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fallendown
04-23-2006, 06:34 AM
This is my first ride report, so take it easy on me..

First off, Thanks to Chris Hardy for coming along for the ride! He's a great riding partner, and a lot of fun to hang out with, he did however bring WAY too much motorcycle, which made the ride far too easy for him, he never even got stuck once.....poor guy....


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First, start off with a quality breakfast while you wait for your riding partner to show up...it helps if you give him good directions, or a proper location to meet you at...
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A quick call on the phone and some apologies on my part, and Chris is on his way. We meet and greet, and after he tops off the tank on the katoom, we are on our way!

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It's so very green in the San Jacinto river basin swamps, sorry for the lack of action shots, but I was busy trying to not bore Chris to death, I ride like Chuck, slow enough to classify fauna and flora.....sorry Chuck, at least if I am riding with you, you wont be last in line at the table....

UH OH.....HERE HE COMES!
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AND THERE HE GOES!!!
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We arrive at the river,
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And enjoy the nice sandy beach
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When we finnaly find our destination we are greeted by this...
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This is the Simms family cemetary, I used to visit it as a child, maybe a few dozen people know about it, or so I thought..
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Pretty old stuff, I am amazed at how well it is preserved, considering the lack of maintnence!
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This is Mother Simms final resting place, check out the paint brushes at the base of the head stone, I've seen lots of offerings laid at headstones/crypts but this was a new one on me....
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This is Lizzie, the daughter of the Simms, I dont know the reason for her distance from mom and dad in the plot, perhaps she had offended the family.
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Check out how far away she is from the rest of the family...
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And why does she have the seperate stone? Beside her headstone?
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The light was interesting in this shot, not creepy or scary, just a different contrast
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Chris watching his step, so as not to offend..
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We took a little break , cause the KTM was tired of chasing the KLR..Not! We had to do the check the phones thing and discuss lunch plans...
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We rode to the lake and explored some dead end fishing trails that required some log hopping and bark buster testing, they work well by the way....
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Then off to a hearty lunch in a/c with lots of iced tea, and some cowgirl types that were curious about wearing " all that stuff " It was ok, but had it not been for the company , it would have been totally unmemorable....
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And I went out of my way to get a special picture for Old BMW, I hope he appreciates it!

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All in all it was just too short to make a full day out if it. There was more riding in the area, but we both had prior obligations to attend to, so we parted ways and called it a day. I enjoyed myself, and probably bored poor Chris to death. Maybe I can find something a little more exciting in the future.

fallendown
04-23-2006, 06:42 AM
this place is not professionally kept, and it's a miracle it has not been destroyed and all the stones removed by vandals....

fallendown
04-23-2006, 06:49 AM
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fallendown
04-23-2006, 06:56 AM
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fallendown
04-23-2006, 07:20 AM
Sorry the pics were so huge....I need a class on this sort of thing, I thinks I will just video the next one, the post a link to the vid. It's probably more interesting that way.....

XR650Rocketman
04-23-2006, 07:59 AM
Looks like you guys had an interesting time....Jason I'm glad you got to enjoy the company of Chris Hardy, he's fun to be around, isn't he?

Steve

klrno2
04-23-2006, 09:16 AM
Nice report...looked like a good day.

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Thanks for sharing your ride !!!:clap:

dbdolan
04-23-2006, 09:41 AM
Nice report Jason, I need to get together with you some time and do some exploring. You missed a fun beach run on easter weekend. I got to ride with Chris, he is a fun guy to be around I enjoyed it. To host my pictures I use photobucket.com, I have a free account and lot's of space.

Gilk51
04-23-2006, 02:36 PM
and I am having problems getting the last 2 pics to post..dangit....
jason, old man, if you will email me the images, I can host them for you. Once I get them uploaded, I'll let you know the links to them.

cgibke@compuserve.com

fallendown
04-24-2006, 07:24 AM
Looks like you guys had an interesting time....Jason I'm glad you got to enjoy the company of Chris Hardy, he's fun to be around, isn't he?

Steve

Yes he is...he gives us all hope for the future...

I was planning on joining your beach ride, but got so sunburned friday, I couldn't have worn a shirt saturday, much less my gear...Perhaps next time!
I even had clearance from the wifus to go allready. My kids all laughed at me, because I slathered them in sunblock, yet I never bothered to put any on myself. That was a mistake...:sun:

fallendown
04-24-2006, 07:25 AM
Nice report...looked like a good day.

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Thanks for sharing your ride !!!:clap:

When are you two coming back home anyway?

fallendown
04-24-2006, 07:48 AM
Nice report Jason, I need to get together with you some time and do some exploring. You missed a fun beach run on easter weekend. I got to ride with Chris, he is a fun guy to be around I enjoyed it. To host my pictures I use photobucket.com, I have a free account and lot's of space.


Thanks for the tip on the Photobucket thing!
I have a line on some trails in your neck of the woods, they are in my co-workers subdivision, and he will 4 wheeler with us for the guided tour, I will be sure to post up on it when ready to go, he lives in the Conroe area, so it should be a mulligan for ya! And yeah Chris is great, course he never lets on about it. And he races hare scrambles? That's one tough hombre....:giveup:

Georgiapeach
04-24-2006, 02:28 PM
Looks like you had a great day. If you come up to ride in Conroe I want to go too!

DANNYROTH
04-25-2006, 01:31 AM
Great report. I didn't calculate it out, but...if a picture is worth a thousand words, you said it very well!!

My wife and I like to look at old graveyards, also. She will be interested in seeing this thread, her grandmother was a Simms. There is a Simms cementary (Sp?) near Lufkin, also, in the Moffett community.

Chris-V65Magna-TX
04-25-2006, 01:33 AM
Yes, great trip report and pics! :)

Photojojo
04-25-2006, 08:59 PM
That last shot was great, the lighting was spot on.

mcrider
04-26-2006, 09:57 AM
Jason,
That was a good midweek ride. That was my new ride's inaugural outing.

Small world, in the picture of Jason & I on the power line I get a call from Gary " bajarat" Phillips one of the beach riders.

Enjoyed the day.

klrno2
04-26-2006, 10:44 AM
When are you two coming back home anyway?

:shrug: We were originally told early 07...but now we're being told 08 or beyond. S'allright....though, more time to put together a "escape the heat - come ride the mountains - dual sport tour" :zen:
:ponder:
Planning will have to be done...need smallish groups and everyone MUST ride.

skychicken
05-19-2006, 02:35 AM
My dad lives in Crosby. He rides those trails, but he does the whole monster 4-wheeler mud thing so I have never went with him. Where do you enter and exit the trail? He said you could ride all day and not hit all the trails. I have been dying to go out there, but he is getting to old to ride dual-sports which stinks considering him and I have been riding together since I was 4yrs old. One good trail he said started on Foley rd, I think. I live in Austin but I ride my KLR there sometimes and take all back roads. I haven't done any off-road riding since March in Big Bend(which was a blast thanks to Tourmeister's direction for backroads.) I was hit by a drunk driver(hit & run) the day after I got back from BB. Broke my right foot in 3 places. Never caught the person. anyways, I want to do that ride in Crosby later in the year when it isn't as hot anymore. Please let me know if ya'll go again. I built another KLR, this time it is exactly what I have wanted to build. Lighter and faster. Intresting note I just put a 86 kl600 ignitor box on after reading an article on how it changes the ignition curve, it totally rocks. The motor revs up quicker now. Gets a little lean in the mid range, so I just fattened her up a little. I am dying to take it off-road with some good 50/50 tires. Thank you

bear
05-19-2006, 07:47 AM
I'd go to Crosby with you, but you would have to help unstick the Ural. When did this drunk driver thing happen? You need to call more. Hey if you take me i can carry stuff in the Ural, Like drinks, food, tools and stuff.:trust:

fallendown
05-23-2006, 11:06 PM
You can start at the end of Ulrich Lane off FM 2100, the trail runs down the powerlines all the way to the river. They had a huge trail network that was under the old highway 90 bridge that was really popular with the 4 wheeler crowd, but I was told that it was closed due to the trails running along the riverbed. Dunno if it's true or not...I used to ride in Crosby forever as a kid, as a grown up the world just seems so much smaller than it used to be.....

okayf00l
05-24-2006, 02:39 AM
Was this near highway 90 in crosby or close to dayton. Those pictures are beautiful. That sandy beach just looks like a familiar spot I have seen off of highway 90. There were some good trails underneath the bridge that my friend wanted to take it truck on. They looked perfect for dirtbikes or ATVS.

fallendown
05-25-2006, 11:32 AM
The beach is in the back of a subdivision called Newport. And it's in Crosby. Those trails under the bridge on old 90 are the one's that I was told were closed, they used to charge an admission fee to go play in the mud, but from what I could see they were much more suited to 4 wheelers than motorcycles due to the mud. I will go back again soon, and try to find other places to push through to more trails, but not before I get some better shoes on the KLR.....And URAL's are more than welcome! The trails I was on could possibly run from Newport all the way to highway 90's old trail network, but we were afraid of being run over by the dump trucks at the sand pit, so we turned back. I have ridden the same trails all the way to Indian Shores on a 3 wheeler, by just following the shoreline of Lake Houston, but that was more than 15 years ago, it may have changed a lot since then....