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Message started by springman on 01/11/21 at 13:59:28

Title: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/11/21 at 13:59:28

Is it too early to start thinking about this. I would like to make it to at least 2 rides this year. My favorite is still the Texas Hill Country so I would like to offer that up to see who is interested.

I have to admit that the Arkansas riding was amazing so if anybody would be interested in that again.

Tail of the Dragon????

New places are always cool!!!

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/11/21 at 14:01:12

Oh and just a reminder. I don't think any of us are getting any younger. Lets get out and do this while we can.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/11/21 at 16:27:14

 Oh and just a reminder. I don't think any of us are getting any younger. Lets get out and do this while we can.  
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If the virus subsides this summer , then I'd love to have company this year !  

I'd like to take you fellers up to the "Loveless Café" for lunch one day then down the Trace to a southern Tn. route back to Lynchburg .

Do we have any flat-tracker fans here ?    In the next town over we have a Nationally sanctioned Flat-track event in normal summers.   I'll ask my buddy Pat if he's putting it on again this year.   Versey you remember Pat (the guy that had the rectifier) for Beast , he's all-ways doing some event.
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Springman ,  from your house to mine , its two 400 mile days up the Natchez trace ,with free camp-grounds - then one short day from my house to the Dragon/Suches area.  I've got a spare bedroom with full size bed if wife joins ya.  
 
Heck : one day last year me and Dave rode from the Dragon to my house and then back to the Dragon in the same day !  ;D

All you fellers are always welcome any time your in the area.  I've got a couch and a twin bed in the rock-house now too.   Then there is four recliners in the living room ...  ;)

I've some-what perfected my "Ribs on the Grill" from last time I tried cooking some of them for ya'll  :-[.   Having a REAL smoker has helped with that a little !






 

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 01/11/21 at 19:52:25

If there's any semblancy to normal, I'm in.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/11/21 at 20:39:52

I'd like to try again for the Blue-Bonnet Ride in late spring.   Maybe Marcia and I will have the vaccine by then ?   :-?  
 
If I was going to Texas next week then I'd be bring Kate too .   She's the Kawasaki/Triumph hybrid bike also know as a W650 , she's running like she was meant too.   It takes getting up to 5,000+ rpm to get the 50 hp out of her , but she is really mild mannered and sweet from 1500 to 3500 rpm where most of our time is spent.  




Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/12/21 at 08:18:17

Normalcy? Normalcy you say? You don't ask for much do you? ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/12/21 at 08:23:59

The Hill Country in the spring time sounds good to me MM. I look forward to meeting Kate. I'm not sure but I'm guessing I would probably take the S40 for that trip. I think the S40 likes the Hill Country.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/12/21 at 09:11:30

RIDDING DOUBLE IS THE THING ...

THE SAVAGE IS A LITTLE SHORT ON PASENGER ROOM .  :-?

BUT

I HAD A SIMULAR THOUGHT ABOUT IT BEING A SAVAGE RIDE AND ALL .   :-/

WE HAVE RODE THE SAVAGE ON GROUP RIDES AND IT KEEPS UP WITH THE HARLEYS AND GOLD WINGS JUST FINE , EVEN GOING UP-HILL. ;)

ITS THE SEAT LENGTH THING.     LAST SUMMER WHEN I ONLY HAD TWO BIKES , THE GUZZI WAS WAITING ON A NEW TIRE AND WE HAD A RIDE TO ATTEND.   SO , IT WAS THE SAVAGE'S TURN TO HALL US AROUND FOR A DAY.    WE WENT UP THE NORTH GA. MOUNTAINS THAT DAY , UP TO A PLACE CALLED "SKY-LINE" INTO A NATIONAL FORREST AREA.   IT WAS FUN.   :)

STILL DON'T KNOW IF I WANT TO TAKE THE SAVAGE RIDDING DOUBLE OVER CATTLE GRATES ???  ::)





Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/12/21 at 14:34:44

As tall as you are riding double on the Savage has got to be uncomfortable. If Marcia is coming with you you definitely want either Kate or the Guzzi. My Honda is much better than the Savage on the highway, but I still get a kick out of riding the S40 highway or not.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/12/21 at 17:49:34

I like taking the Savage when Marcia is working and I'm by myself.   Springman you've got the 27 tooth front pulley ?   :-?

I've got the standard tank on it , but locally that 2.7 gallons have a lot of smiles in them !  :)


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/12/21 at 18:23:51

Yes, I have the highway geared front pulley. And I agree, I get a lot of smiles per tankful.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 01/13/21 at 10:14:01

What’s normal these days ?
Just like always we live one day at a time.
Do what you need to do today.
Our job while we are here is to be Salt and Light.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/13/21 at 12:09:49

Well said my friend.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 01/13/21 at 15:08:01

I plan on doing as much riding as I can fit in.

The Texas ride would be nice.
A few trips to north GA, TN and NC for the usual rides.
A repeat of the fall ride in Arkansas.
I believe Deb wants to go visit Gettysburg.
It would be nice to go back to the Barber Vintage Motorcycle event.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/13/21 at 18:50:13

That's a good list Dave. I intend to join in at least 2 of those this year. More if I can pull it off.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/13/21 at 20:49:48

Ya'll know I'm in as much as I can do.  :)

Is Texas in May going to be first ?  

In March is Bike week in Florida with camping at the fairgrounds . ??  In normal years  ???  :-?

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Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 01/14/21 at 06:40:58

I think april/may might be too early, but let's wait and see if things calm down.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/14/21 at 08:00:56

I'm thinking : Go ahead with getting Vaccinated then quit being concerned with the C-19 stuff !    I get the flue vaccine every year and don't remember last time I was sick ???  :-?


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/14/21 at 08:06:33

I'm getting vaccinated probably next week. I should have already gotten it but I had the crud last week and wanted to wait until not sick. I can get scheduled for it because I work for a doctor. So yes, I will have been vaccinated by the next time I see you guys.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 01/14/21 at 13:27:08

They say they've opened Disneyland for mass vaccination but they don't have enough for the current schedule let alone the masses.

besides, I don't mind them working out the bugs before they get to me.   ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/14/21 at 17:32:36

Well, I hope it's not too buggy! :(

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/14/21 at 21:17:25

I think the first event of the year for me will be going to visit Dave !   ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 01/15/21 at 03:31:37

It appears that the last week of April was the planned date for the canceled Texas ride last year.

MM and I went to Suches and rode around the area as a replacement ride.  The daytime temps were in the 60-70's....the overnight temps were in the high 30's to low 40's!

So......it does appear the end of April is about the soonest we can start on planning for any multi day rides.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 01/15/21 at 15:09:30

Yes, I think all the Hill Country rides have been April/May. Summer can be really hot here in Texas.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/15/21 at 21:08:16

Plus in Texas we sleep in-doors !   :)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 01/16/21 at 20:59:04

So Dave ... Do I need to bring SNOW SHOES to get from the the truck to the shop ?   :-?


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 01/17/21 at 02:29:42

No snow shoes required.

This winter has been relatively free of any snow and we have had less than an inch........the normal for February is 6.5 inches.  There has only been one snow that has covered the grass.  There has not been a lot of sun and so far we have not gotten below 20 that I am aware of.  In a normal year we would have been down below 10 degrees for a few days in February.......sometimes we get below zero.  The coldest I have ever witnessed was 25 below on a Saturday - and I was working outside surveying job on that day!


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 01/17/21 at 04:27:10

So while standing in one spot briefly did your boots freeze to the ground ?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 01/17/21 at 11:31:06


212C232E283F7F7A4D0 wrote:
So while standing in one spot briefly did your boots freeze to the ground ?


No, at that temperature the air is dry, the snow is fluffy and makes scrunchy/squeaky noises when you walk in it.  The snow is so frozen it doesn't pack or stick to anything.

Thankfully we were taking topo of a large hillside and I was moving around giving them shots in a 25' grid - I got to move around while the instrument man was standing in one spot!  Today with electronic total stations it is far easier and faster.  Just before I retired the company bought a drone that can fly around and do the same thing the 3 of us were doing manually.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 02/08/21 at 15:12:32

Just took a look at the long range weather forecast and I see that 2 weeks look like viable options for the Hill Country. April 11-17 and May 2-8.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 02/08/21 at 18:11:20

The week in May might be easier for me , but I'll be glad to go on a ride either one of them !  
:)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 02/09/21 at 10:46:44

Either one looks good for me right now. What do the other potential attendees opine?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 02/24/21 at 09:59:39

MM mentioned "last of April-first of May" in another thread.  And that he wanted to see the Hill Country bloom again.
Mid April is better if you are coming for the wild flowers.

Here is a chart of what blooms when... as a best guess:
http://www.wildflowerhaven.com/Articles/Texas-Bloom-Times

What ever ya'll decide, and if you want me to lead you around,  I will need to know sooner than later so I can arrange vacation time.



Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 02/25/21 at 04:09:06

What are the average morning and afternoon temps in your part of the world ?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 02/25/21 at 06:57:56


3E333C3137206065520 wrote:
What are the average morning and afternoon temps in your part of the world ?


Here?  Now?  Later?

I don't go outside much during the week, so it's hard to say.
Your best bet for info is
https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/tx/san-antonio

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 02/26/21 at 15:00:10

The week starting April 11 is looking really good right now. You can check the weather forecast for Kerville, Tx for the month of April on Accuweather. It shows lows in the mid 50's and highs in the lower 80's for that week. That sounds ideal to me.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 02/26/21 at 16:09:21

I'm going to hold off until I get the vaccine for now.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 02/26/21 at 16:44:24

Deb is anxious to go.......she said even if the group decided not to go she wants the two of us to go to Texas! (She has cabin fever and wants to go somewhere......soon!).

It is hard to decide if we want to go early and see the Blue Bonnets - or a bit later to see the bats come out of the tunnel!

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 02/27/21 at 01:42:32

I like Blue Bats  [ch128513]

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/01/21 at 17:55:26

Hay Dave ,

Does the BATS and El Capitan mountain have anything in common ?  :-?
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Marcia has a Dr. appointment we might have to change for the week of the 11th. ?
If that is going to work for everybody , that is  ??

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/01/21 at 21:12:07

The week of April 11 works for me.  
I like the idea of riding amongst the wild flowers.
I cannot go in the 2-3 rd week of May due to our 9th Anniversary trip to SC.

I am making this ride.  Dave, Dave, Michael & Michael, I will be there.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/02/21 at 07:54:19

I have put in for vacation 04/12 to 04/16.
Well.. I TOLD my boss I would be taking that off.

I will monitor this thread to see if anything changes.

Hope to see ya'll!  :D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/02/21 at 15:43:57

Deb and I will start making plans to be there!

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/02/21 at 20:54:14

I will put in my vacation request also. Looking forward to this.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/03/21 at 09:04:48

OK  :)

Marcia is changing her appointment on the 12th. ,

:) :)
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Next thing , I might have to find a motel instead of the Camping Cabin ?  

I"ve had a request for an indoors Bathroom ...

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/03/21 at 09:38:49

Any other takers? The Hill Country has some really good motorcycle roads and there is also lots of good eating in the area. The roads are winding but not as demanding as the Tail of the Dragon. Join the fun.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/03/21 at 10:32:01

Got my vacation request approved. Ready to rock and roll. Waiting on Hammer (Steve) to see if he is in.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/04/21 at 09:24:36

I was just looking at motels in the Kerrville area .   It must be Blue Bonnet season now ...

A lot of the motels are already booked up .    I might have to enjoy the Campground ?


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/04/21 at 14:08:56

Looks like Hammer is in.

Versy, I sure would love to see you. Any chance you will make it?

Right now it looks like Lancer, Hammer and I will share a cabin so plenty of room left for you Versy.

Dave, will you guys be coming with your trailer and staying at the same place as us (Kerrville Schreiner Park)?

MM, I guess you need to take a look and see what you like. There are some options at the park.

Versy, what is the cabin number we normally get? I think we need to make reservations asap and I guess I can do that.


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/04/21 at 14:18:55

I just called the park and there are still some cabins available.

I am looking at check in on Sunday the 11th. Are we doing check out on Saturday the 17th or on Sunday the 18th?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/04/21 at 15:08:02

I'd like to be there, but I'm going to hold off until I get the vaccine.

https://registerb.parksreconline.com/wbwsc/kerrville.wsc/wbrn03vsi.html?xximage=RiverSide.jpg

We usually take Number 1.
#3 has a spot you could back a truck to and ride on.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/04/21 at 21:30:35

Springman

I was just looking at the "Ranch House (sleeps 8) ($200.oo/night) " at the Kerrville park.   I'll call them in the morning ... if its a three bedroom ... then how about us all getting it ?   There is a Carriage House (sleeps 6 more) that can go with it for a few $$$ extra ???  
Indoor bathrooms (x2) and all ...  ::)

I'll find out about it Friday.    They don't have a very good web-master.

I'm thinking spend the Sunday (11th) - Friday night (17th) then leave Saturday morning ?   or   maybe Sunday morning (18th) ???

What think ye fellers ?   :-?
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Glad to see Steve can join us !   :)     or should we call him Hammer ?  


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/05/21 at 02:39:50


5C4E5C4E43505F5259110 wrote:
Springman

I was just looking at the "Ranch House (sleeps 8) ($200.oo/night) " at the Kerrville park.   I'll call them in the morning ... if its a three bedroom ... then how about us all getting it ?   There is a Carriage House (sleeps 6 more) that can go with it for a few $$$ extra ???  
Indoor bathrooms (x2) and all ...  ::)

I'll find out about it Friday.    They don't have a very good web-master.


Go here:
https://registerb.parksreconline.com/wbwsc/kerrville.wsc/wbsplash.html?wbp=1

Under "Camping", click on "Make reservation".
That takes you to a map of the park.  Click on the Ranch House to check availability.  Put in dates, leave Qty at 1.
Looks available for 04/10 to 04/17.

It looks like the "Carriage House" (Bunk House) is an extra $55 a night
https://www.kerrvilletx.gov/1740/Ranch-House

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/05/21 at 05:09:01

MM:

We are fine with getting the Ranch House - provided we can have a bedroom/bath that is not completely communal.  Deb's is still a couple of years away from being completely healed.


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/05/21 at 07:41:15

Good Morning

OK , Guys :   I just got off the phone with the Kerrville park lady.

The RANCH HOUSE is ours for the 11th till the 17th of April .

I'll be getting an email receipt in a few minutes.    

It's 3 br.  2 bath .    and it has a Kitchen !!!  :)

One queen , one full , two twin , and a pull-out-couch .
We can add the CARRIAGE HOUSE that sleeps 6 if we want/need .

She said : "Were not accepting parties of more than 10 people" , so Versey - they are thinking of being Covid safe .
I hope you can join




Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/05/21 at 10:34:37

Sounds good.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/05/21 at 11:08:25

Looks like it will be 8 of us total. Youzguys, MM and Marcia, Dave and Deb, Lancer, Hammer and me. Should be fun.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/05/21 at 11:29:31

Sweet, me too.

But gruesome newsome just flipped the vaccine schedule upside down so I don't know when.  I'm thinking of hanging out on skid row... apparently it'll be easier that way.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/05/21 at 12:20:24


150611100F0204060D52630 wrote:
Sweet, me too.

But gruesome newsome just flipped the vaccine schedule upside down so I don't know when.  I'm thinking of hanging out on skid row... apparently it'll be easier that way.


Versy..  I understand your concerns.    
Still want you to come and enjoy the rides, the company, and see who "kisses the mountain" this time.. sigh   :-/

Maybe you can get poked in time.  Maybe you will decide it isn't needed.  
Time to decide, there is.  Place for you, there always is!   :D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/05/21 at 13:04:01

We consider Versy to be "essential"!

That should qualify him to move to the front of the vaccine line.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/05/21 at 14:55:23

Really would be great to see you there Versy.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/05/21 at 15:09:50

I was planning on staying from Sunday to Sunday but I can switch to a small cabin after the big house closes on Thursday.
Also, I might have a friend with me as well.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/05/21 at 16:27:16

 but I can switch to a small cabin after the big house closes on Thursday.  

Lancer , I only ask for through Saturday morning .  So Friday night is already covered .   ;)
..........................

Does everybody else want to stay till Sunday morning ?    I'd think we might get Saturday night too just for the asking ???

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/05/21 at 17:09:56

I was planning Sunday to Saturday. I'll have to see how thing play out regarding the extra day.

MM, since you are coming in your pick up bring your cot just in case we need it.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/05/21 at 19:46:01

Deb and I made reservations for a room at a house just a short way down Main Highway......we will be 13 minutes away at 125 Tracks Trail, Center Point, TX 78010, USA

Without knowing exactly how 8 people use 2 bathrooms for a week without any kind of "Maid Service".....and how 8 people can fit all their gear into one cabin, and how we all arrive with cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles - we chickened out and got a place close by.


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/05/21 at 21:03:42

OK guys ,  :-?

Here's the thing :  

We can keep the three bedroom/2 bath/ kitchen/living room for $30.00 each/night  :-?  

or

Ya'll can get a camping cabin for $15.00/night/each   and    I can change to the "Sleeps two" cabin they have .

I'm having a great time ridding the hill country either way , and I understand keeping cost down is half the fun .  8-)
.........................................................

Its good we started early !  ;)

So , DO WE KEEP THE BIG ONE ?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/06/21 at 02:39:35


67756775786B6469622A0 wrote:
OK guys ,  :-?

So , DO WE KEEP THE BIG ONE ?


My vote says... keep the big one.

I won't be there every night.  I don't know if I will be there any night.  But I will still pony up and pay for it as if I was there all the time.

When I do stay, I would rather have a bit of room to stretch out and not have to go outside to even change my mind.   ::)

Plus a fridge!!

And Lancer may have a +1.




Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/06/21 at 14:53:50

I think my +1 will be going according to his desires stated today, but he needs to make arrangements for his wife’s transportation.  She is not able to drive at all so needs help when he is gone.
So there will be about 4 or 5 of us in the 6 person cabin after Dave and MM SLINK OFF for alone time with wives ?
I believe that will work unless others want the small cabins instead.

Has everyone had vaccinations except for Versey ?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/06/21 at 17:15:12

 So there will be about 4 or 5 of us in the 6 person cabin after Dave and MM SLINK OFF for alone time with wives ?  

Whoa , whoa , whoa Lancer ,  ;D

Marcia and I are still in the Ranch House .    I like having coffee made in the morning , and a kitchen to play in.    And a fridge to keep a cool drink chilled .  

I'd like to have the Full or Queen bed room either one is OK .   :)
....................................

The Ranch House does cost more but has more too ...  :-?

Its $200/night  -  30/each * 4  and I'll pick-up the slack.   I think we should leave YouzGuyz out of the $$$ and  buy him a beverage of his choice for leading us around.

So I'm still in ... unless ... our 4 solo guys want the $60/night cabin.  Then and only then will I bail and find a motel or something.  
Keeping the Ranch House does cost more so I can understand if our 4 solo guys go to a cabin.  

But I need to know ...  ::)


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/06/21 at 19:57:48

I'm fine with $30.00 per night and I am sure Steve will be also. Lancer, if you and your friend are fine with that then let's commit to the Ranch House with MM. If not, the mini cabin that we have stayed in in the past is fine with me but we just need to let MM know asap. Yes, I like keeping it as cheap as possible but $30.00/night is still within my means.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/07/21 at 05:09:28

I like the idea of the Ranch house but question having only 5 beds.
I love you guys but don't particularly want to sleep with any of you.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/07/21 at 09:20:29


66746674796A6568632B0 wrote:
One queen , one full , two twin , and a pull-out-couch .
We can add the CARRIAGE HOUSE that sleeps 6 if we want/need .


Here is a likely scenario:

Queen - Mike and Marcia.

Full - Lancer

Twin Beds - Springman and Steve

That leaves the Pull out couch for Youzguyz on those nights that he wants to use it.....or for Lancer's friend if he comes.

If Versy gets the vaccine or decides to come without it - if Lancers friend comes and Youzguyz sleeps over often - you may need to add the Carriage house to get more beds.

There may be room to set up cots in the carriage house.

The website isn't very clear on what is inside the Ranch House or the Carriage house - I believe the photo with the 4 bunk beds is the carriage house.  I would also suspect that the Carriage House does not add any plumbing....so no additional bath facilities.

I did look at the map, and the Ranch House and "Bunk" house is at the beginning of the road to the park - and you don't even go through the gate to access them.  You are remote from the shower/toilet areas in the campground - you would likely have to drive to use them.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/07/21 at 11:34:00

That sounds workable.
If there are 2 sets of bunk beds that adds even more total beds.
Let’s stay with the ranch/bunk house.
Sorry for the back and forth.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/07/21 at 14:36:03

Since the Bunk/Carriage house (It is called Bunk House on the Map - but Carriage house on the website) is only available if you rent the Ranch House - there is no chance that anyone can rent the Carriage house while you have the reservation for the Ranch house.

So it is very likely you could add it at anytime during the week if you decide you need the extra room.  You may find out you need the extra space just to keep all your gear!    

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/07/21 at 15:41:10

I'm fine with the Ranch House as I mentioned earlier. I have been thinking about it though and MM you need to make sure Marcia is fine with it as I believe there will be no real privacy for her. Privacy amongst the guys is not big deal as we are all old men. :o

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/07/21 at 17:07:42

Old  ? ?   [ch128558]

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/07/21 at 18:09:52

  thinking about it though and MM you need to make sure Marcia is fine with it  .
...........................................................

:)
After , being in charge of 40-something teachers and over 500 little monsters  for 15 years ... Marcia ain't afraid of nothing .    It's the rest of us who should be looking for cover !    ;D
I fell in love with her at first sight before I knew what she did for a living .   ::)
.....................................

I'm glad we're keeping the Ranch House , this is going to be a great year to ride the Hill Country !     8-)



Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/07/21 at 20:52:09

How about seasoned. We are seasoned men! ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/07/21 at 21:05:06

Sometimes ... I think all women "let" us "think" we are in charge ?  

Marcia is good , but I'd feel sorta strange if it was a room full of women and me the only male ?   So , a touch of distance might be in order ???  :-?
But ,
Marcia is a God Fearing person above all else.   It will be fine !  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/08/21 at 00:39:15


477C7166777B60667D757867140 wrote:
[quote author=66746674796A6568632B0 link=1610402368/45#54 date=1614958875]
One queen , one full , two twin , and a pull-out-couch .
We can add the CARRIAGE HOUSE that sleeps 6 if we want/need .


That leaves the Pull out couch for Youzguyz on those nights that he wants to use it.....or for Lancer's friend if he comes.

[/quote]

If the couch is in use, I'm good with a cot if MM can bring one.  I just don't want to be "sardined" again..  ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/08/21 at 08:05:04

I've got those military type cots that come in a bag .   I'll bring two of them .   ;)

It would cost an extra  $55. to get the extra 2 bunk beds.   Remember the couch folds out and we don't have to fold it up every day for my part.

I'll bring at least 3 folding bag chairs too.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/08/21 at 10:22:17

Can we take a ride to the Regency Bridge?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L2uKjqztHQ



Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/08/21 at 11:37:35


053E3324353922243F373A25560 wrote:
Can we take a ride to the Regency Bridge?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L2uKjqztHQ


To? Yes  Over?  No
It is closed to vehicle traffic. (as of the last report here)
https://www.goldthwaiteeagle.com/2020/09/22/regency-bridge-closed/

A little over 2 hours to get there.
https://goo.gl/maps/BXXybsZLnXXQLWNU7

Of course, my route would not be as ... direct...   ::)

And, it is a dirt road to get to the bridge.  (Or was the last time I went.. long ago)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/08/21 at 11:58:01

You're starting to scare me! ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/08/21 at 13:35:35

Well it sounds like the Regency Bridge won't be on the agenda this year.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/08/21 at 13:57:57


53686572636F747269616C73000 wrote:
Well it sounds like the Regency Bridge won't be on the agenda this year.


Why not?  We can still go there.  We can walk on the bridge.  We just shouldn't ride on it.

It's an unpaved road (I just say "dirt" as a generic word for such things) for less than a mile to get to the south end of the bridge.
Looks like caliche in street view at the end.  

https://goo.gl/maps/Z1FKBHWAt6bYtQjJA


Totally up to ya'll.  :D


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/09/21 at 08:01:51

youzguyz

If there is a shallow creek crossing  to rinse the bikes off not to far from the mile of dirt road then that would be great !   ;D
............................

I've not been disappointed in anywhere you led us too !  :)

That road where "Old Rider" took a detour through somebody's yard then led to StoneHinge was one I'd like to repeat.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/09/21 at 08:23:20

As I sit here sneezing I figured I would suggest that anybody that suffers seasonal allergies bring their medicine with them. The various pollens in Texas can sometimes get bad.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/09/21 at 11:04:07


2E3C2E3C31222D202B630 wrote:
youzguyz

That road where "Old Rider" took a detour through somebody's yard then led to StoneHinge was one I'd like to repeat.


StoneHENGE (I know you call it Hinge just to aggravate me) is certainly on the list.  
I don't remember Old Rider going through a yard, but when you are leading you don't see a lot of the antics going on behind you.  What isn't seen, is hard to remember.. at my age...    
The fun road around Stonehenge is Hwy 39.  It does have a few "oh crap" curves.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/09/21 at 13:33:14


2A3C262934262A29530 wrote:
StoneHENGE (I know you call it Hinge just to aggravate me) is certainly on the list.  


He does the same thing to me.  Wolf Pen Gap is.............."Pig Pen Gap" in MM's way of thinking!

Since MM and I will both be riding double.......it likely is best to avoid gravel roads and water crossings as much as possible.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/09/21 at 14:06:58


744F4255444853554E464B54270 wrote:
[quote author=2A3C262934262A29530 link=1610402368/75#88 date=1615316647]
StoneHENGE (I know you call it Hinge just to aggravate me) is certainly on the list.  

Since MM and I will both be riding double.......it likely is best to avoid gravel roads and water crossings as much as possible.[/quote]

Understood, and doable.   When not completely doable, you will be given an alternate route to meet us on the other side of the nasties.
Soooooo, I guess you two won't be opting to do the Dirty Sister?
or.. Slime Bridge??  (that even scares me.. )   :o

https://goo.gl/maps/L5jYDogkHUH2Yuok9

Check out my review on that page.  :P

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/09/21 at 15:00:36

I don't recall doing the slime bridge. Which I think is good.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/09/21 at 18:17:42

StoneHENGE   ,  I stand corrected .    

I'm not to shy to admit that , "Spell checker is my second best friend .  

...............................................

YouzGuyz

Wolf Pen is so full of sharp , short , twist's that a big bike is like a fish out of water  there.    
I don't know if it might hold a Wolf ... but ... I'm almost sure it would hold a Pig !   ;D  

Sorry Dave , it must have been a HOG LOVER who named it Wolf Pen ...  ::)


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/15/21 at 08:53:12

I finally looked at "SLIME BRIDGE" !   :-[

...................

It looks like a TRUCK could get lost going across there !!  :-/

The Harley might have been in a vertical position when it went off the bridge but maybe NOT !!!  ::)

..............

One year we went across a creek crossing with rock bottom and water about six inches deep , it was in a long right turn coming out of the water .   I was expecting slime but was glad not to find it .   I was last or next to last to cross it , had to wait to see how much slipping and sliding everybody else did ...  8-)

Thinking of slime make me wish I'd put K-70 tires front and rear , I will next time whether it might help or not  ?   .  :)

.................................


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/15/21 at 13:45:17


56445644495A5558531B0 wrote:
I finally looked at "SLIME BRIDGE" !   :-[

The Harley might have been in a vertical position when it went off the bridge but maybe NOT !!!  ::)


I was sweeping that ride, so I did not see him go in.  I got off my bike to help another rider that went down on the bridge, then saw them dragging his bike out of the river.
Got it out, emptied out the saddle bags (full of water).  Wired up the kickstand (broke the mount or spring), and ... it started.   :o  
Rode to the Dam Red Barn.  When he parked, it sounded like a teakettle.  ;D


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/15/21 at 20:57:56

I rode my Savage across a slime filled crossing on a Tn. back road that was only about 8 foot wide .   The feeling of "NO TRACTION"  was only momentary , but still a very scary feeling !   :-[

I was REALLY GLAD to be on a 400 pound and not on a 800 pound bike !!   ::)


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/16/21 at 05:36:34

I looked up the Slime  Bridge on YouTube.  It appears to be a real nightmare when the water is flowing over it and the slime is wet - the dry crossings when the water is low doesn't look to be scary.

Does anyone have room in your saddlebag for a big bag of sand? :-?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/16/21 at 12:21:13


1D262B3C2D213A3C272F223D4E0 wrote:
I looked up the Slime  Bridge on YouTube.  It appears to be a real nightmare when the water is flowing over it and the slime is wet - the dry crossings when the water is low doesn't look to be scary.

Does anyone have room in your saddlebag for a big bag of sand? :-?


Just half fill the inner tube with water.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/16/21 at 12:22:25

I'm out of room in my trunk , but If you can help figure out how to mount a trailer I might try pulling one ?  

I've seen them mounted on the fender but I don't think that will work on anything I've got ?    

Ever seen a swing-arm mount  up close ?  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/16/21 at 12:56:05

there's a single wheel trailer that would be fun.
the ones I've seen mount with a spindle thru the rear axle.
do you have a m/c with a hollow axle?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/16/21 at 13:02:01


6A796E6F707D7B79722D1C0 wrote:
I've seen mount with a spindle thru the rear axle.
do you have a m/c with a hollow axle?


The BMW has a hollow rear hub and the rear wheel mounts to it - I could get the trailer ball spinning with the rear wheel!

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/16/21 at 14:29:44

https://www.unigotrailers.com/

http://www.trailtail.com/shop.html#/

http://n-line.com/products/single-wheel-motorcycle-trailer/

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/17/21 at 11:26:46

Hey Versy, how is it going with getting the covid vaccine. Seems most everybody I know around here that wanted the vaccine has been able to get it. But, this is Texas not California.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/17/21 at 12:55:48

44% over 65
20% 50-65
14% overall
hopefully by summer.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/17/21 at 15:22:06

Hay Versey

I know at least 5 people with type "O-Blood" who have had almost no effect from the Virus .   Are you type "O"  ?

The safest place to be may be around a bunch of already Vaccine people ??   :-?

 

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/17/21 at 18:48:34

Mm is right, we can all keep you surrounded and safe in Texas.
It is a respite from the life in my home state of California.
You know you love and miss us.  [ch128526]
Lots of free air and open spaces on a MOTORCYCLE. [ch128513]
Better start preparing Michael.


[ch127949] ZOOM [ch127949] ZOOM [ch127949]


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/18/21 at 08:24:34

All I can say is, I sure am glad I don't live in California.  ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/18/21 at 09:29:17

I'd sure like to go, but I have to get a few things settled before I can have fun.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/18/21 at 09:41:28

Versey , if you like Kate then I'll sell her to ya for what I got in her !    She's about as close to perfect as I can get her.   I saved all the factory parts just in case someone wanted to "Restore her" to the original .   Things like the factory breather box , and all the little stuff that is better now.  

Do you still need some one to title the CB500 ?   I can haul two bikes in the truck if need be.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/18/21 at 15:23:01

Versy, it is going to feel weird. This will be the first suzukisavage.com ride I go on where you won't be there. I'm not much into beer so I won't offer to have one for you, but I'll have a burger or some brisket for you. ;D

Hope to see you later in the year my friend.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/18/21 at 17:25:41

Michael, I promise to snore for both of us.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/18/21 at 22:13:27

just as long as you don't wake yourself up.   ;)
oh yeah, burgers... brisket.. beer, I'll be envious.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/19/21 at 02:48:17


415245445B5650525906370 wrote:
just as long as you don't wake yourself up.   ;)
oh yeah, burgers... brisket.. beer, I'll be envious.



There is historical evidence of the “Waking self” thing so cannot promise that, but we will eat and consume beverages in your honor.  [ch128077]

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/19/21 at 03:09:54


312235342B2620222976470 wrote:
just as long as you don't wake yourself up.   ;)
oh yeah, burgers... brisket.. beer, I'll be envious.


And babes!  (Deb and Marcia). ;)

Mike and I will be bringing our "Rev Limiters"!

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/19/21 at 09:06:51

 Mike and I will be bringing our "Rev Limiters"!  
;D

..........................

You wouldn't say that if you could have seen Marcia , Lucky (the Guzzi) and me on the Dragon last summer leaving our CMAUSA  Goldwing Hotrod Guy behind wondering "How can it be that I can't keep-up They're ridding double,  and still leaving me ! On that little-bity-machine !  "  ???
OldFeller taught me how to set them up well !  ;)  

No OldFeller , I wasn't even doing the front brake - pitch the rear end to the outside thing  ,  that's hard to do ridding double .  
.....................

You Ranch House guys ... Please don't forget to bring Pajamas ...  ::)








Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/19/21 at 10:33:11

Oh that's right! No walking around in our skivvies. :o

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/19/21 at 13:02:01

Pajamas ? ?

Skivvies ? ?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/19/21 at 17:41:15

:o

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/19/21 at 21:10:36

Versey ,

I'd like to have my Savage friends over at least once durning the summer.

Haven't set a date yet ?   But when warm weather sets in ... Dave is going to  want a trip to Suches (I will too)   :)

Then the lid comes off the pot so to speak !

I hope you can get vaccinated by the middle of the summer !   :-?  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/21/21 at 13:22:06

It has begun...

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/21/21 at 13:26:55

And, as always, ride fotos of the hill country are here:

https://www.facebook.com/neal.achterhof/

All my posts are "public", so you don't have to "friend" me and you don't have to be on facebook.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/25/21 at 12:32:04

Just checking in on everybody. Anybody else gonna join us?

Also curious to know what bike each one is bringing. I have yet too decide cuz I'm trying to take care of a few issues on the S40 as time permits.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 03/25/21 at 15:15:27

California just open vaccination to me, but probably won't be able to getRdone real soon.

So, count me as not coming.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/25/21 at 17:25:45

Versey ,

I'm going to miss seeing your smiling face if you don't get to go !  
..........................
............................

I'm ridding double  ... and ... Lucky the Guzzi got to go last time !   :)
so
Its Kate's turn fair and square !   ;D





Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/25/21 at 17:56:53

The Savage Cafe' won't ride double!

Deb and I are bringing the F800GT - same bike we took to Arkansas.

It will fit in the enclosed trailer if I take the windshield off - so it will get to stay clean, dry and comfy on the way down and back.  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/25/21 at 18:42:23

Yep, I'' miss Versy. Still holding out hope though.

Looking forward to meeting Kate.

Dave, I figured you would bring the BMW for riding double.

It will be nice to see everybody again.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/25/21 at 20:21:15

  so it will get to stay clean, dry and comfy  

Dang Dave !  

Maybe we can find a water crossing to wash them all in ???    ;D    

Hang in there buddy !  ;)
..........................................

Truth is : I was just looking at enclosed trailers ...  ::)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/26/21 at 00:37:33


7E7D7F64636A606C630D0 wrote:
Just checking in on everybody. Anybody else gonna join us?

Also curious to know what bike each one is bringing. I have yet too decide cuz I'm trying to take care of a few issues on the S40 as time permits.


I'm not sure yet..   :-/

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/26/21 at 03:06:52

Bringing REX

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/26/21 at 05:16:46


7F6C7B7A65686E6C6738090 wrote:
California just open vaccination to me, but probably won't be able to getRdone real soon.

So, count me as not coming.


Ya know.. they do have a "one and done" vaccination now.  Johnson & Johnson.
Not saying you can get to it in time.  Not saying you ain't got other things jamming ya up.  Just sayin.. gonna miss you!!!!

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/26/21 at 07:31:16

Be glad to see REX  Thumper , Mad-Hasher  , the little BMW , Beast (if he can make it) , and I suspect Steve will bring a Harley  of some sort , and which ever sweetie Springman brings ?   :) ... who did I not get ?   :-?

Some folks take their DOGS for a walk  ..............   ;D







Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 03/26/21 at 13:31:55


706270626F7C737E753D0 wrote:
Be glad to see REX  Thumper , Mad-Hasher  , the little BMW , Beast (if he can make it) , and I suspect Steve will bring a Harley  of some sort , and which ever sweetie Springman brings ?   :) ... who did I not get ?   :-?

Some folks take their DOGS for a walk  ..............   ;D


Mad-Hasher????  

*sigh"  Mad Hamish..

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/26/21 at 15:21:04

I was wondering how long it would take you to say something! ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 03/26/21 at 20:43:34

Hay , I'm glad I got as close to right as I did .  

...........................


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 03/27/21 at 02:23:33


7E6C7E6C61727D707B330 wrote:
Hay , I'm glad I got as close to right as I did .  

...........................



Mike, as I read your comment I had a video running through my head of you saying that; it brought a chuckle to me. [ch128517]

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 03/27/21 at 05:40:17

Youzguys had mentioned the Life360 app so we can keep track of each other....I already have the app on my phone and we used it on a trip to Suches a couple years ago.

It might be fun to start the app as we begin the trip and we can see how each other are moving along as we head toward Texas.

We are leaving the morning of April 9th and hopefully returning home on the evening of April 18th......so the Life360 session should be open for that period of time for us (your time period may be shorter/longer).

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 03/27/21 at 18:28:51

I just got off the phone with Steve (Hammer) he is having to bow out as an important, high paying job has come up for him that will run through the week of the 12th. Which means I will probably take the S-40 on the ride if I can get a few items taken care of by then.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/02/21 at 06:26:31

We are taking our son to the airport today .    Its time to return him to the Air Force and get busy getting my chores caught-up so We can wonder off to Texas for a BIG WEEK !



NINE DAYS , and counting

;)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/03/21 at 03:04:56


I have begun to make some preparations:

Changed oil in car, license sticker for the trailer, added a USB charging port on the motorcycle......and a new pair of riding pants (MM doesn't think it is appropriate to ride a BMW wearing jeans).





Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/03/21 at 03:28:05

I have started thinking about routes and places.
I know places of interest include:
StoneHinge - (they might be scheduled for oiling).
Three Twisted Sisters - (shouldn't go on Wednesday, store is close).
Alamo Springs Cafe - (for MM's burger) - only open Fri, Sat, Sun. (since when??)
Hillbillyz - (cause I said so) only open Fri, Sat, Sun.  hmmmm.. may need to by pass
more as I think of them

If you have druthers and where and what, let me know.  I'll figure out when and how.



Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/03/21 at 07:58:04

:-?

So durning the week ...
I'm thinking - there is a big grill on the deck of the cabin ?    We could do something like :   Everybody pick-out what they want at the grocery store , then slap it on the grill at the same time .   I could bring my big crock-pot too.   The cabin has some pots and pans too ?     Remember how handy that grill was that Dave and Deb brought was ?    I've got a Stove-top grill I can bring and the cabin has a stove !   ;)   Two stove-top grills would be good if anybody else has one.
Think , 5 pound bag of Skinless-Boneless Chicken Breast glazed in BBQ sauce under a sheet of aluminum foil on a grill top !!! :P
Na , not yet !  ;D


Our first night in the Cabin will be Sunday night the 11th. and our last night will be Friday .     But that can be modified by the will of our fellow Cabin-mates and the good will of the folks running the park.
...................

Dave I know your an early riser , so we'll expect  you for breakfast most morning , and I kind of suspect you like cooking as much as I do ?  :)

O'yea , .....

(MM doesn't think it is appropriate to ride a BMW wearing jeans).
 

Your right Dave , everybody knows BMW ridders " MUST MATCH the BIKE ! " .    
Anything less and you would just be a Guzzi or Savage person on a BMW .   ;D

;D ;D ;D

So , Marcia ask if you'll be wearing White Pants ??? ... I'm guessing they would be a Contrasting or Complimenting , Reflective  color .  :-/

Dave don't forget :   Your Passenger must match also ... hay ... Deb had a really neat looking ridding outfit last time I saw her  .   
Your wife has good taste .   8-)
...............


8 days  and I don't have my chores done up yet !!!  :-/


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/03/21 at 12:02:38

Well.....it doesn't appear the Slime Bridge is going to be very slippery this year.

It appears we have 3 weeks forecast without the only chance of rain on Sunday, April 4....and that is only a 30% chance of rain.  Can this part of Texas really be that dry?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/05/21 at 03:58:46


6D565B4C5D514A4C575F524D3E0 wrote:
Well.....it doesn't appear the Slime Bridge is going to be very slippery this year.

It appears we have 3 weeks forecast without the only chance of rain on Sunday, April 4....and that is only a 30% chance of rain.  Can this part of Texas really be that dry?


Most of Texas is in a drought state of some severity.  Most of where we will be is in D1 or D2. https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX
As such, water crossings will normally not be covered, at all.  I have not looked at Slime Bridge recently, but it may be mostly dry.  I will try to get there Saturday for an evaluation.
It is part of a nice road to Wimberley, but there are easy ways around it.
All of the crossings I normally go over are dry now.. or so short as to make no difference.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/05/21 at 04:30:31

I could use some info as far as when you are planning to arrive and route once you hit Texas.
Depending on this and that, I may "escort" you in..  Might hit side roads in the process depending on route and how tired you are!  
Yeah.. lots of maybe and might.. but, I need info to see if possible.
And, yes, I understand that travel plans often change en route.
Post here or PM me.

If someone has a Life360 circle already setup with some of the participants, please send out invites to me (and the rest).  If not, I will setup a circle on my account using cell phone numbers provided to me.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/05/21 at 07:49:26

Youzguyz:

You might as well set up the Life360 if you are familiar with how to do it, as you are the only one with all the phone numbers.

You likely don't want to escort in Deb and I - or Marcia and Mike, as we will be in our cages hauling the motorcycles in.  

Deb and I will be leaving KY on Friday morning - and with luck we will make it to Little Rock by the evening......unless Deb decides she wants to stop at Memphis and be touristy.

Our first night at our Kerrville lodging is Sunday night - so we will need to stay someplace else on Saturday night.  I expect we will be someplace in Texas on Saturday night.......I just don't know where.

We have family in Waxahachie, and maybe we will spend a few hours visiting them (Or maybe they will invite us to spend Saturday night with them!).

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/05/21 at 10:04:32

I just need to change the oil on the S40 and hopefully I can route the wiring for a usb port without  having to take off the tank. I wanted to change the clutch push rod but just have not had the time. Though the ride to the Hill Country would be easier on the Honda, I think the S40 is better suited for those roads. I have not yet decided what route I am taking or how early I am leaving on Sunday morning, but I'll let you know Neal.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/05/21 at 11:31:58


675C5146575B40465D555847340 wrote:
Youzguyz:

You might as well set up the Life360 if you are familiar with how to do it, as you are the only one with all the phone numbers.


Texts for Life360 have been sent to Dave, MM and Springman.  I don't have a cell# for Lancer yet.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/05/21 at 12:48:49

Youzguyz:

I got my Life 360 invite - I will log onto it Friday or Saturday once I get moving.

Dave

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/05/21 at 13:23:35

MM - Do we need to bring bed linens or are they provided? Remember they do not provide them for the small cabin we have gotten in the past.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/05/21 at 21:44:40

I've been away from my computer all day but can catch up now.

Tuesday I'll call Kerrville and arrange for anyone in the group to pick the keys up , and find out about linen.   I suspect it will be bring your own due to Covid ?

I'm still working on catching my chores up from our son's 3 week visit that ended last Friday.    But I got one of the big ones nocked out today.  ;)
....................

We plan to leave early Saturday morning and drive down the Natchez trace to Natchez Mississippi the first day , then on to Kerrville on Sunday ... so ... it may be about dark before we get there ?   :-?
...............................

5 days  and counting !  :)





Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/06/21 at 01:02:51


4E75786F7E72696F747C716E1D0 wrote:
Youzguyz:

I got my Life 360 invite - I will log onto it Friday or Saturday once I get moving.

Dave


The code is only good for 2 days.  Let me know when you want a new one sent.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/06/21 at 05:21:47

OK ,

Please excuse my ignorance in life 360 matters ...

I down-loaded the app and turned my "data" on

I clicked on the link , sent by Youzguyz

What happens next ?   :-?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/06/21 at 05:36:43


697B697B76656A676C240 wrote:
OK ,

Please excuse my ignorance in life 360 matters ...

I down-loaded the app and turned my "data" on

I clicked on the link , sent by Youzguyz

What happens next ?   :-?


I dunno..  I think you have to join my 2021 Hill Country circle by putting in the code that was in the text message.


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/06/21 at 05:38:47

web site sez:
This means someone you know invited you join them on Life360 and be part of their private Circle. What an honor! If you are a new Life360 user you will be asked if you want to Join a Circle and you'll be shown who's currently in it. Simply join by entering an Invite Code in the message, or by creating one of your very own. If you are an existing user, you can join a Circle by tapping on the Circle Switcher at the top of the screen and then tap on 'Join a Circle'. Enter the code you received and you will be placed into your new Circle.

also has a video
https://youtu.be/VhXO9WFOUCs

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/06/21 at 06:01:54

I logged onto Life360 and you should see me in KY.....it is going to be a bit boring watching me drive around Campbell County for the next few days so I will turn off my location on the phone until we start driving.  If I remember correctly the app does use some data and battery - so turning the location off while I am stationary might be a way to put the tracking in "pause" and keep the app from tracking me while I am not moving.

Deb and I want to go by the General Store in Luckenbach to buy a T-Shirt or two......they store is open every day.  If the group wants to go and eat there - the restaurant is open Thursday-Sunday 11:30AM to 8PM.  If the group doesn't want to go.....Deb and i can stop on our way in/out of Kerrville.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/06/21 at 06:10:49


4B707D6A7B776C6A7179746B180 wrote:
Well I will log onto Life360 and see what happens.....it is going to be a bit boring watching me drive around Campbell County for the next few days.  Maybe there is a way to temporarily turn it off until I leave.

Deb and I want to go by the General Store in Luckenbach to buy a T-Shirt or two......they store is open every day.  If the group wants to go and eat there - the restaurant is open Thursday-Sunday 11:30AM to 8PM.  If the group doesn't want to go.....Deb and i can stop on our way in/out of Kerrville.


Luckenbach can definitely added to the mix.  It is normally as part of the Alamo Springs Cafe (for lunch) ride.  So, we will be doing that on Friday.
I do not.. ummmm.. recommend Luchenbach for lunch..


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/06/21 at 08:34:10

Youzguyz, I'll have to request another log in code from you later. Apparently the issues I am having with life360 is that I need to update the IOS on my phone, but cannot remember my password. Fun, fun, fun! >:(

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/06/21 at 08:34:58

Oh by the way, I'd like to see Willie and Waylon also! ;)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/06/21 at 08:40:36


2E2D2F34333A303C335D0 wrote:
Oh by the way, I'd like to see Willie and Waylon also! ;)


Sorry.. you have to go to Floore Country Store to see Willie... and only on Saturday night.
https://goo.gl/maps/tHeWVv94YwrYDyMh8

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/06/21 at 12:24:40

Before I click on "Start free trial" , & days for free ?   ???

Is that right ???  :-?

Its OK and its only $5/month. or $49.99/year .    But , I have no idea if its necessary ?
..............................

So , Dave ... Did you have Chicken for lunch about 14:00 hrs. ?  :-/

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/06/21 at 12:28:19


7F6D7F6D60737C717A320 wrote:
Before I click on "Start free trial" , & days for free ?   ???

Is that right ???  :-?

Its OK and its only $5/month. or $49.99/year .    But , I have no idea if its necessary ?


I have had my account for.. years..  and never paid anything.   The"Free" plan is the one you want.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/06/21 at 12:29:55

I'll see if I can find that one !  ;)

So , its asking for a six digit code ?  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/06/21 at 12:48:05

MM:  I have had the free version for years as well.....doesn't cost me nuttin'.

I have logged on - but turned off my "location" until I leave on Friday.  Therefore I won't show up until I am moving.


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/06/21 at 12:58:59


1F0D1F0D00131C111A520 wrote:
I'll see if I can find that one !  ;)

So , its asking for a six digit code ?  


I sent a six character code in the text message.  Maybe that is it?  
Or is it asking you to confirm your sign-up with a code they sent to your email?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/06/21 at 18:21:58

One of the reasons I have not yet logged in - is I believe the Life360 app documents the time you are traveling, the speed, and where you stop.  You really don't want that much information on how I spend my work days and evening hours.

Once we get underway you will know when we are on the road, and every time we stop.....and where we stopped......and how long we stayed there!

And - we will know the same about you!  If you stop at Madam Lena's - we will know! ;)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/07/21 at 09:34:44

So Dave, is Madame Lena's a good place to stop? ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/07/21 at 12:31:34

I will admit that I drove past Madam Lena's on a regular basis - but I never went inside to see her.

And.......it is not nearly as bad as your imagination might have led you to believe.

Madam Lena was a palm reader who was located in Newport, KY - right across the street from the county courthouse.  I would go to the Clerk's Office on a regular basis to research deeds and make copies of the subdivision plats.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/07/21 at 15:22:37

;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 04/07/21 at 16:07:23

I’ve got some some bad news guys, I will not be able to make the ride.
My health has not improved enough to be able to do this.  I was hopeful that was not the case but this past week has shown otherwise.
I’m sorry to drop out at such a late date.
Hopefully this fall in AR will be different.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/07/21 at 19:32:02

So , who is left ?  

Dave and Deb.

Mike and Marcia

Springman

???

I'm thinking call in the morning and switch to the cabin instead of the Ranch house .    Three bedrooms and two bath might be more than we need to buy ?   It $400. difference ... in 5 days .

:-?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/08/21 at 00:46:42


5E535C5157400005320 wrote:
I’ve got some some bad news guys, I will not be able to make the ride.
My health has not improved enough to be able to do this.  I was hopeful that was not the case but this past week has shown otherwise.
I’m sorry to drop out at such a late date.
Hopefully this fall in AR will be different.


:'(   I hope you feel better soon.  Pain.. hurts.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/08/21 at 08:41:10

Lancer, I sure hope you feel better soon.

MM, yes, go ahead and cancel the ranch house. I suspect you and Marcia will need a cabin to yourselves so I need to see about getting something for myself.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/08/21 at 08:50:52

Sorry your feeling "not well" Lancer  I hope it don't hold ya down long .  

Ain't none of us Spring Chicks any more  

It would have been nice if OldFeller could have joined us on a TEXAS ride before he hung up the Helmet .
So I'd say "we should be glad we're still in the game" so to speak ...  ;)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/08/21 at 09:28:33

OK !   No problem !!  :)

....................................

Kerrville park is canceled with no problem .

Springman and Us (Marcia and Mike) are staying at the same motel ...

I'm going to miss seeing REX this year ... and Lancer , too !  

I would have been nice to see Steve this year ... but the year ain't over yet !    
I've told that story about "PAM's HATEFULL HUSSEY CAFE" and Steve a lot of times . ;D
Lancer did you know about that place before we went in ?  ::)

It will be nice to see YouzGuyz again after sitting last year out !  :)

And

It will be nice to share some of those TEXAS sights I've been telling tales about  with Marcia + Dave-n-Deb .

 3 days   and counting !  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/08/21 at 10:00:31

I booked 2 rooms at the Super 8 by Wyndham Fredericksburg. We only have them through Friday morning. Will have to find another place for Friday night.

MM I sent you a text with all the info. Send me your email and I'll forward a copy of the reservations. See ya Sunday night.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/08/21 at 10:19:47


3536342F28212B2728460 wrote:
I booked 2 rooms at the Super 8 by Wyndham Fredericksburg. We only have them through Friday morning. Will have to find another place for Friday night.


F'burg instead of K'ville...  routes.. RE-CALCULATING..   :D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/08/21 at 12:29:31

Sorry about that Youzguyz, but I got 30-40% better hotel rate in Fredericksburg.  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/08/21 at 12:29:37


3D2B313E23313D3E440 wrote:
F'burg instead of K'ville...  routes.. RE-CALCULATING..   :D


That certainly does take some recalculating.  We are staying in Center Point Texas......we got a place 15 minutes from the campground in Kerrville.

Fredericksburg is 35 minutes away from our place.

We may not be meeting you at your hotel.......we will just go to wherever Youzguyz picks as the starting point.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/08/21 at 13:04:53

No worries Dave. We will just need set up meeting times and locations and take off together from there.

Well, I guess we won't get to taste any of MM's home cooking on this trip but at least we have a continental breakfast available each day. And if the evening is warm enough we can even take a dip in the pool.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/08/21 at 14:25:32

Monday meet point is still Los Jarritos as IMd.  :D How you get there is up to you.  Straight shots on 87 and 27.  When we meet there is still TBD.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/08/21 at 20:06:36

That might be the Los Jarritos  in Comfort ?   I got the address as : 1005 US-87 .    Does US-87 have a name that Garmin likes better ?   :-?


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/08/21 at 20:44:40

Los Jarritos it is. Sounds good.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/09/21 at 01:37:47


06140614190A0508034B0 wrote:
That might be the Los Jarritos  in Comfort ?   I got the address as : 1005 US-87 .    Does US-87 have a name that Garmin likes better ?   :-?


Yes, that would be the Los Jarritos in Comfort.  Try 534 Lindner Ave for your locationally challenged Garmin..  ::)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/09/21 at 03:34:09

OK.......the folks at Google have me "creeped out"!

Last night I opened Youzguyz link he provided for the route to Los Jarritos.

Later in the evening I opened "Google Maps" to see the spacial relationship of Comfort, Center Point, Kerrville and Fredericksburg.

When the map came up and I got to the area - there was a little Green Pin Point showing that I have an Airbnb reservation April 11-17, and a Red Pin Point showing Los Jarritos.

The way Google is tracking what I do is getting a little scary.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 04/09/21 at 04:24:56

I spent most of yesterday at the ER for a strange back pain.   After a CT scan they thought I had Gall stones and enlarged organ with lesions on the kidneys as well, then after another different follow up scan found it was not gall stones but the kidney lesions are there but don’t need immediate action.  Part of the back pain is coming from a muscle spasm that may have started when I was looking for a little leak on REX.
Apparently I was fortunate for all these to basically happen simultaneously.
I’m thankful that there is nothing serious that requires immediate action and also that I was not on the ride away from home dealing with the symptoms I have for right now.

Thank you guys for your thoughtful care.



Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/09/21 at 04:45:36


5459565B5D4A0A0F380 wrote:
I spent most of yesterday at the ER for a strange back pain.   After a CT scan they thought I had Gall stones and enlarged organ with lesions on the kidneys as well, then after another different follow up scan found it was not gall stones but the kidney lesions are there but don’t need immediate action.  Part of the back pain is coming from a muscle spasm that may have started when I was looking for a little leak on REX.
Apparently I was fortunate for all these to basically happen simultaneously.
I’m thankful that there is nothing serious that requires immediate action and also that I was not on the ride away from home dealing with the symptoms I have for right now.

Thank you guys for your thoughtful care.


Days of bouncing over cattle guards could have aggravated your aggravations too!  ( I hope MM has checked his shocks.. )

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/09/21 at 04:54:26


32243E312C3E32314B0 wrote:
 Try 534 Lindner Ave for your locationally challenged Garmin..  ::)


Well played Youzguyz! :)

I find immense pleasure in knowing you are sending Mike to a car wash on the first day!

I think that should become a new tradition on our group rides.


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/09/21 at 05:43:54

We are all packed up and ready to pull out of the driveway.

We have signed onto Life360 if you want to track our slow progress.  It seems a bit strange that we will be driving nearly 1,300 miles, and we will only be traveling in 4 states......and only 2 of them will we pass across the entire state.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/09/21 at 07:15:22

I haven't tried the address yet but I was thinking I should rinse the dust off the rear rim before I load it up.   :-?

So , the Garmin can find anything if I use the right address .   The thing is sometimes its picky about Hwy numbers are sometimes referred to as other names .  
I live off Hwy-Tn.129  but it is also know as Boonville hwy.    Sometimes I wonder , "Why all the roads can't just be numbers" with the county, state, or US prefix .   That would be too easy to really work !  ::)

It will work out just fine in the end !     8-)
................................

We are leaving early in the morning , so I'm getting the 200 pound sweet lick bucket to the barn-yard this afternoon .    For the next week I know where my cows will have their faces stuck !   ;)

Its our turn to host a Bible study group so I'm fixing pulled pork loin BBQ and Hassle-back taters for tonight.

Mowing our yard and the church cemetery

And working up a Bible study on AARON today.

Packing a bag and loading Kate on the truck.

I'll be glad to take a VACATION !   :)

 1 day     and ready !

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/09/21 at 09:39:11

I'm ready too. I just need to get away from all this for a few days.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/09/21 at 09:48:43

Lancer, sounds like you are doing better. Glad to hear that. We will definitely miss you on the ride but hopefully we will get a chance to all get together later in the year. Take care of yourself and see you soon I hope.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/09/21 at 10:01:36

Life 360.. We got Dave and Springman.  No MM yet...  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/09/21 at 19:05:17

We went about 600 miles today - it was pretty hilly until we got to Arkansas.  We are just east of Little Rock and stopped for the night.

Between Memphis and Little Rock we got into a thunderstorm and a strong headwind - my car couldn't pull high gear over 65mph the headwind was so strong!

We will stop in Waxahatchee tomorrow and visit Deb's step sister and spend the night with them.  

We will arrive in Kerrville on Sunday afternoon.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/10/21 at 21:14:15

Well the 360 thing works !     We got to a motel and I turned on the wifi and 360 and PUFF there was Dave just south of Dallas !

It even went to the street level and showed the names of the streets ...  :o

Dave it looks like your in the garage apartment or left your phone in the garage ?

Mine shows which room I'm in from a top view of the motel ...  :-?


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 04/10/21 at 23:16:57

Garmin knows EVERYTHING about your travels and locations now.
How many phone apps does your phone use to track locations and routes and and and ....
Makes me want to switch to a dumb phone and save a Garmin for select trips only.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/10/21 at 23:48:31

I'll be heading out sometime before noon. I'll probably take 290 and avoid the 85 mph+ I-10. It will be a leisurely 240 miles or so. See ya'll in the evening.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/11/21 at 04:07:40

We spent Friday night just short of reaching Little Rock.  We ran through a bit of rain - but while driving on Saturday we discovered that maybe it was good we didn't continue driving that night.  When we got into Texas we saw lots of downed trees, damaged billboards, tall grasses that had been smashed down by the wind/rain and a lot of leaf debris on the edges of the pavement.  Evidently there were some really strong winds and rain on Friday night.

We spent Saturday night with Deb's stepsister Lindy and her husband Rick last night in Waxahachee.  We got a tour of the town and a wonderful steak dinner!

We have about a 5 hour drive to reach Kerrville today.  I would like to leave Waxahachee before noon - but we have had so much fun visiting Lindy and Rick I suspect it will be hard to get away!

MM:  It sounds like your Life360 is a far more advanced version than I was able to download.  I can see where everyone is and how fast they are driving or if they are sitting still - maybe if I zoom in I can see the overnead and street views you are talking about.  So far I have only been able to see Youzguyz and me on Life360.....and a note that says Springman has logged off.  

I just saw and advertisement for a site called "hipcamp" - it looks like a more rugged version of Airbnb.  I have not had time to check it all out and see if it would help this group.
https://www.hipcamp.com/about#our-story/

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/11/21 at 04:25:55


63585542535F444259515C43300 wrote:
MM:  It sounds like your Life360 is a far more advanced version than I was able to download.  I can see where everyone is and how fast they are driving or if they are sitting still - maybe if I zoom in I can see the overnead and street views you are talking about.  So far I have only been able to see Youzguyz and me on Life360.....and a note that says Springman has logged off.  


I don't show where MM has joined the 2021 Hill Country "circle" yet.  MM, please check your phone for text messages.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/11/21 at 06:38:12

Hay , I found the group and joined !   But   , now it time for me to turn off the wifi and get rolling .     I'll turn data on for  a while , but I have a limited data plan so its got to go off in a bit.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/11/21 at 17:45:37

Deb and I arrived at our temporary home around 5PM.  We got unpacked and unloaded the bike.......and are resting on the patio recovering from our 1,212 miles of driving.  The owner Tom used to road race motorcycles - he moved his truck over so I could park my motorcycle in the garage......my kind of host!

MM and Springman have checked in and they are in Fredericksburg and they got MM's bike unloaded..

Our hosts (Tom and Kim) said it was 43 degrees this morning!  Tomorrow morning is forecast for the low 60's when we start riding, and a high of 88.  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/11/21 at 20:08:55

  Tomorrow morning is forecast for the low 60's when we start riding  

:)


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/13/21 at 03:40:31

Springman,  MM Ranch,  Dave.
I wonder what Springman did wrong??

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/13/21 at 03:44:19

The faithful native guide explains Hill Country navigation to MM.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/13/21 at 04:56:33

Things are bigger in Texas.

On Sunday when we were driving west of Killeen, we stopped at Buc-ee's.  It is a huge gas station/convenience store.......the inside was filled with T shirts, gadgets, novelties, packaged food, a wall of candy, an 80 foot long wall of coolers, a deli, a grill and a fudge counter.

There were two canopies with a total of 56 gas pumps!

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/13/21 at 05:01:54

MM left his cows at home with a big block of sweet feed to keep them occupied while he is away.

Here he is considering changing his herd to this Texas style of cattle with convenient handles to help him when he is loading them - however he will have to widen the fences in his chute and possibly make some modifications to his trailer.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/14/21 at 05:21:33

On Tuesday we were guided by Youzguys on a ride out to Leakey and we proceeded to assault the Twisted Sisters.  The traffic was amazingly light and the majority of drivers pull over and wave us past when they see 4 motorcycles behind them (except for one driver who was content to let us ride behind them while they drove slowly around each corner).

My employment as a City/County engineer has included lots of work on road drainage systems - and the "low water crossings" in Texas are amazing to me.  On our daily rides we pass over hundreds of low areas that are designed to allow the low water flow to go under the road - and the high water flows to go over the road!  This is completely different than the way the roads and streets are designed in Kentucky, where the storm water flows are supposed to stay off the pavement.  I will have to ask some of these local Texans if they just hunker down in their homes and avoid driving while the water is flowing over the roads.......each low water crossing has a pole with a scale showing how deep the water is at that point - so you can determine if you are brave enough to drive through.

I have posted a photo from a large water crossing on the Frio River that is   in the valley between the Twisted Sisters.  This wash area is huge and appears like it would have a large amount of water during rain events.  The land in this part of Texas is very rugged and rocky.  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by stewmills on 04/14/21 at 06:41:30

Were yall celebrating MM's Birthday?  

Just asking since there was a sign there with his age on it  ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/14/21 at 19:21:58

Hey according to Facebook :  I'm only 87 ... but I hope to still be leading you around Suches when I'm 120  :) .

Maybe , we should start planning a Suches ride soon as the weather warms up a bit ?   ;)
........................

YouzGuyz is a wonderful tour guide ... Everybody who hasn't been to Texas in the spring for a visit is missing some great ridding and great scenery.   We went to some really interesting places too.   Today we had brisket that was better than I can make !   :P


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by verslagen1 on 04/14/21 at 19:55:30

do you still have 2 accounts?
that would make you 174.   ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/15/21 at 04:01:35

Yesterday Youzguyz took us on a ride to see the wildflowers - most of which are pretty Texas weeds.  The white flowers have little thorns all over the stems and they appear to be pretty invasive in some fields.  The Bluebonnets are pretty...and there are some red flowers that look very much like the yellow Daisy that we have in KY.

Here is what the lineup looks like from the rear on the flower tour.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/15/21 at 04:12:58

This area is "open range", and livestock is allowed to roam freely.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/15/21 at 04:14:05

Wandering cattle

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/15/21 at 04:16:31

Wandering Donkeys.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/15/21 at 04:24:24

There is a cattle guard everywhere that the fence crosses the road - somehow this keeps cattle from wandering.

Not all of the cattle guards are smooth - I adopted the Marcia Meter to determine how rough they were and how much I needed to slow down.  If Marcia bounced out of the seat when she and Mike crossed - I would slow down.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/15/21 at 04:26:53

Youzguyz tested our off-road abilities at one of the larger low water crossings.
(Everybody passed the small test and stayed upright)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/15/21 at 04:30:44

At the end of the day Youzguyz took us to Luckenbach so we could buy unnecessary plastic items to prove we had been tourists in Texas.  I bought a sign to hang in my garage wall and Deb got a sticker for her guitar case.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/15/21 at 04:32:45

This is the General Store in front and the bar in back.

Seems like a fresh coat of paint and a new roof would ruin the rustic charm.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/15/21 at 04:43:30


407B7661707C67617A727F60130 wrote:
This area is "open range", and livestock is allowed to roam freely.


You need to watch out for those outside of bars.. especially when they have a bit too much Irish Creme.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by LANCER on 04/15/21 at 05:23:38

Where are the wild flowers ?

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/15/21 at 05:32:14


3F323D3036216164530 wrote:
Where are the wild flowers ?


The others will have more..and better.. pictures.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/15/21 at 20:27:18

I got one !

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/17/21 at 06:33:59

I made it home last night at around 7 pm. My hands and feet were soaked as I do not have waterproof boots or gloves. The dye from the gloves dyed my hands black. After a shower and various had washings my hands are now a pale blue/black. From this ride home I can say that the shinko 712 tires are very good wet weather tires.

Thanks to Neal for taking us around. As usual he did a fantastic job and the roads we rode were great.

Thanks to all else for the good company and the sharing of fun times, good rides and good meals.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/17/21 at 20:52:36

So , Friday morning Springman and I loaded my bike into the truck.   Then Marcia and I rode home after lunch at the "Alamo Springs Café" .    Its only a little over 1000 miles but with both of us  driving and taking turns napping we drove it in one 24 hour period.

Once again Neal did a GREAT JOB leading us around.  It seems he knows all the back roads in the area and all the neat places to visit .     I had some Grilled Brisket that was better than my own cooking !   :P
I hope to go again next year !  
We had one rain day but Fredericksburg has covered sidewalks and a lot of downtown window shopping places and an Ice-Cream shop too.  To be honest ... some of us might have needed a Rear-Resting day ?  ::)

Here is a picture of a Happy Couple at Stonehenge II







Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/17/21 at 21:38:19

We even got a picture of the workers putting the last stone in place at Stone Henge.

and their Supervisior too ... I think his name is Neal ?    The workers were really nice folks too so we all went to lunch after a bit.  ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/17/21 at 21:54:50

We had some of the best views in South Texas , I'm not sure where this was but there were so many back-roads with picture book scenery , I just trusted YouzGuyz not to lead us into "Banjo Music" territory and it worked out good !   :)  
Sorry about the view Deb ?   :-?   its the only picture I've got of Springman

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/18/21 at 03:52:07


524052404D5E515C571F0 wrote:
Sorry about the view Deb ?   :-?  


MM........You are going to be in big trouble when Deb sees this.

She might even release her Flying Monkeys! :o

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/18/21 at 10:33:58

hay

send me another picture of Springman so I can replace it before the Flying Monkeys get loose !  :-X

I think this picture shows just how good you married , just look how hard that gal is working ... and looking good doing it !     8-) .  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/18/21 at 17:02:16

I just finished washing the bike so I could put it away in the garage. Well, the bike did not get away unscathed. As I was washing the bike I noticed the gas tank was moving. Upon inspection it appears the bracket holding the  tank to the frame broke. I trust gas is not leaking from it but not sure at the moment. So I guess the S40 is down for a while until I can find somewhere that will weld that bracket back on for me.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by Dave on 04/18/21 at 18:41:49

Deb and I just got home after 2 days of driving from morning to night.  We left Texas about 10 AM on Saturday and drove until a bit after 9 and got to Malvern, AK....a bit shy or reaching Little Rock and still 660 miles from home.  This morning we left around 8 and reached home around 8PM......2,506 miles for the round trip.

My bike has 905 miles from the 4.5 days of riding.....I am sure Youzguyz did far more as his commute was longer.

It was a fun time - Thanks to Youzguyz for his exzellent guidanz and tourizm! ;)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/19/21 at 11:48:46


6F7D6F7D70636C616A220 wrote:
hay

send me another picture of Springman so I can replace it before the Flying Monkeys get loose !  :-X

I think this picture shows just how good you married , just look how hard that gal is working ... and looking good doing it !     8-) .  


There are some pictures of Springman in that link I sent in the text..  I dunno if I should post that link here... some fotos may be .. ummmm.. inappropriate?  ::)

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/19/21 at 11:58:56

Many thanks for the appreciation comments.  I had a lot of fun, and it was really great to meet Marcia, Deb and Dave.   And equally good to see MM and Springman again.
(Like... wow.. THE "Dave".  You do so much for this forum, it really was nice to meet you!)

Good rides.. Nobody broke down (MM pushed the limits though).  Nobody fell off their motorcycle.. that I noticed.  Nobody "kissed the mountain".
and I only had to turn us around twice..  ( I don't use a GPS.. )

I do have videos.  The rear camera was always good, but had to keep on tweaking the front one.  Finally got it right.. on Saturday.  :P
They are way too large to put anywhere.  Guess I need to figure out editing and such stuff if I want to share.

And.. thanks for all the lunches!!!


Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/21/21 at 08:32:26

Yea , That Chain pin moving could have been "BAD" !   :-[

I'll drop a tooth on the front sprocket when I get around to fixing it ... so it might involve shorting the chain a link ?    Those high speed long up-hill pulls into the wind and riding double didn't leave a lot of throttle in reserve .  
It was over geared according to the GPS anyway.  When I put a new chain and sprockets on it in the "Fixing-up" process I picked a "O-Ring" chain and the tall gear package because it gave bigger sprockets on both ends.
The new chain had close to 3000 miles on it with out needing a chain adjustment .   The old regular chain needing adjusting every 800 miles on my last chain drive bike (KZ750-4cyl).
 But to drop one tooth up front will make the speedometer right , it drives off the transmission/front sprocket rotation (electronic pick-up).   ;)

As soon as I get the rest of my chores caught -up !   ::)




Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/21/21 at 08:37:54


2023213A3D343E323D530 wrote:
I just finished washing the bike so I could put it away in the garage. Well, the bike did not get away unscathed. As I was washing the bike I noticed the gas tank was moving. Upon inspection it appears the bracket holding the  tank to the frame broke. I trust gas is not leaking from it but not sure at the moment. So I guess the S40 is down for a while until I can find somewhere that will weld that bracket back on for me.


I broke that bracket on Thumper MULTIPLE times.  After the 4th or 5th welding, (and multiple fixes with JB Weld and Steel putty), my welder said "no more", so I bought a 2002 tank in darn good shape off ebay.

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/21/21 at 09:19:06

I broke that bracket on Thumper MULTIPLE times.  After the 4th or 5th welding, (and multiple fixes with JB Weld and Steel putty), my welder said "no more", so I bought a 2002 tank in darn good shape off ebay.  

I was picturing the frame pin broken ...

That tank add-on bracket would be the "weak-link" and I can picture it coming loose .    
Would brazing be better than welding ?    If a person was to pool a spot of brass on both sides then put them together it would be nice and solid.   Welding would only be around the outside edge of the bracket ... it would be good to use some brass around the edges to for a permeant fix.

I can see the factory using a spot weld there , silver solder would be as good as the factory spot weld and could be done with a wire brush and a blue-bottle torch .   Be sure to rinse the tank out with water before getting the torch out --- Just saying .   ;D

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by youzguyz on 04/21/21 at 09:55:24


5F4D5F4D40535C515A120 wrote:
I broke that bracket on Thumper MULTIPLE times.  After the 4th or 5th welding, (and multiple fixes with JB Weld and Steel putty), my welder said "no more", so I bought a 2002 tank in darn good shape off ebay.  

I was picturing the frame pin broken ...

That tank add-on bracket would be the "weak-link" and I can picture it coming loose .    
Would brazing be better than welding ?    If a person was to pool a spot of brass on both sides then put them together it would be nice and solid.   Welding would only be around the outside edge of the bracket ... it would be good to use some brass around the edges to for a permeant fix.

I can see the factory using a spot weld there , silver solder would be as good as the factory spot weld and could be done with a wire brush and a blue-bottle torch .   Be sure to rinse the tank out with water before getting the torch out --- Just saying .   ;D


Mine broke at the bend, not at the spot weld.  Flex too many times .. and.. boink.. gone.  

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by MMRanch on 04/21/21 at 18:13:31

Maybe the lack of cattle grates in my area has spared mine ?   :-?

I've never had knowledge that the tank bracket could break or wear out .  

Good luck with it Springman.  Brass is tougher than ya might think.  

 

Title: Re: Events for 2021
Post by springman on 04/22/21 at 10:14:56

Thanks MM and Youzguyz.

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