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Note: Even though this is an April 2006 event, the motel will not be available when the time nears. April is a beautiful and popular time of year down there.

What??.A pre gathering in the high desert prior to the Texas Hill Country Roundup.
Dates??Sunday, April 9th thru Wednesday, 12th - 2006 (Arrive at your leisure. See Agenda below.)
Location?
Alpine, Texas
Motel:??
Ramada Limited. (No group reservation. Just reserve and arrive.)
Agenda?.Meet. Ride. Talk, Eat. Ride. Talk. Meals will most likely be decided in the parking lot the evening or morning prior. Plan to leave for THCR that Wednesday morning for a 350 mile ride to to Kerrville via US90 to Del Rio, then up to Rockprings for lunch (meeting up with the people already at THCR) and on to Kerrville via fm1340.
Details?. A pre gathering for the THCR in Kerrville. We considered staying in Big Bend, but Alpine Texas is 100 miles closer to everything, both arriving to the area and leaving for Kerrville. It is an easy 90 mile ride to Ms Tracy?s, the
Starlight Theater (dining with Poncho Villa), and Big Bend. Or travel even closer to the McDonald observatory, Ft Davis, or just a ride up hwy 118. Alpine offers a variety of food and beverages, GAS, etc. (ALWAYS fill up before departing from Alpine. It can be a cold and lonely wait for gas down there. AMHIKT.) ;) The Ramada Limited has a walking trail, mountain views, restaurant beside of it, and free breakfast.

Misc Links?. (some cross linked, but what the hey)
General info
Ramada Limited Alpine Home Page
Fort Davis
McDonald Observatory
Some pics from the thread that started this whole thing.
Terlingua Ghost Town
Big Bend
Additional Lodging in Alpine
Texas Top 10 Roads
More Texas Roads

** Texas Hill Country Roundup, Apr 12-15, 2006


Advice:
-- Buy gas when you can. Do not assume that ? a tank will get you there and back. It won?t. :eek: There is gas in Alpine and Study Butte. There may be gas at the east entrance to Big Bend (8 to 5 or something like that.). There is NO gas between Ft Stockton and Alpine.
-- The grouse (big brown birds) can think well enough to miss you at 85 to 90. Above that they tend to freak and jump up into a suicidal flight path.
-- The Park Rangers are far less tolerant than the grouse. Big Bend is 45 mph. We didn?t do that, and we had no problems. But be forewarned.
 

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Hey, Hey, Hey,

Just made my reservations at Ramada for the 9,10 and 11th of April ......this will be a gas.
 

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Moving On

Just talked with two more that will be doing Pre THC Roundup...

YEEEE Haaaaaah..........
 

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Trailer Parking Available for Pre- THC

Trailer........I know, I know..........If some of the out of state folks want it, its here in Fort Worth.
We will be leaving the morning of the 9th ( Sunday ) for Alpine, so grap your steed and enjoy Texas with us. I have room for 8 to 10 tow vehicles...........just email me.
 

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What a great idea! Count us in! Cain't hardly wait to see everyone again....
 

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Just made resevations at the Ramada in Alpine. Hunter and I will be there. I also called so as to get a room on the ground floor and was told the Houston Hardly Group will be there at the same time. Rooms are going fast.
See ya'll there.

Pete
 

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Are you coming through Memphis on your way to Texas? If so, Let's try to hook up.
 

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Not this year ....

Deerhead said:
Tim
Are you coming through Memphis on your way to Texas? If so, Let's try to hook up.
You're halfway there already! We're heading south to Atlanta and across I-20 this time. It takes foreverrrrrrrr to get across Tennessee from here, and even though the time is the same it seems quicker to punch out a state every three hours on the I-20 route. Besides, two years ago I-40 was closed in the Gorge, it was snowing, and our only way west to our reserved room (after 6pm. so it's "ours" whether we show or not) is to go south. I know this area, and US25 was north. Not good, as it was snowing heavy there per the NOAA weather radio. So we go through Deal's Gap. At night. In the snow and rain. We passed two slow cars on the Gap. I think it was just out of habit. ;)

Two years ago we left Douglasville Georgia about 4:00 am heading west on I-20. Somewhere in Alabama (still dark) I see a movement in the left shoulder (actually the median, but it was 200 feet across to the other lanes). This light brown movement has my immediate interest, as we are a bit above the posted and in the left lane where "it" is. It was alive, healthy, 8 feet from the shoulder, and looking right at us. And it wasn't a deer. :wtf

see you in Texas,
:tim :susan






 

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Good Look'n Kitty...Kitty.

Big Bend has them to and Black Bear,Large Boar Hogs,Coyotes and Armadillos ( Texas Speed Bumps )
 

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critters .....

JamesTexas said:
Good Look'n Kitty...Kitty.

Big Bend has them ..........QUOTE]Susan and I were going to walk the Windows loop at Chisos Mountain in Big Bend late one night, but we thought 3:00 am might be snack time for some of the critters.


The stars on a clear night in Big Bend are simply amazing. Billions ......
 

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Update: Alpine

Fellow rider Dave Hruska has recommend "Edelweiss Restaurant & Brewery " in Alpine, TX.
www.hollandhotel.net
Dave will be at Alpine and will be going to Kerrville. If anybody was a comment let us hear.
 

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Staying from Apr. 9-12, 2006 Ramada Inn. Alpine, TX. Staying Apr 12-16 Motel6, Kerrville,TX.
What route(s) is/are eveyone taking? I'm in Memphis and would like to hook up with someone traveling East to West. I can meet with in a few hundred miles, ie St Louis to New Orleans . Safer to travel in twos.
 

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Come on and get with it.

If your coming get your room Now unless you sleep in a tent. Enjoy the trip..........
 

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Update

The rooms at the Ramada are getting very tight...Tuesday there are only suites left.
See you soon......Don't forget Regristrration for THCR closes on March 28, time is short.
 

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Alpine Pre Rally

Got a late start on this but will be able to make it. Since the Ramada is full I'm going to try the Antelope Lodge. Should be interesting! D
 

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Pre-THCR room at Ramada.....Alpine & at Kerrville

Dave, emailed me and said he had a accident and will not be coming to the Pre or THCR.
He wanted to see if anybody is needing the room in Alpine or at Kerrville. Dave said the bike was totaled and his right leg can be repaired. He will cancel the rooms next week.

Please Email me if you need it.
 

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Dave who?
 
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