The Reconnection Ride: CA, NV, AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, AR, OK, UT

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rodr, May 30, 2011.

  1. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Thanks!

    Next, Texas hill country. :D

    Thanks, Fairfield is in a perfect area for year-round motorcycling. But as a town it's pretty dead. :lol3

    Yes indeed. A non-chain that's popular with the locals is usually a sure bet.

    If you say so. :lol3

    Hey Dave! :wave
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  2. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Here is my revised route for today's travels, routing around the forest fires. Basically it's highway 380 to Roswell, NM, then 285 to Ft. Stockton, TX. I got a late start due to spending an hour on the phone with Verizon Wireless after learning that nobody was able to call my cell phone. Turns out it was a Verizon network problem in the Socorro area.

    The ride to Roswell was quite pretty. Here are some pics taken in flight:

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    These guys were holding up traffic near Lincoln.

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    Lincoln seems to be of historical interest, home to the Lincoln State Monument.

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    Lunch in Roswell:

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    The Southbound leg on 285 was flat and dull by comparison:

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    I scored the last street-level room in the Motel 6 in Ft. Stockton.

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    Then dinner at the steak house across the street. New York strip, baked potato, green beans, apple cobbler. Yum. Sorry no pics!
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  3. roadchick

    roadchick Been here awhile

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    Great pics Rod!! We have a home right off 108 and have ridden over the pass many times! Beautiful ride! Enjoy your trip....I'll be watching for more pics!:clap
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  4. doublen

    doublen Been here awhile

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  5. shutterman

    shutterman some call me bop

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    Hey Rodr, I rode south on 395 from Reno to the LA area on April 11th. There was still alot of snow in those mountains. All three passes were closed at that time. I came back through on April 22nd and it seemed to still be alot of snow around. I grew up in Sonora and spent time much time in the mountains from Twain Harte to the Sonora pass area. Did alot of fishing and backpacking there.

    Enjoying your report - keep it coming :clap
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  6. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    Enjoying the RR, keep it coming. Thanks for taking the time to share!
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  7. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    What a nice place to live -- thanks for reading my RR!

    Thanks, I really enjoyed that area.

    Yes it's a beautiful area. And Sonora Pass just re-opened a couple of days before my ride, that was most fortunate.

    Thanks for coming along!
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  8. Saulo

    Saulo Do it.

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    Great pics and narrative! I am also checking your other reports to get some ideas on rides for this summer (Foothills, Norcal, etc...) Thanks for sharing.
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  9. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    You're getting some really good on the fly shots.
    What camera do you have?
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  10. kfcz400

    kfcz400 dirt track maniac

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    vintage american west,,,love the ride report
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  11. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Today's leg will take me from Ft. Stockton down to Del Rio near the Mexico border, and then through some of the Texas hill country to Kerrville. Click here for the route map. These places are scheduled to be hot, 95 degrees and up, so I get an early start to do as much of the ride as possible in cooler temperatures.

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    The initial ride out of Ft. Stockton starts straight and flat.

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    But after a while it starts looking better.

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    Refueling in Sanderson:

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    Sanderson is a curious little town.

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    Continuing on US 90.

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    Texas seems to have a lot of historical markers like this:

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    I enjoyed this roadside stop with a gazebo lookout thingy:

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    The Pecos River:

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    And onward:

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    In Camp Wood I stop for lunch:

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    It's an all-you-can-eat buffet with mostly locals.

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    Cherry cobbler really hit the spot!

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    Watch out bird!

    One of the locals in the restaurant told me that Camp Wood is on the Western edge of the hill country. So now I'm officially in it.

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    How 'bout them hills. :D

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    Finally in Kerrville, I score a great deal on a room and get permission to park the Wee in front of it.

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  12. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Delighted to be of service. :D Be sure to write up some reports of your travels!

    Nothing fancy, a little Sony Cybershot. The real trick is my deerskin gloves that are soft enough so I can work the controls.

    Thanks!
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  13. ~TABASCO~

    ~TABASCO~ www.rideonadv.com

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    GREAT RR.... I live in TX, and you GOTTA be HOT down there... ! I'm reading your report, and being that Ive ridden all those roads in the summer, and knowing the feeling of your skin melting off your body!!!

    Stay cool my friend !
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  14. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Day 7 is indeed the hottest day of the trip so far. The route is mostly an exercise in avoiding I-10 and so consists of a generally Eastbound selection of country roads.

    I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.

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    Lunch was in La Grange, about two hours out of Houston, at a crowded (always a good sign) roadside restaurant. The day's special was chicken fried steak. Never had that before and decided to give it a try. I still don't know what kind of meat it is. :lol3

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    Antique selling seems to be really big in this area.

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    Just before 290 turns into a freeway I stop at a DQ to cool off with some ice cream.

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    Getting closer to Houston, the temperature is up to about 103 now.

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    Which, in bumper-to-bumper traffic is not much fun!

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    Finally at Beth's house I am rewarded with a local brew.

    No riding tomorrow, it will be a day of visiting and playing.
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  15. Cliff-77

    Cliff-77 Lost Adventurer

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    Enjoying your RR,pics,etc,would like to do the trip west from here your doing in reverse someday,when it's cooler.Be safe,don't overheat in this heat we're having this wk.
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  16. redog1

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    Enjoying the ride:clap
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  17. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Welcome guys!
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  18. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Tuesday was a relaxing time catching up with my #1 sister and her husband and younger daughter.

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    Beth showing off one of the many items from her classroom as a Montessori teacher

    We visited Houston's fascinating Museum of Printing History:

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    A Rosetta Stone replica

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    Beth tries out the linotype machine

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    Samples of hand made paper

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    There are also a couple of photo exhibits

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    Beth's husband Mike and younger daughter Marika

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    Beth, Toby and Yours Truly

    Next: Louisiana!
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  19. Mike92

    Mike92 Been here awhile

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    Enjoying your ride report. Was the road you took from Camp Wood by chance FM 337? It looked like the pull over spot as you come down off the first mountain.

    Subscribed! :lurk
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  20. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Welcome! Yes it was 337. Great riding in that area!
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