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Old 05-21-2013, 06:50 PM   #31
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Thanks John! Nice pix. Good to see the Boquillas crossing up and running. The river looked pretty low.
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:55 PM   #32
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Looks like a great trip!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:59 PM   #33
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I really enjoyed your report. Looks like a great ride. I had no idea about Boquillas, I'll have to check it out.
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Thanks John! Nice pix. Good to see the Boquillas crossing up and running. The river looked pretty low.
Thanks! The Boquillas crossing was at least a year (two, perhaps?) behind schedule and I wasn't sure it would actually ever come to be. It's a pretty slick setup as long as you cross during office hours (9 am to 6 pm, or something like that). On the one hand it's a shame vehicles can't cross, but on the other hand that probably keeps it from becoming an attractive smuggling route.

The river was quite low, as you saw. In Lajitas there were places where people crossed and it was less than knee-deep. In other places people discovered it was considerably deeper. My feet didn't get wet in the not-waterproof Alpinestars, and I was very nearly all the way across a time or two.

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Old 05-21-2013, 07:00 PM   #34
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Looks like a great trip!
It was, even if I had no clue what I was doing or where I was going at times!
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:10 PM   #35
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Looks like a good ride John! Y'all keep moving Big Bend up higher and higher on my list of places to go with reports like this.

Really like this pic...even if your KLR is in the middle of it.





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By the way, just to throw this out there, I'm using Mobil 1 synthetic oil, a Shinko 705 on the rear, an Avon Gripster up front and I countersteer.
...but what kind of chain lube?
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #36
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Looks like a good ride John! Y'all keep moving Big Bend up higher and higher on my list of places to go with reports like this.

Really like this pic...even if your KLR is in the middle of it.







...but what kind of chain lube?
I am conflicted about the KLR thing. I ride too much highway to justify it.

As for chain lube (yes I'm going there), I didn't use any because I was pretty sure that as soon as I would have I would have found a nice dusty road to ride. Brand new chain, too. I think I'm going to find some of the dry Teflon stuff to use so that won't be a concern.

I'm glad your biff wasn't worse.

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:27 AM   #37
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By the way, just to throw this out there, I'm using Mobil 1 synthetic oil, a Shinko 705 on the rear, an Avon Gripster up front and I countersteer.
650, 685 or 705?
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It's one of my favorite parts of the world, for sure. Definitely worth the visit, and bring that passport!

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When did they open the border crossing I was in Big Bend in February and didn't see that it was open
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When did they open the border crossing I was in Big Bend in February and didn't see that it was open
I think it's only been open since maybe April? I guess now you have no choice but to go back as soon as possible! Or maybe as soon as the weather is bearable again down on the river.

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Neat old Jeep parked out front. I do believe this is an original Bantam..









Really enjoyed this thread. I've owned two Jeeps in my life and they were tough as nails. The tires and headlights on this oldie refuse to go down with the rest of it.
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Old 06-01-2013, 08:09 PM   #41
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Really good shot.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:00 PM   #42
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Thanks greatly!

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Old 06-14-2013, 07:04 AM   #43
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Ya Im saving that shot of the KLR cause its very inspiring.I wonder how those hubcaps on that jeep survived the public and sticky fingers?
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:40 AM   #44
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Enjoyed reading your report. Nice ride and quick too. I didn't realise that KLRs went that quick.

Could I just point out for future reference that mounting your SPOT on your bike isn't a good idea.....


Scenario:-
You're riding down here...


and hit a rock. You crash hard and shatter your Femur.

The bike slides off and ends up down there....


How do you press the SOS button?
However unlikely that scenario is, that's just the thing the SPOT is there to save you from. You should always wear it somewhere on your person. I have mine on my Camel back if I'm wearing it or otherwise strapped around my sleeve on my upper arm. That way it's with you in a crash and so long as one arm still works afterwards, you can get at it.
Stay safe out there.
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Could I just point out for future reference that mounting your SPOT on your bike isn't a good idea.....
It will leave breadcrumbs to where I last was, but yes, after reading the "Where the f is the bike? Where the f is the ROAD?" thread I can see where I need to keep it on my body. Probably the chest pocket is where it needs to go for me, since a) I can get into there with either hand and b) It's usually empty anyway.

Thanks for the excellent suggestion.

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