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Red Clay, Twisties, And Google Map

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I will just say this for now:  We rode everything the road threw at us today. There were some tremendous uphills and downhills, exhilarating twist-and-turns, blurring high-speed straights, and an 11-mile, 15-mph stretch of dusty, bumpy red-clay road…

Ed and Stephen, Camp Ruby Road

Ed and Stephen, Camp Ruby Road

With two major hurricanes in the past three-and-a-half years, there remains many missing road signs across SE Texas which further complicate, or enrich (depending on how one looks at it) the navigation of our brand-new route today.  To make things even more interesting, it seems that even with the highest magnification on Google (Satellite) Map, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to tell ahead of time exactly where the asphalt ends and dirt road begins. It was great, though, and we finally made it to Pickett House in Woodville, Texas, with only a few minor delays.

Ed, I think weve made a wrong turn...

Ed, I think we've made a wrong turn... (photo: Stephen RG)

We're not lost. Just made a wrong turn way back there. (photo: Stephen RG)

Stephen RG)

See, that's FM-1276 and we should've turned left instead of right. (photo: Stephen RG)

Stephen RG)

Everyone's happy. Fried chicken awaits us at the Pickett House. (photo: Stephen RG)

Some good fried chicken indeed.

Some good fried chicken indeed.

Proof is in the red-clay

Proof is in the red-clay (L to R: Stephen, Lorenzo, Ed)

Definitely one of the finest rides we’ve ever been around these parts, and seriously worth doing again–minus the red-clay road, preferably.–Lorenzo

4 Comments leave one →
  1. george permalink
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 6:02 pm

    Something about “killing the cat” comes to mind!!! How was it that you went to the picket house needing the likes of google and so on. Add to the mystery and you get a real – HUH??? Map please. “Sounds like fun!”

    🙂 g

  2. Sunday, February 1, 2009 6:33 pm

    Well, George
    We have been up to Pickett House many times by way of Hwy-69, but it’s quite boring, straight, and not much to see. This time, I planned the route to get away from the main roads, and we really got far away and into the midst of the Big Thicket. Google Map helps, but does not tell you much about road surface conditions. The missing road signs contributed to some of the “fun” as well. Learn something new everyday and next time it will be perfect!

  3. scootswla permalink
    Friday, February 6, 2009 9:34 pm

    Dirt roads are a big no-no for me these days, the vortex carb has no air filter. Is that your support vehicle in the second photo?

  4. Friday, February 6, 2009 11:24 pm

    Yeah, I’m afraid that was the flatbed tow truck from Piaggio Roadside Service coming to the rescue.

    So, does the vortex carb need regular cleaning? I mean, how do you keep it at top performance?


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