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Old 12-02-2010, 06:23 AM   #31
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Great pictures and info. I think I met you last year out there, you helped me scrape up my 800 . I think I'm going to spend next week at BB if the weather holds. Sorry I missed you guys.
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Old 12-02-2010, 07:50 PM   #32
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Great shots, love those night time shots.

Was down there last February and other than it being in the 20's in the mornings it was nice.

Good trip, thanks for the photos.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:14 PM   #33
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John... Great 4x4... Great bike... and Great road...

You live in the heaven...

How can I go there?...

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Old 12-04-2010, 09:22 AM   #34
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hey john, great job on the report as usual. are you ever gonna ride that klr again? betcha still gotta start it with a screwdriver..

i didn't do squat over thanksgiving, wish i had known...


btw, what kinda mileage does that jeep get?
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:25 PM   #35
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hey john, great job on the report as usual. are you ever gonna ride that klr again? betcha still gotta start it with a screwdriver..

i didn't do squat over thanksgiving, wish i had known...


btw, what kinda mileage does that jeep get?

Thanks!

I need to ride the klr more, yes. And one day I'll make it to where I don't have to start it with a screwdriver. Probably.

I had a good time out West. It wasn't the intensity of riding of your Moab trip (which would have killed me), but instead it was just mostly very relaxing and revitalizing.

You probably had a decent meal on Thanksgiving! I had Arby's and Subway!

The Jeep got anywhere from 16 to 19 mpg this trip. That rack on top really cuts down the mileage. Without it I probably would have gotten an easy 20-21 mpg at the speeds I was driving (55-65 mph). It really is the perfect rig for this kind of trip though.

So today we've got 6 inches of snow at my place. It's enough to make me miss the desert even that much more...

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Old 12-04-2010, 04:21 PM   #36
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Nice photos.....Thanks for posting.

Must go back!
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:59 AM   #37
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Nice photos.....Thanks for posting.

Must go back!

Glad you liked them! Thanks!

I don't completely understand why or how Big Bend has gotten so stuck in my psyche, but I do understand that it is a magical part of the world for me. I think I'd like to go during the rainy season (a Thursday in June, I suspect) and see it with some flash-flooding in the draws..

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Old 12-07-2010, 08:41 AM   #38
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So cool. That is what my Yankee butt thought all of Texas was like (before I got here). So many right click-save worthy pictures.

According to Google that would be just over 10 hours to get there from my place (super slab, it would probably take me 16). I will definitely have to look into that...
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:52 AM   #39
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So cool. That is what my Yankee butt thought all of Texas was like (before I got here). So many right click-save worthy pictures.

According to Google that would be just over 10 hours to get there from my place (super slab, it would probably take me 16). I will definitely have to look into that...
I would highly recommend it! People (what few there are) are friendly too.

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Old 12-10-2010, 06:11 AM   #40
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...john- your (beautiful as always!) pictures are a pain in my heart!-

it brings back a lot of memories-

--we miss texas in EVERY way!!!

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Old 12-10-2010, 07:54 AM   #41
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nice ride, nice camp, great pics,
thanks for share
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:17 AM   #42
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Hey John, your pictures make me want to load up now and go! A couple of us are heading out to Big Bend Ranch State Park for a week the day after Christmas and I can't wait! How long did it take you from Indy to get there?
I've been concerned about the conditions and wonder what kind of tire/tube prep you did for the rock strewn roads? I'm putting on 6 ply Kenda Parker Desert tires on my WR450F but haven't gotten tubes as of yet. I do have a set of standard tubes but am considering heavy duty instead. Don't know if they would make a big difference with the heavy duty tires. Any info on bike prep would be appreciated.

Really enjoyed the report.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:18 AM   #43
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Big Bend IS magical and your photos and prose always captures that aspect. Thanks for visiting Texas again and thank you for a great report.

I had just gotten past the temptation to trade my SC430 coupe in on a 4dr 4X4 jeep until I read your report. Now the temptation is back and I'll need to research it further again.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:55 PM   #44
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Big Bend IS magical and your photos and prose always captures that aspect. Thanks for visiting Texas again and thank you for a great report.

I had just gotten past the temptation to trade my SC430 coupe in on a 4dr 4X4 jeep until I read your report. Now the temptation is back and I'll need to research it further again.

Thanks! And you're welcome!

Seriously, even with all the idiosyncrasies I really love the Jeep. Hauling the small bike on the back is simply icing on the cake.

Sleeping in the back isn't so bad either..

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Old 12-10-2010, 01:08 PM   #45
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Hey John, your pictures make me want to load up now and go! A couple of us are heading out to Big Bend Ranch State Park for a week the day after Christmas and I can't wait! How long did it take you from Indy to get there?
I've been concerned about the conditions and wonder what kind of tire/tube prep you did for the rock strewn roads? I'm putting on 6 ply Kenda Parker Desert tires on my WR450F but haven't gotten tubes as of yet. I do have a set of standard tubes but am considering heavy duty instead. Don't know if they would make a big difference with the heavy duty tires. Any info on bike prep would be appreciated.

Really enjoyed the report.
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I did virtually zero prep, other than checking the oil and making sure there was air in the tires. No special tubes.. nothing..

I ran 32 psi front and rear, figuring I would air down if I really felt like I needed to. I figured more pressure would lessen the inevitability of getting a pinch-flat, and I didn't want to fix a tire out in the boonies as the sun was setting or anything like that. Plus, I probably ride easy compared to most of you guys who actually know how to throw a bike around off-road. As it happens, I was comfortable running 32 psi. I'm told the roads are more rugged in the State Park, and that there are more cactus spines mixed in with the sand and gravel, so Slime, patch kit (don't forget the pump!) and a spare tube per wheel probably isn't a bad idea.. And lots of water..

I did not lube my chain. Sand sticks to the lube and that eats the o-rings in a hurry. I do occasionally clean it with WD-40 and when I'm not riding sand I lube it with some kind of lube (oil, teflon, wax - it just depends on what I've got today).

If you take 44 through Tulsa then 2-lanes from Wichita Falls to West of Abilene it's around 1300 miles. I've gone as far as Wichita Falls in one day's driving, but that's a long day. Allow two full days each way and you'll be fine. I don't speed at all, but I don't stop very often either..

If I could, I'd be back down there in a heartbeat. Fantastic riding and great scenery. The people are wonderful as well.

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