A BC Buell goes South

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by BC Brian, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Cal. I figured it wouldn't be a big deal.

    Yeah, the food is great, and cheap,..... and great. Even the more "American" type foods just seem that much better there.

    There is lots of things I will miss about Mexico. I am fer sher going to spend more time down there in the future.
  2. Colorado Pickle

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    So, I just spent a lot of my workday reading through this amazing journey you've taken and have to say that it looks like one hell of a fun time. I admit that Mexico probably wouldn't be my first choice, but you've inspired me to think about it!
  3. Steve and Lisa World

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    Why not just rub it in with some salt buddy :evil
  4. swamp

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    After reading your first post im glad to see that you were able to make this happen. good on ya' man. live it up. nice to see the Buell munching miles and ADVed out. very nice .
  5. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks colorado Pickle

    I am happy to do my part for the "unproductiveness" of the work day.

    I have been having a great time. I loved Mexico, and like I have repeated many, many,.......... many times here in Texas, its reasonably safe as long as you keep your wits about you and don't take unnecessary risks. I rode mostly in daylight hours, didn't wander down dark alleys, and didn't take offense to people who cut me off or were driving in my lane.

    the people were great, and as Cal mentioned, the food was terrific.:D
  6. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    And, I haven't heard a rooster crowing in days, and the weirdest thing, people here stop at the stop signs. I am not quite sure how to deal with it.:rofl
  7. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks swamp.

    Ita been an awesome trip. The plan seems to change occasionally, but the awesomeness remains.....:D
  8. BC Brian

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    The outhouses in the campground were a bit of a walk from my site, so before going to bed, I wanted to check them out, just in case, so there would be no surprises if I needed the facilities. On the way back, I met this guy sitting down to dinner<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    On the way back, I met a guy fishing, so we chatted for quite a while about Texas, Mexico, and the world in General. He had lived around Robstown all his life, but had only been as far as Matamoros mexico to party when he was younger.<o:p></o:p>
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    In the morning I loaded up and headed for Corpus Christi. My Canadian insurance had run out while I was in Mexico, so I had my wife send me new papers and decals to Corpus Christi. I had contacted inmate SaltWindandFire ahead of time to ask if I could use his address for the shipping. I was in Corpus Christi a day early for the papers, so I took a look around. I went out to Padre Island, and found a camp ground in Mustang Island State Park.<o:p></o:p>
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    Later on, SaltWindandFire and his better half came out for a visit…. and brought beer! There hasn’t been a lot in the budget for beer, so they tasted real good. Thanks again SaltWindandFire.<o:p></o:p>
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    The next morning I headed into town to pick up my papers from my understanding yet somewhat frustrated wife. SaltWindandFire and his wife both had to work, so I was just going to sit around in their front yard and wait for their arrival. I swung by the Fed Ex office to see if they could intercept the papers instead of sitting in their front yard for god knows how long. No problem, she said, come back in an hour for your papers. Sweet! I did some shopping, picked up my papers, no problem.<o:p></o:p>
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    I headed back to camp to make some lunch, and the seagulls could smell it cooking, and came over to visit.<o:p></o:p>
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  9. SaltWindandFire

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  10. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    This morning I wanted to head out early, so I got up at first light, loaded the bike, got all ready to saddle up, and the neighbor came over and wanted to chat, then his wife, then his daughter. We had a nice visit for quite and while, then I got on the road J<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    I wanted to try to avoid freeways and cities, so I headed out on highway 77. On the map it looked like a nice little road, but in reality it was a divided highway with a bit too much traffic. I turned onto 77A at Refugio, and that was more to my liking.<o:p></o:p>
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    I rode along in no big hurry, but with very little traffic and the rural road speed limit of 70 mph, I ate up the miles.<o:p></o:p>
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    Well, of course I didn’t so I go to leave and she says she can set me up with an account and its really easy…… So, of course I believe her.<o:p></o:p>
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    She was kind of cute in a Bible Belt, Texas farm girl kinda way, and she heads to her office and I follow her (apparently she works the till AND has her own office) and on the way in, she says, and I quote, “I have never done a Canadian before, you will be my first time.”<o:p></o:p>
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    And I tried, I really did. I tried not to say anything, but….well, you know.<o:p></o:p>
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    So I says, as she is starting to type up something on the computer, “Well, you always remember your first time.”<o:p></o:p>
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    And she stops typing, and her fingers won’t seem to work, and she turns about 3 shades of red, and then she does a really good job of not hearing what I had said.<o:p></o:p>
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    So anyhow, an hour and a half later, I was the proud owner of a Wells Fargo Bank account, debit card, and checks, which, when I asked, was told I could cancel when I got back to Canada, but I might want to hang on to it and pay the user fees just in case I want to use it one day.<o:p></o:p>
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    Off I went, into rural Texas , and it was pretty good riding. A bit of waiting for road construction, but mostly just riding past farm after farm after farm.<o:p></o:p>
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    I wanted to avoid going through Waco, so I zig zagged on farm roads that didn’t show on the map, and finally came to the campsite I had seen on Freecampsites.net. It wasn’t free, but was darned cheap, and had big campsites, water and electricity ( like I need water and electricity) and there was no one else around.<o:p></o:p>
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  11. KingDan

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    Good chatting with you BC, hope you enjoyed TX.

    Dan, the bald Fire Fighting/Life Saving stud in the middle.:beer
  12. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Riiiigght..........

    I am hurt that I got the pepsi can with pepsi in it, while you were drinking disguised Shiners :rofl

    Once again, thanks for everything, and if you ever find yourself in Canada...................
  13. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks Bald KingDan in the middle.

    I am really enjoying Texas, and am still here for a few more days (East Texas)

    I am heading to a Big Assed party this weekend, and if I am in any shape to ride sunday, I wll try and leave Texas.... no guarantees though.......:D
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    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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  16. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info Jarrod Weaver.

    that's one awesome courthouse!

    When I pulled into town, I thought it was a church, but when I saw the flags out front I wasn't so sure. I was going to go in and have a look around, but after all the time in the bank, I wanted to make a mile.

    I am really enjoying Texas. The peolple are great, and so is the scenery.
  17. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    LOL
    thats what I was thinking when I saw him pushing the other birds around. I thought maybe they had ganged up on him and took his foot for being such a dick.....:rofl
  18. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    I go to Motorcycle Rallies in BC quite regularly, and have been attending the Salmon Arm Summer Stomp every year for over 20 years, but had never been to one in the States. I had looked on line for anything going on in the area I was travelling in, and there was 2, this one and one further north, a bit out of my way. I found the place on the map, and headed out.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    I found the place no problem, pulled in and bought my ticket. I got lots of comments at the gate about my Buell and how it was set up, and how I was a long ways from British Columbia, and got all the normal “Dijnt ya know ya’ll ain’t sposed to go to Mexico” comments when I told them where I had been.<o:p></o:p>
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    I found a campsite a bit away from all the action, got set up, and headed out for a look around. Talked to lots of people in the typical “Friendly Texas” kind of way, and found my way around the HUGE party site.<o:p></o:p>
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    I checked out the bike games. It was the first motorcycle rodeo I had ever seen that included quads and, get this, golf carts.<o:p></o:p>
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    I have pics of the golf carts, but, well, they aren’t (ahem) really ADVrider, or work friendly. Really. I am not joking. The rally is an “Adults Only” events and there was lots of interesting stuff going on. I had to work hard to find photos that I could post J<o:p></o:p>
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    There was another competition called “Honey I’m home” The game is timed, and you lay on the bed, with a young lady (supplied by the organizers) , then someone hollers “Honey I am home” and you have to jump up, grab your pants, jump through the window, start your bike ( or golf cart, go figure) and ride off. It’s a great game, and I actually have a trophy at home from a similar game.<o:p></o:p>
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    This lady was in the”Back 40” and man, could she sing. Lots of bluesy rock, and she could really sing Janice Joplin (I don’t really care for Janice’s voice, but really liked how this lady sang her songs)<o:p></o:p>
    But even with all the going ons around the place, you were still in the bible belt. After her set, she thanked Jesus, and told everybody to drink to Jesus ( I drank to Jesus) and hollered out His name like He was a rock star.<o:p></o:p>
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    Turns out there were 2 stages for the bands, 1 in the “Crater” and one in the “Back 40” (the grounds were 150 acres) Seems the main stage shut down relatively early, and the back 40 stage went all night. That stage was right near the “quiet” area I set up my tent J<o:p></o:p>
  19. BC Brian

    BC Brian Been here awhile

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    After a relatively restful sleep, I headed down to the “crater” for a bite to eat and to pick up a t-shirt. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    After checking out the bike show, I went over to the slip and slide competition. No one I talked to knew how it was judged, but it sure looked like a lot of fun.(clothing optional, see link at the end of this post)<o:p></o:p>
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    There were more bike games, so I went to check them out.<o:p></o:p>
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    Later on I ran into some people I had been visiting with the night before. They grabbed a lawn chair and invited me to sit down. There is an interesting…..custom?...... here in that at biker rallies, they have kind of a parade route, where people drive laps on their bikes, quads, golf carts, motorized bar stools or whatever, many of them pulling trailers with seats and sometimes with stripper poles attached. My new friends had a perfect spot for viewing this parade, so we sat there, talking bikes and watching the parade, talking to the paraders and having a good time. There are some parade pictures, but it was with my crappy camera, and the operator had consumed more than his share of beverages J<o:p></o:p>
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  20. harley1550

    harley1550 Touring Rider

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    Cool post on the rally, Brian, and very good ride report. As a Buell Ulysses rider I've enjoyed your ride report and as a Texan I've been proud to hear how you've enjoyed Texas, the countryside, the people, and now a small town rally. It's good to have you in our fair state and wish you the very best on the remainder of your trip. Ride safe.