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Davis Mountain Day Trippin’

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by MT Pockets, Apr 24, 2021.

  1. MT Pockets

    MT Pockets Adventurer

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    Alright guys, bear with me here. I have been lurking for quite a while and enjoying the site. Perhaps it is time I contribute. I’m not exactly a techno guru, just a ranch hand who loves to ride motorcycles. My wife, children, and I operate a ranch in the Davis Mountains in west Texas. Mamacita and I would like to invite y’all along on a day trip around the Davis Mountains. F38E6A5C-4F6E-4D5F-9001-B014A33D8A09.jpeg
    I was tending to the morning chores here at the ranch when I heard my name being called from another stable. 4D8BFAC4-D1CE-42ED-812D-76867B61E6A7.jpeg 8FD773AF-A8F7-4FCD-9184-A516F13EA8FF.jpeg A quick retreat back to headquarters and Mamacita and I were ATGATT and ready to roll. A thorough check of our trusty steeds hooves and we were in the saddle and down the road!!!
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  2. MT Pockets

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    It is a little over 9 miles from our house to the highway. Every inch of it is pretty rough and rocky dirt road. It takes 20-30 minutes in a pickup, but the baby GS can do it a lot quicker. DFC76C62-1C58-49F4-BC5A-0A0F29004114.jpeg Guess who forgot the clicker for the gates? Mamacita is a top hand though and hops the gate to punch in the code, as the bike just doesn’t have enough mass to trigger the auto opener. D7BEE4FC-D2A0-4B49-89B4-211933E7444D.jpeg I’m not sure if these buzzards are just enjoying the sun or waiting for us to have a bad day. EF48CFA6-B31E-4066-9D68-9044CC11BFCF.jpeg 49575E6A-BC00-4138-9920-2B2A0D74170C.jpeg
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  3. MT Pockets

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    5323009B-3E9C-45C5-B8AE-518446FBE1AF.jpeg A quick stop as we reach the highway to switch the ABS back on and we are on the way. We didn’t make it half a mile before I heard the intercom crackle, “I think there was a deer shed back there.” 0AB12444-9411-4099-B796-513E4631BA7C.jpeg After a smoothly executed u-turn, we scanned the ditch back down the road. Sure enough, Mamacita had spotted a shed deer antler in the ditch. 00F2153C-9D3A-47DF-AAF7-DC7357BDF6BC.jpeg I found a perfect place to tote our newfound treasure and we were again burning up the tarmac. Not even a mile later we encountered 3 possible past owners of our new hood ornament. I attempted to snap some photos, but didn’t get anything worth downloading.
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  4. MT Pockets

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    AB39D41E-66E2-424A-B3D1-DBB445B17F75.jpeg Not too far down the highway is Calera Mission. It is worth the time to visit if you are ever in the area. It is just a few miles West from Balmorhea State Park. 51D61FB4-5DB0-4A4C-A7D7-BD69F233D665.jpeg FDB3328B-4415-4810-9339-D9A70F4C984E.jpeg A803170A-0978-4F37-A746-2DF2A63EEAC7.jpeg From here, we hit Highway 17 toward Fort Davis.
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  5. MT Pockets

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    The ride on towards Fort Davis was fantastic. Such a beautiful day, no wind and temperature in the upper 50s. C949D43B-8855-4DC2-A6D1-E24D53267123.jpeg It is almost like they were thinking about motorcycles when this highway was constructed. I’ve ridden this route hundreds of times and still thoroughly enjoy it. 8B97484B-1574-4E66-A759-5B31DE64BD5C.jpeg F7B250C3-A7AF-431B-BA89-A6124CDC36BE.jpeg AE4DB457-9AB0-4B5F-94D8-49F15C6C503F.jpeg 2C8B41CF-7543-46C8-9A7B-C3A2BB28152A.jpeg 45F625A3-BCD0-43B2-AA58-7342DDC62A9C.jpeg You really have to watch out for animals. We saw quite a few deer and Mamacita even managed to snap a pic of me pointing at some aoudad sheep. It sure wouldn’t be fun to hit one if those things. CE3D79B8-68B0-4DAE-8902-13AC3D908043.jpeg
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  6. MT Pockets

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    43B6FD74-6EFD-44E5-8E26-F718DB747038.jpeg As we roll into town, my low fuel light comes on, and so does the bike’s. I realized I haven’t eaten today. Time for fuel for everyone!!! 8BA22891-A7D6-42DE-8564-5C362350BFB7.jpeg
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  7. MT Pockets

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    Pops always taught me the stock gets fed before we do, so Silver gets a dose of high octane from Bencomo’s service station before we head across the street to La Cueva 6A846899-DBFE-48F2-82AB-DDDD67BE7168.jpeg 0178E7A4-BA61-4DD1-A9A6-A9E858DC9629.jpeg La Cueva usually opens around noon on Saturday, so we have a little wait and enjoy a cool beverage on the patio. While we are enjoying the cool breeze, my beautiful daughter happens to be coming through town and catches Mamacita and I. I’m lucky enough to get to dine with two of the most beautiful women in the county today!!! 1395FF80-8B12-44F7-81B6-FCBD4CEA280C.jpeg It didn’t take long and motorcycles appeared out of everywhere. We enjoyed visiting with some Harley riders from Pyote and Monahans. A big group of guys on mostly sport and naked bikes from the San Antonio area showed up as well. The poor waitress was by herself and had a house full, but she handled it like a pro and we had another wonderful meal on the patio. If you find yourself in Fort Davis, stop in and have a bite. I always order the #3.
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  8. MT Pockets

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    FC46E776-93E0-4DC6-B6D1-5BC6DBF54CD7.jpeg After a fine meal and some great company, we loaded up and headed up Hwy 118 toward the McDonald Observatory. BFC0BD15-368C-4084-A746-19622C812889.jpeg 10128BFE-61B9-4309-9A72-F966890A1E3C.jpeg Mad props to the folks who pedal up this hill on people power. I much prefer the two wheel horsepower. 683E82FB-A555-4CFB-AB5C-C5D97BE85393.jpeg 52AA71EC-ED10-438F-9078-3303C53E29DD.jpeg The observatory is still closed down due to COVID concerns, so we weren’t able to go up to our favorite lookout on top of the mountain. We rolled on through and headed down to the roadside park past the observatory.

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  9. MT Pockets

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    9D0B7107-3B90-4DB6-8A80-19574D9B62AE.jpeg We made a stop at the roadside park over the mountain from the observatory. The Nature Conservancy has a nice hiking trail on some adjacent property. We have hiked it in the past, but just decided to enjoy the shade for a bit and head back the way we came. F7F721EB-3826-431B-A61A-02052AE4FEDE.jpeg 19E9DF9D-305F-446F-A837-7EA590370AAD.jpeg
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  10. MT Pockets

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    I noticed along the way that the GS seemed to be a bit out of sorts. The front end just seemed “grabby” and seemed to be more affected by tar snakes and road imperfections than normal. It also felt a bit buzzy at higher speeds. 8B2B25E1-2929-4598-A68C-993D66303079.jpeg 5C26A721-6FD5-4035-9331-5DE349B2EF25.jpeg 452FD5F8-5A55-4359-9ECB-6F131CC3B59A.jpeg We still had a great ride. I did mention to the wife that it was probably time for a new front tire and a suspension rebuild. I already have the fork seals and springs ordered, but need to get the tire shipped. AC69DAE1-E57A-48B5-8CC8-6D51D185E4C6.jpeg We stopped by our “dream house” on the way down the mountain. I just wonder what stories these old houses could tell.
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  11. MT Pockets

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    87C2A94E-DD4B-4B35-9E49-E9F747E19261.jpeg So we headed back down the mountain past Fort Davis and hit Hwy 17 toward Balmorhea. 6D5331BE-8411-42BD-A6A1-5C463A7B6617.jpeg Here’s the obligatory selfie. We stopped for a break and a bottle of water at the roadside park North of Fort Davis. BEC4F622-4CF4-42EA-A23E-77241CFA8743.jpeg While we were hanging out, a guy on an older Goldwing trike stopped by looking for some shade. How cool! It’s an old buddy of mine from Pecos. Was good visiting with you Doug!!! F20603E3-6E9C-4BB1-9F36-99B4D5172E37.jpeg While we were visiting and catching up, I happened to notice something was wrong with my front tire. It seemed a little soft and then I noticed a separation on the sidewall. So much for checking her hooves this morning. I bet we caught a rock on the road this morning. It is only about 30 miles to headquarters from here. I figure we can make it. We are going to slow way the hell down now though.
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  12. MT Pockets

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    542D60CF-0AEF-4483-B8CD-0D0F950442A5.jpeg Well, it was a much slower trip back to the ranch. I kept it 55 and under and kept an eye on the front tire. She was slowly leaking, but held air until we got home. F8C15ABC-BE5A-4DB5-859B-E2E05C2585E5.jpeg 272C5EB8-6502-4FD8-9490-08403C2B0E58.jpeg Home sweet home. New tire is ordered and Mamacita and I are safe at home. Here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!!!
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  13. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Thanks for posting your ride report. Nice pics!
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  14. Hedonist222

    Hedonist222 Been here awhile

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    very nice
    thanks for sharing
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  15. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Good stuff! You need to post more more often!! Thanks!!!
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  16. MT Pockets

    MT Pockets Adventurer

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    Thanks all for the kind words. I have always been hesitant about posting much of anything. However, I actually enjoyed documenting our day. Maybe another ride on the 450x this afternoon.
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  17. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer Supporter

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    Many of my favorite roads are out that way... Always good to get home, especially with a tire like that!

    Glad you had no greater problem.

    NFE
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  18. ned37

    ned37 Been here awhile

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    we were camping at the fork of 118 and 17 last week and i was wondering where all those bikes were coming from :confused
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  19. MT Pockets

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    Yessir, it gets pretty busy with bikes this time of year around here.
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  20. MT Pockets

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    Ok guys, it’s another beautiful Saturday here in the Davis Mountains. My oldest son rolled in last night for the weekend. We got up not so early and knocked out the chores. Looks like Big Red and Little Red are the choice today. DF572DE4-4288-48EA-8CB4-832212118EEE.jpeg 6EDC90B1-1D81-4C0D-A0E2-D9C5114D733E.jpeg We checked the bikes over, changed oil in the 450x, and got ready to roll. BE76300F-EB04-4104-8AE6-A3F31FEDD559.jpeg Mamacita and Pick opted to stay at the ranch. She wanted to go hunt elk sheds today (the elk and deer shed their antlers every spring).
    Us boys figured we would head down the mountain and hunt up some dirt county roads.
    I’ve got some signal so will try to post some as we go.
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