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Old 09-23-2012, 09:24 AM   #11
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09222012 ATHCDSDT First Ride of Awesome (Autumn)

What started as an awesome first day of Autumn ended as an awesome first day of Autumn.

We met at the usual place, Backwoods, in Bee Cave Texas, just east of the intersection of St. Hwy. 71 West and RR620 South.

Dave-d and Kelly showed up on Kelly’s BMW with the side hack, and big_papa_nuts, Andy showed up on his KLR.

What we did not expect was the Police escort……….

Ok……it wasn’t really a Police escort, the alarm for Backwoods went off when they opened the store and they (one marked and one unmarked car) came to check it out. All was good.

We rode to the dirt and began to seek which creek crossings were wet and which ones were dry. Many of them were dry but there were still a half dozen or so that were wet…….and slippery.

We started the dirt portion of the ride on CR110A, then 308 and 315.

Here comes Dave and Kelly on CR315 crossing Sandy Creek………

There goes Dave and Kelly crossing Sandy Creek………

Somewhere along this portion of the ride, while negotiating a wet creek crossing…..and at the very end of the crossing.......Andy showed us all how to do a 180^ turn on his bike and gently lay the bike down so it could rest for a while because it was two tired.

Andy didn’t need any rest so he stood there watching his bike.

Since I had already made it across the creek, and was only a few feet away, I came over to help Andy wake up his bike.

Therein lies one of my personal problems………I still need to work on taking more photos when the ride stops……..and/or………stopping the ride to take more photos.

So as the saying goes…….if there are no pics…….it didn’t happen.

……………However…………Dave had a video camera on his helmet and may have caught this.

CR315 took us over to Hwy 16 where we turned left (south), and then turned right onto CR113 and 112 to 2323 (south). From there we turned right onto CR109/110 and a couple of hundred yards down the road at the split, we continued on CR110. This took us to Loyal Valley, 2242, and then to Hwy 87.

We proceeded south on Hwy 87 and turned right onto Threadgill Ranch Road. I do not usually notice this when we have ridden this road before, but having the hack behind us, I thinking of Dave sitting in the hack, I noticed that this is not your typical dirt road…’s a heck of a lot more bumpy. It is more of a rock road with some dirt. The rocks are 4 inches to 8 inches long and about 2 inches thick and are embedded in the dirt. A couple of them became dislodged from the road and I could feel my back tire kick over a few inches when this would happen.

From Threadgill Ranch Road we turned left on to Jack Rabbit Rd., which is paved. While riding down Jack Rabbit Rd. I noticed something shiny glistening in the distance. As I got closer I could tell it was a motorcycle parked on the side of the road. As I got really close, I noticed the skid marks and gouges in the pavement. When I stopped at the bike (a cruiser {Viper}), I noticed the damage to the bike, including a hole in the gas tank. There were no other riders around, but I honked my horn a couple of time in the event they were resting under a tree off the side of the road and needed some help. Judging the look of oil on the road, it appeared to be at least a day or two old. It was not a fresh oil spill. After discussing the possible causes of the accident we proceeded along Jack Rabbit Rd. to Langes Mill Rd. and we turned left. This took us to 648 where we turned right and headed into Doss.

When we got into Doss, we turned right onto 783 and went to the Doss Country Store for some petro and some grub.

Something to take note of, when eating at the Doss Country Store, be sure to tell them how you want your burger cooked, i.e., well, medium well, well done etc…etc… because if you don’t tell them, they will serve it to you rare/medium rare.

Nonetheless………they make a great tasting burger……even if it moo’s when you take the first bite.

From Doss we headed south on 783 and took some of the paved roads, Doss Spring Creek, Grenwelge and Pecan Creek over to Old Mason Rd.

From Old Mason Dave and Kelly said their goodbye’s and headed over to Hwy 87 and into Fred’sburg to take Hwy 290 and then MOPAC back to Pflugerville.

Andy and I continued on our trek easterly along the small county roads, mostly paved and a couple of them dirt.
While riding along Lower Crabapple Rd. we decided to check out a dead end dirt road. Not only did the dirt road catch my eye… was more like the “Dead End” sign that caught my eye.

Dead End roads, especially dead end "dirt" roads can have some pretty cool scenerey and other stuff to see.

It was a nice narrow twisty dirt road with a lot of shade.

We even found “Boot Hill” along the way.

After riding through Eckert and then Willow City, we worked our way to Althaus-Davis and eventually to 962 which becomes Hamilton Pool Rd.

We turned right onto Hwy 71 and headed back into Bee Cave where Andy and I said our goodbyes.

Andy told me that he too was ready to take a nap. I suggested he wait until he got home.

As we all know, Andy’s bike will sleep well when it gets home as it was already two tired from earlier in the ride.

Thanks for the great ride Kelly, Dave and Andy.

It was really cool having the hack out there in the dirt. I am sure there were folks that enjoyed seeing your rig because they are not that common.

Y'all take care and come along for another ride sometime,
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