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Old 09-15-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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Texas run
Took a little road trip the last couple of weeks to visit my sister's family in Willis, TX. Willis is a little north of Houstan.

First of all, if you don't need to go to Texas, don't
Second of all, if you have to go, don't ride.
The roads are way to straight and they go forever with no scenery or elevation changes. You have to stunt or really speed to break up the boredom.

And yes, I did get a speeding ticket in TX, so I don't have the best taste in my mouth for the place


I put 5900 miles on the GS during this trip. A quick stop in Santa Fe, NM for tires and oil. States I hit were: OR, NV, UT, NM, TX, OK, CO & ID.

Probably too many pics, hope ya'all don't get bored.



The trip started with a run to Fossil to see my buddies. Gave em some treats and told em I would see them again in a couple weeks.



If you ever get the chance to visit the Steens Mountains, go.



Leaving Oregon for Nevada.



After a 110 mph run for a solid 25 minutes in Nevada, with full aftermarket exhaust.



A neat canyon in the Ruby mountains of Nevada.


Some pretty views in Utah's national parks









Taking a Texas back road to my sister's place. Gotta trust the GPS box.



The relatives. Yes it does rain in TX and the humidity sucks



Took the oldest nephew (Nolan), to the Cowboy Classic between OSU and TCU. The new Dallas Cowboy stadium is pretty impressive and the Beavers almost pulled off an upset, almost







At least the graffiti is cool in TX.



Took the rascals for a ride before leaving for home.





Heading home Messa Canyon was very cool.


The temperature on the trip probably averaged 90 degrees, but had a couple of really cold days in NV & CO.


Some pretty cool old mining places in Creede, CO. Elevation about 10,000 ft.





Hit Bonneville to be able to say I've been there. Took me about an hour to wash off all the salt after riding it. It has rained earlier, so the salt was good and sticky.





Heading into Idaho from Nevada at the Owyhee river headwaters. After that, hit John Day for the night, then Fossil to see the horses again and then home to Nehalem.

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Old 09-15-2010, 12:30 PM   #2
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no land speed record runs on the flats?



nice pics!!!!

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Old 09-15-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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Is this going to turn into another Texas bashing thread? If so, let me know and i'll start warming up...

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Old 09-15-2010, 01:35 PM   #4
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I just got back from a similar trip. Went to Colorado to see my sister. Went to the Salt Flats. Isn't it freaking awesome?

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Old 09-15-2010, 10:09 PM   #5
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Awesome pics.If you dont like Texas....Who cares its your OPINION...Bash it if you like

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Old 09-16-2010, 12:34 AM   #6
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Looks like a great trip Bret, except for straight roads and the ticket. You have some amazing pics to show. I would love to do something like that, but I only have one bike, and I don't think it would be as much fun on the R1. Maybe a destination with more curves. When I drove across Texas, I had my wife hit me every few minutes to keep me awake. I didn't think I would ever get out of that state.

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Old 09-16-2010, 06:23 AM   #7
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Didn't really mean it to be a bashing of Texas, but I can see how it appeared that way. Really was just a good reminder of how good I/we have it up here in the northwest. Mountains, curves, ocean with nice coastlines, a lot less populated, river beds with actual water in them, etc.

Yeah, I am usually one of the first to bash the rain we get here, and I will probably keep on doing it after a couple of more days of the crap.

The salt at Bonneville was pretty slick since it had recently rained, which made it kinda squirrely to go to real fast on.

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Old 09-16-2010, 07:29 AM   #8
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I love Texas...almost as much as Sandy Squirrel...


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Old 09-16-2010, 08:12 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Norainy View Post
Didn't really mean it to be a bashing of Texas, but I can see how it appeared that way. Really was just a good reminder of how good I/we have it up here in the northwest. Mountains, curves, ocean with nice coastlines, a lot less populated, river beds with actual water in them, etc.

Yeah, I am usually one of the first to bash the rain we get here, and I will probably keep on doing it after a couple of more days of the crap.

The salt at Bonneville was pretty slick since it had recently rained, which made it kinda squirrely to go to real fast on.
Great pics man. Pretty jealous that you were able to pull off a trip like that. Yes, Tx is a big state, and there isn't much to see if you're west of Dallas, or south of San Antonio. I'm from the northeast corner of the state, out in the piney woods, and there are some pretty places out there.

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