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Round the Bend? Time for a ride report yet?

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A short distance in, the road climbed up to the top of a mesa. The view was spectacular.

Looking south, from where we had just ridden
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Big Don with northern mountains in the background
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Rick M
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What goes up must come down. This very steep road was the way off the mesa and was a bit of a challenge to ride. As usual, pics don't adequately show just how steep the road really is.
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Once off the mesa, we rode the part of the route called "the bog" because when it's wet it can permanently trap a vehicle.

Rick M and Milton at the old truck sunk to the frame in "the bog"
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The easiest truck bed in the world to load your bike in. No ramp needed. Big Don demonstrates.
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A little further we came upon the first gate of the day. The locals "herd" us and came to have a look.
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This black number wanted a closer look at Milton.
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The riding was just excellent. Lots of elevation changes, twists and turns.
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Can you tell that Milton was having a really good time?
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Big Don
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A different herd checking us out.
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more to come...
 
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The first 25 miles or so of Chispa Rd were just great riding. Class 3 with a nice variety of challenges - dirt, rock, sand, silt, pea gravel, elevation changes, ruts, etc.

Rick M and Big Don
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Working the curve
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The scenery was excellent.
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The riding was great.
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more to come...
 
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The team:

Big Don
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Rick M
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Milton
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A Rio Grande river valley full of trees
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The sand and silt areas were challenging.
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Chispa Rd is about 56 miles long. To me, the southern 25 miles were the most fun. The northern 30 miles or so were okay, but, for me, not nearly as fun as the first half of the route. My advice would be to ride the first 25 miles and then turn around and ride back versus riding the entire length.

The road became easier and civilization became increasingly evident as we rode north.
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Five hours of riding brought us to the end of Chispa Road and four border patrol agents. There are sensors set up along the road to alert the border patrol to traffic so they can check out who/what/why. The four agents were casually standing on the side of the road with the flashing lights on the top of the truck lit up, letting us know they wanted to speak with us. After a short, pleasant conversation about who we were and what we were doing, we continued on our way. I forgot to ask them for a picture.

And with that, the dual sport part of the day was over. The Dizzer did great. It performed nearly flawlessly on the first day of its maiden voyage, with the only mechanical issue being a lost bolt on the chain guard. I was really comfortable on the bike and, so far, it had fully met my expectations.
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I was hoping to meat a few folks, but I guess we were too busy riding... We went to the rider meeting on Friday morning briefly, but decided to get a jump on the mob...

I got the grand tour on Friday: Maverick, River Road, Black Gap, back to River Road East, lunch in the Village, then Old Ore, Terlingua Ranch, North Co Rd, South Co Rd, and back on Fulcher... 200-some-odd miles... what an awesome day!

Saturday we went, well, I don't know where we went but it began behind the ghost town... we did mostly exploring in areas that Gary (BajaRat) and John (Irondawg) hadn't been yet, and found some awesome trails and potential loops for next time.

I'm still picking dust boogers.

Early Friday morning...
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Clayton taking pictures of me taking pictures
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Day one, somewhere around Black Gap
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The rock that took Steve Jr's life on Old Ore and a sobering moment from our riding high...
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Day 2...

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Resting while Gary lets his noggin stop ringing... he had a failed attempt at a climb :doh:
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We only got a couple of miles on this trail before we turned around; Gary wasn't feeling well.
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Dao taking it in on the trail before we turned around... He really wrang that little 230's neck that weekend :lol2:
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A few of my "other" photos...
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What about that Chispa road on a GS or KTM 950?
I wouldn't do it. I would even opt for a DRZ over a KLR on this route, simply because it would be much easier on the lighter bike. To be fair, I don't have any experience with the KTM and have only ridden a GS once, so take that into account.
 
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why wouldn't they serve cobbler on the patio? :ponder:
A new management rule that got put into place. You can only have items off of the "patio menu" on the patio. All other items are banned.:rolleyes:

Me thinks that if Ed has his way, this will be overturned in no time flat.:trust:
 
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A new management rule that got put into place. You can only have items off of the "patio menu" on the patio. All other items are banned.:rolleyes:

Me thinks that if Ed has his way, this will be overturned in no time flat.:trust:
that has got to be one of the dumbest rules, only patio food on the patio :doh: . I wonder what the logic is behind it? easier cleanup?

almost as bad as a sign I saw on a table: "water+lemons+sugar=lemonaide. You will be charged accordingly" :eek2:
 
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that has got to be one of the dumbest rules, only patio food on the patio :doh: . I wonder what the logic is behind it? easier cleanup?
Patios are inconvenient for wait staff, but still, a lot of people like to eat outside (like me), so I say if you are going to have a patio, then serve it.
 
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Friday

Friday was a non-riding day for me, but I did get some pics at the Friday morning riders meeting and at the Friday evening story telling/tire kicking session on the front porch.

Milton and Pink Lloyd fighting the morning chill with a cup of joe
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The Mrs and I
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Texas Cactus. Amazing how they naturally grow that way, isn't it?
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Betty Boop attended this year. I hear she mostly just wanted to meet Uncle.
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The infamous Dirtbike Dave
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Uncle
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Robert Stallones
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C.C. (Carla Cay) and Chris
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John Primo and Phil (the guy in charge of Kathy's fire)
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wow good photos, you just got that camera? did you alter them after? (eitherway great photos)
Thanks. The last 3 are from a newish camera, yes (Nikon D90), and there was definitely some post processing involved :-P The rest were from my D50, with minimal post, since I shoot raw.
 
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Kathy's Kowgirl, Friday morning
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Friday Jeff, PinkLloyd, RickM, BigDon, newbie Baja Boo, and I did Maverick Road to Santa Elena, Castolon, the River Road East, Black Gap and back home.
Santa Elena Canyon from Maverick Road
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Baja Boo
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Meeting Rusty and his group on the River Road
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Traffic jam on River Road. 2 different groups stopped in the middle of nowhere to admire Punta de la Sierra
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Rusty and crew
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Jeff and his new (to him) Dakar
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Out on the River Road
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Here we split up. Boo didn't know what to make of my good friends' jivin' about my navigational skills.
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After Black Gap Road. A piece of cake.

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I got the grand tour on Friday: Maverick, River Road, Black Gap, back to River Road East, lunch in the Village, then Old Ore, Terlingua Ranch, North Co Rd, South Co Rd, and back on Fulcher... 200-some-odd miles... what an awesome day!
Whoa. That's an awesome ride. :giveup:
Next year! :rider:
 
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WARNING - For those folks that stayed at the Motor Inn and used a Credit Card

Checked my on-line credit card bill this evening and found that the Motor Inn has kindly charged my credit card on Monday and Tuesday of this week with 4 seperate charges totaling over $450. :eek2: :eek2:
 
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WARNING - For those folks that stayed at the Motor Inn and used a Credit Card

Checked my on-line credit card bill this evening and found that the Motor Inn has kindly charged my credit card on Monday and Tuesday of this week with 4 seperate charges totaling over $450. :eek2: :eek2:
Dang, that better have been one good campsite! Maybe you were charged for all the free entertainment on Saturday night... hahahahaha

Thanks for the heads up, I just checked my card and all seems okay. There is one charge for $102 and that's it.
 
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The things which look like drive in movie screens are old microwave communications reflectors. Back in the day, they were used to bounce a communications radio shot into the Study Butte area. Microwave is line-of-site and these were necessary to zig-zag through the mountains.
 
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This was taken where? East side of the Chisos?
Milton, this was taken on Tuesday morning from the top of the hill of mine tailings that is piled up behind the BBMI campground. That was the best sunrise of the trip. There was no post- processing... I don't yet know how to post-process. Being an old film guy who moved to digital just about a year ago I still try to do it all through the lens.
 

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You know Big Bend is a special place... It is one of the few places in the world where I am awake in time to see a sunrise :-P
 
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We had fun... with the exception of the last day. Here are a few pics I will share.

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Everyone was asking if I was going to get my GS dirty... here is proof. :)

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Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe, Saturday morning
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For Saturday's ride, RickM, BigDon, PinkLloyd, BajaBoo, and I teamed up once again. We had become comfortable with each other. We did what I refer to as Roger's favorite loop: from Terlingua Ghost Town up Sawmill Road, to Hunt Camp-Solitario Rd, to Tanque Caballo, Blue Ridge, and Hen Egg east to the hwy. A front had blown in creating a cold, windy dust storm for most of the day. By 2pm the wind stopped and the skies were crystal clear, washed by the wind.

This is a 30 yard strech of concret on the Hunt Camp-Solitario Rd. You'd think we'd never seen concrete before.
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After some fumbling around, we found Hen Egg Road
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On Hen Egg Rd, approaching Terlingua Creek drainage & Hen Egg Peak. Sky greyed out with dust storm.
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Descending into Terlingua Creek drainage, Hen Egg Road
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East of Terlingua Creek, Hen Egg Rd
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Grey skies
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Hen Egg Peak
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It was Saturday afternoon. After reaching the Hwy 118, Lloyd split for Brownsville.
Down to the hard core now. Our last hooraw........ in Moon Valley
Rick M, Boo, and Don

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Time for my contribution to this report. Before the trip, I did a little reading online and learned a couple of things. In Big Bend some very large creatures existed at one time. I found this clip about large crocodiles:

"The fossilized remains of gigantic crocodiles have been discovered in the Aguja Formation in the south-central part of the Big Bend National Park. These are among the largest crocodiles ever known.

With lengths of 40-50 feet and jaws studded with 6-inch teeth, these powerful predators were extraordinarily equipped to feed upon a variety of dinosaurs. In fact, dinosaur bones have been found here that are heavily damaged and covered with distinctive crocodile bite marks! Just like modern day crocodilians, Deinosuchus riograndensis probably hunted by ambush...lying submerged near shore, and violently seizing large dinosaurs as they foraged amid the vegetation of Big Bend's ancient swamps.

The magnificent skull of Deinosuchus is on display at the Dallas Museum of Natural History."


In 1971 a lucky University of Texas geology student found parts of a terradactyl like creature with a wing span of 35 feet.

"Discovery of the Fossil
In 1971, Douglas A. Lawson, a student at the University of Texas in Austin, was performing geological field work in the park for his master’s thesis when he discovered a fossil bone eroding out of an arroyo bank. His professor, Dr. Wann Langston Jr., determined that this long, hollow, very thin-walled bone could only be from a pterosaur wing. Subsequent excavations recovered more wing bones, but unfortunately the wing must have detached from the body before being buried and fossilized, because no body bones could be found. Lawson named his discovery Quetzalcoatlus after the Mexican deity Quetzalcoatl, who was worshipped by the Aztecs in the form of a feathered snake.

Dr. Langston continued to search for and study Big Bend fossils and eventually found other specimens of Quetzalcoatlus in another part of the park. Although these specimens were smaller than the original, they were more complete and had a very impressive wingspan of at least 18 feet. Comparison of these complete specimens with the huge bones of the original Quetzalcoatlus made it possible to calculate the body size of Lawson’s specimen. This enormous pterosaur had an estimated wingspan of 36-39 feet, making it the largest known flying creature of all time. It is not yet clear whether the smaller specimens were young individuals of the large species, or whether they represent a distinct, smaller species of Quetzalcoatlus."


That was not all!

"In 1999, Dana Biasetti, a graduate student from the University of Texas at Dallas, discovered giant dinosaur bones protruding from a dry hillside in the Javelina Formation of Big Bend National Park. Upon careful excavation, this hillside yielded partial pelvic bones and ten articulated cervical vertebrae of an adult Alamosaurus.

Alamosaurus belongs to the group of dinosaurs named Sauropods-large herbivores with extremely long necks and tails. The Big Bend Alamosaurus appears to have been a massive individual, measuring in at 100 feet in length and probably weighing over 50 tons.

Due to their extreme size and the remote location of the fossil site, excavation and removal of these giant bones by hand was nearly impossible. As a result, Big Bend National Park issued a special permit to the excavation team to remove the fossil by helicopter. In 2001, UT Dallas, now teamed with the Dallas Museum of Natural History, made history with Big Bend's first ever "dinosaur airlift." Over the next several years, the fossil will be cleaned, studied, and prepared for display."


Interesting info! All found herehttp://www.nps.gov/bibe/naturescience/pterosaur.htm


So on with the fun.

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A trailer full of fun.

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Faces only a mom could love. I AM a mom!

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I love this tent.

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Miscreants! My bike needs hours of therapy now.

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Rachel and Bill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Bill fell down and hurt his knee, and Rachel didn't fall at all.

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Uh, I don't know how it works, but my feet reach the ground.

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Oh, I get it! Thanks Graeme for letting me do this. It was a blast.

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Ed floor boarding the mighty Burg. He tried SO hard to wheelie.

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These bluebonnets were about 30 inches tall!

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I enjoyed the pink cactus.

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I found this cemetery in Lajitas. I couldn't help but notice that one of the occupants died when attacked by a pterasaur with a 35 foot wingspan.

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I just like this picture. On the way to Presidio the road is up and down and up and down and up and down..... It is a really wonderful ride. There is a ten mile stretch of gravel detour with two mountain passes one must ride. And by that I mean less than two miles with hills.:mrgreen:

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The home Elzi is seeking!

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My foot would fit in these cracks.

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I saw this creature earlier in the day as it was rolling down the large hill to the west of the ghost town. It is a bicycle built for many.

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See?

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This place in Marathon is very yummy.

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And biker friendly!

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Mike rolled up to camp on Wednesday and was dubbed "New Guy". Now we all think of him as a great guy.

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We had a nice ride to the McDonald Observatory.

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Cool picture of the Mule Ears.

Several folks made a run to Candelaria and had a great lunch at La Esconditos.

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Our host was a school teacher in the DFW area until his uncle left the restaurant to him.

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Chispa Road is where the pavement ends.

Other fun views.

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I was missed by some folks.

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Soozy, I didn't try too hard to wheelie the burg.... didn't want to break it.

Rachel has a picture somewhere that shows how my wheelie form was just a bit off center that week.
 
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Soozy, I didn't try too hard to wheelie the burg.... didn't want to break it.

Rachel has a picture somewhere that shows how my wheelie form was just a bit off center that week.
Heheheheh....she has a picture of my form just a bit off center, too!

:rofl:
 
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We had fun... with the exception of the last day.
iphorde, I am the one in your first pic with the KLR. Lots of folks were wondering how things worked out...we never saw you later. Was the trip back OK?...and how did the head and ribs end up feeling?
 
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