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Small group (2 so far) planning a trip tp Big Bend NP on or about 18-22 April 2018. Will most likely camp, ride, rinse & repeat. We are cautious middle-aged, respectfull riders, on light bikes who have traveled there before.

No fees, no schedule; Most likely ride River & Old Ore routes.
 
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More info, please.

Staying in Terlingua?
I would be coming from FW and trailering.

Lived in Texas for 60 years and never visited Big Bend.
Almost unforgivable ...
 
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Mitch, it's time to right that wrong.

Fred and I are both driving from San Antonio and camping at Rancho Topanga, just a couple of miles west of Terlingua. It's beautiful, quiet, inexpensive, nice showers with hot water. Campsites don't have electricity but do have running water.

There are hotels in the area... Just don't expect 5 star and your expectations won't be shattered.

Best to reserve soon, as they do sometimes run out of space.
 

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I had planned on making the trip with a DFW group last month.
But business took precedence.

I'll make plans to be there this time, although might not be there till Thursday night.
 
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I had planned on making the trip with a DFW group last month.
But business took precedence.

I'll make plans to be there this time, although might not be there till Thursday night.
Sounds great. Dirt, street, both? I'll be on the XT250 and Fred is bringing his shiny KTM.

I'll PM you contact info.
 

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I'll be bringing Tex ...

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I have a rotopax for fuel capacity and pelican case for water and toolage.

I'm an old man ... so you kids will have to be very

cautious ... respectfull riders
 
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I'll be bringing Tex ...

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I have a rotopax for fuel capacity and pelican case for water and toolage.

I'm an old man ... so you kids will have to be very
Hmmm.. Tex looks nice. I'm probably not much younger and far from a crazy good rider. I'm just out for fun and camraderie.
 

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I booked a room at Chisos Mining Co for 19-21

I booked a single, but can change it to a double if you'd like to share expenses ... ~$50/night for cold AC and a hot shower.

Warning, though ... I hold several records and multiple awards of achievement in professional snoring competitions.
 
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Nice of you to offer. You got me thinking about that, Mitch. But I'm going to stick with $10/night.

I may change my mind after the first night camping if it's too hot to sleep. Overnight lows should be around 56-61.
 

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Temps are moderating a bit ... if a 3 week look ahead is worth anything.
~90 for a high and mid-50s for a low.
 
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Hey guys I would like to hang out and ride with you if there is still time to get in on this one. I have been planning to make it to BB for years now with family and friends and we never seem to get our schedules aligned.
 
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Hey guys I would like to hang out and ride with you if there is still time to get in on this one. I have been planning to make it to BB for years now with family and friends and we never seem to get our schedules aligned.
Yes of course! Although recently forecasted temps for our dates are hitting 100… bring lots of water.
 
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Fred made the astute observation that the extended forecast shows highs around 90 (~10 cooler) the following week -- April 25-29.

So we've (Fred and I) been kicking around the idea of having both weeks as options and making the decision when we get closer and have more confidence in the forecast... checking work & family schedules.

  • Plan A -- April 18-22
  • Plan B -- April 25-29
Mitch & Shane, what do you think?
 
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Upper 80s low 90s were forecast last week for the current schedule.
It'll be sleeting in tomorrow's long range forecast.

For you guys camping, it will be miserable.

I had hoped c.m._shooter would have posted. He sent me a note asking if I had room on my trailer for his rig.
He lives about an hour north of me and I'll drag his rig alongside mine and we'll share travel expenses.

So there is another, unknown contender.

And to compound things further, I've planned a 4 day trip looping through east Texas beginning on the 24th.
A couple of my cake eater buddies are planning to go along.

So logistics are getting complicated.
 
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Ok Mitch, good to know that's not an option on your end and another rider is joining.

I need a portable air conditioner for my tent.
 

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Sorry fellas.

Please don't alter the group plans on my crazy schedule.
Shooter needs to get in here and let folks know his schedule, too.


My job is really starting to piss me off ...
 
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My schedule is pretty open no worries. If Mitch cant make it I can get down there on my own. I'll just need to know where to meet you. Once I hit the road I am unplugged.
 
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My schedule is pretty open no worries. If Mitch cant make it I can get down there on my own. I'll just need to know where to meet you. Once I hit the road I am unplugged.
Hey Shooter... Thanks for jumping in.

This long term forecast seems to be playing games. They must just randomly spit out guesses and call it a forecast.

Hey Mitch, join the club with the job thing. I mean, I like mine but it's the paycheck thing is really great and keeps me coming back.
 
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The group looks to be about 5’ish strong. Thats a good size, and we would like to make plans in advance and not last minute changes. Thats why we want to mention the dangeriously hot weather forecast. Have you ridden for a few hours in 100°+ temperatures? How about the possability of fixing a flat or worse?

To me those temps would not be fun. But if we commit to endure — then the plan of attack will most likely be shorter rides, leaving ugly-dark-early to make it off the dirt by noon’ish. Then easy ride back to camp.

I will be checking with my employer today about the flexability option.
 
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Gentlemen


I don't want to hijack this trip so whatever you decide is ok with me. As far as the 2schedules above the only one available to me is the April 18th-22nd. My schedule is somewhat flexible with those dates but starting on the 24th would be too late for me. Just let me know when you land things.
 

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The group looks to be about 5’ish strong. Thats a good size, and we would like to make plans in advance and not last minute changes. Thats why we want to mention the dangeriously hot weather forecast. Have you ridden for a few hours in 100°+ temperatures? How about the possability of fixing a flat or worse?

To me those temps would not be fun. But if we commit to endure — then the plan of attack will most likely be shorter rides, leaving ugly-dark-early to make it off the dirt by noon’ish. Then easy ride back to camp.

I will be checking with my employer today about the flexability option.
And the forecast is NOW ~90ish for the original dates and rain for the proposed dates.

:headbang:
 
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And the forecast is NOW ~90ish for the original dates and rain for the proposed dates.
I feel your pain; can’t make the weather. But you are correct about the forecasted temps for origional week of the 18th dropping. I can do low 90°’s and rain is no fun for sure. Although the amount is only .04-.07” over a 2 hour period.

So keep our fingers crossed for continuing favorable forecast & we should be able to committ to dates on 4-11.
 
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I'll be bringing Tex ...

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I have a rotopax for fuel capacity and pelican case for water and toolage.

I'm an old man ... so you kids will have to be very
Glad I'm going the weekend before ya'll. Because after seeing the Mitchntx ride, I'd hate to be embarrassed the whole time. He's got a real cutie on his hands.
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That's the plan as long as our boss shows back up from his surgery by Thursday. ?
Myself and curdogcox on his Super Sherpa.
We're gonna try to do one day in the State Park as well.

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Doesn't bother me, unless you ride fast, cause we suck. Lol.
Leave the 13th and return the 16th.
I'll ask curdog, it's his truck.
Our m.o. is riding 12 hour days. Hit somewhere for dinner. Throw out some tent cots wherever we land and repeat.

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LOL ... I may be old, but I'm slow.

Next week is my duty week and am required to stay within a 60 minute response window.
Let me see about swapping duty with someone and then taking Monday off.

As for the XR ... its just an old thumper ...
 
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Weather seems to have stabilized so Randy & I are committing to proceed on the original schedule (18-21). Please respond if you will be part of the group.


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Man, yall sound like my kind of riders. I'd love to go back, but I have an employee that is taking off for family emergency leave those days and the week after.

Next time let me know.
 
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I am in. Got permission to borrow the car to trailer down as long as I don't break it.:rofl: She's still upset about the parts that fell off the pickup on my last trip down there. I'll need to know where I can meet you at camp before I leave. I don't have GPS or smartphone.
 
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Hey Shooter... Nice job getting your kitchen pass for the trailer! But... How the heck is the government going to track you without a cell phone?

Fred and I moved to Chisos Mining hotel, heading over on Wednesday. I need to sync with Freedom Rider, as he may ride to meet me and put his bike on my trailer for the 7 hours from San Antonio to BB. That will determine my ETA in Terlingua, but it will be sometime between afternoon and evening of Wednesday 4/18.

I am still trying to cancel my camping at Rancho Topanga. (They haven't answered when I've called.) If anyone wants to take over my reservation, holler soon. I put down a $40 on it.
 
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Man, yall sound like my kind of riders. I'd love to go back, but I have an employee that is taking off for family emergency leave those days and the week after.
Sounds like you need to take sympothy time off. You know to show employee support. :clap:
 

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I am certainly disappointed I won't be there.
You fellers be safe and take lots of pics.

PSA ... while temps will be in the low 90s, it appears, the wind will be terrible ... gusts to 30mph.

Be very, very careful and stay hydrated. high temps, low humidity and wind will dry you out like a bath towel. I think the recommended intake is a gallon of water per day. And remember, caffeine is a diuretic.
 
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I am certainly disappointed I won't be there.
You fellers be safe and take lots of pics.

PSA ... while temps will be in the low 90s, it appears, the wind will be terrible ... gusts to 30mph.

Be very, very careful and stay hydrated. high temps, low humidity and wind will dry you out like a bath towel. I think the recommended intake is a gallon of water per day. And remember, caffeine is a diuretic.
Mitch, is it too late to change your mind again and join in the fun?

I'm itching to get there... Wish I could leave right now.
 

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Yeah ... afraid so.

I'm headed to my hunting lease in Johnson City next weekend.
 
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Freedom Rider and I will be trailering from San Antonio Wednesday, ETA ~1800h.

Maybe we can have dinner around 1900?


Randy & I made it to Big Bend and are planning breakfast @ 8 Chili Peper Cafe. Ride soon to follow. All welcome to join.


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