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Bit of a spontaneous ride to eat last evening.
Wife and I took the little bike to Glenrose to the Riverhouse Cafe.
Riverhouse is a converted turn of the century 2 story home located just off the square .

We arrived about 7pm, at the tail end of a huge, day long crowd that ran service waaaaaay into the evening with a few bridal showers and not one but two wedding rehersal dinners. Took about 45 minutes to get a menu, they were that slammed. The wait was pleasent sitting on the porch with coffee and flat bread.
the staff performed yeoman service and soldiered on and got things done in admirable fashion. And what the hey...we're relaxing on the weekend so what's the rush anyway?
The wife has eaten there on several occasions and commented that the slow service was not typical at all.

When the food was served it was excellent. We had previously been to a private dinner at Bernards Mill museum in Glenrose catered by Riverhouse and had a pretty good idea the food would be worth any delay in service. It was!
I had the Voodoo blackened shrimp pasta. The shrimp would make a cajun blush and the pasta would bring tears of joy to the eyes of any Italian.
We left right after the 9pm close, and plan on returning.
http://www.theriverhousegrill.net/
 

jfink

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Bit of a spontaneous ride to eat last evening.
Wife and I took the little bike to Glenrose to the Riverhouse Cafe.
Riverhouse is a converted turn of the century 2 story home located just off the square .

We arrived about 7pm, at the tail end of a huge, day long crowd that ran service waaaaaay into the evening with a few bridal showers and not one but two wedding rehersal dinners. Took about 45 minutes to get a menu, they were that slammed. The wait was pleasent sitting on the porch with coffee and flat bread.
the staff performed yeoman service and soldiered on and got things done in admirable fashion. And what the hey...we're relaxing on the weekend so what's the rush anyway?
The wife has eaten there on several occasions and commented that the slow service was not typical at all.

When the food was served it was excellent. We had previously been to a private dinner at Bernards Mill museum in Glenrose catered by Riverhouse and had a pretty good idea the food would be worth any delay in service. It was!
I had the Voodoo blackened shrimp pasta. The shrimp would make a cajun blush and the pasta would bring tears of joy to the eyes of any Italian.
We left right after the 9pm close, and plan on returning.
http://www.theriverhousegrill.net/
WOW, thanks for this report and the recommendation! Each Easter, we have a family event with our children. This year we will be in Glen Rose at the Inn on the River. Your recommendation helps with some of the eating options.
 
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Summer Grove, LA
Nothing as enticing as Voodoo blackened shrimp pasta, but yesterday afternoon I did meet up with a couple Louisiana fellows with brand-spanking-new dual sports bikes and took a short ride out thru the Bodcau Wildlife Management Area to Cotton Valley & back. Here's Ken on his new DRZ400 & Jay on his new CRF250L -- and my old bike :rolleyes: -- at Ivan Lake:

 
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Feb 1, 2007
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Ten Sleep, WY
Good stuff dudes! Glad to see you guys are getting in some wheel time before summer cooks your brains.

I'm still sneaking out here but have forgotten the camera on the last few, so cell phone shots only... and no cleanup on the computer because my monitor is acting up :(.

First, kid is having a ball with his Oset ;-). This was coming home after ripping it up in the dirt.


Loving the time change... finally light out until a usable hour so I snuck out with some friends after work on Thursday.

Goofing around with the MegaLR.


Old buddy of mine on his first motorbike, heading through a lava field.


The hamming dude ended up in a 6' deep icy mud-puddle about 10 seconds after this picture... completely drenched.


Ripped a bunch of powerline road until we ran into snow and mud, and then hit singletrack back to the trailhead that night.

Saturday morning me and the MegaLR guy snuck out for a fast desert rip. The guy's been on motorbikes for a long time, but on dirt for only a couple months. And I'll deny this to my grave, but he's faster than I am in the open desert. On a KLR. :doh: (Takes more risks too...)

Topping out a rather steep climb (see the tiny road in the background?)


Beauty and the Beast


Riding in March... somebodies gotta do it.


Cool old ranch landmark.


Have I mentioned that I enjoy the riding up here?
 
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T'orndale!
Back to commuting on the old girl after Big Bend, stopped to eat lunch on Cameron Road, near the Equestrian center between Parmer Road and 130....and found a great shady spot to rest (summer is coming) and a concrete water crossing that is doable on a KLR, but a bit slick..... Sodapop told me that a Pflugerville teacher was killed at this crossing during times of flooding, and that is why they built the new and higher bridge.
 

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Lugged all my gear to work this morning and then rode the bike back after lunch so I could sneak out after work. No sure thing today, we've been getting hammered at work and the weather went a bit south but what the heck. Last minute announcement on my little Moto Bend Facebook page and I had a taker, my buddy Mike Gray on his beast of a KLR.

Headed out with the temp in the upper 30s and ran into light snow before getting to the trailhead. Tried to thaw the fingers a bit before we hit dirt.

Dirt was amazing after a day and a half of good rain, although definitely had to pay attention. Lots of semi-frozen ruts, semi-frozen mud, and thoroughly frozen rocks.

Got into the lava field and had to thaw my fingers on the motor. Nice sun and snow at the same time.


Made it all the way down to one of our summer riding areas with some challenging riding. It was hard to tell if it was dry or slippery/icy....

Got in some pretty good snow/ice riding at the turnaround point, got slightly lost for a bit, and then managed find the powerline back home. Sunset while going through this area is stunning.


How true Mike's helmet is. Pace was pretty high and the steering damper probably saved me at least twice tonight. Mike almost wadded it up in a downhill rock garden right in front of me, epic save. Also got to see a whole herd deer crossing in front...


Snow was covering our tracks on the way back and freezing the mud and water, pretty challenging but lots of fun. Stopped at Good Life Brewery for beer and dinner and friends. Good ride, good times, Good Life.
 
You and your wife are portable, Vinny. Go where the riding is good! :trust:

Contemplating some additional life changes up here, we'll see what happens.
If his wife is anything like mine, the roots run deep in this area and take priority over my needs. We hope to come up with a compromise for the retirement years. But for her home will always be Central Texas.
 
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Interesting ride today.....got to see how a different group of bikers rides.....Jenn and I rode with the Louis Run 2013 crowd out of Thorndale, this is the 13th CC benefit ride and it attracts mostly cruisers, bobbers and loud harleys.........There was one Stelvio, one Goldwing, and Jenn and I were the only dual sports. Most of the riders started drinking first thing in the am, then left Thorndale about 11:30 for the next bar and town 35 miles away, and so on and so forth.....we followed them to the third bar (drinking coffee) and decided that we had enough. We made about 100 miles, and caught some gravel on the way home....much to the chagrin of sweetwife.......:lol2: well, how's she gonna learn if she doesn't ride it???? :shrug:
pic1) The crowd in Thorndale
pic2) My favorite bobber, handbuilt and named "CRACKNASTY", that son of buck naked weasel would idle about 15 rpm, and sounded like a grizzly fixin' to eat someone!!
 

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You and your wife are portable, Vinny. Go where the riding is good! :trust:

Contemplating some additional life changes up here, we'll see what happens.
Getting her masters at UT. 1 more year. Then Asheville or Ft Collins.

Rode Emma long with a couple of guys today. 4 laps.
Riding Lago tomorrow. Planning on being sore monday:flip:
 
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granbury,tx
What a great day for a couple hundred mile ride. The heavy rains this morning left all them gravel roads/goatpaths north of Desdemona to I-20 and east to Patilo are in great muddy shape. Tudor and 107 were lots wetter than Deep Down on my way to the Loco Coyote to pick-up ribs for supper to take home.
 
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What a great day for a couple hundred mile ride. The heavy rains this morning left all them gravel roads/goatpaths north of Desdemona to I-20 and east to Patilo are in great muddy shape. Tudor and 107 were lots wetter than Deep Down on my way to the Loco Coyote to pick-up ribs for supper to take home.
Cleatus, how's the new leaner flying?! :sun:
 
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Jennings,La.
In the months of December and January, I decided to attempt to ride my KLR on every Jefferson Davis Parish road that I could. In the end , I had over 1700 miles involved and still had a few roads to do. I was doing anywhere from 40 to 80 miles per day and saving the track files then downloading them to my computer at the end of the day. At the end, the map was starting to look like this


Amazing the things you run across on this kind of a quest as probably 50% of the roads are gravel. With many though rice fields , etc.





and many leading to dead ends of a gated farmer's field



Some running in very low lying areas



And, every once in awhile, even meeting traffic.


And, of course, a pic of the Parish Map



Along with the weapon of choice.

 
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Summer Grove, LA
In the months of December and January, I decided to attempt to ride my KLR on every Jefferson Davis Parish road that I could. In the end , I had over 1700 miles involved and still had a few roads to do....
Attempting to ride every road in the parish/county is a big undertaking. I started a project to ride every road in Sabine Parish when I was working down there in 1996. My job played out after a mere ~300 miles and barely a dent in the project. Lots of fun tho -- found lots of dead-end roads plus a few washed-out bridges.
 
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Jennings,La.
I've stopped and let a few gators finish crossing roads down here. You DON'T want to hit one on a bike.
Many dead end roads, bridges washed out or blocked due to now passing inspection ( but I'm able to get the KLR though many of those , but have to be cool about it as I'm a solo traveler ) . I just picked up an Acadia Parish Map yesterday so that project is fixing to start. ;-)
Now here in this next photo was one I took yesterday North of Crowley, LA on LA 98. Just made me smile big time and did a U turn to get it.
 
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Thanks Dave C for coming over yesterday and sharing the Milam gravel....we rode the Lexington loop, got a Herks burg....what a spotless afternoon! Couple KLR's thumping through the countryside!
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Took my daughter for her first ride on her new bike. did some start and stop drills, figure eight and small track riding. She is picking it up much faster than I expected. Sound like she had a blast.


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Gonna need some photo's GG.
Sorry we were pressed for time and didn't stop! :doh:

What a fantastic day for a ride! I took the wife out on the back of the ST1100 and we did about 100 miles and then had some lunch.

I saw another TWTer at 304 and 71 in Bastrop as well.

http://goo.gl/maps/DrKLE
Nice route, Joel!

Took my daughter for her first ride on her new bike. did some start and stop drills, figure eight and small track riding. She is picking it up much faster than I expected. Sound like she had a blast.

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Awesome!

And, I made a good 150 today to east central Austin and back, found some nice roads near 969 and north, Taylor, Nechez Trace, Gilbert, and then headed north towards Bastrop and nearly got lost on Ingrid, bunch of girl named roads, then came back out on 969 to 1704.....and home....:sun:
Pic1) Nice ranch at the end of gravel Gilbert Rd. past the new school....which had announcements in english and spanish for all the kiddos.
Pic2) Visited the pretty glass/wood pavilion at the Travis Cty. park on Blake Manor Rd.
Pic3) A beautiful touring Strom next to a sweet Vette......somewhere in a lil central Texas town! ;-)
 

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Made about 180 or so today, working to Lago Vista and back, rode aransas bend park and looked at some partially developed real estate.....nice trails all over the place......rode nameless on the way home......but it's not really nameless is it?

Pic1) Looking north near the water at Aransas Bend Park
Pic2) Back up in the cove a bit.....shows the lack of water better (worse?!)
Pic3) Looking at Real Estate in Lago! :lol2:

A tad windy...but a great day!!
 

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#2 is a nice shot of a bad situation. Looks like a fun day "in the office".
Thanks Bruce....boy we all need to pray for rain......
And, made another 130 or so today, saw the crew (and even healing Fred!) at Ken's.....
Pic1) obligatory bluebonnet shot
pic2) outstanding in the field, near Structure, Texas.
 

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That spot looks familiar...FiddyK saw a line up the bank...

FiddyK rides Lake Travis - YouTube
Cool Jake! Minus my panniers I'd a tried it! :sun:

And, what a day to ride today.little over 100 miles...had lunch with a good friend, found a nudist colony not far from McDade, and lots of flowers to behold....love that red dirt and shade all round....
Pic1) Nudist colony/ranch "Star Ranch" having a nude 5K this weekend...c'mon all you runners!! :rofl:
Pic2) More flowers in the sandy country....:sun:
 

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To Bastrop and back, lunch with DaveTx, rode Sayers, found a cool sandy lane off of big sandy road, and saw MotoTex in surprising good condition! He can put some weight on his leg and I am so glad to see that healing process continue! :sun:
On the way home I was feeling flippant and the KLR needed a nap.......
Pic1) An Odor of Verbena
Pic2) Hush little baby, night night.......
 

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Made about 260 miles today (so far).......
Took the Quota transmission to MPH in Houston:
Pic1 - Leaving, yes there is a tranny in that box!
Pic2- Harris county Polo fields, stretch break
Pic3- MPH, a busy place!!

I left at 7:30 am, was about 75 and balmy, got rained on between Deanville and Brenham but it was warm and I dried out nearly between Chappell Hill and Katy..
The way home was a real stinker, I don't have rain pants and my boots and pants were soaked and was chilly on the way home....I wonder what 60MPH heading into rain and a 20MPH+ north wind on a 55 degree day translates into, windchill wise.....it was brisk! :sun:
I can't wait to get the Quota back on the road!!
 

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Cool, found a nudist colony not far from McDade, and lots of flowers to behold.....
Pic1) Nudist colony/ranch "Star Ranch" having a nude 5K this weekend...c'mon all you runners!! :rofl::sun:
I KNEW there was somewhere else I was planning on being that day:trust:, but couldn't remember where. I ended up riding with Swamp Fox & Old Timer that day instead,:rider: see RR "In Honor of Moses Rose".
 
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Freeport
Planning to meet a buddy in Lake Jackson tomorrow morning and ride down to Galveston for the day. I'll be sure to grab some pics.

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Granbury Tx
The wife an I are looking for a way to spend today.
She remembers in Texas Monthly an article about a an archeological find in Waco.

http://www.waco-texas.com/cms-waco-mammoth/page.aspx?id=174

In reading the site, it sits on 100 acres. Sounds impressive and well, any excuse makes for a good ride.
100 miles to Waco from Granbury, with a stop at the Story Book Cafe in Glenrose for a good sandwich, and stop in at the visitor center at the dig site. $16.00 later............
Walk down a trail about 100 yards, enter a building that's about 100 X 100 and there's the dig. All of it. In one building. 100 x 100. But it does really sit on a 100 acre property!
In truth it was interesting and the docent did a bang up job of presenting the material.
There are several remains, full and partial, at the site, which spans about 10,000 years.
We were in awe that we're standing on a walkway looking down on these creatures who arrived here 50,000 years before we did this afternoon, and that their ancestors had drunk from the same watering hole, and died in the same place as they.
It was a good ride. Andd we left before we drank that same water!
 
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The wife an I are looking for a way to spend today.
She remembers in Texas Monthly an article about a an archeological find in Waco.

http://www.waco-texas.com/cms-waco-mammoth/page.aspx?id=174

In reading the site, it sits on 100 acres. Sounds impressive and well, any excuse makes for a good ride.
100 miles to Waco from Granbury, with a stop at the Story Book Cafe in Glenrose for a good sandwich, and stop in at the visitor center at the dig site. $16.00 later............
Walk down a trail about 100 yards, enter a building that's about 100 X 100 and there's the dig. All of it. In one building. 100 x 100. But it does really sit on a 100 acre property!
In truth it was interesting and the docent did a bang up job of presenting the material.
There are several remains, full and partial, at the site, which spans about 10,000 years.
We were in awe that we're standing on a walkway looking down on these creatures who arrived here 50,000 years before we did this afternoon, and that their ancestors had drunk from the same watering hole, and died in the same place as they.
It was a good ride. Andd we left before we drank that same water!
Thank you for the tidbit of history! :sun:
 
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Freeport
Went and met a buddy in Angleton today for a little ride. We ran down to Surfside and took the San Luis Pass to Galveston. We cruised the Seawall and grabbed some crawfish for lunch. Beautiful weather and excellent day.




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Did an after lunch ride up to Palomar Mtn via Nate Harrison Grade which is basically a dirt road up the west side of the mountain that runs though Palomar State park. At least partially. Some of it is on Indian Reservation land. Once I got to the top I had a Mexican coke and bag of peanuts from the little store then rode down the south grade (the really twisty road that everyone loves) then back up and over then down Nate Harrison Grade.

About a 130 miles total from the Barracks up there and back.





Just on the east side of Palomar State Park


This one lane "road" looks like it hasn't been maintained since it was originally put in. At random spots you find huge potholes and ruts where half the road is gone. This was in the state park




Wonder how long this sign has been down. The road looks like it gets very little traffic.




The dirt road you see below is part of Nate Harrison Grade. It winds and snakes it way up the side of the mountain starting at around 400 feet and ending at 5600ish feet once you get into Palomar state park. Parts of it have a steep drop off that would have you tumbling 100+ feet to the next "step" if you went over the side.


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Interesting history on the road that someone on ADV rider found

http://www.sandiegotraveltips.com/public/Nate_Harrison_Grade_Adventure.cfm
 
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Did an after lunch ride up to Palomar Mtn via Nate Harrison Grade which is basically a dirt road up the west side of the mountain that runs though Palomar State park.
That area is on my bucket list for the next year. I have heard that area are having the most technical road in southern California...Route 76 near Escondido—aka Palomar Mountain Road—looks like a cool 20+ mile road...epic that swoops and climbs through the mountains of Cleveland National Forest. From the maps it looks like back-to-back hairpin turns, multiple decreasing-radius turns and smooth pavement that lets you lay it down.

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RB
 
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That area is on my bucket list for the next year. I have heard that area are having the most technical road in southern California...Route 76 near Escondido—aka Palomar Mountain Road—looks like a cool 20+ mile road...epic that swoops and climbs through the mountains of Cleveland National Forest. From the maps it looks like back-to-back hairpin turns, multiple decreasing-radius turns and smooth pavement that lets you lay it down.

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RB
76 runs at the base of Palomar Mtn. The road that everyone rides is generally the "South Grade" and it does have really good pavement. The "East Grade" past the general store at the top has rougher pavement and less curves and elevation change. But either end of the road connects back into 76.

If you ever get out here while I'm here we'll link up and I'll take you on a day or two tour of all the famous/great roads in the area.

So far the two biggest (famous) ones I've been on out here have been Palomar and Mullholand Hwy. No I didn't see Leno when I was on it :giveup:

The road coming over the hill from Banning California is pretty amazing too. From almost sea level to 5000+ feet and you can still see the city from the side of the hill :rider:
 
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