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Saturday July 2nd, 2005

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bulletRide Length:  351 miles (about 120 on dirt)
bulletRiders: The Two-wheeled Texans
bulletWeather: over 100 degrees... lovely.

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The Two-wheeled Texans, and more specifically, Scott from over there, hosted a little dual-sport ride this weekend.  I decided, 'why not', so I left the house this morning at 7:00 to head to Huntsville and meet Scott and whoever else showed up at his house. 

Of course, I stopped at McDonalds and had breakfast, but I made it to Scottís at about 8:45.

It didnít take long for all of the crew to show upÖ there were 8 of us totalóone 1150 GS, me on my 650GS, a Dakar, and the rest were lighter XRs and DRs.  I'm sorry I do not remember everyone's name (I've always sucked at that), but in addition to Scott, there were Steves and Bills and a Will...

... but missing from the line-up was Dr. Josh and the big green KLR.  He's in California for the next 2+ years, "specializing"... it's just not the same without you Josh!

Of course, my motorcycle was the only one with street tires on it.  Everyone else had knobbies, but thatís what I had, so thatís what I rode on.

We got on road about 9:30 and within a few minutes, we were on dirt.  Most of the roads were gravel, but there were some places where the sand was a bitch with my Tourances.

Stand up, knees bent slightly, and as 38 Special said, "hold on loosely but don't let go... if you cling too tightly, you're going to loose control."

We ended up in the woods a few times which was also nice:

But at the slower speeds, it got ugly hot really quick.  And, I forgot my Camelbak... Scott didn't forget his:

Scott led us all day down one road after another:

But, we needed several breaks to simply hydrate:

Will on the Dakar seemed to be having a good time, but like me, I can only assume wielding the heavy thing around wore him out too:

Dust.  There was dust everywhere.  I had it from head-to-toe even though I was covered in ATGATT.  I'm pretty sure my chain was unhappy with me at this point:

Anyway, it was good to have another F650 out there with me:

And once again, we stopped for something to drink:

Sorry there are not more or better pictures, but we spent the day riding... not really taking pictures.

Things I learned today:


Going 70 mph on dirt roads on Tourances is a bit challenging... knobbies would have been better


In addition to knobbies, I need the following:

Handlebar risers


Foot peg relocation kit


Proper hand guards


I need another job to pay for all of the things I "need"


Riding in the woods with a heat index of 111 degrees is not too pleasant


Never forget the Camelbak ever again


120 miles of dirt roads is dirty


If you put a DR on it's side when it's out of gas (to move the gas from one side of the tank to the other), you can go about 6-8 miles at 50+ mph


Next time, LEAD!

Thanks for coming along on my ride!


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