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Old 03-29-2012, 05:18 AM   #1 OP
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CenTex Ride to Ghosrider's Camp-out Mar. 2012

Thank you Ghostrider1964 for having us over for your camp-out! I truly enjoyed your generous hospitality, and you live in some incredibly great riding country! Mudclod and RoaDmap (SOG) thanks for sharing those very special roads in your area. I was blown away by what we rode in the Gatesville, Fort Hood, Belton, Kempner and Stillhouse area.
RickM, Clark and Curtis are really great guys too, and I felt pretty special to be riding with them. Hasbeen, great seeing you - I always get a kick out of your stories! TXJames, nice meeting you - and I am glad your healed up and racing!

These tracks show what I had planned to ride (magenta) and what was added to the ride by Mudclod (lime green).
I must thank Mudclod for entertaining us with his immense knowledge of the Fort Hood and Belton areas. Mudclod and his buddies have been riding these parts for decades and it was a treat to hear the history of the trails and dirt roads, and how access has changed since "back in the days when..."!
Stories of floods and military operations were abound too, great stuff!
ROadMap's eastern tracks took me through hills and valleys, farm land and lakes that were incredible. Really high quality roads, loaded with scenery and sweeping turns with some hairpin turns.

Our first water-crossing - I always get nervous navigating these.
I try not to get tense and just chug across in first gear with the engine just above idle.
Hands off the brakes, and no sudden throttle, and no handlebar input, gets us through.

By chance we hooked up with Mudclod and his buddies earlier than expected.
I have been wanting to ride with Mudclod for over a year, happy the time has come!

Mudclods DRZ is super-sweet and includes a nice custom made dash and control center.

The KLX 250 gets real high marks from Clark who is super experienced!

Mudclod, doing the deed! His "ALL SEEING EYE" on his helmet provides lots of entertainment!

This is the most beautiful spring in quite a few years.
Our drought conditions and wild-fires have made the last couple of years rather nerve-wracking.
Finally some relief!

We ate lunch here! Can you guess where? The chocolate malt was freakin awesome.

Later in the day now and we are close to Ghostrider's place. Mighty fine country to live in!

Ghostrider's fire rocked, and was even still burning to warm us up in the morning.

The following morning started cool and a bit misty, but cool and moist is what we need these days!

Plus I kinda got a kick out of the dew on the bikes.

Some rockin coolness at the restaurant where we grabbed breakfast.
An interesting mix of Elvis and the Beatles... in Gatesville! I would have liked to seen them.

Flooded at Lake Belton, but no problem-o. Tons of great riding in the area.

Most certainly too deep and muddy, sorry to disappoint Mudclod's "ALL SEEING EYE"!

I rode a lot of this solo on the last stretch home. Once it hooked up with Hwy 183 I was home by 3:30.
Thanks for what I am sure was one of my best rides this year
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