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Old 03-08-2013, 07:06 PM   #16
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Day 2

Sunday morning was nice. We stopped for some obligatory pics at the town sign. Our horses are way cooler .





And then we headed south on 17 towards the park and our destination for the day. We rolled right on through Balmorhea and then I heard a comment in my headset stating we’d better go back and take pictures because the little town we’d just been through looked interesting. So we spun it around and when back to check out the locals.
Most were cowboy types



A few were packing heat.




But there was one hot chic!


and she roped our bikes....



We continued south on 17 which was a fabulous road with nice twists and turns and good scenery to boot.









We didn’t linger too much even in Ft. Davis. The winds were starting to kick up and we were anxious to get into the park. We grabbed a quick lunch in Alpine and then rolled through Marathon to pick up 385 which would get us to the park headquarters at Panther Junction. Looks like Marathon might have had a few more interesting options for lunch – next time.

The roads continued to be fun with great scenery.




Notice the twists and turns going over the hills in the distance. Good stuff




Eventually Kerry decided it was getting too warm and she needed to shed a layer or two. It was pushing past 80 F at this point. Just what we'd come for.


And finally we made it to the park entrance so we stopped for the obligatory sign pic.


While sitting there I noticed something not so good. “Hey Kerry, your front tire looks to be a bit square on the bottom, no?”



I had heard the Tiger required an odd-ball tool to get the front wheel off but decided not to worry about getting one since front flats are so rare (this is her second one in 3 trips). We tried stuffing an assortment of objects into the 17 mm Allen head bolt on axle but nothing would give us enough purchase to break it loose. Without another choice I decided to patch the tube while it stayed on the bike.



This worked – the fourth time. What a pain. Seriously considering a product like Ride-on. I switched to tubeless tires on my mountain bike years ago and now only have problems when I rip a tire open. Motorcycle tires obviously require a bit more work.

Anyway, got it fixed and we were finally on our way once again. A few shots as we approached the Chisos Mountains.





We stopped in at park headquarters to inquire about back country camping options. My last visit to the park had been back in the early 90’s and I vaguely remember camping along the river road somewhere in some random spot.

Things have changed in 20 years – they now have lots of rules. I don’t much care for rules but I gave them the courtesy of at least listening as my wife was giving me that “quit being such an ” look.
Rules for backcountry camping in the park
· you must camp in a designated spot
· you must reserve the spot ahead of time
· you must put all food in the bear box
· you must pack out all trash
· you must not burn anything
· you must not pee on the cactus
· you must not bring your guns
· you must not shoot at the animals
· you must not ride cross country
· if you managed to stuff you pet dog in your pannier box you cannot bring him into the park
· and probably 10 others I can’t remember.

I prefer to select my spot from the open landscape of the national forests and wilderness areas throughout the mountain states but in this instance I conceded to just play along. A trusted friend had suggested we camp down at Glen Springs since we could get water from the spring there. The parks people didn’t really like that idea and insisted we fill up from their spigot and haul what we’d need in with us. Fine.
We selected a spot, paid our $10, filled our water containers and headed out. Glen Springs road up to the camp was a mostly boring gravel road with a few twists and turns. We passed one other camper in the first spot and headed on up to the 4th spot. We were finally there.



Spot 2 looked great and 3 was OK. Spot 4 kinda sucked as it was slopped through its’ entirety and the bed surface was gravel. Not my idea of good camping. We were centered in the mouth of a large wind tunnel rolling off the eastern slopes of the Chisos. The view was nice.


We set up camp and darkness soon set in. We cooked dinner and then sat around for a bit when the winds started to blow – hard. We crawled into the tent and cocooned ourselves in our down 0-degree bags. The winds got stronger, and stronger, and stronger. The winds were so strong that I became nervous that the bikes would blow over as the roof of the tent was about an inch above my face. I said, “hey Kerry, you awake?” She replied, “Uh, yeah”. And so went the rest of the night. We’ve camped out hundreds of nights in our lives and this is the worst night in a tent I have ever had. I seriously was too scared to get out to check on the bikes for fear of the tent blowing away without me in it. I thought for sure that the winds would die as the sun came up but no such luck. We finally crawled out of bed and braved the winds. They had died down some but were still at the severe nuisance level. Packing up the tent was an exercise in futility as it blew every which way as I tried to tame it. I attempted to roll it up and stuff it into its' sack bu it wouldn't fit in such a state. We then worked together and managed to get it somewhat folded. I suppose the only positive thing about the sand was that it was easy to clean the half inch of sand out by just holding it up in the air. Same for the sleeping bags.
Guess it was a good thing we hadn't opted to visit the Texas panhandle as I understand this wind was from the same storm that blew through there in late February.
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:59 PM   #17
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Great report Greg

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Old 03-09-2013, 05:35 PM   #18
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:21 PM   #19
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Day 3

The weather was too crapy to stick around and have breakfast so we just packed up and left. We headed from camp back down to Glen Springs Road and headed downhill on that towards the River Road. We had been warned that the River Road was quite sandy in spots making us a bit apprehensive but we were at least willing to test the waters. No real plan for the day other than to just ride around and check out the park. We had booked a room up at the Chisos Mountain Lodge for that night so we knew where we needed to be at the end of the day.

On route down to the River Road we played leap-frog with a fella in a jeep. We stopped, he passed. He stopped, we passed. In the picture below you can see part of the road we just came down. Great scenery.



Once on the River Road we decided it was time for coffee since we had missed our coffee fix earlier. It was still a bit chilly though it must have been close to 11:00 already.



As we were waiting for the water to boil the guy in the jeep rolled by so we chatted a bit. He mentioned something about getting a flat the last time he had traveled that road. We said we knew all about fixing flats.
As soon as he left I looked over and Kerry’s front tire was flat again! WTF? We were now running low on patches with only one big one left. I cut it into several smaller pieces and went to work on the tube once again. We got it inflated and headed out.



We were taking the shorter route out towards the Rio Grand Village as we needed gas and there was a store there. I looked for a patch kit but no luck. While at the village I spied this cool Overland truck. Sweet rig and the visor above the windshield is really cool.



I talked to a fella in the parking lot and he mentioned some dual sport rental trailer in Terlingua and that the proprietor there would be able to direct me to the local motorcycle shop as apparently it is quite difficult to find. We headed back across the park taking the main paved road. It would be about 20 miles up to Panther Junction and then another 29 or so into Terlingua. At this point Kerry’s tire needed to be pumped up every 15 minutes or so. Fortunately we had picked up some air compressors at Cycle Gear at 50% for $19.99 each. These came in handy and they plug right into our battery tender connections.



After about 3 pit stops to air up along the way we finally got out there. Somehow it was already after 4:00 p.m.

We quickly spotted the DS bike rental trailer. There were a few fellas handing around inside and it looked like they were working on some front wheel bearings on a WR two-fitty. We got to chatting about our square tire situation and the guy handed me a bolt with a nut on the end that he said fit in the axle of his Tiger. Didn’t quite fit so I filed down the small burrs I had created the previous day attempting to break the axle loose using other objects. Still didn’t fit and we were out of ideas.
Next best option was to go with some Slime so I ran up the street to the hardware store and picked up a bottle. When I got back the shop guy had now found a bolt with a 14 mm head on it and a 17 mm nut. After threading on the nut a few turns he proceeded to beat the shit out of it using a sledge hammer and a spare trailer hitch he had lying in the back of his truck. I stuck this in the axle and after a bit of spinning the nut caught on the smashed up threads and the axle started to come loose. Phew. That was the most expensive nut and bolt I ever bought - $5. This one’s staying in my tool kit.



Here's a shot of the trailer.



These guys have loads of appropriately sized DS bikes that I would ride anywhere in this area. Decent prices too at something like $150/day for the big GS bike and closer to $130 for DR/KLX/WR type bikes.

It was now closing time and being situated right next to the RV park riders started to roll in. We met a few nice folks that afternoon. One in particular was quite helpful and gave us some great pointers for rides we best not miss out on while in the area. He goes by the name of Waldo. Super friendly and I hope I catch up with him again someday. He told us to make sure and ride out to Boquillas Canyon Overlook and to do the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive down to Castolon and the Cottonwood Campground.

It was now time to head back into the park and get up to the lodge. The hour was getting late and the light was getting just right.







Once up at the lodge we checked in and then promptly took showers to wash all of last nights sand out of ......

We briefly took in the view on the patio by the restraunt. This would be a great place to sip a margerita in the warmer months. Nice place. Diner at the lodge was nice and we certainly slept a lot better than the previous night.

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:26 PM   #20
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I recall my buddy and I sitting and eating at that restaurant after being in the back country for a week riding, hiking, camping, not showering, etc. The looks that those people, the patrons, gave us was absolutely hilarious!
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Old 03-10-2013, 01:50 PM   #21
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Flat tires?

Unreal bad luck on that front tire.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:10 PM   #22
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #23
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Chisos lodge restaurant has some pretty decent food and some fine views.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:33 PM   #24
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Great ride report. Nice to see fellow Triumph riders reports. Sorry you had to contend with the wind. That makes life pretty miserable. Looking forward to more of your report.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:41 PM   #25
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Oh, thanks strider, deano for info on the hex axle tool. Went and bought one online immediately.

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Old 03-11-2013, 08:31 PM   #26
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Way to go you guys! Great maiden voyage for the new Tigers, square tires, wind and all. We were down in the area the week before and it was windy and cold that week too!
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:12 PM   #27
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Great ride report!

Having been born and raised in ABQ, I know the roads up in Tijeras Canyon from riding a bike to hitting them on motorcycles. I miss the NM mountains.

Looking forward to following your RR!
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:02 PM   #28
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Saw you ride into Chisos Basin

We were at Chisos Lodge when you came riding in. The red bike rider was standing as you came into the parking lot, great looking bikes. Our trip west was interesting even though we were in a car... hail in Ozona and 50mph winds in Fort Stockton. Thanks for the excellent report and great pictures.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:16 PM   #29
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We were at Chisos Lodge when you came riding in. The red bike rider was standing as you came into the parking lot, great looking bikes. Our trip west was interesting even though we were in a car... hail in Ozona and 50mph winds in Fort Stockton. Thanks for the excellent report and great pictures.
Thanks for the compliment. Fortunately the weather turned out to be relatively decent for the rest of our trip. And since I appear to have gathered at least a small following I'd better get on with the business of progressing this report.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:32 PM   #30
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Thanks for the compliment. Fortunately the weather turned out to be relatively decent for the rest of our trip. And since I appear to have gathered at least a small following I'd better get on with the business of progressing this report.

Please do!! I love a good ride report and one that has two Tigers as main characters is far more appealing to me. My Explorer has been parked for eight months so I am forced to live vicariously through others adventures and yours is shaping up to be a nice one. I do wish you had taken at least one photo showing Kerry's gin but she keeps hiding behind her helmet. I know she is grinning cause that Tiger is so well equipped anyone would be thrilled to hit the road on an adventure like the one you two undertook.

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