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Old 12-11-2009, 10:22 AM   #41
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Re: 3rd Annual Around the Bend

Not this year, or next, but the following one I will pencil in on my calendar!
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:36 AM   #42
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Not this year, or next, but the following one I will pencil in on my calendar!
Girl from high school, captain of the cheerleaders, told me that once
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:51 AM   #43
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tricepilot, no pic?
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:37 AM   #44
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Old 12-13-2009, 02:07 PM   #45
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6oDXEdAeoc

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You build a campfire...oh mama sweet perfume

Getting in the spirit yet???
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:08 PM   #46
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I'm in.... can't wait.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:37 PM   #47
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I wil be there too! I am looking forward to this years event. Still riding the DR 200.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:15 PM   #48
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I am planning on making the trip this year (hopefully on a new Tiger ).

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so, how many people here do the "street only" ride? i'm hoping to be in the dual-sport scene sometime soon, but for now, street.
Mike: I was part of the "street only" ride last year and had a blast. We had a group of 6 that went out on Friday. I split off and toured the park by myself on Saturday.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:02 PM   #49
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:35 PM   #50
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I've cleared it with the wife, now I just need to clear it with my boss and then I'm in. Will let you know. - thanks
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:31 AM   #51
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Oh, what to do. It's a really, really long drive. Do I get a trophy if I'm the furthest from home?

Alot of my newfound Mexico friends will be there, plus Big Don... Hrm.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:53 AM   #52
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Oh, what to do. It's a really, really long drive. Do I get a trophy if I'm the furthest from home?

Alot of my newfound Mexico friends will be there, plus Big Don... Hrm.

Come on down!
I'll be there all week!
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:27 PM   #53
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About how much do you guys normally budget for a trip like this? Food, hotel, extras, etc...
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:07 PM   #54
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Ideally you split gas with one or two others for the ride down. Or a big trailer like we did last year. If you are in a hotel room, plan on around $70 a night. Half that if you share. Camping is far less, about $10 a night. Food depends on where you eat. Plan on $5-6 if you grab breakfast at Kathy's (do it at least once just because it's good). Dinner will be $10-$25 depending on where. Even more if you have alcohol with your meal at the Starlight (nicest and most expensive). Longdraw Pizza is a good deal. Lunch could be premade sandwiches in Rio Grande Village or Taqueria in Presidio. Just depends on which way you head. Or beef jerky and granola bars on the trail.

I tend to haul snack type food and munch as a I go during the day. Then save the big meal for the evening. Breakfast I will eat big if it will be a long day riding just to have something that lasts. Otherwise it is bananas and instant oatmeal or granola bars. Water in the camelback during the day and Shiner's on the Front Porch at night.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:19 PM   #55
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Seems like around $500 would be a safe bet then. Obviously, the sharing of hotel rooms and trailer would drop that. I'm thinking about coming in Wednesday night the 24th so I could get 3 full days of riding.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:49 PM   #56
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I am a beginner rider... what type of equipment would you recommend for this trip? I have a kawasaki sherpa but do not yet have any repair/maintenance equipment/kits yet... any recommendations? Is there a list posted anywhere? Any help would be greatly appreciated as this looks like a lot of fun. Thanks!
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:17 PM   #57
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I don't have full buy-in from my boss since they won't know the Feb schedule until mid/late Jan. He said it was up to me.

Guess what I chose?

Big Bend here I come!!
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Old 12-17-2009, 06:40 PM   #58
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Oh, what to do. It's a really, really long drive. Do I get a trophy if I'm the furthest from home?

Alot of my newfound Mexico friends will be there, plus Big Don... Hrm.
Joseph, start planning now and I will see you there, let me know if you want to split a room.
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Old 12-17-2009, 07:05 PM   #59
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I am a beginner rider... what type of equipment would you recommend for this trip? I have a kawasaki sherpa but do not yet have any repair/maintenance equipment/kits yet... any recommendations? Is there a list posted anywhere? Any help would be greatly appreciated as this looks like a lot of fun. Thanks!
The Big Bend ride guide contains quite of bit of information addressing your questions. Check out pages 8 - 16.
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:24 PM   #60
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Re: 3rd Annual Around the Bend

We will probably be staging in Kerrville Wed night and driving the remaining 400 miles on Thu. I need to check with my sis over Christmas about parking, but we may have a place to consolidate a few vehicles (g/f and I will be leaving one truck/trailer there for sure; she's coming in from Houston and I from Rockport). I have a quad-cab Dodge which will be carrying a slide-in camper and pulling a 6x12 single-axle trailer, each of which may have room for one or two more (and at 8 mpg loaded, I'll take all the help I can get on gas!). The truck is a 2008 Powerwagon on 35s, so if someone's bike absolutely positively has to be retrieved and hauled out of the park, I expect I can make that happen. I will be carrying ramps as well.

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