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Old 12-02-2013, 07:43 PM   #31
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Turkey Day

Thanksgiving and sunny weather arrived after a week of pouring rain and cold weather, so I took advantage of a long weekend to ride of course! I went east towards the woods to look at the fall colors.







I suppose everyone was gobbling down turkey as I didn't see a soul all morning.



The creeks were flowing good and you could see where much flooding had recently occurred.









I crossed the mighty Brazos River and saw a trail leading underneath the bridge so I thought it would be a good time to take a break and explore...WRONG! Apparently the river had been way over it's banks and had receded then much leaf fall had covered all the silty mud. Not to mention the steepness of the trail towards the water.



A real "adventure" ensued! Here I am walking fast and looking worried, ha!



I got the XR on flat ground but had difficulty turning it around as there were many vines and undergrowth.







Finally after much huffing and puffing I prevailed and took my long awaited break!



An outstanding day in East Texas. Tomorrow, the West!

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Old 12-02-2013, 08:24 PM   #32
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Go West young man...

Friday dawned even nicer than Turkey Day so I drug my cohort WhitneyMike away from the dinner table out west to Goldthwaite. Radar had showed much rain there as well but I guess it just soaked up quicker. At least it wasn't dusty!



We found an awesome old low water crossing on a creek called Pecan Bayou. You could see it had seen it's share of floods over the years.







Next we passed through Indian Creek on the way to the mighty Colorado River.



We were a little disappointed as is wasn't much more than a trickle?





We monkeyed around for awhile seeing who could make the biggest splash, seems like the biggest bike won-the KLR.









I refused to be defeated and as I was turning for one final pass Mike kicked a rock out in front of me putting me on my ass...contest over! Just kidding Mike!



It was so beautiful there and no one around to laugh at us.





After a break it was off to explore the many trails in the area.





Mike tricked me down a slippery slope just to see me fail again!





After all those shenanigans we elected to visit San Saba and a gas station. On the way we happened upon an awesome old 120 year old suspension bridge that had withstood 4 major floods, the Beveridge Bridge.



Mike said he simply did not get enough water fun so I knew of one more Colorado River crossing that I hoped would be more challenging-Shaw Bend.




I let Mike go first secretly hoping for some carnage but it was not to be.





Great day Mike! 'Til next time!

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Old 12-03-2013, 06:17 AM   #33
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Nice Mud! Is there a new Pig in your life?

Is the Z gone?
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:24 PM   #34
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Yes there is and I love it! I always said I would try one if the opportunity arises and it did. Only problem is I still have all the others also! Choices, choices!!!
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #35
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Thanks for the adrenalin rushes Mudclod..

BTW, your account wouldn't hold up in court..
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:14 PM   #36
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If the court would please, I have been known to stretch the truth a bit, just sayin' your honor.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:38 PM   #37
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Great posts. Thanks for the pics and vids. I'll need to check out that show in Dallas next time, it looked great!
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Old 12-09-2013, 06:58 PM   #38
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Thanks Not Dave, pretty good show this year but not as many vendors. Congrats on the recent acquisition of the DR. Hope to see you out on the back roads soon!
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:19 PM   #39
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Thanks, Clod. You ride a little farther north than I do at the moment. I'll be exploring Elgin and areas within reach of that with my stock tank for now (Acerbis 5.3 gallon is on the horizon). With Mark, Jerry and some others in the area I know it'll be fun. I'm sure one of these days we'll meet up.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:34 PM   #40
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Mud for Christmas!

Santa answered my wish and gave me muddy conditions for my Christmas Day! It seems WhitneyMike has an affinity for mud as well so off we went to scenic Navarro county where the mud was plentiful.



I know what you're thinking Mike, "Where the hell are we?"



Well bear with me because in less than five miles we were on some awesome roads that were totally uninhabited.





It had been four days since the rain event but the creeks were still flowing and the ditches were standing full.





Our first tough section and Mike couldn't wait to go first!





You know what they say, the first cuts the deepest. After that we argued over who would be first to test the mud! "Look Mike what's up ahead!"









We reached Henderson County and the Trinity River valley uneventfully, but that would soon change.






A road on the map that looked epic turned out to be impassable and we were routed onto a detour road from which we promptly made our own detour!

My view:



Mikes view:



We got lucky as the conditions were brutal! We headed for high ground and a well deserved break.





But wait...what's that just ahead?





Knowing Mike's blind in one eye and can't see in the other, I tried to coax him into going first once again but he wasn't biting!
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:47 PM   #41
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After backtracking a bit we found more mud! Imagine that?



We finally met our Waterloo when Mike declared "Hey, my wheelbearings just went out because my wheels stopped spinning!" No Mike, not wheelbearings, but MUD!





After poking fun at Mike, then poking mud on his bike, he got back at me when my back was turned by kicking my bike over!



Just kidding! We sure had fun picking that pig up in the mud though. A Christmas to remember!



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Old 01-01-2014, 10:14 AM   #42
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Christmas "muddin"!

Looks like good clean fun to me!
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:51 PM   #43
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Ha! The "fun" ended when it was time to "clean" though.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:43 AM   #44
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X-Mas Day mud

Thanks for another great ride Mudclod.

I was glad to see you brought the V-Strom with a crappy rear tire. I figured that would level the playing field some (me with the nimble KLR). Not to be though.. Whenever I was in front my mirrors were full of what looked like a F-350 on my rear fender. When following, the constant threat of getting roosted existed. But I was a quick study on that from previous rides. Dispite your best efforts I went un-roosted.







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Old 01-02-2014, 04:44 PM   #45
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Why Mike, I can't believe you think I would ever "roost" someone on purpose? ha! See you soon!

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