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Roll the Bones IV

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Another year of RTB has come and gone and in a lot of ways this may have been the best RTB yet. The good news is that no deer were injured by a motorcycle all weekend and, as suspected, the Donkey Hats all displayed their Donkey Hats. Quite proudly and with large gestures towards which bikes not to follow. It sorta worked.

The bad news is it's over and it'll be a full year until RTB 5.

Anyway, enough with the words nobody will read and on to what really matters. Pictures!

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Here's Ken showing everyone how NOT to pick a line.

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Dodey shows us how to get a Polaris stuck.

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Here's one of the ceremonial barcaloungers being hauled in on a Transalp.
 

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is the super 10 still stuck out there or did a friendly local have a excavator to dig it out with?
 
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is the super 10 still stuck out there or did a friendly local have a excavator to dig it out with?
Excavation video is on the way. Here's how it traveled home. Duct tape really can fix everything.

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And here's part 1. Getting Ghost's Polaris unstuck. One thing at a time.

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of7NXqZNkEw&feature=youtube_gdata_player"]RTB IV: Unsticking Ghostrider's Polaris.mp4 - YouTube[/ame]

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i sure hope there are TONS of pictures!!!
I mostly took video. I forgot my real cameras so everything I have is with the cell. I did get my hands on Dodey's camera for a second at the hill. Hopefully he'll post those soon.

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Dody's great home made salsa.
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Fantastic home made beer.
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Even the Butterflys wanted to ride.
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Long lonesome highway.
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I love small town Texas. Bank building.
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Main street- any small town, Texas. I love it.
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Bonfire Friday night.
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Back wheel spinning in a rut.
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Parts coming loose on the BMW.
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It is a lot steeper than this picture makes it look.
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Went over and hit the boulder. Broken bark buster and broke off clutch hand lever.
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Looks like he lost his front wheel. Wrong.
Can you say just like quick sand.
He went over the front and broke off the head light, instruments,
and wind screen. He was OK luckily.

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After a trip to the car wash and some duct tape repair,
just like new.

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Lunch time for some great burgers.
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This was Coby our local tour guide.
A great kid but he says he rides his four wheeler
without a helmet. I tried to talk him into
wearing a helmet but he was not buying it.


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Believe it or not this is a county road. Looks
like someone just drove across this farmer's
field.

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Dody makes better BBQ than any BBQ joint I have
been to.

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Tenere with broken oil pan. Even bent the heavy
steel skid plate.

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Dody, Tom and all of the others did a fantastic job.
Great food, fantastic routes and a great place.
I met a lot of great folks and had an unbelievable time.
Thanks so much for putting this on.
 
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In other news, I. Am.One .Tired.Dude. Apparently 3 hours a night is not quite enough sleep for a slowoldguy anymore. Who knew? Dody and I just got off the phone. RTB5 planning has begun. Let's just see what kinda crap we can throw at y'all for next year. We gots plans. lol

BobbyJ ( who wrote our WWP personal testimonial) and his lovely wife Stephanie want me share their gratitude for the support the attendees showed WWP. Like every year so far, our WWP raffle just keeps gets bigger and better.

The great folks at Cli-Max moto gear (Terry and Dianne Ramsey ) were equally impressed. And loved the barbeque . We can't pull this off without great sponsors and great volunteers and we appreciate you all.

As a personal note from me, not the Rally, I know that I'm "direct" in my delivery. And just a bit profane. And maybe a lot irreverent. Or vice versa. ;) If it offended you, that's all on me. Not the Rally.

To the attendees. This Rally is a labor of love for a small group of like minded friends. Plenty of labor and plenty of love . We are glad to share what we have.

"Adventure in your own backyard." That's our story . Our backyard ain't that bad, is it? Hope y'all agree and hope to see all of y'all again next year. For a bigger and better RTB 5. The slowoldguy
 
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How many wrecked bikes and broken bones does this rally average?
lol Now why would you be asking that on this thread? Today? pm incoming.
Answer:

"Not any more or any less than would be expected at any similar event involving dual sport riding and a lot less than at an off-road riding event."

And , if you'll recall....you've been before and told me you had a great time. Call me for more info. We'll do lunch. ;)



More pics!!!!
 
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"Children at play." Dody suggested that sign might be kinda fitting . We love fun and hate rules. Fight the nanny state! Burn all the Barcaloungers !!

Edited photo for us cell phone folks .
 
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Thanks to all who made RTB 4 happen. This was my first year and I had a blast. Can't think of one negative concerning the event. I will do my best to make all future RTB events. Everyone was super nice and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
 

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This was my second RTB and I had a fantastic time, thanks to Dody, Tom and volunteers that put so much work to make this happen.
Had two full days of paved riding with old and new friends; glad I could make it and hope to participate next year.



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Thanks, DRZBri. Every time I saw you it looked like you had found your "peeps". And remember , it was you who helped me scout the single most favored RTB4 Rally Raid road. Where I promptly ejected my iPhone from its Ram iPhone ejector. Never to be seen again . :)
 
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Thanks, Brian. Every time I saw you it looked like you had found your "peeps". And remember , it was you who helped me scout the single most favored RTB4 road. Where I promptly ejected my iPhone from its Ram iPhone ejector. Never to be seen again . :)
The scouting was almost as fun as the event but I am pretty sure you would have found the road with or without my help. Hopefully I can help more next year. I met so many great folks this weekend I can't wait for the next. Oh yeah, and I owe you lunch on our next ride. Thanks Tom.
 
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Speaking of DRZBri. Here we are waiting on Urals on the iphone eating 1145 loop.

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Oh look, they're here and staging pictures overlooking the lake with a WR250 that just finished playing around inside BORP.

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Thanks, DRZBri. Every time I saw you it looked like you had found your "peeps". And remember , it was you who helped me scout the single most favored RTB4 Rally Raid road. Where I promptly ejected my iPhone from its Ram iPhone ejector. Never to be seen again . :)
Got any contacts at the NSA? Maybe they could track it for ya?!;-)
 
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Scouting is the most fun part for me. I love putting my routes together and driving TXjames nuts with endless changes . The Rally days themselves can get just a little bit in the way of my un-interrupted riding. BTW, Veriest1 found the road. But I got there as fast as I could. ;)
 
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Anybody know who George is on here? He sent me a txt but it never went through. Once George realized I was "that guy" and lived near him, he immediately set off on a mission to get me and the bike home no matter what. I was quite ready to have the wife unit come down in my truck with ramps, but nothing would stop him. He took off and got a trailer from uhaul, and then returned and kept me laughing/beered up until it was time to go. Of course, he kept declining compensation for his efforts or even part of the trailer costs. What a guy! Instead of cringing while hobbling home on my bike, or waiting all night for the cavalry, I spent a couple hours laughing and talking about God, quesadillas, and stray dogs. A good day!

Marine George and his mighty KLR:

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Everyone really went out of their way for me, almost to the point of me feeling pretty embarrassed. Good people I tell you.

The fella in black helmet who dropped his xr400 to come help me (I know we talked for hours and I told you I would forget your name, I forgot almost everyone's name.)even offered up his cabin to me.
 
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Fantastic time. Met lots of great people and had some great riding. Many thanks to the hosts and helpers for making it so enjoyable!

Here's one of the better pics we got of my bike:

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The GoPro video is fun to watch. Will have to cut the good part into a short clip.
 
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Oh, yeah. Forgot this little tidbit at the Stupid Early Riders Meeting. Watch out for deep sand on the abandoned road. Hey. Better late than never, right, Cykel?
 
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The fella in black helmet who dropped his xr400 to come help me (I know we talked for hours and I told you I would forget your name, I forgot almost everyone's name.)even offered up his cabin to me.
There's footage in this clip of that xr400 climbing the hill. I agree, he was a super cool guy.I wish I could remember his name.

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2YIp4ptHcI&feature=youtube_gdata_player"]RTB IV: KLR, XR400, and KTM on the hill.mp4 - YouTube[/ame]

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Sure was glad that the headlight that left it's housing still worked. It was needed for my longest night ride in the rain and fog, but that did not even dampen the enjoyment of the rally. What a great group of missfits and each of us know this is the type of group that we fit.
 
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SOG, your PM box is full, but the answer is "sure thing" as long as you don't have any time critical things (I'm offline a few days at a time.)
 
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Had a great time! Many thanks to Dody and SOG and all the other volunteers it takes to put on an event of this magnitude.

I didn't take enough pictures as is always the case. Here's a couple.

Clean bikes to start
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Rib Run
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Just outside of Blum
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We swear we did the dirty raid the right direction, but ended up at the burger shack 20 miles from the end somehow
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Definitely need these on this trip!
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Playing in Little Utah on the way back
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So I got a late start, about 10 AM because since I waited to put my new tire on until the night before, I pinched my tube of course. But that's because I neglected to use the right technique, putting a softly inflated tube in the tire, then putting the rim on.

So, based on some old tracks from Mudclod, and some other older RTB tracks I put together a route that unbeknown to me ran me right throught the middle of Fort Hood! None of these roads were closed, and I only came on to a couple of uniformed guys at one check point where I had to turn around. Along the side of the road were big muddy tank tracks and I also passed numerous training and shooting ranges.

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The ride up was perfect, clear just a bit chilly the bike very happy. All the rain really greened up the fields! While my route up was mostly
paved, they were excellent back roads with no traffic!

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Roll the Bones HQ, just off of Hyway 22, is an excellent location! Its at the edge of Lake Whitney, which is way down maybe 20 feet off normal.
Little Rocky Lodge and Resort was our party palace for the weekend, and the owner, who is Eastern European was excited to have all these bikes in!
This venue is real cozy and comfortable making for some great socializing and hanging out.
The turn in is a bit hard to spot, and its a short jaunt down a residential street before you it the Lodge at the end of the road.
The cabins were built in the 1950s, there is room for camping, and the cooking/hang out spot is centrally located. Word is this has been quite the
location for folks from Dallas to come down and fish, for years and years.

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GhostRider and his crew served up some awesome food, it was no disappointment! What a bargan, GhostRider really shows a ton of Texas style hospitality.

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I rolled out real early, like 7:30 while SOG read the riot act to the other inmates at the riders meeting....I was specting to get over run
by hoards of DS riders, but I was on my own most all the way! The riding is a great mix of back country paved roads, graded gravel,
actual dirt roads, and a couple of major mud pits, which I managed to avoid.

I enjoyed this dirt road that turned off between some fields, it reminded me of far West Texas!

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Numerous dual sport riders checked into this nice spot, and were greeting by one lone cook/waitress who said everyone else that works there
got so drunk the night before, she was the only one that came in....she made a call and dragged the owner in....the burgers were good home style cookin
from what I heard.

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I managed to make it to Loco Coyote BBQ, and met up with some riders. Its some of the best BBQ Ive had and the service is very friendly. Warning the portions are Texas size and
will leave you in a coma. I had to take half back for dinner later! http://www.letseat.at/lococoyotegrill

On Steiner Valley Ranch I ran into this couple on their BMW side hack rig, the road on the Rance is excellent, beautiful views.

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I managed to snap a few other riders too:

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Sweet rusty tractor, some how kind of fits with my XRR, both are at home in rural Texas.

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Recent rains made the roads perfect, and greened up things, along with some nice wild flowers.

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Back at the crib, things were rocking and rolling....SoloRider has his Ural really sorted now!

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The sexist bike, a very awesome Rothmans decked out TransAlp! The owner actually found it on Ebay, and later scored a matching Rothmans leather jacket.

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Good to see some great friends and people rocking the RDS beanies!

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Of course Brad broke out the Cowboy wok, getting everyone breakfast then teaching his skills class for anyone that wanted in the sand pit!

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Part of the crew that put on such a great event!

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The weather held out till later Sat night when big thunderstorms, lighting hit.....enough shelter was available, and the rain got real heavy
at night....pounding down with thunder and lightening! My tent held up well a small wet spot in the end where my bag was pushed up
on at the end, but I stayed dry. In the morning Starbucks Via powered coffee was a life saver!

GhostRider really has turned on a lot of people to some hidden gems in Texas. Fantastic roads, no traffic, and lots of great people to hang out with!
Lets pitch in and help make it happen again next year!
 

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This was my first ride with RTB and had a good time for sure! Here is a short clip of the only video worth sharing. We ended up 1st on this section of the Dirty and ran into the downed tree. Took a few min to get the bypass cleared out and on we went. Hope everyone found the trail..

[ame="http://vimeo.com/77940264"]Roll The Bones 2013 on Vimeo[/ame]
 
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Thanks Dody and Crew for a great time.
The riding and the food were both awesome.
The Fireworks Show Saturday Night must have been something out of this World. Even though I had already bedded down in my little tent right by the Lake, I got the full enjoyment of the flashes and the booming sound reverberating from the Rock Canyon below. Amazing !

You guys showed that Roll the Bones Cares! :clap:
 
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Here's the intrepid travler on his dl650 working his way up Arkysaw Hill.

If you missed the chance to talk to him you missed out. He's supposed to be making a ride report over on The Mothership.

He said something about being on the road for 3 months at some point and when asked how he was going home he said, "I'm not." This guy is livin' it.

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRqzIZSS0f4&feature=youtube_gdata_player"]RTB IV: V-Strom goes up Arkysaw Hill.mp4 - YouTube[/ame]
 
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In OTHER news I talked to Slowoldguy last night and we schemed up a couple of treacherous ideas for the little bikes and those making the cry for more technical terrain.

In short RTB V will be amazing and include something we've never before.

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Interesting in that some folks thought some of the stuff was TOO technical and some thought not Technical enough:sun: Arkysaw hill proved to be pretty technical for newer riders and large bikes and Polaris Rangers:eek2: Several riders told me they would not have survived short of the Riding class on Friday with UlyBrad(MANY THANKS TO BRAD!!!)

Speaking of which, Brad will be doing a FULL clinic at the Ghost Ranch in November or early December. It will be limited to 8 students. The price and date will be annouced soon.

For next year, I will try to get Brad to teach again. I will put together a Noob Trail(Yardracer special;-)). For those who want to be challenged I will build the trail from HADES including single track;-)
 
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Here's the intrepid travler on his dl650 working his way up Arkysaw Hill.

If you missed the chance to talk to him you missed out. He's supposed to be making a ride report over on The Mothership.

He said something about being on the road for 3 months at some point and when asked how he was going home he said, "I'm not." This guy is livin' it.

RTB IV: V-Strom goes up Arkysaw Hill.mp4 - YouTube
Alexander Rae. He is living large. ;)
 
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Just wanted to say thanks to the staff that put this all together. They are getting better every year. Personally, I preferred this years venue compared to years past.

Speaking of which, Brad will be doing a FULL clinic at the Ghost Ranch in November or early December. It will be limited to 8 students. The price and date will be annouced soon.
If this becomes quarterly, that would be awesome. Sadly, I'm grounded for the most part until spring due to work, but I wish I could. ;) I for some reason I get a flight pass, I may come down just to hang out and give a helping hand anywhere needed. I've heard nothing but great things about those who took Brad's mini class, and know he's a great guy from other riding events. Just watch just stories.


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Interesting in that some folks thought some of the stuff was TOO technical and some thought not Technical enough:sun: Arkysaw hill proved to be pretty technical for newer riders and large bikes and Polaris Rangers:eek2: Several riders told me they would not have survived short of the Riding class on Friday with UlyBrad(MANY THANKS TO BRAD!!!)

Speaking of which, Brad will be doing a FULL clinic at the Ghost Ranch in November or early December. It will be limited to 8 students. The price and date will be annouced soon.

For next year, I will try to get Brad to teach again. I will put together a Noob Trail(Yardracer special;-)). For those who want to be challenged I will build the trail from HADES including single track;-)
if i'm off the week he chooses to do it, i want one of the spots!! i need some help handling that big heavy bike. especially in sand.
 
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Interesting in that some folks thought some of the stuff was TOO technical and some thought not Technical enough:sun: Arkysaw hill proved to be pretty technical for newer riders and large bikes and Polaris Rangers:eek2: Several riders told me they would not have survived short of the Riding class on Friday with UlyBrad(MANY THANKS TO BRAD!!!)

Speaking of which, Brad will be doing a FULL clinic at the Ghost Ranch in November or early December. It will be limited to 8 students. The price and date will be annouced soon.

For next year, I will try to get Brad to teach again. I will put together a Noob Trail(Yardracer special;-)). For those who want to be challenged I will build the trail from HADES including single track;-)
so you love me after all......lol

I REALLY loved the route Tom made for me including the water and the yikes moments!!!!!

And I had a MOST excellent leader in Kaiser!!!!! He was perfect!!!!!!!

I will show up for that class to watch and help!!!
 
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Michaela's Big Adventure route was a hit for everybody from the Noobs to the Pros. Glad to write it for you. It looks like you had a grand time . ;)
 
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