|Since I am on an AWS (alternate work
schedule), I get every other Friday off. The
Houston Land Rover Club is going to Gilmer, TX (Barnwell
Mountain) for the weekend to do some trail clearing and off-roading.
I have to teach on Saturday morning, so I had to forego the trip to
Gilmer, but... since Dr. Josh is off... we decided to take advantage
of the perfect weather and go riding our motorcycles.
plan was to go to
Huntsville State Park and do some riding on the trails in the
As usual, the day began with McDonalds. We met at the
McDonalds in The Woodlands and headed up north from there.
Instead of taking 45 up to Huntsville, we took 75 from Conroe into
Huntsville. That's a much more pleasant drive... though there
was a bit of construction.
We got right inside the city limits and found a few dirt roads
where they appeared to be building a highway. So, as you would
expect, we decided to check it out.
After we got through exploring the trails, we went over to Chad's
(Josh's brother) house. Chad is a student at
Sam Houston State
getting ready to graduate. We all decided to get something to
eat. So, Josh, Chad, Chad's girlfriend and I all headed out.
Since we were in Huntsville, we decided to go to a restaurant we
read about in
Ride Texas magazine. Josh also said he saw a news report
on the restaurant on channel 8, so we decided to check it out.
The restaurant is part of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
The food was pretty good... I'm not sure it lived up to all the
hype, but it was pretty good.
lunch, we all took a ride to the trail head where Josh and I would
be riding into the woods. Chad was actually on Brian's (the
third brother) motorcycle... a street bike, so he wouldn't be
joining us on the trails.
Josh and I took off through the woods. We didn't get too
far in when we came upon some fallen trees in our path. Some
of them we could climb over; others we had to move or go around.
We couldn't move some of the fallen trees because they were
simply too big. So, we had to cut our own trails around the
First Josh goes around...
I ended up dumping my bike once. We were riding in some
thick growth and I didn't see a log in my path. Fortunately,
it was a minor spill... though... it did put a few dents in my side
finally found our way off the single track trails and ended up on
some wider trails that were a bit more conducive for my bike.
We rode around for a bit and found our way back out to the freeway
so we could head home.
stopped at the first gas station we came to in New Waverly.
What a pile of shit this place was. The floor inside the place
was falling in. They literally had thick, folded-up cardboard
boxes nailed down to the floor as a patch job.
The genius working behind the counter acted as if she had never
seen a winning cap from a soda bottle before. Josh had a cap
with "buy one get one free" marked inside of it. She actually
called her manager to see if she could take it. Her manager
had no clue. Apparently we had to wait until the Mountain Dew
distributor came next time so they could ask him. We decided
to pay for both Mountain Dews... though camping in the store until
the Mountain Dew truck pulled up in a few days may have been fun...
leaving, Josh had to make a minor repair to his clutch cable.
It was sticking a bit, but was no match for his multi-tool.
Once everything was in running order, we both headed home.
Josh took a back way back down to Pasadena and I took 45 south back
into downtown Houston.
I guess the guys from the Land Rover Club are having a good time
in Gilmer, but I look at it like this... I would have had to miss a
class and lose a day's pay... in addition... it would have cost me
over $100 in gas to drive my truck to Gilmer. I spent $5 on
this adventure... $5... $100... $5.... $100...
Thanks for coming along on our ride.