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2014 Around the Bend - a "Super" Ride in Big Bend

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Riders,

The 2014 Around the Bend rally is now in the history books and I'm enjoying a post rally beer. :sun: I thought it was a "Super" event.



Please share your ride report and pictures.
 
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Thanks for the tons of effort put in by Richard, his wife, all the volunteers, and rest of the crew for this great event. Lonestar BMW put up some great door prizes, http://www.lonestarcycle.com/, and the awards for the Challenge and Adventure ride were awesome!

We had the honor of Uncle' his-self setting down with us and chatting, telling us how this started as a little ole' ride and now grown into an epic Terlingua event.

The expanded route included some incredible dirt roads, with everything you could ask for with sweepers, sand, and rolling hills. We were able to practice a lot of dual sport riding techniques on this road since it had great line of sight and let you could set up left/right combos.

Our crew included ThumperGirl, JetDR21, SWAanimal, and UlyBrad, along with about 5-6 others that tagged along. JetDR was sporting an awesome new KTM 500!

We started out cloudy and a bit overcast, but perfect riding weather the bikes were happy!

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BlackGap was earlier, good to get the roughest done sooner!

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Here is our HERO of Uncles! This awesome dude, 19 years old, rode 750 miles to Uncles, did both the Challenge and Adventure, and rode back home! A true inspiration......he handled everything Uncles threw at him!

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Here he is, the HERO!

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Maybe I should get out of the way....

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ThumperGirl makes her approach! What an awesome day for her, the goal was to finish all 200 miles and she did it! No matter going down a few times, she pulled through to the finish.

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Back at our campsite!

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ThumperGirl and UlyBrad completed the Challenge, and the next day we spent some time railing, some of the Challenge route back roads, fantastic stuff!

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Tasty way to end our first day, just outside of Terlingua.

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Some worn out bikes and riders!

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Beautiful end to a fantastic weekend!

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My troubles are fairly well known by now. Hung back for a long time to assist a rider on a street tired DL-1000 then terminally broke down on Black Gap. Still had a great time including a visit to Marfa;

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Dropped off some dog treats to Spirit

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Hiked the Cattail Falls with Elzi

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And met this gnarly adventurer on his Postie on Black Gap, he was thrilled that I knew what a Postie was and stopped to chat for a while (since I wasn't going anywhere by that time).

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This was found by the "Dirt Crawlers Duo", aka Bob and Nadeem at the River Road.

If you are missing it and would like it back, PM me.

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From mobile
 

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Silverbullit, Me, RollingJ and Dirtorslab. I had a great time , and made some new friends. :)


Signatures ???? We don't need no stinking signatures !!!!!
 
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Any word on the rider air lifted to Odessa?
I talked to his buddy before he left yesterday and I'm not sure if he is active on the board so here is what he said. Reiner (sp?) was already making facebook posts about the hospital food he was eating so he must feeling ok or really bored or both. Damage was a broken pelvis, some ribs and a punctured lung. Maybe a shoulder too but I'm not certain on that part. They inserted a chest tube and he was going to have to spend four days in Odessa and then could be transferred home to El Paso.
 
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How many people went down hard? I biffed it pretty hard on Bofecillos Rd. crossing a small wash filled with pea size gravel. It was pretty deep and had some big rocks that were covered up. I think I hit one going about 30 to 35 mph. I went down very quickly, and very violently. My buddy got it on his GoPro, so I will post a link to that when he gets it edited. The bike sustained some plastic damage, but the crash bars saved the radiator I'm sure. Picked it up, straightened the handle bars and carried on. A little sorer, a little wiser.
 
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I had to withdraw (no quit) the desert challenge, my bike was a little to heavy and riding it alone was not fun, next year I hope to be more "team" prepare.
The adventure challenge was more suitable for lone wolf riding and I had a blast specially the ranch section, here is my bike.
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And here a photo of a sunset in Terlingua.
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Enjoy the ride with you JMZ, I hope we can repeat soon :clap:
 
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I wanted to take this opportunity to do a shout out to TWTourist (aka Dave) that devoted much of his time helping others instead of getting to ride.

On Thursday, TWTourist was riding in the state park and came across SoloRider on Hwy 169 that had just experienced a blowout on his truck. Of course, Dave stopped his ride to help.

Then returning to Terlingua, he encounter me alongside hwy 170 and my Russian piece of do-do was broken down. Of course, TWTourist stopped to help. I had some sort of short and was blowing fuses frequently so TWTourist rode back to town to get me some more fuses.

On Saturday, TWTourist partnered with a less experienced rider for the Adventure Challenge. The less experienced rider was not able to complete the challenge. Because TWTourist is a good person and a good friend, he stayed with the inexperienced rider. TWTourist paid for the challenge and had the skills to earn a completion certificate but getting a certificate was not his priority. His priority was to his fellow riders.

I just felt the need to give TWTourist some special recognition as one of those that make this group of TWTers great.
 
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What is that behind Brad's shoulder? Is he now packing a walking stick/cane as standard gear for his DS rides? :-P :lol2:
Yes, Brad decided that was a needed injury farkle to have on hand just in case! And if he breaks the kick stand on his bike again, could serve as one in a pinch!
 

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We ran across oddfellow on his xr650r with a hung float on old ore now. I unkowingly had lost my tool bag and as I was slowing down to stop for him, the end of my racthet strap threw my chain off :doh: and I came to a quicker stop than intended :clap: Luckily he had the tools to put my chain back on :clap: Then I was able to ride back and find my tool bag .
 

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I don't... what happened?
Although not TWTourist, I also hung back for most of the morning to help a guy attempting the Challenge on a DL-1000 with street tires. He probably dropped the bike at least 20 times on River Road, once even on a hill, straight into the rock garden, after which I had to ride it out for him. He was getting increasingly distressed, tired (as was I after helping him pick this beast up so many times), dehydrated and had cut his mouth. I eventually persuaded him to wait by the trail for the sweep team and recover.

So I head off, finally getting to enjoy the beautiful weather and trails. Hah Kemo-Sabe, this was not to last! About 8 miles into Black Gap the bike started stalling on me, finally dying on that gnarly little loose hill. I managed to get it to the top and after checking the usual suspects to no avail, told Ralph who was with me at the time, to head off & let Uncle know I was stranded.

Since I had loooooots of time I stripped the bike down and found I had no spark at all. Checked all the electrics but nothing seemed obvious but by now I have a flat battery too (I'm actually thinking my charging system is weak or defective although it meters fine).

After hanging by the trail for a couple of hours a family in a Toyota 4WD pickup stopped and offered me a lift. We had to re-arrange their entire load but got the bike in and I settled down in the bed, under a kayak sun shade, for the long ride to Rio Grande Village. Actually it was very pleasant lying back in the shade and I found myself nodding off! About that time the sweep crew caught up with me and after reassuring them I was 100% OK just chilling in the truck, they headed off.

After a couple of hours at Rio Grande uncle and Elzi showed up with the trailer and we made the long trek home underneath a beautiful sunset.

So...long story short, not much mileage (63 total) and no award for me, but that's why they call it Adventure Riding!

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On Saturday, TWTourist partnered with a less experienced rider for the Adventure Challenge. The less experienced rider was not able to complete the challenge. Because TWTourist is a good person and a good friend, he stayed with the inexperienced rider. TWTourist paid for the challenge and had the skills to earn a completion certificate but getting a certificate was not his priority. His priority was to his fellow riders.

I just felt the need to give TWTourist some special recognition as one of those that make this group of TWTers great.
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Although not TWTourist, I also hung back for most of the morning to help a guy attempting the Challenge on a DL-1000 with street tires. He probably dropped the bike at least 20 times on River Road, once even on a hill, straight into the rock garden, after which I had to ride it out for him. He was getting increasingly distressed, tired (as was I after helping him pick this beast up so many times), dehydrated and had cut his mouth. I eventually persuaded him to wait by the trail for the sweep team and recover.



So I head off, finally getting to enjoy the beautiful weather and trails. Hah Kemo-Sabe, this was not to last! About 8 miles into Black Gap the bike started stalling on me, finally dying on that gnarly little loose hill. I managed to get it to the top and after checking the usual suspects to no avail, told Ralph who was with me at the time, to head off & let Uncle know I was stranded.



Since I had loooooots of time I stripped the bike down and found I had no spark at all. Checked all the electrics but nothing seemed obvious but by now I have a flat battery too (I'm actually thinking my charging system is weak or defective although it meters fine).



After hanging by the trail for a couple of hours a family in a Toyota 4WD pickup stopped and offered me a lift. We had to re-arrange their entire load but got the bike in and I settled down in the bed, under a kayak sun shade, for the long ride to Rio Grande Village. Actually it was very pleasant lying back in the shade and I found myself nodding off! About that time the sweep crew caught up with me and after reassuring them I was 100% OK just chilling in the truck, they headed off.



After a couple of hours at Rio Grande uncle and Elzi showed up with the trailer and we made the long trek home underneath a beautiful sunset.



So...long story short, not much mileage (63 total) and no award for me, but that's why they call it Adventure Riding!



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I saw that guy on river road just after he dropped it in some sand. My question is , why would you bring a strom on a ride like that. :( ? I have one and there is NO way I would do it. There are plenty of roads in the area that I would like to ride on my strom but not the desert challenge .
Personally I feel there were people not prepared for the ride physically and mechanically. I might be out of line with that but it's just the way I feel. I do realize anything can happen even to even the best riders though. Sorry if I offended any one.


Signatures ???? We don't need no stinking signatures !!!!!
 
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I wanted to take this opportunity to do a shout out to TWTourist (aka Dave) that devoted much of his time helping others instead of getting to ride.

On Saturday, TWTourist partnered with a less experienced rider for the Adventure Challenge. The less experienced rider was not able to complete the challenge. Because TWTourist is a good person and a good friend, he stayed with the inexperienced rider. TWTourist paid for the challenge and had the skills to earn a completion certificate but getting a certificate was not his priority. His priority was to his fellow riders.

I just felt the need to give TWTourist some special recognition as one of those that make this group of TWTers great.
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Dave rode well on a 2012 V-Strom Adventure with 90/10 street tires. Yes, he could have made it easily without me trailing behind. After going down three times in a few hundred yards in a deep gravel section, I lost any confidence I may have had. The heavy Tenere ended up laying on right foot once and left leg twice. The last time the pannier corner was mashing my calf. As Dave said, my pucker factor had gotten too high. He was having a great time and had to slow down every few miles and let me catch up. Thanks Dave, it was quite a ride until that gravel section.

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You need to use the IMG code in the lower right corner of the Photobucket screen when viewing the image you want to include in your post.

The links above don't actually link to an image file.

Oh, I also fixed your previous post with the images of TWTourist ;-)
 
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Well I wouldn't take hero to seriously lol but thanks for the congrats I had the time of my life


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I definitely had a great time and would like to thank everyone who helped with the event.

I had little to no drama on the KLR. The only issue I had was getting my speedometer cable wrapped up in my spokes. Thankfully that was all that broke
I didn't drop it at all during the rally(first time to accomplish that) and finish in just under 10 hours. Unfortunately I was not able to stay and collect me collect my certificate but it really doesn't matter anyway. I had fun and was able to ride home.


And sorry DoctorXRR for almost running you over. It is a good picture though!
 
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Kudos to TWTourest! That seems to be the prevalent attitude with everybody. The comradery is the most important thing. Good people all around.


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Great event as always. Thank you Richard and Connie! It was great to see a bunch of friends. I hope to be back for Richard event in October in Austin. I am going back to Guatemala tomorrow then riding to Costa Rica and beyond... around Easter. Anyone interested in guided tours in Guatemala and Central America shoot me a PM.
 

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I wanted to take this opportunity to do a shout out to TWTourist (aka Dave) that devoted much of his time helping others instead of getting to ride.

...His priority was to his fellow riders.

I just felt the need to give TWTourist some special recognition as one of those that make this group of TWTers great.
Dave, it was nice riding with you on Friday through BBNP. Here's a shot of you at Boquillas Canyon...

 
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And sorry DoctorXRR for almost running you over. It is a good picture though!
No worries, I tried to get a good angle but ended up on the wrong end of target fixation!

Enjoyed hanging out with you and catching a good Mexican dinner after. You handled the big KLR great all the way through! Welcome to Big Bend!
 

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Myself, JMZ (AKA Hannibal), Dirtorslab, Silverbullet- outside the bunkhouse in the State Park on Thursday.
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Silverbullet looking moody
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Some trail-
If you slide your bike far enough and fast enough at this rock...
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You get this...
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And if you have Quicksteel, some electrical tape to back up the fix while it cures, and some friends to run back to the truck for the oil you brought but forgot to put in your bag you do this...
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I rode it out and rode the rest of the weekend.

Friends telling tales-
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More later, these pics are by JMZ.
 
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As we left Marfa Dave stopped to see if Tricepilot needed any help. I imagine the back wheel was balanced better without the tire spoon in it.

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Friday we followed a trail up Santa Elena Canyon. Had me breathing hard for awhile.

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Camilo coming up a hairpin into Panther Junction.


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Fred had more fun going through the corners standing up.

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Guessing Nadeem has to clean bugs off when he gets home.

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Our legendary Campmeister, Beemerless Bob.
 

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Myself, JMZ (AKA Hannibal), Dirtorslab, Silverbullet- outside the bunkhouse in the State Park on Thursday.
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Dirtorslab
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Silverbullet looking moody
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Some trail-
If you slide your bike far enough and fast enough at this rock...
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You get this...
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And if you have Quicksteel, some electrical tape to back up the fix while it cures, and some friends to run back to the truck for the oil you brought but forgot to put in your bag you do this...
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I rode it out and rode the rest of the weekend.

Friends telling tales-
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More later, these pics are by JMZ.
I got more upset when I found the banana in my tool bag had exploded all over everything than Joel did after his clutch broke :eek2: :giveup: :doh:


:clap: :clap: :clap: You are the MAN Joel :hail: :hail: :hail: :hail:
 

izz

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Our Uncles weekend started in Mexico on Thursday, we were just onto the trail when we saw this, was this an omen like in the Bugs Bunny cartoon when the skull and crossbones are talking to him out in the desert...maybe it's not safe here...maybe we should turn back...

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Riders,

For all of you that struggled with the 10 miles of sand/silt on River Road, I present...

...
Milton's Sand Riding Clinic

Step 1: Come in hot


Step 2: Stay on the Gas and Let the bike find its way


Step 3: Don't panic if the bike changes course - stay on the gas


Step 4: Dab your foot if needed, but stay on the gas


Step 5: Stay committed while providing gentle yet firm riding inputs


Step 6: Stay on the gas

And don't forget, make sure the photographer has his camera on motor drive. :clap:

This concludes Milton's Sand Riding Clinic.
 
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If you ride a KTM, then the previous sand riding technique does not apply. Instead you have a different technique you must use. TricePilot Bob demonstrates:

Step 1: Stand up in the Attack Position. Stay on the Gas.


Step 2: Keep riding


Step 3: Stop at Step 2 - Ho, Hum, there is no drama riding a KTM in the sand. It just motors through.

 

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I could fix the clutch cover. That banana was gone forever!
Good fix on the cover; nothing like good partners to go fetch what you forgot.:sun:

Bananas are not dualsport tough in a backpack much less a tool pack.:lol2:

These are the things that make rides memorable. :clap:
 
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I want to thank Richard, Connie and all the others that worked to put together one awesome event. This was our first year and we were very impressed with the organization, Location, hospitality and especially the food....every meal was incredible....My first experience in Big Bend was awesome and I cant wait to return year after year....
 

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