This year's B.U.T.T. ride was a blessed with awesome riders, from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Indiana which is 1400 miles away from the Texas Big Bend Ranch State Park (BBRSP)! My wife and I trucked our bikes from Austin, arriving Dec 28th and departing Jan. 2nd. The weather could not have been better, the frosty mornings were quickly followed by afternoons in the 60s and 70s.
The beanie brigade, thanks for being such good sports!
We proved that any sized bike will do, we had everything between 250cc to 1000cc and I am sure the fun factor was equal for all.
My wife Sahara and I started with a small easy loop of the main park road as a warm up for the next few days.
Thursday morning I chose Los Alamos, Jackson Pens and Paso al Solitario to gauge my wife's comfort and skill level for the tougher sections of the park that would come in the next few days.
She handled going around the Solitario really well! We completed about 46 miles, then I spent the afternoon with Portero72.
They were not too willing to leave their water, on our way back to the bunk house.
Portero72 and I did the Javelin loop in an hour and a half, I got to ride my wife's DRZ 400!
My sister in-law and nephew were great company too!
Thumpergirl, took on the park with a new Honda 250.
My brother DoctorDR - the beanie master-mind!
Friday we headed towards Quale Trailhead via Javlin.
The 4 WD road was was unmaintained, which is the roughest type in the park. Very rocky, off-camber lots of loos sand crossings!
Sahara and Portero72 were a great team!
Sahara was getting tested more and more on Javelin. The entire trail was difficult, no smooth stretches involved.
This was taken at the end of a long uphill curving climb!
Dave from Indiana shows us how clean this technical climb!
This is my favorite action shot. Mark from Indiana could make his KLR sing!
The ride to Guale Traihead continues...
more to come...