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vfrhugh
02-27-2006, 08:15 PM
Sunday 2/26/06
When the weather Sunday dawned cool and clear I gave Lonnie a call to see if he was up for a ride. Our last ‘looking for dirt’ trip yielded about 10 miles out of 150. Sunday was quite a bit better, 70 miles out of 150. We found a straight unpaved county road from 562 southeast of Anahuac to 124 south of Winnie.
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/Img_3798.jpg

Gassed up in High Island, still not sure of range. I only put 1 gallon in for 53 miles. MPG goes down fast off road though.
It was exciting to see the Gulf as 124 ran into old 87. The road disappeared very soon to the east. After the recent rain, the sand was firm and easy riding for awhile. A few miles toward PA, was starting to wonder where all these rocks came from. Duh, it’s all that’s left of hwy 87.
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/Img_3800.jpg
The ride was allot rougher and technical than I imagined it would be in the middle 12 miles. At about 16 miles it got better. We didn’t go any farther than the buoy that’s been in all the other write ups.
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/Img_3802.jpg, http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/Img_3803.jpg.
Fun on the beach.
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/Img_3804.jpg.
If I go back I think a check of the tide tables would be a good idea. Low would be more fun.
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/Img_3806.jpg
This was Lonnie’s first sand adventure and he did great.

We both fell once with no damage to bikes or egos. Each was very low speed in the soft stuff. A little momentum is you friend in soft sand.
My stock knobies are about gone. When I put better road tires on we’ll probably be ‘looking for dirt’ in a new area.
Hugh:rider:

SpringerMan
02-28-2006, 12:00 AM
Great pictures! The sand is not my concern, it's the salt! I think we need to explore the Saratoga area more. I know there is some kind of public land in that area. Anyone care to inform us.

Tourmeister
02-28-2006, 01:26 AM
Good to see Hugh is just as squidly in the dirt as he is on the street :-P Check the frontpage gallery, I just updated it with some new pics ;-)

http://www.twtex.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=512

Tx Rider
03-10-2006, 10:58 AM
I soo have to go do that ride some time. Used to work down in Sabine pass and used 87 a lot when I was about 18 years old. I'd love to go see what's left of all that some time.

vfrhugh
03-11-2006, 08:35 AM
I remember camping on the beach in the late 70’s and the water was the length of a football field from the dunes. Although I knew our Texas beaches have been disappearing, it was still as shock to see how far the Gulf has advanced inland to the East. If you ever make the trip down, post up and maybe some of us locals can join you. Someday it might not be passable even on a DS.:-(
Hugh

vfrhugh
03-12-2006, 10:16 PM
Sometime you just don’t have to go far to have an adventure. I had a couple of hours this morning and found a place to go that was only 20 miles from my house. Our government has spent a considerable amount of money on the Trinity River tide gates near Anahuac. The project took almost 40 years to complete. The first attempt in the 60’s would have been a biological disaster. The whole thing revolves around local rice farmers and the City of Houston needing water. The final design included public access and wildlife viewing areas on the east and west side of the river. I didn’t know about the west side facilities the last week. http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/3879.jpg
I took the Trinity River boat ramp exit off I-10 to get to the entrance.
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/3866.jpg
I didn’t see any other people but there was allot of wildlife to look at, plenty of birds and a couple of wild pigs.
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/3872.jpg
This little guy stood his ground long enough to get a photo. I saw a big one but he took off before I could get a pic.

Cypress swamp
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/3877.jpg

Not a bad day for a 60 mile ride.
Hugh:rider:

Tx Rider
03-14-2006, 04:42 PM
I remember camping on the beach in the late 70’s and the water was the length of a football field from the dunes. Although I knew our Texas beaches have been disappearing, it was still as shock to see how far the Gulf has advanced inland to the East. If you ever make the trip down, post up and maybe some of us locals can join you. Someday it might not be passable even on a DS.:-(
Hugh

Used to be that way at surfside beach in Freeport as well, and Stewart and west beach on Galveston Island too, they all have suffered, mostly from hurricanes that I've seen.

I think East beach in Galveston picked up about an acre of new beach from Alicia though.

Sleepy Weasel
03-15-2006, 12:57 PM
http://home.houston.rr.com/howellext/3872.jpg
This little guy stood his ground long enough to get a photo.

Quick getaways... one more reason for an electric start.
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