The Texas Rally Raid

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  1. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Need an ADV thread going on this ride project of mine. Will start it with some pics and a link or two.

    Project 1: The Red to the Rio. And Back. A dual-sport loop from the Red River at the Indian Bridge to the Rio Grande at Langtry. And back. As dirty as possible. Route is 90% done on paper and the boots on the ground proofing is being done as we speak. Probably 80 of that 90% done.

    I have lots of pics from previous rides but I will try to let this grow IRT.
    Which in this case will include rides within the last month. ;) Hey. Close enough.
    Scouts wanted. ;) PM me. And heeeeeeeere we go!!


    uuuuhhhh....Be patient with me. I'm a Luddite. :deal But trust me. I'll get this done and it will be fun. :)

    Also follow the Texas Rally Raid on Facebook.
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  2. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Lots of work being done.

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    Gates being opened.

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    Stupid risks being taken in the name of science. ;)
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  3. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Llano area will be a highlight.

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  4. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    As will the area around Camp Wood.

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  5. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Both of those areas are fairly well- known to Texas dual- sport ADV folks. But......

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    Not a lot of folks have been to those spots. ;)


    Texas is a huge state. What we lack in public lands we try to make up for with CR's. County Roads. Mostly class 1 and 2. Some sketchy. Some completely forgotten. Mostly just pretty.
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  6. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Yeah. Yeah. I know the difference between this The Texas Rally Raid and a BDR. I routed kocoeric to this photo opp a week ago. In Mexico. I know the difference.

    But what we have ain't that bad, we can access it nearly every weekend year-round, .... it's pretty



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  7. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    When done we'll have food, lodging, camping, and POI info, too. And by "we", I mean a cadre of ADV'ers. And some good folks from TwoWheeledTexans and RideDualSport. This project is simultaneously personal and communal. swaanimal, Tex76, swoody, Pizzaboy , WacoDirtyder, and TXJames have been invaluable in getting me this far. Several more have helped and offered to help more. I am gonna put them all to work.

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    We are serious about our fun.

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    Just not always the sharpest crayons in the box. ;)


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    We'll see how this goes. And if you are here in Texas or planning on passing through, I got a little route for ya. Y'all come see me.

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    I'll be on the ranch or, if lucky,

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    out the gate before light. Riding Texas.
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  8. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    Im an old fat, out of shape cube rat.

    I got a tex for gravel roads, easy fire trails and such like.
    I am not now a great dirt rider. Hell I have only had this bike after more years than I care to remember on a H-D.

    Any of your route seem fit for the n00b?

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    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Yup. All of it. If you're willing to step it up to "fat old cube rat who is willing to ride his own pace, stop when he gets tired, stay hydrated, bring appropriate side of the road skills and equipment, and has enough brain cells still firing to read a map , GPS, or turn by turn." Got that ? You are golden. ;)

    I ride an R1200GS Adv. The Big Ugly.

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    Yeah. Yeah. My tailbag is a zeppelin. But hey. It was a weekend trip. I might have needed a tux.

    And a KLR. KiLleR.

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    I have only bad habits left and I'm done learning new things. I have no interest in hurting myself tackling something technical. And I still have a Harley. ;) So, yeah. I'd say you can do this without great dirt prowess. :)
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    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Another few pics from a little known area. Two hours or less from the shithole that is the Metro-Mess. The Grasslands. Yesterday. ;)

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    Not bad . Not bad at all.

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    Pine trees? In North Texas? Who knew?
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  11. halobum

    halobum Been here awhile

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    Subscribed.
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    simmons1 Long timer

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    The pines trees in LBJ are great aren't they?
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    veriest1 Minimalist Gear Hoarder

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    You give me some advance notice and I should be able to help some. I know that's hard for the usual Centex group but it's what I need these days.

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  14. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    How many timed stages? I have lots of rally experience.


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  15. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Ooooh! Timed stages! Yeah ! Uhhhh... no. Bad juju. ( But let's keep in touch. ;))
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    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    Then it's not rally raid, just a ride.


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  17. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    lol. Yeah. Right. You say potato , I say.... I'll call it whatever I want to call it. :)
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  18. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    Timed stages can be used to legitimize a rally and ensure safety.


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    "Rally Raid" is a phrase I have used for the past 5 years to describe, in very un-official and non- technical language , the routes I draw for an Annual ADV Rally. Roll the Bones. It is also what I called last year's Mexico dual sport trip - The Rally Raid Mexico. This is just an outgrowth of that experience. I have no plans at present for an event. But ...timing? A real Rally? WooHoo! It is an interesting yet possibly lethal idea. ;)
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    thebigman XR's all the way . Big Thumps or V-twins

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    Soon ,very soon, I'll be able to play out of my own neighborhood .
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