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Old 11-28-2008, 10:02 AM   #61
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I was going to carry some fuel "just in case" but it's only about a quarter gallon - so I'll plan the fuel stops to be under 100 miles. Usually I go anywhere from 90-120 before stopping so thanks for the heads up!

Conroe is just where we'll end up after the ride and then split off to each head home. I know there was a Starbucks on 105 just west of 45 - is it still there? Good spot to wind down and say our goodbyes?

Ladies - be prepared with a backup clear visor in case we run long, a bottle of water of a hydration pack if you get thirsty, maybe an extra layer you can put on or take off as the weather changes. I will have plenty of space to store all the extras as we ride.

I'll also have a full set of tools (including a siphon hose), tire plug/patch kit, air pump, and basic first aid kit.
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Participation looks great - between all the forums:

11 Houston (& surrounding areas)
1 Huntsville
2 Austin
4 Dallas (& surrounding areas)

I've called the restaurant to give them a heads-up, and they're looking forward to seating us at noon on Sunday.
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Participation looks great - between all the forums:

11 Houston (& surrounding areas)
1 Huntsville
2 Austin
4 Dallas (& surrounding areas)

I've called the restaurant to give them a heads-up, and they're looking forward to seating us at noon on Sunday.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:02 PM   #64
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Sounds like fun ladies!

Pam knows where we will be, and I have her number as she mine if there are any complications.


And weather is on our side to boot! Enjoy! Sorry our pics will be hotter...
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:53 PM   #65
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Sounds like fun ladies!

Pam knows where we will be, and I have her number as she mine if there are any complications.


And weather is on our side to boot! Enjoy! Sorry our pics will be hotter...
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BS? I can always do bacon and sausage!
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Weather looks to be a bit chilly in the morning, so dress accordingly. GPS is loaded, MP3 player updated with a new song list, and camera battery is charged. Can't wait to see y'all in the morning!

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Oh - and for those staying home that would like to see our progress, here's the link to my tracker:

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/g...SuVWnd0b1em8LW

The page will update itself every so often if you just leave the window open, and tracking points are sent out every 10 min or so.
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Falkryte and I will arrive @ 8:30ish at Starbucks.

Ain't nothing like a nice ride after a hard day's work.
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Weather looks to be a bit chilly in the morning
54 at 9am w a today's high of 65 at 3pm.

All year riding weather ftw.
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I see no pics...
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Uploading... long day, strong winds, and 13 women in all.
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As I geared up and packed my bags, Jamey got to work checking over the bike. The tire pressure was so low it wasn't registering on the gauge and I was half a quart of oil down. doh He even topped off my tank and filled a spare gas can and stowed it in my pannier in case we'd need it.

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I met Lilia (StarSapphire) and Mollie (BMWBabe) at West Oaks Mall and we sauntered up to Starbucks together, miraculously only hitting one red light along the way.

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Mollie says hi
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We met Michelle, Justine, and Miranda there and chatted while sipping our sweet caffeine, then geared up to head north. The bikes were as diverse as the ladies themselves.
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We were already running behind schedule, so I opted to cut out a portion of the route that doubled back on itself and instead we high-tailed it for Navasota while getting a few good "warm up" roads underneath us.

Miranda (NavaJib)
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Justine (Falkryte)
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After picking up Deb (Snoopster), Jennifer (NinjaPrincess), Cici (ctoons) and Ana (Anaconda) we turned onto 3090 towards Carlos.

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Justine wanted to stop and take a pic with a historical marker along the way.
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The bike parked itself on auto pilot
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Once in Madisonville, the local traffic impeded our progress as our bellies rumbled. Arriving at the Lakeside Restaurant, we made our way to the table where the Dallas and Austin gals had been waiting on us.

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We did a few rounds of "My name, my riding experience, and what I do for a living" to get to know each other a little better.

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A few ordered off the menu while the rest made a mad dash for the lunch buffet
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Justine's migraine was getting worse, so she and Miranda called for a ride back home while we sat around (for a good long while) talking, laughing, and sharing before steeping out into the sun for a group picture.

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To make Papa Chuck proud, I went around and tried to get photos of everyone with their steed.

Janet and her FJR - always smiling!
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Miranda (Navajib) and her WR - it might look like a small bike, but she makes that baby sing
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Susan (Tortuga) and her Piaggio MP3 - from from Chuck but still in good hands
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Claire (Bobcat) all the way from Austin - gettin' dirty this side of the 'Sota
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Mollie (BMWBabe) - Shiny pony tails firmly affixed to her helmet just for the occasion
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Lilia (StarSapphire) - having fun, are we?
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Ana (Anaconda) - Jazz Hands!
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Jennifer (NinjaPrincess) - Show us your "sexy" pose!
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Ok...

Michelle shows us her sexy pose!
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Bye Janet! It was great seeing you again!
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Those that continued the route refueled and headed east, but with the late hour I started adapting on-the-fly and cutting off sections of twisty bits. I took the group down a poorly paved road (it was paved though) and turned onto an FM that eventually wound its way to a PAVEMENT ENDS sign. Ok, so I didn't get through the day without a U-turn. but to my credit, I didn't make the street bikes folow me down the dirt path either! lol2

We split off in Trinity, then split again in Huntsville (after the loooooongest fuel stop I've ever experienced) and once more near Tomball. Once solo, I aimed for the Tollway and was home by 7:30. Cold, sore, and tired - but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat for the companionship alone. icon wink
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A few postings from Bobcat:

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I rode solo to Madisonville, almost stayed in bed, but glad I didn't.

8 a.m and 45 degrees:
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Somewhere between Elgin and Lexington:
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Snow's BBQ in Lexington, apparently it's pretty good. Only open on Saturdays:
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Bustling downtown Lexington:
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Somewhere between Lexington and Caldwell:
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Gas stop in Caldwell, my Gerbing's liner makes the trip possible. I LOVE my Gerbing!
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It was a little breezy:
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I was running a little early, so I took a backroads detour in search of dirt. These horses were interested in the Wee:
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There's some dirt roads northeast of College Station that cross the Navasota River, so that's where I headed:
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I thought of Squeaky as I crossed a wooden bridge, she just loves these bridges with no guardrails :lol2: :
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The Navasota Swamp, errrr, River:
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The DFW-area twosome arrived at the restaurant around 11, I got there at 11:40, and the Houston gang showed up around 12:30. Let's eat! :eat: :

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On the way home, I found some more dirt roads near the Navasota River, a little further upstream than earlier in the day. This bridge was about 30 feet above the water.

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Guardrails? We don't need no stinkin guardrails!
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I've only been in Texas for 5 years, so seeing drill rigs is still a novelty to me:
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The Alcoa lignite mine operations near Elgin are expanding in size, causing some detours and closures of the county roads:
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:lol2:
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Got home at 5:30, Lucy was not impressed at having to spend the day alone:
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She forgave me though:
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It was great to see everyone! Can't wait for the next one!
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And from Tortuga:

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Susan had some pictures from the restaurant:

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Looks like a great ride and fun for all. Sorry I missed out. Maybe next time...
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Ah yes, tis was fun -- I've never been on those twisty roads nor the infamous 3090. I've heard of that historical landmark everyone stops to see and learned huge wind gusts can potentially sweep my WR up if i'm not careful.

Thanks for puttin' up a sweet ride!
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