Scarysharkface Wanders BiBe..

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by scarysharkface, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    I hauled the DR350 on the Jeep and took a couple of day rides over the week of Thanksgiving 2010.

    I'll start with the first night in Terlingua. My first stop was at The Starlight Theater, where I happened to run into Roger..

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    He kindly offered me a spot for the night on his land just down the way a short bit..

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    Not certain, but I think this is Study Butte from his place. It might simply be Terlingua proper. I dunno.

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    I was rather crispy from the drive out already. I'd nailed a deer just outside of Luchenbach, after visiting a good friend in Austin and spending an hour or two at The Bass Emporium. A rest stop was my campsite after that, and with too-little sleep I drove the rest of the way. Tired is putting it mildly. Then add a Negra Modelo to the mix and before too long...

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    At some point I woke up enough to snap a couple more pics of the night desert..

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    I slept in the back of the Jeep with the windows down. Nice.

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    John
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  2. VO1MX

    VO1MX Been here awhile

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    Cool pictures John :thumb
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  3. GB

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    Nice way to spend alone time, thanks for the great pics :thumb
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  4. Capt Dan

    Capt Dan Just Livin' a Dream

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    Great pics. When it comes to photo's, you da man..
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  5. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    You met UNCLE, neat.
    I met him in 07 or 06 at the first TAR in Junction,TX.

    He has some very good rides in his area.
    What did you think of his view of Mexico?

    Neat pix & w/ humor.
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  6. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    For one who has great difficulty waking up in time to go to work every day and sleeps until 10 am on the weekends, I have an odd propensity to rise before the sun when I'm out and about alone..

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    I headed off to Kosmic Kathy's place for breakfast around the fire pit, then off in search of a friend's track out in the desert North of Terlingua..

    I find it and get to the business of getting the bike unloaded and me geared-up for a ride..

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    Ready to go..

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    So I figure I'm a big boy now, so let's see what we can find..

    Shortcut from Terlingua airport to Study Butte, complete with a water crossing downstream from the spring in Terlingua Creek..

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    Stopped at the Study Butte Store for some liquids..

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    Old Maverick Road in the park..

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    I love this road. There's plenty of variety but you could drive it in a Camry with some patience. Bike is better though.

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    Even some sand..

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    Too soon I'm back on pavement near Santa Elana Canyon, enroute to Castelon and lunch.. The road dips into washes..

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    The obligatory putting-on-the-gloves-after-a-snickers-lunch self-portrait..

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    Time to head for the River Road West..

    John
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    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Great stuff as usual John. I think it was your Thanksgiving trip last year that lit the Big Bend fire for me.

    Looking forward to more!
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    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Always love your input on two different sites. More please. :D
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    freeflow get in or go in

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    great pics as usual :thumb
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  10. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    Very nice pictures. :thumb

    You might want to watch where you pass out in the future, I think Orion had a bead on you. :D
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  11. scarysharkface

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    As is always, always the case, I should have taken more pictures of defining sections of the road.

    Immediately upon turning onto River Road West there is a relatively wide sandy wash to cross. I should have stopped and taken a pic. As one exits the wash on the far end, there is a short hill to climb in deep sand. By the time I realized it was there I didn't think of anything other than staying on the throttle and getting up it. No pictures. I should have at least parked the bike at the top and walked back to snap a couple, but I did not.

    Several sections appear to have been recently graded. Recently could have been last August, but still there is some deceptively easy riding interspersed among some more challenging stuff.

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    Much of the River Road West is fairly close to the border. Mountains in the background are in Mexico.

    Note the depth of the tire track. I didn't slide to a stop, it's just that soft.

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    Plenty of this stuff..

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    Beautiful in all directions..

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    Lots more road ahead. I'm probably only a mile or two into a 58-mile stretch of primitive road at this point..

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    John
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  12. Fireman1000

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    Very cool. I like your Jeep/Bike set up.
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  13. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharteâ„¢

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    Kewl pix, John! Thanks.
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  14. scarysharkface

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    Lots of muted tones out here this time of year..

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    I'd just come down (up?) this. Good riding..

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    Absolutely a joy to spend time here..

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    It's always at least a little bit worse/better than it looks on-screen..

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    John
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  15. scarysharkface

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    Thanks for the kind words everybody.. :shog

    It's terrifically hard to take a bad pic in Big Bend, especially if there's a bike in the frame..

    John
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  16. scarysharkface

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    So I'm happily plowing-along through the desert and suddenly the road becomes this..

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    I stop long enough to take a picture, but then get going again quickly. In a land of mountain lions and not much cover, I'm confident that there are creatures in the grasses and bushes here and confident I don't want them to eat me.

    Soon I'm back up away from the river and don't feel so trapped..

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    Even comfortable enough to get off the bike, drink some Gatorade and enjoy the view..

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    I've seen asphalt parking lots with more vegetation..

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    Some distance on, the road turns Northward and I get a nice view of the backside of Mule Ears Peak(s) while also wondering why the road doesn't agree with what Topo 2008 is showing me on the Garmin..

    I think this is just a little more than a third of the way to the other side, and I really don't want to get lost out here..

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    John
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    Considering the topo data is at least a decade old, there is a reasonable chance that it's simply wrong. I follow for a bit to see if it joins back up with the route on my screen. I've got an extra gallon of fuel and plenty of water, so I can afford to explore a little..

    After a comfortingly short distance the road turns back toward the river.. It's been back-filled at the bottom of a shallow wash, which implies that it doesn't take a whole lot of rain to destroy the often-soft base of these tracks..

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    According to Garmin, that greenery to the right of the road is in Mexico..

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    Figuring I've seen about all the types of topography the River Road has to offer by now, I don't stop very often to take pictures. In fact, at some point I completely blew past the Marsical Mine, figuring there are plenty of pictures and info available to those who are interested..

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    Things flatten-out a bit and the road is generally in much better shape the farther East one goes..

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    Proof I was there..

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    Soon enough I'm back in (relative) civilization. Just past the Glenn Springs Road junction, I meet an SUV and eventually pass a Chevy pickup that has a big Harley tied-down in the bed. He was running the road at about 20 mph and that thing was really bouncing around. I'm impressed that the straps held. Whatever..

    Once off River Road East and onto the pavement, a right turn leads to the fuel pumps at Rio Grande Village to top things off. My odo is right at 98 miles for the day thus far, and I didn't have to touch the fuel in the can..

    Fifty or so miles later I'm back out in the desert North of Terlingua..

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    Ed shows up almost as soon as I'm parked and de-geared, and proceeds to fire up the grill..

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    The moon rises..

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    Food prep..

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    The bike is happy and fed..

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    And soon I will be as well. That's Ed's sweet WR250R in the foreground..

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    John
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  18. scarysharkface

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    After sleeping in the Jeep with the windows down again, I'm up early but Ed is up earlier. We both were up before the sun though, so it's all good..

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    The moon is still up..

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    There's a great deal to be said for modern DSLRs and a good tripod..

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    Big doin's at El Punto Coyote..

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    I spend way too much time on this one plant and the moon..

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    The sun finally peeks up over the mountains..

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    While we drink coffee.. in the quiet solitude of the desert..

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    We head into Terlingua to grab grub at Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe and shoot the breeze over the firepit with an eclectic group and strategerize our day.. Fun times in Terlingua!

    John
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  19. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface Imbecile

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    Ed and I spend much of the day touring the area in the Jeep. I rode Old Ore Road last Thanksgiving week and want to ride it again, so Rio Grande Village is tonight's destination. The plan that's developing in my head is to hit the Hot Springs, catch a shower and then tent-camp at Rio Grande Village so I can get an early start on Old Ore Road in the morning..

    The view before sunrise..

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    It's still early and I'm on the road..

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    I love this road..

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    And detour to take a hike before the sun gets too high and hot..

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    John
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  20. Klay

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