|11-14-2011, 08:00 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Hangin' out at the "bars"
EastTex450 2011 reports
As I sit here typing, feeling my way through with a numb thumb and three fingers on the throttle hand, I'm thinking this minor irritation is a fair trade-off for the fun I had on Saturday!
Kudos to the fellow who originally mapped out this route as it was a wonderful mix of varying surfaces, views and geography.
The weather and road conditions were very good, though there were some dusty sections, overall the sandy spots were tight, the dust level was low, and a steady breeze often cleared the cloud for those following another.
From what I understand, the relatively small group (of masochists) I traveled with were the first to complete the route in a single day, and I couldn't have found a better bunch to spend a day in the wind with. I've heard rumors that this ride may be the first of more for the Dirty Butt qualifiers. (our own version of the Iron Butt, just dirtier) Though I didn't mention it to anyone, this was also serving as my bachelor party, and it was fabulous.
After getting a late start from Rusk at twenty till six in the morn we rode 445 miles, averaging over 40 mph moving, and over 30 as the overall average. RollingJ can provide the exact numbers.
In our travels we encountered many instances of Bambi, a Chihuahuacabra, a lunch Stump, one water crossing, and I think I heard banjos on several occasions.
My little dirt bike performed flawlessly, as did Meridan's, RollingJ's, and SilverBullets' which was crucial in keeping our average speed up and travel time down.
Some of the roads were the stuff back road dreams are made of, Nine Mile being the icing on the cake.
The KOA in Rusk is one of the nicest and cleanest I've ever used, the people were gracious and accommodating.
The Mexican food place was one of the best I've ever eaten at, I loved the Pollo Diablo and the free Margaritas with the meals we had there. (strictly for medicinal purposes, as it acts as a muscle relaxant doncha know)
Okay, that's the thread starter, let's hear from others on the trip.
It's very simple. There's only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be courageous. Because courage, as you might know, defines all other human behavior.
And, I believe - because I've done a little of this myself - pretending to be courageous is just as good as the real thing. - Dave Letterman
CURRENT BIKES: '00 Suzuki DRZ400E-Plated; '04 KTM 950 Adventure; '13 Triumph Tiger 800XC
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