Tres Hombres

2010 started out like some Hell Hath Frozen Over thing here in North Texas. Temperatures in the lower teens and wind chills in the ouch. However, one thing is for sure, when Mother Nature throws stuff like that at us, she more than pays us back with days like last Sunday. Sunny calm and 62 meant it was time for BSRacing to fire it up for 2010, and we have a new rider!

Blake’ brother Brendon picked up a new Kawasaki 250 dual-sport motorcycle late last year. For those who don’t know, a dual-sport is a cross between a street bike and an off road motorcycle, a kind of a street legal dirt bike, and for years they were usually not really very good street bikes and lousy off road bikes. Well it looks like that has all changed. My Dad bought a Yamaha 225 dual-sport a couple of years ago and didn’t really like it until he changed the tires, and it was like a whole new ride. The new Kawasaki looks like a nice ride with lots of suspension travel and ground clearance.

Brendon had ridden as a kid on dirt bikes and of course toured many a speedway on the Official BSRacing Pit Bike, but getting on the street was something new for him, and I gotta tell you, he did it right. He took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Safe Rider course and got his motorcycle license. He rode the bike around the neighborhood getting used to it and bought the proper safety gear. He even ventured out into the woods alone early one Sunday morning… Now it was time to run with BSRacing and live all the fun he had been hearing about. On the ride over to pick him up Blake and I made a pact to take it easy one him this first time out. So stop right here and make your own guess on just how long that lasted???

Tres Hombres - Jim Blake & Brendon

Tres Hombres - Jim Blake & Brendon

Tres Hombres works for me. Hard jamming ZZ Top style, not Three Amigos like those three gay guys in that Steve Martin movie. Tres Hombres looking to ride in the wind, riding the trail, roosting the cow pies! Tres Cow Pie okay, enough of that Jim.

It really was a beautiful day for riding, but Brendon is a big Dallas Cowboys fan and from what I have been told, they were playing a football game on Sunday. News to me. I was pleasantly shocked when I received the e-mail from Brendon that he had chosen riding with BSRacing over staying home for his own football watching party. I guess as it turned out, he made the right call. He just couldn’t detach from the game completely and had a little ear phone inside his helmet listening to the game on the radio. I decided to ride sweep behind him and kept hoping the Cowboys would score a goal so he would have to do the touchdown sign with both hands in the air, while he was riding. Guess it was lucky for Brendon that never happened…

We made a big sweep around Rocky Ridge Motorcycle Ranch staying on the main trails and Brendon did great. Once you got it, you just don’t loose it and he has it. He even tried to put a move on Blake on one long straight trail and all I could think was – Brothers! Brendon has a little more power than Blake but Blake is a very good rider and is fast in the tight stuff. I’m just the opposite, not a very good rider, slow in the tight stuff but good for a fast squirt in a clearing. It all balances out until I get a long clearing and then a split in the trail. I thought they saw me go left, they went right. After I scare myself overcooking it into a rocky curve I slowed down to look back and found myself all alone in the woods. I turned back and couldn’t find them. Then I realized I didn’t really know where I was either. Blake finally found me (it was kind of funny, Blake says you go left? Yep, we went right!) We headed back to the trailer for lunch. I saw Blake riding in front as he made the decision to go through the muddy wash instead of around it and as he crossed he gassed it big time slinging that nasty sticky black gummy gooey slop everywhere. Brendon was already committed to following him and when he tried to gas it his rear tire went left while his front tire headed right. He was crossed up 45 degrees to the trail and still gassing it. Blake made it an hour or so before taking it easy on him was a thing of the past. We all rode fast all the way back. Tres Hombres!

For a Christmas present this year I bought a box of MRE Meals Ready to Eat, something like the military version. There were six different entrees from chicken in Buffalo sauce to Sloppy Joe. Each has a side dish and several other items, plus condiments and a heater pack for the entrée. The heater was like an over-bag for the entrée that you added a little water to and a chemical reaction generated heat.

MRE Meal Ready to Eat

MRE Meal Ready to Eat

Blake found out when they said DO NOT OVERFILL they meant it! It took 15-20 minutes to heat but half way his began frothing out of the bag. Kinda gross looking.

Yum Yum

Yum Yum

They really turned out to be quite good. Blake had beef ravioli and he said it was better than the stuff in the can. I had Sloppy Joe and it was good as well. One thing, the crackers and marble pound cake were very dry, but there was instant coffee and a raspberry Kool-Aid kind of drink mix. Overall it was more food that either of us could eat and a fun adventure trying something new.

While we were eating a family rode by on four wheelers. We watched them cruise by and drove straight into this little mud bog. I don’t know what it is about four wheelers and mud bogs but it can be very entertaining. Blake hollered “Photo Op” and I grabbed my camera in time for the guy to high center his ride in the middle of the mud. He tried rocking it and only dug in deeper.

Mud Dobbers

Mud Dobbers

I waited for the Red Neck Moment and was generously rewarded with this picture. You gotta love it!

 

Save Bubba Junior!

Save Bubba Junior!

We headed out for one last ride as the sun slipped to the West. We covered 22 miles on the 1000 acre ranch and everyone had a great time. Blake was the only one to fall and he just slipped in some mud, one of those slow motion things that all you can do it see how nasty it is where you’re going to land. He was fine and Brendon had done great. I even managed to keep it upright all day myself. Brendon thinks he may get his youngest son to ride with him. His other two sons are stick and ball kids.

We had hoped Brother John would join us, but he couldn’t, so I ran this picture to show how much fun he would have had if he could have made it! Viva Quad Hombres!

Quad Hombres

Quad Hombres

Blake has been working on video productions and put this together to take us out this time. We hope to see y’all in the woods. We’ll Race Ya’!

JRBIV

 

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