Monday, September 25, 2006

Dual Sport ride at Lake Lavon

Albie, Todd and I decided to go explore Lake Lavon.  With the levels so low, there was bound to be some good riding out there.  Weather was great!

Got out there and ran into 3 other guys riding which lived near the lake and knew some of the good riding spots, so we followed them around.  Albie ended up getting stuck and going down in some mud (didn't look bad as we were riding, but it stopped him.)  3 of us were able to pull his bike out, and we continued on.  Was definately fun, and alot better then riding on dirt roads.  They split off for lunch, and Todd headed home, so Albie and I hit the gas station and got some food, then headed back out to the lake.

As we rode around, I ended up getting stuck in another section in clay/mud.  So bad, that Albie and I couldn't pull it out.  We called my friend Brick out (thanks!) with his F250 Diesel 4x4.  Sadly, about 20 feet from my bike, he buried his front tires and got stuck too!  The ground felt solid to us, but I guess a big heavy Diesel truck is alot different then a few of us.  Regardless, the 3 of us were able to wrestle my bike out of the muck.  Then, 3 hours, a Toyota T100, a 40hp tractor, a Tow truck and $300 later... we got his truck out too. <phew>

Pictures are here

Sunday, September 17, 2006

TWT Dual Sport Ride

About 15 of us from TWT planned on getting together today to do a local Dual Sport ride.   We've had no rain forever and are in a Stage 3 water shortage... and what happens starting at 4am this morning?  Major downpour.

7 of us decide to brave it and go anyhow once the rain stopped, although we did start about 1.5 hours later then we originally planned.  We took off up Coit, and hit the first section of dirt road.  However, it wasn't gravel etc, but a very watery clay dirt.  I was leading, and was sliding quite a bit, but made it through to the next road.  Meanwhile... we had a casualty behind me I couldn't see.  Long story short, most of us were carrying a lot more weight on our bikes (packed clay/mud) and a few lay downs after trying to help each other out. 

After 2.5 hours, we had only gone 9 miles.  However, we were able to get the BMW GS up and back on the road (after 3 falls, 2 broken lights and a broken fuel injection controller?).  The rest of us wandered over to Chili's for lunch right about the time the rain started again.  Afterwards, we all just went home.

Not what we expected... but definately a DS Adventure.  Here are some pictures.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

TSBA SaMR,etc.

With Steve from TSBA having his big party Saturday night, we all decided to do a SaMR (Saturday Morning Ride) instead of on Sunday. 

Since I was already long overdue on an oil change (bike is at 10,460 miles now), I changed the oil (Honda HP4 as always) and oil filter Friday evening.  A few TSBA'ers came by to hang out after I finished, and we ended up going to Cheddar's for dinner.

This morning, we met up at 8am for our SaMR and took off.  Weather was overcast most of the ride, but humid.  Still not too bad.  Had 12 riders I believe, and did about 200 miles.

Here are some pictures I took, and here is the Motionbased GPS Log/Map.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Chapparal Trail / Paris DS Ride

Todd and I decided to head out and try and find the Chapparal Trail and hit Paris for lunch.  We did find the trail start (thanks to some TWT members), and headed up it. 

Once we got past Wolf City, it started to get harder to follow, but we were able to make it to Ben Franklin.  The area between the two was a little hard going, and we had to go through 2 fences that people had put up (neither were marked private property, etc).   We marched through Ben Franklin, going over/around some tricky stuff, included a 60' or so long train bridge, only to end up hitting another fence, which was marked Private Property, keep out.  So, we turned around and went back to the nearest county road, and just headed over to Paris for lunch.

Pictures are here,  the Motionbased GPS Map/Log is here, and the .GPX Track file is here.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Broken Bow Dual Sport Trip - Day 2

Another good day of riding, and great weather.  Route we followed had a few issues, but we found ways around the problem areas.  Only one time were we basically completely off any road.  Seems the road existed at one point, but not anymore.  We forged through the growth for about 1/2 mile and finally hit a road.

We stopped in Mena for lunch... was going to hit The Lodge, but figured it would be really crowded.  Just over 200 miles today.

Update:  I forgot to mention this originally.  We did run across a few groups of deer over the past two days, as well as quite a few cows.  Luckilly, no problems at all.  Even ran across some wild turkey and dogs... but today was the capper:  Ran across a bear!  Coming up on him on the trail I first thought it was a cow... but as I got closer it was obvious he was a bear. 

Here are the pictures, and here is the Motionbased GPS Map/Log

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Broken Bow Dual Sport Trip - Day 1

Albie and I headed up to Broken Bow for some Dual Sport riding for the weekend.  Today was our first day out.  Good day, weather was great, and a good route.

Pictures are here and here is the Motionbased GPS Map/Log

Friday, September 01, 2006

DRZ Case Guards, Skid Plate, etc

Well, got in the items I ordered from ThumperTalk and installed them last night.  Well, everything except the manual cam chain tensioner.  Here are the pictures.

My friend Albie from TSBA and I are heading up to Broken Bow, OK for some weekend Dual Sport riding.  He helped me swap tires last night, since the TrailWings weren't gonna cut it.  Put on some Dunlop D756's for the trip.