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Around the Bend - March 22-25, 2018

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Are there any areas in big bend that we are allowed to ride that are more technical and hard? ....
Unless you get permission to ride private land it is all doubletrack. But the stuff you could do on a 300 on private land.....omg!

2 weeks out is a great time to reiterate that most land is private and pristine and like the residents who arrived for the peace and quiet, we love that aspect of BB too. Stay on established roads. Around houses and people decrease speeds and minimize dust. Don't leave anything behind, even tire tracks are pollution.

Especially true if you decide, and have an owner's permission, to venture into Terlingua Ranch. Although that is my favorite area to ride, you must be an invited guest. With maybe 20 riders going or friends of the trip who are owners ask around you can find one to show you to their house and back.
 
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To be a bit more pointed on the subject: Destroying private property by riding on subjects you to civil lawsuit, criminal prosecution, and threatens the balance of riders vs nonriders in the area, aka, it threatens the continuing viability of Uncle's Around the Bend.

Terlingua Ranch owners are vocal, write letters, and call sheriffs and JP's.

Please be respectful! To be sure, at least 5 people who hate us are reading this thread and printing it anticipating bad behavior. But that's okay, a whole town of awesome people are welcoming us again for the 25th or 30th (ish) year.
 
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Are there any areas in big bend that we are allowed to ride that are more technical and hard?
Big Bend Ranch State Park has the most technical riding in the area - if your bike is street legal. A number of the roads in the state park are more difficult than anything in the national park but those roads in the state park are public roads and require your vehicle to be street legal.


There is also some challenging stuff across the border in Mexico...but you'll need a street legal bike to ride it too.
 

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Are there any areas in big bend that we are allowed to ride that are more technical and hard? I rode all of the tracks from the old rally last year on my 800gs.
I’m coming these year on a tiger 800, but if there is some hard stuff, I would bring my Husqvarna 300. It’s a two stroke with low gearing, so it would suck on those open dirt roads...
Hi Goyko, as TrailBoss posted above, the Big Bend Ranch State Park has the most challenging roads in the area. Take your 300 to Big Bend Ranch State Park if it is street legal. If not, take the 800 and enjoy enjoy the dual sport ride in the national park. Stay on the roads. Come join in at CTOR in Salado or City Park in Austin sometime and we can show you some challenging single track.
 
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Thanks everybody. The husky can be street legal. I’m just missing the blinkers. So I might plate it before the trip. But on the other hand I was really hoping I’m gonna ride to big bend and not trailer. So I’m still yet to decide. Thanks everybody for the input.
 

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For what it is worth, when I bought my Husky 501, it was missing one blinker but I was able to get it inspected. The guy told me in Texas, blinkers are not a requirement. Not sure if that is just an inspection thing, or license requirement...
 

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I have three dirt only bikes that I have legally tagged. Texas does not require blinkers. The law is that if the bike has turn signals they must work. the bike does not have to have turn signals to pass inspection.
 
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So, I just got permission from my campsite to bring my dog with me, so one of my roommates will be coming along to help drive and to hound-sit during the day. Which means we'll have the option of a 4x4 support vehicle for any rides we go on.
 
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If you are interested in the history of the big bend there are several great books out there - but a recent find for me (though it was published in the mid 70’s) that covers the period all the way from when the Spainards first came a knocking in the 16th century through the founding of the park is:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0890967067/?tag=twowhetex-20

It is a fun read and will get you some flavor for the areas you will see throughout the region.
 
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If you are interested in the history of the big bend there are several great books out there - but a recent find for me (though it was published in the mid 70’s) that covers the period all the way from when the Spainards first came a knocking in the 16th century through the founding of the park is:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0890967067/?tag=twowhetex-20

It is a fun read and will get you some flavor for the areas you will see throughout the region.

Also, this ride report at ADVRider has lots of routes and history.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-cannonride-around-the-bend-big-bend-region.769973/
 
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Is there another thread for route planning for this event? If so, please let me know where, if not here it is...

I have a proposition to big dual sport riders:
Friday: Terlingua to Marfa, down south on Pinto Canyon Road and then head north on 170 from Ruidosa and hit 2017 back towards US90 a bit north of Valentine Then whatever...
Saturday: Terlingua to Presidio and cross into Mexico at Ojinaga and visit Peguis canyon and head back ***will need passports but no other docs*** Time permitting, go back into USA, enter the park from Terlingua and ride Maverick road to Santa Elena Canyon(decent dirt with some sand washes but nothing too difficult really)

Please let me know if you would consider these two rides
John, I know we're straying a long ways from Starbuck's, but a couple of us from Austin on BIG GS's have to make an annual pilgrimage through Pinto Canyon (I like it better south to north)...AND lunch at El Patio in Presidio. Saw your later post about Peguis Canyon...while it's a good ride up the mountainside, been there a couple of times so not a huge attraction for me.

Maybe we get our heads together on other destinations as well, like Old Ore Road, etc.
 
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I think JT mentioned it already but those of you crossing into Mexico will have to have your Texas state registration because your license plate on that will be checked against the VIN on it as well.

This is becoming almost standard practice at most Mexico crossings.

When I rode from San Antonio to Guatemala a few weeks ago I went through the same process at Nuevo Laredo.

When I processed into Guatemala they wanted to see my state registration as well (same reason: numero de placa vs VIN on one piece of paper)
 
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I am all ears, open to suggestions. Let me know if you'd like to get together sometime to review options.

John, I know we're straying a long ways from Starbuck's, but a couple of us from Austin on BIG GS's have to make an annual pilgrimage through Pinto Canyon (I like it better south to north)...AND lunch at El Patio in Presidio. Saw your later post about Peguis Canyon...while it's a good ride up the mountainside, been there a couple of times so not a huge attraction for me.

Maybe we get our heads together on other destinations as well, like Old Ore Road, etc.
 
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With enough interest I am happy to lead another "Dos y Dos" ride same as I put on when I helped run the rally in 2015 and 2016. The idea was sub 200cc bikes and under 200 miles, hence "2 and 2". But, its open to any bike and rider, with 1st timers the emphasis.



We trailer in the A.M. to the east side of the park, a 55 minute drive. You can ride this if you're inclined. Unload at Rio Grande Village campsite. Make a 50 or so mile loop on River Road east to the Mariscal Mercury Mine, regroup, visit the rock pools at Ernst Tinajas, regroup, look over the overlook into Mexico at the Boquillas Canyon crossing, and end the afternoon with a soak in the hot springs on the Rio Grande.



This is a great ride for less adventurous riders who don't feel comfortable riding 200 mile days, folks on smaller bikes, bikes with limited fuel range (street legal 2 strokes?), and less miles if the weather is really cold. Total mileage is 85, with 2 opportunities to opt out or /and get gas at RGVillage.



Probably this will be a Friday ride. Any takers?



Peter


This looks fun and perfect for a big bend newbie like me. How much dirt is involved? Hopefully a fair amount.


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Finally paid up! Sorry to be the laggard but I took a new job which is great but maxing out my time.

Time to ride! :rider:

If the creek don't rise I plan to be there & if folks are interested I'll do my usual "no one gets left behind" easy pace ride on Friday.

Or maybe Shadman & I should combine because the Dos Y Dos is starting to sound like the same concept?
 
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My last shout out to anyone in the Houston area looking to split gas and driving to BB. I have room for two more bikes/people if needed. Otherwise, see y'all there.
 
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hi,
I'm new to the forum and plan to join the around the bend rally,
I'm in the north Dallas area and looking to tagalog with other coming from this area.
if it works for you, pls ping me at 214.686.3134
Thanks
 

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hi,
I'm new to the forum and plan to join the around the bend rally,
I'm in the north Dallas area and looking to tagalog with other coming from this area.
if it works for you, pls ping me at 214.686.3134
Thanks
I'm downtown Dallas, have a rack so only room for one bike but if you're trailering & have room for more...

:trust:

Welcome BTW!
 
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hi,

I'm new to the forum and plan to join the around the bend rally,

I'm in the north Dallas area and looking to tagalog with other coming from this area.

if it works for you, pls ping me at 214.686.3134

Thanks


Welcome to the forum. I am a fellow KLR rider. Hope you find a way to make it to BB.


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Thanks for the welcoming, I have been riding for a long time, mainly street and touring (currently Road Glide CVO and Road King), will be in Daytona FL this week and plan for the BB the next weekend...just got me last year a KLR to try some dirt roads...
 
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We have 2 riders(possibly 3) riding out from Austin on 22nd Thr a.m. Feel free to tag along if you can't find anyone riding from DFW.

Thanks for the welcoming, I have been riding for a long time, mainly street and touring (currently Road Glide CVO and Road King), will be in Daytona FL this week and plan for the BB the next weekend...just got me last year a KLR to try some dirt roads...
 
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This looks fun and perfect for a big bend newbie like me. How much dirt is involved? Hopefully a fair amount.
This ride is one of the most dirt vs concrete out there. Maybe 20 miles of concrete to and from trailheads. Fun concrete, through the tunnel, the winding road to Boquillas, just little bits. The vast majority is dirt, and by dirt I mean the typical BB double track jeep roads.
 
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If the creek don't rise I plan to be there & if folks are interested I'll do my usual "no one gets left behind" easy pace ride on Friday....Or maybe Shadman & I should combine because the Dos Y Dos is starting to sound like the same concept?
PM sent. My ride is kinda like a Chili's App Sampler Platter, but not sure how the trailering to RGV jives with what you run.

In my humble opinion the trailering is what makes this ride awesome. You get to soak at the hot springs in the late afternoon until the sun sets, ride 5 miles of concrete to RGV, and then drive back to Terlingua without freezing your bootie off. If warm, not big deal, the 1 hour ride back is relaxing and the sunlight lingers an hour after sunset.

At some point I may just start and end this ride at the hot springs and bring a couple 5 gallon cans for pit stops.

My bucket list dos y dos goal is to do the dos e dos on a ridiculous bike, maybe my CL90 with cafe bars n stuff. But this would just be a short layover on my round the world minibike adventure.
 

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We have 2 riders(possibly 3) riding out from Austin on 22nd Thr a.m. Feel free to tag along if you can't find anyone riding from DFW.
Looks like I'm heading out from Austin on the 22nd a.m. also.
In all likelihood on my GSA.
Let me know what your plan is and I may tag up with y'all.
 
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hi,
I'm new to the forum and plan to join the around the bend rally,
I'm in the north Dallas area and looking to tagalog with other coming from this area.
if it works for you, pls ping me at 214.686.3134
Thanks
I’m heading from DFW on the 22nd. But I’m gonna ride down to Austin. There I’ll meet some friends from Houston, and we’re gonna ride trough hill country and the twisting all the way to big bend. If you wanna tag along let me know.
 

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Still looking for anyone who will want to ride on Thursday, late morning or early afternoon.
I'll be leaving Austin about noon on the 22nd, going thru Rocksprings and Bracketville and up 90. Or something like that - maybe Sisterdale, Vanderpool, Camp Wood... Just not I-10.

PM me if ya wanna join me.
 
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I'll be leaving Austin about noon on the 22nd, going thru Rocksprings and Bracketville and up 90. Or something like that - maybe Sisterdale, Vanderpool, Camp Wood... Just not I-10.

PM me if ya wanna join me.
I'll be arriving in Terlingua late on Wednesday, so I'm looking for a Big Bend ride on Thursday. thanks for the offer, though. I'll probably just do maverick and the River Road solo.
 

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I'll be arriving in Terlingua late on Wednesday, so I'm looking for a Big Bend ride on Thursday. thanks for the offer, though. I'll probably just do maverick and the River Road solo.
I will be there Wednesday evening also i hope (out of town right now) will contact you Sunday are Monday to let you know something. I was going to try and do same thing your thinking.

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I will be there Wednesday evening also i hope (out of town right now) will contact you Sunday are Monday to let you know something. I was going to try and do same thing your thinking.



Aaron


Me and Montejay will be there Wednesday night as well. We’ll probably do the Big Loop starting Thursday morning. Big loop is the Old Ore Road, East and West River Roads, & Maverick.


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Me and Montejay will be there Wednesday night as well. We’ll probably do the Big Loop starting Thursday morning. Big loop is the Old Ore Road, East and West River Roads, & Maverick.


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Sounds good to me, son may come in wed also if he can get his shop lined out so he can leave for three days.

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Me and Montejay will be there Wednesday night as well. We’ll probably do the Big Loop starting Thursday morning. Big loop is the Old Ore Road, East and West River Roads, & Maverick.


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Sounds like a plan is forming.

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This ride is one of the most dirt vs concrete out there. Maybe 20 miles of concrete to and from trailheads. Fun concrete, through the tunnel, the winding road to Boquillas, just little bits. The vast majority is dirt, and by dirt I mean the typical BB double track jeep roads.


I'm in if you don't mind having a 1090 crash the small bike party. Looks like a great way to see some of the best parts of the park.


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Howdy Friends,

I'm going to do this 'Round the Bend a little different. Friday will be a Ride 'n Hike - I've wanted to see Mariscal Canyon for too long! Trailhead is at the 'Talley' campground, about 6 miles south of River Road, then about 7 miles round-trip of hiking, with a 1700 foot ascent. I'll be getting kinda a late start, due to starting my morning in Alpine, so my whole plan is something like this:


Leave Study Butte: 9:30am
Arrive trailhead: 11:30am
Finish hike: 3pm
At hot springs: 4:30pm
At Starlight: 7pm

or something like that...

This means carrying in a LOT of water (plan on 95° temps, hiking at noon with no shade), lunch, and hiking shoes / shorts / etc.

Anyone interested in joining: PM me, or just meet at the Study Butte gas station by Big Bend Resorts ~ 9:20am.
 
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