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Old 12-04-2011, 03:36 PM   #16
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Thumb Git 'er duuunnnn....

Hey Gentri!

'Mr ShortWayRound' here!

I was looking at incoming links to my blog and followed one back here.

Glad to see you hitting the road on what will surely be a crackin' steed.

CraftyCoder's right about the wheel bearings - the rears especially seem to be the DR's Achilles heel. Every bike's got one (at least!), glad the DR's is so simple!

May 2012 be kinder to you.

Have a great trip. now REV 'er up and 'Git er duuuunnnn'!

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Old 12-05-2011, 05:18 AM   #17
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Update this you Lazy Bastard

I know he was partying, maybe in jail
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:25 PM   #18
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Good Luck

Good luck I would just change one thing.

Instead of Reality Escape Vehicle

Change to Reality Experience Vehicle

Or Reality Explorer Vehicle

Because when your smiling flying through the desert and thinking about nothing but the mountains ahead, in my opinion, that is reality. Not payments and arguments!

Treat yourself to a good life!
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:45 PM   #19
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Update this you Lazy Bastard

I know he was partying, maybe in jail
No doubt, if Louisiana is really rockin this could be a long lay over.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:26 PM   #20
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Thumb Day 2 NOLA to Houston or "pics? We don't need no stinkin' pics!"

DAY 2 NOLA to Houston

This was a straight shot. Causeways, swamps and very few pictures. I gotta get my photog game on! Here is cute kitten to make up for it.



I blasted off intending to meet up with some friends and get some crash space.
I saw only 3 other bikes, Goldwingish, although the last one was a Harley in NoLA moving along nicely... he gave me the finger... or maybe, like Tebow, he was just thanking heaven above... all had fairings... my frozen toes, fingers and face are beginning to GET that whole concept.

I arrived in Houston and after going to the wrong park, then wrong bar, and no phones being answered, I said Downtown Houston, I love ya, but I gotta go. I found the Houston International Hostel and for 15 bucks had a hot shower and bunk. Done. I like the hostel, but the best description I can give is that it is “careworn”. It is loved, but not one thing new in it! I found it clean, staff nice/helpful and would def. Stay again. YMMV.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:42 PM   #21
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DAY 3 Houston to Del Rio, TX

DAY 3
Following some advice from the thread, I got my ass out of bed and on the road by 830 away from the hostel.



Big improvement all around... Got somewhere somewhat early for once and felt I had time to do stuff... whatever that was. Ran in to a Poker run North of San Antonio, where the locals were rolling out in support of abuse children... nice folks. Said Hi then resumed slabbing.



Not a dual sport in there...

Made a few calls about habitation with the intention of staying in San Antonio but rolled on by' to some amazing skies.






Camping in Del Rio was calling... as was Texas BBQ! Finally ended up at RUDY'S and man, it was good. Brisket, dry, with beans... awesome spicy sauce... would eat there again in a heart beat.



Always some interesting stuff, road side, that makes you wonder how it all went down...

and some that doesn't! :) This one goes out to all guys from the Beaver series camp out dual sport weekends at Murphy, NC... the Sweaty, Screamin' and Fuzzy Beaver “rallies” of course!



… also had an anniversary on the road so to speak!



Beautiful skys as I rolled towards Del Rio, TX... amazing sky.



Ended up, after some shenanigans, finding the place at the Amistad natl recreation area campground. Amazing place, just shitty weather. You can hunt there and my neighbors were from San Antonio and were bow hunting... they had seen deer, rams, but had gotten nothing. It was cloudy, cold and looked like rain....
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:32 AM   #22
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Yo, thanks for updates, looking good amigo!
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:02 AM   #23
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Awesome adventure dude! Looking forward to the updates.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:31 AM   #24
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YEE HAW! Love me a DR all loaded up! those mermites look SWEET! Ride safe and most importantly, ENJOY the freedom, you have earned it!
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:36 AM   #25
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:18 AM   #26
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:21 PM   #27
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Day 4 Del Rio to Big Bend Natl. Park, TX

DAY 4 Del Rio to Big Bend National Park, TX
Odometer at 20107
Woke up to rain at 430 AM... rain dropping on my head to be exact.... someone obviously forgot to re-treat the tent after last cleaning... Chinese water torture time began... wherever I moved, it followed. Awesome.

Camp Gentri at Amistad Recreation Area



Finally got up and out around 730, made a hot beverage and packed up in the rain. Listened to how one of my neighbors, hunters, had a whole tarp of water dump on him in the night... guess I got off lucky! Rolled out in the rain towards Big Bend Park it was rainy, cold and not a drop of sunlight in the sky... completely overcast.

Summary of ride to Big Bend:
Morning: windy, cold, wet
Late Morning: Windy, cold
Afternoon: windy and cold, but sunny.
Weather changes have been crazy, to say the least.



The approach to big bend is long and pretty. Mountains and ridges all around.

Arrived at entrance gate, payed fee of $10 to get in then off I went, heading for Panther junction and gas... words don't do it for a lot of Big Bend... the vast openness of if all is lost in any picture...







I was told Chisos Basin was a must see, so I arrived there intending to camp... amazing... the drop into the basin is lots of fun with switchbacks all the way.







I arrived planning on camping, but was told that snow and icing of the road was expected that evening, and if that happened, the road would be closed till it thawed, possibly for a day or so. That couldn't happen if I was to meet BoulderGuy and SJE in Creel, as I had been planning' so back out I went, headed for a lower elevation campground called Cottonwood, close to the Rio Grande.

Camping was $15 bucks, but you could pay via credit card... bonus! Well placed spaces raised up. Large campground, but only 4 spots filled. A crew of 4 guys, who had been camping together for 21 years was set up across from me... nice crew and funny stories.

Got everything set up. Got in tent, listening to coyotes howl and yip... now that has faded, leaving a BIG wind storm whipping trees and leaves and other random things around... chill coming on fast.... Low in 30's expected.... Nite.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:58 PM   #28
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YEE HAW! Love me a DR all loaded up! those mermites look SWEET! Ride safe and most importantly, ENJOY the freedom, you have earned it!
Saved themselves and myself a few times... tuff and large storage area!

///Pssst, also cheap.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:41 PM   #29
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Saved themselves and myself a few times... tuff and large storage area!

///Pssst, also cheap.
So cheap that I expect you to bring me some maps of Mexico, several different ones if possible. I am starting to plan a trip in March. I am subscribed, and am in envy of your trip brother.
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