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scarysharkface 11-06-2012 10:27 AM

Little Big Bender
 
So I earned meself a couple extra comp days and need to take them. Seems a long weekend is in my future. My older brother rides an R1150R, but has never done a long trip on the bike. Hrrrmmmmmm. Calendars suggest that we've both got the first weekend in November off (we're bass players and gig most weekends). Maybe throw-in a vacation day and a half and ride somewhere interesting? Sure.

My Halloween outfit this year is motorcycle gear. October 31st is a cold ride to work. Parked in the pay lot before sunrise. I figure the four bucks is worth it, for me to be able to scoot outta here at Noon..

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I work in the building on the left, with the observatory..

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It's chilly and windy when we roll-out around 12:30 pm after fueling in West Terre Haute. By windy I mean it's blowing 30 mph from the right, and gusty. Tough it out until somewhere West of Vandalia, Illinois, then top-off the tanks and grab a candy bar..

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West of St. Louis the wind abates considerably. Our gas station photo-tour continues. It's really a beautiful day to be on the bikes.

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Darkness finds us in Joplin, Missouri.

Day one's stats:

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john

scarysharkface 11-06-2012 11:15 AM

Day two is exactly like day one. Of course it's cold, and still dark when we cross into Oklahoma. Eventually, though, the scenery changes and maybe we do a little bit too..

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Not sure what this is all about. Trying to change the batteries in his odometer or something, no doubt.

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I do not like riding after dark. By the time we reach Fort Stockton it is dark. In my head I'm strategerizing what will give us the most bang for the buck without banging into a buck in the process. Daylight traffic South of Fort Stockton is practically nil by Indiana standards, so I figure it will be less than nil after sunset. We'll ride slow with the brights and it will be okay. I don't want to have to ride 100+ miles in the morning just to get there, if I can do it safely tonight..

The Marathon Shell..

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I lead, Mark follows and I artfully dodge three raccoons and three large deer. We're going really slow and thus it takes for - e - ver to make Rio Grande Village, where we grab a cement spot on the Southern-most loop of the campground and call it a night. We saw two other vehicles and watched a passenger train pass through Marathon. Other than that, it was all us..

Today's numbers..

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john

scarysharkface 11-06-2012 12:04 PM

Always a great sight to wake up to..

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A bit of moon in the sky..

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The sun is on its way..

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Brother is still asleep, so I head over to the nearest spigot to get some water for coffee..

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I boil my water and figure I'll go ahead and dump-in the coffee before turning-off the JetBoil burner. It is impressive, how quickly and completely doing so creates a mess of magnitude.

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Coffee was good though, and we eventually got ourselves going..

john

Apple Jam 11-06-2012 03:17 PM

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Originally Posted by scarysharkface (Post 19983684)
I boil my water and figure I'll go ahead and dump-in the coffee before turning-off the JetBoil burner. It is impressive, how quickly and completely doing so creates a mess of magnitude.

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Coffee was good though, and we eventually got ourselves going..

john

Yep.
I remember doing the same thing about three years ago.....

scarysharkface 11-07-2012 05:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Apple Jam (Post 19985088)
Yep.
I remember doing the same thing about three years ago.....

I guess it's part of the learning curve. :lol3

Watching assriver whip-up a cup of coffee in 30 seconds in the boonies South of Sisters last year made me a believer. :deal

Maybe next Fall I'll make it out to WetFest again.. :nod

John

Apple Jam 11-07-2012 06:46 AM

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Originally Posted by scarysharkface (Post 19990023)
I guess it's part of the learning curve. :lol3

Watching assriver whip-up a cup of coffee in 30 seconds in the boonies South of Sisters last year made me a believer. :deal

Maybe next Fall I'll make it out to WetFest again.. :nod

John

Our Regional Forum is discussing Wetfest right now.....
We'll see where that leads.

If you want a good tough cover for that JetBoil, see "Vendors" and find Corrado113. For pretty cheap, he made custom covers for mine with my handle embroidered on it

scarysharkface 11-07-2012 04:15 PM

We geared-up and rode to the Boquillas Overlook to wave at a couple of Mexicans and peruse their trinkets..

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Then we buzzed over to the lodge in the Chisos Basin..

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Brunchfast and dessert..

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John

Cannonshot 11-07-2012 04:27 PM

Hi John. :lurk

Signal 11-07-2012 07:18 PM

:freaky

I gotta get my brothers riding

scarysharkface 11-08-2012 05:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Apple Jam (Post 19990454)
Our Regional Forum is discussing Wetfest right now.....
We'll see where that leads.

If you want a good tough cover for that JetBoil, see "Vendors" and find Corrado113. For pretty cheap, he made custom covers for mine with my handle embroidered on it

I'll check that out!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cannonshot (Post 19994765)
Hi John. :lurk

Hiya, Bryan!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Signal (Post 19996029)
:freaky

I gotta get my brothers riding

Spread the joy!

John

scarysharkface 11-08-2012 06:00 AM

So after filling our bellies with cobbler, Santa Elena Canyon is next on the agenda..

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Blue sky...

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We skipped rocks to Mexico..

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Chatted a bit with a couple of guys doing much the same as us..

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Life is good..

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John

wachs 11-08-2012 02:50 PM

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Originally Posted by scarysharkface (Post 19998017)

Hey John - Really cool cloud photo!

scarysharkface 11-09-2012 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wachs (Post 20001783)
Hey John - Really cool cloud photo!

It's just kind of hanging out by itself, enjoying the day! :lol3

scarysharkface 11-14-2012 08:52 AM

Next stop is The Porch in Terlingua..

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We hookup with friends and finagle a place to park the bikes for the night that's within walking distance..

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Then head back up through the cemetery. Today is the Day of the Dead..

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John

tpar1220 11-14-2012 10:49 PM

nice pics john, always good to get to spend some quality seat time with your brother. :thumb


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