After months of researching, gathering the right kit and finding the right venue to cut my teeth on, I went to the Roll the Bones rally that was held October 26-28, 2012 just outside of Hamilton, TX on highway 36 at the Circle T Arena. It was a blast and well worth the ride from San Antonio (SA), but I felt like I earned that fun given the rain adventure that I had to ride through to get there.
I was hit by massive rain, strong gusts and light hail for about an hour and a half leaving SA. The temperature dropped what felt like 30 degrees as time went on, but thankfully I had quality rain gear. But even quality gear has its limits, and my boots and gloves got thoroughly soaked.
So now it's much cooler at speed, and I quickly got miserable and felt a little unsafe because my digits started getting numb.
I pulled over in Blanco to change my socks and regain some feeling, and then continued on to Hamilton.
Here's a shot of my pack mule at the first gas stop in Marble Falls:
Then in Hamilton proper:
Camp is set behind some stables, but thankfully we had the run of the joint.
Another shot of the mule:
After camp was set I got hungry, so I figured that some pizza and radio were a good bet:
Yes, you are reading that correctly. And the pizza was made-to-order, and good.
Pretty dark back at camp before the bonfire...
Once the fire was on, then I was living the life...despite ambient temperatures in the low 40s...
Next day meeting up for the morning ride at the "Alamo"......
Where I saw one of the two "KLRVersys" in North America!!! Kawi, are you watching?!?
Out in the dirt somewhere with another green V! There were actually three Versi(?) at the rally.
The old Lutheran Church just outside Cranfills Gap on CR4145:
Inside the Old Church:
Old Gas Station in Izoro on FM1690:
Our fearless, great Master of the Texas Hill Country and Beyond, Mr2mch. And those of you using the Texas Hill Country Butler Map can thank him too, because he was one of the cats exploring the roads that were added to that map:
Me crossing an old, sketchy iron bridge:
Back at camp after the day's ride, not knowing how much colder that night was going to get:
The Third Annual Torching of the Barcalounger (or reclining chair) at the second night's bonfire:
Sunday morning...it was 31 degrees outside. A quick word about the Military Sleep System..if you were on the fence about buying one, don't be. It's the largest thing in my kit, but well worth it...I was nice and warm all night inside an otherwise airy tent (REI Passage 2):
My gear got completely frosted...since I forgot about using the vestibule on the other side of my tent!
Oatmeal, TX...and yes, they have an Oatmeal Festival every Labor Day weekend...sounds good:
Like I said, this was a great way to cut my teeth on riding different kinds of roads and meet like-minded people, and everyone I met made for great company. An all-around great time...I highly recommend it if you can make it. The V performed really well given that it was shod with street tires (Shinko Ravens), and those tires handled everything that I through at them...including that tsunami I drove through.
Hope everyone likes the pics. Cheers!
And thanks to the SteverStove from ADVRider and Starbucks Via for saving the day during those cold-as-heck mornings!