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2008 TAR Ride Report

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I just got back from the 2008 Texas Adventure Ride and thought I would kick off the ride report. Riders, feel free to add your report to this thread.

I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended. We ended up with 225 registered riders this year, which was quite an increase over the 125 we had last year.

This year's logo
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I'll write more later, but here are some of the pics I took over 4 days of fun and adventure.

The City of Junction sponsored this year's TAR. Here's the banner they had made to welcome us to Junction.
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The Junction Chamber of Commerce gave out goody bags to all registered riders. Goody bags and KLRs go well together, don't you think?
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Bikes in repose, parking lot at Isaak Restaurant
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Wild Man Mike Frederick
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I couldn't pull this event off without the assistance of Mrs Richard_ and Dirtbike Dave
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The riding was fantastic. So was the weather.
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Water crossings were everywhere
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Old Junction Road never disappoints
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Getting jiggy wit it
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One of the Kimble County crown jewels
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Owen and Rusty getting ready to ride after the morning riders meeting
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Carved into this stone: MacKenzie Trail 1876, 3 horse thieves hung by Texas Rangers and buried here.
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Sat night banquet
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Foot peg meets shin. Foot peg wins.
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Richard, you beat the rain back? We were in blue skies by time we reached F'burg but after a cup of coffee with friend in town the storm clouds had re-grouped. I had to really wring out the DR to stay ahead of the storms. The winds were pushing me all around. Glad you made it back safely and thanks for organizing such a great event. -Fletch

Here are some pics from the trip. My apologies that I did more snapping than
talking so I don't have many names to go with pictures....

Welcome to TAR and Junction (and the lovely La Vista Motel):
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Pre-ride briefing by our fearless leader:
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Bikes, bikes, bikes!:
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Motorcycles weren't the only cool rides in town:
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Getting a hand through the water:
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Big Adventure going swimming:
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Making a friend on the road:
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Dick McCall was like a crack dealer with his Super Enduro..."The first ride's free but you just HAVE to buy one after the first hit!:"
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How to cool off at TAR:
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My riding group for the weekend. Mark, Todd, Bill and Loren. Thanks, guys. Y'all were a pleasure to hang with:
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Our rides for the weekend:
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A brace of yellow DR650's - Mine and Mark's (his is faster unless he is riding mine in which case it suddenly somehow becomes the faster one):
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Waiting at the water hole for the next victim, er, rider:
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You know him, you love him. Scott "Tourmeister" Friday and his cool brown-seated KLR with ubiquitous Ron Paul sticker:
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Shriner on a mini-motorcycle (or is it a carnival gorilla on a mini-bike?):
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Relaxing at the La Vista after a full day of riding:
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Dick's KTM WAS bad ****!.

Rusty?? You feeling ok? I'll let you tell the story but, I felt helpless watching it happen and not being able to stop it in some way. I hope you're feeling better.

Richard, Uncle, Scott, and everyone else that help organize this event, thanks so very much for everything ya'll did. :clap: Your hard work and determination to make this a class act really showed through.

And to Bruce, Pam, Greg, Roger, Peanut-n-wife, Walter, Bob, Paul and everyone else that I rode with, a sincere thanks for the memories and great times. I needed this "get-away" bad and all you guys really made it enjoyable. Thanks.:clap:

The 20 year old XR250 served me well. I'm still grinning. Over 500 miles in two days and I was smiling the whole way. You can count on me being there next year. I'm out. Terry:rider:
 

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I'm sore, but moving okay. I won't be doing pushups any time soon though. Gear is good, green stuff on wet concrete is bad.
 
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I'm sore, but moving okay. I won't be doing pushups any time soon though. Gear is good, green stuff on wet concrete is bad.
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Is there an Echo in here......These could be my very words.
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But let me clarify just one thing......"Green stuff on wet rock, is a VERY BAD thing.....especially for collar bones"..........Will go shoot an X-ray tomorrow and will know the whole story.
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Next question?.......How to preach to patients when you have arm in a sling?
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........Still had a great time, great people, great roads....Will do it again.....just not any time soon.
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know what ya mean, we rode the kent creek section, me on my 1200 gs, went through with no problem, then dump it on the creek crossing going out. no real damage done except for my pride,:doh: but all in all met some great people, and the rides were really great!!! can't wait until the next one!!:clap::clap: great job to all who had a part in putting this on was first class!!:clap: :clap:
 
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Thursday

We had a plan. Dave and I would ride the bikes to Junction, taking a cross-country, dual sport route. Connie would trailer her bike, the spare bike, and all the rally stuff and we would all meet up in Junction exactly at 2:07 pm to get everything set up.

Packed and ready to go
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We ran some of my favorite, small county roads from Austin west to Hwy 87 north of Fredericksburg, when we finally reached the fun dual sport roads.

Threadgill Creek Rd was in fine shape this year. It must have rained here recently as the dirt was well-packed; last year there were several sandy sections that caused a few riders to abandon this road, but there was no sand this year to speak of. There were also no bluebonnets. At last year's ride the countryside was covered in bluebonnets, but we saw very few this year. Not enough rain, I guess.

Dave on Threadgill Creek Rd.
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There is a really scenic water crossing on Threadgill Creek Rd. Since it was his first time on this road, I had Dave cross the bridge twice so I could get some decent pics. No, I wasn't secretly hoping he would drop it in front of my camera so I could get the pic of the year. Really, I wasn't.

It starts off deep...
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...but then gets shallow
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We continued to work our way west, arriving at Salt Branch Rd., which is a basically a dirt road that runs straight west for many, many miles. Salt Branch is an easy class 1, but it is pretty out there.

Dave on Salt Branch Rd
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For those with an adventurous spirit, Salt Branch Rd will take you to the southern end of James River Rd. What's so adventurous about the James River Rd you ask? Well, it leads you to three water crossings, one of which is the largest water crossing in this neck of the woods. This wide water crossing is also very, very slick and has claimed many a bike, as some TAR riders can attest (including me).

The intersection of Salt Branch and James River roads. Go right for certain death :eek2: or straight for the scenic route. Dave isn't sure which way to go...
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...we ended up choosing the scenic route. After all we had to meet Connie at exactly 2:07 p.m. in Junction. We'll be back to tackle the certain death route another day. :giveup:
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After deciding discretion was the better part of valor (or something like that), I took advantage of a brief water & beef jerky rest stop to reflect on our journey and decided it was an appropriate time to think about the meaning of life. Life can be tough in this part of Texas. You gotta be quick or you could end up dead. Run over from behind by a teen driver distracted by a cell phone. Or have a rancher in an F150 not see you while turning left in front of you. I decided that getting run over by a car would be a bad thing. Run over by more than one would be even worse. You could end up dead and flat as a pancake and who wants that?











See what I mean? Pancake flat. This poor lil' fella was in pretty bad shape
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Satisfied that I was back up to speed about all that philosophy stuff, Dave and I jumped back on our dirt bikes and hauled the heck outta there. We had more dirt roads to go ride.

Kimble County Roads 420 (aka Blue Mountain Road) and 410 (especially 410) are great fun. They are part of the Kimble County West loop in the TAR ride guide and I highly recommend them to you the next time you are in the area.

Dave on Kimble CR410
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If this road doesn't appeal to you, then you won't like any of the roads in this part of Texas.
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Dave and I arrived in Junction at 2:07 p.m. on Hwy 2169 and stopped at the traffic light on the bridge crossing the Llano River. Exactly as we planned and executing with military precision, Connie arrived at precisely the same time and was the next vehicle to pull up behind us as we sat at the stop light. Who would have thought we could really have pulled it off! Perhaps fate was intervening to let us know that TAR was going to be an absolute blast again this year. Maybe my deep philosophical musing over pancake flat critter earlier in the day had aligned the stars for everyone for the next 3 days. Or, it could have just been a lucky coincidence that we arrived within 2 seconds of each other. Either way, we all arrived safely and at the same time at the ride HQ.

Connie and Dave ran the rider check-in, passing out TAR t-shirts and goody bags...
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...while Mr. Benny sold breakfast buffet & banquet tickets and cold beer. (P.S. Hi, Ed.)
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Uncle was the official greeter. He was supposed to wear the "Uncle" name tag, sit in the chair and welcome all the riders to TAR - "Hey, howyadoin? Welcome to TAR."...
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...but the more unsavory types in the group kept stopping by and distracting him with cold beer and wild stories of motorcycles, women, and adventure. Gotta watch those unsavory types or no telling what might happen to you. (P.S. Hi, Mike)
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We hung out in the parking lot, checking riders in, and drinking beer until 10 p.m.; an excellent end to an excellent day.
 

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Thank You Richard for putting together such great routes:clap:
Thank You Steve and Terry for getting me involved in this great sport.:rider:
As a first timer, both to the T.A.R. and motorcycle riding, I was overwelmed with everyones comrodery and the genuine concern for safety and for having a good time. We arrived Thursday around 2PM , unloaded and rode part of Ride #11, I was HOOKED! Managed to keep the bike upright for that short ride, however I didn't fare so well on Friday and Saturday. Friday, I managed to pull off an awsome water crossing on Hackberry Rd., see picture:clap: , no I didn't fall! Although had allready eaten it a couple of times by then. :eek2: Saturday was the best... I put the bike into the weeds as was trying to avoid the water across Salt Branch Rd. (turns out the water was only 6 or 8 inches deep), anyhow I fell, yes this was one of many ( see first sentence), I got up brushed myself off and quickly said "Let's roll"... Two hours later, upon arriving for lunch in Llano I realized I had NO TANK BAG:zen: of course my wallet, cell phone and camera not to mention room key were all in the missing tank bag! After begging money for badly needed nutrition and fuel, off we went in search of the missing tank bag... back tracking to the scene of the earlier mishap, off on the side of the road, maybe I should say WAY OFF TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, yes I was in the weeds, was the infamous missing tank bag, perched in the red clay just awaiting my arrival and subsiquint pick-up. All's well that ends well. To sum up the weekend... It Was Awsome!!!! Thank You to everyone for making my first, but not my last T.A.R. an incredibly enjoyable weekend.
 

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I just got in from dinner. Everything is put away and about half of my photos have been downloaded to my computer. I will do the initial tweeking and resizing and get them up ASAP.

Thank you Richard for some great routes and thank you Connie for being so supportive!

Great times and great memories in Junction.

Bigger and better (is that possible?) next year!
 
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More 2008 TAR Ride Pictures

We should probably start a separate thread for gate stories. This was my first experience with bump gates on a motorcycle. They are called 'bump' gates because you bump them then they bump you. I got the hang of it after the first couple. Anyone else got any good gate stories? (Scott?) Anyone? (Scott?) Hmmmm....
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Making water crossing look easy!
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Pretty creek bed, right?
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Nope. It's a road! And part of TAR 2008! ! !
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Some of the roads felt like traveling back in time:
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Technically... It wasn't a "bump" gate... I did however give it a good BUMP! But I get ahead of myself :doh: Must sleep... Those plywood mattresses don't work well for me :whatever: So I will start on the report tomorrow if I can.
 
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What a fantastic and memorable experience:rider: ! There were seven riders in our group who traveled from as far as the Rio Grande Valley and Galveston. What a great group of guys. Most of us fell at least once at various algae-laced minefields disquised as river crossings of tranquil or gently flowing water:rofl: . No serious injuries :clap: !

For many of us, this was our first adventure ride and it was incredible. Needless to say, there will be many, many more:-P .

Thanks for making this possible Richard and Uncle:clap: . See you next year. Here are just a few of my memories from the journey.
 

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Thanks for all the work that went into this ride, I had a great time !!

Dr.Blackbird, sorry to hear about your injury, darn!
There were more than a couple of injuries that I saw.
I can't wait to see that picture y'all took showing slings, bandages, and the biggest purplest bruise I had ever seen.

Good to see everyone, and nice to meet some new ones.
It was a crazy ride home to Austin-pics coming later.

-Chadley
 
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Had a great time for my first time on two wheels. Met some some great people on the rides. Thanks Richard for all the hard work you and others do to make this sport more fun.
 
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I had a great time and want to thank every one out at the KOA for the fellowship. I hope that every one made it home safe. That ride home Sunday was tough! I can't wait till next year! Thank you Richard for a great event. JR - I hope you get the Tiger repair from the 6' bird encounter!
 
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Great wide angle shots CCRN, love the one on the dry creekbed. Lots of KLR's representin'. :)

Chadleys, I met you on the Hill Country DS in 2006 I think. Did you get caught in that gulley washer on the way back to Austin?
 
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I had a great time riding with Calgary-Yogi and BMWbabe. I got a late start out on Thursday so ended up riding down by myself.

Graeme and Mollie and I rode Route 2 to Alamo Village to see the world's largest outdoor movie set. I didn't take very many pictures that day. We did mostly pavement but did ride Old Junction Road which was an absolute blast (dirt/some rocks).

Poor Mollie got sick so Graeme and I rode without her on Saturday. We rode the double loop (route 10) and ended up also going to ride Hackberry Road. That was a lot of fun and had multiple water crossings.

The ride back Sunday was miserable. It was COLD (and raining at times) for the six hour ride back.

I'll try and post up the limited pictures I have later this week.

Thanks to Richard and Uncle for putting the time and effort into planning the event and for scouting out all of those good roads!
 
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First time to participate for me and my riding buds. We came on knobbies and had a great time on the off-pavement parts of the rides. Too much pavement work getting to them in the case of #9/13, but those parts would have been great on road tires. The class 4 on #13 was very close to what I ride in Colorado so it wasn't as intimidating as I had anticipated. Got to hand it to anyone that did it on one of the bigger road-oriented dual-sports tho' - that took skill.

We missed a couple of turns and did some of the stuff backwards (groups seemed to either leave us or stay behind at eating spots longer than we did, so we did much of our riding by ourselves). The Hackberry Rd part of 13 was super. A ruined tube killed the last half of #3 for us Friday, and my bud spent about 5 hours on the side of 674 while I rode to RockSprings for Slime and Inflate-a-spare (neither of which does any good when the valve stem is torn), then rode back to Junction for the truck. I got in 150 road miles on my knobbies while he saw a grand total of 5 cars in those 5 hours - traffic is definitely not a problem down there. Saw the same highway patrol pickup five times as I went back and forth on 674 - he finally decided to drive down the road to see what was going on. At least we got to do the Old Junction Rd part - that was a hoot, and the only time we actually got to ride with a group. Did we learn to not forget to carry tire irons and extra tube? Uh huh.:lol2:

We should have elected to do ride 5 on Saturday. And, we definitely should have paid much closer attention to the Roads of Texas maps using a magnifying glass so we would have realized which routes had the most off-pavement stuff. We won't make that same mistake next year.

Super job, Richard. :clap: :clap: The above statements are just part of the learning curve. The routes took a ton of planning and you did a magnificent job. Definitely on the list of must-do events each year. We're coming on knobbies again next year, and we already plan to get more dirt on us! We'll not forget the tire irons, either.

Fantastic event!
ron
 
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Thought I'd share some of my pics.:rider:

This was my fantastic camp site at the KOA.
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These next few Pics are all along Hackberry Rd.
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The one time you don't take a crossing seriously, it lays you down! Lesson learned... water crossing are fun... needed to cool down a bit anyway!
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Nice little slide don't ya think!
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These potos are from FM 335. This road is crazy... gassing it all the way, light as a feather on top and heavy as a sack of rocks at the bottom, what a rush!
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We decided that we just had to try the most difficult DS road in the area. Lets just say it was one heck of a workout!
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Road / Creek it's all the same right?
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Finally time to take a break!
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Saving the best pic for last.
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Friday

Friday morning came early. The first item on today's agenda was the breakfast buffet at Isaak's Restaurant. Isaak's hosted a buffett each morning in their banquet room exclusively for TAR. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, coffee, and orange juice were just the right ticket to prepare us for the day's ride.

Apparently dual sport adventure riders really like their coffee. Riders began showing up 30 minutes before the buffett opened trying to get their morning cup of Joe.

The buffet
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The buffet was a real time saver, the food was good, and it was well-attended each day.
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The rider's meeting kicked off at 8 am. Riders were reminded to be safe, given updated route changes, and then organized into small groups based on what route they wanted to ride that day.

Ready for the rider's meeting
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Owen and Rusty planning the day's route
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My wife (Connie), Uncle, and I rode together today. Connie is an inexperienced rider so I came up with a modified route for us to ride that day - not too long, not too tough. I wanted to ensure she had a good ride and was not stressed out by a too-tough dual sport road or a too-long day in the saddle. The modified route I came up with worked so well I'm going to include it as one of the routes next year. Unfortunately, though, Old Junction Road proved a little too challenging for Connie's skill level. She was a bit miffed at me by end of day, but eventually, when I had plied her with enough Nectar of the Gods (i.e. cold beer) that evening she forgave me. I am pleased to report, though, that she managed every water crossing we encountered and never even bobbled once (which lots of TAR riders can't honestly claim).

Kimble County dual sport Roads never disappoint
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Uncle and Connie
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Water crossing in Sutton County
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Taking a break next to the Llano River
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Old Junction Road is a really fun ride
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After about 3.5 hours of riding we reached pavement at Hwy 377 near Rocksprings. It was about 1:30p.m. and we had missed lunch. Want to go to Rocksprings and grab a bite at King Burger? Connie was ready to head back, so we skipped Rocksprings, turned north and headed for Junction. We arrived back at the hotel mid-afternoon hungry and thirsty for something besides the warm water we had in our tank bags. A stop at La Familia Restaurant for some Tex-Mex and Iced Tea took the edge off and re-hydrated us.

Uncle on his DR 350 slabbing his way back to Junction
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The remainder of the day consisted of checking in late arrivals, story telling and tire kicking, a few cold beers, and a fine cigar. A fitting end to a fine day.
 
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I took very few pictures but I had a wonderful time. Thank you to all those who helped make it such a great time. (Since I've been running my mouth off about how great it was, Sparkyphotog (hubby) is coming with me next year. That means we'll have to spring for a babysitter for 4 days but its so worth it.) You can go ahead and put us down now for next year.:trust:

The one dirt road I got to go on, Old Junction, was great! It just happened another group was just ahead of us so we took turns opening and closing gates; that was very handy. I'm even going back this weekend with the same routes loaded to see if I can persuade someone adventurous to try some with me. (I'm gonna be at cheapstoc)

Thanks again!!
 
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Re: More 2008 TAR Ride Pictures

Great picture! May I use it in next year's ride guide?
Of course. It was my camera so the picture belongs to me but be warned that mark Mark took the picture and he is already whining because he didn't get credit for the one Carla put up on the Lone Star front page. That's what he gets for being so much faster he has time to stop and take pictures while waiting for us.....
 
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Howdy! TAR was my first adventure ride, and I was very impressed with the quality of the event, how interesting and friendly all the riders were, and how incredibly beautiful Texas is. Being so much more up-close and personal with the creeks, valleys and roads was thrilling. Thank you!
As a suggestion for the next TAR, could Trespassing be addressed a bit more?
I am not from Texas, and I was shocked at my ignorance about it.
I realized that I had no concept of the seriousness of trespassing, either legally or culturally.
I was involved in 3 trespassing, chased by a pick-up during one and confronted by a very agitated rancher whose shot gun was within reach in another. We had scared his newly born goats.
I might suggest a pre-ride trespassing education for city-slickers like me, signage at major route entrances, and an outdoor banquet catered by a local BBQ establishment.
I would hate to see the benefit that Junction received by our presence be undermined by angry land-owners.
Thank you for listening to me.
Cheers, Patrice. Austin, TX
 
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Re: More 2008 TAR Ride Pictures

I would encourage Mark to whine directly to Robert - he's the one that had our webmaster put it up. But! I'll get it corrected!! (he whines????)
 

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Great wide angle shots CCRN, love the one on the dry creekbed. Lots of KLR's representin'. :)

Chadleys, I met you on the Hill Country DS in 2006 I think. Did you get caught in that gulley washer on the way back to Austin?
-good to hear from you

Yep, it was raining on and off all the way back, but we never really got rained on that hard.

I had only brought summer gear, so the cold was my biggest problem.
We made a stop at the Family Dollar for a 3 dollar poncho, and a roll of duct tape, before leaving Junction. 3 hours later, we were still on dirt, bumping countless gates, muddy, wet, cold, lifting a fallen 08 KLR, and loving it. Here is a pic of that "adventure" moment.
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I take pride in the fact that I was able to talk Patrice out of his camera, in order to click a photo before righting the bike. He even hammed it up a bit. Although he is a very seasoned roadbiking veteran, this was his first dualsport ride, and I thought he did great. I'm sure his wife, who is also my friend, will really appreciate the photo... haha

Maybe he will post some of the rest of our photos from the trip... hint hint:trust:
 
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This was my first TAR and I had a great time. Everyone was wonderful and the roads were awsome. Can't wait till next year. Many thanks to the sponsers and all those who put it together. Great Job!!!
 
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Great pics!

I was riding w/ the TSBA Sat., and saw a bunch of y'all on the stretch heading from Doss to Llano. For some reason I have a hunch that I'll have a DS bike by next year's event!
 
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Re: More 2008 TAR Ride Pictures

I would encourage Mark to whine directly to Robert - he's the one that had our webmaster put it up. But! I'll get it corrected!! (he whines????)
Does he whine? Oh, he whines. He whined about my forcing him to ride to Junction instead of trailer. He's whining right now because he has 'the flu' (although it is more likely don't-want-to-go-back-to-work-itis). Fortunately, he is also a great traveling partner and an even better friend.

I was just teasing about the photos. I hope it didn't come out wrong in electronic form. We were both honored to see our photos on the LS site. -Fletch
 
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Holy craap dude that's not a water crossing, that's a river!

At least it looks like it's on gravel instead of wavy, algae covered rocks!
 
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On the way to TAR we spied Red Brown sitting in the middle of the road attempting to hitch a lift. I told him he should get on that bad motor scooter and ride, ride, ride. He did – very well. His motor scooter turns 14,000 rpm and goes very fast. I could not keep up because I get skeered and have to slow down.

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I always gas up at the Telegraph Store because gas there is still 95 cents per gallon.

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Pretty bluebonnets and a proficient motorcycle co-exist in harmony by the Llano river.

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Treysmagna poses fashionably in his cool Hi-Vis Darien Jacket. I'm sure this pic will make the cover of the new Aerostitch catalog – watch for it in July! Tres is a proficient motorcyclist. His bike is always stable and upright. I notice in the photo that his DR has had a “fenderectomy.” That's another mark of a proficient off-road motorcyclist.

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Tres ain't afraid of no slime!

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Birdkiller! Birdkiller! Birdkiller!

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I didn't know what to do! Didn't know what to say! So I just writ a pome.

A frightful altercation did ensue
on 337 Friday afternoon

As fowl across the roadway sailed
astride a mighty beast that wailed
Toma'sTigre took to pursuit,
and none there were
who could deter the fight

Claws were bared - feathers flew
the balance of life
decided in these few
moments of fearful encounter

The mighty carnivore prevailed of course
not however without recourse
as the gobbler , sensing end was nigh
desperate, and defiant wry, in final act
left tigers nose cracked and pecked was her left eye

With glass lens shattered and fiberglass battered
our victors display their prey
let no one doubt, as J.R. hoists high his load
that Tigre's beast is the predator on this road

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We rode around and found these interesting rocks on the side of the road.

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Then a dapper dude on a proficient motorcycle showed up and posed for this picture.

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WooHoo!!! a good time was had by all. Thanks for putting on the show Rich. It was a blast! :clap::clap::clap:
 
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Many thanks to Richard, Connie, Roger, Dave, and anyone else that worked on making TAR 2008 a huge success. The riding was wonderful, the company was the best. The food was pretty good too.

I made new friends and rode with some excellent riders this trip. We explored roads off the beaten path, in some cases they were off the route too. We were not technically lost.... only having an adventure as I see it.

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The bikes varied from all out competition machines with lights, mirrors, horn, and a tag to street machines adapted to gravel and dirt. The uncommon ones caught my eye.

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No big surprise that KLRs outnumbered all other bikes combined. Note this is only a guess based on casual observation, not a scientific count.

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One thing about dual sport riding I enjoy is the mix of pavement and dirt. In one day we rode the sisters, rode the best of route 13 including the tough section, rode portions of several other routes plus some ad hoc gravel linking the routes. It was all good.

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These 250s give a glimpse of the past and future sitting side by side.

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The old air cooled, carburatted XR with conventional forks stood in both contrast and harmony with the liquid cooled, injected, upside down equipped WR. Old school bike with lots of accessories next to spankin' new bone stock.... Both were correct for the task at hand.

What TAR report would be complete without touching on water crossings? The trusty XR with its predictable manners and power delivery was excellent in this area.
Water crossings by the letter.....
S stands for slick which equals sedate.

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R stands for rocky on which you can rock and roll.

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That last one was so much fun that we crossed back and forth several times playing on it.

My furry passenger even seemed to enjoy the spray.

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More on him later.... Wiley had a blast and may have to submit his own report.
 
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Great report and pictures. Love the ones of the standard street bikes with knobblies!

Any WR riders out there care to comment on your impressions? I've been slobbering over that bike as something I might actually be able to handle off road ('cause my KLR kicks my butt).
 
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I cannot give a first hand report on actually riding one.... but in riding next to it, following etc I can say that it is one smooth, quiet and sweet machine. Suspension and power delivery looked very well suited to the riding we did. Our days included everything from rough loose large rocks, to twisty roads, to high speed runs up the highway. That WR impressed me.
 
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Thanks to all who put on TAR 2008. I met some great people and had a blast.


We left Wednesday so we could get in a little extra fun.

TAR here come.
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Unloaded in Junction and head out Wed. afternoon to explore Kimble County.
This water crossing was easy after falling twice on two other algae covered ones. (Kimble County algae must be the slickest since I did not fall again:lol2:)
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Thursday morning we headed out again to do Kimble County west.

Oh no more algae:eek2:
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The GPS said we are on the route, but we were skeptical.
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Got back around 1530 just in time for registration.

Friday after the riders meeting we headed out for ride 3. The best dual sport roads in Texas.(as long as the gates are not locked.)

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Keith, Cotton,Pete,and ED..what great guys to ride with.
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Do to a locked gate on Cedar Creek Rd we had to modify our route. Covered 300 miles more pavement than dirt but still a good day.

We saved the best for last ...Saturday was fantastic. A modified version of ride 13 to include part of what we missed on ride 3 due to the locked gate.

Pete (m3spotevo)
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and Keith (Fangs) are pumped up and ready for the day.
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Hackberry Road
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Oh yeah...more on the algae. After crossing one particularly slick water crossing someone in my group said "hey get your camera, some bikes are coming" It was a group of KLRs.
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Kent Creek Ranch Road here we come.
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We made it.
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We moved on to White Mountain Road, part of ride 3.
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Made it back to Junction at 1830 and covered 275 miles. What a great weekend. Thanks again for the fun.
 
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This was my first off road ride. My son, Blake, joined me. I never had so much fun in all my life. It was nirvana for me. Can't wait till next year. We did ride 3 and 5. Ride 5 to LLano was most enjoyable. Our DR650 and DR350 performed exceedingly well. Thank you Richard for creating a dream that my son and I will always remember.
 

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know what ya mean, we rode the kent creek section, me on my 1200 gs, went through with no problem, then dump it on the creek crossing going out. no real damage done except for my pride,:doh: but all in all met some great people, and the rides were really great!!! can't wait until the next one!!:clap::clap: great job to all who had a part in putting this on was first class!!:clap: :clap:
You too? The youngsters up by the resort were all watching as my KLR did a slow 180 and came to rest hanging off the edge! Didn't even hurt my pride too much....yeah, right. But a great weekend, great rides, great job Richard. We had so much fun at Kent Creek that we rode it again same day, south to north. And crossed that dang little creek with no problem (very slowly and very carefully though.) We told Richard that we didn't have any trouble finding Kent Creek Road, just never did find the hard part!
 
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Saturday

Rumors of bad weather had been floating around all week. Back on Monday the 7 day forecast indicated thunderstorms for Junction and a few posters commented on the not-too-encouraging outlook. However, so far the weather had been great and no rain had fallen. Saturday morning was cool and cloudy and looked to be another fine day.

During breakfast Connie decided to take the day off from riding so Uncle, Dave, and I teamed up for the day. There were a couple of dual sport roads I had not yet ridden and had been itching to go explore. Today was the perfect opportunity. Shortly after the riders meeting we rolled south on Hwy 377, bound for county road 930.

We took the back way out of town which led us by the local golf course. Uncle, an avid golfer, was quick to spot it.

After about 50 miles of pavement we arrived at CR930. Time for a quick break.

Our first look at CR930
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We wound our way west and north on 930. At first it was a dirt superhighway - easy, fast, and smooth. But, slowly, as it wound it's way deep into the surrounding ranch land it deteriorated until it finally became a pretty interesting road. Not as rough as Old Junction Road, but not bad either. The end of CR930 brought us to a ranch that had a nice big rock marking the entrance.

The engraving on the rock says: MacKenzie Trail 1876 3 horse thieves hung by Texas Rangers and buried here
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Uncle
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At the end of CR930 we turned left onto Baker Road, another dual sport road, and made our way south to pavement and eventually Rocksprings. It was lunch time so a stop at King Burger was in order. It turned out that a stop at the King Burger was on everyone else's agenda too, as the parking lot was full of dual sport bikes.

King Burger makes a fine hamburger and is quite popular with locals and dual sporters alike
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After a leisurely lunch Uncle decided he would rather play golf than ride so he headed north to that golf course he had spotted earlier in Junction. Dave and I decided we needed to pay a visit to at least one of the 3 Twisted Sisters, so we headed south on Hwy 55 to Barksdale and the southern end of RR 335. I never grow tired of riding the 3 twisted sisters as all three are fantastic motorcycling roads.

Dave working the curves on 335
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Once back in Junction it was time to start prepping for the Saturday night banquet. We had rented the local community center for the evening and had to set up all the tables and chairs, hang the banners, set up the sound system, etc. I stayed pretty busy the rest of the evening and I only got one picture of the banquet.

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Intrepid explorer Milton Otto was the guest speaker for the evening and gave a fine presentation of the amazing dual sport riding available in the mountains south of Monterrey, Mexico. Door prizes were generously provided by TAR sponsors Lone Star BMW / Triumph and TJ's KTM, both in Austin, TX. I can't thank the sponsors enough.

Once the banquet was complete and the community center was cleaned, we retired once more to the grassy knoll just outside our room at the Hills Motel. A few of us sat around, enjoying a cold beer, tasty cigar, good conversation, and a light show from an electrical storm off to the north.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I know that Connie and I had a great time at TAR 2008 and are already looking forward to next year.

I'll finish with some random shots from the weekend.

Texas Armadillo
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Viva Mexico, indeed!
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In the battle of footpeg vs shin, footpeg almost always wins as Bobcat can attest
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Crash bars are a good idea. Your plastic takes the hit when you don't have them.
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I think the Two Wheeled Texans took over the La Vista motel
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The Legends Inn welcomed TAR back this year. See you next year.
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I just finished figuring out how to convert the raw video into usable clips...


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Hey... did I do that part right too? Not sure yet who the rider is, will send a copy of the footage though.
 
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I cannot give a first hand report on actually riding one.... but in riding next to it, following etc I can say that it is one smooth, quiet and sweet machine. Suspension and power delivery looked very well suited to the riding we did. Our days included everything from rough loose large rocks, to twisty roads, to high speed runs up the highway. That WR impressed me.
Thanks Ed! In my case it's just lack of pilot skill and 20 years of rust on any dirt riding foundation I had, but I think I could do a bit better with the 100 lb lighter ride (although I'm not a tall guy and the WR is pretty tall).
 
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