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2009 Texas Adventure Ride Report

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Hey Lloyd,
Good to meet you at the Leakey Texaco on our way home.
Hope you had a good trip.
Walt
 
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Thanks to all who attended this year. It is truly my honor to be able to host TAR each year and I greatly appreciate the support of the dual sport community.

Now, time for my ride report.

I always enjoy taking Thursday and riding to Junction, hitting some great dual sport routes along the way. Following Rusty's lead, I posted up an invitation to anyone who wanted to join me Thursday morning for a fun ride. 5 of us kicked our stands up at 9:15 and rolled west.

Rich: "Hey guys, what do you think about leaving at 9:15?"

Dirtbike Dave and Primo: "What? Are you off your meds again Rich?"
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Let's ask Jerry. Rich: "What do you think about a 9:15 departure, Jammin J?"
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So, 9:15 it was. The crew assembled and ready to ride.
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We had arranged to meet Rusty and his crew at Whittington's Jerky in Johnson City at 10:00 a.m. While the day was sunny and pleasantly cool, the wind was blowing like there was no tomorrow. If you haven't ridden in high winds it is an "interesting" experience. This was my first time and I discovered that there really is nothing like trying to ride in a straight line when the wind is blowing you every which way. I'd reach an open area along the road and a gust of wind would hit the bike and it would instantly move a foot or more to the side. I'd quickly correct the situation and then instantly look in my review mirror so I could see 4 bikes nearly simultaneously get hit by and correct from the same wind blast. Like I said, it was interesting. The wind caused Rusty's group to be a little bit late for our rendezvous.

Our designated link up spot in Johnson City. A man ought to have a good supply of jerky when departing on an adventure.
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Rusty and crew arrive
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Our route from here consisted of slab, slab, and more slab. Not much of an adventure for the likes of us. Our first real destination spot of the day short visit to Stonehenge II in Hunt, TX. Scientists have puzzled for years as to why Stonehenge was built, for what purpose. A shrine perhaps? Or a beacon for beings from other planets?

Actually, no. We discovered the real answer today. The stones are aligned just so perfectly for motorcycle parking. Certainly they must have been custom made for this purpose.
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Big A: "Hey Rick, do you really think Stonehenge was built for motorcycles?"
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Rick:
"Is my helmet yellow? I'm sure it was built for that purpose. I'd bet my TransLap on it."

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Big A: "Yeah, you're probably right. I think I'll stick my hand in my pocket."
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After solving the mystery of Stonehenge we continued west in search of the first dirt of the day - the fun and rocky Bullhead Rd.
 
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Thanks for all your effort Richard and Connie.
I really enjoyed the ride out to TAR with the group.

Here are some of my favorite shots.

This is Richard going deep (by my standards) on Cedar Creek Road.
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Here is a short video of one of the Cedar Creek Rd water crossings.
Click on the video to make it play.

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Here are some shots from Kent Creek Road on route "Lucky 13".
This is Evans Spring on Kent Creek Rd.

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This is just down stream of Evans spring on Kent creek Rd.
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Our fearless leader.
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Cool house on Kimble East

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Mike with his DR-Z
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Lori on the hot KTM.
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James on the new KLR
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Walt resting and enjoying the view.
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Lori and Walt resting and soaking up the wide open space.
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Next time I will try to get more people into the scenery I'm shooting.

Great times!
Happy trails.
 

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What's with all these pictures of people riding on the slimy middle part of the concrete water crossings instead of the tire tracks? I guess that is just because the photographer knows he might get a good action shot?
 
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I was ready for some rooster-tail action, but luckily everyone made it across without any unplanned excitement. :clap:

What's with all these pictures of people riding on the slimy middle part of the concrete water crossings instead of the tire tracks? I guess that is just because the photographer knows he might get a good action shot?
 
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What's with all these pictures of people riding on the slimy middle part of the concrete water crossings instead of the tire tracks? I guess that is just because the photographer knows he might get a good action shot?
That's what I was thinking.

Richard, you crack me up.:rofl:

Blind Yak, cool movie, did you take that with a camera on movie mode? I dont remember you with a video.
 

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:tab The tire tracks are not always the best traction on the crossings. We did one that we walked first. The center had much better grip than the tire tracks. While there may be more algae in the center, I think perhaps the concrete might be rougher since it does not get the tires on it, while the concrete on the tracks get worn smooth. So it really depends on the particular crossing I think. We did do another where the center was super slick. Pink Lloyd barely got into the edge of the center and he went down in a heart beat...
 
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2009 Texas Adventure Ride Report - Part Uno

Ok folks I'm going to try posting my snaps from Smugmug for those that can't view the Facebook gallery. I wasn't brave enough to lug my DSLR around, so they are all just snapshots. I'll keep it to 20 or so at a time :doh: Again, a big thanks to Richard and Connie for setting it up, Rusty and Scott, and all the other generous TWTers for help with routing, my flat tire, and everything else. :)

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The Before Picture. Clean bike and clean gear. Owned the bike for 1.5 weeks and not sure if it's ever been off the pavement.

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Meeting at the 'Bana on 1431 and 183 for the ride to Junction. Tommi (Swedish sp? ;-)) on the F800GS, Rusty on the Transalp, and Gareth on the VStrom. It was one of the windiest rides I've ever done.

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Where the heck are we now?

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Trying to regain our strength in Marble Falls. It was a struggle to stay on the road. On the way into Marble Falls one of those blue recycling bins was dancing around in a yard by the side of the road. It was blowing HARD.

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The flags and the haze tell the tale. I'm thinking 35 - 40 sustained with gusts well over that.

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Meeting Richard's group in Johnson City. Those guys were fast :) You can see Tom in there with his hand on his XR. A huge thanks to Richard (far left) for making all of this possible!

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The gang at the meetup.

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Dairy Queen in Kerrville with bikes outside.

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Biker Gang in Kerville.

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Near Hunt, TX. A very scenic ride by the river.

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Finally DIRT! Ah shucks... just the parking lot. But I did a few laps just the same.

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Stonehenge! Land of the Little People! In this case, big people (Tom) and little Stonehenge, outside Hunt. Who knew Stonehenge was actually in Texas?

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Rusty in his hunters orange, to make sure the Celts don't mistake him for the enemy.

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Tommi and Gareth at the rally point for Richard's group, but I think they were way ahead of us... Very ancy for dirt by now, the wind was kicking my butt. My new DS helmet did not perform well with the face shield on in the wind.

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DR is still clean but eyeing the degrading road surface hungrily.

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The county was nice enough to put up a big berm to use as a bathroom for us. This is a shot from behind the berm. Yes I was done doing my business.

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Finally we meet dirt! Tommi trying to intimidate a cattleguard with his F800GS. I think this was Bullhead Road, but I could be very wrong. I can check GPS tracks for the ride in and confirm, but my GPS promptly quit working the next day. GRRRRR.

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Gareth breaking in the BattleStrom followed by Tom on his XR. I kept hoping for somebody to catch a little air off of this cattleguard for me, but no luck :)

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The Strom takes a dirt nap! Our first casualty. Braking on gravel can be interesting. Gareth went by me fully locked up (wow that got my attention) and got 'er "stopped" about an inch behind the F800GS.

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Hmm, maybe we should quit BS'ing and pick 'er up? :) No damage to the Strom, its armor does the trick.
 
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2009 Texas Adventure Ride Report - Part Dos

More snaps... captions were for a slightly different audience the night after TAR so they may sound a little funny. :)

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Still too darned clean.

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More cool tarmac by a river. Right before Rusty said "Can you guys make it to Junction? It's about 70 more miles." Tom and I do the math and the answer is a NO and a MAYBE. (!!). That's an interesting feeling after spending the last few years on a KLR and NEVER running out of gas :). Turns out I made it after about 15 miles on reserve and Tom made it after taking on some auxillary fuel he had carried with him (smart guy). First order of business before another long ride is to buy a bigger gas tank. Thanks for leading the ride out Rusty!

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Finally got to Junction and what do I see? A classic KLRista innovation.

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Tommi's F800GS looks like some kind of Star Wars Imperial Destroyer.

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The parking lot starting to fill up.

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Loads of bikes. My hotel was just across the street, a very easy... er... stagger from the festivities.

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My first day's ride was Ride #3, "Bump Gate University", about 200 miles, with much of it on dirt and gravel roads. Poor Scott (Ron Paul sticker... must be a good guy :)) got stuck with about 15 of us, which is probably too many but we did OK considering. The guy in the foreground is a motocrosser and Baja racer, and I kept an eye on him for tips on how to ride. Bump gates are interesting.

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Smoke/hydration/head break. I'm particularly embarrassed to say that I don't remember the name of the guy on the F650 Dakar, even though he told me about 5 times and I BS'ed with him over beers quite a bit. Maybe it was the beer... yeah...

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DR getting into it's element. Still pretty clean.

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Gareth breaking in the BattleStrom. Cornering at any kind of speed on this surface can be interesting. I have a video of Ken on this corner that I'll see if I can get posted... he blasts through it like nothing.

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The posse heading out. There's Kim on his dirty KLR with street tires! Why is my DR so clean compared to his KLR...?

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Lunch in Rocksprings, TX. That's Ken's DR with the big white tank. I have tank envy. Ken was the sole Japanese TWTexan on the ride and I was pleased to make his acquaintance. I also watched him like a hawk because he is a great rider. A very generous guy with his help (opening gates, changing tires) and his beer. :)

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Ken's mo-chine. I want the tank and the Pelican case. But not the Supertrapp noise maker. :)

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The DR getting happily dirty on White Mountain Road. I was waiting for the back half of the group after a bump gate incident that looked like it could have been nasty. I tried to tell the lead group to no avail, so I eventually went back to see what happened.

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Pretty DR.

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Gareth piloting the damaged Battlestrom down White Mountain Road with Kim providing cover. No easy task riding a Strom with no peg and no shifter on the left side in this terrain... very loose off camber downhill corners, slippery water crossings, etc. But Gareth made it down and out. This was a prematurely closed bump gate casualty.

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Hanging at the "Meth Lab" while we assess Strom damage. Again, I'm embarrassed to say that I can't remember names that were in my head as recently as last night before the beer started to flow.

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The stone structures from the mid-to-late 1800s often look just fine, but the (probably much younger) wooden structures decay rapidly.

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Still assessing Strom options. We met about three trucks (two with trailers) coming up this single lane road while we were going down. It definitely gets your attention.

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The F650 Dakar dude was smoking a pipe, classic. I'm so embarrassed I don't remember his name... help me out. :giveup:
 
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2009 Texas Adventure Ride Report - Part Tres

This should be called snapshot spamming...

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The "Meth Lab" on White Mountain Road.

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Camp Wood, TX I believe. An old Ranger camp and one of the things that we got to hear a LOT about from a gypsy HD rider and amateur historian while eating lunch in Leakey the next day.

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Ken and Scott refueling. Scott rides his old KLR like he STOLE it. Both of these guys are FAST and very generous with their time and knowledge. Thanks for the front tire Scott!

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Ken and I. I need to get him and his family out to Austin sometime, he's a really nice guy.

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Day Two, riding Route 13 with Tom on his XR and Jeff leading us on his Husky. Thank goodness... two good guys with even less range than I! Hopefully I can hook up with Tom again as he is an Austin local.

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A stop on Bull Mountain Road off of RR2631 I believe. The water crossing could be slickery snot as Tom was to discover right at the end of the day. I was watching him in my mirror and he went behind a small hill just as he got to the end of the crossing. I thought he'd made it and started to pull away, just as a big spray of water rose above the small hill he went behind... No damage but a pretty hard fall.

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Tom hitting a fun little water crossing on Hackberry Road, or was this Kent Creek?. We played on this one for awhile. Kent Creek was great fun, the roughest ride I did while in Junction. Part of it is along a rocky creek bottom and the DR loved it.

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The Feed Lot Cafe in Leakey TX, recently featured in Texas Monthly's "40 Best Small Town Cafe's". Darned good catfish po'boy and friendly people. An unbelievable parade of Harley's, cruisers, vintage 1930's Model A's, classic bikes, and of course, Dual Sports. This is where we also received a very detailed local history lesson, complete with tales of Comanches, Rangers, and Buffalo hunters. A person could really get lost in all the history in this part of the country.

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The last (we thought) dirt of TAR 2009. Jeff and Tom after a fun run down Hackberry Road. I was in front at that point and got to scare off all the wild looking Axis Deer. Thanks Jeff for leading the ride and Tom for coming along!

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Happy and Tired.

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I thought the ride home was going to be another slab fest in the wind but Tom had other ideas. He mapped out a great finale for the weekend, starting with a good helping of dirt and gravel roads through some cool country, and ending up in Fredericksburg after by far the most fun tarmac I've ever been on. We put the hurtin on our chicken strips, knobbies and all. DirtBike Dave, Tom, Kim, and Primate.

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Happy and Dirty DR. I didn't think that mud puddle was that deep. Honest.

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Kim, Primate, DirtBikeDave, and Tom. The TWT veteran KLR guys were talking in Junction about how they didn't really want to go over 70 on the way home. I'm not sure what they meant, because they never dropped _below_ 70, especially on the dirt. Those guys were off the front every time! Great ride home. Thanks a bunch guys!

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Catching our breath at the beginning of Cypress Mill Road off of 281 for the final fun slab on the way home. Blowing like a sonofagun out. Just look at that tree will ya?

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Keeping the bike from blowing over. You'd think Suzuki would know how to build a kickstand by now.

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The After Picture and Final Shot of TAR 2009. The DR has met the enemy, and had a great time!
 
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We had a great time this year. Nice job, Richard and crew.

We arrived early enough Thursday to do Kimball East (11), then Triple Dirt (15) on Friday (more dirt needed), Dang that's a big water crossing (5) on Saturday, and finally Kimball east backwards Sunday AM. Our knobbies got a better workout this year and ride 5 has got to be the best thing down there if you're a dirt lover (we did chop off the middle pavement to Llano and found some more connecting dirt to catch the return loop). Nice dirt on several other rides but too much pavement in between for us. "Dang that's a big water crossing" lived up to its name even in the drought conditions down there. We crossed several dry river crossings on the way so I didn't know what to expect once we got to the big 'un. It still was big, but not over a foot deep and the slickest thing this 66 year old has been on. Owl snot has high traction compared to the route I picked across. I didn't make it 20 yards before going horizonal. No way I could get the bike to hold still for a re-mount, so I (humbly) walked it across. Even then, I thought I was going back down several times. Great fun! Everything I had got wet. My riding bud made it across using his long legs as outriggers. Mine don't go down far enough for that.

Here's just a few pics. Didn't get the camera out as much this time around. We did manage to get in 542 miles of maximum dirt/gravel/sand roads (prolly 65-70% non-pavement) so our grins were wide on the trip back home.

Bart at Sunday AM warm up stop.
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Dry river crossing on the way to the big one across James River.
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Fun road (ride 11).
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Easy crossing, fine road.
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Beautiful country
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Forgot the regular camera...so it's cell phone pics...

Mr. Longhorn came over to make sure we weren't peeing in his pasture


He wouldn't let me touch his horns...These cell phone cameras give an odd perspective sometimes.


Yeah we were all up early.


Some really gnarly trees out there


This road was high speed dirt.


See what I mean?


On the way out Thursday. Saving this one for a surprise day trip with the better half. Texas Hills Vineyards.


These guys chased me for about 250 yards along side the fence at a pretty good clip. Didn't think they could run that fast. They seemed a little ticked off...



Along Yeager Creek Road


This is a very fun paved back road. It's only about a 15 minute detour and it cuts out a highway section. Fine by me. Thursday was all about getting there and I only worked in this one back road on the way out.


Pretty meager photos but it's something! I know there are medium format photos out there somewhere! Tom(?) once you get the negatives processed I'd be interested in purchasing some prints.

Awesome time, 800 miles on the little 250cc KLX. I feel OK except for a weird cough goin' on. Anyone else who stayed at the Rodeway Inn get a little sick? I blame it on the air conditioners...not all that dust on Saturday...
 
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Dang Justin, those are pretty good for cell phone pics.

Woodrose is also a darned good winery in the Stonewall area if you're interested as well.
 

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That was John (with Dave as a packmule) with the real camera. I didn't get their last names though. Just two rooms down from me at the La Vista. From Houston. They stayed and rode on Sunday too. Not sure when they were heading home.
 

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Okay, just a teaser before I write up something better.

This is what it is all about
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Praying to the bump gate gods? Or waiting to scare the next group of riders?
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God's creatures, great and small (background), and I'm not zoomed it. I'm that close and could have gotten closer, but his horns wouldn't have fit in the picture.
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This was great. A mesquite tree, in spring, on a hot day.
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Continuing...

A short break prior to hitting the dirt gave us time to let some air out of our tires - always a good idea for increasing traction off-pavement.
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The highway department was doing a bit of work and had this giant saw blade digging a trench in the limestone. It was a big, impressive piece of machinery that generated more dust than all 5 of us generated all day long.
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Bullhead Road is just great fun. It starts off on the north end on top of a mesa, then drops down into a valley for several miles. Crisscrossing a dry creek bed multiple times, the road surface is mostly rock and limestone.
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There has been so little rain during the last 18 months that many of the low water crossings were dry. There was a dam on this creek so it was holding water still.
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Bullhead Rd eventually dumped us onto RR335 - one of the 3 twisted sisters. I couldn't resist stopping a short distance later for a shot of the roadside camel. I wouldn't walk a mile for a Camel, but I would take the time to stop and photograph one.
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Now it's time for the water photos. Let me explain - one of the most fun and scenic dirt roads in Texas was on our itinerary and it just happens to have a whole bunch of water crossings on it. Really wide crossings made of baby-head size rocks. Whenever I ride this road I can't help taking pics of the riders at the water crossings because the pics always come out pretty good. Today was no different and here's what I got.
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more to follow...
 
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Big THANK YOU to Richard, Connie and the crew for another great event
:clap::clap::clap:

I was busy getting down and dirty to take many pictures but here are three that sums up my TAR

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Great ride ,Great people, Until next time........................:clap:













 
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continuing...

This mysterious old wood house on Cedar Creek Rd is pretty interesting. It is in a great location if you want an out-in-the-sticks location with great scenery. For the first time I went inside to check it out and there was all sorts of Spanish written all over the walls. Stuff like dates, Mexican states, last names, things like that. I don't know why it's there, it just added to the mystery of this place.

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Jammin Jerry checking out the yard of that old house.
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Once we had fully enjoyed Cedar Creek and White Mountain Roads we headed to Junction. I had to go to work and help Mrs. Connie with TAR check-in. Here's some photos I snapped during the afternoon/evening.

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Ride-On sponsored TAR again this year. Dirtbike Dave handled the installation duties.

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Nothing like a good cigar after a full day of riding. Tricepilot exhibits fine technique and the proper cigar smoking attitude.
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Blind Yak, cool movie, did you take that with a camera on movie mode? I dont remember you with a video.
Yep, I shot the movie with my digital camera.
The movies are a little different from the pics and add a little something for me, especially when the sound track catches a little giggle or the excitement of the moment. I really wish I had my video going on my RAM mount when chasing you and dirt bike Dave. That would have been awesome. I hope I get to ride with you guys again sometime.
 

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You Guys are killing me and my HONDA TRANSLAP XL 600V TURBO DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM SUPERCHARGED FUEL EJACULATED DANG MOTORCYCLE
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Many thanks to Richard and the crew for a great 2009 TAR ,I had a blast and will look forward to next year .
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You Guys are killing me and my HONDA TRANSLAP
I almost continued the "Translap" tradition when referencing Rusty's cycle but thought better of it.... :zen:

Richard, thanks for dragging my front tire home, I'll try to get down to your place this weekend to recover it and Tom's little gas can if it made it. I went back over to tie it down in your trailer but you guys had already bolted!

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I can't get pictures to post like you guys. I can only do attachments. How do you do it Texas DR? Or anyone else.
Since you are a forum supporter, you can upload images to the TWT forum gallery and link to them from there. Look at the menu bar at the top of any page and click on "Photo Gallery". You will see an option to "Upload Photos" near the top right. Click on that and it will already have "Member Galleries" as the category selected. Then locate up to 10 photos at a time & it will store them in the gallery under your name. You can add titles and comments for each one on the second page of the upload process.

Finally, to link to them, open your gallery and click on the photo you want to link to. This will bring up a larger version of the picture. Under it is a line marked "UBBCode:" - copy this line and past it into the thread where you want the photo to appear (like this one). I usually have one window open where I am composing my reply and another open with the gallery so I can find the photos and grab the links.

Hope that helps...
 
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Route from Junction to Austin

Quick update on charting out the route from Junction to Austin. I am still working on it. I'm trying to make sure I get the road names correct by comparing "2008 Roads of Texas", Google Maps and Yahoo Maps. So far it seems Yahoo is more accurate that Google for the ranch roads.

It only took me about 30 mins to look at pages 119, 120 and 121 and chart the route over breakfast on Sunday but we just figured it out as we were driving along. It's a whole other ballgame to actually try to write the route based on the memory of the road names we actually took and coincide them with the actual map so that someone can follow the map but be aware of the real names of the roads since they are not accurate.

Give me a few more days and I'll have it knocked out.

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Okay, I'm back and ready to continue the story. We left off at sign up on Thursday night...

The breakfast buffet kicked off at 6 a.m. and so Connie and I decided to set up out front of the restaurant the first thing in the morning to check in those who had arrived too late to register the night before and to see a breakfast ticket to anyone who needed it.

We had 1 problem. The motel alarm clock was giving us problems. I set it the night before, but come morning, it didn't go off.

I knew it was morning but I didn't know what time it was so I blearily opened my eyes and looked at the alarm clock. It was 6:96 a.m.
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"Holy Moly, Connie!" I shouted. "We're late."
"What time is it?" she replied tiredly from somewhere beneath the covers.
"It's 6:96. We've got to get moving now."
"6:96?"
"Yep and we don't have time to waste."

By the time her mind had processed the time, she was already out of bed and moving.

Breakfast as Isaack's was its usual goodness. Mmmmm, bacon. :eat:
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Breakfast is just a good time to plan the day's ride.
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It's almost too early to smile. Almost...
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AlphaDog appears to be a morning person. Hi, Lori. :wave:
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With breakfast done and the riders meeting complete it was time to ride.
 
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The Infamous Bull Incident of 2009
or

The Bull, El Matador, and the Rodeo Dual Sport Clown

My little group of 3 headed west for Old Junction Road. I knew from experience that this was a popular road so I expected to see one or two other groups today on this route.

Sure enough, as we rode west a couple of riders on BMW GSs passed us (my group wasn't moving quite as fast as the big GS bikes). But, those 2 guys had never been here before and weren't sure of the way. They would get ahead of us then pull over to check the map, during which time we would zip past them, honking a horn at them in the process.

After an hour of leap frog, we arrived at Old Junction Road first; the first group of the day to get here. It was time for a smoke break, so I pulled to the side of the road and dismounted.

I spotted it instantly - a 3000 lb bull blocking the road just ahead. A big, mean looking 3000 lb terror. Blocking the road we would have to ride, the road there was no way around. And the bull didn't look to be in any mood to move. And I sure wasn't in any mood to mess with him. He was one big son-of-a-........gun.

Look here, you dirty dual sport riders. This here is my road and the law of gross tonnage won't be denied.
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Hmmmm, thinks I. Those BMW riders ought to be along shortly.....


"Crikey, Rich! Look at the size of that big son-of-a-......gun up ahead."
"Yes, I see him. Be patient, I have a plan."
"Does your plan include a medic or an ambulance?"

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Oh, look, here come those BMW riders now.

The blasted by us like we were standing still....

Then they spotted the bull. But it was too late. They were on the black behemoth and it was too late to do anything but go for it.

The bull appeared to more startled than the riders. He watched in stunned silence and stillness as the first rider went by and then his little bull brain kicked into gear and he jumped about 2 feet into the air and lunged toward the 2nd rider.

The 2nd rider excecuted an immediate evasive action to the left while simultaneously calling down to Scotty in the engine room to crank up the dilithimum crystals for warp power right now or we are all dead.

Just like that, both riders were by the bull and out of range.

Meanwhile, the bull was pretty excited but still not sure exactly what he should do. So, he elected to remain standing in the middle of the road.

Along about this time, another group of riders showed up. A group of about 9 riders.

Wow, this was really getting more interesting by the minute.
 

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I won't ruin the story, but I'm still kicking myself for not whipping out my camera and putting it in movie mode...I was leading the group of 9 he refers to...and wearing a bright orange jacket.
 

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Well, I'm bright enough to stop when I see someone with a camera waiting by the side of the road and looking further down it. What followed it one of the funniest and somewhat scariest sequence of events I've seen. Definitely the scariest one where there was no beer involved.
 
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Well, I'm bright enough to stop when I see someone with a camera waiting by the side of the road and looking further down it. What followed it one of the funniest and somewhat scariest sequence of events I've seen. Definitely the scariest one where there was no beer involved.
I'd bet a dollar to a doughnut that the bull was more friendly than the old sheriff I stopped to say hello to!
Next time down there,I aint stopping unless they turn the rollers on.
 
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I wonder if you got to talk to the same deputy our group got to talk to? He gave us all a bunch of hassle over next to nothing. I think it made his day to give us grief. I was also told the Sheriff wants to hear about incidents like this but this guy had no ID showing and I didn't want to possibly set him off by asking for anything.
But, it didn't ruin our great weekend one bit. Had a great time as usual. Although with young guys like Rusty, Richard, Dirt Bike Dave, etc. around it makes me feel my age.
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That sounds like another interesting story. :popcorn:
I was there when Jack stopped to speak with the Sherrif's deputy. I stopped to listen to the conversation. This guy was itchin' for a fight (the sherrif, not Jack). He had contepmt and disdain in his voice as he complained about us "silly motorcyclers" trespassing, wasting gasoline and acting silly. Jack assured him it was not our party who were guilty of any of these capital offenses. The sherrif immediately retorted he just witnessed our buddy riding by while "standing-up" (the horror!); in his mind, proof that we were irreverent hooligans. A real classy guy.

Barney Fife lives.
 

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Just a quick note to say that I enjoyed reading through this thread. I've been fighting off the KLR itch nicely so far, but these kinds of ride report do not help in the slightest.
 
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He had contepmt and disdain in his voice as he complained about us "silly motorcyclers" trespassing, wasting gasoline and acting silly. Jack assured him it was not our party who were guilty of any of these capital offenses. The sherrif immediately retorted he just witnessed our buddy riding by while "standing-up" (the horror!); in his mind, proof that we were irreverent hooligans.
:lol2: That is hilarious.
 
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I wonder if you got to talk to the same deputy our group got to talk to? He gave us all a bunch of hassle over next to nothing. I think it made his day to give us grief. I was also told the Sheriff wants to hear about incidents like this but this guy had no ID showing and I didn't want to possibly set him off by asking for anything.
But, it didn't ruin our great weekend one bit. Had a great time as usual. Although with young guys like Rusty, Richard, Dirt Bike Dave, etc. around it makes me feel my age.
Robert
He was an old guy,probably in his early 70's. White hair,wispy mustache. And Stan is right,he was itchin for a fight,but he wasn't gittin nothing out of me. I was pretty used up from the previous day's activities!I basically just ended the conversation and rode off.
He didn't even come close to ruining my weekend,I was having way too much fun. Just wish I'd stayed longer. I will be back down there as soon as possible.

Richard,6:96 is ok,but personally I like 9:49!
 
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Route from Junction to Austin to the best of my memory

I was asked to chart the route we took from Junction to Austin. I tried to combine "The Roads of Texas", Google Maps and Yahoo Maps to get the correct road names. Because "The Road of Texas" map is what Richard recommends I tried really hard to make sure all road names match what is in "The Roads of Texas" Maps on pages 119, 120 and 121.

If a road can possibly have two names I will list them both like this: Road Name (Alternate Name)

From The Hills Motel 1520 Main St.; Junction, TX 76849

Main (481) Southeast to Martinez St (Ranch Rd 2169) Turn Left

Ranch Rd 2169 Southeast to CR410 (Holden Hollow) Turn Left

At this point the maps are a little conflicting. :doh: The goal is to get to 385.
From comparing "The Roads of Texas", Google Maps and Yahoo Maps here is my best guess at the road names.

Follow CR410 east past the first two lefts until you come to the first "Y".

Stay to the left on CR410. (The right part of the "Y" should be CR411 but stay on CR410)

CR410 will eventually turn to the left, going north past CR412 but stay on CR410.

CR410 will eventually turn to the right again going east past CR322 but stay on CR410.

CR410 will "T" at CR420 (Blue Mountain Rd), Turn Left going North and Blue Mountain Rd will intersect with 385 (Ranch Rd 385)

385 Southeast to CR430 (Mill Creek or James River Rd) Turn Left going North

Take firt right on Salt Branch (CR 4301 or E Mill Rd) going east

Stay on Lower Salt Branch Rd (Salt Branch Loop or Eckert) Southeast to 783

Cross 783. Salt Branch Loop becomes Langes Mill Rd to Lehmann Rd Turn Left (first left) going Southeast again

Follow Lehmann Rd (Crosses Jack Rabbit Rd) to what will seem like a "T" and Turn Left onto Doss-Cherry Spring Rd going Northeast

Doss-Cherry Spring Rd will cross 87 and become Cherry Spring Road going East by Southeast

Continue on Cherry Spring Road to Ranch Rd 2323 and Turn Right (South) and take a near immediate Left on Schneider Moellering Rd going Southeast again

Schneider Moellering Rd will "T" at Gypsum Mine Rd. Turn Left going Southwest

Gypsum Mine Rd will become Cherry Mountain Loop. Continue South

Cherry Mountain Loop will "T" at 87. Turn Left and take 87 into Fredericksburg

Once in Fredericksburg 87 will become 290 (W Main St) going East

Take W Main St to E Main St through most of the town until you reach 1631 and Turn Left going Northeast

Take 1631 East and it will become 2721 continuing East

Take 2721 East to FM-1320 and Turn Left going Northeast

FM-1320 East will become FM-1323 in the city of Sandy, continue East

Take FM-1323 will "T" at 281. Turn Left going North

Take 281 North to Cypress Mill Rd and Turn Left going East

Take Cypress Mill Rd East to 962 and Turn right going East again

962 will become Hamilton Pool Rd (3238) continue East

Take Hamilton Rd to 71 and Turn Right going East again.

From 71 you can take either 620 into Austin or Bee Caves Rd (2244) into Austin

Happy Trails!! :rider:

Now what would be really awesome is if someone reversed the directions so we can take it next year to the 2010 TAR!! :trust:
 
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Re: Route from Junction to Austin to the best of my memory

I was asked to chart the route we took from Junction to Austin. I tried to combine "The Roads of Texas", Google Maps and Yahoo Maps to get the correct road names. Because "The Road of Texas" map is what Richard recommends I tried really hard to make sure I gave all road names to try and match what is in "The Roads of Texas" Maps.

If a road can possibly have two names I will list them both like this: Road Name (Alternate Name)

From The Hills Motel 1520 Main St.; Junction, TX 76849

.........

From 71 you can take either 620 into Austin or Bee Caves Rd (2244) into Austin

Happy Trails!! :rider:

Now what would be really awesome is if someone reversed the directions so we can take it next year to the 2010 TAR!! :trust:

It is obvious you put a lot of effort into reconstructing the route.
Thanks, I am going to try and translate your route into a Garmin data base.
Once into MapSource, it will be available for next year.
Thanks again.
 
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I know I should let this slide, but let's do the math for a second. Say 175 people showed up and by Junction's own estimation we spend $250 - $300 each, right? And who knows how much (if any?) they charged Richard for the banquet hall, etc. I'd say we easily dropped $45k - $50k in that town over one weekend, and I don't know about you, but I'd say we left the place as clean or cleaner than when we got there. We probably paid that guy's salary for the next 6 months. Give me a break. Somebody should right a polite letter to their newspaper and explain things to him. Maybe next year I'll stay in Rocksprings :angryfire

Ok I feel better now.

I was there when Jack stopped to speak with the Sherrif's deputy. I stopped to listen to the conversation. This guy was itchin' for a fight (the sherrif, not Jack). He had contepmt and disdain in his voice as he complained about us "silly motorcyclers" trespassing, wasting gasoline and acting silly. Jack assured him it was not our party who were guilty of any of these capital offenses. The sherrif immediately retorted he just witnessed our buddy riding by while "standing-up" (the horror!); in his mind, proof that we were irreverent hooligans. A real classy guy.

Barney Fife lives.
 
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