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landman650r
03-02-2008, 05:41 PM
DaveG, Terraxpedition, his buddy on a klr650 and me met up in Sabine Pass yesterday. DaveG met me around 1pm and went to do some exploring...needless to say there arent too many roads off the beaten path or the beach there. 93DPS(mick) met up around 3 and we hit up clam lake road and went halfway down Mcfaddin Bch before it was time to meet up with the guys from Louisiana. As soon as those guys met us, the sun was under the horizon and so a lil night ridin was in store for us. We headed off West down the beach to grab a bite to eat in Crystal Bch. The riding was rough with my 17" sm wheels getting swallowed up by the deep sand at times leading to one slow speed get off (:doh: ). Fog/mist off the Gulf hurt visibility and we decided to hit the first restaurant we came across. After a late dinner we hit asphalt for the ride home through a chilly/foggy night and set up camp on the beach. The night was beautiful and fog lifted by the time we were ready to go to bed. After waking up, the klr650 started having problems. Scott and him decided to head home due to bike problems and DaveG headed out too. I headed out for one last run...and turned around about halfway since the weather was getting bad. Hope that KLR made it home...maybe scott can post up and update on how the ride home went, also Dave has some vids and pics he may post up...great meeting yall and it should be a fun weekend again next weekend in LA.

TerraXpeditions
03-02-2008, 08:08 PM
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On the ride down.

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The night was fun.... the fog was crappy... food was crap. I wear glasses and the fog was so thick it misted over my glasses in about 2 minutes of riding. I eventually gave up on the glasses and rode without:eek2: ... Fog, no glasses and a bad headlight had me puckering and locking up to keep from hitting this....
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After the ride back, and camp setup, we talked for a couple hours until the sea lulled us to sleep. I think we were all out in about 3 minutes after hitting the sack. I didnt hear any snoring, but either I was out or the sound of the waves overpowered it.
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The ride back, I definately was falling asleep... late night, boring roads... I stopped at the Suzuki bike dealership in Leesville, found a shady spot and took a 20 minute nap.

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KLR made it to just north of Port Arthur at the base of the Rainbow Bridge.... well... the sprocket is "well rounded" and a little bumpy... I sat w/ Heath for a little while, but because I was going to have to ride back, I took off at 1:00 and made it home by 5.

landman650r
03-02-2008, 08:30 PM
yall shoulda called, I coulda trailered him at least halfway to meet his dad. It should be a quick fix; from the symptoms that wouldnt have been in my top 5 guesses but from now on I'll remember to check that out. well in any case those are some cool pics...that one with the flower is definitely a keeper.

jhansen
03-02-2008, 08:37 PM
Nice way to park on the beach..dig the back tire in and shazam..parked. :clap:

landman650r
03-02-2008, 08:45 PM
Nice way to park on the beach..dig the back tire in and shazam..parked. :clap:

with the soft sand the kickstands would just dig in and drop the bike otherwise....wood and other things to use as a platform were hard to come by out there

TerraXpeditions
03-02-2008, 08:48 PM
yall shoulda called, I coulda trailered him at least halfway to meet his dad. It should be a quick fix; from the symptoms that wouldnt have been in my top 5 guesses but from now on I'll remember to check that out. well in any case those are some cool pics...that one with the flower is definitely a keeper.

Yeah... check your voicemail dude.... :trust: :lol2:

93dps
03-02-2008, 09:41 PM
that sucks for heath ,,but what really sucks is you guys were 5 minutes from my house coulda hooked you up with a sprocket and sent you on your way.might be a good idea to get a phone list of folks from some of the areas we ride just in case something like this happens.i guess that was you guys i passed on the south side of the intercoastal bridge?

TerraXpeditions
03-02-2008, 09:43 PM
that sucks for heath ,,but what really sucks is you guys were 5 minutes from my house coulda hooked you up with a sprocket and sent you on your way.might be a good idea to get a phone list of folks from some of the areas we ride just in case something like this happens.i guess that was you guys i passed on the south side of the intercoastal bridge?

Sure was. I was trying to get hold of Dave or Mr. Taco.... but they were to busy riding... having fun... while we tried to flag down unfriendly Texas drivers! :giveup: And we had about 50 motorcycles pass with no one stopping to ask if we needed help....:argh:

daveg
03-02-2008, 09:51 PM
I didnt hear any snoring, but either I was out or the sound of the waves overpowered it.


You must have slept very soundly.

It was a fun ride, I'll have vids up in a bit.

landman650r
03-02-2008, 10:12 PM
Sure was. I was trying to get hold of Dave or Mr. Taco.... but they were to busy riding... having fun... while we tried to flag down unfriendly Texas drivers! :giveup: And we had about 50 motorcycles pass with no one stopping to ask if we needed help....:argh:

****...I just realized that you called earlier. My phone died Sat. before yall even arrived to the beach and I dont have a car charger or inverter in my truck. It wasnt charged until after I got back home this afternoon well after 2-3. Man, I'm really sorry about that.

TerraXpeditions
03-02-2008, 10:20 PM
****...I just realized that you called earlier. My phone died Sat. before yall even arrived to the beach and I dont have a car charger or inverter in my truck. It wasnt charged until after I got back home this afternoon well after 2-3. Man, I'm really sorry about that.

Its all good. I never charge my phone... my wife has to do it...;-)

landman650r
03-02-2008, 10:44 PM
nice candid shot of me passed out lol. I had wrapped that blanket around my eyes so the sun didnt keep me up.

landman650r
03-02-2008, 10:48 PM
You must have slept very soundly.

It was a fun ride, I'll have vids up in a bit.

who was snoring? :wary:

TerraXpeditions
03-04-2008, 06:18 PM
Dave, where's that video????:trust:

daveg
03-04-2008, 07:52 PM
Its coming!!!! Give me some time. Video editing is real work! :giveup:

actually, I just haven't been home much in the past few days and haven't connected the camera yet. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow I'll have something up.

TerraXpeditions
03-04-2008, 08:03 PM
Cool! Looking forward to it! :clap:

daveg
03-04-2008, 09:07 PM
Here's the video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MglUiqyoJD0

ARHHHHGH!!! :eek2: :eek2: :eek2: Thats my contribution to it :sun:

TerraXpeditions
03-04-2008, 09:10 PM
Hahaha! That gave me a good chuckle!!!
THanks Dave!

http://www.youtube.com/v/MglUiqyoJD0

landman650r
03-04-2008, 09:41 PM
Here's the video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MglUiqyoJD0

ARHHHHGH!!! :eek2: :eek2: :eek2: Thats my contribution to it :sun:

:rofl: BTW...got me a avon distanzia comin tomorrow woohoo!

TerraXpeditions
03-04-2008, 09:43 PM
:rofl: BTW...got me a avon distanzia comin tomorrow woohoo!

Nice!

landman650r
03-04-2008, 09:51 PM
cool vid dave

93dps
03-05-2008, 09:03 PM
those passes looked a little faster than 20 mph.thats incriminating video:trust:

TerraXpeditions
03-05-2008, 09:07 PM
those passes looked a little faster than 20 mph.thats incriminating video:trust:

I never looked down... ;-)

:giveup:

landman650r
03-05-2008, 11:33 PM
I never looked down... ;-)

:giveup:

ditto...I think it was all in the camera angle:trust:

Squeaky
03-05-2008, 11:50 PM
ARHHHHGH!!! :eek2: :eek2: :eek2: Thats my contribution to it :sun:

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

TerraXpeditions
03-05-2008, 11:53 PM
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

The "**** it" in the video still makes me laugh... or was it because it was me that caused it w/ the sea spray fragrance cologne that I applied all over Dave's body and camera? :rofl:

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 12:03 AM
You guys are going to be fun to follow down there next time.

there's gonna be a next time, right?

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 12:06 AM
You guys are going to be fun to follow down there next time.

there's gonna be a next time, right?

I plan to take the route on my way south in May. :trust:

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 12:07 AM
I thought you were leaving in June?
Do you have a departure date planned yet?

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 12:09 AM
I thought you were leaving in June?
Do you have a departure date planned yet?

Between May 9 and June 9. As long as its after I get out of school and gives my 42 days of travel before I have to be back for other engagements. I dont give a flying fornication.... if you catch my drift.:lol2:

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 12:11 AM
Well, then let me say this - you CAN NOT leave before May 12th.
(that's when I get back from my trip and if you leave before then I won't be able to escort ya out of town!)

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 12:12 AM
Well, then let me say this - you CAN NOT leave before May 12th.
(that's when I get back from my trip and if you leave before then I won't be able to escort ya out of town!)

Well, you're in luck. Planned on leaving about May 15 or so.

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 12:16 AM
:rider:

landman650r
03-06-2008, 12:24 AM
I had fun sleeping on the beach, I'm almost always down to ride the beach, unfortunately its just limiting the amount of places to explore (havent learned how to ride my bike on top of marsh yet), next time we could throw in a trip to galveston in the daytime to take up some time...only thing that sucks that close to summer is big *** skeeters.

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 12:29 AM
I had fun sleeping on the beach, I'm almost always down to ride the beach, unfortunately its just limiting the amount of places to explore (havent learned how to ride my bike on top of marsh yet), next time we could throw in a trip to galveston in the daytime to take up some time...only thing that sucks that close to summer is big *** skeeters.

Maybe the wind will blow like it was Saturday.

This is what we can do, I can leave earlier in the day... like 8:00 get to Sabine pass by 1:00 eat lunch, we can ride to Galveston eat dinner and then continue southwards.... Find another place to pitch the tent. :trust: Soft sands would be preferred.
Where is there to camp an hour or two south of Galveston? Preferably nice n quiet like where we were over the weekend?

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 12:42 AM
My issue is lacking the ability to carry more than a change of clothes and a toothbrush on my bike. I'd have to trailer to somewhere, unload, then ride and end up somewhere else where I have no tent, bag, etc.

Maybe I never fully understood - did y'all meet with your gear somewhere and then go riding and come back to your stuff? Cuz I can do that!

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 12:51 AM
Get you a set of cheap throw over saddlebags. Do them similar to this....
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n188/glowingeenklr650/Motorcycle/XR650L/Blinkerandsaddlebags004.jpg

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 12:57 AM
No space on the back of the 400, plus nothing to keep 'em from swinging into the tire. I got small ATV panniers that I use on the tank for first aid kit, extra fuel, bottle of water, and misc. items. Everything else has to fit in a backpack.

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 01:02 AM
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/dazzerrtw/CIMG0882.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s121/dazzerrtw/Picture2997.jpg

ok, for some reason i cant do a pic now.... but go to these links....

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 01:03 AM
..so is that a "no, we don't meet up and camp in the same place" ?

I can also try to dupe a non-riding friend into driving down to meet us for the camping & hanging out part.

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 01:06 AM
..so is that a "no, we don't meet up and camp in the same place" ?

I can also try to dupe a non-riding friend into driving down to meet us for the camping & hanging out part.

Well, I'm heading south.... not planning on doing circles.... :trust:

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 01:07 AM
No, I mean for a repeat overnighter - your trip is a different story.

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 01:08 AM
lol, ok. Well, you should still figure out a little luggage setup anyways

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 01:17 AM
Luggage Setup = VStrom :mrgreen:

TerraXpeditions
03-06-2008, 01:20 AM
Luggage Setup = VStrom :mrgreen:

Luggage setup+XR400= goes anywhere

Squeaky
03-06-2008, 01:34 AM
I was in pain riding just 50 miles on pavement back to camp in Big Bend on that thing, plus it chewed up too much of my knobbies. It's really just a plated dirt bike.

I'll keep my options open - I'll test fit your bags on my bike to see just how bad it would be. ;-)

Greasemonkey
03-06-2008, 07:09 AM
Maybe the wind will blow like it was Saturday.

This is what we can do, I can leave earlier in the day... like 8:00 get to Sabine pass by 1:00 eat lunch, we can ride to Galveston eat dinner and then continue southwards.... Find another place to pitch the tent. :trust: Soft sands would be preferred.
Where is there to camp an hour or two south of Galveston? Preferably nice n quiet like where we were over the weekend?

Only places come to mind are=Galveston st park[nothing on the beach there]
and it packs out when the sun comes up.

Maybe san louis pass[think you can camp/primitive]at the s. end of galveston.

Next stop is freeport-know they have beach camping ,not sure where.


Beach camping is kinda iffy around civilization=they don't want it!!!

daveg
03-06-2008, 07:42 AM
Luggage Setup = VStrom :mrgreen:

Ride the beach on the strom! While the pace may be a little slower, with the strom, you can BRING IT ALL.

landman650r
03-06-2008, 09:30 AM
I was in pain riding just 50 miles on pavement back to camp in Big Bend on that thing, plus it chewed up too much of my knobbies. It's really just a plated dirt bike.

I'll keep my options open - I'll test fit your bags on my bike to see just how bad it would be. ;-)

I have a DRZ400. Other than it being a supermoto its basically a plated dirtbike. I plan on running dirtbagz at first then later on buying happytrails alum. panniers( I liked scotts). I see no problem with that set up and throwing a lightweight tent/sleeping bag onto a rear rack(I will be ordering mine next week!). In anycase, ratchet straps may do wonders:trust:

landman650r
03-06-2008, 09:33 AM
Well, I'm heading south.... not planning on doing circles.... :trust:

Check out Matagorda Bay...guys in my 4x4 club go down there and camp...bout 2 hours south SW of Houston.

http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed_parks/matagorda.html

daveg
03-06-2008, 10:22 AM
Check out Matagorda Bay...guys in my 4x4 club go down there and camp...bout 2 hours south SW of Houston.

http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed_parks/matagorda.html

I've camped there before. You can't run on the beach too far unless you have a boat waiting for you to cross the intracoastal =] I think there are some parts you'd have to stomp through as well.

Anyone got a boat? :rider:

landman650r
03-06-2008, 10:39 AM
I've camped there before. You can't run on the beach too far unless you have a boat waiting for you to cross the intracoastal =] I think there are some parts you'd have to stomp through as well.

Anyone got a boat? :rider:

I can get more details but there a places to camp on that beach...just gotta find em:trust:

thumper
03-06-2008, 04:32 PM
I've camped there before. You can't run on the beach too far unless you have a boat waiting for you to cross the intracoastal =] I think there are some parts you'd have to stomp through as well.

Anyone got a boat? :rider:

Actually there's some of the best beach riding on the East Penn. IMO...way better than High Island.:sun:

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20324