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2018 Texas Hill Country 500 - Nov 2-4, 2018

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weather nation 10/16/18 10:45am:

2nd highest crest on llano river and bridge collapse in kingsland texas

but of course , everything flows away from junction so i guess this is down stream happening.
 

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The bridge that washed out was on FM2900 just south of Kingsland. That is not on the routes for either day.
 
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Hello Mike,

I do have the layouts, measurements and list of drills from Spartanburg and RawHyde, though it has been about 10 years.

Glad to help with some advance notice (so that I can arrange to take the time away from family)

Please let me know what the plan is

Maybe the time change will allow an extra hour to drink ?

Jorge, be careful offering, I plan on being out every weekend up to the event getting things ready, if you are looking for a little manual labor I would be happy to find something for you to do :)

I also want to work on laying out some type of slow speed obstacle course that will be a little challenging for the bigger bikes then some things like log jumping for the smaller bikes. If anybody wants to help one of these weekends that would be great. I have a lot of railroad ties and a couple of downed trees I have been saving for this purpose.

There was someone on this site that attended the BMW Adventure training class and had the specs on how to lay it out, would be fun to see what they did.
 

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So far as I know everything is still a go, the only problem would be if it never stops raining. We need a day or two to dry out before the event.

I will be out at the property again on Friday working all weekend. In talking with neighbors the Pedernales is way in flood stage and is backing up the creek. I don't think our lower pasture flooded, but I am sure there is a bunch of new debris to police up. Sure hope my railroad ties didn't wash away.
 

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JT are you going to show up for this, at least dinner and booze ?
 

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Sorry to hear you can't make it, hopefully you can next year!

As to showers, if the rain stops long enough this weekend I am trying to move and setup our fifth wheel trailer near the new barn. This has an outdoor shower that I have used many times, but that is when nobody is around. I am going to try and rig up some type of privacy screen and with some cement pavers make a little outdoor shower area. At least that would be an option, I will know more after this weekend and post an update.

Also, I will work with Richard to update the origional post, but due to the increadable turnout of over 70 people for Friday night, I am switching the food up to some catered BBQ. More details to come, but this way Mary and I don't have to stress about that many mouths to feed and I can have fun too :) There is a local restarunt that will supply all the food, fixings and even a nice desert.

Will still have a hot grill for those that want to bring their own special food to cook. As well as at least one fire pit, may need a second for the size of the crowd.

Lets hope for a little bit of dry weather a couple of days before the ride.
 
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Sorry to hear you can't make it, hopefully you can next year!

As to showers, if the rain stops long enough this weekend I am trying to move and setup our fifth wheel trailer near the new barn. This has an outdoor shower that I have used many times, but that is when nobody is around. I am going to try and rig up some type of privacy screen and with some cement pavers make a little outdoor shower area. At least that would be an option, I will know more after this weekend and post an update.

Also, I will work with Richard to update the origional post, but due to the increadable turnout of over 70 people for Friday night, I am switching the food up to some catered BBQ. More details to come, but this way Mary and I don't have to stress about that many mouths to feed and I can have fun too :) There is a local restarunt that will supply all the food, fixings and even a nice desert.

Will still have a hot grill for those that want to bring their own special food to cook. As well as at least one fire pit, may need a second for the size of the crowd.

Lets hope for a little bit of dry weather a couple of days before the ride.

Awesome! Thank you!
 

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One of my close friends will be visiting that weekend so I won't make it to the friday night gathering, but you bet I'll be there saturday/sunday.
 
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I updated the first post with the Friday night meal change. I will talk to Mike soon about setting up a paypal account for donations for the meal.
 
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Can anyone tell me if this ride would be safe to bring my daughter on? Not sure what kind of dirt roads we will be encountering and having a passenger.
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The dirt roads are typically hill country gravel roads, some sand and a couple rocky river bottoms. I would do the ride with my wife on the back, but she is staying behind to clean up and put up after we head out on Saturday morning. With that said, I have gone a lot of stupid places two up with her, so my judgement may not be the best to put any faith in.

My only concern is what is the state of the river crossings after the floods. I am pretty sure the water levels will have gone down by the time of the ride, but the bottoms will have shifted, some for the better some for the worse I suspect. These big water events tend to remove some of the slime.
 

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I'm not going to make it this year. Too many MC trips lately.

Rooms just opened up at the Best Westerns in Johnson City and Junction if anyone needs one.
 
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Can anyone tell me if this ride would be safe to bring my daughter on? Not sure what kind of dirt roads we will be encountering and having a passenger.

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Water crossings are probably going to be deeper than normal and the James River is on route, I believe on day 2. Add Lots of dirt, sand, gravel and long days in the saddle make this questionable.
 

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Jarrett, sorry you can't make it, totally understand.

Keith, thanks for the heads up, may need to create some alternate GPS files... No need to play submarine on expensive toys :)
 
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Thanks for all the feedback. I better do this alone this year and get an idea if to try it 2up next year.

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Just signed up (catch you in Johnson City Saturday AM). I booked a room for Saturday night at Roadway Inn next door for around $85 after taxes.
 
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Water crossings are probably going to be deeper than normal and the James River is on route, I believe on day 2. Add Lots of dirt, sand, gravel and long days in the saddle make this questionable.
The James River is not on the route for either day. When planning the route I left it off due to a) riders likely not wanting to cross it with loaded down bikes and b) the possibility of cold weather (nobody wants to be wet and cold at the same time).
 
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Well, I have survived the bypass surgery that I had on Friday a week ago. I will be very envious of those being able to attend this rally. Lots of pics everyone. This was the roughest surgery by far that I've ever had.
 

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Congratulations and a speedy recovery


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Firewood hauled up. Fire ring built. Weed-eating and shredding are underway.

Looking great for the weekend!
 
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I confirmed that this campsite is open. This location is less than 1 mile form ride hq at the BestWestern Junction.

Junction North Llano River RV Park
2145 Main St
Junction, TX 76849
(325) 446-3138
Location: 30.5013, -99.7787
 
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Hi All -

Unfortunately, my girlfriend are going to have to miss this event. We have to go to a family event in Dallas the same weekend as the ride. Next time!

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Sorry to hear you can’t come, understand obligations get in the way sometimes. One thing I do ask is please update the registration spreadsheet so I can get an accurate head count for food. Thank you...


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I confirmed that this campsite is open. This location is less than 1 mile form ride hq at the BestWestern Junction.

Junction North Llano River RV Park
2145 Main St
Junction, TX 76849
(325) 446-3138
Location: 30.5013, -99.7787
THATS WHERE I STAYED LAST TIME. GOOD SPOT
 
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Hey guys. I'm going on this ride and I'll be riding my 2012 Suzuki Vstrom 650 ADV. It has the factory crash bars, but has no skid plate. I'm a little concerned about the oil filter hanging out there all exposed, but I don't think I can arrange for protection for it before Friday.

What do you all think? Do you think that there is a "high" chance of it getting damaged? I know I'm asking you to look in your 'crystal ball'. ;-) I have ridden on gravel roads a lot and have ridden on some well-maintained 'two-track'. I've also done one water crossing. All with no problems. I realize that this is no guarantee that I'll have no problems on this ride, but it's the experience I have.

Let me know what you think. Thanks.

P.S. Oh, and I do plan on getting a skidplate and handguards, but can't achieve that by Friday.
 
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Haven't been on this ride, but it couldn't hurt to have an extra oil filter and a bottle of oil just in case. Those filters are rather exposed.
 
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I'll be on my my Strom as well. I've ridden some if these roads on it. And tbe primary worry is a large rock getting kicked up by your front tire. I'd say just try to maintain some awareness of the road surface and you should do fine.

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That is an excellent idea! (now why didn't I think of that?)

You can tell I don't go on trips with my bike much. But I want to go on trips. ;-) Thanks again for the suggestion.
 
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The Strom is a great traveling bike. Comfortable, good mileage, and plenty of carrying capacity. It will do fine on most of the gravel and dirt we'll be hitting. My only real worry is patches of deep sand, but i'll survive. Look for me in Johnson City if you want a group to ride with.

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The Strom is a great traveling bike. Comfortable, good mileage, and plenty of carrying capacity. It will do fine on most of the gravel and dirt we'll be hitting. My only real worry is patches of deep sand, but i'll survive. Look for me in Johnson City if you want a group to ride with.

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Thanks. I would like to ride in a group with another Strom. It'll give me an idea on how "adventurous" I should be. ;-)
 
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Mike, is everyone on their own for coffee on Saturday morning? If there's some kind of brewer on site, i'll gladly supply beans from one if the restaurants.

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Looks like the Best Western Junction is sold out so if anyone can recommend another place around there I'd appreciate the guidance.

Gracias!
 

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Looks like the Best Western Junction is sold out so if anyone can recommend another place around there I'd appreciate the guidance.

Gracias!
Did you call them? A large number of rooms was blocked for this event, but you have to call and mention the rally to get the $77 price. If they are completely sold out, check with the Rodeway Inn next door to the BW.
 
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Anyone have a spare rear brake pedal for a 2016 africa twin? Mine's bent but rideable. Would be way more convenient if I had a straight one for this trip.
 
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