...and now back to some motorcycle-related content... Dublin RoadTrip

Discussion in 'Texas Bikers' started by Bill Cattell, Apr 27, 2008.

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    Bill Cattell Guest

    Decided it was time a short road trip. Since I decided to do the
    Cranfills Gap last time I figured it was time for a true (Dr) Pepper-fix.

    Took off around 9:30 heading west on FM 1171 out of Area 51. Jumped on
    I35W south, 820 west and to 377 south. By the time I was in Benbrook the
    clouds had floated over. No biggie - I kept heading south and got out
    from under them. Got a pic or two of some cool old cargo planes. Looks
    like Korean War vintage.

    Got through Stephenville and into Dublin where I commenced to do the
    tourist thing around the [original] Dr. Pepper bottling plant. Walked
    around the block some and snapped a bunch of pics of signs painted on
    walls, billboards, a Dr. Pepper, TX sign and of course the bottling
    plant. Went into Old Doc's Soda Shop and munched on a sandwich (pretty
    tasty) and a cold cup of DP from the tap. I gotta say - that's the best
    tasting version of DP I've had. I've bought the small 8oz bottles of the
    original but off the tap beat it!

    After lunch and purchasing a 24 can case of 12oz cans (that's another
    part of the tale) I headed out down 1702. I thought about heading east
    on 219 but saw that 1702 had a a few good looking turns and sweepers on
    it.

    Hung a right onto 2823 until it joined up with 219. Cruised out 219
    looking for my one-point-landing spot - thought it was around 216 and
    1238 but the area didn't look familiar. Oh well. It was turning out to
    be a great ride. Going out the FMs saw stretches of 10 to 20 minutes
    with no other vehicles (4 wheeled or bike). It was like I owned the road.

    Before anyone pipes in - no, they weren't warned that I was coming and
    they weren't hiding. ;-)

    Got out to Cranfills Gap and thought about stopping at the local eatery
    but decided nah - let's keep riding. Headed back up 219 to 1238 north.
    Another tasty piece of 2 lane blacktop.

    Finally got into Iredell on TX 6 and headed east/south east to Waco (only
    about 70 miles). Got a few more pics of wide-open road a 'former' gas
    station and some beautiful Texas countryside.

    I guess total mileage for the day was around 350-375.
     
    Bill Cattell, Apr 27, 2008
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    Bill Cattell Guest

    that should be "hung a LEFT - I guess the sugar rush was still hitting
    me... :cool:

    ....216 should be 219. Either way I didn't find the friggin spot.
    A couple notes to self;

    ** when packing 12oz cans of soda tightly in a saddlebag make sure to use
    more padding.

    ** When you see A LOT of vehicles stopped on the superslab get off and
    take the service road.

    ** when driving a small, red car (unknown type) stay away from Ford F250s.

    The truck had a damaged front-left quarter panel. The small red car was
    un-recognizable. The cabin and was smashed in so bad - it looked like
    the F250 couldn't see it and tried to change lanes on to it.
     
    Bill Cattell, Apr 27, 2008
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    Brian Walker Guest

    Maybe you weren't seeing it from the same angle???

    It sounds like you had a great ride. I started off yesterday waiting
    around for a guy who just bought a new bike to show up and ride. He
    talked his wife into letting him get the thing and no one has heard
    from him since yesterday morning when he was supposed to show up and
    we were going to ride awhile. I managed to get my BIG ASS yard mowed
    and trimmed up. The last few passes on the new V-Twin ended up having
    it hang on a stump and bent the SHIT out of one of the
    blades....ending the yard work with it and having me back on a push
    mower to finish up.

    Either his wife knocked the shit out of the guy for buying a bike, or
    he managed to drive it into a corn field and forgot to mount the GPS
    to find his way out....
     
    Brian Walker, Apr 27, 2008
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    Mr. JayT Guest

    Bill C.-----enjoyed reading your report.
    (chuckle) -yeah, I've been wanting to see what all the fussin'
    a'bout, ''about CranFills Gap''.
    We're gonna be over there in Forney, pretty soon, and I'll get my
    SIL/Daughter, to guide me and Honey on the trip you described. Sounds
    like a good ride.
    Aint nothing wrong with a ''good Solo'' ride. Me and Honey do 'em
    pretty often around our area. The advantage (atleast to me) is: I have
    my gal along, on my Solo Rides..... BillC, your woman doesnt like to
    ride with ya', does she not?
    Thanks for your moto.related.post.<g>MrJayT=
     
    Mr. JayT, Apr 27, 2008
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  5. Bill Cattell

    Bill Cattell Guest

    A very goof possibility. Do you remember the route we were taking when
    the touch down occurred? The insurance papers reported 219 and 1238.

    I'll have to find them again.

    Yes - it was a great ride. I thought about posting in here but decided
    to fly solo this time.
     
    Bill Cattell, Apr 27, 2008
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    louie Guest

    No matter how he felt, when he hit that stump, it was back to earth.

    .....oh,...u mean the other guy...sorree

    ...louie
     
    louie, Apr 27, 2008
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    Bill Cattell Guest

    Thanks Louie - I was hoping Jerry wasn't talking about me. ;-}
     
    Bill Cattell, Apr 28, 2008
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    Mr. JayT Guest

    Bill C. I'll take 'no response' from you, as meaning ''your
    wife/girl friend, doesnt like to ride with ya. MrJayT=
     
    Mr. JayT, Apr 28, 2008
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    Brian Walker Guest

    He finally surfaced. He'd bought a GSX-R 600. He came pulling into my
    driveway grinning big as all. We got on the bikes and rode down the
    highway a little bit and had a good time. All in all spent about 2
    hours riding them until we split the trail and went back to our
    houses. He's all sorts of excited about this bike. He works for a
    metal fabricator and his boss is into flying. His boss has a bunch of
    raw carbon fiber that he's offered up. This guy is talking about
    remolding his entire bike's plastics with carbon fiber.

    And you're right...his wife is still pissed, but he's still riding the
    shit out of that bike.
     
    Brian Walker, Apr 29, 2008
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    Brian Walker Guest

    I figured it meant he just didn't like you....my bad! :)
     
    Brian Walker, Apr 29, 2008
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    Brian Walker Guest

    You should see that blade! After I finished the yard work, I started
    cleaning up the storage area. I found three mower blades out
    there...two of which are i-dentical to the one I now have to replace.
     
    Brian Walker, Apr 29, 2008
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    Mr. JayT Guest

    meaning  ''your wife/girl friend, doesnt like to ride with ya.  
     MrJayT=

    ~~I figured it meant he just didn't like you....my bad! :) BrianW.)


    ==Brian,'Surely not !! Uhhhh, I Can't imagine it. And you know I have a
    pertttttty big imagination/wonder'azation. :<( <chuckle> 0'well.
    MrJayT-
     
    Mr. JayT, Apr 30, 2008
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    Bill Cattell Guest

    MY apologies. You are correct - the wife thinks I'm too reckless on 2
    wheels or on four. I keep thinking I'll keep the two-up FLHR seat around
    in case a young lady might need a ride or something. ;-}
     
    Bill Cattell, May 2, 2008
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    Mr. JayT Guest

    Bill C. I'll take 'no response' from you, as meaning ''your wife/girl
    friend, doesnt like to ride with ya.   MrJayT=

    thinks I'm too reckless on 2 wheels or on four. I keep thinking I'll
    keep the two-up FLHR seat around in case a young lady might need a ride
    or something. ;-} ''

    =====We have two daughters like that, Bill. Neither one of them
    hardly ever rode behind our SIL's as 2Uppers, sooooo, consequently, they
    both got their on ''Ride''. I believe this is why there are a lotta
    Wo-men bikers these dayz! We have two local women riders, who never felt
    comfortable riding as a MC passenger.! ... 'preciate it, MrJayT-
     
    Mr. JayT, May 2, 2008
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