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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:32 am 
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Glad you pushed through to the end!

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:23 am 
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Congrats!

So how was it when you think back?


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Overall, I thought it was a great trip. :)

Pros:
* First bike-camping trip was successful. I have a better idea of what I actually need and can pack lighter next time.
* Seeing the expression on other people's faces when they asked and we explained what we were doing. :D
* Lots of joking and laughs. One of the highlights was Paul_C saying "I'm going to give up biking." We were almost back and both exhausted. The deadpan delivery about made me piss myself. :lol:
* Pushing myself up to the edge of my abilities. It very much reminded me of the time I ran a marathon. I'm physically exhausted, sore all over, and very pleased with myself.

Cons:
* It was unseasonably warm for late October and that did make it tougher than it should have been.
* We had a brutal headwind the entire ride back. We actually had to pedal on most of the downhill during the return it was so bad...
* The road between Caddo Mills and Greenville is a beating, literally... 10 miles of the roughest road I've ridden...
* Do not ride Hwy 78 as it is under construction. Hwy 78 east was harrowing. Hwy 78 west was a top-five butt-puckering experience.

Other note: There's a Rottweiler that lives at the intersection of Hwy 71 and FM 3505 in Sulphur Springs, TX. He's huge and he's fast. On the way out we were unprepared, he gave chase, and were barely able to outrun him. The morning of the return we were tired and we figured he'd come after us again. As we got near the intersection I held my can of mace ready. Sure enough, here he comes... We had a massive headwind so all I had to do was get him behind us and I could spray a wall and discourage him. I tried once and apparently he didn't pick up the scent. Barking and running at us I sprayed it again in a wide pattern. This time he stopped dead in his tracks and just stood there. :) We were able to safely get out of the area while he tried to figure out what that smell was. :D


GPS went goofy on the way out and broke my ride into several segments. Here's a snapshot of the return.
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DAY 1:

Waiting at the DART station for Paul_C to arrive.
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Only mechanical failure on the trip was a flat early in the route.
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Headed east through Josephine, TX.
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Some gravel road in Greenville, TX.
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Old gas station in Greenville, TX. I'm standing in an ant mound while I take this photo. :|
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Fork in the road.
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Stopping to rest before the last segment.
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Yay! We made it!
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Pics of the park area:
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Pics of the screened shelter. Paul_C slept in a hammock outside.
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The firewood was kept in a spot on the other side of the park. I emptied out the panniers and made a couple of trips out-and-back for firewood.
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Chicken noodle soup snack. Wasn't yet dinner time; but, I was starving.
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Scorpion in the shower.
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Bathroom / shower building short walk from Shelter #19.
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My knee was hurting me already. I took my leg warmers and folded them both over my right knee to make a compression sleeve.
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Firewood trips were worth it.
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Thirsty bug.
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Day 2:

Breakfast time.
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All packed up and ready for the return.
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The day before we saw a herd of brown cows with one *huge* tan bull sitting in the middle and he had massive horns. I wanted to get a pic on the way back. As we approached they were heading off across the field for feeding time.
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Stopping to rest. We were both hurting pretty good at this point.
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Bike cockpit setup.
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I had to re-wrap my knee. It felt like it was going to explode. We weren't half way back yet...
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Chickens!
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Proof of ant attack the previous day. Both ankles look worse today. :)
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Dirt road in Greenville, TX.
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West through Josephine, TX.
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Almost back!
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Finally arrived back at the DART station... Whew...

My kids were at their grandparents' house and my wife was out with her sisters. I unloaded everything in the garage, cleaned myself up, and went out to sooth my wounds with greasy food and beer (while watching the World Series). :lol:
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Stuff we found on the trip...

Cotton. Several large cotton fields and it was blowing along the roadway. I brought some back to show the kids. :)
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Car keys. Found along Hwy 6 on the way out. They have a local dealership tag on the key ring. I'll give the dealer a call on Monday and give them my cell number in case someone calls hoping they were found.
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Craftsman folding/locking utility knife. It'll clean up nicely. :)
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Let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to answer. :)

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:09 pm 
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Great report!
Next time I hope to come along. Spring?!

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Thanks!

I'll will refuse to bike along 78 until all of the construction is done. Not worth the risk...

I'd like to do some riding/camping along the NETT before I plan another long pavement trek. ;)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:02 am 
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Enjoyed the write up & pix, thanks. To do it again what would you leave behind?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:52 am 
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marpilli wrote:
I'd like to do some riding/camping along the NETT before I plan another long pavement trek. ;)


Sounds right up my alley.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:06 am 
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Looked great. ;)


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My report is basically the same. I was miserable on the ride back since it was hot and I had gotten a little sunburn on Friday. I almost called my wife about 5 times to come and get me. I wore a long sleeve cold weather top almost the entire day on the ride back to Dallas. It was hotttt. I also started the day off with the bottoms on as well to keep the sun off my skin. I packed sunscreen but in my rush to leave I left to in my car as well was going to apply it that morning.

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Ant bites
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Abandoned building.
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Selfie!
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Finally Arrived
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My setup. Smaller trees give a cushier hammock. Usually I have clothes and shoes hanging on my line but there was a picnic table and covered shelter for gear storage and drying.
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They're getting my burial site ready. You can see the awning in the background. I was miserable.
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I would have carried less clothing and risked the cold. I would have applied sunscreen. Other than that I like to be comfortable and eat well. I could have easily carried less food but seeing as I hadn't pre drove the route there was no telling how well the gas stations would be stocked. Also I would have bought a pizza and made Marpilli carry it on his rear rack. Oh yeah and the liquor stores along the way are a definite stop the next go around. Bourbon is usually on my list but not this go around.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:30 pm 
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I'm not sure why the pics are all out of order i'll try to fix it.

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Good post. Sneaking bourbon into your partners panniers is a good way to keep him in sight. [GRINNING FACE WITH SMILING EYES]


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Flyin_W wrote:
Enjoyed the write up & pix, thanks. To do it again what would you leave behind?

Good question...

First order of business would be to purchase a frame bag. I wanted to take this trip inexpensively and that meant using my existing panniers. Unfortunately, they weigh about 2 pounds each empty. I'm sure I could have saved 2-3 pounds (and been more aero) by using a frame bag.

Less food. I didn't eat everything I brought along for the two day outing. Oddly enough, I was starving all day Sunday and today. I guess my activities caught up with me. :) For a short trip, I'll pack less food. For a longer trip, I'll pack food about the same as I have a feeling I'd be eating all of it on day 3 or 4.

And, I'd use a one man tent/bivy or hammock. I used a sleeping pad in the shelter and it had a concrete floor. The pad helped. But, damn, that floor was hard. It would have been much more comfortable sleeping on the ground outside.

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I forgot to mention the lady who stopped us for directions. :lol:

We were about half way between Caddo Mills and Greenville when a lady drove past us and pulled over ahead. We rode past her and she waved. She pulled out onto the road, pulled up along side us, and asked if we knew how to get to some (I forget which) highway. I asked her to pull over again and I'd look on my phone.

She had printed out directions (remember when people actually used printed directions?!?) and no GPS. I looked at the directions and they were typed up by someone, did not include a map, and terribly written. :D

Looking on my Google maps, I told her the highway she was after was in the middle of Greenville up ahead. She thanked us and off she went...

EDIT: Actually, I think she was asking for Highway 69. Makes the whole story funner IMHO. ;)

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One of the actual directions said "joes Donuts will be on the left". We then debated on wether the donut shop would be open.


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Paul, your hand any better than it was? My knee hurts less and I can finally walk without a limp. That ride was tough... :lol:

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Thanks for all the pics.
Great report!

I'd wish I could pull myself together to do reports like that.


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Left ring and pinky finger still numb.


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Very nice report & pics guys!!!!


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