East Texas Sidecar Muster/Spring TURD May 3-5, 2013
SwampFox
Posted 11/13/2012 8:06 AM (#68042)
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The Texas Ural Riders Division of the Soviet Steeds have once again invited us to join them for the Spring TURD -- our East Texas Sidecar Muster -- scheduled for May 3-5, 2013 at Holly Park Marina on Toledo Bend Reservoir near Milam, Texas: http://www.hollyparkmarina.com/

More details will be posted later, but expect a laid back gathering. Planned activities will likely include a Saturday morning group ride to late breakfast and some forest road rides for off-pavement adventurers.

And I will try to scout out the closest ice cream source before the rally. Smile

And maybe a side trip to Goober Hill.  Laughing

 

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SwampFox
Posted 11/27/2012 9:31 PM (#68305 - in reply to #68042)
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We had an opportunity to scout area for the Muster/TURD last Saturday.  The Holly Park Marina has several amenities, including gasoline pumps and air compressor at the store:

Along with a breakfast and lunch counter -- the bacon cheeseburger we sampled was good eats:

Here's a sampling of tent camping space:

The marina has some very nice waterfront RV spots too:

And is just 1/2 mile away from an excellent two-track trail called Nine Mile Road for the Ural riders and other adventurers Cool:

The proposed sidetrip to Goober Hill was bust, as there are no signs marking the former community -- and all but one road in is unpaved.

Also, Holly Park is 15+/- miles from Dairy Queen, so, Oldtimer, the closest ice cream is in the freezer right there at the marina store Wink


 

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Posted 12/3/2012 8:15 PM (#68477 - in reply to #68305)
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Sweet! Hopefully I have my Ural by then and I can try to get out there for it!
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SwampFox
Posted 12/3/2012 11:24 PM (#68484 - in reply to #68477)
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tattoogunman - 12/3/2012 8:15 PM

 ... Hopefully I have my Ural by then....

 Welcome to the forum.   Good to see you here!  We're sure hoping to see you sporting your rig in May.  And I plan to post a notice on the TWT forum in the near future.

 

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Posted 12/4/2012 7:49 PM (#68511 - in reply to #68042)
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looks good Lee. thanks for the recon, we look forward to seeing everyone there. i am having a few little things replaced on the rig; lights, tires engine. and will be ready to roll by then. will have the tires done in time for Pie Run in Crockett
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cleatusj
Posted 2/11/2013 9:06 PM (#69571 - in reply to #68042)
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Is West Carters Ferry Rd. from 21 to 87 paved?
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Posted 2/11/2013 10:20 PM (#69572 - in reply to #69571)
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cleatusj - 2/11/2013 9:06 PM
Is West Carters Ferry Rd. from 21 to 87 paved?

No.  I haven't traveled it, but I did look into it for a route to San Augustine should we ride over to the Pinto Pony Cookie Factory in San Augustine.

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Posted 2/14/2013 10:50 AM (#69605 - in reply to #69572)
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We have just reserved Cabin #2 at Holly Park. Rosa and I would like to extend an invite to sidecarists and the TURDS too, to come eat tamales and frijoes ( bring your own drinks) on Friday, May 3.

Sunday May 5 will be "Cinco de Mayo" Mexican independence day -- thats when a ragtag mexican army lead by a Texan defeated the French army in 1863. Let me know if you will attend to get a head count -- we now have a trailer, so more tamales can be transported .. Hope to see all of you there.

BTW - there will be hot sauce too!!!



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Posted 2/14/2013 12:09 PM (#69608 - in reply to #69605)
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Txart - 2/14/2013 10:50 AM
... tamales and frijoes ... we now have a trailer, so more tamales can be transported ....

    Count Jena & I in!! 

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cmaridersa
Posted 2/22/2013 10:49 PM (#69756 - in reply to #68042)
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70 days and counting . . .

Will I have a running Ural or not???
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Posted 2/28/2013 10:31 PM (#69910 - in reply to #68042)
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Judy and I are planning to attend, with our new to us 08 GL1800, Hannigan GTL, and Rollahome camper, looking forward to tamales and frijoles.
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SwampFox
Posted 4/4/2013 9:55 PM (#70821 - in reply to #69910)
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General schedule for the 2013 Spring Muster/TURD:

Friday 2:00pm: Off-Pavement ride up Nine-Mile & NF Roads. Maybe I can ride monkey?

Friday 7:00pm: Tamales & Beans by Art & Rosa** -- BYOB

**Art needs a head count for Friday -- Please let us know if you plan to be there**

Saturday 8:05am: Riders Meeting
Saturday 8:15am: Group Ride to breakfast at Pinto Pony Cookie Factory in San Augustine -- 24 miles.

Saturday: 10:45am: Return routes at rider discretion. An option is via Milam for stop at Sale on the Trial Trade Days -- 20 miles, then 8 miles back to Holly Park.

Saturday Supper???? --- Maybe fire up the charcoal grill -- Bring your own eats.
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Posted 4/14/2013 11:22 PM (#71007 - in reply to #70821)
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The proposed Friday 2:00pm off-pavement ride is from Holly Park north via Nine Mile Road and, generally speaking, Forest Service Road 126, past and back to Ragtown Recreation Area/campground (with restroooms) and then back to Holly Park. There are no stores nor gas on the various alternative routes. 

The ride should be about 60 miles round-trip and take less than 4 hours including a stops for sightseeing and photos -- but not counting getting lost and/or stuck.  Laughing
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Txart
Posted 4/24/2013 8:21 PM (#71164 - in reply to #68042)
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Time is getting close to the E Tx Muster / Spring TURDS --- would like a headcount for the tamale supper on Friday ---- Do the TURDS know about Friday Supper?
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Posted 4/24/2013 10:15 PM (#71165 - in reply to #71164)
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Txart - 4/24/2013 8:21 PM
Time is getting close to the E Tx Muster / Spring TURDS --- would like a headcount for the tamale supper on Friday

 Art, it's a constantly moving target, but 34 is a reasonable estimate for Friday evening.  Extras should not be a problem as several folks have mentioned wanting to purchase more for later.  Cool

---- Do the TURDS know about Friday Supper? 

 Yep, the above count includes 16-20 TURD's.

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Posted 4/28/2013 9:18 AM (#71192 - in reply to #71165)
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Preliminary forecast is looking good:

Friday     Low 43  High 69 - 10% rain

Saturday Low 52  High 76 - 00% rain

Plus a rumor of ice cream on Saturday afternoon! 

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Posted 4/28/2013 11:04 AM (#71193 - in reply to #71192)
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SwampFox - 4/28/2013 8:18 AM

Preliminary forecast is looking good:

Friday     Low 43  High 69 - 10% rain

Saturday Low 52  High 76 - 00% rain

Plus a rumor of ice cream on Saturday afternoon! 


Yep, been watching that and it's looking good. There may be plenty of mud to negotiate on the back roads. Still hoping to show up Thursday evening.
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Posted 4/28/2013 1:33 PM (#71197 - in reply to #71193)
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cmaridersa - 4/28/2013 11:04 AM

SwampFox - 4/28/2013 8:18 AM

Preliminary forecast is looking good:

Friday     Low 43  High 69 - 10% rain

Saturday Low 52  High 76 - 00% rain

Plus a rumor of ice cream on Saturday afternoon! 


Yep, been watching that and it's looking good. There may be plenty of mud to negotiate on the back roads. Still hoping to show up Thursday evening.



I think we will travel all way to the campground on Thursday and sleep in the cool Friday AM. Worked really hard to finish installing the AC in the FS3 and looks it will not be needed..

Tamales are in the freezer waiting for take off on Friday.... sorry Thursday.....

Edited by Txart 4/28/2013 1:34 PM
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cleatusj
Posted 4/29/2013 10:35 PM (#71213 - in reply to #68042)
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Pulling out early Friday morning on the leaner for a, as planed, 284 mile run. That's if another route doesn't catch my eye.

Looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing the rigs.

Edited by cleatusj 4/29/2013 10:37 PM
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Txart
Posted 4/30/2013 9:04 AM (#71220 - in reply to #71213)
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Looks like there will be some cool and wet riding to get to Holly Park- the off roaders should have fun on their ride Friday afternoon....
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Posted 4/30/2013 9:26 AM (#71221 - in reply to #71220)
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Txart - 4/30/2013 9:04 AM
...the off roaders should have fun on their ride Friday afternoon....

 Heh...heh...heh...

Here's the word from the Pinto Pony re: Saturday's breakfast:

1. The entire menu (breakfast and lunch) will be available
 
2. We will put their receipts in a bowl and draw for a Pinto Pony branded Leather Saddlebag loaded with cookies as a FREE giveaway prize
 
3. We are having a HUGE COOKIE SALE...
All silver boxes are on sale.
TWO FOR 10.00 (original cookies/silver)
TWO FOR 8.00 (bittie bites in silver box)
 
4. 1.00 gluten free breakfast bars
 
5. And JoJo and Duddi books are also on sale.

 

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cleatusj
Posted 5/5/2013 9:30 AM (#71334 - in reply to #71221)
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Thank's Lee and Art plus all the others that had something to do with making this happen. The location offered all one could ask for, trees, water and great roads. I met a bunch of great folks, saw some great rigs, befriended rally dogs and a new rally chicken and came home with the Pinto Pony saddle bags loaded with good cookies.
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Posted 5/5/2013 10:18 PM (#71350 - in reply to #71334)
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Had a great time myself -- enjoyed seeing all the rigs especially cleatusj's leaner, listening to the old/long timers talking about bikes and rigs but I think the rally chick took the cake.....

Rosa and I are now at a casino in Marksville, La --- Was given the advice to just drive by the front door, drop out all the money from my wallet and head home -- that would save lots of time!!!! looking forward to the national in June --- I think we will head for Colorado and grand canyon after the rally....
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Posted 5/5/2013 10:43 PM (#71352 - in reply to #71350)
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Here's the 3 pic's I remembered to take that turned out some what well.

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Posted 5/5/2013 11:21 PM (#71353 - in reply to #68042)
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Don't forget these guys!
http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=28122
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Posted 5/7/2013 10:30 AM (#71400 - in reply to #68042)
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I am crestfallen that I couldn't make this.....I did get the hack mounted in time but my FIL is in the hospital and not doing well. My wife asked us not to stray too far....so we camped near Marquez with friends.

 My son and I made 100 miles mostly on Gravel near Jewett and Buffalo on the KLR/Velorex rig.  I switched the front tire from the 21" stock to a 17" that I had lying around and it made a world of handling difference!

 

 

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Posted 5/7/2013 6:16 PM (#71404 - in reply to #71400)
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Glad you got it together, keep practicing and we'll get to meet up somewhere one day.
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Posted 5/7/2013 7:17 PM (#71405 - in reply to #71404)
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Thanks Cleatus, I'm riding her every day in/around Austin.
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Posted 5/7/2013 8:48 PM (#71407 - in reply to #71400)
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Gravel Guy - 5/7/2013 10:30 AM
... My son and I made 100 miles mostly on Gravel near Jewett and Buffalo on the KLR/Velorex rig.  I switched the front tire from the 21" stock to a 17" that I had lying around and it made a world of handling difference!...

 OK, Gravel Guy:  You know the rules:  No pics, it didn't happen.  We wanta see your rig!  Laughing

 By the way, I'm loading some pics to post here soon.  

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SwampFox
Posted 5/8/2013 8:23 AM (#71410 - in reply to #71407)
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Some pics from the TURD/Muster:

Ural riding legend CharlieT got his photo posted on the Holly Park Marina facebook page:

Along with this young fellow:

More to come....

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Posted 5/8/2013 9:35 AM (#71411 - in reply to #71400)
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Gravel Guy - 5/7/2013 10:30 AM



 I switched the front tire from the 21" stock to a 17" that I had lying around and it made a world of handling difference!

 

 


What difference did you have in handling?
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SwampFox
Posted 5/10/2013 7:24 PM (#71460 - in reply to #71411)
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Gravel Guy - 5/7/2013 10:30 AM

I switched the front tire from the 21" stock to a 17" that I had lying around and it made a world of handling difference!

VLAD - 5/8/2013 9:35 AM

What difference did you have in handling?

The smaller front wheel should reduce trail to an extent.  Until the Gravel Guy gets back here, I've scavenged a couple pics of his recently assembled KLR rig.  I can't tell for sure, but it appears pic #1 is the 21" stock front wheel and pic #3 is the 17" front wheel:

 

 

 

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Posted 5/10/2013 9:15 PM (#71467 - in reply to #71411)
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 I switched the front tire from the 21" stock to a 17" that I had lying around and it made a world of handling difference!

 

 


What difference did you have in handling?


A very busy work week, folks. Forgive me for not checking in sooner. And, I am used to loading pictures straight to a forum, I'll get a smugmug account; thanks for the help this time, Lee!
I bought this little '76 velorex from a Mr. Baker, and the mount for the KLR from this forum (Thank you Richard!), and mounted it according to the Velorex manual bought off Ebay. I also read the sidecar operator's book on this website before riding her.....
Vlad, the first week I rode the rig I left the 21" wheel on for two reasons...1) I ride almost every day and work off my bike (sales) and wanted an accurate odometer to calculate fuel economy. 2) The pictures that Richard sent showed the 21" on, I thought it would be adequate?! I rode about 300 miles the first week over three days, with the toe-in set at about 3/4 inch, and the hack tire ended up about 10 inches in front of the rear.....and it was very hard to steer to the left and if I let the handlebars go on a straight and relatively road at 60MPH....the head shake was instantaneous and horrible....I got home with sore wrists and hands....and I just thought I had to get used to it? I was NOT doing a good job of shifting my weight to help...I think I am better with that now.
So last Saturday I switched the 21" for the 17", and brought the bike a little closer to the sidecar.....I had it leaning too far to the left (away from the car). The handling difference was enormous! On a level road I can let go of the handlebars at 60MPH (either on pavement or gravel) and the bike tracks straight.....and it steers much more easily to the left...in fairness I think my technique is also a bit better. But I am still a rookie!! I rode 100 miles mostly on gravel on Saturday with my son in the chair, and about 300 more miles this week in and around Austin. Finally, my rear KLR shock is SHOT after 41,000 miles of hard use.....so I'm putting a much better and heavier springed RICOR spring under the Kawasaki. I will then take measurements and re-adjust as necessary after shock installation.
I hope this answers your question, Vlad!
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Posted 5/11/2013 10:09 PM (#71493 - in reply to #71334)
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... The location offered all one could ask for, trees, water and great roads. I met a bunch of great folks, saw some great rigs, befriended rally dogs and a new rally chicken and came home with the Pinto Pony saddle bags loaded with good cookies.

Here's cleatusj with the loot:

And the saddle bags look good on the Guzzi leaner:

Us sidecarists just about filled up the Pinto Pony:

Here's a lousy cell phone pic of a very good (and big) Pony breakfast:

Even Avanell's Lil' Bit wanted some the action:

Jim showing off his recently assembled rig -- including a few home manufactured bits & pieces:

And old, unfortunately abandoned, house along the El Camino Real:

On the way back to Holly Park we stopped by the Sale on the Trail flea market in Milam:

Where we we watched this 1906 Galloway engine spinning the flywheels to turn the 1880's era gristmill - and I purchased some blue cornmeal:

And Jena found this nifty little 2007 Texaco Christmas train:

And Art & I both "took a shot" at the Henry Golden Boy 22LR being raffled by the local Lions Club -- I think Art took a few more "shots" than I did:

After returning to Holly Park, I tried exploring a little Nine Mile Road, but it was closed for repair. 


Good thing the road was closed, as my Sportster rig is no match for a Ural on its "home turf" as demonstrated here by new USCA member schodja:

A few more pics of Friday afternoon's off-pavement ride:

Oldtimer:

Kentsilk & Ana:

Harold & son on the Dneper -- that unfortunately suffered major engine failure later that evening Frown:

 

Saturday afternoon we were treated to ice cream:

Thanks to Barbara and her family:

Oldtimer & DiDi are not going to miss an opportunity for ice cream:

And Roland says he doesn't need some little old cup or bowl:

A sampling of some of the Saturday evening grilling:


And Jena, Corkie and I stopped for a closer look at the Bucking Horse in on Main Street in Logansport, Louisiana on our return ride home:


 

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Posted 5/12/2013 2:27 PM (#71510 - in reply to #68042)
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Great collection of pic's Lee.
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