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Uncle's Around The Bend 2016: Ride Report Stories, Photos and More

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I was on the fun but easy Pinto Canyon Road, for some strange reason I decided to detour on an abandoned road. I as rounded the corner on a steep arroyo, I noticed a dark VW van buried in deep sand. A late 60s aged man came out slowly with sunburn and a minor cut above his forehead. He slowly tells me that he has been stuck in those location for almost three days and his water supply was running low. He also added to his growing predicament that he has a serious heart condition. He had several meds in his custody, but the situation would have grown dire if I had not arrived soon.

I drove him to the Chianti Hot Springs Lodge. He summoned a special wrecker to be able to extract his van from a deep sand pit.

Next week, I will upload pictures from my says foray and the stuck van episode.

Safe Travels,

Fred
 
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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

Nice move, Fred. Nice.
It gets better. After further discussion, he is a well known phortographer who just finished a major exhibit in Santa Fe. He has many Getty Images on file.
He also claims to have taken several famous Jimi Hendrix images that are often used by Rolling Stone magazine. I don't know if the dude was delusional from running low on water.

His son started the video streaming company called Vivio.

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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

I believe the video streaming company his son founded was called Vimeo.

It is always interesting who you will run into @ Big Bend.

RB
 

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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

You may have saved his life. :clap:
 
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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

I want to thank Peter Shadman for putting together this ride. I realize that the ride organizer does not, repeat does not, have a good time. He can't walk across a room without being asked the same inane questions that he's answered a million times that day. He may have the flu, have a lot of personal changes going on in his life, and he still gets out there day after day and does all the crap they have to do.

I had a blast, saw many old friends, made some new ones, and enjoyed the banquet/celebration at the end. Thanks Peter, Sid, Marc, Bob, and all the others that sacrificed their own wishes to help out the newbies and the fat out of shape oldsters!
 
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Wasn't this guy was it ?

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That link does not work.

Here is the picture I took quickly. His face was really sunburned and he looked quite a bit dehydrated....

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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

I deleted it on my PB not thinking :doh: But its not the same guy
 
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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

That's one of the best stories to come out of an Uncles Around the Bend, if not the best. :clap::clap::clap:
 
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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

I want to thank Peter Shadman for putting together this ride. I realize that the ride organizer does not, repeat does not, have a good time. He can't walk across a room without being asked the same inane questions that he's answered a million times that day. He may have the flu, have a lot of personal changes going on in his life, and he still gets out there day after day and does all the crap they have to do.

I had a blast, saw many old friends, made some new ones, and enjoyed the banquet/celebration at the end. Thanks Peter, Sid, Marc, Bob, and all the others that sacrificed their own wishes to help out the newbies and the fat out of shape oldsters!

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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

We dropped out a bit early from Dos Y Dos because of a dead battery/charging system on the DRZ. That combined with a flooded camp site in Rio Grande led to an early departure on Saturday afternoon for higher ground at a nice Midland hotel.

I woke at 6am Saturday with the tent an inch deep in irrigation water at Rio Grande. At first I though the Rio Grand was flooding. 43 degrees and an inch and rising, sounds like Johnny Cash song.

We did get a lot of fun riding on Friday at the ranch.

Thanks to Peter for herding the cats again this year.
 

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Re: 2016 9th Annual Uncle's Around the Bend, Feb 25th - 28th, 2016

Awesome weekend!

A million thanks to Shadman and crew. So appreciate all y'all did. (And thanks for the grand tour of the big blue bus.)

JT and I rode a good part of Old Ore Rd on Thursday. Rode to the "Top of the World" on Friday.

Did 150 miles on Dirty Sally Saturday. My bottomus is thankful for the "mini hide of Cecil" i rigged up the day before leaving.

We had a great group on Saturday's ride. I appreciate everyone's 'putting' up with me 'puttin' along.. Thanks JT for 'putting' our excursion together and leading us.

Enjoyed meeting folks on The Porch.

Great hospitality, great weather and great riding.

gina
 

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I missed it but I'm remembering and can't say enough thanks to Peter (still - for last year) because he definitely went above and beyond, and I'm sure he did again. I know there are a lot of people involved to make magic happen :clap:

Bravo, Fred, for taking the right turn at the right moment!

I heard that the weather was wonderful! Sorry y'all didn't get to play in the mud but it sounds like it couldn't have been a whole lot better.
 
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I second Dave's comments. This was a first for me. Many thanks to the organizers, lead and sweep riders. It's good to know an experienced rider has your back. Perfect weather and great trails. I'll be back.
 
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I would like to thank everyone who was patient enough to help me navigate River Road, that was quite a ride. Special thanks to Peter and everyone else who made this event possible. I had a great weekend, look forward to future events.
 
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I would like to thank everyone who was patient enough to help me navigate River Road, that was quite a ride. Special thanks to Peter and everyone else who made this event possible. I had a great weekend, look forward to future events.
I enjoyed being your neighbor at Chisos Mining Co
 

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I should'a known it wasn't my day. First I will tell on myself, I dumped it in the parking lot at the Starlight and bent the kick stand. It is one of those heavy duty ProMotoBillet kickstands so I really, really had to try to do this.

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This is pathetic!

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Then the tail bag clasp broke so I had to become Mr. Bungie man. I almost lost my license plate but fortunately Rob saw it on its last bolt and I was able to stow it in my back pack. Climbing the last hill on Black Gap before Glen Springs Rd disaster sprung upon me.

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I clipped a big rock which sent me into the wall side of the road where I hit a big flat rock in the shape of a ramp that catapulted me back across the road on down the cliff side of the road. Fortunately the bike high sided and threw me on down the cliff further but I saved the bike. :-) I am convinced if the bike had gone down first, it would have suffered significant damage. Me, well a slightly damaged ego and a few bruised muscles. But I live to ride again. My trajectory took me from right in front of the cactus down to where you see the back tire.

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I feigned significant bodily injury and got Rob and Joe to pull my bike out of the cliff face below. You know why they call me the old master, right? Cuz I'm old! :-) Had I traveled another ten or fifteen feet, I would have gone over the second ledge and another thirty or forty feet straight down.

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I do appreciate the help Rob and Joe. At that moment I really didn't know how badly I was injured. I only knew my back hurt like ...

Returned home to find the only real damage to the bike from the crash was that my horn and bracket had been ripped off the radiator shroud. So I will have to mount it on the opposite side. Hope it will pass inspection. :-)

Thanks Pete for organizing this, I will need to return next year and get back on this horse.
 
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Well, Sunday I finally pulled up stakes at BJ's and pulled the Taj Mahal back to the world of traffic, noise and work.

I want to thank everyone who had a part in making Uncle's possible, I had a great time! The perfect way to polish off almost three weeks in Big Bend! It was great seeing and riding with friends new and old, I was introduced to new to me roads and experiences and was able to share them with other riders. I'm already trying to figure out how to extend my next stay in Big Bend!

I'll have to work on my pictures and video later, right now I have to unpack and clean up.
 

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Had a lot of fun this year Especially the Dos se dos ride on little Honda trail bike
She made it through black gap and bounced of rocks going up hill
Still smiling about the adventure
Home someone have some good pictures
Would love to see that
 
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Had a lot of fun this year Especially the Dos se dos ride on little Honda trail bike
She made it through black gap and bounced of rocks going up hill
Still smiling about the adventure
Home someone have some good pictures
Would love to see that
Good one taking the CT90 up Black Gap and the rest of the trails. Let's hope there are some pictures posted.
 
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Had a lot of fun this year Especially the Dos se dos ride on little Honda trail bike
She made it through black gap and bounced of rocks going up hill
Still smiling about the adventure
Home someone have some good pictures
Would love to see that
I passed you on the main road Saturday afternoon. You were by yourself headed in direction of Rio Grande village. I wasnt part of organized ride this year.
 
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I ran into these guys when I went out to ride Old Ore Road by myself.

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They put one of their stickers on my KTM, that's how I knew how to find them on the net. They have quite the adventure going. It's amazing how you can run into random adventurers out in the middle of nowhere.

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This was Friday, the day of the Desert Challenge. Since I had already done Black Gap, South & North Co. roads (Hen Egg), and River Road, I decided to head out by myself for a solo day on Old Ore and Old Marathon (Terlingua Ranch).

It was a super nice ride and I loved being out in the desert by myself :rider:

Lots of discoveries, including this trio from Europe :trust:
 

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Just for clarity it was not my CT90 doing Black Gap, it was Ben's and I just hope some one snapped a picture of him on River Road.

I ride with a TWTer on a DRZ400 that lost its electrics and chose to rescue him with the trailer. It might have been a blessing for me as I am still recovering from a low speed crash Friday at the Ranch on Bofecillos Road. Bofecillos Road was the worst (best?) of the ranch we saw.
 
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I had an Awesome time in Big Bend again. I broke 0 , count em 0 bones this time.
Meet and hung out with some super people and rode and camped to my hearts content.
Thanks Peter for another album.
Camped in Mexico on top of the Santa Elena Canyon cliff over looking the Rio Grande & big bend. Made a friend too...
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Made a little dinner & settled in for a full moon night & view of the big bend valley. I could make out Terlingua in the distance.
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After a chilly night I watched the Sun rise over the Chisos & cooked up some eggs.
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Rode the desert challenge the next day and then got about four more days of riding in before longing for home.
On top of a rock at Madera canyon I watched these two canoeists for a good hour.
That is definitely my next Big Bend Adventure with my Son.
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Looking forward to next year already !✌
 
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Thank you all- This was my first year and I was like a deer in the headlights! But it won't be my last... see you next year!
 
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Ten hours and fifteen minutes with 2 fuel stops. That’s how fast we can make this trip and about as long as my back side can stand being intimate with that truck seat. Seemed like a good reason to stay a while.

First day was a nice warmup ride out of Terlingua to South County Rd. and up to 118. We stopped to see if Ed29 was at home and snap a pic in his back yard. Yep, pretty cool back yard.

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My complete lack of photography skills doesn’t do justice to the contrast of colors here.

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KLR's behaving badly. If you’ve been here, this scene tells it all.

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LSU purple cactus? Who knew? Geaux pricklies!

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The more standard version with humble background.

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Some of the locals out for an afternoon stroll.

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As the bulk of our crew headed for lunch, SWAnimal and I continued on to some pretty neat stuff. It was my privilege and pleasure to follow him to several very cool parts of Big Bend that I’d never seen.

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Jason turning around after coming back to see if I’d ran off the side of this mountain.

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They say the desert is a land of contrasts and extremes.

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Foxtail cactus. This one was about the size of a wash tub.

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Day two found us on a trip out to the state park to explore some remote areas in the northwest corner – Cienega mountains. Definitely small bike time.

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Havard Agave plant. Wonder if these would be fit for making Tequila? :trust:

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That country is littered with stories.

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Next day was spent taking in some of the more local sights - much closer to camp and broaching the gnar. :rider:

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Lunch time in a pretty cool location as such times go.

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On the way in we rolled up on a bad situation for any motorcycle ride. Fellow on an XR650 broke both his fibula and tibia on this one. Looked like he may have come into a gravel turn way too hot. Some of these can sneak up on a feller – even when he knows they’re out there.

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Next morning I bid my Buds a safe travel back home and then loaded up to go explore some of the many places that we ride past in the national park.

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An elder park volunteer met us at the Pine Canyon trail head to let us know about a mama black bear with four cubs who are living in the upper area near the falls.

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We hiked on up the trail and sure nuff, near the top we have…. Bear poo. Right smack in the middle of the path. :eek2:

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Texas Madrone is a rare tree. Its seeds are hard to germinate and deer love its seedlings. The Latin name means Strawberry Tree – Fall seeds look like little strawberries. It’s a very different looking tree in several ways.

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Some senile old buzzard searching for bears under the falls. :doh:

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We meandered on further toward the west to find another water fall and the cool lush area surrounding it. An amazing site in the desert.

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Hard to imagine how this water could be so doggone cold out there... seriously refreshing after the hike in.

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This is a willow oak. A really big willow oak. The park folks say this is the only place in the country where this particular type can be found. The leaf looks typically oakish but really long and pointed… like a willow.

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Well, we made it back home in one piece and brought with us so many great memories of riding with friends – old and new. Seeing new parts of the desert and enjoying the picture perfect weather the entire week made for a great trip. Looking forward to next year!
 
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Some of my compadres really shouldn’t be denied adult supervision.
My guess is, there is a land owner on North County that would love to know your friends name(s). I'm sure he would see to it that they got plenty of adult supervision.
 
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I should'a known it wasn't my day. First I will tell on myself, I dumped it in the parking lot at the Starlight and bent the kick stand. It is one of those heavy duty ProMotoBillet kickstands so I really, really had to try to do this.

This is pathetic!

Then the tail bag clasp broke so I had to become Mr. Bungie man. I almost lost my license plate but fortunately Rob saw it on its last bolt and I was able to stow it in my back pack. Climbing the last hill on Black Gap before Glen Springs Rd disaster sprung upon me.

I clipped a big rock which sent me into the wall side of the road where I hit a big flat rock in the shape of a ramp that catapulted me back across the road on down the cliff side of the road. Fortunately the bike high sided and threw me on down the cliff further but I saved the bike. :-) I am convinced if the bike had gone down first, it would have suffered significant damage. Me, well a slightly damaged ego and a few bruised muscles. But I live to ride again. My trajectory took me from right in front of the cactus down to where you see the back tire.

I feigned significant bodily injury and got Rob and Joe to pull my bike out of the cliff face below. You know why they call me the old master, right? Cuz I'm old! :-) Had I traveled another ten or fifteen feet, I would have gone over the second ledge and another thirty or forty feet straight down.

I do appreciate the help Rob and Joe. At that moment I really didn't know how badly I was injured. I only knew my back hurt like ...

Returned home to find the only real damage to the bike from the crash was that my horn and bracket had been ripped off the radiator shroud. So I will have to mount it on the opposite side. Hope it will pass inspection. :-)

Thanks Pete for organizing this, I will need to return next year and get back on this horse.
You sir are the embodiment of adventure. Between bouncing off of a bus in South America and driving off of a mountain in Big Bend - you're my hero. :flip:

In all seriousness, glad it wasn't any worse. :thumb:
 

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Thanks RG.

I don't remember ever having the views in which you seem to be up on a mountain and looking down into a valley. Where was that ?
Seems like I'm always riding in the valley and looking up to the mountains instead of the other way around.

How did the injured rider get out of there ? Sounds like a helicopter would of been the way to go. Was he on the Uncle ride or independent ?
 
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Vinny, I had the pleasure of riding an afternoon with a feller who'd been out there for a week or so. He'd been riding with a local and they'd been to some great looking places. Some a little technical but well within spirited KLR range.

The rider that went down hard was with a friend. I didn't know them but they both handled the situation remarkably well. It happened just a few miles from town and was easily accessible to any vehicle. Friend went into town and quickly returned with SUV and a rail trailer. I think they headed straight to Alpine (nearest hospital). These ole motorcycles are dangerous things. :doh:

Thanks RG.

I don't remember ever having the views in which you seem to be up on a mountain and looking down into a valley. Where was that ?
Seems like I'm always riding in the valley and looking up to the mountains instead of the other way around.

How did the injured rider get out of there ? Sounds like a helicopter would of been the way to go. Was he on the Uncle ride or independent ?
 
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This was my first Uncle's rally and I loved it. Thanks to all the organizers! I did the desert challenge, something like 7 hours and 200 miles of focus and concentration. On saturday, me and the girlfriend went down Old Maverick. It was her first time on dirt with the XT225, that's her in front of Santa Elena canyon. Maybe she'll be ready for next year!

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Yep! He handles it well. That same spot (solid rock on left side) has been responsible for get-offs every time I've been through there. Caused quite a stir last year with folks ferrying bikes up the hill.
I know this rock, trick is, don't look at it and it won't bite you. :rider:
 
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Wonder if anyone has a picture of Shadman's CB125 that the bus ate?
I don't have a pic, but he and I got it up and running Sunday night. The clutch leaver is broken, the tank a bit banged up and the rear wheel it totally taco'd. But all in all it really is not in bad shape. if the rear wheel was alright we would have been ripping around Terlingua on it.
 

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You sir are the embodiment of adventure. Between bouncing off of a bus in South America and driving off of a mountain in Big Bend - you're my hero. :flip:
Man, you have got to seriously re-evaluate your definition of adventure. :-)
 
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