the western half either.

goatboy_tx
02-29-2008, 10:37 AM
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KenH
02-29-2008, 10:56 AM
^^^^^^^^^^
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That is beautiful.

Calgary-Yogi
02-29-2008, 12:20 PM
I don't think I would ride the unpaved roads alone unless there was some kind of group ride going on. Even if you ride your own ride along the popular roads during something like the Ride the Rio, you are still not alone.

KEN,

DO you still not understand that this kind of selfish and ignorant attitude is exactly why you caused so many problems last week when you went off on your own and did not return Friday evening.

I tried to explain to you, that it is exactly this type of attitude that caused
1. The country to spend several thousand dollars on searching for you and this is now money they do not have to spend on legitimate rescues.
2. 20 plus peoples rides were screwed up as we gave up our planned rides to organised search parties for you.

Thankfully you retruned safe
THEY ARE CALLED GROUP RIDES FOR A REASON, we ride in groups and look after every member of the entire group. Your solo riding attitude preys on the willingness of the other group members to look out for you, even if you say "do not worry about me" and "don't come looking for me" and I am sure deep down you know we always will.

Personally I would prefer that if you want to continue riding solo you do it when there is no group ride as I know for a fact that should the same thing happen again I and numerious others will come look for you AGAIN.

chopperbob
02-29-2008, 01:03 PM
I second that.

TexasShadow
02-29-2008, 01:13 PM
+1

Tourmeister
02-29-2008, 01:23 PM
Okay, if this issue gets out of hand, it will be pulled and moved to a separate thread. I don't want it boogering up the ride report thread.

KenH
02-29-2008, 01:45 PM
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TexasShadow
03-01-2008, 09:53 AM
http://inlinethumb38.webshots.com/6373/2686576370100746484S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2686576370100746484jjIcyU)

My full account, through my eyes, will appear on my blogsite. Computer time is curtailed; it irritates a current cervical issue limiting use of my head and right arm/shoulder. Because of that and the extraneous prose that I write that riders tend to impatiently weed through, I decided to post everything only once and on my blogsite.

As I continue to download and go through photos, I'll post them here on this thread.

First entry (http://ridingtwowheels.blogspot.com/2008/02/return-to-big-bend-dsds-ride.html) in the series, Return to Big Bend.

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Ed's XR250 in the desert.

DrBlackbird
03-01-2008, 12:16 PM
http://inlinethumb38.webshots.com/6373/2686576370100746484S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2686576370100746484jjIcyU)

My full account, through my eyes, will appear on my blogsite. Computer time is curtailed; it irritates a current cervical issue limiting use of my head and right arm/shoulder. Because of that and the extraneous prose that I write that riders tend to impatiently weed through, I decided to post everything only once and on my blogsite.
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Wished someone would have told you that I was on this ride..........Wouldn't have been able to do away with all your pain issues, but I may have been able to relieve some of your discomfort.........Oh Well, you had a good ride anyway.
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TexasShadow
03-01-2008, 12:26 PM
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Wished someone would have told you that I was on this ride..........Wouldn't have been able to do away with all your pain issues, but I may have been able to relieve some of your discomfort.........Oh Well, you had a good ride anyway.
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.........DocYeah, I wish I had known. Have a couple of vertebrae out of alignment and they're grinding as well as pinching. My R traps and neck feel like a constant bolt of lightening going through them and my R hand fingers go numb quickly. It really put a damper on the three days of riding (and still does).
Oh well.......

DrBlackbird
03-01-2008, 12:38 PM
Yeah, I wish I had known. Have a couple of vertebrae out of alignment and they're grinding as well as pinching. My R traps and neck feel like a constant bolt of lightening going through them and my R hand fingers go numb quickly. It really put a damper on the three days of riding (and still does).
Oh well.......
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For the rest of you TWT'ers out there, don't feel shy about coming up to me and asking for help. I assure you I won't, out in the field do anything that will put either of us at risk. If I can do a little magic and put a patch on your area of complaint, and get you back in the saddle, I'll be glad to help.
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KenH
03-01-2008, 04:03 PM
Doc,

Your willingness to help fellow riders is commendable. I've noticed several people who work in medical professions have given freely of their time and expertise on rides. Such a willingness to serve others out of the kindness of one's heart is rare in the day-to-day world.

DFW_Warrior
03-01-2008, 08:33 PM
So Doc..... uh, you wanna move up to the Dallas area??? DFW to Katy is a bit far to go for my regular adjustments!!!!:-P

Tourmeister
03-01-2008, 11:25 PM
Sunday night...

:tab "Hmmmm.... I'm actually not on call this weekend." :ponder: A moment or two passes while weatherunderground.com loads... "Man! The weather looks to be awesome this weekend!" The sound of cosmic realignments begin whispering throughout the universe... "If I camp, getting there will be my biggest cost and if I trailer with someone..." The whispers become persistent cat calls to my id.

Monday morning...

:tab "So Dad, there is this big get together of TWT people out at Big Bend this weekend..." Dad responds with that knowing Dad tone, "How long...?" He's got my number :doh: "Just Thursday and Friday," I mumble. "Two days!" and I fire back, "But you are gonna be gone ALL next week!!" He hesitates for a moment, "True... so do you want to use the truck and trailer?" And it is settled :dude: It's nice to have an understanding boss :trust:

Monday evening...

:tab "So.... there's gonna be a LOT of people out at Big Bend this weekend..." A brief moment of silence ensues... "and Dad has already said I could have the time off work..." More silence. "I'd realllly like to go..." Nail biting moments pass... "Okay, go." It pays to have an understanding wife! "If you don't go, you'll just be moping around here driving me nuts, so go!" I married up :trust:

Later that night in the garage...

:tab "So sweetheart, how you doing...?" A few furtive glances under the skirts, "Hmmm... your rear is looking a little worn out," :ponder: "Looks like you've been around the block a few times!" :shocked: A few more glances, "My... you are a dirty girl!" Silence... "So... you up for doing anything this weekend?" More silence... "I'll take your lack of protest as a yes!" :mrgreen:

Tuesday evening...

:tab PM's are fired back and forth in a flurry. The whispers give way to the groans of grinding movement of celestial bodies. Alignment is achieved. My bags are packed. Now the wait...

Wednesday

:tab It's a nice day here in Huntsville. Sitting at work, I watch the clock... and the weather radar! :doh: It is NOT looking pretty. Several hours of rush hour freeway traffic through Houston on the KLR in a nasty storm is not my idea of fun. But... it IS an adventure! :trust: I cut out from work a bit early, hoping to hit a lull between lines in the storms. Kisses are kissed and hugs hugged, I head out into a thickening mist, the evening light fading... :storm:

:tab Several adrenaline inducing hours pass and I eventually find my way to Squeaky's condo in SW Houston. My water proof Joe Rocket gloves... aren't. My water proof SIDI Flex Force boots... aren't :argh: However, my Cycleport Air Mesh Kevlar rain liner rocks!! I make a mess of the entry into Squeaky's place, dripping all over, and then work on drying my gear. The riding suit just gets tossed over some stools. Next, I torture test Squeaky's hair dryer by running it for over an hour nonstop to dry my boots, socks, and gloves. I forget the brand, but it worked great! Squeaky is a bachelor. There is no food in the house... except for the freeze dried camp food. I boil up some water and scald my tongue eating some kind of meat, taters, and onion stuff. This would turn out to be a bad move...

:tab Later in the evening, 11:30pm or so, Squeaky finally gets home from work. She is pumped with energy and excitement about the trip. Soon though, I head off to the spare room, For someone that typically knocks off for the night between 2:00am and 3:00am, 5:00am is coming FAR too soon :eek2:

Thursday morning...

:tab The cell phone alarm goes off. My brain reels at the unnatural hour of torment. Regardless, I force myself to gear up for the ride over to meet Gary "Dr. Blackbird" and Carl "Cdc1". We'll be trailering out to West Texas. There is no way my date's worn out rear end could survive the weekend otherwise :whatever: I look outside and it is still raining... :doh: Not knowing where I am going, I have to follow Squeaky. She's trailering her XR400 over to Gary's. However, we have to head to her office because she left her driver's license there last night, so that set's us back a bit. No problem though. We finally reach Gary's and find him and Carl loading up the truck.

Note the blinding absence of light... :yawn:
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If it weren't for the street light, it would be pitch black. Who wants to be awake under such horrific conditions :scratch:
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:tab We make short work of getting the bikes and truck loaded. We all pile in and hit the road. There is some nervous energy in the truck and some light conversation. I drift in and out. Once the sun comes up I feel a little better and can form complete sentences.

:tab It has begun...

TexasShadow
03-01-2008, 11:37 PM
Big Bend Revisited: Terlingua Time

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For all intent and purposes, schedules in Big Bend area are almost impossible to keep. Too much ground to cover, too much to explore, too many temptations to veer from plans, and, most assuredly, not enough time. Unlike my usual approach when traveling, this time I had a list of roads to ride, things to do and see. I realized halfway through the second day that the list and schedules be ******. I relented, as I should have in the beginning, to Terlingua Time.

Visiting the Big Bend area reminds me of living in the woods of Maine: time is dictated not by hands on a clock or digits on a watch. Human-contrived time measured by ascribed units -hours, minutes and seconds- means little in the desert and wild canyons. Nature dictates time: cycles of the moon and circling around the sun, rains, wind, blasting sand, heat and cold, hunger, sleep, thirst and adapting to what surrounds you. Learning to live with it, not fight against it.

Ironically, while watching the blood orange ball of a moon peek and rise over the Chisos one night, I recalled how only a few full moons ago I sat with others near a campfire and watched the moon crawl across the sky. Peeking over the Chisos Mountains to the east, it climbed the sky to hang and throw its light over the desert landscape like an eerie glow casting a spell over everything animate and inanimate. No wonder ancient civilizations equated emanating magical powers with the full light of the moon.

Just as when I lived in the Maine woods, I automatically began to refer to my previous visit there measured by cycles of the moon. Three moons ago I sat enjoying the same view of a Terlingua full moon. In Terlingua Time.

The rising sun and chirping of quails woke me; the desert was coming alive. Morning preparations were basically the same: coffee, food, clean up and get dressed, more coffee, then prepare the bikes. An early departure was planned for this morning because we had a 63-mile ride on blacktop to reach the head of Old Ore Road in the national park.

At the top of my list this trip was one of the several back country roads in Big Bend National Park: Old Ore Road. The 26-mile road runs north-south through some of the most interesting parts of the park. Several miles of the northern section run through Tornillo Flats, a dry river bed in which Tornillo Creek flows, and along the base of several ridges in the Sierra del Carmen mountain range to the east.

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The ridges closest to the road are named Sierra del Caballo Muerto, Spanish for Dead Horse Mountains. Alto Relex towers over you as you ride along its hem; as if a giant were standing next to you and you want to go by as quietly and softly as you can, respectfully so as not to awaken it.

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Looking west the Chisos Mountains interrupt the horizon with their brown jagged peaks. Squat flat mesas protrude above the chalky flats where dinosaurs once walked eons ago when that area was a shallow sea. I tried to imagine what life was like at every stop on Old Ore Road, both prehistoric and historic, natural and cultural.

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Parking the bikes, we walked around remains of human habitation at various places. I smiled at the irony that little evidence remains of the hundreds of people that lived near the springs, creeks and river in the park. Despite the rapid destruction by our hands of the more temperate ecology, nature has its own way of erasing our presence there just as quickly. Tit for tat, I hope nature wins in the end. This land speaks loudly of cyclic life and death. It is indeed a museum of both.

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The road surface is primitive; rocks, boulders of all shapes and sized, ledge, ruts and holes, washes full of sand and pools of tiny pebbles, cacti and mesquite reaching over the sides of the road. Steep inclines and declines, sudden twists and turns, sometimes hard packed shiny clay. To think that settlers and ranchers traveled these same roads for days, sometimes weeks, to reach their neighbors, the schools and post offices, gathering supplies in the towns once or twice a year. Before them the Apache and Comanches walked and rode along trails in the park on their way to and from Mexico.

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At a few points I tried to imagine what it might be like back then. Did they share the wonder and awe that some of us visitors have for the primitiveness, beauty and solitude of the area? Or were they so caught up in surviving and struggling for their livelihood and lives that it was all lost to them, or, at the worst, their enemy? I'll never know except for reading written accounts or recorded oral stories by earlier residents of this land. Yet sometimes, when I stand still and look up at the towering cliffs, the desert flats near the springs, or remnants of old adobes by the river and creeks.......sometimes I can feel them all here and around me. As if their voices and thoughts, their lives are imprinted forever in the stone and sand.

It was riding this road and exploring the landmarks and human-imposed remains that I realized I would never intimately know this place unless I lived here. The revelation that I wanted to live and experience the area permeated my entire psyche. It already knew I was home there; it just took a little while for my consciousness to comprehend.

I know I'm a visitor here; I'll always be a humble guest. But as if I was a starving pauper at a gigantic banquet, I don't think I could ever grow tired of, bored, or be satiated with the feast before my eyes and under my feet. Perhaps that is the advantage of being a visitor and not a native. Seeing and experiencing it all through fresh and new eyes. I hope that readers can see the wonder that I do through my eyes and words; and help preserve it for you and your descendants.

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I am the child that stares in amazement and awe, mesmerized by the past, present and future, the untold and recorded stories of struggle and success by river, stone and life. It makes me feel like a newborn child and an old wizened elder; I want to cherish and protect it. Because it is representative of what we are made of and where we came from. It reminds us of what it is to be human.

We all know that places, things and people change over time. Time, often the common denominator of change, is also in flux. Nowhere else as much as in Big Bend is it evident the changing of time over time. The evidence and portrayal of hundreds of millions of years makes our time so inconsequential; yet at the same time, so precious.

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The photos above are of Ernst Tinaja and the canyon where it lies hidden. it is by far one of the most amazing places in the park.

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Duke
03-01-2008, 11:59 PM
Teach me, please, to take photographs like this:clap:

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Tourmeister
03-02-2008, 01:42 AM
Parking the bikes, we walked around remains of human habitation at various places. I smiled at the irony that little evidence remains of the hundreds of people that lived near the springs, creeks and river in the park. Despite the rapid destruction by our hands of the more temperate ecology, nature has its own way of erasing our presence there just as quickly. Tit for tat, I hope nature wins in the end. This land speaks loudly of cyclic life and death. It is indeed a museum of both.

:tab Are we not as much a part of nature as rocks? ;-) Does not lava from a volcano scar the landscape and destroy what already exists? Do not the fumes from the volcano poison the atmosphere? I have often wondered why so much of man's effort has been considered by some as foreign to the "natural" world. :ponder: If one accepts the view that ALL is the result of natural causes, what basis is there for bias against mankind? Malls are as natural as centuries old solidified lava flows.

:tab I admit to preferring the the look and feel of human free nature. I often wonder why though? Perhaps it is the lack of human emotiveness in the raw physical processes? Does that lack of the human touch remind of purity and thus hint at the impurity of man?

:tab There is something exceedingly primal about this area that pulls deeply in me. I cannot put it to words. I cannot convey it to others. Yet I feel its tug as sure as pull of the strings that entwine my heart towards my family and friends. It calls to me. It beckons me to immerse myself, to lose myself...

DFW_Warrior
03-02-2008, 08:19 AM
I like where this thread is going!!! I can't wait to have you guys post up some more.

TexasShadow
03-02-2008, 08:35 AM
/philosophical musing on

:tab Are we not as much a part of nature as rocks? ;-) ....I have often wondered why so much of man's effort has been considered by some as foreign to the "natural" world. :ponder: If one accepts the view that ALL is the result of natural causes, what basis is there for bias against mankind? .... Humans are, as is humanity, very much a part of nature. Yet in our egocentric ideals, that humans are the supreme in the Great Chain of Being, we fight against that which sustains us and we beat it into submission. In the process we usually destroy it. History is full of evidence for that.

However, I don't believe it is a part of 'human nature'. Many peoples, past and even some remaining in the present, have not exhibited that trend to such extremes that industrial and modern civilizations have. And even now we grow more aware and concerned about our environment. But we have forgotten how to work and live with it.

I'm not naive as to over-romanticize 'nature'. No matter what we brew the forces that made and move this planet can destroy us, and itself, in a twinkling of an eye. Viruses can wipe us out within a year's time, as a bacteria almost did centuries ago. Volcanoes can wipe out civilizations as it has in the past. That, too, is a part of the cycle.

I do not condemn progress of the human race. As a species we can do and build the most wondrous things. But as someone once posted here awhile ago, and has been echoed elsewhere more recently, when does 'progress' become detrimental to us, and to that upon which we live; to our health, happiness, and long-term survival and that of our children's children?

Somewhere there has to be a balance.

I admit to preferring the the look and feel of human free nature. I often wonder why though? Perhaps it is the lack of human emotiveness in the raw physical processes? Does that lack of the human touch remind of purity and thus hint at the impurity of man? That is a question pondered upon for centuries. Some evolutionary psychologists suggest that a connection with our natural world is hardwired into our brains and unconscious and subconscious behaviour. The most outstanding evidence for that is it took hundreds of thousands of years for humans to evolve as a species. Our physiology is still that of our recent ancestors. A part of our brain is the same as most other vertebrates, even reptiles (ask me about the lizard brain sometime :) ) As much as we are drawn to the natural environment, we also evolved to fear it. For a good reason: survival.

Now we have the luxury of deriving enjoyment, solace and strength from our natural environment without constant worry of survival. Some of us seek it and prefer it because more and more it is lacking in our daily surroundings, and in our lives. We no longer live out in contact with our environment and we no longer spend most of our days, lives, outside of four walls. We even travel from box to box within four-sided containers. But we still have a subconscious need for a natural environment that is becoming less satisfied. So we build bigger houses and buildings and four-sided containers. And we build more toys to fill that empty space within us. And our natural environment becomes more foreign to us. It's viewed only to supply our demands to build 'things' for consumption. We consume but we don't give anything back. Nor do we take care of that which provides us with what we take.

Some of us can't function without human-made surroundings. Others choose to find remote and primitive places to live or visit for periods of time. Most people find a solace and welcome solitude in natural surroundings; it gives them an opportunity to shed the stress, pressures and responsibilities of their lives elsewhere. It offers an environment free from constant distraction; it gives their heads a break. Some seek it out and even choose to live in such environments away from others just because they prefer to be alone, and instead enter the social world of their fellows when they choose to. A variety of reasons exist for why people are attracted to and seek out such surroundings, while others avoid and even fear them.

There is something exceedingly primal about this area that pulls deeply in me. I cannot put it to words. I cannot convey it to others. Yet I feel its tug as sure as pull of the strings that entwine my heart towards my family and friends. It calls to me. It beckons me to immerse myself, to lose myself... :) I have known that feeling since I was a kid. I am very sensitive to my immediate surroundings; always have been. But I didn't understand it until I was in my late twenties. After I had immersed myself in the woods of Maine living as a hermit for eight years, being almost completely self-sufficient. I chose the primitive and solitude over the modern. I had to learn to know myself before I could understand the people around me. It was thirty-plus years before I returned to the cities. And then I had to learn again. I'm still learning. As should we all.

That pull you feel is partly who and what you are. It is also partly what we all are. Some feel it more strongly than others, some not at all. Others battle with it, like Ed Abbey did his whole life. I still do as well (the idealist and the cynic) but have come to a truce (most of the time). You can either accept it, succomb to it, let it take you, or deny and battle it. Nor does it have to be forever. Periodic doses are sometimes all that is required. It rejuvenates and refreshes, like recharging a battery.

A book I highly recommend reading is Walking it Off, by Doug Peacock. He was a close friend of Ed Abbey's, but his battles were more real and extreme: faced with life and death in many situations, both by human hands and in the wilderness. It's a very profound book. You will see one man's perspective of that which you ponder in a very different light.

/philosophical musing off

KenH
03-02-2008, 11:26 AM
Such wrestling with the demons of one's mind reminds me of the talk of the acid-dropping old hippies hanging around Grenold's Park and Coconut Grove in the '70s and '80s. It is a natural barrier to psycho-social development that a late 20-something or early 30-something must overcome to achieve cognitive maturity, one that many people stumble against for decades, arresting their development. It's part of the process Winston Churchill alluded to when he said, "'A young man who is not a communist has no heart, an older man who is a communist has no mind." This new direction for this thread will touch many people. Carry on.

Elzi, you could live in the Big Bend area for 100 years and never learn all its secrets. It is a vast place, with at least 10,000 years of human history that is poorly understood and has been almost totally ignored by the anthropologist set because of the difficulty of working in the area. "It's just a lifeless desert" translates to "That looks like a difficult and uncomfortable place to study. Lets move on to a more comfortable place." Hence, there is little more known about past residents of Big Bend than "They came, it was harsh, the died, they left."

There is much work to be done to learn about the "how comes" of the people that arrived, lived, died, and left the area. I think an inter-disciplanary study of the archeological and anthropological history of the pre-Columbians that focused on their biological interactions in the environment would be a major accomplishment of high value not only to academia but to the population at large. Most people don't have a clue about their biological interactions with their environments. An example is, "FLUSH it and forget about it." Promoting awareness of one's biological "footprint" might go a long way towards making this world a better place for our descendents.

TexasShadow
03-02-2008, 12:07 PM
Such wrestling with the demons of one's mind reminds me of the talk of the acid-dropping old hippies hanging around Grenold's Park and Coconut Grove in the '70s and '80s. It is a natural barrier to psycho-social development that a late 20-something or early 30-something must overcome to achieve cognitive maturity, one that many people stumble against for decades, arresting their development. I don't necessarily agree with you. Everyone faces, or should face, their demons at some point in their lives. Those demons many times represent self-unawareness or merely questions about themselves, others or life in general. They often eventually become resolved, but they always remain a part of one's self. To ignore or run from them is to allow them to control you. I don't regard this process as an inability to 'achieve cognitive maturity' or 'arrested development'. That is the talk of psychologists that often need a psychologist.

Enough on that issue. This is not the place for it.

Elzi, you could live in the Big Bend area for 100 years and never learn all its secrets. It is a vast place, with at least 10,000 years of human history that is poorly understood and has been almost totally ignored by the anthropologist set because of the difficulty of working in the area. I understand and accept that I, nor others, will ever learn all the secrets of that region. Yet that does not prevent or dissuade me and others from the desire, curiosity and attempts to learn. In fact, currently it is the most studied park in the US; the national and state parks and surrounding areas.

I have an insatiable curiosity, which is why I followed the path of a scientist. I am not alone in that pursuit. Nothing is more rewarding than living in an environment that embodies a passion for exploring and studying, experiencing and enjoying, an environment of which one is deeply passionate about. I don't care to know the answer to everything; nor will anyone. That is not my quest. It is the journey of discovery that moves and motivates me. The Big Bend area embodies that..... for many.

FYI, several scientific teams -geologists, biologists, archaeologists, etc.- are currently active in the parks and the surrounding area exploring and discovering just as you recommended. Not all are scientists; many are volunteers, students, and locals. People not only want to know about it, they want to be involved in the discoveries. This is an opportunity for real (hands-on) knowledge that can be passed along to others that do not have that opportunity.

Rather than simply reporting findings in academic publications, the discoveries and knowledge gained are and continue to be available to all at a grass-roots approach. This is what we need, rather than just delivery of scientific words to a lay public that has no notion of what they did or found. Or care. Instead it adds a layer of empathy; that is what touches people. That is what they associate with and remember. And pass on to neighbors and their children.

/back to changing tractor oil.......

Butte
03-02-2008, 12:14 PM
Elzi, you could live in the Big Bend area for 100 years and never learn all its secrets.

maybe that's part of it - I think I'd go crazy if I ever ran out of new things to wonder at.

BMWbabe
03-02-2008, 09:49 PM
maybe that's part of it - I think I'd go crazy if I ever ran out of new things to wonder at.

It sure was good to meet you. Like I was telling you, I could ride over and over again in Big Bend and still be awed. That is never a hardship on anyone.

hylandspirit
03-03-2008, 06:39 PM
The next day I had planned to ride the dirt with good friends but as it turned out, I had a bad feeling and bailed very early on. (thank you for the invite though) I ended up making plans to ride to presidio with Roxanne (highland spring?). That’s a good-feeling ride over fun roads and at the top of this steepish hill, we stopped for the view and met some very nice vacationers that come to the area often. We learned about the crash, the best pizza and beer around for miles, and some lovely dwellings at Terlingua House.


Hi Molly. It was great fun meeting you and riding on Friday. :-D I wish Rick and I weren't in the process of coming down with a terrible cold. I took it easy on Sat and rode again on Sunday. Rick never did feel good enough to get out and enjoy those beautiful roads. We have decided that we will definitely visit Texas and BB again.
Roxanne

Butte
03-03-2008, 07:43 PM
It sure was good to meet you. Like I was telling you, I could ride over and over again in Big Bend and still be awed. That is never a hardship on anyone.

the same to you, Mollie. I'm glad you still ejoyed yourself :mrgreen:

TexasShadow
03-03-2008, 09:59 PM
Taking advantage of the satellite connection that has been out more than on tonight because of snow and ice, I'll quickly post more photos from the Old Ore Rd Day:

I love this one because of the depth and contrasting scales of everything. That's one of the things I really like about that area is the amazing scale of the geography and everything else. I smirk when I see how it throws people off that aren't used to it. What looks like a half a mile away is sometimes 5 miles or more. People and vegetation are dwarfed by the giant craggy mountains. And the sky...... it's so big that you can fit an entire planet in just Big Bend alone.

I remember Scott's comments about the Boquillas Canyon walls. He felt the same thing I do; it draws you in, it captivates and commands you. It's difficult to tear yourself away from looking at it. Next time I'm there I plan to hike up and into it. Some time I want to take a few weeks and raft down the river and spend time getting to know the canyons from the inside.

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I liked photographing the tunnel. Earlier in the day would have been a better opportunity. It serves as a window, or a gateway into another world. Its also an example of how adaptive the vegetation is down there; look at the face of the tunnel and see what grows in the crevasses in the rocks. Rocks catch blown sand and soil, dew and rain, and offer some shading during portions of the day. Plants take advantage of that.

Like a kid, I blew my horn the entire time I was riding through the tunnel, both ways. I couldn't resist ;-)

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The pan below was taken from the hilltop above La Noria, just west off Old Ore Rd. What's really amazing is a thriving community use to be there: adobe and rock houses, post office, store, school house, temporary fort, corrals, etc. Hardly anything is left to indicate that the area was teeming with life and human activity. Except for a few stones that are left that mark the perimeter of some of the structures. Everything else is gone: wind, rains, blown sand, animals, and it all returns to the desert.

The view overlooks the Tornillo Creek bed with the Chisos in the distance. It's also amazing that that huge clump of jagged and craggy rock is the youngest formation in the area; and itself an oasis in the desert. Look close at the lower left corner of the pan and you might be able to see a portion of the remaining rock perimeter of what once was a store and post office.

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Next: Glenn Springs Rd, River Rd, Basin Rd, and............ water.

Gilk51
03-03-2008, 10:08 PM
We have decided that we will definitely visit Texas and BB again.

:welcome: Roxanne (and Rick)

Ya'll were pretty far from home to make it to this. Sorry the cold thing bothered you, it's just that time of year... :shrug:

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OK, Elz, this photo has really got my interest up into getting down to BB sometime soon...

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:thumb:

ed29
03-03-2008, 10:18 PM
My report is going to be more pictures than words. Just be aware that this is the first big trip since I converted from 35mm to digital, and I am still getting used to the creative difference of the new medium...

Loading up to go we have a cool mix of three dual sports and a sport bike...

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Kind of reminds me of school days when the one different kid hung out away from the cowd.

The first day's ride took a small group of us north of Terlingua...

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Ice cream to mark the middle of the day of course!

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The shadows were growing long nearing the end of the first day of riding. I was holding the grips much more than I was the camera each and every day.

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The second day started with a trip to Kathy's of course, then it was off to Old Ore Road..

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The scale of this place always amazes me, and see how the Sherpa is camoflaged, like a native desert rat...

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Less than 100 years ago there was a thriving town here... all that is left are remnants of foundations. The adobe has disolved back into the desert.

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We took a hike into Ernst Tinaja, this is a walk well worth doing, even in MX boots.

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I marvel at how plants grow out of the cracks, anywhere there is a hint of nutrients it seems a plant finds a way to spring right out of the rocks.

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The walk is long and hot...

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The payoff is worth the effort.

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Overhanging cliffs give shade, and relief from the heat. Lying back on the cool limestone is really pretty comfy.

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Where the gravel meets the pavement we see some of our crowd crossing our path.

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This was not the end of the day, but at this point the camera got put away, and the ride took center stage.

Saturday brought a change in plans, and once the day was ours again plans shifted again. We headed to Glen Springs as a group of six. Two of us did Glen Springs to River Road, while the rest played on Black Gap.

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More riding than photographing that day.

While waiting for the Black Gap Gang to re-join we saw this being pulled out.

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Back together, time to run for Rio Grande Village, and a lunch of champion riders... Ice Cream of course!

You see the darndest things in Big Bend...

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What tops off an Ice Cream lunch.... can you say cobbler?

Our group grew to eight and we headed for the Basin for a treat to cap a great day of riding.

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One of the last shots on my camera was not taken by me. Elzi had filled her memory card completely and had not captured Rusty on the water crossing, so I loaned her my camera.... She is good... if you look close you can see the big smile on Rutsy's face here....

What a fitting capper for the trip. After all, smiles like that are why we do the miles.

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BMWbabe
03-03-2008, 11:49 PM
Hi Molly. It was great fun meeting you and riding on Friday. :-D I wish Rick and I weren't in the process of coming down with a terrible cold. I took it easy on Sat and rode again on Sunday. Rick never did feel good enough to get out and enjoy those beautiful roads. We have decided that we will definitely visit Texas and BB again.
Roxanne

I had the most fun that day.....I looked for you the next day. So sorry you're under the weather. Feel better soon:rider: :rider: :rider: :rider: So happy to have met you too!

Gilk51
03-04-2008, 07:11 AM
Excellent photos, Ed! :thumb:

TexasShadow
03-05-2008, 08:03 AM
In the Beginning.....

.... there was a headache and the moon. Although, something about the desert seems to placate discomfort; its stark beauty and silence grabs the inward to the outside, soothes it and returns it to settle the spirit inside.

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Like nearly every morning on the desert, no matter what the weather, nothing is the same. Each sunrise is different; each sunset is never the same. The sun begins to peek over the Chisos and illuminates the grand stone walls that tower over the desert floor in hues of rose and amber.

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Everything in the desert plays hide and seek with the rising sun as it rapidly casts its luminescence everywhere.

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After coffee, a badly needed shower, food, and more coffee to wash down more Advil, we receive the news of that morning and gear up to meet the others at Kathy's.

Standing by the bike, I witnessed a black rear end attached to partly naked legs.....

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....then the face attached to the legs by way of a torso. :mrgreen:

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Don't feel embarrassed; I change in the parking lots, too.

After the fiasco settled down and everyone's plans were postponed, delayed or dumped, six of us decided to hit the back country roads in the park.

TexasShadow
03-05-2008, 08:34 AM
Desert Rats Ride Again

Who knows what obstacles lurk in the shadows, canyons, dust, rocks and sand?
What draws rats out of their ruts and holes to go where mice dare not to tread?
When are grins, grunts, whoops and hollers entwined with groaning engines?
Where do rats run on two wheels that grab, bite, skim and float, pound and grind?
Why do they leave everything behind to submit to this which draws them?

Only Desert Rats know.

Six of us embarked on a ride that made some of us laugh, some grin, some grunt, and one of us sweat and mutter expletives. Starting at the northeast end of Glen Springs Road, we rode our dirty bikes south.

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We climbed hills and maneuvered over boulders, rocks, pebbles, sand, and gravel. At a more rapid pace than I've ridden these roads before.
The Six Shooters:

Bill
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Graeme
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Rusty
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Scott
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Me, shooting behind the lens, and Ed, somewhere.

Four of the riders split off the the west to ride Black Gap Road which meanders southwest, while Ed and I continued south on Glen Springs Rd. I did not stop to take any photos. I seemed to be on course, sometimes barely under control with Lizard Brain at the helm, toward River Road to the south. Glancing at the Sherpa's speedometer, we were traveling from 5-10 mph faster than I did yesterday. Sometimes I had time to think about what I was doing, other times I was on autopilot (Lizard Brain as pilot). In all, I thing we both (intellect and Lizard Brain) did quite well (see post here (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showpost.php?p=371306&postcount=44)in another thread).

But I missed everything of interest off the road. Which means I have to ride the road again :mrgreen:

Admittedly, it was with relief when we reached the junction of Glenn Springs and River Roads. Relief because my lips were sticking to my teeth, my legs were tiring, my right fingers were literally numb (from neck issue), and I needed a break.

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Since collectively we decided to meet up at this junction, I got off the bike,stretched, drank and drank some more from my Camalbac, and enjoyed the scenery of the east part of the notorious River Road. I found a hillock beside the road which offered a good vantage point for scouting around me.

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We were warned about the high-centered SUV/truck on Black Gap Rd. by another rider that passed us. Sure enough, I watched as it was being towed by a wrecker truck. I was amazed that the wrecker made it up BG Rd.

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From my perch I could see a long ways down the road as it meandered west. When I saw a distant cloud of dust, I knew what was coming.

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The four stopped near the road junction and began sharing stories about the ride.

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After everyone was refreshed, plan was quickly hatched to head to the River Village, and we continued east on River Road to the paved park road. Now that was some sand........


Stay tuned for more....

Tourmeister
03-05-2008, 02:01 PM
Hmm.... Still Thursday...? Are we there yet?

:tab The sun is barely up, even it knows this is an unnatural hour! I glance around the cab of the truck and hear someone say something, "wife... made... cookies..." Huh? Cookies? Moments later a ziploc baggie full of some kind of delicious cookies is being passed around. It never makes it back to the front of the cab Mmmmm.... sugarrrr.... :drool:

:tab I fade out for a bit only to stir to the sounds of, "You wanna meet up and keep me warm in my sleeping bag?" Gary had been on the phone off and on all morning with a guy we were going to meet up with in San Antonio... :brainsnap I come out of fuzzy land a bit more and realize he's talking to his sweetie... a lady... We're gonna get some mileage out of this one :lol2: Before long we are rolling into San Antonio. A few more calls and we find ourselves pulling into a parking lot right behind Gary's friend. Perfect timing!
:nono:
Gary handing off some KLR lowering links to Roger
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:tab We spend a few minutes visiting with Roger, stretching our legs, and then it is back in the truck. We still have a longgg way to go. The miles drone on and on as the hours slip away. We reach Ft. Stockton and stop for lunch. Back in the truck... Soon we are heading South towards Alpine. That edgy feeling starts to creep into the outer realms of my consciousness... excitement... anticipation... nervousness... giddiness... It makes me flash back to the young days as a kid trying to fall asleep the night before Christmas :lol2:

:tab We reach Alpine and stop to fill up the bikes and grab last minute groceries. The wind is howling and cold. It is now that I realize I never packed my sweatshirt :doh: Standing in the sun it is not too bad. Move into the shade and it is cold! Thank goodness all the areas we will be riding in are essentially treeless, as in no shade! We spot a few other trailers full of bikes, most likely people that are part of our extended group that are heading to Uncle's place in Terlingua. We leave town on Hwy 118, heading South towards Study Butte.

:tab Almost immediately, the highway begins to twist and climb its way up into the mountains. Scrub cedar trees dot the landscape, making things look greener than I'd have expected for the middle of February. The sky is clear and the sun is starting its descent towards the horizon. Mountain peaks dot each side of the road, many topping out at around 6000 ft. We pass the Mile High road and then start dropping back down to a valley below. As we reach the bottom, I spot a familiar gate from a previous trip (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3497). We cross the valley, climb back into some mountains and before long arrive at Hwy 170. None of us are exactly sure where Uncle's place is located, so we just head West hoping to see other folks...

We find Robert at Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe
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:tab It would seem Robert knows where to go, so he offers to lead us there. A few more miles down the road and we hang a left onto some gravel. The old Terlingua Ghost Town is just off to our right. We wander down a short gravel road, round a small hill, and find lots of bikes and people. We've arrived :rider:

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East on left side, South center, West right (I think...)
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Doesn't that little squiggly road off to the right just calllll to you... :ponder:
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Uncle heads over to welcome more newcomers
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:tab With daylight fading, we start thinking that finding a place to setup camp would be a good idea. A quick look around Uncle's place reveals most of the good spots are taken. However, he has a friend with property merely a good stone's throw away that is perfect! It's right between the two helmeted heads in the above picture, just across a few small ravines. We pile into the truck and work our way over there to see what we can find...

Well... at least there is a small office for the morning paper work... :zen:
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:tab It has been a while since our last stop for bladder relief, so I head over to check out the "facilities". I get there to find the door chained shut, uh oh... I start looking for a lock but only find some wire twisted through a few links to keep the door closed when the wind starts blowing. I fumble with it while dancing around, finally get it undone and open the door...

Uhhh... :doh:
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A few frantic moments later the garbage cans are removed, all is well...

Looking back towards tent city as Squeaky likes to call it
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:tab The sun seems to take forever to make its arc across the sky out here. However, once it decides it is time to call it a day, it turns in pretty fast!! I get the tent setup, gear unpacked, and start thinking about dinner :eat:

David "Cagiva549" (note the nice shirt :trust:)
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:tab The Taj Mahal behind him is Gary's tent... :shock:

Looks like a forest fire behind the crest of the hills...
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:tab We head out to find dinner. Someone suggested a place just across the road, so off we go. I never catch the name of the place, but it is a restaurant/hotel combo with maybe 25-30 rooms. We head in and I check out the beer selection. Moments later I feel much better :trust: A quick browse of the menu reveals that food is pricey out here in the sticks :eek2: I settle for some quesadillas. About half way through dinner, the live entertainment gets started...

Never did catch her name, not that I could remember it if she had told me... :doh: :oops:
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:tab She had a nice voice, played well, and obviously wrote her own lyrics. They were hilarious. She wrote about the "Little Green Men" (Border Patrol) and their effects on their daily lives in these parts. She also wrote about Chemical Warfare. It seems her husband has some flatulence issues... :nono: :lol2: We listened for a bit and then headed back to Uncle's to hang out for the evening.

:tab Back over at Uncle's I finally notice how bright the stars are out here!! Looking up I am amazed and the brightness and number. Finding familiar stars is difficult because they are lost in the multitudes. The Milky Way really stands out and stretches across the sky. However, before long the moon starts its ascent into the night sky. Soon its blazing luminescence has drowned out all but the brightest of stars. No need for a flashlight out here. I can see easily. Seeing such well defined shadows at night is interesting.

My first attempt... I moved :doh:
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My second attempt, I found something to steady myself on
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:tab Before long people started drifting away for the night to get some sleep. We headed back over to tent city where we hung out a while longer. Soon though, we were all tucked into our tents, eyes closed tight to blot out the bright moonlight, and drifting off to dreams of dusty roads... occasionally interrupted by the diesel like snoring of several of our tent city dwellers (and don't let Squeaky convince you she wasn't one of them :lol2:) :sleep:

TexasShadow
03-05-2008, 02:50 PM
Doesn't that little squiggly road off to the right just calllll to you... :ponder:
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Hey, that's my 'special' road!!! :mrgreen:
(looking down it from the bend near the top)

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ed29
03-05-2008, 03:08 PM
Doesn't that little squiggly road off to the right just calllll to you... :ponder:
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Oh yes... it is a fun little ride too!

TexasShadow
03-05-2008, 03:27 PM
Basin anyone? or The Hunt for Cobbler

Reaching the pavement, the six of us rode south towards the Rio Grande Village in the park. Ice cream sure sounded good after all that hot riding. I think someone clocked 90+ degrees F in the sun. No wonder visions of ice cream and iced tea kept dancing around in my head.

Somewhere along the way, our crew of Six Shooters abosorbed Rachael and Soozy on their bikes. So now we were a team of eight, parked in front of the village store, relaxing in the shade and enjoying cold drinks and ice cream.

I recognized an elderly man from the visit there the day before. He had just sat down at the picnic table to eat a pint of ice cream. I saw that and that was it; I ran inside and got my own pint of ice cream (and iced tea) and walked outside to join him with a big grin on my face. All I remember is eating the entire pint in big gulps and washing it down with iced tea. Then he and I teased each other about eating an entire pint of iced cream. He had another pint in his hand when I saw him that day again.

See, I'm not the only one!!

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A few groups of other riders joined us outside over the hour or so we recovered. Tall, or by the hand gestures, wide tales were exchanged.

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I don't remember how the decision was made, or who suggested it (ahem), but a ride to the Basin lodge for cobbler seemed the right thing to do. We all geared up, gassed up, and got ready to go. While the rest of the crew went to the Boquillas overlook, Ed and I headed to the Basin at a leisurely pace.

I just love riding through Green Gulch. It is truly like riding through a magical portal. This time it was much greener than when I rode it thrice over the Xmas holidays.

Finding a vantage point to pull off and park the bikes, we hiked up to one the bends in the series of switchbacks before the descent into the Basin. I intended to get some shots of the others as they came into the first bend. While waiting I took some scenic shots...
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and practiced my action shots.

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Then I heard the buzzing of dual sport bikes.
Rusty was in the lead..
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Rachael and Soozy following.
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Then Bill....
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and Graeme.
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And down they went.
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They all went so quickly (or my brain was moving too slow), I miscalculated and went back to the bike not realizing Scott was bringing up the rear. Slowly ;) Sorry, Scott.

Ed and I parked in the usual Desert Rat parking space; behind the lodge with the mountain in the background. Ed rode down to gather the others to join us. Bill pulled a 'Russ', riding with his helmet balanced on the top of his head. Russ will be proud of you, Bill :mrgreen: (I'm emailing Russ the photo tonight)

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http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9096.jpg

The restaurant was closed but the management and waitress could tell by our bedraggled and begging looks that we really needed some help. So they brought us our orders of cobbler and ice cream. In all of my visits there, the staff have really been wonderfully accommodating ! :clap:

We sat outside on the patio and ate while relaxing and visiting.
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9100.jpg

I added this photo because of Scott's endearing facial expression :)

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9103.jpg

Now filled with ice cream, drinks, cobbler and more ice cream, we took off for one of my favorite attractions down there: water crossing. :rider:

Next: "I think I got a bath!!!"

TexasShadow
03-06-2008, 01:11 PM
Are we wet yet??

Water is life's blood to all life forms and a sculptor of the land. No where else on this planet is it more revered than in the deserts. Lack of rain and the hot sun are the primary drivers of the desert flora and fauna, both types and number. Adaptation is the key to survival; many species of living things present unique and interesting ways of that adaptation. The Big Bend region is a showcase for many of those processes.

Most visitors to Big Bend mistakenly think it never, or rarely, rains. Yet, monsoons often deliver bountiful water from July to September. Unlike most temperate places in this country, March is usually the driest month in that area. Then again, year-long droughts have been reported for periods in history. Like most other places we live and visit weather is cyclic there, but often highly unpredictable.

The once magnificent 2,000-mile Rio Grande, or historically referred to as Rio Grande del Norte by the Spanish and SW American Indians, has always commanded center stage in the immense region west of the Pecos River and all the way north to its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Sadly, the mighty river is now only a trickle of its former free-flowing waters. Yet even today in its dwindled state, the Rio Grande still commands respect and attention.

In 1978 a collaboration of efforts designated the a 196-mile section of the Rio Grande, from Mariscal Canyon to the Terrell-Val Verde county line, as a Wild and Scenic River. Along with 150 other similarly designated rivers in this country, it is to be preserved in its free-flowing condition and its ecosystems protected in their natural state.

Although the Rio Grande often receives the most historical recounts, other bodies of water in the area are just as interesting and historical. Tornillo Creek is the largest and probably most ancient, but one that is also prominent in the area's history is Terlingua Creek.

Referred to as early as 1855 as Lates Lengua Creek, it assumed the name of Tarlingua Creek sometime in the late 1800's. Whether the creek was named for Tarlingua Peak, east of the creek and west of the Corazone Mountains, or vice versa is not known. Nevertheless, the peak, which may have been the original name of Hen Egg Mountain, and the town of Terlingua, which has occupied three different locations, were mostly likely named after the creek.
(several accounts (http://terlinguacitylimits.com/terlinguatpostoff.html)of how the name 'Terlingua' came to be)

Its watershed beginning just south of Alpine the creek and its tributaries drain storm runoff from the nearby mountains and desert floor. Like a complicated network of veins, smaller creeks and arroyos feed the Terlingua before its confluence with the Rio Grande near Santa Elena Canyon. Those that have ridden or hiked its northern sections can attest to the breadth and width of its canyon walls, pebbled and rocky floor, and sandy banks.

For most of the year the northern section of the creek is dry with isolated mud puddles checkered across its cracked and silty bottom. However, further down the creek and south of Study Butte, water flows freely during a good portion of the year.

Like in most deserts, roads, paths and trails cross the many arroyos, washes, draws and creeks. Dry or rushing with water, they can sometimes be tricky to ride or drive through. Heavy rainfall will send walls of water down these veins, thundering towards the Rio Grande and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. They are a powerful force to be respected. But their calm waters also offer recreation as well as nurturing desert life.

During the Xmas holidays Roger shared with the original Desert Rats a short cut on a back country road. Although considered 'tame' by the wild primative roads in the park and north of Terlingua, it is a fun road to ride. Especially only a mile or so after leaving the paved highway. It goes right through Terlingua Creek. And it usually contains water.

This is one of my favorite places to ride when I am there. In fact, if I lived there it would probably be a daily routine. Partly because I love water; riding through it on a bike is just the icing on the cake. And, besides, it's a great way to cool off in the heat.

So we led the Six Shooter gang through the water where I raced ahead to catch them on pixels.

Ed led them forward:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9107.jpg

And here's one of the highpoints: Scott on the One-pegged KLR. :clap:
Note his fine form of two-feet-up.
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Bill was very cautious and gingerly rode through:
http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9122.jpg

Now here's a man after my own heart: kaboom! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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He drips just like a dog after a bath. ;)
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I typically ride through that crossing like Graeme did. Roger can attest to that; I though he was going to fall of his bike laughing at how wet I once was. You dah man, Graeme!

That was the last photo on my memory card. With regret, I didn't have any memory to capture Rusty's water run, so I borrowed Ed's camera and asked if he wanted to do it again. The good sport that he is, he did. (I still don't have those photos yet)

Near the end of that road and before it dead end's at Hwy 170, it is straight as an arrow and parallels an airplane landing strip. It's time to open the throttle and run like the wind (don't worry, no one lives along there..... )

Back at camp and still a bit wet (I bet Graeme was, too). I changed out my memory card for another and took a few of the gathering at Roger's. The place was full!

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i20/lzvolk/RideRio/IMG_9136.jpg

Kudos to Roger, Richard and the others who made this non-event successful and a blast.

Note: if anyone appearing in my photos would like a copy of any images, pm me and let me know which ones. Graeme, I will email you yours at original size Friday or Saturday when I have access to broadband and high speed upload. This weather slows down my home system.

Calgary-Yogi
03-06-2008, 01:41 PM
Okay, so I hit the water just a little fast for the depth of water :doh:

My only defense is, when I asked Ed about the water crossing he said the water was only about 6 inches deep. I either did not hear him say or he DID NOT say "on the left side"
Also, before the rest of the group chimes in. NO, I did not see anybody pointing to the left side just before I crossed.

Lets just say the crossing was fun, cold and my nasal passages were the cleanest they have been in a long time :eek2:

TexasShadow
03-06-2008, 01:45 PM
Okay, so I hit the water just a little fast for the depth of water :doh: It's okay, dude. I always hit that water with the throttle wide open. :trust: And same effect.

Actually the one time I didn't open it up as much, the bike wiggled all over the place!

Beside, we both needed a shower, right? :mrgreen:

ed29
03-06-2008, 01:57 PM
Okay.... mea culpa for the line through the water. I should have been more specific about the depth on the left. But ... it was fun right??

BMWbabe
03-06-2008, 04:36 PM
that was a motorcycle..not a jet-ski that yogi had...right? Just checking?:lol2:

DFW_Warrior
03-06-2008, 05:39 PM
Well, I guess I need to be uploading some photos as well. I'll keep the story telling to a minimum because there are others on here that can put words to paper much better than I could ever hope to do.

Day 1....

First Graeme had some adjustments to make on his shifter.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1744.jpg

Then we had a nice little ride with Ed, Elzi, and Graeme north of Terlingua.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1750.jpg

After that, Graeme and I split off and rode back into town, then off to Old Maverick road. Towards the end, I noticed that Graeme had fallen way back. I turned around, and come to find out he had a flat front tire. No big deal, we put a little air in it, and rode to the Santa Elena canyon turnout and did a little roadside repair.
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http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1754.jpg

Not a bad place to change a tire if you ask me!!!!
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Day 2

Our little group of three headed off down Old Maverick Rd., then off to River Road to ride it end to end. The group was Squeaker, Graeme and I. We stopped for a little rest break after a couple miles in and found out that shade was pretty hard to come by out in Big Bend.
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1763.jpg

While we were hanging out, another group passed us by.
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and some others, but I didn't get your pics... sorry bout that.

Squeaker on River Road...
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1770.jpg

Same shot, different rider... Graeme.
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A couple more shots...
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After finishing up for the day we headed over to Uncle's place and found Scott working on his KLR. (Man, I'm glad I didn't buy one of these things... They always seem to be breaking!!! LOL)
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Day 3

Short and sweet... we (Scott, Rusty, Graeme, Ed, Elzi, and myself) headed down Glen Springs road. Then at the turn off for Black Gap we parted ways with Ed and Elzi with a promise to rejoin them on River Road. Then we headed to Rio Grande Village, and then off to the Basin for some cobbler and ice cream.

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And finally... two random pics that I like so you all get to see them.. 1st is echo_boom on her 2nd ever street ride... and second is the sticker on the front of Soozy's Scooter.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1748.jpg

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Gilk51
03-06-2008, 05:47 PM
Lotsa good action pictures, Bill! Well done! :clap:

Calgary-Yogi
03-06-2008, 08:12 PM
Okay.... mea culpa for the line through the water. I should have been more specific about the depth on the left. But ... it was fun right??

:rider:

gotdurt
03-06-2008, 08:33 PM
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1796.jpg

So Scott's getting pretty confident with the KLR I see :trust:

Tourmeister
03-06-2008, 08:46 PM
So Scott's getting pretty confident with the KLR I see :trust:

When in doubt... :-P

Skychicken, got the footpeg!! Thanks bud! :dude:

Butte
03-06-2008, 09:00 PM
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1777.jpg

Graeme, thanks again for not farting. :lol2:

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 09:02 PM
Graeme, thanks again for not farting. :lol2:

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

My caption was going to be "what kind of backpack is that, Graeme? I looks like it comes with an extra helmet"

Butte
03-06-2008, 09:05 PM
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

My caption was going to be "what kind of backpack is that, Graeme? I looks like it comes with an extra helmet"

:lol2: :lol2:

Gilk51
03-06-2008, 09:07 PM
:rofl:

I thought that might be Rachel on the back. Glad she survived! :rider:

Calgary-Yogi
03-06-2008, 09:59 PM
After finishing up for the day we headed over to Uncle's place and found Scott working on his KLR. (Man, I'm glad I didn't buy one of these things... They always seem to be breaking!!! LOL)

but they are great for picking up Princesses :nana: :nana:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa103/DFW_Warrior/Ride%20The%20Rio/IMG_1777.jpg

and carrying your extra gas

DFW_Warrior
03-07-2008, 05:41 AM
and carrying your extra gas

Very true... without your KLR I would have been stuck without gas at a few spots. Thanks buddy!!!!:rider:

WoodButcher
03-07-2008, 09:22 AM
but they are great for picking up Princesses :nana: :nana:
and carrying your extra gas

I'll second the gas comment. I was carrying a MSR container in my backpack, but knew I could beg some from you if necessary. Turns out I didn't need my spare or yours, but it was nice to know.

Soozy
03-07-2008, 11:48 AM
Weird. All of the recent comments are about Graeme having gas.

Squeaky
03-07-2008, 12:04 PM
I'll second the gas comment. I was carrying a MSR container in my backpack, but knew I could beg some from you if necessary. Turns out I didn't need my spare or yours, but it was nice to know.

Hmm, I remember the conversation at the start of River Road going something like...

Bill: Do you have extra gas?
Me: Yup. MSR bottle.
Graeme: You sure that's enough?
Me: Yup. Didn't need it in East Texas
Bill: Good, cuz you can't have any of mine.
Me: Yours? Where's yours?
Bill: Graeme's got it. :mrgreen:

KenH
03-07-2008, 08:34 PM
Hmm, I remember the conversation at the start of River Road going something like...

Bill: Do you have extra gas?
Me: Yup. MSR bottle.
Graeme: You sure that's enough?
Me: Yup. Didn't need it in East Texas
Bill: Good, cuz you can't have any of mine.
Me: Yours? Where's yours?
Bill: Graeme's got it. :mrgreen:

:lol2: :rofl:

Butte
03-07-2008, 09:06 PM
but they are great for picking up Princesses :nana: :nana:

:thpt:

Butte
03-07-2008, 11:39 PM
Weird. All of the recent comments are about Graeme having gas.

I'm not at all a giggling kind of girl, but Soozy, you just made me. :lol2:

Soozy
03-08-2008, 09:30 AM
It is an amazing talent I am cursed with. What I really wanted to post was this:

I was wondering if Bill had to say "Pull my finger!" when his bike needed refueling?

Butte
03-08-2008, 04:29 PM
It is an amazing talent I am cursed with. What I really wanted to post was this:

I was wondering if Bill had to say "Pull my finger!" when his bike needed refueling?

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

my guess is yes, if it were like any other time that weekend... :giveup:

Tourmeister
03-10-2008, 03:52 PM
Now... where was I...?

:tab Ah yes... cold... much grunting... an abundance of snoring... squeaking mattresses... more snoring... voices in my head... "SCOTT YOU UP IN THERE!?"...

Friday

:tab I was thrilled to hear last night that the rider's "meeting" at Kathy's would be at 9:00am. I've always made it a policy on trips I've organized that we never start riding before 9:00am. I know there are those of you that think if you are not on the road before sun up that you are wasting time. Good for you :roll: Personally, I like to feel like I am on vacation and not still at work (never mind that I usually get up around 9:45am on regular workdays... :wary:). Still, if I am riding much before 8:00am, the odds of me doing something stupid and potentially painful rise exponentially...

:tab I roll out of my tent to be greeted by the glaring morning sun and cold air!

The moon hasn't even had a chance to go down before the sun intrudes...
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Flashstrom and Lurker :-P (Darren or Darien? :scratch:)
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Proof that Scott can rise before the sun...
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After a little office work...
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... I set to getting myself ready to ride. Most of the other tent city derelicts have already skipped out and headed to Kathy's. I check the time and see that I still have fifteen minutes to make the meeting. All but Dave... seems there is something amiss with his KTM :ponder:

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:tab He mumbles something about no oil pressure... not gonna ride... taking a nap... He assures us that he will be fine for the day and not to worry about him.

Carl and Squeaky ready for action...
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A last look at tent city before heading to the meeting
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:tab Others have made crazed plans to knock out marathon miles today. Fine. I'm not here to kill myself, just to have some fun. Besides, I need to leave something to explore for the next tip out here :trust: No matter, I roll into Kathy's a little before 9:00 to find quite a few people still hanging out, talking, eating, and trying to decide what they are going to do for the rest of the day. I NEED a coke... :yawn:

A few of the crazies leaving the parking lot... ;-) DFW-Warrior and Calgary-Yogi
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Some had already left, but more showed up after this pic...
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It's like being at a beauty contest :trust:
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A groovy Yammy V4 with sidecar... Venture Star?
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More beauties...
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Hungry riders consume breakfast sitting around the fire
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It is a little unnerving to see a group of people congregating around your bike for unknown reasons... but it seems the serious business of figuring out where we are going riding is starting to take place :dude:
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:tab The bike was fine ;-)

:tab For those of us that were not previously decided on what we are going to do, Richard conducts an informal ride meeting and Uncle passes out some maps.
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:tab The map looks like lots of squiggly roads, what the heck, I just decided what I'm doing for the day :trust:

It might look like Richard is preaching... I promise he wasn't ;-)
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Richard is momentarily distracted from his pontifications by the sight of my beautiful KLR :-P
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:tab The meeting concludes and bikes start to filter out of the parking lot in different directions. I plan to ride with Uncle and a few others. Uncle has a bit of business to attend and tells us to meet him at 10:00am at his place. Cool, I get time to mingle...

Richard and Connie enjoying breakfast
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Voni and her husband. There is a reason I remember her... :oops:
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:tab It is getting a bit toasty now that the sun has crested the Chisos Mountains. I am layered up wayyy too much. Something will have to give. So I start shedding a few layers. With my arms up in the air and half naked, this woman clad in all red comes towards me with outstretched arms... uh.... Next thing I know I am getting a great hug :lol2: I did not hear any cameras going off so what Beth hasn't seen won't hurt her :wary: I get my clothes situated and make the proper introduction, hehe. I still have more on than I'd like, so I decide to take my extra time and head back to camp to ditch the extra layers and then scoot over to Uncle's trailer to hook up with the others.

Across the street from Kathy's, a tribute to Burl Hughes, a driving force in past DS events out here, last to cancer recently... :zen:
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Back and camp, I shed my layers and find Dave still tinkering with the big nine-fiddy
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Then I am off to Uncle's place... and this road continues to taunt me... :ponder:
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:tab Uncle shows up moments later. Gary and John have joined us. We plan to head North and check out some of the Terlingua property that might be for sale :trust: We cross the highway, cut up through the old Terlingua Ghost town and then head out...

Into this... :rider: I think that is Uncle in the center of the shot.
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Lots of ups and downs on this road
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:tab I pause for a moment to take it in. There is something about the start of a ride like this that needs to be savored. All the questions flood into my head. "Will I make it out of here?" "Will the bike make it out of here... in one piece?" "What will we see and what will the roads be like?" "What kind of adventure awaits us...?" "Can I catch up to them...?!" :doh:

:tab Soon I am riding in the dust cloud from John and Gary. They let me pass and I set off after Uncle. Before long I am rounding the crest of the big hill in the pics above, a fairly rocky climb. I am reminded of my last big adventure (http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18205) in terrain like this... Lots of longggg climbs, sharp pointy things to fall on, and big rocks... The KLR faithfully chugs away. I pass Uncle. He's waiting for the rest of us. I just keep going until I reach the top and then stop to wait for the others.

John finishing the climb on his KLR with Gary bringing up the rear on his new XT 225
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The view from the top
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Uncle on his DR 650
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:tab Uncle resumes the lead and we wander over more hills and through numerous ravines. At each intersection, Uncle stops to point out where we are on his map. Thus far, all the roads on his map are showing on my GPS map. Soon we stop for a little off the bike break, at the local "Hilton".

Can you imagine living here...?
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Only recently vacated, R.I.P. David :zen:
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The view from inside... a bit drafty? :brainsnap
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:tab There is an outhouse a short distance away. I decide against using the facilities. After a nice break, we are back underway, winding down through a narrow ravine through some gravel and sand. Uncle has been setting a real nice pace. Keeping up is a non issue and I am not going so fast that I can't take a moment or two to glance about and absorb the scenery. There is just something about being out here that feels good. It is hard to explain. It is just a sense of contentedness. Perhaps it is the lack of all the daily distractions and demands on my time and attention that results in this feeling. More than that though, being here makes me put those things out of my mind so that they don't intrude here. On we ride...

John
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Gary
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Uncle is already a spec off in the blurry distance...
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Time to play catch up again :trust:
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Lots of ravines or arroyos like this out here. Bone dry now... but come a good rain... :eek2:
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Looks solid enough right...? Think again! LOTS of loose river gravel there ;-)
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The road goes way down before coming back up!
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Uncle leads the way...
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Followed by John...
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And then Gary.
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Only now that all three have been gone a bit do we see Uncle climbing out the other side
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[I shot some video here. However, my camera saves it as MOV files that are HUGE. I've not been able to figure out how to convert them to something smaller. Any suggestions? I am using Win2k, not XP or VISTA]

Gary checks out a BIG ditch...
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John works on eroding a new big ditch :lol2:
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"yup...", "Uh huh... it's big alright...", "yup"...
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Realizing it might take a few million years to reach his goal, John gives up...
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:tab Once again we set to rambling down the bumpy road. At each crest, the view opens up to BIG SKY, where the eye takes in as much of the horizon as it can. It is funny how so much blue sky can make huge mountains appear small in contrast :ponder: The various ridges, hills, and mountains all seem to look alike. It would be VERY easy to get lost out here. Yet it seems every time that we stop, Uncle is busy pointing out the names of the various peaks, showing which direction this or that is in, and basically rubbing it in that he gets to ride out here a lot :lol2: It is this that he claims has driven him to drink... :chug:

It's always steeper than it looks... really... ;-)
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Here you can see in the upper left where the road crests the ridge
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Once again Uncle leads the way...
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Looking where we've come from...
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And where we're going... Yeah... Uncle names most of the bumps on the horizon...;-)
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Happy riders
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Happy bikes
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:tab After our break, we start a long descent, finally dropping down into a long creek bed. The ground is getting a bit softer here and there. I really have to watch for changes in the soil/surface. It does not take much, a small rock to deflect the tire, some sand to start the bike to squirming, me gawking at the scenery... Riding loose and relaxed seems to really help the bike just do its thing. The happy thumping of the KLR sends good vibes way down into my soul.

John heading down into the creek bed...
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Followed by Gary
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One can never have too many pictures of one's bike(s) :-P
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When we get down into the creek bed, we stop for another break.
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:tab Creek beds are about the only place to find shade during the midday sun. I take the opportunity to munch a few granola bars and some other chewy kind of nutty bar thingy. Just enough to keep the hunger away, give a little energy, and not make me sleepy and lethargic.

Uncle shares his local knowledge, no doubt learned from ancient rock carvings...
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:tab After picking all the crunchy nutty things out of my teeth and chugging some water, I remount the KLR and make ready to roll. Uncle mentions something about more loose stuff... eh... whatever :shrug: I like the stuff. However, we soon leave that behind and are once again climbing up to the heights on another ridge. Somewhere along the road several large horned critters shoot across our path and up the steep hillside across the road. Mountain goats? Bighorn Sheep? I dunno, I am just glad Uncle did not hit them when they shot out of the weeds beside the road. They are soon wayyyy up the side of the hill and blend in with the surrounding scrub. About this time, another group of riders comes up behind us. They stop to visit with Unlce, but I go ahead and take off so I can get a little time riding out front, without the dust...

The view from atop the ridge... I think that is Hen Egg Mtn on the left... Hmmm... Okay... :scratch:
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After a fun descent we reach a dry creek bad... Terlingua Creek? :shrug:
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We stop for a break at the creek and the others catch up again
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Gary having fun...
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:tab Once past the creek, the road runs across a flat open plan... well... mostly flat and mostly open... The road still wanders around small hills and through shallow washes. I am just sticking to Roger and I go where he goes... even off the road?! Now, I have always been told, stay on the roads when riding in the desert unless you want flat tires! Well... I figure Roger obviously knows something I don't so I place my faith in him and follow... A few yards from the road he cuts back to the right and loops around, then drops back out on the road. Hmmm.... I must have missed something... :shrug: Shortly afterwards, we stop again and we are missing a few folks... uh oh...

If this were the full sized image, you'd see a downed bike back there were we went off the road :doh:
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I'm still not getting the whole "Hen Egg" thing for this mountain... maybe Bat Dropping Mound or Cow Pie Peak...? :ponder:
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:tab We wait a few minutes before another rider shows up to report. It seems there are some REAL nasty ruts on the section of road we bypassed. Albie "Hood Ornament" was on my tail during that stretch and he dutifully followed as well. John was apparently lingering behind and did not see us take the detour. He got into the ruts, got crossed up, and down he went. Some of you might remember from the ride reports on the big Mexican Recon ride last October that John had a nasty ankle break on that trip. Well... it is mostly better for this trip. He fell on that same side :doh: The ankle seems fine though and he is able to get the bike righted and to continue.

Lots of silt on this road... I love it... except for the dust part :doh:
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:tab The rest of the run back out to Hwy 118 is smooth and fun. The road is wider and apparently graded fairly regularly. We pick up the pace a bit and enjoy the cruise.

Hey STrider, you are the rock guru, what is up with these colors!?
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Craggy peaks and towering bluffs (behind me ;-))
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:tab When we reach pavement, John decides he is going to call it a day. It seems that he has also wrenched his back a bit when he fell. Rather than risk his luck and further injury, he takes the wise course. Gary offers to head back with him. Uncle, Albie, myself and Albie's friend (whose name totally eludes me :doh:) decide we are going to head to Moon Valley.

Cruising South on 118
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:tab After a few miles of pavement, we turn off at one of the Terlingua gates and head East. The road starts out nice and rocky...

It soon turns to this :rider:
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:tab My last experience on this kind of stuff was on the KLR while HEAVILY loaded down with camping gear. Suffice to say... it was NOT fun. Oh sure, I can laugh about it now... :lol2: At the time I was thinking heat stroke and heart attack!! :wary: Chalk that up to experience... :doh: Now though, the KLR happily glides along so long as I stay on the gas and keep my weight rearward. Of course, it helps if the guys in front of you don't stop unexpectedly!! :eek2: I plow to a stop behind Albie and his bud, managing to keep the bike upright without pulling any muscles. As they pull away, I let them get a good lead on me this time.

The loose stuff eventually gives way to more of this...
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:tab A few more miles and we are once again in the deep loose pea gravel. And again, I let the others get a good lead on me so I can run a comfy pace. I come around a bend and spot the lead helmets over the tall brush, moving perpendicular to my path. Sure enough, what looks like a pretty sharp turn is ahead. I start gently easy off the throttle, careful not to let the front end plow and letting the engine braking slow the bike. As I enter the corner there is a bike and rider down in front of me taking up the whole road! :eek2: I start telling myself out loud, "DON'T LOOK AT HIM!!" I often find that yelling at myself works wonders when trying not to do something stupid on the bikes :mrgreen: It works this time and I manage to steer a course around the downed rider and come to a stop.

He's fine and so fast I can barely get the camera out in time! :lol2:
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:tab It is not long before the landscape starts to take on a distinctively different look and feel. The scrub becomes more sparse, giving way to sporadic appearances of smooth grey sections, looking like ash from REALLY big fires.

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The rock in the upper section of this formation looks like it was once magma...
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And then the greys begin to dominate the landscape... we enter into Moon Valley
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[And now I must take a caffeine break :drool:]

TexasShadow
03-10-2008, 04:15 PM
How did you like Moon Valley, Scott? Isn't it something else?
One of your earlier photos was taken right next to my favorite place down there.

Waiting for more!.......

norm sorensen
03-10-2008, 07:02 PM
HOME!!

Paid toll coming back from MX to Presidio, TX at 11:26am yesterday and I'm in Kansas City as of 5:25 today. Left Terlingua at 3:45 and rode to Sweetwater and grabbed a hotel and hit the road at about 6:30 this morning. White stuff on the ground all the way through Kansas... quite a chilly ride.

Good meeting you folks. Had a great time and hope to see you down the road.

I'll post a link to my smugmug account later this week.
Gordon,
Had a great time riding with you and Mike. Sounds like you made it home in record time. Sunday I went to El Paso rode around there seen some nice Vistas on the top of the hills there. worked my way home to McKinney Tx the rest of the week. Richard hasn't taken the scooter in yet to see what went wrong I'll keep you posted.

Stormin` Norman

Voni
03-13-2008, 02:48 PM
Wow! You all took some amazing pictures. Though I live here, I really haven't done much riding off the paved roads so it's been fun to see what it's like.

After Alaska this summer, looks like Paul and I will be selling the F650's and getting some smaller more dirt worthy steeds. You all inspire me.

Sorry to make you blush, Scott. But it was great to meet you and so many other TWT riders at KKKK.

Come back any time ; )

Voni
sMiling

Tourmeister
03-14-2008, 11:35 AM
And I thought I'd never get to visit the Moon in my lifetime...

:tab The road undergoes a subtle change, from crushed sandy gravel to a soft silty grey. The sounds of crunching soil under my tires gives way to the myriad rattles, pings, and sputter of the KLR... music to my ears :mrgreen: The fact that I am taking in the view from within a visored full face helmet only adds to the feeling of an extraterrestrial ride.

Stopping to absorb the view sans helmet
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:tab We resume our riding, at a very nice relaxed pace. This is good because I am looking all over the place. We climb a long hill and then drop down the back side into another little valley. Whilst not paying attention to the road... until the last freaking second... I hit a pretty severe washout rut that crosses the road. I hear the front fender blipping off the tire knobs, "whack whack whack..." Hmmm... That can't be good for that to happen to many times :doh: I start paying closer attention to the road. A short while later we reach the end of the road. The other side of the fence is apparently part of the Big Bend State Park. I can see the geography change dramatically within a few hundred yards of the fence. Had we been able to go further, we'd have fallen off the edge of the Moon :-P

Albie looks back into the valley contemplating the otherworldly terrain :ponder:
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:tab After a few moments of just silently taking in the experience, we mount up and head back the way we came. I always enjoy back tracking a good DS road. It's a totally different ride. Although, I do keep an eye out for that nasty rut :wary:

In the middle of all the shades of grey, this really stood out in start contrast
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I'm sure it is probably called something like "Chicken Lip Mtn" :shrug: Personally, I'd just call it Rust Hill ;-)
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:tab We climb up out of the little valley and over another big ridge. The ride down the back side is pretty straight and smooth. Uncle pulls over at the bottom and wants me to take some shots of him coming down the hill with Rust Hill in the background. "Sure!" As I hop off the bike, he and Albie take off up the hill.

Albie taking off after Uncle
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"They'll be comin' round the mountain when they come... when they come... They'll be..."
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:tab And off we go again... :rider:

Another of those washed out ruts to be wary of...
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:tab It seems like the ride out is a bit faster than the ride in. We soon reach an area where the terrain flattens out and the pace picks up a bit. Before long we pop back out into civilization, right at the campground at the Hwy 118/170 intersection.

We stop in at the gas station/restaurant for a late lunch... :trust:
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:tab After a nice break, we head our separate ways for the evening. Wasabi has a new rear tire he brought down with him in case mine needs replacing. Initially, I start looking for him but give up. I gas up the KLR and head back to tent city to see what is happening, then head over to Uncle's place. When I arrive there, folks are starting to congregate. My tire looks like it will make another day so I just park in front of Uncle's trailer. However, after some of the climbs we did today, I think I want to swap out the 15 tooth front sprocket with the 14 that I brought. Soon there are shade tree mechanics all around the KLR offering advice... The only really sound bit I get is, "How about a cold beer while you do that...?" Uncle is a wise man... :zen:

:tab While working on the bike, I notice a good bit of food being laid out on the picnic table in front of Uncle's trailer. Soon several of the ladies are hounding everyone to come and eat :eat: Well... okay... It is a full meal featuring some really good ham as the main course. In short order, the talking becomes more subdued as everyone sits around cleaning their plates. I finish the sprocket change and then settle in for an evening of tire kicking and story telling.

Already, the sun is starting to drop from the sky
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The evening view looking East from Uncle's porch...
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Rumor has it that Uncle will be having a fireside gathering here later...
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:tab And there is that road again... someday...

Folks begin to gather to get info on the plans for the evening
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While other folks seem to have their plans pretty well settled ;-)
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A desert dweller heralds the onset of the local nightlife :trust:
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A nicely outfitted 08 KLR 650, no clue who it belongs to :shrug:
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:tab The "nightlife" in these parts apparently has several stages. The first part entails gathering at the Front Porch, an old trader store turned tourist trap. It is also where the Starlight Theater is located. This is where people gather to watch the sun's fading rays light up the Chisos Mountains to the East. The sun actually goes down behind the store and folks don't generally watch the actual sunset according to Uncle. We arrive a little late for the light show, but a few cold beers and lots of people to visit with soon make us forget about it. The store has a "beer room" off the back of the main shopping area that has several large coolers containing a nice selection of beers. What is nice is that you can grab one, take it up front, pay for a six pack, and the clerk marks down that you drank one. This way you can leave the others in the cooler until you are ready for them. Each time you grab another, she just marks it off until you are "out". This is a great system because if you are feeling lazy, you can send your buddy in to grab you another beer by telling him to grab one for himself as well and to have the clerk mark it off :chug: The porch is a nice wide and long stone covered porch. Folks sit along benches and along the edge of the porch. It is a very relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere.

:tab While hanging out, the local Sheriff drives up and parks right where we are hanging out. After a few moments he walks up and asks if I am Scott... Uh... "Yes...?" "I'm OldDude on your site, glad to meet you." "whew..." It is always an odd kind of feeling when people walk up to me and already know who I am when I have no clue who they are :lol2: He's been riding for years and we are soon talking bikes and sharing stories. After an hour or so, folks start drifting back over to Uncle's for the fireside gathering. Others just head to bed...

With no moon up yet, it is pretty dark...
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My pathetic flash sheds a little light on the night dwellers
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Friends, cold beer, a solid stump to sit on, and a blazing fire on a cool night... Does it get any better?
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See that star...? My home planet is just to the right of it... Really...
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:tab The moon has yet to show its face on this incredibly clear night. As a result, it is VERY dark out here. The stars are brilliant. I could kick back and stare at them for hours. As a kid, I used to wonder why ancient people would bother with constellations. Given their lack of man made night time light, and time on their hands while tending flocks in the fields, I think I now have a better feel for the why... However, there is one thing they were lacking...

Elzi and Ed set to whipping up a batch of homemade cobbler! :eat:
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Elzi has this "thing" about making odd faces when a camera is pointed at her... :lol2:
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And now the dough...
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Then we wait for it to cook...
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:tab I spent my time waiting for the cobbler to cook by visiting with Antonio Zerrweck, from Monclova, Mexico. I think his brother has a Bandit 1250S and found TWT because of that MONSTER Bandit thread started by GregH. That thread has been pulling in riders from all over the world. Anyway... His brother turned him on to TWT. He saw the thread about this trip and decided to ride up for a visit on his purdy BMW R1200 GS. He arrived just this evening after close to a 500 mile day in the saddle, just in time for cobbler :trust: My Spanish is nonexistent. Fortunately, he speaks pretty good English.

:tab While we wait, we are treated to a spectacular moon rise. Even before we can see the actual disc of the moon, the glow is coming up over the top of the mountains, dispelling the stars. When it finally breaks into view, it seems like only a few minutes before it has completely cleared the ridge and streaks into the night sky. Soon, even the familiar bright starts are getting hard to see. However, I can now easily walk about without a flash light, just in time to go find a cactus to water... ;-)

And the cobbler is served, ice cream included!
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It only looks like Uncle got to the head of the line in the prior shot... He was actually being a good host and helping to serve, handing out bowls to folks standing around ;-)
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:tab I am one of those people that does NOT like to mix my ice cream with other deserts, be it pie, cobbler, or cake. In this case though, I opt for the cobbler over the ice cream just so I can sample Elzi and Ed's handiwork. Mmmm.... :drool: Good stuff. SWEET... I give it a hearty :thumb: Although my heart might actually disagree... :eek2:

:tab The realization that tomorrow morning will be coming bright and early sends many people wandering off into the outer darkness to find their way to their tents. Soon, I am heading back over to tent city. Trailace finally showed up with a wild tale about a BMW leaving him stranded on the side of the road and trying to find Uncle's place in the dark. We all sit around for a bit chatting, but before long we all head to out tents and call it a night. LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE....!! :sleep:

TexasShadow
03-14-2008, 01:14 PM
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:tab And there is that road again... someday...
Tell you what; next time we are in BB/Terlingua, I'll give you a tour up that road on the Reed Plateau. It has all kinds of secrets.
(yeah, that road has claimed me, too)

ramblinrog (aka) Uncle
03-17-2008, 09:48 AM
I'd like to thank everyone that made it to RTR, and to confirm everyones suspicions, there will be a sequel same place, same time next year. So everyone is invited to come on out and lets do it again.

TexasShadow
03-17-2008, 10:20 AM
We all want to extend a huge "THANK YOU!"to you, Roger, for your generosity and hospitality.

Closest color to the desert as I could find.... ;-)

ed29
03-17-2008, 03:20 PM
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd52/edhegarty/Rio/SawMill.jpg
One of my first pan/stitch efforts. Just got the software loaded and started playing with it. The good tripod will go next time too.:rider:

Thanks Roger, see you then if not sooner.

WoodButcher
03-19-2008, 04:06 PM
Well, I was out in the shop over the weekend and noticed a problem with the Transalp. So I started digging through my pictures and discovered when the problem happened. Anyone else see it?

Before the Ride the Rio:
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After River Road:
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The Bruce
03-19-2008, 04:08 PM
Lost your inspection plate, eh? Those rocks get kicked up pretty high.

Tourmeister
03-19-2008, 04:10 PM
Been there done that :roll: Although my entire plate assembly went with it :doh:

WoodButcher
03-19-2008, 04:59 PM
Yep, it was on the mud flap that Hardy put on. I figured that was a great place for the sticker. I noticed it when I went out to the shop to get one of those precut metal plates to hold the sticker under the license. I had a couple extras around (long story) and was going to give one to a friend. As I walked past the TA I got to trying to remember how I put the sticker on it and so I looked and couldn't find it. Had to dig through some pictures to even figure it out. Dang old age. Anyway, I now have my last metal plate on the TA and need to go get re-inspected.

Kind of Squeakyesque, but a lot less hassle than loosing a plate.

Squeaky
03-19-2008, 05:01 PM
Kind of Squeakyesque, but a lot less hassle than loosing a plate.

I lost my inspection sticker plate on the East Texas mudfest. When I replaced it for BB, I just stuck it on the swingarm. :mrgreen:

leadwolf
03-19-2008, 05:15 PM
Saw this salute and.....

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http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/7269/262zt4.jpg


...it reminded of this salute by the one-and-only tourmeister, circa 2003 somewhere in MO.

http://s171714402.onlinehome.us/webimages/scottsalute.jpg

Tourmeister
03-20-2008, 01:30 AM
Saw this salute and.....



...it reminded of this salute by the one-and-only tourmeister, circa 2003 somewhere in MO.

http://s171714402.onlinehome.us/webimages/scottsalute.jpg

:lol2: Of all the pictures you could dredge up... :roll:

I think it was in Eureka Springs on that trip where it was all VFR's and Garrell came down from Ava to ride with us. We had been walking around in the Historic district and there were some stairs that climbed up onto of that cliff. Or not... Might have been by that big waterfall we were all climbing over. You know, the one where we stopped and those people griped at you about that pass... :lol2:

How the kiddos treating you? We have a girl on the way, due mid August. Will make three for us :eek2:

Tourmeister
03-20-2008, 12:43 PM
Saturday morning already...? :yawn:

:tab I always have a hard time sleeping well when camping. All those years in college sitting slumped over a desk permanently goofed up my back :doh: So I toss and turn a lot during the night trying to relieve pressure points and kinks. The result is a cumulative wearing down for every night spent in a tent or on a bad mattress. So every morning, getting up gets harder and harder... By the time I finally roll out of the tent, most folks have already left for Kathy's. A quick check of the clock shows I still have plenty of time to get there before 9:00am.

:tab I finally get moving and get myself geared up, load the bike, and head down the road. When I arrive, there are still LOTS of people hanging around. That's kind of strange because I know there are quite a few of those crack freaks here, as in the crack of dawn. You know them, those people that think they need to have 100 miles under their tires before the Sun peeks over the horizon :doh: I pull in and head over to the largest group to find out what is going on. It seems a rider never came home last night so search plans are being made. People are splitting up into groups and deciding which routes to cover. The local Sheriff is there to help coordinate. After some time getting people organized we are about to hit the road when the rider comes cruising into the parking lot... He's fine, drama's over, time to ride :rider:

Let's see, we can go this way and that way and come out over here...
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Woodbutcher's nice Transalp
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I think the KLR's have been breeding :wary:
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:tab As usual, I really have no plan. DFW_Warrior and Calgary-Yogi have a plan. Great, I hook up with them and we head East into the National Park. The plan is to ride part of Glenn Springs Rd, Black Gap Road, and the River Road back to the Rio Grande Village for lunch/gas. Afterwards, we'll hit Ore Rd... and I kind of quit listening at that point. I'll just follow the dust cloud. Ed and Elzi decide to join us for part of the route, opting to forgoe Black Gap Rd. We have to make a stop at the park entrance so I can get my pass, everyone else having gotten theirs previously. Moments later, we are screaming down the road and a blistering 40 mph... It's cool. It is a beautiful day and I wanna soak in the vistas.

Looking East towards the Chisos Mountains (the three dots on the road between the corners are the other riders!)
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It seems to take forever, but we finally pass Panther Junction, and eventually reach the start of Glenn Springs Rd., the start of the gravel.
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:tab Bill takes the lead and vanishes in a cloud of dust with Rusty in hot pursuit. Graeme follows and I tag along behind him. Ed and Elzi bring up the rear. As soon as we get rolling on the gravel, I settle into my mental groove, scanning, relaxing, steady on the gas, and thinking about nothing in particular. I really need to find a doctor that will prescribe one long weekend an month out here and insurance that will cover it with me only having to make a $30 copay :trust: Just being out here does wonders for reducing stress levels. I can't really explain why :ponder: There is just something about the starkness of the landscape and the complete lack... of... well... anything everything. I love it.

We stop at a small crest to take in the view and to wait for Ed and Elzi
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I barely have time to climb up on some rocks before Ed and Elzi come rolling into view
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He's hard to miss with that shirt on :thumb:
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She's happily plodding along doing her thing
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Bill and Ed do a quick confirmation of the plans before we split the group
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Elzi is a lot like me, not too concerned about the plan, just happy to be here instead doing more responsible things :dude:
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Ed checking to see if Elzi is really all that concerned with their plans
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:tab We get moving again and shortly reach the turn off for Black Gap Rd. Ed and Elzi continue on their way on Glenn Spring Rd. We make a short climb, round a corner, and the view opens up to a longggg descent. It starts out rather steep. I got a lot of practice with long steep rocky descents during my adventures in Arizona last summer with Gotdurt and TxRider. So now I am much more relaxed. I just gear down and let the bike roll, bouncing under me, and generally going the direction I intend. There are some good ledges and some narrow spots that cause some mild puckering, but all in all, it is fun!

I actually find a spot level enough for me to stop. Yes... it is steeper than it looks :-P
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I think Bill is already down there somewhere just to the right of the hand guard!
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:tab We finally reach the bottom and the road starts wandering off into the distance. We dodge all manner of prickly plants that hang out into the road trying to grab our gear. Soon we find ourselves in a narrow mini canyon facing what looks like a 2-3 foot ledge. Rocks have been piled up around the base of it, obviously in an attempt to make it more passable. Bill and Rusty are not in sight, so they have cleared it....

Graeme ponders the best route and then goes for it...
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My turn to look for the best route, which looks like up the right side, a quick shot to the left to dodge the big rock, then a hard cut back to the right to miss the small rock slide, on the gas.... Sure... that should do it...
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:tab Well... you know what they say about the best laid plans :doh: I head up the right side, dodge the big rocks by cutting left, then start to cut right, forget the gas part and lose momentum. I get a foot down and keep the bike upright, but I am sliding backwards despite having the brakes locked! :eek2: I glance up long enough to notice Bill and Rusty waiting with cameras pointed :lol2: It only motivates me more and I get on the gas to get moving. The ground is concrete with big rocks set up on end. It is like some kind of horrific cobblestone road. The front tires keeps bouncing off the protruding rocks, making it hard to get my momentum up again. I stay at it though and soon reach the top to find a nice long stretch of deep loose sand. Sand I can deal with ;-)

Looking back into the little canyon/wash. It drops off just beyond that big rock on the left
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I walk back for a look at the cobblestone section, rougher at the far end where I was rolling backwards
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The view from the end of the sandy section
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:tab From here on the road mostly levels out. There are washes to watch for. Hitting one of those at any speed could be scary. Most have loose sand with scattered large rocks in them. Also, they are not real smooth in terms of the transition down and back up, instead being quite abrupt. The desert scrub crowds the road, standing just high enough that all I can see of the rider ahead of me is dust and a helmet. We pass two riders heading the opposite direction. As they get closer I realize it is Albie and his bud. We wave and continue on. The road meanders across the desert floor until we finally reach River Rd.

The end of Black Gap Rd (or start if you prefer ;-))
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Graeme and Rusty stirring up the dust
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:tab River Road is fun. there is sand, gravel, big rocks, and sharp pointy things. Once again Bill takes off in a cloud of dust. I take second and give chase (at a much slower pace). While riding in one particularly deep gravely section with big rocks scattered in the tire ruts, I hear a loud POP!! I feel my left footpeg shift... This can't be good :doh: This is the same footpeg that got sliced off during my trip to Arizona. I had hit a BIG rock with the centerstand, which bolts on using the footpeg bolts, and it had sliced right through the bolts. I had to ride down out of the mountains standing on one leg. I glance down and the peg is still there. I try sitting and just keeping my foot on it so it can't go anywhere. The bolts are in place but I'm guessing the threads just stripped out. Sitting doesn't work. It is just to hard to keep control of the bike. So I spend the next few miles standing on one leg again :roll: When I finally reach a nice smooth level spot, I pull over and size up the situation. Everyone else takes pictures :lol2:

:tab I resnug the bolts, but I can feel that the threads are gone. Hopefully, I can just nurse it back to camp once we hit the paved road. Rusty offers some JB Weld, which I ponder momentarily. In a fit of laziness I decline... We are soon moving again. The road is now relatively smooth and sandy. I can sit down without too much problem. Before long we reach Glenn Spring Rd., and find Ed and Elzi waiting with cameras in hand. We join them and take a break.

Graeme enjoying some shade
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[Mmmm.... lunch just came walking in the office door :eat: Back later...]

TexasShadow
03-20-2008, 12:59 PM
:clap: :clap: :coffee:
:popcorn: :popcorn:
:mrgreen:

Thanks for the Black Gap photos/narration!!
I can't wait to try it out next year. :trust:

leadwolf
03-20-2008, 02:35 PM
:lol2: Of all the pictures you could dredge up... :roll:

Or not... Might have been by that big waterfall we were all climbing over. You know, the one where we stopped and those people griped at you about that pass... :lol2:


It was the Ava, MO trip when we stayed at Garrell's house and it was the waterfalls. I don't recall any passing that may have scared the locals. :twisted:

How the kiddos treating you? We have a girl on the way, due mid August. Will make three for us :eek2:

WHAT???? Three??? Don't you know what causes that? Mine are driving me wild, but they are starting to turn into boys all the way. I just took them to the Spring National Motocross in Lake Whitney last weekend. They had a blast. Garrett, the oldest, will be 4 on the 25th. Him and mom went to order a cake and he picked out a motocross cake. Drove her mad. Now to get him on a bike and get him hooked for life. Hopefully, i'll get me some more saddle time which has been all but none existent since they came along.

Good chatting with you again. I'm trying to figure out how to convince my wife to let me get an Xr650R and dual sport it. I'd love to take this trip with you guys next year.

Later,

Tourmeister
03-20-2008, 05:03 PM
[Flashback alert! - Scott has a brain fart... He is so whacked from the heat and straining of standing on one leg that he totally forgot all the road construction on River Road before we hooked up with Ed and Elzi :doh: ]

:tab So there we were, zipping along the River Rd., when we come to some construction. I have to say this is the first time I have stopped for road construction and the guy standing there is carrying an M16 :eek2: Did we cross the border somewhere?! Bill does some talking while the rest of us just hang out for a moment or two. Then we are off and running again. The road is recently graded and the sands is LOOSE and DEEP. I am too tired to stand, so I just point and shoot the KLR in the general direction I want to be going. It flops around and squirms like a stuck pig, but a little gas and she's good to go! We pass some more heavy equipment and finally come to what I really don't want to see... The water truck is coming the other way and shuts off the valves as we approach... Oh joy... :doh: Fortunately, the sand is just to deep for the water to penetrate very far. The back tire spins free a bit, but no problems. We soon clear the construction and are back to cruising speed. No pictures, I was too busy to stop...

[We now return you to our normal programming...]

Let's see... hot, thirsty, hungry, leg hurts... Are we there yet!?

:tab After our break, we still have a ways to go to get back to pavement. I'm geared up and ready to roll. The others not so much. I know the way back to pavement and decide to get a head start on the group. Off I go... the road is nice, wide, and relatively smooth. There are times where I just cannot get into a groove and other times where it seems I slip into the groove almost effortlessly, and I am not talking about ruts on the side of the road that usually catch my interest :doh: :flip: Without really even realizing it, I have slipped into the moment. The dust swirls behind me, the road comes into clear focus, my left foot seems happy without a foot peg... It's game on...

:tab Most of us have experienced one of "those" rides. Everything fades away from your mind except the mere act of riding, and even that is not really something you are thinking about, you just do it. For some riders, this state is very elusive, for others a regular occurrence. Everything melts away. It's just me, the gravel, the knobbies and the throttle... Time has no meaning...

AGGHHHHHH!!!! :eek2: :eek2:

:tab It is never a nice thing to have a serene experience rudely interrupted. In this case, interrupted by a corner that makes a sharp 90 degree left and is piled deep in loose sand! A little braking, a pinch of pucker, and an exhale of relief and all is well. Moments later I round a corner and the pavement comes into site. I pull over near the stop sign and hop off the bike. While putting down the kickstand I happen to notice there is no footpeg where there once was a short while ago :doh: Bill shows up a few minutes later, "Man... that corner back there surprised me!" Tell me about it :doh: A fellow in a truck pulls up next to us and motions us over. It seems he lost a license plate off his bike somewhere out there and wants to know if we happened to notice a NY state plate laying on the road anywhere... Uh... no, not really :lol2: He too rides a KLR. I can sympathize with him though as I have lost a plate as well :roll:

:tab The rest of the crew rolls up and we head for Rio Grande Village for lunch. It is a nice ride out to the campground area. We arrive and make ourselves comfortable outside the camp store. Packaged sandwiches never tasted so good. Some Gatorade and an ice cream and I am good to go!

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:tab You just never know what kind of "wildlife" you will encounter at Big Bend :lol2:
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:tab As this van pulled into the parking spot, a movement in the passenger window caught my eye. It was the passenger pulling her top back up to cover herself! Later, when they were leaving, they had not even cleared the parking spot and off it came! :shock: Of course, it never fails that the people doing this kind of stuff are the LAST people you really want to see doing it :doh:

:tab As we were heading here, we passed Soozy and Echo Boom, they had fallen in behind us and joined us for lunch. Also, two other riders that are part of our larger weekend group show up as well. We enjoy the cool dry breeze in the shade and relax. Everyone fills up with gas and then we decide to make the run out to the Boquillas Canyon overlook. I've never been out there and am just curious. Given my lack of a foot peg, Ore Road just does not sound that appealing. Several of the others are tired and not really up for it either. A ride back on pavement sounds more appealing to everyone. So Soozy and Echo Boom stay with out group. I get stuck leading!? :scratch:

[Ggrrr... work is interfering with my funtime :argh:]

TexasShadow
03-24-2008, 07:59 AM
:coffee:
:popcorn:

Tumper
03-24-2008, 04:42 PM
Wow that looks like an incredible time!!! I can't wait to get the KLR out there and test it's (and my) metal in the desert....LOL

Tourmeister
03-25-2008, 05:16 PM
The run to Boquillas Canyon...

:tab Just a few miles back up the road from the Rio Grande Village is turnoff to the Northeast. This little road winds its way back over towards the Boquillas Canyon. Not really being up for hiking at the moment, we have instead opted just to run out to the overlook. The road is posted at an annoyingly low 25 mph :doh: Seriously, in daylight hours this is absurd. I can see night time where visibility is limited and critters are out and about. The KLR just loves to grunt out of tight corners, of which there are plenty on this road. I lose sight of the riders behind me until I reach the overlook a few minutes later. I stop. I look. I read the plaque. Thrilling... As I ride off, the others come riding in to the overlook. I wait for them back at the main road. Once we are all regrouped, I head back towards Rio Grande Village Drive. Along the way I pull over to catch shots of everyone going by me.

Sorry for the redundancy, but I figure everyone will want to see the picture of themselves.

Woodbutcher
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Echo Boom
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Soozy and DFW_Warrior
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Calgary-Yogi
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I love the natural beauty found in the area :-P
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More redundancy... Woodbutcher headed West towards the Chisos Mountains
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Echo Boom
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Soozy
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DFW_Warrior
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Calgary-Yogi in cruise mode
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:tab We decided earlier that because it was still early in the day that we'd head to the Basin for ice cream and cobbler before heading back to Terlingua. I have always liked the ride up into the Basin. My first experience was in a school bus at about 6:00am. I was there with my high school ecology club (which I joined just so I could go to Big Bend :mrgreen:) for spring break in 1982. The entire face of the mountain was covered in ice, including portions of the road. When the bus started sliding backwards and the driver was grinding gears, there was a lot of screaming going on... He saved it and we made it into the Basin, but that was an experience I care not to repeat :brainsnap We spent the rest of the week exploring, hiking, riding horses to the South Rim, and generally freezing to death in our tents each night. After that trip, I did not return to Big Bend for over twenty years, but the feel of the place never left me. The Basin in particular left a lingering impression because it is like its own little world right smack in the middle of the desert.

:tab When we reach the Basin road, I run on ahead to set up for pictures again.

This is on the inside of the basin, looking back up to the rim
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Looking downhill through the rest of the curve
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Woodbutcher
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Echo Boom
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Soozy
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DFW_Warrior and some interloper...
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Calgary-Yogi and someone that does not know how to hold their line... :doh:
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:tab Elzi and Ed had gone way ahead of us because they did not make the run out to the overlook earlier. While looking around, I spot them further down on a different switchback setup to take their own shots of everyone.

Several corners further down the road and maybe 150 feet lower...
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The full view of the Basin
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Another hairpin shot
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Waiting for Ed and Elzi to catch up to us
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Dayglo Ed
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Elzi
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:tab We eventually wind up at the lodge area and find our way to the Tourist shop and restaurant. When I walk in, I notice that the restaurant is roped off like it is closed. Then I notice the sign with the hours posted, it is closed! :doh: The guy working the register in the gift shop notices the dejected look o my face and asks if I need anything, to which I reply, "ice cream". He calls to a young lady back near the restaurant area and she takes care of me :eat: I head out on the back deck to grab a picnic table and settle in. The others join me in a few minutes and the waitress says she can hook everyone up with their cobblers!

The view looking towards the "Window"
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A close up...
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Cobbler time :eat:
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Cobbler makes life better...
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It also makes some people goofy... :ponder:
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And happy... :mrgreen:
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:tab The break on the deck is nice. The air is cool and dry. I am a little tired and the urge to nap is STRONG. If only I had a hammock and a place to sling it... Cobbler's gobbled, we head back to the bikes and get ready to run back to Ternlingua.

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Echo Boom putting her clothes back on... don't ask...
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:tab The run back out of the Basin is fun. On the downslope DFW_Warrior decides to see if he can make it all the way down in neutral. He got close, but one little hill got him :lol2: We get back to the main road and head West into the lowering sun. I set the GPS on 45mph and steadily pull away from the rest of the group. I think they are going by their speedo's which are reading about 5-6mph under. I enjoy the solitude. Realizing this is the waning hour or so of the riding for the weekend, I become reflective and just sort of get lost in the experience of soaking it all in... open... barren... BIG... old... lonely... unforgiving... subtle... deceiving... dull at first glance... brilliant upon closer inspection... inexplicably attached to something deep down inside of me. I get close to the park exit and spot the entrance sign. Having forgotten to stop for a picture earlier, I decide to grab one now and wait for the others to catch up with me.

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:tab Ed and Elzi just buzz on by when I try to wave them down... :lol2: Everyone else turns around and comes back to see what's up?

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Dang... Soozy's scooter is HUGE! It is hiding two bikes!
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:tab After getting our sign shots, we run the rest of the way to Terlingua. Echo Boom and Soozy run the rest of the way on pavement. Woodbutcher, DFW_Warrior, Calgary-Yogi and I take the road less traveled... Fulcher Road, which happens to cross Terlingua Creek... and has water in it :trust: We arrive at the creek to find Ed and Elzi waiting, camera in hand. I can't stand so I just lean back and toss the legs out to clear the spray as I charge across. Elzi tells me it looks like I was giving birth to a KLR :oops: THAT would hurt... :shock: After the crossing, I take the lead. The road is smooth and wide. I open up the KLR and have some fun for the last few miles before we pop out on Hwy 170 near Kathy's Kafe. I head back to camp to find a few of the others loafing around.

Rick "Trailace" and David "Cagiva549" relaxing.
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:tab We eventually wander over to Uncle's place again. Dinner tonight is BBQ!! After dinner we head up to the Front Porch for a few drinks and to visit with everyone else from the other riding groups. Later, we head back to camp. Uncle graciously donated a good bit of firewood so we had a nice fire for most of the evening in Tent City. Realizing that we were going to have to be up early to get on the road, we did not stay up too late. However... we had some new neighbors and they were obviously NOT worried about getting up early. The singing, laughing, yelling and other cavorting carried on well into the wee hours... :argh:

Sunday morning...

Up before the sun once again...
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This is how my eyes feel this early in the morning
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:tab As we are getting the bikes loaded up and are breaking camp, Darren checks to make sure the obnoxious horn on his KTM 950 is still working... a few good long and loud blasts confirm everything is in order :lol2: We get loaded up, shake lots of hands, and make our goodbyes. Soon we are back on the road, another great trip in the books. We reach Gary's house in West Houston just before dark. I get the KLR unloaded from the trailer, load it up with my gear, and hit the road. I decide to run the backroads home since I still have the 14 tooth sprocket mounted and don't feel like trying to keep up with freeway traffic. I finally roll into Huntsville around 10:00pm... tired and glad to be home...

:tab Now about that foot peg... :ponder:

TexasShadow
03-25-2008, 08:05 PM
Don't ya just wish you were back there right now................



Great photos and report, Scott. :clap:
Saturday was my favorite day. I really enjoyed riding with y'all.

DFW_Warrior
03-26-2008, 08:53 AM
Is it time to go back yet?

TexasShadow
03-26-2008, 09:09 AM
Is it time to go back yet? I wish.
Boy, do I wish..........