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Now that the Holiday Season has passed, who has solid plans for TW Adventure Riding in 2018?

Since I turn 69 in March I know better than to plan to far out in advance....but at this point in time, depending on how my back and health holds out, I want to get back down to Big Bend, and make at least one more "local" 3 or 4 days adventure ride around the Midwest during good weather{which mean no freaking cold and a good chance of warm and dry} of the coming year...

What you say? :confused:

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Hoot, I don't think that I can make Big Bend this year, working on Morocco for next November. The 3 or 4 day (long weekend) midwest ride when the weather warms up will work for me.
 

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Heading to Big Bend on Wednesday for five days! Weather will be in the 60’s. Leaving the bigger bikes at home and riding the hobbit.
I'm very jealous. Have a great time, its an amazing place. As I learned from one of the Guru's of this forum, bring your passport and take the row boat across to Boquillas. Great food and great people there, you won't regret it.
 

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Once crossed Rio Grande at Boquillas to visit a Mexican fluorite mine. Back then the international bridge was open, unguarded, deserted, and only living things for many miles around were a row of turkey vultures lining the bridge's concrete railing waiting their turn to feast on bloated horse carcass below. As I slowly drove across the vultures lifted of one by one in the hundred degree plus heat. Definitely a surrealistic welcome to Mexico back when international relations were a bit more relaxed. Would have made a good scene for a spaghetti western.
So why not go back Hoot, get a once in a lifetime ironic experience by swimming across the Rio into Mexico and then back? Wetback Hoot!
 

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we did the big bend in dec 2017. really liked it there. boquillas is the last class b border crossing i know of. the people were very nice. the rowboat was cool as was the horse ride into town. looking forward to that trip again. big bend has been discovered. from what i understand it is still has the lowest visitation of any national park in the u.s.
 

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Pretty sure we're riding San Rafael Swell area 24 March - 1 April, skipping Moab this year. We are picking this time of year to take advantage of one of the days being a holiday saving us some vacation time. I hope I don't have to worry about vacation time in 2 to 2-1/2 years from now. :p


Was informed by a forum member of a motorcycle Rally at Big Bend in March. Not in the cards for us but it might be for some of you others.
 

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Big Bend IMO is best when the crowds are not there....February and early March{before spring break} and October and mid November, seen to be best for smaller crowds and great weather....not sure if a"Rally" is in my plans...:confused: I enjoyed Moab 2015 with 30 or so, spread out....but being a semi~loner I prefer the wide open spaces and folks spread out....but hey, that's just Hoot....
 

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I just finished 3 days in BBNP but I was on my UraL Gear Up. We went on the last week before New Years. The weather was glorious. The park was FULL. I noticed that you were in the park in 2016 in March. I was there too doing "Uncle's Round The Bend" on my ct90. I have ridden it on my WR250R and my Weestrom as well. I will take the TW200 next time I go out.

I suggest getting a tent site at the Rio Grande Campground and then do day rides from there. We did it doing about 75 to 80 miles a day. That was also just before New Years but the weather was COLD and the tourists stayed home.

I'll be 80 in March and I refuse to get off of the bike.

I find that I meet the nicest people off road.

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We'd like to hear from you a little more often around here ol timer!! :D
I just finished 3 days in BBNP but I was on my UraL Gear Up. We went on the last week before New Years. The weather was glorious. The park was FULL. I noticed that you were in the park in 2016 in March. I was there too doing "Uncle's Round The Bend" on my ct90. I have ridden it on my WR250R and my Weestrom as well. I will take the TW200 next time I go out.

I suggest getting a tent site at the Rio Grande Campground and then do day rides from there. We did it doing about 75 to 80 miles a day. That was also just before New Years but the weather was COLD and the tourists stayed home.

I'll be 80 in March and I refuse to get off of the bike.

I find that I meet the nicest people off road.

Jerry Rhodes
 

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I just finished 3 days in BBNP but I was on my UraL Gear Up. We went on the last week before New Years. The weather was glorious. The park was FULL. I noticed that you were in the park in 2016 in March. I was there too doing "Uncle's Round The Bend" on my ct90. I have ridden it on my WR250R and my Weestrom as well. I will take the TW200 next time I go out.

I suggest getting a tent site at the Rio Grande Campground and then do day rides from there. We did it doing about 75 to 80 miles a day. That was also just before New Years but the weather was COLD and the tourists stayed home.

I'll be 80 in March and I refuse to get off of the bike.

I find that I meet the nicest people off road.

Jerry Rhodes
Montezuma and I camped at Rio Grande{as did FW Gary, Borneo, and Ebbanflood} for most of the trip....Montezuma and I spent the first night in Terlingua before heading into the park and then one night Jim{Ebb} sprang for a couple of rooms at the Chisos Mountain Lodge since we used Montezuma's Pick up to haul Jim's bike to Terlingua for repairs....that night the Judge and Nick got drunk as Hell....and a good time was had by all....:D Still can't figure out how that Mexican was talked into walking them back to the rooms...:confused: with Nick's stash of goodies in hand:

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There's a rally March 22-25 in Big Bend. The plan is to stay in Study Butte and ride out each day in groups of whoever feels like riding each area. I'm going. If anyone wants to go earlier, I can meet up and stay in the Park or anywhere else. But on Sunday the 25, I plan to head up to Utah to the San Rafael Swell Area Kris is talking about.
 

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One correction, Jim's bike never got hauled in the truck. The starter was bad and I was pull started many times, once by Nick's truck and many times by Gary's KLR but I rode it to Chiso's Lodge and then rode it another 500 miles from there to Austin with Borneo and Gary. That bar at Chiso's might have fogged your memory a little. When I checked in at Chiso's I had to leave it idling outside and ran in and ran out. When I was coming out a guy said "you shouldn't leave an air cooled bike running", I said, I'll turn it off if you'll help me push start it.:D

Montezuma and I camped at Rio Grande{as did FW Gary, Borneo, and Ebbanflood} for most of the trip....Montezuma and I spent the first night in Terlingua before heading into the park and then one night Jim{Ebb} sprang for a couple of rooms at the Chisos Mountain Lodge since we used Montezuma's Pick up to haul Jim's bike to Terlingua for repairs....that night the Judge and Nick got drunk as Hell....and a good time was had by all....:D Still can't figure out how that Mexican was talked into walking them back to the rooms...:confused: with Nick's stash of goodies in hand:

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I will be returning to explore more of the Sweetwaters once snow melts, likely mid to late summer before things are open above 11,000 ft. Folks are welcome to join. Primitive camping above 9,000 ft. while scenic requires navigating an occasionally rutted access road as seen in following video. RV rated campsites are available down around Walker River and Bridgeport @ ~6,000 ft. Besides Donzo found some single track trails high up there. This is another area whose rich mining history created a rich network of roads for us to play on.;)


There are also a good 20 plus miles of mild to wild single tracks between Carson Pass and the Bear Reservoirs I need a safety partner to help complete, plus other great trails some legally accessing The Pacific Crest Trail. This might be as early as mid June and available to NorCal Nutcases.

 

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Anyone itching for a May Ride can likely convince Adam-in-Nevada and I to guide one of these rides in our neck of the woods on short notice. We normally get Evan out here annually to do a little bark busting' and he usually goes home intact and happy.
 

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I’m aiming to join in on the “Moab Mayhem” next year (2019), but it’s coming up too soon to do it this year (2018) – as you’ll appreciate, there’s a certain amount of “logistics” involved, not least the getting there (did you have to park the entire continent so far away ?)

So start thinking about it, it’s going to be a pretty much open ended trip as far as I’m concerned, as I expect most of you will be running in the opposite direction by then – it’ll take some time to hunt you down

You have been warned ……. ;)
 

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Yeah Purple!!!! :p
I’m aiming to join in on the “Moab Mayhem” next year (2019), but it’s coming up too soon to do it this year (2018) – as you’ll appreciate, there’s a certain amount of “logistics” involved, not least the getting there (did you have to park the entire continent so far away ?)

So start thinking about it, it’s going to be a pretty much open ended trip as far as I’m concerned, as I expect most of you will be running in the opposite direction by then – it’ll take some time to hunt you down

You have been warned ……. ;)
 

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So Purple, did you buy and stash the Mr.Bracket TW200 here in the New World for your 2019 ride? If not use of a Buddy Bike might be arranged.
Any proposed international meet-up might rejuvenate interest in Moab for 2019 so bring it on!
This year a smaller group will tour a portion of the San Rafael Swale some 60 miles by air to the west ( likely 120 miles by roads); have lost track if anyone plans to go enjoy Moab's madness this spring.
 

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Yep - Mr Brackets TW is my proposed ride - although it's likely to need some tweaking before a lighter rider mounts her - but, all things are possible with that particular bike - (and thanks for the offer of a back-up)

Going to have to see how this years Moab turns out - but I will be there in 2019 regardless - It was Hoots response that provoked my own - he "doesn't like crowds". From what I can tell of previous years, the "ride boards" fill up pretty quickly - I'll happily ride with a group - or just with three or four bikes - I figure going out on your own is asking for it

I like to play it by ear - rough or smooth - all the same to me (he says, all confident like)

But I'm not sure "fighting for a place" on a particular ride is what the TW is all about - but I'll take it as I find it ........
 
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