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Old 01-04-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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Gone to Texas, and back again.

I recently took a little trip down Texas way. A journey of some 3400 miles in a big loop that was fun and, cool, very cool, as in cool weather. My ole '78 BMW RS was the two wheeler that got the job done. Here's a photo taken atop Skyline Drive in Canon City Colorado, the day before leaving.



After some two hundred miles or so I stopped near an interesting rock formation somewhere in the Panhandle area around Dumas where the Ding Dong Daddies abide! Locked and loaded. Lots of camping gear and clothes. In December you have to be ready. I was. Bring it on! (But no snow please.)



Actually, the photo below is north of here, back in Lamar, Colorado. At the ole train depot, now the local Chamber of Commerce.



The train depot, AKA, as the Chamber of Commerce.

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Old 01-04-2011, 03:38 PM   #2
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Somewhere north of Amarillo and south of? Panhandle country. I was running about eighty trough here as I was burning daylight. I wanted to get as far as I could as fast as I could before I lost the sun. That fairing is the best ever, and the thirty degree weather was not a bothering me at all!



My first camp, but second night out some 900 plus miles later. Yep, I rode all night after getting pulled over by a state patrol just south of Amarillo in the darkening night. Speeding. 72 in a 65. I think he was wondering what kind of nut job would be out in December on a motorsickle! He interrogated me and let me off with a warning. I rode south through the night turning off 287 and on toward Abilene and Brownwood, Texas. Daylight finding me well into the Texas hills.



And not far from the tent, my faithful RS. It was COLD that night!

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A nearby hill at Llano State Park. Pretty country.

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A really cool old historic hotel in the area. I'll have to look up the name of the town later.



A local bit of flora, some kind of cactus. Anyone know what kind? Sort of purdy in a prickly way.



After camping out three more nights I stayed in this Texas themed motel in Georgetown. No photos of those three nights, but two of them involved adventure camping. One in a corn field and another night behind some bushes near a less traveled highway. Ahhh! Plenty hot water and bad TV!

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nice write up nice pics,nice bike!
You seem to be carrying a lot of stuff tho!
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I did one additional night of "adventure " camping and then ended up here, camping at Winnsboro Lake, near unsurprisingly, Winnsboro, Texas. Stayed here about five or six days. I'll explain why later. I set my camera on a ten sec. delay and took this photo.



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nice write up nice pics,nice bike!
You seem to be carrying a lot of stuff tho!
Thanks! I had to deal with a lot of changing weather. So mostly rain gear and extra coats and jackets, plus camping gear. In the summer I would not have been near as loaded. I did get caught out in the rain one day. A very cold rain.
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Making coffee! I bought this ole pot back in '79 while livin' in Red River, N.M. It has seen a lot o' camping and a lot of campsites. And it sure has made a lot of strong coffee! If you look you'll see a book. I always travel with some scribblers written words. Good for whiling away the time whilst camped.



Another view of Lake Winnsboro where I was camped.



Some curious onlookers that resided nearby. Moooo!

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I hung around the area near the lake as I mentioned earlier for a good spell. I rode over to Mount Vernon, Dandy Don Meridith's hometown one sunny day and stopped at this roadside park. Cool water from a cool spring. I notice the old Corbin is cracking pretty good. The RS though has used little oil and the fairing is pure magic during some really chilly willy days!



Okay, the reason I hung out in this area so long was because as a youngster I spent time here. My granddad lived her and I did too for a spell. My grandfather passed on in 1972. This was his home in Newsome, Texas. Photo was taken late of an evenin', as they say in that neck o' the woods. I spent some good time at this old abode.

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Thanks! I had to deal with a lot of changing weather. So mostly rain gear and extra coats and jackets, plus camping gear. In the summer I would not have been near as loaded. I did get caught out in the rain one day. A very cold rain.
i forget that we live in a very temperate climate.We dont have the temps that you guys have to deal with.
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I'll post more later. I needs me a shot of Tequila, or at least a warm brew. More photos to follow.
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A local bit of flora, some kind of catus. Anyone know what kind? Sort of purdy in a prickly way.




That's Prickly Pear Cactus. Edible... you would order "nopalitos" to get the leaf part. I don't remember what the "pears" are called, but I've had jam made from them. Pretty tasty.
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Thanks for an outsider's take on Texas.

Many of the areas you traveled to are familiar to me, but they are more interesting from the eye of a traveler.
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i forget that we live in a very temperate climate.We dont have the temps that you guys have to deal with.
The weather was unusually cold for Texas at that time of year, and I knew it would be from following the weather reports. So I was prepared. Three motorcycle jackets for example. Three times what I would usually carry.
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Thanks for an outsider's take on Texas.

Many of the areas you traveled to are familiar to me, but they are more interesting from the eye of a traveler.
You're welcome! Texas has many types of landscapes (and climate zones or whatever they are known as). During my visit I was in the Big Thicket, semi arid desert and other types of landscapes (zones).

I did live for a time in Texas when I was young. But I never saw the whole state; still have not. I'd like to visit the Big Bend country someday as well.
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