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2017 Around the Bend

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Riders,

Please share your stories and pictures from the 2017 Around the Bend rally in this thread.
 
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Many thanks to Richard, JT, and Gina and everyone who came out to the ride. It was another great year of great friendships renewed and great riding.
 

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This was my 2nd Round the Bend, and JQ1.0's 3rd.

We got in Wednesday afternoon, and put 40 miles of just wandering around the Terlingua area. Made some tentative plans for Thursday with COPB8 and retired to the Chisos Mining Company Motel.

Thursday morning we met about 45 minutes early for breakfast (Chile Pepper Cafe doesn't open until 8!)
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Decided we would head out on the adventure challenge loop which we had on GPS from prior years. COPB8 and two other riders joined for a group of 5 riders (sorry I'm terrible with names, JQ1.0 will probably remember them). KLR650, 2 DR650s, KTM 690, and KTM 450.

We took old Maverick to Santa Elena Canyon and COPB8 and I hiked up to the viewpoint. I have better pics but not on my phone.. Will try to post them later.
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Continued on to ride River Road and Black Gap, and then went on into Rio Grande Village. River road was looser in places than I recalled from my previous trips, and I can see where it would cause some frustration for a less experienced rider. We lost one of our riders at the start of Black Gap (Joe??- I think he just decided to run some other roads- he let COPB8 know he was splitting off). We made good time without pushing too hard, and it was a great ride.

One other rider (Mike?) decided he'd rather head back than mess with Old Ore and the ranch roads in 100 degree heat. JQ1.0, COPB8, and I decided to go to the Chisos Basin and hike the Window Trail (COPB8 in motorcycle boots JQ1.0 and I in regular boots).

Window Trail is a 5 mile (I'll let COPB8 validate the actual mileage) hike with about 1000ft elevation change. Unfortunately it is all downhill on the way down, so the return hike is a killer. There were lots of rest stops on the climb out.....

The paved road to/from the Basin is a really nice ride by itself- lots of elevation and turns. Not a racing road, just fun. On the way out, we killed our engines and coasted for a few miles - have never done that for any period of time before, and I thought it was really neat. There is a rumor that one of us may have ridden a lot of it with no hands as well...

Friday is a bit more story, will make separate post (hint: need to figure out how to link gory pics so they dont show automatically.)
 
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Many thanks to Richard, JT, and Gina and everyone who came out to the ride. It was another great year of great friendships renewed and great riding.
Just like he said. Always amazed at the time and effort people will pit in to make a great time for others. As a bonus I got to meet the "legend" quoted above as well... Just a great trip.
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Thanks Richard, JT and Gina for making this ride possible.
This was my first time to Big Bend on a motorcycle. I had a great time.
Thanks also to Richard (TexasAdventure.net) for the guide and tracks, I consider a must
for riders unfamiliar with the area.
I got there 8:15am Thursday and stared the Big Loop, by myself. I went around clockwise,
Old Ore Road, East River Road, West River Road, then Old Maverick Road, 167 miles, took about 6-1/2 hours.
Friday I went with 5 guys to do the Pinto Canyon route. Changed my front tube
in Ruidosa(thanks Scott and Traxx for help). Beautiful scenery to Presidio. 250 miles.
Saturday did the Hen Egg run foward and back, 65 miles. Got another front flat
about the time I got back, so I was done. The KLR did a great job.
Got some video, hopefully to post later.
 
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Thank you to Gina, JT, Richard, and any others that may have been involved for a really fun event. My first time out with the group and I really enjoyed the shared passion for two-wheeled fun.

Scott
 

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Thanks to everyone that help organize this ride. Great time!
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:tab Welcome out of lurk mode!

Had a fun ride from Terlingua to Maverick and River road all way to Rio Grande
Pavement back to Terlingua
"Sally" made 150 miles without a beat
Was fun
:tab Can you email me the full size copy of that shot of you posing in front of the Black Gap Road sign? If you don't mind, I'd like to include it in the forum front page rotation of images.

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Had a fun ride from Terlingua to Maverick and River road all way to Rio Grande
Pavement back to Terlingua
"Sally" made 150 miles without a beat
Was fun
Oh my gosh! I saw you several times and didn't realize you were part of the rally. I just figured you were another one of those crazy local hipsters who'd been in the heat too long! :-P

Doing that ride in that wind on Friday afternoon should get you some kind of award! :clap:
 

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3 hours of hiking in MX boots in almost 100 degree heat on Thursday netted this cruddy picture of 'The Window'.

Next time I'll take MasterBlaster's advise and just google it on the *@$@ internet.

 
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Had a great time and was fortunate to ride with a great bunch of guys. I posted the few photos I have at Imgur so I don't clog up the board. You can download the full size image if you like. View them here http://imgur.com/a/EdtoL Will post video as soon as I get a chance to edit it.
 
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Yep decided to ride alone No-one wants to go that slow with me ����
 
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Had a fun ride from Terlingua to Maverick and River road all way to Rio Grande
Pavement back to Terlingua
"Sally" made 150 miles without a beat
Was fun
Awesome pictures Ben!!! Looks like you had a fantastic ride. I was camped next to you. Great meeting and talking to you.
 

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Great. Meeting all of you, great riding, enjoyed visiting the real southwest again, its been too long. Gotta say that food at the Starlight was a pleasant unexpected suprise.
 

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What an awesome weekend & a huge vote of thanks to all the organizers, I know how much work it takes to put on an event like this.

I saw old friends, made new friends, ate well, drank well, rode at my usual average level & found out that the new Husqvarna is a much better bike than I am a rider but we kept the uptime at 100%. It was a bit of Swedish orgy I have to say, with 3 of Stockholm's finest exports since Agnetha Fältskog flying the yellow & blue in Terlingua.

We pretty much rode every road in the park & then some.

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1658 miles on the truck, most pulling the RV
Barrels of gasoline to get there
Three days travel for three days riding
Getting to ride and spend time with old friends and new.
Worth it!
 

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I already posted a few of my pics from Thursday - here is my full imgur album for this trip (excluding the "gory" pics - that is the next post):
http://imgur.com/a/fuoxM (feel free to share/post these wherever - lots of pics, mostly rear facing helmet cam)

Friday we decided to do the top part of the Adventure Challenge route - North County, Hen Egg Road, South County, Old Ore, and then follow some of the same tracks as Thursday but in the opposite direction. We got an early start, and made excellent time.

We started off with myself, JQ1.0, COPB8, kubotamiketx, DLDR, and two other riders who are on the forum but not active (and I believe I've already pointed out that I am terrible with names). Had a lot of fun through the first section but unfortunately kubotamiketx had a relatively fast "slow leak" in his rear tire, so he decided to duck out after North County Road and took pavement back in to Study Butte.

After North County Road, the pavement to get to the good roads in the ranch is fairly boring to ride at the speed limit, but we don't want to lose access, so we suffered through it. Once off on the dirt, it was much more fun (especially when you are in front and don't have to worry about DUST).

JQ1.0 and I were really in sync, keeping a very good pace through the gravel and rock sections while he was mostly less than 25 feet behind me and in the other wheel track (except for corners). Everybody else was spread out quite a bit more, because only the 2nd guy can stay close enough to stay out of the dust. After that, you're kind of screwed. Some of the gravel sections were pretty interesting, and of course the scenery is always awesome.

COPB8 wanted to make sure he got some video of Old Ore Road, so he took the front (dust-free) position when we started that section. I think he was tired of being behind us, because he certainly led a spirited pace when he got in front of me, but we kept pace with each other well. Unfortunately, his KTM got sleepy after a couple of limited sight corners (don't you hate when your bike lays down for a nap?), and he relinquished the lead about 2/3 of the way through. I think it was probably so that I could slow him down a little. Foreshadowy moment - JQ1.0 commented after the KTM's first nap, something to the effect of "now that you've gone down, I won't feel bad when I do".

Those little plants on the side of the road have some sharp pointy parts, but they don't kill the smile:
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Had 2 great days riding. Thanks JT, Gina and Richard for putting this together.

This is the way I found my bike when my boys parked it in my shop after hauling it back from Study Butte. Such thoughtful young men. Can't wait to thank them in person.
 

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And now, the Rest of the Story:

Heads up - the pictures linked here are a little graphic, hence I ask that you do not link them publicly on facebook, etc. Show whoever you want to, email them, we don't care, but it's not the kind of stuff everybody wants to see.

Pics:
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About 5 miles from the end of Old Ore Road, I took the lead again, and we started off well enough. JQ1.0 was behind me, but not right on my tail as before, because the terrain was a bit rougher now (although nothing that should give either of us problems). We ride together a lot, and generally if he falls much behind, he hangs back a fair amount to stay out of the dust, and it's also a bit easier to read the terrain if you can watch the rider in front of you. So I didn't worry much when I didn't see him for a few corners.

Eventually, I stopped on a longer straight and I knew it was taking a bit longer for him to catch up than normal, so I killed the bike and didn't hear any engines behind me. Uh-oh - time to backtrack. It's not the first time I've done this, and the farther you backtrack the more worried you get, because it means that the group has been stopped for a long time, which usually indicates a more serious problem. I backtracked for a few minutes, and then here comes JQ1.0 around the corner. He signaled he was OK and I waved him by. When I turned around I noticed that his saddlebag had come loose, so when he stopped to let me lead, I pulled up next to him, re-strapped his bungee cord, and asked him what happened. He told me "some little old man jumped out in front of me with a stop sign, so we had to take a little pit stop". So on we go - I know the old man, so I figured he had fallen down, but you never know, it could have been a bathroom break.

About 15 minutes or so later we got to the pavement and went on into Rio Grande Village. I filled up my bike and parked it, then came back to the store and waited for the rest of the group. He steps out and asks me if I want anything to drink, so we pick out some drinks and walk out to the picnic tables. COPB8 tells me that he went down hard, but to this point, I assumed that it was a "no-harm, no-foul" kind of fall.

We get outside and he removes his safety pullover (it has holes in the pockets so that your thumbs can stick out - it would be unsafe to have cramps from your hands being bunched up in a pocket). Shortly after several other bikers start to notice that there appears to be an arm shaped lump of hamburger meat around where the forearm meets the elbow. Apparently he went down on a couple of rocks that have not been worn smooth yet, and those rocks had said hello to a couple of layers of muscle and maybe a little bone.

We have some of our drinks and discuss how bad the wound is. It definitely needs some intense cleaning, wrapping, etc., and probably would be better if we went to the hotel to do it "more" properly. However, some of the other riders pointed out that the ranger station just down the street probably had first aid providers on-site, so we first walked down there, as a professional could probably do it better than I can.

Unfortunately they don't have first aid in the RGV ranger station, but he pointed us to the Panther Junction visitor center. We walked back to the gas station and ran some bottled water over the wounds, wrapped them up, and rode over to Panther Junction. They didn't have anybody there either, but they had a guy about 5 minutes away, and after talking to him for a few minutes, he called in a lady that was another 5 minutes or so.

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By this time, we've already figured out that finding an ER somewhere that we could get at least one of the two major lacerations stitched up would be the smart way to go. The rangers also emphasize that they very seriously recommend going to Alpine and getting checked out, as there was some dirt and gravel tucked up in the wound that they weren't able to irrigate out.

So we ride to the hotel, unhitch the trailer, and drive to Alpine, ending up at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center. All the staff was very helpful and seemed to know their stuff, and we were being treated within 5 minutes of arrival. These guys were a little more "aggressive" with their cleaning, and apparently the two lacerations were more serious than we thought.. The smaller looking wound extended appx. 2.5 inches under the skin, and a surgeon was called in to take a closer look to see what we'd need to do to get it cleaned and closed up. After she poked and prodded a bit (and propped the wound open with a couple of q-tips so she could see inside), we discovered that the elbow joint was visible in the wound. She then proceeded to insert her finger into JQ1.0's arm to feel of the joint and see if the bone was actually exposed or if it still had a thin covering. You can see from one of the pictures that the opening of the wound and subsequent probing MAY not have been as soothing and relaxing as it sounds. I was not able to get a picture of her finger 2.5 knuckles deep, but trust me, she didn't have small fingers.

Unfortunately she determined that the bone was likely exposed and we needed to see an orthopedic doctor in Odessa to eliminate chance of a bone infection. Up to this point, JQ1.0 was still planning on going back to Terlingua and either hanging out around town or doing some lower stress street rides on Saturday.

Being the redneck cheapskates that we are, we asked about me picking the bikes up in Terlingua and then driving JQ1.0 up to Odessa. They said that time was an issue as a bone infection is very bad once it gets started, and that he would be making the trip in an ambulance, and likely wouldn't be getting out until Monday or Tuesday.

So once we figured out what hospital they were sending us to, I called my mother and asked what she had been up to. When she said "not much", I said "I can fix that for you". She and my brother left for Odessa about the same time I headed back to Terlingua to load up the bikes. I got back to Terlingua about 11:00, and since my mother and brother were going to beat me to Odessa anyway, I stayed the night and had breakfast so that I could let a couple of people know that we were fine, and we didn't just disappear. By the way, when they said that time was an issue, they were not kidding. He got to Odessa somewhere around midnight, and he was out of surgery around 5AM. Not 100% sure on what was done, but I believe they just opened up the wound more so that they could do a better job cleaning all the contaminants out and making sure the bone/joint was OK.

JQ1.0 is doing fine, went back home Sunday actually, and will likely be back on a motorcycle before a doctor would let him pour his own milk in the morning.

So.. his armored jacket performed perfectly. The hotel bed on which it was resting was not harmed in any way. My brother and I also purchased some additional safety gear for him when we got his bike back to Graham:

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Had 2 great days riding. Thanks JT, Gina and Richard for putting this together.

This is the way I found my bike when my boys parked it in my shop after hauling it back from Study Butte. Such thoughtful young men. Can't wait to thank them in person.
THAT IS HILAROUS!!! What great 'kids'! :rofl:
 
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Two years ago, I met some of you at the gas station. It didn't take much to convince me I wanted to return as a rider. Up to that point, my cumulative lifetime moto experience was 50 miles on a Honda 90. Long story short, I got my license, bought a bike this past November, took two training classes and even did skills work with Harley guys in a parking lot in Dallas.

I talked some other knuckleheads into going which required five to buy bikes just for this trip!

To all of you, thanks for the inspiration. And special thanks to those of you that put it together.

One of the best weeks of my life (even if I blew an engine fighting that wind)!


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Had 2 great days riding. Thanks JT, Gina and Richard for putting this together.

This is the way I found my bike when my boys parked it in my shop after hauling it back from Study Butte. Such thoughtful young men. Can't wait to thank them in person.
JQ1.0 Hope you heal quickly. I'm sure you will be off those training wheels in no time.
 

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Two years ago, I met some of you at the gas station. It didn't take much to convince me I wanted to return as a rider. Up to that point, my cumulative lifetime moto experience was 50 miles on a Honda 90. Long story short, I got my license, bought a bike this past November, took two training classes and even did skills work with Harley guys in a parking lot in Dallas.

I talked some other knuckleheads into going which required five to buy bikes just for this trip!

To all of you, thanks for the inspiration. And special thanks to those of you that put it together.

One of the best weeks of my life (even if I blew an engine fighting that wind)!


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****, glad y'all were alright after the wreck! Those training wheels are **** near priceless. That's one of the funniest moto gags I've seen
 

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Honestly, the pictures don't do it 'justice', it was far more gruesome in person.

After I pulled up behind him and got his bike upright I asked if we should take his jacket off and take a look to see if he was ok. James says no, he'd rather not see it until rides out in case it changes his mind. Tough as nails!
 

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Honestly, the pictures don't do it 'justice', it was far more gruesome in person.

After I pulled up behind him and got his bike upright I asked if we should take his jacket off and take a look to see if he was ok. James says no, he'd rather not see it until rides out in case it changes his mind. Tough as nails!
I can understand that. Unless I just have to see it, like to stop serious bleeding, I'd rather not see it until I get somewhere where I can deal with it. I am usually good and able to deal with whatever until I reach a time/place where I know it will get taken care of, then I have a nasty tendency to go into shock as the adrenaline comes down. After whacking a deer, I was laying in the back of an ambulance and I told the guys to lay me back and get my feet up because I was about to crash. They blew me off until they noticed my BP was something like 60 over 40. Then they sprang into action! I tried telling them this wasn't my first rodeo... :doh: Must have wigged them out because they went on and on about it all the way to the hospital and even after they were wheeling me into the ER. I would have thought EMTs would have seen something like that more often :shrug:
 
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I had a phenomenal time at my first Around the Bend Rally and enjoyed meeting everyone. Thank you to the organizers and those of you who expressed interest in the MotoScreenz we designed for the event. If anyone would still like to buy a decal you can do so by visiting our website. I look froward to the next one and rides in between.

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*Side Note* does anyone have a recommendation of an online photosharing host site besides Photobucket? there are so many adds it is unbearable
 

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*Side Note* does anyone have a recommendation of an online photosharing host site besides Photobucket? there are so many adds it is unbearable
Pay up for a Smugmug account. Not only is the best photo site, you're also supporting ADVRider by default.
 

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Lost mostly, Wed and Thurs I was solo mostly on the blacktop and Friday and Sat I tagged along with a small group to Pinto Canyon Rd and knocked some paint of the bike and to Hens Egg where I knocked some more paint of the bike. Sunday I left at 0300 to get home.
 

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Had a fun ride from Terlingua to Maverick and River road all way to Rio Grande
Pavement back to Terlingua
"Sally" made 150 miles without a beat
Was fun
Outstanding Ben. Wish I could have made it with my CT, definitely would have ridden with you...slowly.
 
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Honestly, the pictures don't do it 'justice', it was far more gruesome in person.

After I pulled up behind him and got his bike upright I asked if we should take his jacket off and take a look to see if he was ok. James says no, he'd rather not see it until rides out in case it changes his mind. Tough as nails!
James is a tough guy, & kinda like the Chuck Norris of our town. He got bit a cobra 1 time. After a week of agony, the cobra died.

When Chuck Norris goes to sleep, he always checks for JQ1 under the bed.
 
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Had a fun ride from Terlingua to Maverick and River road all way to Rio Grande
Pavement back to Terlingua
"Sally" made 150 miles without a beat
Was fun
What a beaut of a bike, that's awesome! I'm thinking you may have had the most pure fun & adventure per mile, of anyone there. Way to go Madagwane!
 
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