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"Rusk to Bean's" leg of the East Texas 450

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Ok guys and gals. I've been wanting to do this ride report :rider:for some time now and I got laid off about 5 weeks ago :doh:.... so I thought this would be the perfect time to do it. This also is my 1st time to EVER post a ride report, so I'm doing a little testing to see who things/photos show up.
So here go's....... In a land far far away, there lived..... oh wait wrong story!:rofl:
It starts as 99% of you guys would start, early morning, at the house.

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It was about 6:30-7ish and a cooool morning, VERY VERY NICE!:clap: when I headed up my street.


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The first part of my journey is VERY boring! :yawn: Highway!!!!!

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Coming out of Lindale on Hwy 69.

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Like I said it was a cooool morning, but you couldn't tell it by the temp. But the humidity was right at 90 something %, so the wind chill was up there.

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And the wind was blowing "90 to nothing".:eek2:

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The big hill before Loves look out in Jacksonville.

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And more freaking hwy going into Rusk. Took a little less than 50 mins.

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Now we get to the real start of the story!:clap:
For those of you that don't know, we have a LITTLE ride that we like to call the "East Texas 450" (even thou its more like 500+ miles).
This last year we had a start from the South & from the North. Two groups, one rides counter clock wise,(the south group) and the other rides clock wise, (the north group). We meet at Beans campground at Toledo bend on Friday night. I lead the north group last year.
The route is made up of as much dirt road/trail that we can find. We try to stay off of the hwy as much as possible. It is also made up of three legs. (From the north) Rusk to Beans, Beans to Livingston and Livingston back to Rusk. (Just reverse the order for the southern group).
The Rusk to Beans is he longest at 220 miles.
Last year the north group called our ride at beans on Friday night/Saturday morning because of severe weather moving into Livingston on Saturday night. (and we we're tent camping.) So we rode the same leg back to rusk and this time didn't skip any of the route. I clocked 220 miles.
So here is our start point, the KOA just south of Rusk.

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It starts off with a little pavement, but it has nice scenery and is pretty windy.

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About 100 yards, are so, down the road it takes a hard 90 to the right and then a hard 90 to the left at about 60 yards and at that turn I saw this little guy..... a roadrunner.
Saw about 4 of them on this 1st day. Sorry for the poor photo. Its the cheap little camera I've got. Zoomed all the way in to get this little booger.

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This is the normal shot.

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These roads are all public and you jump from one to another. Connecting dirt, oil top, 2 lane pavement, Hwy, back to dirt and any combination in between. 1st dirt section was not long before it pops out onto pavement, go's a very short way and back to dirt. This is repeated over and over.

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All day long I would be riding along and ride thru sections like this and have to pull a "uie" (That is some east texas twang fur ya!) to get a good photo. Doing this ate up my day, as you will see.

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Others like this I'd just stop before I went thru it.

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Then you get to great places like this one. "Y" in the road, deep sand. Doesn't bother me much. Raised here in East Texas I've been ride'n/racing in this stuff since I was 10. But THIS day (Saturday) it was "PERMO"! It had just had a good rain on Thursday.

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There are a lot of different "Dirt" road surfaces here. Here is sand with iron ore base. (I'm sure that's not the real terminology for the road surface, but that's what I call it) Awesome hook-up!

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And very little clouds in the sky.

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The morning of the E.T. 450 last year this little hay pasture was all fogged in. It looked awesome! Here it is in the light of day.

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Then back on pavement.
At the top of this photo the road takes a 90 to the left and we take the right leg. It turns to "oil top" or some call it "oil sand" (because that is what it is...oil mix'ed with sand).

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On that oil top you'll see this log cabin. I love it!

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This is from that house, nice windy country road.

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Off the oil top, down the pavement, turn off to oil top again.

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Improved oil top, one side of the road.

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Other side of the road.

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OK, you see these all over (AND SMELL'M TOO!) Chicken farms!

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These too, one lane bridges! I love'm.

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Nice pine tree row.

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Then too dirt back to pavement. There is also a lot of these... road runs down and just turns to dirt!

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Nice red clay, freshly surfaced.

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Good old one lane bridge.

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Nice back roads.

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Hadn't seen you at the Skyline Breakfast get together in awhile, we got people using motorcycles, cars, and planes (!) to make the meet.

Good first ride report. Your 2nd photo:

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is about a mile south from my place on CR 461.
 
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Thanks for posting all the pics, although its been 2+ years since I last rode the ET450, I recognized most of the places in your pics.. Sorry to hear about the job situation, but glad to see you are making good use of the newly found free time, hopefully another job will come along shortly.

Gary
 
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Thanks for posting all the pics, although its been 2+ years since I last rode the ET450, I recognized most of the places in your pics.. Sorry to hear about the job situation, but glad to see you are making good use of the newly found free time, hopefully another job will come along shortly.

Gary
Thanks Gary
Yes I still tell the story of your avatar photo that you told us at the Mexican restaurant that night. LOL!!!!:rofl:
 
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Here is some more to wet your appetite.

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These are the last two for that day. You see I had planned too ride the whole way to Bean's but stopping to take so many photos it ate up my day, so I stopped in Mt. Enterprise at about 1:30 to eat and decided that I would make it a three day ride. So I rode back to the house and got back a little after 3.
So I will post the other two days in the next two days.

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P.S. I took photos of the what-a-burger at the end of this ride...but don't know what happened to them.?:doh:
 
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You know how I said at the end of my last entry that I could not find the what-a-burger photos?.......Found'um!

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This start is the very next weekend. I rode down to where I ended last Saturdays ride, Mt Enterprise. It was a lot cooler this day, around 42 when I left the house. So it was GREAT riding weather, lower 7o's for the highs.
Gas was higher down there, about 15-20 cents higher.

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The "Trail" comes out on Hwy 259 about 3-4 miles south of Mt. Enterprise, runs south for about 1mile and turns back off into the country side.
Because of this, Mt. Enterprise is a very good Starting/Stopping point.

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And you know it wouldn't be Texas unless you had some of these.....

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And these....

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Ok back to the "Trail".

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Just a mile or two down the road I found this old church, maybe school, but I think church.

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There is the new church in the back ground.

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right next too...

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down the road...

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Here, I was looking for the devil with that guitar.... you know :confused:... cross roads...?!?! :rofl:

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These things are ALL OVER down there. That's way most of these dirt roads are there.

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where are we? Here!

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Same as the previous Saturday it had rained on Thursday. It made all the green pop and all the flowers pop.

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The obligatory self portrait.

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This section is not on the track and is not very long, about 1500-2000 yards.

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If this doesn't look good to you, you need to check your pulse! :drool:

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And I have been lacks in getting you this mandatory Texas photo. :rofl:

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Wisteria popping out ....... and killing a few pines.

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Out of Garrison down the rail road.

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And back to dirt.
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Told ya! See these all over...

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ok back to the heart racing..

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Need a truck?

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This section ends day two. I rode back and got home about 4ish this Saturday. The last section to come, but I'll leave you with this obligatory mandatory Texas photo. :rider:

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Ok, last leg of the story.
This day started out just like the previous 2 days, even thought I had to skip a week because of other family activities. Got luck again #1 it had rained again on about Thur and #2 was in the lower 40's when I started. This time I rode down to Center TX and thru to pick up the trail just off 147. This is JUST turning of the hwy.

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Turn's into the good stuff about 200 yards down the oil top.

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Down in this part of the country you see a lot of these roads. White rock. Just like riding on marbles. This one not to bad because the tire track have them pushed down to a solid base.

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Don't know what plant this is but is was gorgeous! Deep purple, some kind of vine. The cheapie camera I have did not do them justice.

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Here is another one of the many road types, green'ish gray clay. Can make some nasty dust.

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Another wild flower shot.

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Beautiful day!

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Stop to shed some clothes

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This old barn is just feet of the old single track dirt road. You can see the edge of the road in the lower part of the picture.

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Here is the end of the 1st lag of the E.T. 450 for the northerners and southerners, Bean's campground.

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This is a really fun ride. I have added some section sense this ride report, trying to cut out some more hwy and add more dirt or oil top. If you would like to ride it and want a riding buddy just let me know, I'd love to show it to you.
My neighbor/riding buddy went with my last weekend and we saw, not in the same order, 1 roadrunner, 4 deer, 1 rabbit, 2 lizards (big ones), and 2 snakes (rat snakes).... like this one. :rofl: That's Sam by-the-way. He got to it first, so he gets to hold it. :rofl:

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i want to do this ride! how many fuel stations along the route? my husky has a smallish 2.4 gallon tank, probably only 120mi per fuel up.
 
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Is this a route I can do in Tacoma 4wd so my wife can come along? Can someone post map, thanks.
 
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i want to do this ride! how many fuel stations along the route? my husky has a smallish 2.4 gallon tank, probably only 120mi per fuel up.
Sorry for not posting till know, been looking for a job and doing "honey-do's".
There are plenty of gas stop we can do or not do. The last ride we did was exactly 100 miles on my ODO on the longest leg between gas stops.
 
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Is this a route I can do in Tacoma 4wd so my wife can come along? Can someone post map, thanks.
YES! I've been wanting to do the same with my wife. Its a great ride, bike or 4wd but would have to be 4wd in some places.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/attachme...6&d=1315313409

OK, I can't get the above link to work, so, search "East Texas 450 (500 + actually) October 12 - 13 -14 2012" and look at page 8, thread #146
 
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YES! I've been wanting to do the same with my wife. Its a great ride, bike or 4wd but would have to be 4wd in some places.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/attachme...6&d=1315313409

OK, I can't get the above link to work, so, search "East Texas 450 (500 + actually) October 12 - 13 -14 2012" and look at page 8, thread #146
sweet, ive been riding dirt for 20 years, but the Husky is my first street bike so i have to take the course and get the license cert. I cant take that course until the first weekend in june, then i should be ready.
 
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