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#588784 - 06/24/16 12:10 AM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: ratfink63]
Lumberjack Moderator Offline
AMSA President

Registered: 12/07/00
Posts: 2617
Loc: Cedar Park, TX
No riding on Saturday.

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#588800 - 06/25/16 10:58 PM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: Lumberjack]
Lumberjack Moderator Offline
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Registered: 12/07/00
Posts: 2617
Loc: Cedar Park, TX
O.K., the ride day is on. A sprinkle today and it was cloudy all day with a huge breeze flowing all day at this high elevation of ranch.

We put up a few hundred arrows today. Course is looking good and we took out any sections that had mud or water.

We have a small 1/4 mile kids loop right next to the parking area. Nice and easy for the little one's. Easy for Mom or Dad to see them the whole time.

We have a Short Loop and Long Loop.

The Short Loop is about 4 to 5 miles and has one hard easy split. This loop is on acreage around the parking area. This is what I recommend for beginners and your average trail rider. There are about 10 jumps but you can jump them or easily roll them. No worries on the other side on the jump. No surprises.

On the Short Loop, soon after you cross the road coming into the ranch near sign-in you will come to a split for going back to the Short Loop or you can head out to the Long Loop.

The Long Loop will be more challenging than the Short Loop. The Long Loop will have what we consider easy hill climbs and hard splits for what we consider Hard Hill Climbs. There will be open and fast sections and tight single tract for short distances.

I recommend the easy splits on the long loop for C riders or intermediate level trail riders and the hard splits for the B or A level riders or above.

This ranch has so much to offer and we wanted to offer a wide variety of riding and that is what you will find at this ride day.

I hope to see everyone out tomorrow for what should be a very different venue and another epic AMSA ride day.

I want to thank Keith Jackson and friends for spending so much time at the ranch cutting new trail. Long process.

Last I want to thank the Watson family for allowing us to enjoy their most beautiful ranch!

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#588802 - 06/26/16 02:17 AM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: Lumberjack]
Tripod Offline
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Registered: 01/06/01
Posts: 107
Loc: Austin
Thanks for the update, Larry. I got to use the tractor today, and I mowed the road to the parking area, and most of the parking area itself. Also shredded some small cedar bushes and agarita bushes that could harbor snakes, etc.

There is a new concern about the cows. Today I found a mama cow on the trail, with a newborn calf one or two days old. I slowly shooed them out of the riding area, and the mama was not happy, shaking her (long sharp) horns at me. The calf could not walk very far at a time. When we move all the cows we can find to the other side of the ranch in the morning before the ride, this mama cow and baby, and others, might remain in the riding area. Mama and baby longhorns want to stay away from the herd, until the baby is one or two weeks old.

So riders need to use extra caution on the trail. If you encounter a cow, especially a mama cow and baby calf, you need to slow way down, stop, get off the trail, whatever it takes to NOT spook the cow.

Other than that, it should be an awesome ride!!!
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Stuart
2002 KTM 200EXC
2008 HONDA CRF150R (punched up to 170cc)
Formerly world-famous 1983 HONDA XR200R
1978 HONDA Trail 70 with 125cc motor
2005 125cc Chinese-made pit-bike
Still riding..... any way I can

Not too fast, but I won't be last!


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#588803 - 06/26/16 02:52 AM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: Tripod]
Lewallen Offline
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Registered: 11/06/04
Posts: 435
Loc: Austin, Tx
thanks guys.looking forward to the ride.
bobby l

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#588805 - 06/26/16 08:35 PM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: Lewallen]
edfmaniac Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 114
Loc: Austin,TX
Thanks for the ride. It was a very nice property and I hope we get to come back.
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Victor

00 KDX220
03 KX250
01 MZ Skorpion
73 Yamaha RD350/R5

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#588807 - 06/26/16 10:57 PM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: edfmaniac]
Lumberjack Moderator Offline
AMSA President

Registered: 12/07/00
Posts: 2617
Loc: Cedar Park, TX
Picture of the day at our ride day at Watson Ranch today. The dog rode on the gas tank and they were riding at speed!!!!! The dog obviously had mucho experience and knew what he was doing. The scary thing is he rides better than me?



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#588808 - 06/27/16 12:04 AM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: Lumberjack]
Noonanator Offline
Gang Member

Registered: 01/04/01
Posts: 193
Had a great time today at the Watson ranch! Thx to all who worked so hard to make this ride day happen.

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#588809 - 06/27/16 12:21 AM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: Noonanator]
GIL Offline
Gang Member

Registered: 02/20/08
Posts: 116
Loc: Austin, TX
Stuart, thanks so much for finding my go pro & thanks for letting us ride it was a blast
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Gilbert #15 KTM 250XC
Open C

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#588811 - 06/27/16 01:11 AM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: GIL]
Lewallen Offline
Gang Boss

Registered: 11/06/04
Posts: 435
Loc: Austin, Tx
awesome trail.really had a good time.reminded me of some of the european enduros i watch.thanks to everyone involved.
lets do it again next week!
bobby l

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#588812 - 06/27/16 02:43 AM Re: Watson Ranch Ride Day Sunday June 26th! [Re: Lewallen]
Tripod Offline
Gang Member

Registered: 01/06/01
Posts: 107
Loc: Austin
All are welcome. I am glad to be able to share my family's good fortune (the ranch) with people who love to ride. Gil, does that Gopro we found for you have some good video of the ranch on it now? Maybe you can give us a link to it. Or anyone else who took video you would like to share.

I had a "jumpcam" video camera out there, mounted on a survey stake. I don't know how much video it took, hopefully enough to see that dog styling over a jump. That is a very smart dog, gets his human to do the driving, while the dog enjoys the roller-coaster ride and the breeze!
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Stuart
2002 KTM 200EXC
2008 HONDA CRF150R (punched up to 170cc)
Formerly world-famous 1983 HONDA XR200R
1978 HONDA Trail 70 with 125cc motor
2005 125cc Chinese-made pit-bike
Still riding..... any way I can

Not too fast, but I won't be last!


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