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Old 02-17-2014, 10:00 AM   #76
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Looks like I need to get out and explore more of Texas! Great stories and great pics.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:56 PM   #77
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Thanks davyboy. I could use a little "Luck 'o the Irish!" Lots of Texas to ride tx1911fan, get to it!
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:58 PM   #78
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Castell General Store

Marble Falls on scenic Lake LBJ was our meet up for a weekend of west Texas dirt road action. The highlight was planned to be the great BBQ and atmosphere of Castell between Llano and Mason. We were not disappointed. WhitneyMike, Moody Blues, and Bad Bruce Lackey had never experienced the most popular roads of the area around Click and Sandy Creek so they were in for a treat!



Sandy Mountains



Much history in this area.













Off to Sandy Creek!





The creeks been low forever now with the drought here but we can usually count on a splash anyway. Moody on his new KTM500 didn't let us down, ha!





Gas it Bruce!



Bruce in awe of Moody's antic's.



WhitneyMike



I had to get my feet wet too!







Off to Oxford.










Time to cowboy up with Moody. I think Bruce might have been a rustler in his younger days.



Time for a well deserved break.







Bruce was horny after the roundup!



Kiss and make up boys.



Off to the beautiful Llano River.









Near Esbon.



Time for lunch in Castell.



Pick your own of the pit, BBQ, ribs, sausage and on this particular day free oysters! We hadn't been there five minutes when two other riders arrived and lo and behold, it was Big Dog and his buddy! What a small world when you meet someone with his extensive travel background in such a remote place. What a pleasure it was having lunch with them both.









After that it was off to Hickory Creek for some sand riding action.





Gas it Bruce! ha!



Bruce thought Moody was a show-off so he talked me into roosting his ass. I'll never listen to him again!



Moody was King of the Sand.



All those free oysters weighed heavy on the boy though! ha! Great time gents!




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Old 02-28-2014, 03:22 AM   #79
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:00 AM   #80
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Thanks for another great ride Mudclod.. It was pleasure to meet and ride with Bruce and Dan, real nice guys. Beautiful weather, great roads and a pleasant pace made for a great day of dual sporting.

Thanks to Dan for helping pick my bike up out of a ditch, no way I could have done it alone. (I leaned over to pick up some litter and over she went).


Bruce makes it look easy on snot slick rocks




Dan has a hard time keeping his front wheel on the ground





Mudclod playing in the sand




Great roads




Beautiful scenery

Bruce praying he's not the next tip over, Dan wondering whose bike he'll help pick up next, Mudclod being Mudclod..




Hope to see you all again soon!

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Old 02-28-2014, 07:18 AM   #81
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Cool pics and vids guys. Mud's double drop was worth a " "!
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:17 PM   #82
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Yeah Rman, I truly believe one leg is shorter than the other! Thanks for the great shots Whitneymike, an awesome time indeed!
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:26 PM   #83
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Good ride and pics of it. Mike you missed some good breakfast at the BlueBonnett that Bruce attempted to pay for.
Had a good time. Damn good ribs out there. Perfect seasoning and finish on them. Hell of a swimming hole too.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:00 PM   #84
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Texas Rally Raid

A good friend and fellow adventure rider (Slowoldguy) is in the process of mapping a route from the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma south to the Rio Grande River and Mexico on predominately dirt roads. A formidable task indeed but one that will be enjoyed by many once it is completed. Another inmate with ranch land on the proposed course was gracious enough to offer accomadations to our scouting party for a weekend. Maximus_Flavius was an awesome host allowing us to bivouac at his ranch cabin two and a half miles off the main road! An avid rider himself, he gave us much insight into the local landscape.

Our cast of characters...

Max Flav



Moodyblues an Pizzaboy



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Smiley



TXJames and I



The Slowoldguy is a little camera shy so I got plenty of action video of him! The camp was set on a vista overlooking Possum Kingdom Lake and couldn't have been more beautiful.







Early morning rise of course and we were off!



Max_Flav's personal ranch ride. The coyote's tremble in fear!



Out the gate and on the 2.5 mile "driveway."



Moody soaking up some morning sun as the temp's dipped into the 30's that night.



Our first highlight of the day came in the form of McAbee road. Score one for the Slowoldguy!



We all LOVE sand on these big bikes we were riding so we were not disappointed.





I had a major "pucker" moment on my VStrom trying to pace the Slowoldguy. I barely saved it from swapping up in the sand, the video doesn't do justice.





Off to Woodson and our first break.



Max and Smiley





After little discussion it was unanimous...we're starving! Off to Throckmorton and The Feed Lot. I took a shortcut.



Great country cookin' here folks!



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Old 04-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #85
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After lunch it only got better. In an apparent desert environment we discovered the Clear Fork of the Brazos River. Wow! It took a little searching though...



Like an oasis we enjoyed a respite from the afternoon heat.







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TXJames, Max_Flav and BigDave







Slowoldguy discovered this cool cable crossing. It looked very old but solid. I would have loved to cross but time was limited.



After the green of cultivated fields it was back up to the higher ground and arid landscape.









Back to the ranch!







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Old 04-04-2014, 09:55 PM   #86
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I had the most fun at the ranch hands down. I can't begin to describe how beautiful it was.



The terrain was certainly challenging for big trailies but not impossible.



I found this tough hill climb and couldn't wait to share it with others only to find that TXJames had already climbed it. Very tough rider!





BigDave and TxJames are expert level riders that impressed us greatly on this difficult climb.



Most of the creeks were dry due to the drought and I can only imagine how much fun it would be with some much needed precipitation.



These two weren't through yet!







They finally talked me into following on the DL...oh well, you only live once!



After that I was ready for a break. Max had a cool spot in mind.





Alas, the sun was sinking fast and it was time to return to camp and see if the others had left us some beer!



Much thanks to our host Maximus_Flavius and also the Slowoldguy for pulling this all together. The Raid will be awesome once completed and I urge everyone to stay tuned.


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Old 04-07-2014, 07:19 AM   #87
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Nice ride Mud.. Looked like the sand demons almost bit your ass in the "Sand Road Sidestep".. nice save!
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:13 AM   #88
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:35 PM   #89
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Yes Mike, a lucky save indeed. My tail was wagging like a long lost dog! Thanks Timbercat, see you in May!
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:47 PM   #90
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Spring has Sprung

Mid-April now and after a couple thunderstorms it's beginning to green up nicely, in East Texas at least. While still under mostly drought conditions, certain areas have received more than their share of precipitation and WhitneyMike and I intended to search them out. After crossing the flat plains of Falls county we began to see some bluebonnet activity in scenic Limestone county around Nesbitt.









After consulting the map it was off to Franklin and what looked to be awesomeness!





So far so good and then we hit our first deadend.



No problem, there's usually an adventure in most blocked paths!





Well much to our surprise it happened when we found this sweet road in Robertson county.





But after a couple miles it was another closed gate. They didn't even bother to post any signs! Oh well, if they had we might not have traveled to the end.



Lake Limestone was just down the road (the other way) so we decided to take a break there.



It was beautiful and over the banks whereas most lakes in Tejas are drying up, score!

I spotted a road on the map called Kitty Kat lane so of course we had to check it out!





Great find, one of the highlight's of the day.



Well the sun was sinking low so it was time to return to the real world but not before discovering a great road at Stranger Texas.





I know times are tough but I wish the county could at least have warned us with a sign of an impending road closure so close to the end of our ride. We usually can find a way around these bridge constructions, but this time no such luck.



Oh well, we tried...short of taking old bridge timbers and constructing a makeshift crossing we elected to backtrack. That's adventure I suppose! Until next time.

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