AR-ADV Camping Thread

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by OLEARY, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    Anyone taking a camper to Byrds? I'd love to attend but have no camping gear.

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  2. OLEARY

    OLEARY Enlightened Voyager

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    Byrds has those Cedar Cabins that sleep 2. I stayed in one on the AR500. Maybe you could find someone to share it with. They are pretty reasonable.
  3. pprO.R.A.

    pprO.R.A. Hipster Dufass

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    I can't really tell by the video, but the far western exit out of Frog was extremely challenging last fall. Big hill climb with boulders tossed everywhere. I am not sure if it is in your video or not Tim.
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    ScottyXR Just a Kid

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    Riding the Frog was terribly exciting for me. About 8 years ago, just after re-acquainting myself with riding, I was told," don't ever go to the frog, you will be air lifted out." Well, I'm Damm sure happy I did not listen! The words of advice did take a while to overcome, but finally I made it! Thanks O'Leary and TypeSH for taking me along. Here are the few shots I was able to take
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    I would not go alone unless you are on 4 wheels! What a day!


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  5. pprO.R.A.

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    pprO.R.A. Hipster Dufass

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    In that last picture if you look at the trail leading out (the direction the bikes are pointed) we took a right and while in the valley it was easy trail until the climb to top out. That was a boulder infested mess, Kendall mentioned he had never seen it that bad, I guess it was due to the flooding the prior spring.
    Did you guys go right or left when exiting?
  7. TypeSH

    TypeSH Been here awhile

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    That is the way we came in from Winfrey Valley (cr110) down Kenney Cemetery Road to Frog Falls from west end going east and that what's in OLeary's video. Yes it is a bolder infested mess and challenging, which is why we love it more than ever :) The south exit to Bidville Rd is steep but is the shortest and quickest way out. The north exit to Temple Hill is the most challenging as there is a tough river bed section and then a long climb. The east exit to 124 is the easiest way out (and what we took) but it has also gone up in difficulty with a lot of erosion.
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    Bidville road also exits that direction and it is considerably more challenging.
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    Yes it was challenging, it sound as if you guys came down the big hill leading into the valley. At the time I had way too much anxiety because I had crashed during the climb out and puncture my radiator and was loosing coolant rapidly whilst climbing the boulder field. But still always fun when riding in ARK. vs being at work.
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    pprO.R.A. Hipster Dufass

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    That is what trail I am referring to "Bidville" road. Now that you mention it that is what our local guide called it. "Worst shape he has seen it" I recall him saying.
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    We came into the Frog Bayou via Temple mountain cemetary road and that was no picnic, it had boulders the size of VW beetles in the creek bed area. But once again it was fun riding there. I am too old to ride that kind of terrain for 8 hours straight. Need to break it up a little here and there.
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    TypeSH Been here awhile

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    This is the south exit to Bidville. A chunk of the trail is gone from erosion and the drop is extreme. However it is short so if you get past this section there is one more climb and you're out.
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    What about the other way (left from the falls in the above pic, instead of right)? We did that a year ago and a big rain had washed out the trail in several places. We had to tie ropes to the bikes and pull them through.
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    ^^^That might be the culprit that took out my radiator, I had to go high side to avoid a washout and slid down with a protruding rock that got my left lower inside rad. smashed against the frame. But on up the trail away was the boulder field hill climb. I was first up and while letting my bike cool I could hear the riders down below clutch burning and bike boiling and cussing.
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    Sorry for messing up the photos with my thumb Scotty! It was a blast for sure. Can't wait to do it again this weekend. Part of it anyway! Don't like the looks of that washed out uphill photo that TypeSH posted. The south exit to Bidville was to be the entrance on this weekends track into the Frog. It doesn't look like the hill we rode out last year with the KCBoyz. As I remember it the hollow was on the left as you were going uphill.
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    I remember seeing that photo of a bike that went off left into the ditch next to the metal corrugated drainage pipe. Those two spots that were bad last year, that one and the one that had the trees laid across it are much easier to navigate now. They seem to both be more eroded so makes the up and over going east much easier. Better traction as well.
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    pprO.R.A. Hipster Dufass

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    Yeah Oleary that spot at the drain pipe was where my buddy went off and cracked 4 ribs and they were on a recon mission to get jb weld to fix another riders cracked case. All in all it was an afternoon of carnage
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    The drain pipe crossing could get impassible with just a little rain...I reckon. It was a fun section on this run. I just watched O'Leary and did as he did. TypeSH was ahead of us and off his bike waiting for the possible "excitement".


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    Amazing, subscribed to this thread :-)
  20. OLEARY

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    Attached are the gpx track files for Saturday's ride out of Byrds Adventure Center. I have put together a Big Bike ride (BB) and a Small Bike (SB) ride. I will be there Friday to ride and check out a couple of things that I have't had a chance to preride. I took the Spirits Creek track out. Rode with Bo & Craig yesterday thru there and it took several hours to make it thru from Turners Bend. Multiple creek crossings thru some of the slickest and rockiest crossings I have had the pleasure of crossing. With a group it could take more than half a day to get thru there. I dropped my bike a number of times and wore me to a knub by the time we got back on the county road. But then again I am an old fart.

    The main ride will take place on Saturday. I have tried to put some technical sections spaced out with some fast gravel in between to give everyone a chance to cool off and have some variety. On the SB track the cyan colored track is the planned ride. The magenta colored tracks are for the more adventurous. It could be warmish so don't want anyone to get overheated. I have reserved Campsites #18 thru 23 with power and hookups for campers. If you want one when you get there just grab one. First come first serve.

    Hope to see some of your there this weekend.

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