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Pie Run III-Ingleside

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Great ride and better company! :clap:

After lunch, Keith and I rode up to the Texas Mile event for a few hours to see some scary fast cars and cycles!!! The bikes were regularly reaching speeds of 180+ and a couple of cars (Ford Gt's) broke 200.

Not certain but I think we saw a familair adventure rider on a KTM testing his top-end witts!! I didn't hear the official speed announcement...

Looking forward to next run!

Man I wish I could have rode out there with ya...Thanks for the pics.

I want to go to one of these either this fall or next year...
 

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Home. James split off a dozen or so exits down the freeway so he should be home by now also.

I'll tell the stories later. Not sure which is worse, the soreness from the biff or the sting of the sunburn... :doh:
 
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Hello every one,my first pie run and my first ride in 20 years. A good friend got me into riding on the street again and my first ride was the 03/29/08 Pie Run. It was nice to ride again and meet some good riders and was very fun execpt for the wind. I just bought a used VX800 (23,000 Miles) and it ran a little better than me. Can not belive that my first ride in such a long time was 346 miles and I can still sit and stand a day later. Hope to make some more, till then ride safe.
 

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Our Pie Run weekend story...

My wife, Susan (tortuga), and I made this event a 4-day weekend - Thursday thru Sunday. Scott (STScott) was looking forward to his very first Pie Run since his schedule finally allowed it, and he was one of the driving factors behind the 4-day weekend (we could not leave him unsupervised ;-) ).

The plans:
Thurs: travel down to Ingleside, take courthouse pictures
Fri: Meet Scott & tour Lady Lex and Texas State Aquarium, eat sea food
Sat: Leave morning open and the the Pie Event for most of the afternoon, maybe sneak some additional courthouse pics
Sun: travel home, take courthouse pictures (different ones!) :-P

What happened:
Thurs: traveled south, took courthouse pictures, Susan slides scooter, we take the last 26 miles with a busted scooter & her helmet a mess, leave pile of busted parts beside US77
Fri: Call Progressive, ride 2-up to meet Scott & tour Lady Lex and Texas State Aquarium, eat lunch with Scott, visit Dynamo Cycle :thumb: and buy new helmet and mirror, make some repairs, visit Wal-Mart for Aleve, bandages, and duct tape
Sat: Ride 2-up to Rockport and eat breakfast with Scott at Rockport Bakery :thumb:, Susan not feeling well & goes back to bed, make additional repairs on the scooter, do the Pie Event, meet people, try to figure out what to do
Sun: Susan (tough and stubborn) decides to ride home, started home, took courthouse pictures, she is OK with 60-65 mph, at lunch - she wants to slab home, run I35 at 70 mph to Hillsboro - making great time until traffic stopped, so exit at FM310, dumps scooter on other side going into gas station (details to follow) :-( , decide to try FM310 and loop around, survive 2 miles of hard packed dirt and some gravel (she does great!), finally take SH22, US81, and I35W home... :giveup:

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Here she is when we stopped in Giddings (scooter in great shape):
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Folks were very friendly there - one lady stopped to tell us about the restored courtrooms inside the courthouse and another lady came out to give us an event flyer and said her husband was with some other riders in Big Bend.

Most of our trip was on old US77. In Refugio, the GPS was sending us east and I remembered 77 going on to Corpus and picking up 361 to Ingleside, so I over-rode it and kept on 77 (if I had only known :-( ). Close to our turnoff, I had been watching traffic and forgot to check the rearview mirror. Susan wasn't there & wasn't in the blindspot mirror either, or when I looked back. I stopped on the shoulder and thought I saw a MC headlight way back (it turns out she stopped because one of her mirrors "flopped", she didn't want to lose it, so she stopped to tighten it).

As it got closer, I intended to stay put and find out what happened in case I needed to work on something. It was now dusk, I think fatigue had a part and she misjudged that I wasn't moving, hit the brakes and the scoot slipped on the chip seal with an extra measure of gravel and went down on the left side. I watched most of this in horror in my left side mirror. The scoot hit my bike but the energy was expended. It took me a few seconds to get the kickstand down and get off the bike. She was lying face-up with just the tip of her helmet in the right lane. Amazingly, nobody stopped to help. :shrug:

A quick check for broken biological parts determined that she was OK, more or less. I got her up and away from the highway and then shut off the scoot which was flat on its left side. There were pieces of her windscreen scattered around plus a broken mirror. I piled them up:
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She was hurting but not emergency hurting. Her gear did its job. There were bruises that appeared later but it seems the worst was a bruised rib that still bothers her. Want proof gear works? This could have been her face:
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The face shield was sprung - one of the little teeny parts was broken. The concern for the integrity of the helmet was the chunk missing on the top.

We were able to limp to the motel. I left a terse (and cryptic according to Squeaky :-P ) note on TWT the next morning. Several people called and others sent PMs. There were several offers of help, providing us with plenty of options. We sure appreciate the TWT folks' concern! :thumb:

Her scooter sat while we did stuff on Friday and Saturday morning. 2-up on the Wii-Strom was OK, but we decided that we couldn't get home that way. We kept thinking about riding it home. I did some temp repairs before the Pie Run and was concerned about the wind and no screen...

I'll have more on the Pie Run itself when I organize all the pictures. I need to milk the sympathy angle while I still can... ;-)

Susan was up early Sunday morning (couldn't sleep) and we were packed and away about 7:30. Here she is with new helmet and Gilkized scooter:
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We took the GPS route back to Refugio - it was less travelled and better shoulders, plus an easier ride. If I had only used it on Thursday. :doh:

We started out running 50-55 mph but it was no problem with the wind behind us (PTL). As the day wore on, she indicated she could do more, so at lunch she said to take the quickest way possible - which meant I35. So, we took the loop from SH95 around Temple and onto the slab.

We were making great time when everything backed up just south of Hillsboro. There was an exit ahead with a gas station, so we took it and turned in. A pickup was maneuvering for a pump and blocked the way. I stopped, Susan stopped and then put her foot down just off the pavement - a 3 inch drop. Over the scoot goes, this time on the right side. Susan rolls off and into the ditch! :giveup:

This time several folks were there to help her up and help me pick up the scoot. Again, no serious injuries but there will probably be more bruises. :-(

OK, now what? The slab is crawling. There are county roads to the east but we head onto the packed access road and can see that those are unpaved - we opt to head west on FM310 and loop around to SH22 and then north out of Hillsboro. However, a mile or two down the road and we see "construction - next 3 miles", "fresh oil", and "loose gravel". :eek2: Well, it looks hard packed with clean tire tracks, so I charge on, praying (yes, literally!) that it stays that way. It gets a bit worse but she plows through unscathed. :clap:

We were both very relieved to see that poor scooter safely parked in the garage just before 6 PM! :zen:

At least three of these Pie Runs have been very expensive! :eek2:
(no, I won't mention the other 2 :-P )

Sorry if that is a lot more than you wanted to hear but you have to endure it in order for me to get to the pictures... ;-)
 
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My turn.

I made my mind up basically around 8pm on Friday that I was definately going to go, a couple of PM's later it is time for bed.

I get up and leave The Woodlands around 8:30/8:45 or so.

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I get to 59 and I just have to get into the HOV lane only to say that I did. I will say though that I like that you can get in and out of the HOV when/where ever you want to. The HOV on the freeway I live off of 45N has restricted acess to it, but I digress.

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I get on out past Houston suburbia and am making my way towards Wharton. The road is just as exciting as the prior ones this morning.

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I finally get to see this place. I think that there has even been a couple of TWT'ers that have stayed here before. The sign said NOW OPEN so maybe its had a face lift and new managment. I don't know, but it seems out of place here and definately a conversation piece.

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It looks like Wharton just got through renovating thier courthouse?????

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It is an uneventful ride down through Bay City and eventually I ride upon this electrifying place.

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Leaving here I am riding along and am coming into Palacious where I ride up on Squeaky and her gang at a gas stop, and I fall in with them to Floyds.

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I am sorry Squeaky, and I am know all about throwing stones in glass houses and stuff. But this just made me laugh outloud when I saw it. So... Just how many bungies does it take to hold on a license plate?

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Anyway. We make it to Floyds, there area bout 25 or so other bikes already there when we pull in.

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I have CFS and it was fun visiting with new and old friends alike. I was hoping to be back at my house before too late so I did not stay too long hanging out and visiting. I was on a mission to get a picture of 1) A Ferry Ride and 2) The Beach. I mention to Calgary_Yogi that I am going to do the above and knowing that he was going back to Houston too today mentioned that we could ride together, that is if he would let me take 20/30 min to take care of the pictures.

Well with a plan in place, he and I leave and head towards the Ferry after a gas stop and a re-orientation to the map.

I am able to get a picture of the Ferry:

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And Graeme on the Ferry

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And finally the Beach:

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The Ferry and the Beach... it is between these two points that my bike starts to be a pain in the neck. As we pull off the Ferry and approach the first stop sign I think I feel a "clunk" or something foriegn. I am not positive but I am now paying attention. While at the beach I check the bike over and dont notice anything alarming. I was a little low on oil, but within limits.... I added 1/3 of a quart of oil and if filled the sight glass up. So after convincing my self that I am just being paranoid, we leave the beach.

On the way back to the ferry, much to my dismay, I am not being paranoid, I am positive that my bike is developing a major problem. That faint "clunk" that I thought I felt earlier, is now a deffinate CLUNK, and I am sure a mechanical failure is occuring.

We get back on the ferry for the ride back across and I dismount to check my final drive. It is cool to the touch and there is not any play in the rear wheel when I grab and try to wiggle at the 12/6 and 9/3 positions. I tell Graeme that I jinxed myself for bragging on this bike but I am going to try to limp it back to Houston as best I can. I get back on the bike and just before the ferry drops the ramps for us to get off, Graeme yells at me for making a mess:

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We ride up to the HEB. The bike is moving under its own power and shifting fine, but I have a really bad problem in the drive train some where. It is almost like I lost a cap to a U-Joint and it is bouncing around inside the swing arm and occasionally it gets a HARD WHACK between the drive shaft and swing arm wall. I don't know, but my guess is that I have lost my tranny seal. It is obvious now that the bike is getting worse, the spedo is gone and the back brake is covered in lube so it makes stopping interesting.

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I know this is a hard photo to comprehend as its upside down. But your seeing the pivot joint on the swing arm where the final drive meet up. I am leaking lube from down the inside of the swing arm.

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After a couple of phone calls to find the hotel where TXMEDIC is staying, where he was generous enough to help me get around for dinner and what not. We make a 3rd trip on the Ferry. (If you look close you can see a BIG SMILE on Graeme's face)

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He gets me to the Hotel and we say good bye with the plan being that he would drive down in the morning with his trailer to fetch me. THANKS AGAIN FOR OFFERING!. I walk a couple of blocks from the hotel to a souviener shop and buy a pair of flip-flops, shorts/shirt and a much needed attitude adjustment from the convienence store on the corner.

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I continue making calls to family and friends and co-workers until my parents called to check on me. I tell them what is going on, and before too much is said... They are leaving Woden and are coming to get me. They get to the Hotel at 1 AM and quickly go to bed.

We get up this morning and by chance are packing up at the same time that TXMEDIC and BLUEDOGOK are. Thank you again for helping me get the pig in the back of the truck.

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We made it back to my house after a very uneventful drive, well all but for this guy on 45N just north of 610:

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I am still happy that I decided to go riding Saturday. It is good to see all of the faces behind the words that I read on this site. I am disappointed that I missed out on shaking hands with Jack G. though.

The bike is still under warranty so the fix should be sorted out fairly quickly. I will let you all know though.

Later
 
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Aw, Duke, sorry to hear about your bike troubles. :-(

It was good to see you again.

I think that you are a candidate for one of those little bells that keep the road gremlins away. :zen:
(not that the one on my wife's scooter has helped any, though :shrug: )
 

Duke

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Aw, Duke, sorry to hear about your bike troubles. :-(

It was good to see you again.

I think that you are a candidate for one of those little bells that keep the road gremlins away. :zen:
(not that the one on my wife's scooter has helped any, though :shrug: )
Sad thing is, I have one on there....

Glad you and your wife were able to get home safely. Hope the repairs to scoot are not too difficult to take car of.
 

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Hello every one,my first pie run and my first ride in 20 years. A good friend got me into riding on the street again and my first ride was the 03/29/08 Pie Run. It was nice to ride again and meet some good riders and was very fun execpt for the wind. I just bought a used VX800 (23,000 Miles) and it ran a little better than me. Can not belive that my first ride in such a long time was 346 miles and I can still sit and stand a day later. Hope to make some more, till then ride safe.
and your first post on the forum... :clap:

:welcome: - glad you made it.

Now, according to my notes, I missed you. Did you come in after everyone has migrated into the restaurant?

(I hate missing somebody) :-(
 
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Chuck, Glad to hear you and Susan are safe at home after a long weekend. Yet you still made the Pie run and "did your duty" above and beyond what anyone would expect considering the situation. Thank you for the post/update. Some of us had heard that Susan "went down" :pray: but had no details which leads one to worry and think the worst. One gutsy lady there :clap: to ride a lame iron horse all they way back home. :rider:
 
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Duke, I can't believe that you would call your dear mother out to pick up a broken motorcycle!!!

That's pretty bad to have the same or similar thing happen again on the BMW. Did they just change the inner components last time? I would insist on whole assembly(ies) being replaced. Sometimes the machining on a housing may just be off enough to cause a very slight misalignment of the outer race of a critical bearing. Replacing moving part components doesn't get to the root of the problem if that might be the case. BMW's QA program is world renown and those kind of failures are disturbing.

Best of luck on getting it back on the road quickly. Did you get the fork seal repaired on the KAW? We wouldn't want you dripping any more oil all over our fair state, now, would we?

Well, another adventure in the bag. Keep the dirty side down.


Chuck, I feel for you, man! These trips are suppossed to be fun and relaxing! This will make the uneventful trips in the future seem boring. Hope everything works out OK.
 
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Finally home from work now.

Just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you that could make it to the Pie Run. Most of you had come from a looong way off.

It was great getting to meet you guys in person and put a face to the names.

Chuck, tell Susan she is one tough cookie ! :rider: Glad she is alright.

Duke, sorry to hear about the mechanical problems.

Oscar (scar04) great meeting you and don't forget to keep us updated on what we talked about. :eat:

Scott (STScott), glad you could make it and let me know if / when you're going to make it down here again

Jack, you must have sneeked out with Seahog because I didn't see you leave.


Man, I've got to get some sleep, it's 0140 hrs :yawn: .......... that's 1:40 AM for you non-military time types. lol


Thanks again for coming everybody. :clap:
 
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Hello every one,my first pie run and my first ride in 20 years. A good friend got me into riding on the street again and my first ride was the 03/29/08 Pie Run. It was nice to ride again and meet some good riders and was very fun execpt for the wind. I just bought a used VX800 (23,000 Miles) and it ran a little better than me. Can not belive that my first ride in such a long time was 346 miles and I can still sit and stand a day later. Hope to make some more, till then ride safe.
I once made an 800 mile day, Russell, Kansas to Port Lavaca, on my VX800. Comfy bike. I don't even wanna THINK about that ride with the SV. :lol2:
 
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We are finally home - my wife is one tough cookie - riding the naked dual-sport maxi-scooter! :eek2: But what do you expect from a gal that has taught 7-8th grade math for 11 years? ;-)

Details at 10:00... :trust:
Glad to hear you two are finally home. Was checking the thread and asking about you two all day yesterday. Sharkey mentioned he and Marci passed you last night, so I knew you were both safe and sound.
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Pie Day!

Susan (torgtuga) and I rode 2-up over to RockPort to have breakfast with Scott (STScott) at the Rockport Bakery. It was very good (all made on site). Scott needed to find a charger for his phone so we headed toward Radio Shack and passed a familiar ST1300 on the way - it turned out to be Rich (Simmons1) who turned around and followed us back to Ingleside.

There was one bike already there at 11:00 - I didn't know if it was one of ours or just a maverick...

I noticed that there were 4-5 bikes already parked at Floyd's about 12:00, so Scott (STScott) and I decided abit later to brave the 1/8 mile ride up the road. Susan wasn't feeling well and decided to go back to bed.

There were a dozen or more bikes already parked on the east side of the restaurant. I recognized several faces and there were a bunch of new ones. So, I started taking notes :mrgreen: and I THINK I got everybody that was there when we went inside (except for Rich and Scott who were being ornery).

This was a day for "Scotts". Here is a familiar Scott (M38A1):
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Carole (Carole Ann) accompanied ScottA1 from Austin. It was her first Pie Run:
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Kory (klb1122) is one of many from the Houston area:
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Zachary (1Bad-X) and Wendy were from just up the coast in Port Lavaca:
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Zed (C50dreamin, on the right) is Zach's brother and from the same area in Palacios (if I remember correctly)
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With the Zimmermans moving away, I was really worried that the end of the alphabet might be left unguarded. However, it looks like Zed and Zach will handle it. :thumb:

:ponder: Every time I hear "zed" I think of the Kawasaki Z1000 - maybe Zed will consider adding one to his stable... :trust:

I knew Jack (Jack Giesecke) wanted to be in a picture since he was in the last one. He is also from Port Lavaca
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One more from Port Lavaca - Steve (Seahog)
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Another Scott (bluedogok) and better-half, Naomi
(the "ok" is for "Oklahoma" if that isn't obvious) :roll:
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This is the third TWT event that Kurt (txmedic) has brought the same bike!
(must be some kind of record) :-P
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Yet another Scott (FJRSTAR), but farther up the coast near Freeport
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Erik (Rainmaker) with his Mom, Kathy, and Debbie (Snoopster)
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Erik and Debbie still commerate their riding tour from a couple of year's ago
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Art (aharbi) is another one from Austin
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Yep, they knew we were coming!
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This was Kurt's chase team: Kelsie, Leigh, and Rhonda
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I think the girls had plans to do some boogie-boarding. I hope Kurt has pictures...

Oscar (scar04) had a run-in with a trailer and was too banged-up to ride. He still puttered over from Laredo in his mosheen:
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...more in a minute...
 
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Erik & I drove down to Ingleside & stayed w/ his folks who just moved down there a few months ago. We did a mini tech day :pound:while over there in the new garage they had just put up. We worked on my shift peg which had been rigged up about 6 months earlier & my passenger peg which wouldn't go back up. Erik replaced the fuse on his horn for a higher voltage. He took the horn off & there was a bunch of rocks & sand in it. He put a shield in there which will protect it from debris in the future.



Erik’s mom Kathy actually got on the bike before the Pie Run for the first time. We made sure to document this one.



As they were going down the street I saw break lights go on as they rounded the corner. Lucky for Rainmaker the cop was facing the other direction.
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It was nice seeing some new faces as well as some familiar ones.

Kathy (Erik’s Mom), Erik “Rainmaker” & I






Susan, sorry to hear about your problems. You were missed at lunch. I'm so glad you were able to make it home. I bet that ride was extremely long. Reminds me of my trip to Colorado. I had 3 drops in one day ..... of course we'll just plan it on the kickstand.

Duke, I can't believe your problems. We say you guys at the HEB as we were looking for a fishing spot. We would have stopped if we knew there were any problems.

Bec, I'm glad that you got up quickly from your get off. Hope that sunburn doesn't blisters.
 

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I think the girls had plans to do some boogie-boarding. I hope Kurt has pictures...
It seems they made better shovels than swimming adjuncts.

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Evidently the Jeep was the best beach toy. They met several local boys. :rolleyes:
 

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more Pie Day...

It was a little dark inside - shady dealings going on? ;-)
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Watch out for ScottA1 with a camera...
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Now, I didn't keep track of all the folks that came in after the main bunch. There was a another group of Houston folks and some others that snuck in. I got some but I am sure I missed some on the other side of the room.

I did get a message from James (Jbay) that he would be late but wanted this one to "count"...

David (Hotair) forced his wife, Ponce, to come along. :yawn:
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Rita and Dwayne (DwayneInfo) toast another Pie Run.
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They brought me a present! Now, this is pure gold - Dublin Dr Pepper!
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Wow! Thanks! :thumb:

Uh, Dwayne, I found these two screws in the box that you gave me - you don't have any loose do you? :-P I can mail them to you if they are needed...
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As we move outside, guess who rolls in? :lol2:
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Yep, it's James (Jbay) - he's late and doesn't want to eat anything.
But... he needs something to take home...
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Well, it looks purty good, too!
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OK, a few more pictures of folks and their rides:

ScottOK (bluedogok) and Naomi
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Rebecca (Squeaky), my virtual daughter.
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Another James (jar675)
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and another Phil (PhilA)
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and one more Scott (STScott) who finally let me have a photo
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Scott and Phil were the last two to ride off (besides me) and kept jabbering away about stuff.
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...one more round coming...
 
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The last installment - pictures of folks riding off into the humidity...

Stuart (Triton22us) and Keith are ready to go
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I tried to account for all the Beemer GSs, but I couldn't figure out who this was! So, speak up and have an alibi!
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ScottA1
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Carole (CaroleAnn)
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Dwayne and Rita
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James (jar675)
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Phil (TX F2)
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ScottST (STScott)
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and Phil (PhilA)
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...and - drum roll please

Oscar needed help to cart out all of his pies that he was taking home: :eek2:
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Except for a few serious pucker moments, it was an enjoyable Pie Run. I enjoyed meeting new folks from this end of the state. This is a great area to visit, too.

My trip odometer on my bike read 948.6 when I got home (the GPS wasn't on all of the time) and some were 2-up, so I get double credit for those, right? ;-)

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If you click on most any of these images, you can get a larger (4X) version - but it may take a while to load... :yawn:
 
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Interesting picture, is that a trick of the light or did you alter it?
 

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Side Trips:

USS Lexington, CV16

See how she got the nickname "The Blue Ghost"?
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Remnants of Device 2F103 - A-7E NCLT from NAS Lemoore, CA. The one from NAS Cecil Field, FLA is supposedly at the Pensacola Naval Air Museum. I got to work on both of them in the 80s. Only thing left is the cockpit (no motion base) and part of the Instructor's Station.
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An older version of the airplane (A-7B)
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I understand that this was a recent addition - an F-18
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activity in the ship channel as seen from the carrier
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I didn't get as many photos at the Texas State Aquarium (or they didn't turn out)
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I liked the dolfins. :)

We visited those above on Friday.
Saturday morning at the marina in Rockport (after breakfast):
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I guess these folks won't be making it to Floyd's... :-P
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Wow Scott, great pics.................... you should be moonlighting as a photographer.

Actually......I do :mrgreen:

I've done a few weddings but now I concentrate mainly on portraits and fun pictures like the ones I posted here.

Thanks for the kind words!!!
 

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A quick photo-captioned recap of my weekend:

Met up with the SW Houston crew at Starbucks in Sugar Land. This cute doggie in the drive-thru line waiting for his morning java.

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The sky was grey and would remain that way for quite a while.

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In Palacios, Duke (dixonduke) joined us and fell in line with the gang.

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We were only ten minutes late for the pie run, but apparently everyone else was early.

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Scott (M38A1) put his map making skills to the test.

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It was good to see Scott (bluedogok) and Naomi again.

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Kurt (txmedic) was heading back across the ferry after lunch, so James (jar675) and I followed his lead to check out the potential for camping on the beach near his hotel.

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Once across, we spotted a photo op that I just couldn't pass up.

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We wandered onto the beach and I waved James ahead, since his XR was more suited to the conditions than my Strom. I guess once I was following him, I forgot I wasn't on the XR with knobbies.

I got going a little faster than I wanted to be going, so I deployed the outriggers and either
a) grabbed the clutch
b) chopped the throttle
c) grabbed the front brake
d) a&b
e) a&c
f) all of the above

The front tire plowed into the sand and took the bike down on its left in what felt like half a second. I remember launching up over the front right of the bike head first and hitting the ground on my right arm/shoulder and rolling over to my back then back to an almost seated position.

I caught my breath and raised my arm so Kurt would see I was ok, then started moving limbs and joints to make sure they were all there and still working. The first thing I remember hurting was a burning sensation on my right elbow/forearm. I was wearing mesh gear, and as I hit the sand it came up into the jacket and rubbed against me while I rolled. As I got up and got my jacket off, I noticed some light red marks in the area but it was just a light abrasion. My elbow was hurting a bit, but I had full motion.

Kurt and James got the bike righted (I heard some grunting, yes - the beast is heavy when it's loaded for camping!) and rolled out of the path of beach traffic. A quick once-over showed I'd knocked the right blinker stalk loose, but the blinker cover was recovered from the sand and reattached. The wiring was all in tact. Kurt noticed the brake lever/handguard assembly being a bit out of whack, which we later adjusted back to a comfortable position.

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The top mounting point on the luggage rack that accepts the lock from my pannier was damaged, so the lock could no longer keep the bag in place. I dug out a tie wrap I keep under the seat and slung it around all four handles of the bags to keep the left one on with tension from the right one. It wasn't pretty, but it would do and I could still get in and out of the panniers.

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We got some offers for help from passers-by checking to make sure I was ok. One couple that was walking on the beach said they saw everything and told me I rolled quite nicely. :lol2:

James said that he didn't see anything in his mirror, but he knew something had happened when he heard my engine rev real high.

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I programmed Kurt's number into my phone in case we needed it, then said goodbye to find ourselves somewhere to pitch our tents and get some campfire dinner started.

We rode down the island and stopped in at Mustang Island State Park, but the camping area had loose, deep sand that I didn't want to attempt to cross. The day use area didn't look bad at all, and it had a parking lot and picnic tables.

We continued south to Padre Island National Seashore. Between James' State Parks Pass and my National Parks Pass, these check-it-out trips weren't costing us anything. ;-)

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The National Park area had too many RVs and generators, so we decided Mustang Island was it for us. We headed back to the grocery store over the bridge in Corpus and loaded up on food and drink. By this time, mother nature was just being cruel - there was a steady drizzle that only let up while we were inside the store. :giveup:

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We picked up some firewood from the gas station so we could grill some steaks and potatoes.

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Well we couldn't make a fire. We tried EVERYTHING - fire starter gel, paper, tissues, even gasoline. We'd get a minute or two of flames, but they were no match for the wind and rain. I pan fried the ribeyes, added them to the seasoned potatoes and onions, and called it dinner.

The wind was going strong most of the evening, but it calmed down enough to lessen the threat of collapsed tents while we slept. I think a few stars even appeared before bedtime.

(to be continued)
 
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All the photos in these ride reports are really well done. I would love to see a similar photo-essay on how y'all pack your bikes for camping. I see in one of Squeaky's pictures two soft-sided bags on top of the paniers. What goes in there? Are those made specificly for that spot? Where do you carry the tent (if any)? What kind of tent fits on a bike. What else do you carry? I am new to having a bike large enough to carry camping gear. I am just curious how others are doing it.
 

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Knowing I'd be sore from the fall, James was kind enough to let me sleep in until a little after 9am.

We wet for a walk down the beach, and I brought my camera.

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The water was cold, but inviting. We walked out onto the jetty and got splashed by the crashing waves.

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It was warm out, but not 'summer hot' yet. I guess I didn't realize how long we were out there walking, but I'd forgotten to put on sunscreen. I made breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs and the remaining meat & potatoes from dinner, then we started packing the bikes for the ride home.

James mentioned I was starting to turn pink and suggessted I put something on over my tank top to block the sun. :doh:

As we left the island, we headed back across the bridge to Corpus Cristi. It was much less intimidating without the wind, rain, and fog like the night before.

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I wanted to go see the big boat. (Yes, Lady Lex - but I called it the big boat) so we headed back towards Ingleside.

Gettin' artsy...

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We headed back up the coast, this time with no plan other than to eventually get back to Houston.

More bridges.

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I saw a sign for the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and wondered what it was. It was still mid-afternoon, so we headed the way the signs pointed and eventually got there.

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The visitor's center was closed, but we looked around and took a break. It was here that I got my first look at my sunburn in a mirror... :eek2:

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While I was putzing around taking pictures of flowers and scenery, James said "Hey, look at that!" I turned and almost jumped out of my (burnt) skin.

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I was just amazed at the size of this thing. I'm a city girl - and even though I live in a bayou city, I'd never seen a gator up close. I was nervous, but stayed safely behind the bikes and just kept snapping pics until he was across the parking lot.

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While heading for home, mother nature opened up the skies and let it rain down. Unlike the night before, this time I pulled off the road and donned my rain gear so I'd be slightly less miserable for the rest of the ride. I was getting chills and was in pain from the sunburn, and exhaustion was setting in. My shoulder and arm were getting stiff, and fighting the gusting wind wasn't helping matters.

One last stop at Jack In The Box to refuel our bodies before the final 70-mile stretch for home. I welcomed the air conditioning blowing on my shoulders.

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My weekend has now been dubbed "crash and burn" :huh2:
 

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I see in one of Squeaky's pictures two soft-sided bags on top of the paniers. What goes in there? Are those made specificly for that spot?
Those bags are a new addition to my panniers, as well as the footman loops they're attached to. Graeme found a write-up on ADVRider about them, since they're perfect for the top of the Zega cases. They are "crampon bags", which ice climbers use to store their sharp shoe-thingys. I got mine online, but they sell them at REI as well. The zippered opening for the main compartment is large, and it has a small zippered pocket as well. The four corner straps (two hook-through, two clips) make positioning it on top of the cases super easy, plus they don't have to be removed to get into the panniers.

On the right, I keep all of my tools, including tire pump and chain lube. It's all easily accessible and I don't have to dig under my seat or into a bag to get to them for quick repairs (like a side-of-the-road adjustment of my brake lever on Sunday).

On the left, I have my rain gear (jacket, pants, and gloves) in the main compartment and my SPoT satellite messenger in the small zippered pocket.

Where do you carry the tent (if any)? What kind of tent fits on a bike. What else do you carry? I am new to having a bike large enough to carry camping gear. I am just curious how others are doing it.
I have my tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow, poles, stakes, and small cooler packed in one pannier and my clothes, stove, stove fuel, Jetboil (yes, I doubled up on this trip), small fire grill, kitchen accessories, toiletries, etc. packed in the other. I've tried to pare my gear down to fit inside my panniers without having to add a bag to the back seat.

Under the seat, I also pack a stow-away duffle bag and bungee net in case I pick things up along the way or can't pack it all back in the way I did at home. ;-)
 
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Very nice report and pictures, Ms. Squeaky. I always enjoy reading your reports and learning from your experience, especially in regards to camping. I want to do some camping but I am having trouble getting up the nerve due to my lack of knowledge in regards to equipment and packing the bike. Sorry to ramble, but thanks again for the post!
 

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I want to do some camping but I am having trouble getting up the nerve due to my lack of knowledge in regards to equipment and packing the bike.
You learn as you go.

Two years ago when we did the Four Bikers And A Monkey trip, we were packed to the hilt, and we were sharing gear and equipment - we didn't need half the clothes we packed, we needed to buy more stuff once we were under way, and I was packed all messy and disorganized.

I hated having things on both the back seat and rear rack of the bike. It meant having to CLIMB onto and off of the bike all the time, and that got old. I've started paring down what I carry to make it all fit in the panniers. We'll see if that works out for trips longer than an overnight. :zen:

Then:

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Now:

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Oh, it's a 2-person, 3-season tent. Can't remember the name right now, but it was on sale at REI because it was a closeout for just under $100.

What I've read/learned for bike camping is that a 2-person tent is good for one person + gear, and a 3-person is good for 2 + gear. Always get a vestibule that can hold boots/panniers, and if you are planning on sharing the tent go for multiple doors.

Right now my tent goes in a stuff sack, then the rainfly and footprint go with it into a larger sack - that keeps whatever dirt/moisture has accumulated on the fly & footprint away from the tent itself while it's packed away. I pack my tent poles separately, since they won't fit in my pannier unless it's diagonally - so I put them in the side, stuff the sleeping bag, sleep pad, and pillow in, then the tent goes across the top of them inside the pannier.

I still want to see if I can get a compression sack to pack the tent down even farther, but then I need to worry about the shape of the compressed sack.

Mellow and/or Trailace were setting up moto camping seminars - this is the kind of stuff I like to learn about and it's a great thing to share ideas & resources for.
 
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On the right, I keep all of my tools, including tire pump and chain lube. It's all easily accessible and I don't have to dig under my seat or into a bag to get to them for quick repairs (like a side-of-the-road adjustment of my brake lever on Sunday).

On the left, I have my rain gear (jacket, pants, and gloves) in the main compartment and my SPoT satellite messenger in the small zippered pocket.



I have my tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow, poles, stakes, and small cooler packed in one pannier and my clothes, stove, stove fuel, Jetboil (yes, I doubled up on this trip), small fire grill, kitchen accessories, toiletries, etc. packed in the other. I've tried to pare my gear down to fit inside my panniers without having to add a bag to the back seat.

Under the seat, I also pack a stow-away duffle bag and bungee net in case I pick things up along the way or can't pack it all back in the way I did at home. ;-)
No wonder you didn't have room to pack the sunscreen.... :trust:
 
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