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

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I plan to join in. Have room booked at Junction. There were several room choices.
Will leave Beaumont Friday afternoon.
Probably camp Friday night.
Ride the R1200GS or Bring DR-650 in truck.
If I bring the DR in the truck, can I leave the truck on the Johnson City property?
 
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Fresh rear tire install in preparation for the trip.

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Never too late, Rob. Bring that Honda out. And just get in a group that know's the route/has multiple GPS options. Or alternately slap a GPS app on your phone and grab a mount at Cycle Gear.
 

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I have had family problems pop up and will be unable to attend. I have a room at the BW in Junction. I am probably going to cancel tomorrow afternoon (10/30) around 5PM. If anyone is looking for a room...drop me a PM and I will give you my cell. We can coordinate my cancellation and your call looking for a room. In the event that a few folks respond. I will just go down the line in the order they replied. If no one responds...I will cancel by 5PM.
 
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Never too late, Rob. Bring that Honda out. And just get in a group that know's the route/has multiple GPS options. Or alternately slap a GPS app on your phone and grab a mount at Cycle Gear.
Speaking of GPS apps, do you have a suggestion for one that can readily handle GPX track files?

I'm using OSMand on Android right now. It seems to work ok, but the track for this trip wouldn't follow roads. So, its like a series of straight lines between waypoints.

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Does anyone have an idea of how long the two Sunday rides might take? I'm planning on riding back to DFW on Sunday and I'm wondering how late I'll be getting back.

Depending on how long the 259 mile or 150 mile rides take, I may have to leave mid-ride to ensure I get back to DFW at a reasonable hour...and before I'm exhausted. ;-)
 
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Speaking of GPS apps, do you have a suggestion for one that can readily handle GPX track files?

I'm using OSMand on Android right now. It seems to work ok, but the track for this trip wouldn't follow roads. So, its like a series of straight lines between waypoints.

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I've had issues with Richard's routes doing that in the past. Here's my solution-

1) Load the original file into Basecamp.

2) Covert the "route" to a "track"

3) Save that as a different file.

4) load the "track" onto your gps app.

5) when you pull it up (at least on my OSMAnd+) it will ask if you want to use the selected track for navigation. After that it works fine.

I haven't converted the files yet, but will in the next day or two. I'll post them when I do.
 
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I've had issues with Richard's routes doing that in the past. Here's my solution-

1) Load the original file into Basecamp.

2) Covert the "route" to a "track"

3) Save that as a different file.

4) load the "track" onto your gps app.

5) when you pull it up (at least on my OSMAnd+) it will ask if you want to use the selected track for navigation. After that it works fine.

I haven't converted the files yet, but will in the next day or two. I'll post them when I do.
That fixed it. Thanks! Before, I didn't even realize that were three routes in the file.

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Excited for the ride this weekend! Will be my first on my new Continental TKC70s.

Question: does anyone have a suggestion for an iOS phone app that will allow me to follow the route that's been provided for this ride? I've seen some Android app messages on here, but none for iOS. Thanks for the help!
 

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Excited for the ride this weekend! Will be my first on my new Continental TKC70s.

Question: does anyone have a suggestion for an iOS phone app that will allow me to follow the route that's been provided for this ride? I've seen some Android app messages on here, but none for iOS. Thanks for the help!

I believe Osmand has an app that is compatible with ios phone.

https://osmand.net/blog/osmand-ios-1.3-released

Don't know how well it works.
 

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Since my usual riding buddy is still out of commission—I’ll be looking to join a “moderate on pavement-slow on dirt” group.
 
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Excited for the ride this weekend! Will be my first on my new Continental TKC70s.

Question: does anyone have a suggestion for an iOS phone app that will allow me to follow the route that's been provided for this ride? I've seen some Android app messages on here, but none for iOS. Thanks for the help!
My friend's that have IPhones recommend Scenic.
 
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Mike,
take me off the list of campers for Fri. I will be in JC Sat Am for the riders meeting
 

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I've had issues with Richard's routes doing that in the past. Here's my solution-

1) Load the original file into Basecamp.

2) Covert the "route" to a "track"

3) Save that as a different file.

4) load the "track" onto your gps app.

5) when you pull it up (at least on my OSMAnd+) it will ask if you want to use the selected track for navigation. After that it works fine.

I haven't converted the files yet, but will in the next day or two. I'll post them when I do.
Post them Michael, I haven't downloaded them yet :thumb:
 
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Senic works with without any issues. I prefer MotionX but it took a lot of work to make the Garmon routes work. I have the converted routes for MotionX I can send. CH


So is the Premium version of Scenic worth the money? I was able to successfully import the GHX files for the ride and modify the way points to match for the most part. But I haven't tried using the route to navigate in real time. Or should I be using MotionX instead? Thanks in advance.


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Does anyone have an idea of how long the two Sunday rides might take? I'm planning on riding back to DFW on Sunday and I'm wondering how late I'll be getting back.

Depending on how long the 259 mile or 150 mile rides take, I may have to leave mid-ride to ensure I get back to DFW at a reasonable hour...and before I'm exhausted. ;-)
You might be better leaving from Llano and continue up north to DFW. - Am I correct to say that there is no other option at Johnson City other than camping?? All hotels seem full correct? I just got SCENIC and it is a great app. thanks for the recommendation!
 
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You might be better leaving from Llano and continue up north to DFW. - Am I correct to say that there is no other option at Johnson City other than camping?? All hotels seem full correct? I just got SCENIC and it is a great app. thanks for the recommendation!
Yeah. I think I'll leave from San Saba so I can experience half of the Sunday ride.

Regarding hotel room availability, I got my room at the Best Western with two queen beds in case someone needed a place to stay and didn't want to camp. Let me know if you're interested.

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Does anyone have an idea of how long the two Sunday rides might take? I'm planning on riding back to DFW on Sunday and I'm wondering how late I'll be getting back.

Depending on how long the 259 mile or 150 mile rides take, I may have to leave mid-ride to ensure I get back to DFW at a reasonable hour...and before I'm exhausted. ;-)
You might be better leaving from Llano and continue up north to DFW. - Am I correct to say that there is no other option at Johnson City other than camping?? All hotels seem full correct? I just got SCENIC and it is a great app. thanks for the recommendation!
Sunday ride from Junction to San Saba is 130 miles, Garmin estimates driving time as 3:30. Thats running the speed limits on those roads.
 
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So is the Premium version of Scenic worth the money? I was able to successfully import the GHX files for the ride and modify the way points to match for the most part. But I haven't tried using the route to navigate in real time. Or should I be using MotionX instead? Thanks in advance.


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Senic maybe better for this route. My only problem with Senic is it will reroute on its own when you start doing some sidetracking. However these are all public roads so not a problem in Texas. Senic doesn't work very well when you want to travel an off the map trail.
 

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Thanks for doing that JT

Looks like the water truck is coming through for a quick sprinkle today/tonight. Lets hope it is only enough to keep the dust down for this weekend :)
 
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Sunday ride from Junction to San Saba is 130 miles, Garmin estimates driving time as 3:30. Thats running the speed limits on those roads.
Well, my work colleague in Ireland gave me excellent trip advice. He said that I should not let work get in the way of completing the whole Sunday ride. :rider:

So, I've decided to complete the entire Sunday ride (the long one with extra dirt, please). I'm also going to camp Sunday night at Enchanted Rock Natural Area. I visited there decades ago when I lived in Houston, TX. It is an awesome place with a 423 ft granite dome that is 2.5 square miles in area.

This is gonna be so much fun. I can't wait! :-)

Oh and they have 33 campsites available.
 
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What is the ETA at Mikes house in JC Sunday?


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Sunday full route is 276 miles. Garmin estimate 7:54.
Sunday short route is 159 miles. Garmin estimate is 4:01.
These are rough estimates based on running the speed limits on planned tracks.
 

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The weather looks like it is going to be PERFECT !!!

By the way, if anybody needs to do some last minute tinkering with their bikes, there is a pretty complete set of tools, air, etc in the barn...
 

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JT, you have the 2 tracks posted, thanks. Can you tell me what difference the 500-tr is and the -fl file.
 

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JT, you have the 2 tracks posted, thanks. Can you tell me what difference the 500-tr is and the -fl file.
The -fl is filtered to less than 500 track points. Older Garmin GPSs could not handle tracks with more than 500 points. Same track, just a little less detail making the corners more abrupt.
 

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That’s funny Siri often makes me sound like a very strange person from time to time


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The weather looks like it is going to be PERFECT !!!

By the way, if anybody needs to do some last minute tinkering with their bikes, there is a pretty complete set of tools, air, etc in the barn...
I might need help unloading the motorcycle from the trailer. That is if I manage to load it into this trailer/camper. Hopefully, a couple of volunteers will do. I am installing a crank winch to help the process. The last thing is to fail loading of unloading my NC700X!!
 
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