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Old 03-13-2018, 12:50 PM   #401
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Nice camera! Looks like Trail Boss got his bike warshed in Sandy Creek on The Click.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:34 PM   #402
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Riders,

The Saturday ride is April 7th.

Starting with the April 2018 ride the starting location of the first Saturday ride is changing so as to avoid the traffic on Hwy 290.

The new meeting location is the Texaco convenience store at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Hamilton Pool Road.

I have updated the monthly GPS routes to reflect the new starting point. I have also made a few other modifications to the several of the routes, so please download the newest version of the gpx file.
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Old 04-03-2018, 07:53 AM   #403
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How much of the "San Saba" loop being ridden this weekend is on dirt roads? I'm just learning how to work with gpx files and can't figure out how to determine road type when reviewing the track. Thanks!

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Old 04-03-2018, 09:23 AM   #404
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How much of the "San Saba" loop being ridden this weekend is on dirt roads? I'm just learning how to work with gpx files and can't figure out how to determine road type when reviewing the track. Thanks!
I would estimate 25-40% will be dirt.

Since most published maps do not distinguish between dirt and small paved roads, the best way is to load the tracks on to gpsvisualizer.com and view them overlaid on satellite images. Even then its often difficult because the older faded asphalt/chip seal is often the color of dirt roads.
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Old 04-03-2018, 05:30 PM   #405
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I would estimate 25-40% will be dirt.

Since most published maps do not distinguish between dirt and small paved roads, the best way is to load the tracks on to gpsvisualizer.com and view them overlaid on satellite images. Even then its often difficult because the older faded asphalt/chip seal is often the color of dirt roads.
Thanks for the info!

Awesome to hear that much is dirt. I'm in for this one. First time with TARA, I rode one last year with the Breakfast Series guys and it was really fun.

Weather looks pretty good- cooling down Sat vs. earlier in the week.

Is anyone riding over to the starting point on Hamilton Pool Rd from the Lakeline/Cedar Park side of Austin?
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Old 04-03-2018, 09:25 PM   #406
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I'm a "maybe" at this point. If I can make it I'll hook up with the group at 281/Round Mountain.
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Old 04-04-2018, 06:51 AM   #407
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SAB and I plan to be there.
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Old 04-04-2018, 08:24 AM   #408
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Most definitely in for this one! First event with TARA!

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Old 04-04-2018, 08:31 AM   #409
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I am bummed but I can't make the ride this weekend. Hope everyone has fun and stays safe.

I will be at the Meet and Greet tomorrow, but I have to burn cedars in Dripping again this weekend...

A couple of examples


Felt bad on this one, a bit too close to some oaks when the wind kicked up

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Old 04-04-2018, 08:41 AM   #410
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I'm a "maybe" at this point. If I can make it I'll hook up with the group at 281/Round Mountain.
I'LL PROBABLY DO THE SAME, WATCH FOR ME ON THE AT
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Old 04-04-2018, 05:01 PM   #411
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I'll be there on the Strom, and I'm dragging John and Julie from Big Bend along as well. He'll be on his Africa Twin, she'll be on my DRZ, since her KLR still isn't mended from Black Gap Rd.

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Old 04-05-2018, 12:26 PM   #412
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Love the videos and pic in this thread!

Just realized this group is meeting right by my place. I am going to try to make it this weekend but if not, I'll be sure to come embarrass myself on the dirt in the near future.
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I would estimate 25-40% will be dirt.

Since most published maps do not distinguish between dirt and small paved roads, the best way is to load the tracks on to gpsvisualizer.com and view them overlaid on satellite images. Even then its often difficult because the older faded asphalt/chip seal is often the color of dirt roads.
I see that there have been plenty of bigger ADV bikes on these rides. How would you think this ride would be for my first on my big bike? It has 50/50 tires on it but I haven't ridden dirt in 20 something years.
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UNLESS THE WEATHER CHANGES , I'M GONNA PASS ON THIS ONE
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UNLESS THE WEATHER CHANGES , I'M GONNA PASS ON THIS ONE
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I see that there have been plenty of bigger ADV bikes on these rides. How would you think this ride would be for my first on my big bike? It has 50/50 tires on it but I haven't ridden dirt in 20 something years.
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You will be good
Thanks. Now I just need to get some other people willing to brave the weather.

I am on call next month during the ride so I don't want to miss one because it's a little cool.
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Looking a bit nipply in the morning, 44* and only warming to a high of 52*
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Looking a bit nipply in the morning, 44* and only warming to a high of 52*
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Just to make sure, the ride won't be canceled due to cool weather. correct?
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Looking a bit nipply in the morning, 44* and only warming to a high of 52*
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Gets colder as you head north. Also, wind out of the north @ 22 mph.
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