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Ok Ladies and Gents,
I just got back from my first approx 1000mile ride (total) went to Palo Duro Canyon State Park and also to amarillo....then to the cadillac ranch.
You will never guess what i found on the underside of a cadillac buried in the ground....here are a few pics....
 

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cooool. I wonder if someone from this site wrote that? Nice bike. good sceenery. Is that a corbin seat? was it comfy for the 1000 miles?
 

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Trip went pretty good although i had a few obstacles.
1. I ran out of gas on the first tank(was excited and kept riding thinking there certainly would be a gas station a couple exits away...not) fortunately i ran out .5 miles to the gas station. Walked the last bit and got some gas..they gave me a ride.
2. I left my tank bag on the bike while i was drinking espresso and flirting with some chick inside the coffee house. While inside, the bag was stolen with my gps(old one i have replacement waiting for it to die) and my brand new cybershot camera. One clear faceshield, one helmet lock thingy for kury grip lock, one bottle eyedrops, on brand new 6inch adjustable wrench, and one brand new tripod for the camera and a partridge in a pear tree. I think i saw the guys that did it but i have no proof and they were long gone by the time i found out. I didn't let that stop me though. Went to Walmart and bought a reasonable new one so i could take the pics of palo duro.
3. A cold front moved in and it rained for a day. Had to extend my stay one night but then got perfect riding weather. 80's with a nice breeze and blue sky.
Overcoming these obstacles or stupidities ...met with a good result though. Only thing is my left shoulderblade muscle gets tight riding after a while...i wonder if it is the cheezy foam padding in my protac or the handlebars are too low?
 

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The did the trip approx 400-500 a day. So one ride up and one ride back. I stopped to get gas (which was mostly frequently) and stretch a little. Im 230lbs around...and my butt does get a tired towards the tail end of the ride and i have to change position more ..put my legs up on the highway pegs...etc. Im still trying to find the arm position and length from the handles that works for me. To me that is more of the problem. The seat is firm but seems good for a few hours straight i believe.
 

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It is a corbin. I need to buy that air hawk thing though...im sure it would have been awesome.
 

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Great pics and that sucks that someone stole your gear. People like that need a boot up the ass or up side the head!

That looks like the same terrain that I was riding in back in june when I went to Arizona and rented a bike. Went to Show Lo and around some canyons 110 when we got back to the valley tho.

Oh about the shoulder pain. That's called getting older and not able to do what you used to could. :rockon: lol
 

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Did you take Highway 207 across the Palo Duro east of the state park? There's a historical marker on the road showing where my grandfather's family lived in a dugout (a hole in the ground) when they pioneered that area.
 

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palo

Yes, i did both the park and the 207. I got the idea from the book The Bikers Guide to Texas by Waldman
Is this them?:carryflag
 

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Look like a good ride except for the thief,Good write up and nice pics too :motorcycl
 

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Yes, Sterling Phillips Hamblen was my maternal great grandfather and William (his son), my grandfather. William eventually settled in Wayside, on the south side of the canyon. To get to Claude, the county seat on the north side, took a couple of days by wagon. Had to go west through Canyon and back east to Claude. When William was elected county supervisor in the 1930's, he had a crew (think it was the CCC) work for several years to improve an old Indian trail and make it passable for wagons and cars. No one had experience with dynamite, and they were fortunate that they didn't get hurt.

Parts of it were so steep when going downhill they would tie the wagon wheels so they wouldn't roll and push the horses off the "road". I remember going down it in the mid 1950s. There was no pavement. We stopped so my grandfather could show my dad some detail about the construction. Dad stayed inside with his foot on the brakes and the emergency brake engaged while my grandfather put rocks in front of all four wheels to chock them. Then we got out of the car. Eventually the state took it over and greatly improved it. Parts of the old road are still visible from the state highway. Think they named the section traversing the canyon for my grandfather.
 

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Sounds like a nice ride. I've always wanted to ride up through there. I hate that about your gear getting lifted. I'm glad you were able to put it past you and go forward. This time of year the weather is so unpredictable, but usually with rain comes some cooler weather for a while, so I'm glad you got to ride in some cooler temps. Great memories made. Thanks for the ride report and pics!
 

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Yes, Sterling Phillips Hamblen was my maternal great grandfather and William (his son), my grandfather. William eventually settled in Wayside, on the south side of the canyon. To get to Claude, the county seat on the north side, took a couple of days by wagon. Had to go west through Canyon and back east to Claude. When William was elected county supervisor, he had a crew work for several years to improve an old Indian trail and make it passable for wagons and cars.

Parts of it were so steep when going downhill they would tie the wagon wheels so they wouldn't roll and push the horses off the "road". I remember going down it in the mid 1950s. There was no pavement. We stopped so my grandfather could show my dad some detail about the construction. Dad stayed inside with his foot on the brakes and the emergency brake engaged while my grandfather put rocks in front of all four wheels to chock them. Then we got out of the car. Eventually the state took it over and greatly improved it. Parts of the old road are still visible from the state highway. Think they named the section traversing the canyon for my grandfather.
How awesome is that flite! :beerchug:
 

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We take good roads for granted, and don't realize how difficult, by today's standards, life was way back when. In the late 1800s, all the settlers in that area lived in the canyon because that's where the water was. They primarily herded livestock and cut wood for a living. With the advent of the windmill, folks left the canyon, moved up to the "Rimrock", and started farming. Hardly anyone lives in the canyon now.

Because it's pretty dry, and the wood is rot resistant, the fenceposts my grandfather cut as a young man in the Palo Duro Canyon (hard wood in Spanish) are still standing. And the original barbed wire is still on them!
 

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wow

wow what a history lesson. Thats incredible.
Do any of these pics help with pointing out the locations?
 

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Can't make it out on the pics, but IIRC, when you are standing at the dugout site and look south, you can see the old road going up the canyon to the right of the highway. Sorry I hijacked your thread.
 

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Its cool man you can totally hijack it.
Also,
the pics are on my facebook so you could possibly see larger and make out the names.
its under palo duro canyon
 

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sounds like you had a blast bro! sorry for what you got stolen.....F^%$ bastard!!!

Thanks for sharing man!
Give me a buzz whenever you wanna ride, or go on another trip :)
 
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