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Since I have 3 more TOH memorials left for Texas and it will only be about 800 miles. So if I add the memorial in Kinder La. then it will make a bit over 1000. Still getting the map together and will post a link soon.
 
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I'm coming down from Dallas to have breakfast with an old friend Saturday morning in Spring (Houston area) but there aren't any TOH sites close to 45 so it doesn't look like I'll have any in my pocket for this year.
 
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There are two UH-1's in Huntsville right off I-45 (first Huntsville exit coming from the north) and one in Conroe at the VFW (exit Highway 105 and loop back north on the feeder just past the park and turn right). If you're grabbing UH-1's.
 
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you could also come down I-35 then turn east towards Grosebeck and pick up the EMV Doughboy at the courthouse then over to I-45
 

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What is the best time of day for traffic going west to east in Houston.
 
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What is the best time of day for traffic going west to east in Houston.


There isn’t one. The least traffic would be between midnight and 4am. Having an Texas tag/easy tag and using beltway 8 would be a bit longer but certainly safer IMHO


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There isn’t one. The least traffic would be between midnight and 4am. Having an Texas tag/easy tag and using beltway 8 would be a bit longer but certainly safer IMHO


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What is the best time of day for traffic going west to east in Houston.
Weekday or weekend? When I went through on my 50CC it was a Saturday and it flowed well.

Katy - 11:22
Hwy 6 - 11:32
610 Loop - 11:42
Jacinto City - the east side of the 610 Loop - 11:52
Lynchburg - the other side of the ship channel - 12:02


So roughly 30 minutes from Beltway 8 to Beltway 8. No complaints from me.

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I'm coming down from Dallas to have breakfast with an old friend Saturday morning in Spring (Houston area) but there aren't any TOH sites close to 45 so it doesn't look like I'll have any in my pocket for this year.

Change of plans. Apparently there were about a dozen or more of us who chose not to ride today so they did an impromptu session on Rally Planning, and we might have another one this afternoon on Basecamp. We'll use that info to do a 4 hour rally in the DFW area tomorrow morning.

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I am taking advantage of the rain today to install some new goodies.
Mad Stad windscreen
SW Motec tank bag and mounting ring
Now to do a couple of mock up packings on the tank bag. Hydration, TOH flag, Camera, mini clipboard, IFAK
Adjusted Nav mount.
Worked on my TOH route.
Try different places and mounts for roto pax
 

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Looks like the weather will be nice tomorrow so I am going to hit the road to try things out. May need to make adjustments to the wind screen and how the tank bag is loaded.
Using rok straps to mount up the roto pax to the left pannier rack. Seems to be pretty solid.
 

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Looks like the weather will be nice tomorrow so I am going to hit the road to try things out. May need to make adjustments to the wind screen and how the tank bag is loaded.
Using rok straps to mount up the roto pax to the left pannier rack. Seems to be pretty solid.
We leave the hotel in Allen at 8 am for a 4 hour mini-rally, so if you see folks off to the side taking photos, it's probably us. :-P
 

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Nice, and a beautiful day today as well.
I ended up spending the day with my Granddaughter today. But I did get some lights installed.
 

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Lights didn't work. They come and back off. I piggy backed them on the factory fog lights. I guess its to much load.
Back to the drawing board, I guess I will tap into the headlights.
 

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If the weather doesn't change then it looks like Friday is the day. It will actually be clear and temperate for the entire route.
I am going on this ride first since I need to visit the TOH memorials by Nov 1st.
 

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If ya'll see a fat Darth Vader on a Blue Triumph TEX that will be me. Be sure to wave.
 

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Well, I am done with the Texas TOH Memorials. I didn't finish the SS, my mind set just was not right. I will Post up pictures along with a ride report tomorrow. Most likely I will just add to this thread.
 

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I completed 1 of 2 objectives yesterday, and looking back at it I really should have done both. I will call it lack of rest, causing a poor mind set and general bleh.
Up at 04:00 shower and have a half a cup of coffee. Dress up as Fat Darth Vader and roll out at 04:45.
Its wet and water is standing all over the place, I put it down to the rain from earlier in the night. The forecast shows it to be cloudy and no rain. Ha!!!! It is a cool 56 degrees and brisk.
I hit the 7-11 at about 05 and get fueled up and start my tracking and nav apps.
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Now head south to San Marcos. Up to speed on I-35 and going well through Ft Worth. I hit a very light rain, you know that stuff that just sticks to the visor instead of beading up and rolling off. Combine that with the road spray from the other vehicles on the road and it can cut vision way down. Its like this until about Austin.
About the 130/I-35 split I can see brake lights on I-35 so 130 it is. Look down and I am getting short on fuel. Roll on looking for a gas station, getting shorter on fuel, still looking. Miles to empty down to 6 miles and there is a station, YAY!!!! I guess I won't get to use the Roto Pax after all. Back on 130 and keep going, soon after this is where I make my first mistake. I miss my turn back to I-35, call it not paying attention or poor vision or what ever but I stayed on 130. Man I have been on here for a while, shouldn't I be turning toward I-35 and San Marcos? Next sign up San Antonio? What? Awwwww Foot!!!! How do I get to San Marcos. Okay head Straight west and slightly north.
San Marcos
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Now on to Yorktown, a much better ride than the super slab.
You already saw the photo of Myself and the memorial in Yorktown. Thanks South Tex, it was great meeting you and taking the time to talk.
Here are a couple of my own.
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Now on to Port Arthur. But first I had to do something about my seat. I keep sliding down. I had the front of the seat adjustment set for a level seat. So I brought the front adjustment to the high level and left the rear in the lower level. Much better.
So the roads to I-10 were fun, just enough curves to keep it interesting and not so many to keep the speed down. I-10 though, not fun. Passed through Houston with no issues.
It's been over 10 years since I have been to the area.
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This one hits home for me, I guess being a Bubble Head and all.
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Tired and not really feeling it.
Call in the dogs and put out the fire, time to go home.
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If I had checked the route and compared the miles and time I could have finished out the SS1000 in nearly the same time. Well you know the whole hind sight 20/20 and all.
 

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South Tex had mentioned that I was traveling pretty light.
True statement. I ditched the panniers in favor of better MPG and consolidated everything into the tankbag.
Water, gloves, tire air gauge, pen and note pad, 2 bandanas, phone charger and cord.
1 gallon roto pax strapped to the left pannier.
Between the underseat storage and tool box I have a wheel lock/alarm, air pump/tire plug kit, leatherman wave with assorted bits, bungie straps and CPR mask with gloves.
 

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Tired and not really feeling it.
Call in the dogs and put out the fire, time to go home.
The best decision that can be made is the one that allows you to ride another day.

If I had checked the route and compared the miles and time I could have finished out the SS1000 in nearly the same time. Well you know the whole hind sight 20/20 and all.
When I called off my BBG in June I was 17 miles short of an SS1K yet I was too mentally numb to realize it or care at the time. And, in hindsight, once i made it to the hotel the majority of the wildlife issues were behind me, but again, I was too disengaged to know or care.

Hindsight is wonderful in the sense that it can teach you what to do in a similar situation in the future.

You got your TOH sites and you got home safe. That's sufficient.
 
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