Austin Texas Hill Country Dual Sport Day Trips

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by bikejones, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Mudclod

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    Man, that's a great image!
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  2. bikejones

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  3. bikejones

    bikejones Been here awhile

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    Ok......Time to ride again!!!!!

    When: Sunday July 15, 2012

    WhereTo Meet: Meet at Backwoods, located in the western end of the Hill Country Galleria, 12921 Hill Country Blvd Ste D2-145, Bee Cave, TX 78738.....in the rear parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

    Kick stands up at 9:00 a.m.

    Please let me know if you plan on riding by replying to this post.

    If we know someone is coming, and they haven't arrived by 9:00 a.m.....we will wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes for them to show up. If you need to contact me........please call five 1 two - 4 two three - zero 8 8 nine.

    There is gasoline near the meeting area to top off your tank.

    Destination: Into the heart of the hill country to ride some dirt roads and with this past weeks rain...........cross a few creek crossings.

    bring water......stay hydrated.....drink plenty of water starting days prior to any outdoor activities.

    (Edit) We will stop at Coopers BBQ in Llano for lunch.

    You may want to bring a snack as well.

    As always.........this is a no drop ride. Please read the first page of this thread for general info regarding no drop rides.

    The weather has flip-flopped from 0% chance of rain on Sunday to about 50% chance of rain on Sunday.....but the showers are intermittent and don't tend to last too long.

    Rider List

    In.......
    bikejones
    GlockPointer
    Lamar568
    jmark7

    Maybe......

    Out........
    Meriden
    JT

    Hope to see y'all there!
    Britt
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  4. eakins

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  5. bikejones

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    A Mighty Fine Ride................

    Starting on a comfortable, sunny and clear Sunday morning in Bee Caves Texas, Lamar568, GlockPointer, jmark7 and I headed deeper into the Texas Hill Country for a day of riding some of the awesome dirt roads this area has to offer.

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    Although there were many creek crossings, only a few actually had water in them. What is most surprising is that only the shortest, wet creek crossing gave all of us an agility test…..i.e. a little slippage here…..a little slippage there……..everyone was able to defy the affects of gravity and stayed upright.

    A few of the dirt roads had the perfect amount of moister so that they were not dusty or muddy….others were dry, yet not dusty.

    The usual critters were out in the open range cows, deer, fox, road runners and even a lonely bull snake crossing the road……that everyone avoided running over.

    After a short break in Click Texas, as seen in the photo below*, we continued along CR315 and traversed GlockPointers favorite creek crossings with the +/-100 yard sand pits.

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    *We came to a conclusion that these rides will have to include more photo-op stops in order to share these experiences.

    We experienced a few light sprinkles along CR113 and CR112. However, it seemed that every turn we made onto another road got us out of the rain.

    Only on one of the longer, wetter creek crossings, with a deeper beginning, did any of us (jmark7 on his GS1200) succumb to the gravitational pull of the earth…….and this was only after he reached the other side. Albeit dry…..the other side was a treacherous mix of very loose sand and small gravel in the middle and along the sides of the tire tracks formed by cages. Jmark7 was able to hold on to his bike without it going completely down. Lamar568 and I came to his aid but jmark7 and Lamar568 had the GS upright just as I got there. With a little spin of the back tire in the loose sand and gravel, jmark7 was on his way…..only to have to turn around and do the creek crossing again.

    For you see, this particular creek crossing, on Threadgill Creek Road, was just outside of our travels, yet within view of GlockPointer......which means…….”if you can see it……..you must ride through it”……so ride we did.
    We continued on our travels down Jack Rabbit Road…...or as it were……..Onward Through The Fog…..uh…I mean….Onward Through The Rain.

    Yes, at this point we could clearly see the thunderheads we had so luckily avoided, until now. The looming rain did not matter to us at this point because we were on a mission.

    You see, the original plan was to eat lunch at Coopers in Llano because we didn’t think we could make it to the Doss Country Store before they closed at 2:00 p.m. However, it was only a few minutes after 1:00 p.m. and we had already decided earlier in the ride to change our route and eat in Doss Texas.

    After having some fine food and “a side order of bad attitude” at the Doss Country Store, we continued on our travels down Doss Springs Creek Road, Crenwelge Road, Pecan Creek Road and Loudon Road.

    From Loudon Road and HWY 290, we traveled east on HWY 290 to Fred’sburg in the pouring rain. After a brief stop under a gas pump awning, jamark7 put on his rain gear and was heading back to Houston. We all thanked him for coming along on the ride and wished him a safe trip back to Houston.

    The rain had let up slightly and the temperature had dropped noticeably so that we made a pilgrimage to Luckenbach for some anti-freeze so that we could warm up from the inside-out.

    After warming up at Luckenbach, the rain had stopped and we found a dry line on the weather radar. So we continued east on HWY 290 into Johnson City and then down RR2766.

    We rode a very welcome, warm and sunny stretch of RR2766, which eventually becomes Blanco CR201 and then Hays CR101 (aka: Fitzhugh Rd)……which eventually became very, very wet and cold…….again……due to the ominous thunderhead that crossed our path.

    From there on, the rest of the ride had some dry patches of roadway and some wet patches of roadway.

    Thanks jmark7 (Jay), Lamar568 (Lamar) and GlockPointer (Frazier) for the awesome adventure,
    Britt
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  6. bikejones

    bikejones Been here awhile

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    Time for a short ride.....for me anyway, as I need to be back at the house by 3:00pm

    When: Sunday July 22, 2012

    WhereTo Meet: Meet at Backwoods, located in the western end of the Hill Country Galleria, 12921 Hill Country Blvd Ste D2-145, Bee Cave, TX 78738.....in the rear parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

    Kick stands up at 9:00 a.m.

    Please let me know if you plan on riding by replying to this post.

    If we know someone is coming, and they haven't arrived by 9:00 a.m.....we will wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes for them to show up. If you need to contact me........please call five 1 two - 4 two three - zero 8 8 nine.

    There is gasoline near the meeting area to top off your tank.

    Destination: Into the heart of the hill country to ride some dirt roads and with this past weeks rain...........cross a few creek crossings.

    bring water......stay hydrated.....drink plenty of water starting days prior to any outdoor activities.

    We may or may not stop somewhere for lunch.

    You may want to bring a snack as well.

    As always.........this is a no drop ride. Please read the first page of this thread for general info regarding no drop rides.

    Rider List

    In.......
    bikejones
    ShadySmurf
    Lamar568
    GlockPointer
    Clark
    Mudclod
    ShoelessJoe

    Added along the ride.......
    Ryan
    Brett
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  7. Mudclod

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    See ya in the morn, Clark + Mudclod.
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  8. ShadySmurf

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  9. bikejones

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    Sunday 07/22/2012 Austin Hill County Dual Sport Day Trip

    Started with 7 riders......picked up two more riders in Click, Texas....Brett and Ryan.

    It's a small world. Turns out Brett and I were both involved in the Texas Mountain Bike Racing Assoc. racing series for a few years. He raced a more advance class than I did.

    In short....another fine....fun ride.....the weather was actually cool due to a slightly cloudy sky.

    There were still a few slippery creek crossings....I crossed one that turned by bike sideways but was able to ride it on through with the front tire crossed up and the back sliding around to the right.

    But enough jibber jabber.......as promised.......we took more pics on this trip....I still could have....or rather.........should have......taken more.

    So sit back and enjoy the pics.........MudClod has more pics as well.....I'm sure he will post them soon. :clap

    If anyone else on the ride has pics you want to share....please post'em up.

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  10. Mudclod

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    What a blast, man we got lucky with the weather-it was nice and cool and overcast for awhile. Loved that deadend road and Paradise ranch near Enchanted rock, what a find! Thanks Britt. Here's some video, haven't messed with stills yet. Great shots by the way. <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GPEwXwPLGFA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/86TL7YROKOY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    Here's a few still images I captured. [​IMG] [​IMG] Shady Smurf [​IMG] The Wild Bunch! [​IMG] [​IMG] <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ip9axLEowCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  12. bikejones

    bikejones Been here awhile

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    Not able to ride this Saturday (7/28/12).....I'll be doing my oil cooler install.

    Hopefully all the planets....or at least some dust particles.......will be in alignment and we will ride next Saturday....August 4, 2012.
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  13. Mudclod

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    Rock on Jones, get 'er done!
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    Tons of thanks Mudclod for all the great pics and vids......they're awesome!!! :clap
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    Saturday ride :ricky ........August 4, 2012!!!

    When: Saturday August 4, 2012

    WhereTo Meet: Meet at Backwoods, located in the western end of the Hill Country Galleria, 12921 Hill Country Blvd Ste D2-145, Bee Cave, TX 78738.....in the rear parking lot (near Hwy 71) at 8:30 a.m. There are plenty of parking spaces to leave your truck/vehicle and trailer.

    Kick stands up at 9:00 a.m.

    Please let me know if you plan on riding by replying to this post.

    If we know someone is coming, and they haven't arrived by 9:00 a.m.....we will wait approximately 15 to 20 minutes for them to show up. If you need to contact me........please call five 1 two - 4 two three - zero 8 8 nine.

    There is gasoline near the meeting area to top off your tank.

    Destination: Into the heart of the hill country to ride some dirt roads.

    bring water......stay hydrated.....drink plenty of water starting days prior to any outdoor activities.

    We will stop somewhere for lunch.

    You may want to bring a snack as well.

    As always.........this is a no drop ride. Please read the first page of this thread for general info regarding no drop rides.

    Rider List.........

    In.......
    bikejones
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  16. fatboy

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    Hi bike jones, wish I could join you guys this sat but can't. One suggestion. ... When you post a trip route could you please specify if there are any ranch gates. Bump gates and such are a pain when riding solo. Thanks for organizing rides!!
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  17. Mudclod

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    Just give them a light tap then shoot the gap! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cI9ijKiORYo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  18. fatboy

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    Yep. We actually do a leap frog. First guy contacts and drives gate open and takes off right away while second guy comes in behind and holds gate open for rest of bikes. This guy then gives the gate a good shove and scoots off before it swings back. But many bump gates don't swing as easily as the one in the video and push back with a bit of weight. :) I guess I was just saying that its nice to know what sort of gates your going to encounter on a particular route.
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  19. bikejones

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    So far we just cross a lot of cattle guards.

    We have not encountered any gates on these county roads so far. When we do.......we will 'er uh......cross that gate when when we get to it. :rofl
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  20. bikejones

    bikejones Been here awhile

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    Do you know where this bump gate is located Mudclod???

    The KLR looks like KosmicKLR......maybe he can tell us where it is.
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